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Scott Baker
Haynes and Boone, LLP

1050 17th Street, Suite 1800
Denver, CO 80265
Phone: 303.382.6200
Email: scott.baker@haynesboone.com
Other URL http://www.haynesboone.com/people/b/baker-scott

I Am Effective at Dispute Resolution

Over 75% of the cases in which I have been a mediator have settled.  Each case is different, and I cannot say that your client’s case will settle, but I work tirelessly and combine my training and experience as a mediator with the depth and breadth of my litigation experience to help your client get back to business and back to life.  

I understand settlement dynamics and negotiation strategies and I have the knowledge, experience, energy, patience, and persistence that it takes to help parties reach agreement.  I do not just carry offers back and forth—I am active in the settlement process.  I learn what the parties are really interested in and concerned about.  I can provide an informed and objective discussion of the litigation process and alternatives to trial.  I help parties and their counsel explore options to find common ground.  And my experience allows me to ask the tough questions and talk frankly and impartially with parties and counsel about complex litigation issues and the parties’ evaluation and expectations of the potential risks and rewards of litigation. 

I Understand You, Your Client, and Your Litigation

I have been in the same trenches with my clients that you and your client are in.  I have litigated and negotiated complex, high-profile, and high-stakes commercial and civil cases for over 22 years.  I know how hard counsel work to get their clients the best possible result.  And I know the toll that litigation can take on parties’ money, time, productivity, and life. 

I have represented plaintiffs and defendants, individuals, small companies, and Fortune 500 companies in state and federal courts.  I practice at an AmLaw 100 international law firm in Denver, but have also practiced at a mid-size firm in Texas and at a small law firm.  I have litigated and mediated disputes of all kinds (see below and  http://www.haynesboone.com/people/b/baker-scott), so I likely know and have experience with the issues that are involved in your case. 

  • construction, including claims for defects and for compensation
  • insurance coverage, including first party commercial property insurance
  • subrogation claims involving large property losses
  • probate, trust, and fiduciary
  • personal injury
  • contracts
  • oil and gas
  • business divorces
  • employment, including theft of trade secrets
  • real estate, including lease disputes
  • intellectual property, including licensing agreements and patents and trademarks
  • administrative law
  • CERCLA contribution
  • water rights
  • clergy misconduct
  • ADA and sports

 

Education and Credentials

J.D., University of Texas at Austin School of Law, 1995

B.S., Economics, Texas A&M University, magna cum laude, 1992

Certificate, Professional Mediation Training, University of Denver, University College, 2012

 

Court Admissions

Colorado (2008)

Texas (1995)

U.S. District Courts: District of Colorado, Western District of Texas, Southern District of Texas, and pro hac vice admission in other federal courts

 

Professional Recognition

Rated AV® Preeminent by Martindale Hubbell Law Directory (2014)

Named a “Trailblazer in Litigation” by the National Law Journal (2016)

Listed in Texas Super Lawyers Rising Stars, General Litigation, Thomson Reuters (2007)

 

Reported Cases

  • Tetra Tech Constr., Inc. v. Summit Natural Gas of Maine, Inc., 2016 WL 3881056 (D. Me. July 13, 2016), aff’d, 2016 WL 4133503 (D. Me. Aug. 3, 2016).  Trial court counsel.
  • Asarco LLC v. Noranda Mining, Inc., 2016 WL 1317493 (D.Utah Mar. 31, 2016), rev’d and remanded, 844 F.3d 1201 (10th Cir. 2017).  Trial court counsel.
  • TIG Global, LLC v. PC Specialists, Inc.,  2011 WL 524409 (D. Colo. Nov. 3, 2011). Trial Court Counsel.
  • Leprino Foods Co. v. Factory Mut. Ins. Co., 2009 WL 890137 (D. Colo. Mar. 27, 2009), judgment aff’d, 653 F.3d 1121 (10th Cir. 2011). Trial Court Counsel.
  • W. Silver Recycling, Inc. v. Liberty Mut. Ins. Co., 2010 WL 11570286 (W.D.Tex. Dec. 15, 2010).  Trial court counsel.
  • Pool v. Diana, No. 03-08-00363-CV, 2010 WL 1170234, (Tex. App.—Austin Mar. 24, 2010, pet. denied) (mem. op.) (Patterson, J., concurring and dissenting on additional sanctions imposed by appellate court). Trial court counsel.
  • CWCapital Asset Mgmt. LLC v. Wausau Bus. Ins. Co., No. 04-08-00457-CV, 2009 WL 1900413 (Tex. App.—San Antonio July 1, 2009, no pet.) (mem. op.). Appellate court counsel.
  • Combs v. Entm’t Publ’ns, Inc., 292 S.W.3d 712 (Tex. App.—Austin 2009, no pet. h.). Trial court counsel.
  • In re Cerberus Capital Mgmt., L.P., 161 S.W.3d 531 (Tex. App.—Austin 2004, orig. proceeding), mandamus conditionally granted, 164 S.W.3d 379 (Tex. 2005). Represented parties not the subject of appellate court opinions.
  • Botter v. Am. Dental Ass’n, 124 S.W.3d 856 (Tex. App.—Austin 2003, no pet.). Trial and appellate court counsel.
  • FM Prop. Operating Co. v. City of Austin, 22 S.W.3d 868 (Tex. 2000). Trial and appellate court counsel.
  • Jones v. United States Golf Ass’n, Civ. No. A-00-CA-278 JN, slip op. (W.D. Tex. Aug. 30, 2000).  Trial court counsel.

I am available to mediate disputes in towns of all sizes across Colorado and Texas.  

Practice Areas

  • Business
  • Civil Matters
  • Construction
  • Consumer Related
  • Education/School Related
  • Employment Issues
  • Environmental
  • Healthcare
  • HOA/Homeowner
  • Insurance
  • Landlord/Tenant
  • Personal Injury/Product Liability
  • Probate, Estate & Trust
  • Real Estate

Additional Professional Services

  • Federal Court Mediator
  • Licensed Attorney
 

Accepts Sliding Fee?

Yes

Additional Availability

✓ Evenings