Baker & McKenzie announced in recently that highly regarded ERISA litigator, James Baker joined its North American Compensation & Employment Law Practice as a partner in the San Francisco/Palo Alto office.  Baker’s practice focuses on ERISA litigation and the counseling of employers on ERISA, employee benefit and executive compensation issues.  Among Baker’s most notable cases, he was the lead attorney in five ERISA stock drop class action cases resulting in consecutive client victories using five different legal theories.  He also regularly represents clients in federal district and appellate courts across the country.

“We are very pleased that Jim has joined Baker & McKenzie,” said Rick Hammett, Chair of the Firm’s North American Compensation and Employment Law Practice Group. “Jim is widely regarded as one of the top ERISA litigators in the US, and he joins a strong ERISA litigation practice at our firm.  I know our clients will value his significant experience and insight, particularly in ‘stock drop’ cases, which continue to be an issue for many companies.”

Baker has frequently been cited as one of the top employment law and ERISA litigation lawyers in the US.  Of these honors, he was named as one of the nation’s top 40 best ERISA attorney’s by the National Law Journal, and listed as a leading attorney nationally for ERISA litigation in Northern California Super Lawyers (2005-2011).  For more information about James Baker joining Baker & McKenzie and further details about Baker & McKenzie’s employment law practice, click here.