Baker Botts incoming managing partner, John W. Martin, is looking to expand the Houston-based firm’s presence in hot legal markets while continuing to deepen its roots in Texas.

Martin, who takes the helm April 1, said his initial priorities are adding lawyers on the East and West Coasts and in London, strengthening the 179-year-old firm’s position in Texas and continuing its “outward focus” on clients in the technology and energy industries.