Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm, today announced that it is opening an office in San Francisco.
This new office will enhance the global reach of the firm’s market leading practices and will be located at 101 California St. in the city’s Financial District.
Patricia Stanton, Chair of the firm’s Real Estate practice, who currently serves as the Partner-in-Charge of the firm’s Dallas office, will assume the role as Partner-in-Charge of the San Francisco office.
“Opening a San Francisco office builds upon our robust growth in Palo Alto and allows us to expand the work we are already performing for our clients in California,” said Andrew M. Baker, Managing Partner of Baker Botts.
“We are thrilled that Pat Stanton will be assuming the leadership of the new San Francisco office. Pat is a seasoned and experienced real estate lawyer, and over the past three years she has done an outstanding job leading our Dallas office. She is the ideal choice to lead our new San Francisco office,” added Mr. Baker.
“San Francisco traditionally has been viewed as the region’s financial and cultural center, as well as a gateway to Asia, but increasingly it has become a destination for both established and start-up technology companies. Adding an office in San Francisco is a natural strategic development for the firm given the depth and breadth of our practices in the technology sector,” added Mr. Baker.
“This is a unique opportunity and one I am thrilled to accept,” said Pat Stanton. “Baker Botts has worked hard to establish and grow a significant California presence. Our new San Francisco office will draw upon our reputation for outstanding client service and firmwide expertise in areas such as technology, corporate, patent litigation, real estate, life sciences, energy and white collar to add significant value for our clients,” added Ms. Stanton.
This will mark the second California office for Baker Botts. The Palo Alto office, which the firm opened in 2008, has since grown to over 30 lawyers.
The firm anticipates growing the San Francisco office and its practice capabilities quickly to meet client demand and take advantage of growth opportunities.
The San Francisco and Palo Alto offices will be highly integrated.
“Our clients, well-established in the Silicon Valley or with major interests in the Bay Area, continue to fuel our growth since opening our office in Palo Alto seven years ago,” said John Martin, the Partner-in-Charge of the Palo Alto office.
“As our clients increasingly demand support in the region, we will add strategic resources to ensure we maintain our high level of professional excellence and client service that has been a hallmark of Baker Botts for 175 years,” added Mr. Martin.
In addition to Ms. Stanton, a number of experienced Baker Botts partners resident in the Palo Alto office will also spend significant time serving clients out of the San Francisco office, including partners Bryant (B.C.) Boren (IP litigation); Kevin Sadler (trial); Eliot Williams (IP litigation and counseling) and Brian Lee (corporate).
The firm also announced that Jeremy Taylor joined the firm as special counsel to be resident in the San Francisco office. Mr. Taylor is recognized for his experience in intellectual property litigation and counseling. He joins the firm from Kirkland & Ellis, L.L.P., where he was a partner.
“Baker Botts has a well-earned reputation as a leader in patent prosecution and litigation, and California and Texas are two of the most active regions. Continuing our growth in Palo Alto and establishing a strong San Francisco presence demonstrates Baker Botts’ commitment to being a world-class technology law firm,” said Bart Showalter, Chair of the firm’s Intellectual Property Practice.
Replacing Pat Stanton as the Partner-in-Charge of the Dallas office will be Tim Durst, the head of the firm’s Dallas Litigation practice.
San Francisco joins the firm’s other offices in Houston, New York, Palo Alto, Washington D.C., Dallas, Austin, London, Brussels, Beijing, Rio de Janeiro, Dubai, Hong Kong, Moscow and Riyadh.
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