Since seeing its start in 1840, when the firm handled railroad issues in the Republic of Texas, Baker Botts has expanded into an international juggernaut with 14 offices and approximately 725 attorneys around the globe. The firm, which opened a series of offices outside of the United States during the twentieth and twenty-first centuries, adopted the name Baker Botts 15 years ago, but it still retains a strong connection to its history with an eye to the future, today.
The firm bears no shortage of talent. These solution-oriented attorneys are characterized by their professionalism, tradition of excellence, integrity, and accomplishments in their particular fields. They take pride in their work and are overwhelmingly known for their abilities to add insight and depth to even the most intimate matters of a dispute.
J. Gregory Copeland is senior counsel hailing from the firm's Houston office. He specializes in litigation within the energy industry and brings additional experience with antitrust and competition law, complex business litigation, and international arbitration and dispute resolution to his robust and comprehensive practice. The celebrated attorney has nearly four decades of experience behind him. There is no fraction of the industry that Copeland cannot attest to: Oil, gas, lignite, coal, and nuclear fuels are all familiar fields to the accomplished professional. His work, which included investigations, arbitrations, and trials in state and federal court, has brought him to more than 15 different states over the course of his impressive career. He is broadly considered a leader in his field; Copeland has been lauded by the top legal publications for years as well as enlisted by household-name clients for issues exceeding millions and even billions of dollars.
The energy practice as a whole mirrors the work of attorneys like Copeland, with several of his peers deserving distinction as well. It took off in 1901 with its beginnings in Texas, where the oil industry thrived. Today, the energy group spans all major hubs both in the US as well as outside of its borders – specifically in China, the Middle East, Russia, and London. It follows that, while oil may have been the core of the practice at its inception, the team has matured and expanded this practice to encompass all forms of energy. They represent producers, processors, transporters, distributors, marketers, and service companies. Additionally, their work involves alternative energy and renewable resources to comply with an industry that is moving forward while thinking of the next generation.