Brad N. Baker
Veteran Estate Planning Attorney
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 serves 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 – 2017.
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.
- California, 1975
- 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
- University of California, Los Angeles School of Law
- J.D., 1975
- University of California, Irvine
- B.A., 1972
Areas of Legal Practice
Pro Bono Activities
- Board Vice Chair, H.E.L.P.
- L.A. Legal Aid Foundation, Venice location
- Mentor for Law Students and Attorneys
- Volunteer Attorney for Mediation
South Bay Community Involvement
- Established Acacia Adult Day Services in 1979 (formerly Garden Grove Adult Day Services)
- Hermosa Beach Chamber of Commerce – Board Member and Advisor
- Kiwanis Member since 1981
- South Irvine AYSO Head Coach 8 Years, Co-Commissioner of Division 2 Years
- Volunteered Weekly in Daughter’s Classroom (K-6)
- Hermosa Beach Community Center Charter Board Member
News About Brad
By Brad N. Baker
In some circumstances a small estate can avoid probate if there is not a Will or Trust. Learn how to check how an estate could qualify for that or whether a Trust or Will is needed.read more
By Brad N. Baker
Although the challenges in our lives seem to be headed our way with increasing speed, the blessings that we are given far exceed the challenges when a moment is taken to reflect.read more
Recent estate law changes have created new opportunities for people with less than $10 million in assets to reduce future income taxes for their beneficiaries.
Brad N. Baker, senior estate planning attorney at Baker, Burton & Lundy, describes what basis is and how the new opportunities with Portability might affect you.
On Friday, May 16, 2014, Brad Baker, partner at the Law Offices of Baker, Burton & Lundy, presented a donation of $93,940 from the Anti-trust Natural Gas Settlement to the Legal Aid Society of San Diego, thus completing a 14 year journey.read more
Three years ago the attorneys from the firm of Baker, Burton & Lundy were instrumental in a $1.7 billion settlement between California residents and El Paso Natural Gas. Last week the same attorneys signed off on a $2 billion settlement with San Diego-based Sempra Energy.read more
Brad Baker put together a team of Erin Brokovich attorneys and others who would build the case—laughed off at first by many insiders—into a class-action antitrust lawsuit that has been tentatively settled by one of the energy companies for a dizzying $1.7 billion.read more