"Baker Botts Hosts 'Love Shack' for Clients"

Goodness gracious -- read what's going on in Texas!

"'Thanks for the business; now here's a little "Rock Lobster.'"

"It's an adventurous dish for any big Texas firm to serve its clients to show its appreciation. But the Dallas office of Houston-based Baker Botts presented that and more at its annual client appreciation party Feb. 25.

"Lest anyone be confused, the above-mentioned crustacean is not a fancy seafood entree but rather an infectious dance tune sung by the legendary Athens, Ga.-based new wave band The B-52's. Baker Botts -- which traces its origins back to 1840 and counts former U.S. Secretary of State James A. Baker and former Texas Supreme Court Chief Justice Tom Phillips as partners -- hired the band to play live at its Dallas client appreciation party. And the firm, which represents Dallas' Halliburton Co. and Houston's Reliant Energy, chose a most appropriate setting for its clients and lawyers to hear a band named after an old bomber: The Frontiers of Flight Museum at Love Field, which features genuine war planes hanging from the ceiling.

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"Who says Baker Botts is stuffy?"

Well, I would, & have....who knew? BTW, BB says this about paralegals: "An integral part of any great law firm is a strong paralegal program." Got that right!


"Managing Partner's Indictment Raises Guilt-by-Association Questions for Law Firm"

More bad news, also potentially bad for other people associated with the firm:

"Last month, 110-lawyer Christensen, Miller, Fink, Jacobs, Glaser, Weil & Shapiro saw its managing partner, Terry Christensen, indicted on conspiracy and wiretap charges.

"Christensen has pleaded not guilty. But the firm is in for a rough patch. And recruiters across Los Angeles say the charges hanging over him and his firm are probably already affecting the L.A.-based entertainment boutique's ability to attract and retain lawyers. At the same time, recruiters say, the indictment makes it harder for any worried lawyers there to lateral to a different firm.

"'I think people recognize that law firms are rather fragile entities, and when your lead name partner might have a legal matter to contend with, I think people inside and outside are going to look elsewhere,'" said Larry Watanabe, a Southern California-based recruiter. "'If you have this happen to a major rainmaker at a big firm, it's unsettling, but when you have a name, founding partner of a boutique firm, a lot of people are going to be concerned and watching.'

"Christensen partner Patricia Glaser disputes the recruiters' claims, emphasizing the strength and loyalty of the firm's associates and partners as well as its clients."