John Baker

 
Mr. Baker brings over 25 years of experience of advising businesses on their legal strategies.  As a business lawyer, his clients have included banks, real estate developers, manufacturers, start-ups and medium sized businesses.  Throughout his practice, he has sought creative yet practical solutions to businesses'  legal problems.

He had his own law firm in Beverly Hills before working with a law firm in Orange County, California that specialized in international law, concentrating on Chinese and other Asian clients.  This law firm was the first to establish a partnership with a law firm in the Peoples Republic of China. 

From there, he moved to another law firm in Orange County, California that specialized in real estate law and business law.  During that time, he became chair of the bankruptcy department, and worked on several Chapter 11 cases. 

After leaving this law firm, he started his own firm.  That firm focuses on secured financing, with real and personal property.  The firm has also developed a nice representing respondents against whom the California Department of Corporations has issued a Desist and Refrain Order. In these cases, the respondent is charged by the Department of Corporations with securities violations. In addition, the firm also finds financing for companies doing business in Mexico. 

During his years of practice, Mr. Baker has refined his negotiating skills.  He first learned the art of negotiating in the open markets of Mexico City, where he learned to speak Spanish fluently.  Building on those early skills, he is able to negotiate successful settlements for his clients, no matter how dubious the outlook. 

Mr. Baker has a Bachelor of Arts from the University of Illinois, Urbana, and a Juris Doctorate from Whittier College School of Law.  He has written articles on preventative law, mediation and on business financing in Mexico.  Over the years he has lectured on real estate, estate planning and business practices.  He recently won a Court of Appeal case against the Department of Corporations with an unanimous securities decision by the justices on what constituted an investment contract.