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Susan S. Baker

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Susan S. Baker

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Susan S. Baker brings nearly two decades of complex litigation practice to her representation of a wide variety of corporate and individual clients seeking guidance through trial.  With more than 17 years of experience representing lawyers in professional liability defense matters prior to joining Brutzkus Gubner, her expertise encompasses professional malpractice (legal, accountancy and medical), business litigation, construction defect matters, property disputes, bankruptcy adversary proceedings, and intellectual property litigation.  Early in her career, Susan used her background as a licensed pilot to provide an informed perspective to her representation of a pilots and aircraft manufacturers in product liability, personal injury and wrongful death claims.  She has an established track record of success in state and federal trial courts and all courts of appeal, including the United States Supreme Court.

Practice Areas

Representative Matters

Education

  • Represented the late Johnnie L. Cochran before the United States Supreme Court in the attorney’s bid to curtail obscenity-laced picketing by a former client
  • Represented Garth Brooks in a copyright challenge by Kenny Loggins to Brooks’ hit song, ‘Standing Outside the Fire’
  • Represented attorneys for Santa Barbara landowners in decades-old dispute over rights to lucrative property in Central Coast wine country
  • Represented Sony Pictures in efforts to protect its intellectual property rights to the ‘Zorro’ franchise
  • Represented the estate of a pilot killed when his small aircraft collided with a skydiver in a lawsuit against the Federal Aviation Administration for negligent failure to warn
  • McGeorge School of Law (J.D. with honors, 1996)
  • California State University Northridge (B.A., English Literature with high honors, 1992)

Admissions, Memberships and Qualifications

Publications & Presentations

  • California and U.S. District Court, Central District of California (1996)
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit (1998)
  • United States Supreme Court (2004)
  • American Trial Lawyers’ Association (Member)
  • Association of Southern California Defense Counsel (Member)
  • Los Angeles County and Beverly Hills Bar Associations (Member)
  • Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association (Member)
  • Southern California “Super Lawyer” (2013, 2014); Southern California Super Lawyers “Rising Star” (2008 – 2010)
  • Moot Court Best Brief Award (1995)
  • AmJur Award, Family Law (1996)
  • “Eye on the Court: A Preview of Seven Noteworthy Pending California Supreme Court Cases,” Valley Lawyer (January 2015)
  •  “When Can Opposing Counsel Sue You?” Los Angeles Daily Journal (March 26, 2010)