Lynn A. Baker

Prof. Lynn A. Baker

Frederick M. Baron Chair in Law and Co-Director, Center on Lawyers, Civil Justice and the Media, The University of Texas at Austin School of Law

Professor Baker's wide-ranging scholarly and teaching interests include Professional Responsibility (especially issues involving "aggregate" litigation and group settlements), attorneys' fees, mass tort litigation, "Mega-settlements," and State and Local Government Law. She is often called upon by lawyers to serve as a consultant and/or expert witness on issues of legal ethics, mass tort settlements, settlement fund allocations, and attorneys' fees.  Professor Baker has also been a court-appointed allocation Special Master in mass tort settlements.  She is an elected member of the American Law Institute.

Professor Baker is the author or co-author of dozens of articles and book chapters, which have appeared in the Columbia Law Review, Cornell Law Review, Duke Law Journal, Texas Law Review, and the Virginia Law Review, among many others. Her most recent publications include "Mass Torts and the Pursuit of Ethical Finality" (Fordham Law Review, 2017, symposium contribution); "Aggregate Settlements and Attorney Liability" (Hofstra Law Review, 2016, symposium contribution); and "Is the Price Right? An Empirical Study of Fee-Setting in Securities Class Actions" (Columbia Law Review, 2015) (with Michael A. Perino and Charles Silver) (selected by Corporate Practice Commentator as one of the "Top Ten Corporate and Securities Articles of 2016"). Professor Baker is also the co-author of a leading law school text, Local Government Law: Cases and Materials (Foundation Press, 5th ed. 2015) (with Clayton P. Gillette and David Schleicher).

A graduate of Yale Law School, Yale College, and Oxford University (Marshall Scholar), she was a Law Clerk to the Hon. Amalya L. Kearse, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (1985-86 Term). A two-time world champion in tournament bridge, Professor Baker won gold medals at the 2018 World Bridge Championships (McConnell Cup) in Orlando, Florida and at the 2014 World Championships (McConnell Cup) in Sanya, China.  She won a silver medal at the 2009 World Bridge Championships (Venice Cup) in Sao Paulo, Brazil. She is also a sixteen-time North American champion and won a gold medal at the 2015 European Open Championships.


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