Michael Baker has substantial experience handling a broad range of complex business disputes. Mr. Baker has managed and tried numerous lawsuits involving corporate and partnership governance, unfair competition, trade secrets, securities and accounting fraud, real estate transactions, construction, products liability, employment, and political law—arising in a variety of business settings, including high technology, cogeneration power, oil and gas exploration, waste management, chemical manufacturing, telecommunications, and hospitality.
Mr. Baker's litigation experience includes cross-border disputes on behalf of and against business interests located in both Europe and Asia. Both in litigation and in initiatives to avoid litigation, Mr. Baker counsels corporate boards and public agencies on a variety of governance and strategic issues and also extensively advises clients with business before public agencies.
In addition to his career in private practice, Mr. Baker served as Legal Director and Litigation Director of the California Fair Political Practices Commission in Sacramento from 1976 to 1979, where he led the trial team in the Commission's first post-Watergate enforcement action for concealment of campaign contributors. While at UC Berkeley School of Law, he was an Articles Editor for the California Law Review.
- JD, University of California, Berkeley, School of Law, 1973
- AB, Harvard University, 1969, cum laude
State Bar of California