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Baker Botts Names New Co-Chairs of Litigation Department


WASHINGTON, D.C. and HOUSTON, December 18, 2019 – Bridget Moore and Danny David have been named Co-Chairs of Baker Botts’ Litigation Department. Current Department Chair Van Beckwith has served on the Executive Committee since 2012 and led the firm’s Litigation Department since 2017. He will be joining longtime firm client Halliburton as Senior Vice President and General Counsel on January 1, 2020.

“Van has served as an outstanding leader of our Litigation Department, which is experiencing a historically strong year in terms of our results for clients and our productivity across the system. I look forward to having Bridget and Danny lead our efforts to continue our remarkable trajectory as they share the duties required of Department Chairs for our largest department,” said John Martin, Baker Botts’ Managing Partner.

Ms. Moore is Chambers-ranked for her work at Baker Botts and is a former United States Securities and Exchange Commission enforcement lawyer. She is well-recognized for representing companies, boards of directors, and management in SEC enforcement matters. Since 2017, Ms. Moore has served as the Litigation Department Deputy Chair and head of East Coast litigation.

Mr. David is Chair of Baker Botts’ Securities and Shareholder Litigation Practice group. He represents companies, officers and directors in securities class actions, fiduciary duty lawsuits, activist situations, and merger challenges, and is Chambers-ranked for this work. Since 2009, Mr. David has helped lead the defense of litigation related to over 50 mergers with an aggregate transaction value of over $250 billion. He routinely serves as lead trial counsel in complex commercial litigation throughout the United States.

“I am excited to help expand our client relationships even further as we continue to serve as companies’ go-to firm on their most challenging and complex disputes, regardless of geography,” Ms. Moore said. “We continue to attract substantial new clients and matters and obtain significant wins at all stages of litigation. I am eager to help build upon our strong reputation even further.”

“We have an outstanding track record winning bet-the-company cases in trials and arbitrations, leading some of the world’s largest antitrust matters, and handling complex environmental matters around the globe. No matter the forum or the issue, our team is known for stellar advocacy skills and the impressive results we win for our clients,” Mr. David said. “We look forward to continuing the tremendous momentum that our Litigation Department has enjoyed in 2019 and headed into 2020.”

Lawyers in Baker Botts’ Litigation Department bring top-flight, stand-up advocacy experience, subject-matter expertise, and sound commercial judgment to clients’ most critical disputes. Our lawyers draw on a deep understanding of the varied legal, technical, and policy issues our client face to help deliver for our clients. Our winning results range from early-stage dismissals to multibillion-dollar trial wins and arbitration awards to appellate victories before the U.S. Supreme Court. Our success has not gone unnoticed, with 43 litigation practice rankings in the Chambers and Legal 500 directories alone.

Baker Botts is an international law firm whose lawyers practice throughout a network of 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. Since 1840, 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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