Baker & McKenzie Hires Energy Team from Thompson & Knight
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Baker & McKenzieChicago’s Baker & McKenzie has hired a seven-lawyer energy law group from the crosstown office of Thompson & Knight.

The team includes partners Michael Byrd, Louis Davis and Ben Welmaker; Glen White as of counsel; and associates David Wildes, Cody Carper and James Sonnier.

They will support Baker’s Houston-based Major Projects/Energy practice.


Byrd represents clients in all phases and sizes of acquisitions and divestitures of producing properties and oil and gas companies. He earned a JD with Honors from the University of Texas School of Law.

Davis handles transactional matters regarding oil and gas exploration and production. He was the Oil and Gas Practice Leader at Thompson & Knight. His JD is from the University of Houston.

Welmaker represents oil and gas companies in international and domestic transactions. He received his LL.B from The University of Texas School of Law.

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Baker & McKenzie was founded in Chicago in 1949 by Russell Baker and John McKenzie. One of the first law firms to be truly global, it employs more than 3,900 lawyers in more than 70 offices in 38 different countries.


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