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Baker Botts Announces 11 New Special Counsel

HOUSTON, March 1, 2018 – Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international law firm, today announced the promotion of 11 associates to the position of Special Counsel.

“This is an outstanding class, and their depth of experience and talent speaks to the strength of our firm and our commitment to deliver value-added services that exceed client expectations,” said Andrew M. Baker, Managing Partner of Baker Botts.

Brendan Dignan – Washington

Mr. Dignan represents public and private companies, including private equity funds and their portfolio companies, in mergers and acquisitions and joint venture transactions. He also advises clients on corporate governance and securities law compliance. He has represented clients in a number of industries, including energy, defense, technology, media, and telecommunications, many of which included a cross-border element. Prior to law school, Mr. Dignan served as a combat arms officer in the U.S. Army, with tours in Iraq and Kosovo.

Dorine Farah – London

Ms. Farah’s practice focuses on international arbitration. Her practice involves a mixture of commercial and investment-treaty arbitration.

Ms. Farah has extensive experience with arbitral practice and procedure both in civil and common law systems. Her practice also includes representation in public international law arbitrations and pre-contentious advice on various international law and cross-border issues. She has acted as counsel in both institutional and ad hoc arbitrations (including under the ICSID, ICC, LCIA, UNCITRAL rules).

Jon Finelli – New York

Mr. Finelli represents investment banks, private equity sponsors, hedge funds and public and private corporations in complex domestic and cross-border financings. Mr. Finelli has experience representing both borrowers and lenders in acquisition financings, leveraged buyouts, recapitalizations and refinancings, mezzanine investments and restructurings.

Justine Gozzi – New York

Ms. Gozzi practices all aspects of intellectual property law and advises clients on consumer products, such as due diligence, freedom to operate, and patentability concerns. She assists clients in patenting, protecting and commercializing inventions, both utility and design, in the areas of mechanical arts, medical devices, biotechnology, electrical products, pharmaceuticals and business methods.

Ellen Lynch – Washington

Ms. Lynch’s practice focuses on representing government contractors in federal court litigation arising from all stages of the procurement process. She represents large and small contractors in such disputes with the federal government. Ms. Lynch has significant trial and appellate experience in complex commercial litigation.

Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Lynch served as a trial attorney and senior trial counsel with the Department of Justice's Commercial Litigation Branch.

Thomas Martin – Washington

Mr. Martin is a registered patent attorney whose practice focuses on patent litigation, prosecution and client counseling. His litigation experience includes all phases of pre-trial, trial, post-trial and appeal before the International Trade Commission (ITC), the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and federal district court. Mr. Martin's experience also includes preparing and prosecuting U.S. and foreign patent applications and advising clients with respect to patent infringement, invalidity, patentability and patent portfolio development.

Chris Ponder – Palo Alto

Mr. Ponder is an intellectual property lawyer who focuses on complex patent and business litigation, that often involves competitors. Mr. Ponder's litigation experience includes conducting and managing fact and expert discovery, and developing claims and defenses. Mr. Ponder has extensive experience in motion advocacy, and routinely argues motions in federal court. He has taken depositions of high-level corporate executives (including a chief operating officer, a chief technology officer, and a general counsel), as well as expert witnesses. He has worked on several inter partes review proceedings related to active district court litigation.

Thomas Rooney – Houston

Mr. Rooney’s practice focuses on intellectual property matters, including litigation, prosecution, and patent counseling. He has represented technologies include oilfield services, medical devices, pharmaceuticals, software, home appliances, and other mechanical or electronic devices.

Mr. Rooney has worked on patent, trade secret, trademark, breach of contract, and related litigation in several District Courts and the International Trade Commission. He has also represented parties in inter partes reviews and reexaminations before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.

Richard Sobiecki – Washington

Mr. Sobiecki’s practice focuses on civil litigation, white collar criminal defense, and appellate matters. He has significant first-hand experience handling complex cases from start to finish. From drafting complaints, to deposing expert witnesses, from arguing dispositive motions, to delivering jury addresses, Mr. Sobiecki has represented his clients in all phases of litigation. He has also represented clients in investigations brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission, and in prosecutions brought by the Department of Justice.

Charles Strecker – Dallas

Mr. Strecker represents public corporations, private companies and individuals in state and federal courts throughout the country. His representation includes clients in a variety of industries, such as private equity, professional services, technology and energy. His diverse commercial litigation experience includes securities class actions, trade secret claims, professional liability matters, and disputes arising from acquisitions and divestitures. Mr. Strecker also represents clients in internal investigations and proceedings before state and national regulators.

Paulina Williams
– Austin

Ms. Williams’ practice involves environmental litigation, regulatory compliance and transactional support relating to air, water, waste and natural resources issues. Her experience includes air, wastewater and water rights permitting, and permit defense and defense of private citizen suits in federal court. Ms. Williams regularly advises clients on compliance matters and regulatory developments.

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