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Michelle Baker received her B.A. in Law and Society from the University of California, Santa Barbara and her Juris Doctor from University of San Diego. Having been interested in the practice of law since an early age, Ms. Baker worked in law firms, including the District Attorney office, since high school. Her experience has been in both boutique civil litigation firms as well as large insurance defense firms where Ms. Baker was involved in complex litigation matters including high profile business litigation, cross-border fraudulent transfer actions and numerous multi-million dollar business disputes.


In 2002, Ms. Baker formed Baker & Cerretani, LLP. Although the firm’s name has changed, Ms. Baker has continuously represented many of her clients for nearly a decade.


Ms. Baker focuses her practice on the representation of wrongfully terminated employees. Ms. Baker has represented employees in a broad range of legal issues, including: disability discrimination, unpaid wages and overtime, meal and rest period violations, unlawful retaliation, and workplace violence issues. 


Ms. Baker is a member of the Business Law and Labor and Employment Law sections of the State Bar of California, American Bar Association and San Diego County Bar Association. She has conducted numerous seminars for various business and professional organizations on business and employment law issues.


She considers both San Diego and Luhaèovice, Czech Republic home. Ms. Baker has spent time speaking to children on the importance of education. She also sat on Board of Directors for Youth Tennis of San Diego which has provided thousands of children a safe haven for after school activities.


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Practice areas


  1. Employment: 80%
    18 years
  2. Debt Collection: 10%
    18 years
  3. Business: 10%
    18 years

Attorney endorsements

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  • Joshua Michael Entin

    I have had the pleasure of working with Michelle as co-counsel in multiple complex business litigation disputes in state and federal courts throughout Florida and California. Michelle always demonstrated a keen intellect and understanding of the intricate issues in these matters, and zealously advocated on behalf of our clients. Michelle's leadership skills and ability to see the big picture were critical to the successes of our litigation team.


    Joshua Entin Litigation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

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    Michelle's thoughtful and client-focused approach to cases makes her an extremely successful legal advocate. Whether in a courtroom, client meeting, lecture or personal setting, Michelle's enthusiasm for the law shines through. She is a tenacious attorney who focuses her efforts on getting top-notch results for her clients. I wholeheartedly endorse her.


    Sabrina Patterson Business Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Baker & Cunningham

4370 La Jolla Village Dr
Ste 655
San Diego, CA, 92122


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Managing PartnerBaker & Cunningham2012 - Present
Managing Partnerb|r Law Group, LLP2008 - 2012
PartnerBatcher, Zarcone & Baker2004 - 2008
PartnerBaker & Cerretani2002 - 2004
Associate AttorneyBauer & Schultz1998 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
California Employment Lawyers AssociationMember2010 - Present
State Bar of California, Labor and Employment Law SectionMember2002 - Present
Consumer Attorneys Association of Los AngelesMember2002 - Present
San Diego County Bar AssociationMember1998 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember2008 - 2009
Youth Tennis San DiegoBoard Member2004 - 2007
San Diego County Bar FoundationMember2001 - 2003
Lawyers Club of San DiegoAttorney Member1999 - 2006
Publication nameTitleDate
Amazon BooksHow to Win Your Unemployment Appeal2012
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of San Diego School of LawN/AJD - Juris DoctorN/A
University of California - Santa BarbaraN/AOther - BachelorsN/A