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John Martin Named Partner in Charge of Baker Botts’ Palo Alto Office

Technology Sector Chair Plans to Continue Firm’s Silicon Valley, West Coast Growth


PALO ALTO, California, October 7, 2013
-- Baker Botts leadership has tapped John Martin, chair of the firm’s Technology Sector and a highly regarded corporate lawyer, to assume the role of Partner in Charge of its Palo Alto office and to continue the dynamic growth and expansion the firm has experienced in Silicon Valley during the past five years.

Martin follows founding Partner in Charge B.C. Boren, who opened the Palo Alto office for Baker Botts in 2008 and who managed its growth from four lawyers to more than 20 partners and associates today. In addition to adding lawyers and staff to the firm’s Silicon Valley operations, Boren orchestrated a recent move into office space designed to accommodate anticipated growth for the firm in Northern California and beyond.

“John is well-equipped to take on the challenge of building on the foundation B.C. established during his more than five years developing our Palo Alto office into a strong and vibrant resource for our clients,” said Baker Botts Managing Partner Andrew Baker. “John’s leadership of our Technology Sector efforts, as well as his well-respected corporate practice, makes him the logical choice to lead our growth plans in Silicon Valley and beyond.”

Martin recently relocated to Palo Alto from Dallas to bolster the firm’s Corporate practice in Silicon Valley and to leverage his Technology Sector leadership role within the firm. As Baker Botts’ Technology Sector Chair, Martin oversees the delivery of integrated client offerings to the firm’s technology clients, drawing on the firm’s deep transactional, IP and litigation experience.

Martin’s corporate practice focuses on mergers & acquisitions, corporate finance, and corporate governance matters. He has extensive experience in representing multi-national companies in M&A matters, particularly in the acquisition of technology and services targets. He also has significant joint venture, private equity and venture capital experience.

In addition to continuing to represent his clients, Martin will take on the challenge of expanding Baker Botts’ Silicon Valley presence and developing markets outside that area, utilizing the firm’s global strength in the energy sector and related industries to provide clients counsel on the complex legal issues these businesses and operations face on a daily basis.

“Our clients -- well established in Silicon Valley or with major interests in the region -- have been instrumental in fueling our growth since we opened our doors five years ago,” Martin said. “As demand for quality legal counsel continues to increase here and across the state, we will add resources to make certain we maintain that high level of client service that has been a Baker Botts trademark for over 170 years.”

Additional information about the Palo Alto office is available here.

About Baker Botts L.L.P.
Baker Botts is an international law firm of approximately 700 lawyers practicing throughout a network of 15 offices around the globe. Based on our experience and knowledge of our clients’ industries, we are recognized as a leading firm in the energy, technology and life sciences sectors. Throughout our 173-year history, we have provided creative and effective legal solutions for our clients while demonstrating an unrelenting commitment to excellence. For more information, please visit


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