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HOUSTON, May 3, 2005 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Baker Botts wa…

HOUSTON, May 3, 2005 – LAWFUEL – The Law News Network – Baker Botts was named “Global Oil & Gas Law Firm of the Year 2005” in Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers annual survey, and the firm’s David Asmus was selected “Oil and Gas Lawyer of the Year.”

Asmus is based in Baker Botts’ Houston office and is the firmwide chair of its oil and gas practice. George Goolsby, who is based in the firm’s Houston and Moscow offices and is Partner In Charge of the firm’s CIS practice, joined Asmus on the list of most highly nominated oil and gas lawyers in the world.

“This recognition is the result of providing our clients the highest level of service expected of a pre-eminent, international energy law firm,” said Stuart Schaffer, chair of Baker Botts’ Global Projects Group. “And with the recent opening of our office in Dubai, the strengthening of our Moscow operations and plans to further expand our global reach, we intend to make certain we have the ability to respond to the growing demand for legal services from energy clients around the world.”

In all, eight lawyers from Baker Botts’ London, Moscow, Washington, D.C., New York and Houston offices received sufficient nominations to be featured in the Oil and Gas section of the publication’s May 2005 issue.

“We are delighted to present Baker Botts with this award. This is the first time we have singled out an individual firm for such an honor”, said Callum Campbell, managing editor of Who’s Who Legal. “Baker Botts is a worthy winner of the Who’s Who Legal: The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers Oil & Gas Law Firm of the Year Award.”

Using the nominations received from clients and private practice professionals, Who’s Who Legal has chosen one law firm and one lawyer worldwide to receive the award for each of the 25 practice areas covered in their publication, The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers 2005, published in May 2005.

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About The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers
The International Who’s Who of Business Lawyers is a compendium volume of the practice areas covered by Who’s Who Legal’s separate single volume publications. It is the result of nine years of independent research incorporation feedback from thousands of lawyers, and covering over 6,000 practitioners across 25 separate practice areas and over 100 countries.

About Baker Botts L.L.P.
Baker Botts L.L.P., founded in 1840, is a leading international law firm with offices in Austin, Baku, Dallas, Dubai, Houston, London, Moscow, New York, Riyadh and Washington. With approximately 700 lawyers, Baker Botts provides a full spectrum of legal services to regional, national and international clients. For more information, please visit www.bakerbotts.com.

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