Snell & Wilmer is pleased to announce the expansion of its Orange County office with the addition of Michael J. Baker as a partner in the firm’s commercial litigation group. Baker comes to Snell & Wilmer from Atkinson, Andelson, Loya, Ruud & Romo.

“We continually look for gifted lawyers and strategic growth opportunities that enhance our ability to serve our clients,” said Bill O’Hare, Administrative Partner of Snell & Wilmer’s Orange County office. “Mike is a proven litigator and trusted advisor with an outstanding reputation in the legal and business community. His addition to the firm further strengthens the commercial and construction litigation services we offer in Southern California. We are pleased to welcome Mike to our firm.”

With more than 20 years of experience dedicated to the area of construction law, Baker focuses his practice on the representation of design professionals, engineers, general contractors and public and private owners. His experience includes providing representation for business and contractual matters as well as disputes before arbitration panels, mediators and trial courts. Baker’s transactional experience in both construction and design related matters includes drafting contracts related to project delivery methods as well as drafting building program management agreements and construction management agreements for building programs ranging from $200 million to over $1 billion on behalf of contractors, design teams and owners. His experience as a trial lawyer is shown by having brought 20 cases to trial for decision or verdict, including venues in 11 different counties in the State of California and trials in multiple federal circuit court districts in California and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Additionally, Baker has arbitrated numerous cases in private arbitration and has also served as chairman and member of dispute resolutions boards on public works projects.

Baker earned his B.A. from DePaul University, Chicago and his J.D. from Pepperdine University School of
Law. He is admitted to the State Bar of California and also the Supreme Court of the United States.


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