The law firm currently employs 350 state residents in Wheeling, and Baxter said Orrick plans to increase that in coming months. He said he is willing to work with other companies who are interested in setting up shop in West Virginia.
Baxter also hasn't ruled out a run for statewide or federal office sometime after 2014.
"I want to give back to my state, and I'm going to do that. I'll do it in the way that's best, all things considered," he said.
House Judiciary Chairman Tim Miley, D-Harrison, now has 29 delegates officially backing his campaign for speaker of the House of Delegates.
If that number holds, Miley would have more votes than needed to clinch the leadership role. There are 54 Democrats in the House, so a candidate needs 28 votes to win in a caucus. Traditionally, delegates emerge from their party caucus and cast a unanimous vote for the victor. That prevents the minority party from affecting the outcome.
On Wednesday, 17 delegates announced they would vote for Miley. That group included House Majority Leader Brent Boggs, D-Braxton, House Majority Whip Mike Caputo, D-Marion, and Speaker Pro Tempore Randy Swartzmiller.
A group of six delegates from the central part of the state, calling themselves the "We Are West Virginia" coalition, also announced they would support Miley.
On Thursday, five more delegates -- including Kanawha Democrats Meshea Poore, Nancy Guthrie and Danny Wells -- sent out press releases pledging their support for Miley.
Add one more vote, since Miley will undoubtedly vote for himself, and that brings the tally to 29. There likely will be more supporters announced in coming days. Miley told the Daily Mail on Wednesday he had 35 delegates in his corner.
House Finance Chairman Harry Keith White, D-Mingo, Miley's sole opponent in the speaker race, declined to number his supporters. He said some of Miley's purported backers might not be telling the truth, however.
"We've still got people calling us ... 'We've had to tell labor we're for them, but in a secret ballot you'll get our vote,'" White said.
"We'll see what happens," he said. "It ain't over 'til it's over."