Meghan M. Baker

Meghan M. Baker

Partner

Meghan M. Baker

Partner

Companies looking to resolve complex legal disputes turn to Meghan Baker for assistance because of her legal skills, creativity, and personalized responsiveness.

Meghan recognizes that litigation does not occur in a vacuum – she understands that the litigation process affects a company often as much as the final result.  When a business becomes involved in a lawsuit, Meghan takes its unique circumstances into account and focuses on finding the best possible solution to its legal problem in a cost-effective and timely manner.

Meghan has represented Fortune 500 companies, regional businesses, sole proprietors, and individuals.  She focuses her practice on complex litigation matters, class actions, business and real estate litigation, employment disputes, and product liability claims.  She has successfully resolved lawsuits involving claims of unfair and deceptive business practices, false advertising, trade secret misappropriation, violations of covenants not to compete, breach of partnership agreements, and fraud, just to name a few.  She routinely practices in federal and state court, and is well versed in alternative dispute resolution procedures.  Clients turn to Meghan because she efficiently and effectively handles all phases of the litigation process, including pretrial pleading and motion practice, discovery and depositions, expert work-up, mediation, trial and appeal.

Meghan graduated first in her class at University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law.  Prior to joining Downey Brand, she served as a law clerk to the Honorable Garland Burrell Jr. in the United States District Court, Eastern District of California.

Experience

Representative Class Action and Products Liability Experience

  • Successfully defended large window manufacturer in nationwide class action asserting violations of the Magnusson-Moss Act and unfair business practices claims.  Obtained a complete dismissal of the action prior to class certification through a motion for judgment on the pleadings.
  • Represented computer parts distributor in nationwide consumer class action involving claims of unfair competition and fraud.  Developed strategy for attacking the lawsuit at the pleadings stage, prior to discovery and significant legal costs.  Drafted successful motion to disqualify class action counsel that ultimately resulted in dismissal of all class allegations against client.
  • Represented regional furniture retailer in consumer class action involving claims of false advertising and fraudulent business practices.  Drafted comprehensive demurrer attacking the complaint.  The action settled on favorable terms while the demurrer was pending.
  • Co-counsel for a nationwide manufacturer of consumer goods in a consumer class action involving claims of unfair competition and violation of the Consumer Legal Remedies Act.  Drafted a successful motion to stay the proceedings.  The action was dismissed with prejudice following the settlement of a related national class action.
  • Counsel for fireplace manufacturer in personal injury action asserting strict products liability and negligence claims.  Drafted numerous motions, propounded and responded to extensive discovery and managed complex document production issues.  Action settled on favorable terms following meditation (details cannot be provided per confidentially agreement).

Representative Business Litigation Experience

  • Defended national industrial painting company in lawsuit alleging breach of contract and fraud. Drafted and won a motion to disqualify opposing counsel.  Shortly thereafter, negotiated a settlement that resulted in dismissal of the complaint and payment of $1.25 million to client.
  • Defended large regional accounting firm in an arbitration action brought by former partners regarding the buy-out provisions in a partnership agreement and covenants not to compete.  Second chair at arbitration hearing and lead attorney on legal briefing.  The arbitrator rejected all claims against the accounting business, and upheld the validity of the covenants not to compete.  Drafted and won a motion for the accounting firm to recover all of its attorney fees and costs.
  • Represented agricultural financing company in litigation against borrower for breach of contract, fraud and misrepresentation.  Successfully opposed a motion to dismiss the complaint; negotiated favorable monetary settlement for client shortly after the court denied the motion to dismiss.
  • Assisted with the representation of shareholders in litigation under the Uniform Securities Act; drafted successful motion to disqualify counsel and motion for preliminary injunctive relief; action resulted in substantial monetary settlement for clients.
  • Second chair trial counsel in partnership dispute involving real property ownership; action favorably settled on the first day of trial.

Representative Employment Experience

  • Represented clients in litigation instituted by their former employer for breach of contract, unfair competition, tortuous interference with prospective economic advantage, and breach of fiduciary duty; drafted comprehensive motion for summary judgment for clients; shortly thereafter the case settled for less than 1% of the damages sought by the former employer.
  • Represented client in litigation involving non-compete covenants and unfair competition; successfully opposed a motion to transfer the case out-of-state; action settled on favorable terms for client shortly thereafter.

Representative Real Estate Experience

  • Defended mobile home park owner in an action by the purchaser for non-disclosure of mold and other alleged defects.  After mediation, the case settled for less than 10% of the damages sought by purchaser.
  • Represented landowners in action against neighbors involving boundary line dispute, easements and adverse possession.  After mediation, clients received desired easement to adjoining property.
  • Defended landowners in action by a prospective purchaser for breach of an option agreement and non-disclosure.  The action settled for less than 15% of the damages sought by the prospective purchaser.

Representative Appellate Experience

  • Drafted successful appellate brief in the California Court of Appeals, Second Appellate District, based on inadvertent mistake of former counsel.
  • Drafted successful writ of mandate to the California Court of Appeals, Third Appellate District.  Shortly thereafter the case against the client was dismissed.

Professional, Community And Pro Bono Involvement

  • Member, Sacramento Metro EDGE
  • President, Federal Bar Association, Sacramento Chapter, 2013
  • Board Member, Federal Bar Association, Sacramento Chapter, 2007-present
  • Board Member, Sacramento County Bar Association, 2012
  • Board Member, Eastern District Historical Society of California, 2014
  • McGeorge School of Law, Mock Trial Coach 2005 -2010
  • McGeorge Law Review, Volume 36, Former Chief Comment Editor
  • McGeorge Law Review, Volume 35, Former Comment and Legislative Staff Member

Honors And Rankings

  • Super Lawyers, Northern California Rising Star, Business Litigation, 2014-2016
  • Sacramento Business Journal, Best of the Bar, 2015-2016
  • Sacramento Magazine, Top Lawyer, Business Litigation, Class Action/Mass Tort, General Litigation, 2015-2016
  • Order of the Coif
  • Order of BarristersGoAccept

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