David R. Baake
350 El Molino Blvd
Las Cruces, NM 88005
Harvard Law ‘14. Experienced Litigator + Clean Energy Expert, Serving the State of New Mexico.
Climate & Energy Law. I regularly represent clients who are working to reduce emissions of greenhouse gases and other air pollutants in their communities. For example, I currently represent Sierra Club in two complex appeals related to the regulation of ozone pollution under the Clean Air Act, and recently argued on of these cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit. Last year, I co-authored the Natural Resources Defense Counsel’s petition for certiorari in NRDC v. Mexichem Fluor, Inc., 18-2 (U.S.), a case involving regulation of high-global-warming-potential refrigerants. In addition to litigation, I represent clients in administrative proceedings related to climate and energy policy. For example, I currently represent Sierra Club on New Mexico’s Methane Advisory Panel, an advisory group convened by state regulators to prepare a technical background document on measures that can reduce methane emissions from the oil and gas sector. I am also representing the Renewable Energy Industry Association of New Mexico in the San Juan Replacement Resources Proceeding before the New Mexico Public Regulation Commission.
Commercial Litigation. I regularly represent clients in breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, and other commercial disputes, in both New Mexico and California. Representative matters include:
Stover v. Sajasi, et al., 19STCV18148 (LA Cty. Sup. Ct) (counsel for defendants in shareholder derivative suit related to luxury car rental company)
Palumbo Design, LLC v. 1169 Hillcrest, LLC, 19STCV18838 (LA Cty. Sup. Ct.) (co-counsel for plaintiff in case involving $22 million real estate transaction)
Cannon v. Maldonado, D-307-CV-2017-01255 (Doña Ana Cty. District Ct.) (took over as counsel for defendants after pre-trial conference and obtained dismissal of $250,000 breach-of-contract claim before trial)
Although I am experienced litigator, I try to resolve disputes without litigation whenever possible. For example, earlier this year I helped a New Mexico franchisee obtain a settlement from its former franchisor for substantially all of its demand, less than two weeks after accepting its case.
Business Law. I work with New Mexico businesses to draft contracts, raise capital, and identify tax savings. For example, I recently helped a start-up company prepare an exempt securities offering, drafting its private placement memorandum and securing a “no action” assurance from the New Mexico Securities Division. I later provided that company with a comprehensive overview of tax credits and deductions available for clean energy investments. I regularly create operating agreements for New Mexico limited liability companies, and counsel companies seeking to resolve disputes between members. I have also provided enforceability opinions to companies seeking to close real estate finance transactions in New Mexico.
I am admitted to practice law in the States of New Mexico and California. I am also admitted to practice before several federal courts, including the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and the Fifth Circuit and the U.S. District Courts for the District of New Mexico and the Central District of California.