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Baker Botts Announces Promotion of 12 New Partners

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Houston,  November 13, 2015 - Baker Botts, a leading international law firm, today announced the promotion of 12 lawyers to partner, effective January 1, 2016.

“This is an outstanding group of lawyers. They represent future leaders of our firm and of the communities in which we are privileged to serve. The year 2015 is the 175th anniversary of the founding of our firm, and the size of the new partner class underscores our confidence in our future and our commitment to extraordinary client service,” said Managing Partner Andrew M. Baker.

“I am particularly pleased that this class of new partners is also one of the most diverse in our 175 year history, which speaks volumes about the global breadth, capabilities and strength of the firm,” added Mr. Baker.

The 2016 class of partners includes lawyers from offices in Dallas, Dubai, Houston, New York, Palo Alto, Riyadh and Washington D.C. Brief biographies on each lawyer follows the class listing.

2016 New Partners for Baker Botts

Omar J. Alaniz - Corporate, Dallas

Megan H. Berge - Environmental, Washington D.C.

Keri D. Brown - Tax, Houston

Stephen Burke - International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution, Dubai

Michael Cancienne - Litigation, Houston

Hogene L. Choi - Intellectual Property, Palo Alto

Ali Dhanani - Intellectual Property, Houston

Shadi Haroon - Global Projects, Riyadh

Susan Cannon Kennedy - Litigation, Dallas

John B. Lawrence - Litigation, Dallas

Terence Rozier-Byrd - Corporate, New York

Andrew Thomison - Corporate, Houston

Brief Biographical Information

Omar J. Alaniz - Corporate, Dallas
Mr. Alaniz represents debtors and creditors in Chapter 11 cases and has substantial experience in bankruptcy-related litigation and appeals. He was law clerk to the Honorable D. Michael Lynn of the U.S. Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of Texas. He was an adjunct faculty member at Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law for several years, where he taught Creditors’ Rights and the Chapter 11 Course. He is also a frequent speaker and member of various planning committees for bankruptcy continuing legal education programs.

Megan H. Berge - Environmental, Washington D.C.
Ms. Berge has a comprehensive environmental practice involving both regulatory compliance and litigation. Ms. Berge works in the area of climate change on the state and federal level, advising clients on permitting issues for new and existing sources and advocating for clients in the U.S. EPA rulemaking process. Ms. Berge’s litigation experience includes government enforcement actions and private citizen suits under the Clean Air Act and toxic tort actions. Additionally, Ms. Berge represents clients in appeals of EPA orders and regulations.

Keri D. Brown - Tax, Houston
Ms. Brown handles federal estate, gift and income tax litigation and controversy work, including disputes and litigation with the Department of Justice and the Internal Revenue Service. She has assisted clients in cases in the United States Tax Court, United States District Courts and United States Courts of Appeals. Ms. Brown also represents fiduciaries of trusts and estates in state courts with respect to administration and fiduciary duty issues.

Stephen Burke - International Arbitration & Dispute Resolution, Dubai
Mr. Burke’s practice focuses on arbitration, construction and other contentious matters, both in the Middle East and internationally. He is experienced in conducting arbitrations under all major institutional and ad hoc rules and has acted in proceedings held in a variety of locations worldwide. Mr. Burke appears regularly as an advocate and has rights of audience before the courts of England and Wales and the courts of the DIFC.

Michael Cancienne - Litigation, Houston
Mr. Cancienne maintains a varied trial practice that focuses on commercial litigation, products liability and personal injury law. Mr. Cancienne’s work includes representing clients in matters involving claims of breach of contract, fraud, indemnification, tortious interference, misappropriation of trade secrets and personal injury. Mr. Cancienne has tried several cases to verdict in state and federal courts and argued before the Texas Courts of Appeals on numerous occasions.

Hogene L. Choi - Intellectual Property, Palo Alto
Ms. Choi works on a range of intellectual property matters, focusing primarily on patent prosecution and counseling. Ms. Choi has patent prosecution experience covering technologies related to internet applications and server-side architecture, desktop applications and operating systems, EDA, graphics and audio/video as well as semiconductors, electronics, nanotechnology and the mechanical arts. Ms. Choi has worked on both U.S. and international patent prosecution, pre-acquisition due diligence, post-acquisition portfolio mining and pre-assertion due diligence.

Ali Dhanani - Intellectual Property, Houston
Mr. Dhanani practices in all areas of intellectual property law including patent prosecution, patent litigation and patent opinion preparation. He has experience in preparing and prosecuting patents applications in numerous fields including computer hardware, software and telecommunications systems.

Shadi Haroon - Global Projects, Riyadh
Mr. Haroon’s practice centers on corporate structuring, equity offerings, mergers & acquisitions and other corporate transactional matters. Mr. Haroon has extensive experience respecting foreign investment opportunities in Saudi Arabia.

Susan Cannon Kennedy - Litigation, Dallas
Ms. Kennedy’s practice focuses on complex commercial disputes. She represents clients in state and federal courts and in arbitration, in cases involving a range of issues, such as intellectual property suits, contract disputes, securities fraud claims, professional liability, employment and pharmaceutical matters.

John B. Lawrence - Litigation, Dallas
Mr. Lawrence represents clients in front of courts and government agencies across the country. His trial practice focuses in the areas of securities, fiduciary duty, professional liability, and trade secret litigation. His intentionally diverse practice finds him handling a wide range of high-stakes complex litigation. His broad range of clients includes public and private companies, accounting firms, corporate officers, consumer products companies, oil and gas companies and law firms.

Terence Rozier-Byrd - Corporate, New York
Mr. Rozier-Byrd concentrates his practice on the representation of institutional investors, private investment fund sponsors and investment advisers on a wide array of transactional matters. He  also advises clients regarding the Investment Advisers Act of 1940 and the Investment Company Act of 1940.

Andrew Thomison - Corporate, Houston
Mr. Thomison represents borrowers, financial institutions, capital companies, agent banks and other institutional investors in connection with acquisition financings, senior and subordinated debt, working capital credit facilities, bridge loans, asset-based financings, secured and unsecured term lending, high-yield debt offerings, private placements of securities, receivables financings and other forms of debt financing.

 

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