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James Christian Baker

Employment and labor Attorney at Bloomfield Hills, MI

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About James

Learn James’s areas of practice.

Practice areas
  1. Employment and labor
    Primarily plaintiff/employee based litigation attorney. Will handle the majority of cases on a contingency fee, but do require hourly fees billed on reviewing employment agreements.

    9 years, 15 cases

  2. Contracts and agreements
    Business, financial, service, goods, etc.

    22 years, 10 cases

  3. Insurance
    No-Fault first and third party; premises; construction; contract; errors and omissions.

    19 years, 15 cases

  4. General practice
    All other areas of civil litigation, including probate matters.

    22 years, 5 cases

JAMES C. BAKER, a Northern Michigan native, is a seasoned trial attorney, having successfully represented clients in a variety of forums, excelling in a myriad of specialties. He brings to the litigation arena a proven record with substantial verdicts, settlements, and arbitration decisions; as well as a winning record in the appellate courts. 


While in law school, Mr. Baker clerked for former Michigan Supreme Court Justice Michael F. Cavanagh and the Michigan Attorney General, he was received the Leadership Achievement Award, was chosen by his peers as the Valedictory speaker at his class' commencement, he was a three-term Editor of Law Review, and competed nationally in Trial Advocacy and Moot Court competitions.


Prior to his legal career he worked with families at risk, having focused on helping youth involved with gangs. Mr. Baker has been published internationally. He received an Honorable Discharge from the United States Marine Corps, having served as Presidential Honor Guard and Infantry Fire Team Leader.


Mr. Baker is the father of boy/girl twins and a younger daughter. He, his wife Julie, and his family proudly call Bloomfield Hills their home.

Licensed for 21 years
State MI
Status Active in Good Standing
Acquired 2001
Updated 12/26/2022

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

Contact James

Sterling Attorneys At Law PC
33 Bloomfield Hills Pkwy Ste 250
Bloomfield Hills, MI, 48304-2913


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Posted by Lisa | January 30, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Highly Recommend
I am so thankful to have had the opportunity to meet and hire Jim Baker. At our first meeting, he listened and worked to fully understand my situation to determine if he would be able to help me. He went above and beyond to quickly bring my ordeal to a successful conclusion. My family and I will forever be grateful to Jim Baker.
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Posted by Kathy | January 1, 2016
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| Hired Attorney
Mr. Baker has been my attorney for 3 plus years, and we have worked together on various cases/matters involving legal advice and counsel involving multiple facets of the law. Mr. Baker's genuine concern for his client(s) and his great love of the law shine through in all of his work. Mr. Baker is always straight forward, truthful and trust worthy; looking out for the best interest and well being of his client(s). I would highly recommend Mr. Baker to anyone seeking legal counsel, he is a multi-talented attorney, with knowledge in many areas of the law.
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  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card


AVVO RATING 6.9 (Good)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • Sterling Attorneys at Law, PC
  • 2015 - Present
  • Managing Attorney
  • Varjabedian Attorneys, PC
  • 2013 - 2015
  • Associate
  • Smith & Johnson Attorneys, PC
  • 2003 - 2013


  • The Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2001
  • Michigan State University
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1995
  • University of New South Wales
  • NA
  • N/A

Legal Cases

  • Schleicher v Preferred Services, Inc.; US Circuit Court of Appeals/6th Circuit Case No. 15-1716
  • Appeal pending.
  • Robertson v City of Pontiac; MI CoA No. 310552
  • Defeated summary disposition; affirmed by court of appeals; defeated application for leave to appeal; case resolves favorably for client.
  • In re Lund Estate; MI CoA No. 264044
  • Bank's case dismissed at probate court; affirmed by Michigan Court of Appeals.


  • National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Catholic Lawyers Society
  • Member
  • 2015 - Present
  • Marine Corps League
  • Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • Michigan Association for Justice
  • Member
  • 2005 - Present
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Leadership Achievement Award
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • 2000
  • Eugene Krasicky Award
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • 2000
  • Corpus Juris Secundum Award in Civil Procedure
  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School
  • 1998
  • Honorable Discharge
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 1990
  • Good Conduct Medal
  • United States Marine Corps
  • 1990
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  • Position Paper - Australian Youth Institute
  • Law and Order or Crime Prevention
  • 1994
  • National Children's and Youth Law Centre
  • Wishes vs. Welfare; Discussing Legal Representation of Children from an International Perspective
  • 1994

Speaking Engagements

  • MCODSA Annual Meeting
  • Serving Process
  • 2012
  • MAJ Seminar in the Snow
  • Collecting Judgments
  • 2005

Attorney endorsements

Received (2)
Given (0)
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Personal injury Attorney | Jan 10
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Having worked with Jim for about 2 years, I found that he represented the firm's clients with determination, effectiveness, honesty, and integrity. Also, he related with other people, including judges, their clerks, opposing counsel, legal assistants, team members, and clients real well. Further, he made good decisions and exercised good judgment, even in difficult situations. Lastly, Jim is a real good trial lawyer and negotiator. He can try a case well and negotiate well. If asked to recommend a personal injury attorney, I would recommend Jim."
Litigation Attorney | Jan 05
Relationship: Other
"I worked with Jim on several matters while we were employed at a previous firm. I found Jim to be diligent, proficient, competent and exceptionally caring about his work product, his work ethic and the value he provided to his clients. I would not hesitate to recommend Jim as counsel in a complex matter."
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Bloomfield Hills Employment and labor Lawyer James Christian Baker
James Christian Baker
Employment and labor Attorney
Bloomfield Hills, MI
Licensed for 21 years
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