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Ryan Baker

Trial Lawyer

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“Recognized for his tenacity and skill as an advocate.”

Cablefax, naming Ryan Baker a "Top Lawyer"

“Partners with your business team and organization, key elements to successful litigation strategies.”

DIRECTV
Vice President & Associate General Counsel

“Over the past 12 years, Baker Marquart has consistently and efficiently won cases on our behalf.”

Real Estate Development Firm
Executive Director

“Good counsel, not just lawyering.”

Rolls Royce
Assistant General Counsel

“Excellent Argument.”

D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals
Presiding Judge

“Strategy has led to resolution of our litigation quickly and favorably”

Real Estate Development Firm
Executive Director

“Ryan Baker and Jaime Marquart are the real deal when it comes to brilliant strategy and powerful argument.”

Alki David
Founder and CEO, FilmOn Networks, Hologram USA, SwissX

“Ryan’s epic D.C. appeals argument in TV neworks v. FilmOn shocked the entertainment industry at its core.”

Alki David
Founder and CEO, FilmOn Networks, Hologram USA, SwissX

“Tenacious,” “trailblazer,” “leader,” “legal earthquake” and “landmark” are some of the words various media have used to describe Ryan and his work. Ryan has tried cases and argued appeals in state and federal courts across the country. Ryan has appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court and California’s Supreme Court. He has prevailed in arbitrations before several different arbitral organizations, including FINRA.

Ryan’s practice areas include business litigation, intellectual property (including patent litigation), entertainment, antitrust, securities, financial technology and white-collar crime. He is also frequently asked to provide pre-litigation advice on numerous issues. Based on his experience and success, Ryan has been named a “Litigation Trailblazer” by the National Law Journal. Ryan has been repeatedly named a “Super Lawyer” and a “Rising Star” by Los Angeles Magazine. He holds the highest, AV Preeminent judicial/peer review rating on Martindale-Hubble. Ryan has also been voted a “Top Lawyer” by Cablefax, and he has been recognized as a “Leader in Law” by the Los Angeles Business Journal.

Ryan has published articles in various journals, including Intellectual Property and Business Law Today. He has appeared on CNN’s Burden of Proof and on NBC Channel 4 News in Los Angeles. Ryan has also been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, National Law Journal, Hollywood Reporter and numerous other national publications. Ryan has lectured on various legal issues, including copyright law and electronic discovery. He has been asked to speak at numerous law schools, including Loyola and Harvard. Based on his expertise in alternative dispute resolution, which he learned from Roger Fisher at the Harvard Negotiation Project, Ryan was asked to present at a conference co-sponsored by the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Commerce.

Ryan serves on the Anti-Defamation League’s legal advisory committee. He is a member of California’s Central District’s pro bono panel. Ryan serves on the Board of Advisors of After-School All-Stars, a non-profit organization providing after-school educational enrichment activities for children. He is also an Ambassador for the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.

Ryan is an avid cyclist and sponsor of grass-roots cycling. He is a member of the Velo Pasadena Baker Marquart Mountain Biking Team. Ryan has won the coveted Leadville 100 belt buckle trophy each of the last six years. Ryan is also a certified rescue diver.

Ryan received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 2000, where he was a member of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. In 1997, he earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Brigham Young University, graduating magna cum laude with University Honors.

Prior to founding Baker Marquart, Ryan practiced at Quinn Emanuel and Cooley.

Representative Engagements

  • Argued to overturn broad anti-SLAPP ruling before California Supreme Court. Obtained unanimous ruling reversing the trial court’s ruling, which granted an anti-SLAPP motion based on a confidential and allegedly defamatory report, which was found to extent California’s anti-SLAPP law beyond what was intended by the Legislature. Opinion is published here. Oral argument video can be viewed here.
  • Obtained vacatur of seven-figure judgment for client, a real estate holding and management company. Case subsequently settled for approximately 2 percent of the prior judgment amount.
  • Obtained reversal of a Florida cyberstalking injunction in the Florida District Court of Appeals. After oral argument, the Florida appellate court agreed the issued injunction was an improper prior restraint of First Amendment free speech and that no cyberstalking had been established. The Appellate Court directed dismissal of the case in its entirety.
  • Obtained “landmark” copyright ruling, in which the Central District of California court found, for the first time, that an Internet retransmitter of television programming could be entitled to a compulsory copyright license under Section 111 of the Copyright Act.
  • Obtained favorable settlement on behalf of client in patent infringement case against Cirque de Soleil related to Michael Jackson One show.
  • Argued, and won, Ninth Circuit appeal against insurance companies on behalf of Mattel in the Barbie-Bratz litigation.
  • Successfully defended multimillion dollar arbitration brought by international investment bank against client; after five days of arbitration, client prevailed on all claims and recovered attorneys’ fees and costs.
  • Prevailed in two separate but related California appeals to protect client’s right to jury trial.
  • Obtained a favorable settlement for The Carlyle Group in a dispute against the defendant seller of a building that contained asbestos.
  • Defended manufacturer of revolutionary lightweight sport aircraft against engineering company. Obtained a walk-away settlement following the articulation of potential cross-claims.
  • Secured dismissal of claims brought by a landlord against a popular Los Angeles nightclub.
  • Pursued breach of contract claims on behalf of client DIRECTV against a former dealer. Prevailed in arbitration, obtaining an award of all damages sought, in addition to attorneys’ fees.
  • Represented a major retailer and independent studio in a dispute related to the motion picture Monster. After a week of jury trial in Texas state court, obtained a favorable settlement.
  • Filed action for breach of a loan agreement on behalf of his client, a real estate developer, in Maine federal court. Obtained summary judgment on all claims; also obtained sanctions against the defendants based on defendants’ discovery misconduct.
  • Represented a software company seeking to prevent competitor from infringement. Obtained an unprecedented preliminary injunction for client, which enabled that client to protect its intellectual property while pursuing claims against a competitor.
  • Represented a major grocery store chain against discrimination claims brought by a former employee in a week-long jury trial. Client settled on favorable terms while appeal was pending.
  • Defended Rolls-Royce in a dispute related to the construction of an oil platform. Obtained summary judgment of all claims.

Representative Clients

  • Avery Dennison Corporation
  • Bank of the West
  • The Carlyle Group
  • DIRECTV
  • FilmOn Networks
  • Funtastic Limited (Australia)
  • ICON Aircraft
  • Mattel
  • Motorola
  • Rolls-Royce Energy Systems
  • Sumifru Corporation (Philippines)
  • Sunnova Solar Energy
  • THUMS Long Beach
  • University of Southern California
  • Zions Bankcorporation

Admissions

  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Second Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
  • Central District of California
  • Northern District of California
  • Southern District of California

Other Professional Activities

  • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • California Central District Pro Bono Panel