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Theodore John Baker

Child abuse Attorney at Moorestown, NJ

4.4   7 reviews

also known as Ted Baker

  • State Years
    New Jersey - NJ 24 years
    Vermont - VT 10 years
  • Licensed for 24 years
    State NJ
    Acquired 1999
    Status
    Active No misconduct found
  • Licensed for 10 years
    State VT
    Acquired 2014
    Status
    Inactive No misconduct found

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

About Theodore

Learn Theodore’s areas of practice.

3
Practice areas
  1. Child abuse
    80%
    I represent defendants and families involved in litigation involving the Department of Child Protection and Permanency. This includes abuse and neglect and termination of parental rights matters as well as administrative matters and investigations.

    24 years

  2. Adoption
    10%
    I represent individuals and families in private and agency adoptions.

    17 years

  3. Criminal defense
    10%

    15 years

After graduating law school, I began a judicial clerkship which in many ways set the stage for my entire career. The judge for whom I clerked exclusively heard cases involving child abuse. That began what is nearly a 20-year-long practice in this field. After my clerkship, I became a Deputy Attorney General, where I represented DYFS, prosecuting child abuse cases. After several years, I formed a law firm and started representing individuals who where involved in cases involving DYFS (now DCPP). Having experience from the judge’s bench and from both sides of the counsel table, I am able to offer experience and insight that few others have to offer. I look forward to assisting you with your matter, understanding that every case is different and every case is important.

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Location

Law Offices of Theodore J Baker LLC
39 E. Main Street
Moorestown, NJ, 08057

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Reviews

4.4 / 5.0
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Posted by Lewis | July 23, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Great, Professional Service
I hired Ted to represent me in a criminal matter that should have never even saw a court room. From the very first call Ted was attentive, and always available. Even with my crazy schedule Ted made time to gather all of the facts and evidence to clear my name. In the end, he was able to get the entire matter dismissed. I would reccomend Ted one hundred times over, I can guarantee you won't be dissappointed.
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Response from Theodore Baker August 16, 2019
Thank you very much. I am happy that we were able to resolve your matter quickly. Best of luck to you!
Posted by Liz | February 20, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Private adoption
In January of 2008, we had the opportunity to adopt a child that was to be born in less than a month. I contacted Mr. Baker to see if he would be able to help facilitate the private adoption. He was most knowledgeable and helpful. The process was fairly straightforward in the beginning. There were some complications that could have derailed the adoption, but Mr. Baker was able to work things out with the birth parents. He was always looking out for the interests of the birth parents while making sure we were still able to adopt the child. Mr. Baker oversaw all the final adoption and kept us apprised of the all details involved in the process. He was always forthcoming with information, providing us with options and details. We succeeded in adopting a beautiful little boy. I am quite sure that without Mr. Baker's expertise and delicate handling of the situation we would not have been able to call this little boy our own.
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Posted by anonymous | February 19, 2019
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Grateful
During a very difficult time, unsure where to turn, a trusted friend recommended Ted Baker. Having no other recommendations or even a basic knowledge of the legal system we hired Ted and now are so thankful we did! He expertly navigated us through a messy case and we came out on the other side alive and well. He was patient, understanding and quick to respond to our needs and questions as they arose. I don’t think we could have done it without him.
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Posted by anonymous | February 19, 2019
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Successful child guardianship
I hired Ted when I wanted to pursue guardianship for my grandson. He was very effective and always responded to my questions very promptly. The case went much more smoothly than I ever anticipated. Overall, I was very impressed with the services he provided and would definitely hire him again and will highly recommend him to others.
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Posted by anonymous | February 19, 2019
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Name Change
Mr. Baker helped me get my name legally changed so all my records had the same name. When I considered retiring I examined my legal documents and found that my name was not consistent. The name used by social security, my pension, life insurance, and other financial accounts were not identical. Mr. Baker examined all of the documents and had my name legally changed to what it should have been. Then he contacted all of the financial institutions, my pension administrator, and social security to correct any issues with my name. As a result, when I retired I had no problems claiming benefits I was entitled to receive. The work Mr. Baker did was thorough, the result was excellent, and everything was done in a brief period of time. I would recommend anyone talking to him about any legal matter.
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Posted by John | February 19, 2019
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| Hired Attorney
Excellent Legal Counsel!
Several years ago, during a very complicated family situation involving one of my children, I sought out Ted Baker for legal representation. Ted’s integrity, command of the law and advocacy for his client was invaluable in keeping our family together and our daughter safe, for which I am forever grateful. Since then, I have reached out to Ted on other legal matters and will continue to do so. Quite frankly, if anyone asks me who I would recommend for legal representation, I cannot think of anyone more highly qualified than Ted Baker.
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Posted by anonymous | February 7, 2014
STAY AWAY FOR FAMILY/DYFS CASE'S
I hire Ted for my child custody case/DYFS case. his rates are extremely expensive at 350 dollars an hour, with a huge retainer up front now if this lawyer was any good I can understand the rates being so high but for him being more than poor if I could give him no stars I would. in my case he totally sided with DYFS n the other party who I was against which I thought was illegal?! I also never got one statement from him saying where any of my money was going! he FAILED in every aspect of this entire case& had me lose my child& made me look horrible&ruined me for over 2yrs.I had so much pain and suffering and lost because of him, my case was not even close to being over and he just decided to say it was closed? no professional attorney does this! he is the worst! not just in South Jersey but the entire world. stay far away from him he's not worth a penny or the air you breathe. he's being reported to the Bar Association,etc. I will not rest until I get some of my attorney fees back. I heart really highly recommend that you stay away from this attorney. he also would send his other attorney to do his work for him and it still wouldn't get done. he really ruined my life and my child's life. he was friends with the other attorney we were working against and immediately took the other person side that we were against and also friends with the DYFS worker bc they used to work together some yrs ago, they are both being looked into. Very shady. I never got notices for court until the night before, what else can I possibly say except to just Stay Far away from this guy, I have nothing nice to say and that's pretty sad! At least some people deserve one star, but Ted gets a BIG FAT ZERO,BC THAT'S WHAT HE'S WORTH.
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AVVO RATING 9.5 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Law Offices of Theodore J Baker LLC
  • 2019 - Present
  • Partner
  • Afonso & Baker, PC
  • 2007 - 2019
  • Deputy General Counsel
  • State Of New Jersey
  • 2004 - 2007
  • Associate
  • Archer & Greiner, PC
  • 2000 - 2003
  • Law Clerk
  • State Of New Jersey Judiciary
  • 1999 - 2000
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Education

  • Seton Hall University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1999
  • Saint Joseph's University
  • BA
  • 1996

Sample of Legal Cases

  • DCPP v. X.W.
  • Custody won for client
  • State v D.B.
  • Successful plea negotiation
  • State v. Brown, 83 A.3d 45 (2014)
  • Unanimous decision

Associations

  • Thomas S. Forkin Family Law American Inn of Court
  • Master
  • 2019 - Present
  • New Jersey Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2018 - Present
  • Camden County Bar Association
  • Member
  • 1999 - Present
  • Vermont Bar Association
  • Member
  • 2014 - 2017
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Certificate of Merit
  • New Jersey Ethics Board
  • 2015
  • Top Attorney
  • SJ Magazine
  • 2010
  • Exceptional Service Award
  • New Jersey Governor
  • 2005
  • Teamwork/Partnership Achievement Award
  • New Jersey Governor
  • 2004
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Publications

  • The Barrister (Camden County Bar Association)
  • Topics in DYFS Law
  • 2012

Speaking Engagements

  • A Teacher's Duty to Report Suspected Abuse
  • A Teacher's Duty to Report Suspected Abuse
  • 2019
  • Intro to Family Law
  • Introduction to DCPP litigation
  • 2018
  • Intro to Criminal Law
  • Intro to Criminal Law
  • 2018
  • Bi-annual recertification seminar
  • Compliance Issues and Duty to Report
  • 2018
  • Intro to Family Law
  • Introduction to DCPP litigation
  • 2017
  • Intro the Criminal Law
  • Intro the Criminal Law
  • 2017
  • Intro to Family Law
  • Introduction to DCPP litigation
  • 2016
  • Intro the Criminal Law
  • Intro the Criminal Law
  • 2016
  • Bi-annual recertification
  • Compliance and Duty to Report
  • 2016
  • Intro to Family Law
  • Introduction to DCPP litigation
  • 2015
  • Intro the Criminal Law
  • Intro the Criminal Law
  • 2015
  • Legal Line
  • Municipal Law
  • 2013
  • DYFS litigation Update
  • DYFS Litigation
  • 2013
  • American Inns of Court
  • DYFS Matters for Family Lawyers
  • 2013
  • Family Law/DYFS Overlap
  • DYFS Litigation
  • 2011
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Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (5)
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Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ted always undertakes his legal representation in a very professional manner. Not only is he very conscious about his duties to his clients, he thoroughly explains the operable law and assesses the strengths and weaknesses of the case with his clients so that they are adequately prepared for all potential results. Ted clearly fights hard for his clients, which is shown time and time again by his clients' satisfaction as well as his solid reputation amongst his peers."
Criminal defense Attorney | Mar 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. He has a strong reputation in NJ for advocacy."
Child abuse Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ted's experience in DCPP matters is unrivaled and he understands the complicated web of government agencies involved in these cases. He fights for every client and routinely obtains outstanding results. I endorse this attorney without reservation."
Child abuse Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Mr. Baker's experience as a former Deputy Attorney General who represented the New Jersey DCPP (formerly DYFS) is one of many attributes that makes him a very experienced and talented attorney."
Child abuse Attorney | Mar 16
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ted is the “go to” lawyer for this area of practice. He is highly regarded, honest, and committed to his clients."
Child abuse Attorney | Jun 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Ted is a great lawyer and is highly skilled in representing families in DYFS / DCPP matters. I highly recommend Ted and his firm for clients looking for representation in child abuse and neglect proceedings. I have recommended him to clients who live in southern New Jersey as he is the preeminent expert in DYFS / DCPP litigation in the southern half of the state."
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