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Baker Botts Selects John W. Martin as Newest Leader

Feb. 13, 2019, 11:47 PM

Baker Botts has elected John W. Martin, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based attorney with more than three decades at the firm as its newest managing partner.

Martin will take the helm on April 1, succeeding Andrew M. Baker, who has served two terms as the firm’s managing partner, but will be subject to mandatory retirement by the end of this year.

Martin expressed gratitude for this “great honor” in a statement.

“Baker Botts is known for providing world class, professionally excellent client service in our key industry segments of technology and energy, and is ideally situated to continue growing our target markets on both the East and West coasts, in London and in Texas,” he said.

The new managing partner runs the Houston-based firm’s Silicon Valley outpost. He’s also serves as the firm-wide partner-in-charge of recruiting and as a member of Baker Botts’ executive committee.

His practice focuses on mergers and acquisitions, corporate governance, securities and technology transactions.

Baker Botts has more than 700 lawyers located in 14 offices around the world.

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