BakerHostetler removes list of attorneys after proposing to strike abortion attorneys

Signage is seen outside the legal offices of the law firm BakerHostetler in Washington, DC, U.S., May 10, 2021. REUTERS/Andrew Kelly

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  • Texas lawmaker Cody Vasut is a member of the Texas Freedom Caucus, which warned Sidley Austin against aiding abortion access
  • Vasut’s BakerHostetler online profile and directory listing went missing last week

(Reuters) – The law firm BakerHostetler has deleted its online profile for a Texas legislative caucus lawyer who said he wants the state to disbar lawyers who help women get abortions.

The company‘s webpage for Cody Vasut, a member of the Texas House of Representatives and the conservative Texas Freedom Caucus party, became inaccessible as of Thursday, two days after Reuters reported his group’s position on lawyers and abortion. Until then, Vasut was listed on the Ohio-based company’s website as an “advisor” in its Houston office.

Vasut is also no longer included in the company’s online alphabetical directory, and at least one other BakerHostetler web page related to his work with the company is now offline.

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Vasut did not respond to phone calls and emails seeking comment, and a spokesperson for BakerHostetler and company executives did not respond to repeated questions about his employment status there. Vasut has not filed any change of status notices in the ongoing court cases.

The 11-member Texas Freedom Caucus in a letter earlier this month accused another major US law firm, Sidley Austin, of appearing to be “accomplice in illegal abortions” in the state. The letter stated that Sidley “faces himself and each of his partners felony criminal prosecution and disbarment.”

The caucus also said it would introduce legislation making law firms criminally liable and requiring the disbarment of Texas attorneys who help pay for abortions or abortion trips.

Sidley, which has offices in Houston and Dallas, is among several major U.S. law firms that began offering to cover the costs of staff who would have to travel to get abortions after the state Supreme Court ruling States which revoked national access to the procedure.

Sidley did not publicly respond to the Texas Freedom Caucus letter and made no immediate comment on Tuesday.

Vasut’s now-deleted BakerHostetler webpage said he represents oil, gas and energy companies in litigation. Texas bar records still list him as part of the firm, although those records are not immediately updated when an attorney changes positions. His LinkedIn profile continues to identify him as an attorney for BakerHostetler.

A spokesperson for BakerHostetler did not respond to questions about whether the company will also cover abortion travel costs for its employees.

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Washington, DC-based Jacqueline Thomsen covers legal news related to politics, the courts, and the legal profession. Follow her on Twitter at @jacq_thomsen and email her at [email protected]

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