B.A. Yale, 1968; J.D. Harvard Law School, 1972
Mr. Baker has served hundreds of times as a both a mediator and arbitrator in a wide variety of domestic and international disputes. Before devoting himself full-time to his arbitration and mediation practice, Bill was a litigator in the New York office of Alston & Bird, where he specialized in patent and other IP litigation. Before Alston & Bird he was with the New York office of Ropes & Gray and before that with Fish & Neave. Prior to moving to New York and specializing in IP litigation, Mr. Baker was apartner at the Boston firm, Nutter, McClennen & Fish where he handled a broad cross-section of commercial and tort cases, including products liability, personal injury, contract, employment, construction, unfair competition, antitrust, class action and civil rights disputes.
On the mediation panels for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and the Commercial Court of New York State. Mediated cases include contract disputes of all types; IP cases including patent, copyright and trademark disputes; employment cases, including sex and age discrimination, sexual harassment, hostile work environment, and retaliatory termination claims; miscellaneous tort and product liability claims; and miscellaneous claims alleging violation of civil rights (including 28 U.S.C. Sec. 1983), violation of Americans with Disabilities Act and wrongful imprisonment. Listed by the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Association (SVAMA) on its "List of the World's Leading Technology Neutrals." Listed in Best Lawyers in America, International Arbitration, 2010-2016; Elected a fellow of The Chartered Institute of Arbitrators and served as an officer of its New York Branch; Elected a fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators. Past Co-Chair of the International Litigation and Arbitration Committee of the ABA. Served on arbitration advisory committees for ICDR, AAA, USCIB, and CPR. Previous Chair of the Arbitration Committee of the Intellectual Property Owner's Association (IPO) and listed by it as one of the arbitrators/mediators recommended to its members; On the panel of arbitrators that resolves attorney-client fee disputes for New York County. Adjunct professor at Cardozo Law School, teaching a course on international arbitration and mediation from 2010-2015.
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