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Robert Pecco Baker

Robert Pecco Baker

Practice areas:

Construction & Development, Intellectual Property, Real Estate, Employment & Labor, Appeals, Constitutional

About Me

A HARVARD EDUCATION AND THE TOUGHNESS OF A FORMER BOXER




37 YEARS IN PRACTICE; HARVARD LAW 1975; 20 TIME AV RATED BY MARTINDALE; 6 TIME SUPERLAWYER; TOP RATED CONSTRUCTION LAWYER BY AMERICAN LAWYER; BAR REGISTER OF PREEMINENT LAWYERS


 


I am the first person in my extended family to graduate college. I attended Boston College on a scholarship, graduating in 1972.  I attended Harvard Law and graduated in 1975. I was a champion intercollegiate debater and an Ames Moot Court Finalist at Harvard. I pride myself on my writing and oral advocacy skills.  However, since 97% of all lawsuits filed in California settle, negotiating skills are just as imortant as courtroom prowess. 


 


I have been AV rated by Martindale(the highest rating for integrity and competence) for approximatley 20 consecutive years and I have been a Superlawyer 6 times.


 


I work very hard to achieve a just settlement if possible; a result that is prompt and final, a resolution that puts an end to an unfortunate time in the lives of my clients if such is achievable. It takes both sides to conclude a reasonable settlement and if our adversary will not participate in rational negotiations, then I have thecourtroom  experience, research and writing skills,and persistence to bring the case to trial and through appeal if necessary.


 


I am currently representing human rights plaintiffs in the US Supreme Court in the case of Kiobel v. Royal Dutch Petroleum. The questions on review are: 1) whether corporations may be sued for egregious human rights violations under the Alien Tort Statute, and 2) whether the ATS applies to conduct occurring on the soil of foreign sovereigns.


 


Kiobel will influence greatly the future of human rights litigation and I hope to continue to devote my efforts to the development of the law of human rights.


 


 


 


 

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Languages Spoken: German, Spanish

Practice Areas

Licensed since 1975

  1. Real Estate: 20%
    40 years, 175 cases
  2. Intellectual Property: 20%
    23 years, 50 cases
  3. Construction & Development: 20%
    40 years, 175 cases
  4. Appeals: 15%
    40 years, 25 cases
  5. Other: 25%
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Payment

Fees:

Hourly ($400-600/hour), Fixed (Sometimes), Pro Bono (15%)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

8 total 

  • Frank Wei-Hong Chen

    Robert Baker demonstrates extensive knowledge and experience in a wide variety of legal matters. It is my pleasure to endorse him.

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    Frank Chen Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Evan Matthew Oshan

    I endorse this lawyer.

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    Evan Oshan Personal Injury Attorney
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Contact Info

Law Offices of Robert P Baker

723 Ocean Front Walk
Venice, CA, 90291

Resume

License
StateStatusAcquiredUpdated
CAActive197705/20/2015
MARetired197504/14/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
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Awards
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Top Rated Lawyer-ConstructionThe American Lawyer and Corporate Counsel2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2012
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2011
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2010
SuperlawyerLos Angeles Magazine2009
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell2009
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2008
Bar Register of Preeminent LawyersMartindale-Hubbell2008
Super LawyerLos Angeles Magazine2008
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2007
Super LawyerLos Angeles Magazine2007
Super LawyerLos Angeles Magazine2006
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2006
Super LawyerLos Angeles Magazine2005
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2005
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2004
Super LawyerLos Angeles Magazine2004
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2003
SuperlawyerLos Angeles Magazine2003
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2002
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2001
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2000
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell1999
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell1998
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell1997
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell1996
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1995
Peer Review RatedMartindale-Hubbell1994

Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
partnerJeffer Mangels Butler & Mitchell, LLP2002 - 2005
Managing PartnerBaker and Jacobson1989 - 2001
associate and partnerJeffer Mangels Butler & Marmaro1989 - 2012
AssociateLoeb & Loeb1977 - 1982
AssociateWithington Cross Park & Groden1975 - 1977

Associations
Association NamePosition NameDuration
American Society of International LawN/A2012 - Present
American Bar AssociationN/A1979 - Present

Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Kiobel v Royal Dutch PetroleumOur petition for cert was granted
Reyes v. ArnoldJudgment for $1,800,000
Tishman v. SMBHwon appeal

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Publications
Publication NameTitleDate
UCLA Entertainment Law ReviewThe Unintended COnsequences of the Miller Ayala Athlete Agents Act: Depriving Student Athletes of Effective Legal Representation2005
California Lawyer MagazineIt is Time to Amend the Miller Ayala Act2005
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationDuties Among Construction Industry Professionals Lacking Privity: The Straw House that Biakanja Built1996
Los Angeles County Bar AssociationAfter Acquired Evidence in California: A Doctrine in Search of Principles1996

Education
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
Harvard University Law SchoolLawJD - Juris Doctor1975
Boston CollegePolitical ScienceAB1972