Brad N. Baker has practiced law in the state of California since 1975. His current practice focuses on estate planning and probate/trust litigation. Brad is one of the few attorneys who has had the privilege of arguing twice before the United States Supreme Court as well as twice being a member of the “Billion Dollar Club” for his role in the energy class action settlement. He is a member of the California State Bar Association and the Los Angeles County and South Bay Bar Associations. He also has served on the non-profit board of H.E.L.P., Healthcare and Elder Law Programs Corporation, to help provide seniors more access to legal and healthcare information. One of the top rated estate planning and probate attorneys in the South Bay, Brad has been designated as a Super Lawyer in 2007, 2010, and 2012 – 2022.
ESTATE PLANNING EXPERIENCE
Brad Baker is a veteran estate planner. He offers a highly personalized approach that takes into account the individual situation and goals of each of his clients, creating an estate plan that reflects their needs and wishes. Brad’s substantial background in family law helps him to understand and anticipate the generational issues involved in developing an effective estate plan. Brad has experience in both federal and state courts. Since the late 1980s he has concentrated his practice on trusts, estate planning and probate, including litigation in these areas. Because of Brad’s extensive work in probate litigation matters throughout his career, he knows the litigation process well and is careful to keep his clients out of the courtroom through strategic drafting. “I can tell my clients come in apprehensive,” he says, “and leave with greater peace of mind. The process wasn’t nearly as rigorous and complicated as they’d feared.”
CLASS ACTION TRIAL EXPERIENCE
Brad has brokered teams of attorneys to bring successful class actions totaling recoveries in the billions of dollars. He believes that his extremely varied legal experience, calm demeanor, and sense of humor, even during stressful times, contribute to his ability to bring together talented teams. Some of his best referrals have come from opposing counsel who have paid the most money to his class members. He enjoys the challenges of the class action world and welcomes your referrals.
FOUNDING THE FIRM
After Brad’s experience with Legal Aid, he embarked on a partnership with law school classmate Kent Burton and they established Baker and Burton in May of 1976. Albro Lundy III joined the firm in 1993, adding his litigation skills to the team. Five years in Venice and a move to Hermosa Beach in 1980 have provided many fruitful experiences and blessings in the South Bay. “I prefer to think of myself as a counselor of law,” Brad says. He is a third generation Southern California resident and enjoys being with interesting people any time in any setting. He considers himself to be one of the luckiest and most fortunate people on earth to get to associate with wonderful clients and to share the journey with marvelous co-workers.
U.S. Supreme Court, 1983
U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit, 1981
U.S. District Court Southern District of California, 1980
U.S. District Court Central District of California, 1975
For over 46 years as I have watched from the sidelines helping clients with estate planning and then probate and trust administration after they lose a loved one, there seems to be a consistent pattern. After losing a parent, or spouse, or child, or sibling, we who are left here seem to be in a fog for some period of time. I don’t know how long this will last for any individual. Everyone has his or her own journey.