In March 2020, as COVID-19 moved across the U.S., Baker Botts shifted its long-planned partner retreat to virtual from in-person, a move repeated by many firms as the industry grappled with the uncertainties of a rapidly spreading pandemic.

More than two years later, in April, Baker Botts partners gathered in Scottsdale, Arizona, the first time they had been together at a retreat since early 2019, as the firm is one of many that held or has scheduled in-person retreats after the years-long COVID-19-induced hiatus.