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About Becky

Rebecca (Becky) Baker counsels and represents employers in all aspects of the employment relationship. She represents employers involved in federal and state court litigation and advises and represents them with respect to administrative claims. Becky’s experience includes matters involving wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblower protection, wage and hour issues, employment and non-competition agreements, and matters involving occupational safety and health violations. She has successfully resolved hundreds of demand letters, EEOC charges of discrimination, and lawsuits alleging various forms of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and other employment claims.

In addition to litigation, Becky works with employers to draft employee handbooks and employer policies, including development and maintenance of comprehensive record retention policies. She provides day-to-day advice and counsel to help employers address issues related to the hiring, management, retention and termination of employees and negotiates and drafts executive employment and restrictive covenant agreements. In addition, she has experience in assisting businesses with responding to electronic data breaches and complying with multi-state and federal data breach notification requirements related to employees.

Becky also has experience managing the labor and employment aspects of complex business sales, acquisitions and other transactions.          

A source reports: ‘She is my go-to person for anything employment-related. She understands the needs of our business.’
Chambers USA, 2018

Experience

Recent Notable Matters

Pioneer Natural Resources Company — agreement with undisclosed buyer to sell all of its assets in the West Panhandle field in Texas

Various employers — successfully managed defense of discrimination, harassment, retaliation, and other employment claims

Exploration and production company traded on London and Australian stock exchanges — following three-day arbitration, obtained complete award in response to $1.5 million breach of contract claim brought by former consultant

Multinational publicly traded energy corporation — obtained summary judgment in U.S. Federal Court, Southern District of Texas on Sarbanes-Oxley whistleblower retaliation claim filed by former employee

Houston area industrial facility — successfully negotiated settlement with OSHA regarding safety citations

Pioneer Natural Resources Company — sale of its assets in the Raton Basin in southeastern Colorado to Evergreen Natural Resources LLC; advised on employment aspects

Alinda Capital Partners — sale of NorTex Midstream Partners, LLC, a company owned by funds managed by Alinda that own Texas gas storage facilities, to a subsidiary of Castleton Commodities International LLC; advised on employment aspects

Phillips 66 Partners LP — joint venture construction and operating agreements with Andeavor and an equity option with Canadian midstream company Enbridge Inc. in relation to the Gray Oak Pipeline, LLC joint venture, and in a joint venture with Buckeye Partners LP to develop the new South Texas Gateway Terminal at the mouth of Corpus Christi Bay

NRG Retail LLC — agreement to acquire 100 percent of the membership interests in XOOM Energy Global Holdings, LLC; advised on employment aspects

Hydro One Limited — $5.3 billion acquisition of Avista Corporation in an all-cash transaction, establishing one of North America’s largest regulated electricity and natural gas businesses with more than $25.4 billion in combined assets; advised on employment aspects

Global Infrastructure Partners — $250 million preferred equity investment in Caprock Midstream to fund the expansion of Caprock’s natural gas gathering and processing assets in the Permian Basin; advised on employment aspects

Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. — $70 million sale of St. Lawrence Gas Company, Inc. and its subsidiaries to Liberty Utilities Co., a wholly owned subsidiary of Algonquin Power & Utilities Corp.; advised on employment aspects

Post Oak Bancshares — managed employment aspects of acquisition of The State Bank of Texas

Pilot Chemical Company — managed employment aspects of acquisition of the assets and business of Liquid Minerals Group

Kinder Morgan, Inc. — employment matters with respect to sale of 50 percent interest in Utopia Pipeline Project to Riverstone Investment Group LLC

Pioneer Natural Resources Company — managed employment aspects of acquisition of 28,000 acres in the Midland Basin from Devon Energy Corporation for $435 million

Venoco, Inc. — managed employment aspects of Chapter 11 filing and restructuring

Alinda Capital Partners — managed employment aspects of $1.89 billion sale of SourceGas Holdings LLC to Black Hills Corp.

Veritex Holdings, Inc. — managed employment aspects of acquisition of IBT Bancorp, Inc.

Allegiance Bancshares Inc. — managed employment aspects of acquisition of Famers and Merchants Bancshares and Enterprise Bank

Apache Corporation — employment aspects with respect to $1.4 billion sale of approximately 90,000 net acres in southern Louisiana and 115,000 net acres in the Anadarko Basin to Tapstone Energy

Independent oil and natural gas exploration and production company — managed employment aspects in acquisition of Rosetta Resources Inc.

Publications and Speeches

Texas Association of Business Texas Employment Law Handbook, contributing author 2006-2016.

"Workforce Q&A: What should employers take away from recent settlements of SEC whistleblower enforcement actions?" Texas Business Report, 2016.

"Producers Can Use CVS Case as Guidance When Engaging in Workforce Reductions," Oil & Gas Journal, 2015.

"I Know My Employee Rights: Myths vs. Realties," HR Houston Luncheon, 2015.

"Human Resources Consideration for Non-Profits," Houston Pro Bono Joint Initiative, 2014.

"Human Resources Considerations," Houston Young Lawyers Association Non-Profit Law Institute, 2013.

Credentials

Education

Georgetown University Law Center,
J.D.
2006
Duke University,
Bachelor of Arts
2003
cum laude

Bar Admissions

Texas

Certifications

Board Certified, Labor and Employment Law, Texas Board of Legal Specialization

Affiliations

State Bar of Texas
Houston Bar Association
Houston Young Lawyers Association
Houston Bar Association, Labor and Employment Section

News

News

Texas Super Lawyers Recognizes 23 Bracewell Attorneys

March 11, 2014
Super Lawyers, Thomson Reuters

Texas Trio Take Lead on Xmas Energy M&A Deals

December 24, 2013
American Lawyer - Online

Insights

Noteworthy

Noteworthy

Chambers USA
Texas Labor & Employment, 2018
The Legal 500 United States
Labor-Management Relations, 2018
Thomson Reuters
Texas Super Lawyers
Texas Rising Star, 2010, 2013 - 2014, 2017 - 2018
Georgetown University Law Center
American Criminal Law Review