Scheinfeld Named Leader of Baker Botts N.Y. Office

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Robert C. Scheinfeld
Robert C. Scheinfeld

Baker Botts has named Robert Scheinfeld to head its 65-attorney New York office, succeeding corporate partner Lee Charles, who has led the office for the past 10 years.

Scheinfeld, a longtime Law Journal columnist, is also on Baker Botts' executive committee and heads the firm's intellectual property section in New York. His practice is focused on intellectual property law and litigation, representing companies in patent, copyright and trade secret misappropriation disputes.

As partner in charge of the office, effective Jan. 1, Scheinfeld said he will help to develop and implement client development and service strategies and coordinate its practice areas. Baker Botts' New York office, which opened in 1992, is composed of mostly corporate and intellectual property attorneys who represents clients such as Liberty Media, MasterCard, Columbia University, Samsung Electronics, the Hartford, Ascent Capital Group, MediaCom and DirecTV.

Scheinfeld, 54, said the Houston-based firm would like to add attorneys in energy, media, IP, technology, life sciences and white-collar criminal defense practices. Charles, the outgoing partner in charge in New York, will continue his corporate practice.

"Lee has done an excellent job with our infrastructure and foundation," Scheinfeld said. "It's an appropriate time to look externally and think about growth."

Baker Botts also announced this week new partners leading its Houston and Middle East offices. The changes come about a year and half after the firm elected Andrew Baker as its new managing partner.

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