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Steven Drew Baker

Steven Drew Baker

Practice areas:

Estate Planning, Tax, Probate

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About Me

I am Board Certified in Estate Planning and Probate Law (BLS-State Bar of Texas), a Certified Specialist in Estate and Trust Law (BLS-State Bar of Arizona), and a CPA.  I focus my practice almost exclusively on estate planning, probate, trusts, and charitable giving and organizations.


Practice Areas

Licensed since 1999

  1. Estate Planning: 40%
    16 years
  2. Probate: 30%
    16 years
  3. Tax: 30%
    16 years



Hourly ($300-350/hour)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

6 total 

  • Christian K. Lassen

    Top-notch attorney. Highly respected in the legal community.


    Christian Lassen Personal Injury Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Kevin Matthew Koel

    Steven and I practice in some of the same areas of law. I have reviewed many of his responses and comments to questions presented on the board. Steven's answers and comments reflect a deep understanding of the law and have provided helpful information to the people asking questions and his fellow lawyers. I endorse this lawyer.


    Kevin Koel Oil & Gas Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Giordani, Swanger, Ripp & Phillips, LLP

100 Congress Avenue
Suite 1440
Austin, TX, 78701


TXEligible To Practice In Texas 201005/24/2015
AZActive 200103/24/2015
ORResigned 199906/28/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
ManagerThe Law Office of Steven D Baker, PLLC2010 - 2013

Association NamePosition NameDuration
Austin Bar Association, Estate Planning SectionMember2010 - Present
State Bar of Arizona, BLS-Estate and Trusts Advisory CommitteePresident2009 - 2010
American Bar Association, Real Property, Trust and Estate Law SectionMember1999 - Present

Publication NameTitleDate
Estate Planning and Community Property Law JournalThe Texas Mess: Marital Property Characterization of Trust Income2013
AZ CPA MagazineWhat You Need to Know About the Arizona Trust Code2008
Arizona Community Foundation Giving Counsel NewsletterVisiting (or Revisiting) the Charitable Lead Unitrust2005

School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Univerity of Texas School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1997
University of TexasAccounting (High Honors)BBA1993
University of TexasTaxationMPA - Master of Professional Accounting1993

Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Austin Chapter of TSCPAWhat You Need to Know About Community Property2014
Austin Chapter of TSCPAEstate Tax Planning and Compliance After December 31, 20122013
Austin Chapter of Texas Society of CPAsIncome Taxation of Estates and Trusts in Texas2013
Austin Chapter of TSCPAEstate Planning Before January 1, 20132012
Austin Chapter of TSCPAEstate Administration for Texas CPAs2012
Austin Chapter of TSCPAEstate Planning Under the New Tax Law2011
Austin Chapter of TSCPAGrantor Trust Rules2011
Minimizing Client Estate Taxes with Plans That WorkPlanning with Retirement Benefits2008
Minimizing Client Estate Taxes with Plans That WorkManaging Decisions in Post-Mortem Planning2008
Estate Planning BasicsWills and Trusts2008
Estate Planning BasicsCharitable Giving Techniques2008
Annual ConferenceEstate Planning for Companion Animals2007
Beyond the Basics: Strategies for Solving Probate Issues and Challenges in ArizonaEstablish and Follow Ethical Best Practices2006
Annual ConferenceEstate Planning and Living Wills: Managing Your Future Today2005