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Baker Botts Announces the Promotion of New Counsel


PALO ALTO, December 20, 2019 – Baker Botts L.L.P., a leading international technology and energy law firm, today announced the promotion of Brian Byrne to Counsel, and Mark Little and Chris Patrick to Special Counsel, effective January 1, 2020.

“These three lawyers prioritize client service and consistently demonstrate professional excellence and dedication to the firm’s core values,” said John Martin, Managing Partner of Baker Botts. “They have held themselves to the highest standards and regularly exhibit strong contributions to their clients, colleagues and the firm.”

Brief biographies of each lawyer are as follows:

Brian R. Byrne, Litigation, Brussels, Counsel

Mr. Byrne is an experienced litigator with a diverse practice encompassing EU competition law, EU State aid law, and international trade law. In trade matters, he has extensive experience advising clients in relation to EU sanctions and export control laws. He has also represented clients in several high-profile cases before the General Court and Court of Justice of the EU.

J. Mark Little, Litigation, Houston, Special Counsel

Mr. Little represents clients in a broad range of appeals and original proceedings in federal and state courts across the country. He has argued a number of cases in courts ranging from the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit to the Texas and Washington Supreme Courts. He also works with trial counsel to formulate pre-trial strategies, write dispositive motions, prepare jury charges, and preserve error at trial.

Christopher Patrick, Intellectual Property, New York, Special Counsel

Mr. Patrick has substantial experience in all patent issues, including litigation, prosecution, transactions and strategic counseling. He handles patent disputes covering a broad range of hi-tech and life sciences matters in federal courts and before the PTAB, prosecutes patent applications worldwide, and counsels clients on patent issues arising from technology transactions and product development.

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