Attorney of the Month Timothy L. Baker By Marlene Fribley Wisdom of the Ages I f it is a common ambition to secure a full and successful life for oneself, then New York-based corporate litigation attorney, Timothy L. Baker, Esq., could be the envy of all who dare to dream. Humble recipient of numerous awards, enterprising undertaker of global adventures, faithful ambassador of the armed services, beloved colleague, friend, husband, father and self-proclaimed country-boy, it would appear as though, Baker has in fact, done it all. Teetering toward the top of his illustrious list of achievements is, perhaps, the fact that Baker is three months shy of having racked up 30 years of excellence in the legal profession. The celebrated attorney is admitted to practice before the United States District Courts for the Middle and Southern Districts of New York, the Fifth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Baker has been managing partner with corporate litigation firm, Smith, Jones & Baker since 1995. His personality, which is dominated by his quick wit and warm demeanor, becomes endearingly sober when asked about the gaggle of awards and accolades sprinkled about his tenure in the law profession. “I have been honored far beyond my deserving,” he mused. Over the years, Baker’s attracted the recognition of The Best Lawyers of America, Who’s Who in Finance and Industry, Who’s Who in the South and Southwest, Who’s Who in American Law, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who in the World. He was named President of the State Young Lawyers Bar Association in 1985, and President of the New York City Bar Association in 2004. In 1997, he became the youngest lawyer in the state of New York to receive an invitation to the American College of Trial Lawyers. “I think people enjoy getting free legal advice,” Baker said. “It’s a different way of bringing public interest issues onscreen and I’ve got a good rapport with the anchor team.” Most recently, and perhaps most significantly, The American Board of Trial Advocates named him New York Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2011. “I was very honored by that,” Baker said. “Being inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers is like going to heaven. You think it’s going to happen someday, but when it does it’s a shock.” Just two years ago, Baker received the Professionalism Award of the New York City Bar. “That is one that I cherish,” he said. Over the course of his storied career, Baker has championed some unique and high profile cases in the name of corporate litigation. He is passionate about helping people and he doesn’t need a paycheck to prove it. He is a devoted volunteer and beloved media hero. It could be said that Baker’s close relationship with the media began in the early 90’s after taking on a number of high profile cases. His cases were routinely the subject of daily local and national news coverage. “It was then that my career really blossomed,” he said. “I realized at that point the media can help you if you understand how to work with them.” By now, well on his way to establishing himself as a media favorite, Baker appeared on syndicated primetime programs such as “20/20,” “Inside Edition,” and “A Current Affair.” He prospered in his role as the go-to attorney for local matters of interest involving corporate law. In the early morning hours, Baker can often be found in the Fox News studio. For the past decade he has been making frequent onscreen appearances to discuss corporate law issues in an effort to aid viewers in need of legal guidance. Over time, Baker has come to establish himself as an audience favorite. “I think people enjoy getting free legal advice,” Baker said.