John W. Martin

Managing Partner

John Martin

Palo Alto

P: +1.650.739.7555
F: +1.650.739.7655

John Martin is the Managing Partner of Baker Botts and leads the firm's Executive Committee. Based in the Palo Alto office, Mr. Martin is the first Managing Partner in the firm's 180-year-plus history to be based outside of Texas.

Mr. Martin, who became Managing Partner in April 2019, guides the strategic direction and growth of the firm; focuses on reinforcing the distinctive culture of the firm, its core value of professional excellence in helping clients solve their most complex business problems, its collaborative entrepreneurship, and its culture of apprenticeship; directs the firm's continued improvement of its profitability; plays a pivotal role in partner recruiting and retention efforts; and oversees the firm's operations in 11 cities across the United States, the United Kingdom, Europe and the Middle East. In addition, Mr. Martin views diversity & inclusion as a business imperative and is dedicated to ensuring the firm's D&I efforts are meaningful in driving lasting change.

In September 2021, the firm was again recognized by Diversity Lab as "Mansfield Certified-Plus," for achieving representation of at least 30% women and diverse lawyers in several key areas - including significant leadership roles, inclusion in formal pitches, lateral recruitment, and equity partner promotions and representation.

Since becoming Managing Partner, Mr. Martin has played a key role in the strategic expansion of the firm. In the summer of 2019, Mr. Martin initiated a comprehensive strategic review of the firm to galvanize ambitions across the enterprise and help sharpen the firm's differentiation in the market and adding scale on the East and West Coasts of the U.S. and in London, while maintaining the firm's strength and dominance in Texas. As part of the review, the firm conducted an OHI survey in which an impressive 95% of partners said they would devote a significant amount of additional effort to improve the firm.

Throughout his tenure as Managing Partner, Mr. Martin has led a renewal of the firm by modernizing many aspects of the firm's business model, including through a range of client-focused investments. These have included investments in client development, with the hiring of the firm's first Chief Client Officer; investments in infrastructure, including the rollout of a state-of-the-art financial and accounting system; and an extensive partner training curriculum.

Prior to his election, Mr. Martin was the Partner-in-Charge of the firm's Palo Alto office and the firmwide Partner-in-Charge of Recruiting, while also serving as a member of the Executive Committee. Upon graduating from law school in 1984, he joined the firm's Houston office and relocated to the firm's growing Dallas office in 1988. He relocated to Palo Alto in 2013 to lead the firm's California operations from Silicon Valley and was instrumental in opening the firm's San Francisco office in 2016.

Mr. Martin has over 30 years of experience with Baker Botts representing clients in mergers & acquisitions, corporate governance, capital markets and complex technology transactions. This includes representing both purchasers and sellers in public company and private M&A transactions, including cross-border transactions, business carve-outs and divestitures, recapitalizations, corporate reorganizations, spin-offs, joint ventures and strategic alliances. Mr. Martin also has substantial private equity and venture capital experience.

In Chambers & Partners (2004-2016), clients have commented on his “innate understanding of his clients’ business makeup;” his “authoritative presence and a great ability to deal with senior executives;” and being “hands-down one of the best outside counsels I have ever worked with.”

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