When the stakes are high, excellence matters. Attorney David R. Baake specializes in litigating complex business law cases across New Mexico and the southwest, with a particular focus on federal court litigation. Many of his cases involve millions of dollars of potential liability. In other cases, the future of the client’s business is at stake. David has significant experience litigating partnership and LLC disputes, as well as breach of contract, trade secret, non-compete, and fraud claims. Real estate disputes related to covenants, easements, landlord-tenant relations, and nuisance are another staple of his practice. Drawing upon a world-class legal education, two federal clerkships, extensive courtroom experience, and an indefatigable work ethic, David provides his clients with representation that few other attorneys can match.
In addition to commercial litigation, Attorney Baake regularly represents national non-profits, clean energy trade groups, and others in litigation and administrative proceedings related to climate and energy policy. A recent highlight was serving as lead counsel for a coalition of environmental groups that successfully persuaded the New Mexico Environmental Improvement Board to adopt the Advanced Clean Cars rule, which requires automakers to deliver an increasing number of zero emission vehicle to the state. Other representative matters include briefing the D.C. Circuit and the U.S. Supreme Court regarding U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s “good neighbor plan” to reduce interstate air pollution and briefing and arguing several complex federal appeals related to EPA’s air quality designations for ozone,
While much of his federal experience has come in climate and clean energy cases, David maintains a broader federal appellate practice. He is admitted to practice before three federal courts of appeals: the Tenth Circuit, the Fifth Circuit, and the D.C. Circuit, and routinely briefs and argues civil appeals in these courts. Whether you find yourself in commercial litigation over a contract dispute, or in a dispute with a former business partner, or in need a federal appellate attorney, the Baake Law Firm is here to help.
When business partners stop getting along, things can get messy quickly. Often, business dissolution cases resemble a divorce, with the parties fighting about how to divide up company assets. In some cases, the partners have simply reached a deadlock regarding a critical decision. In other cases, there may be allegations of fraud, mismanagement, and self-dealing. Issues related to the misappropriation of trade secrets or violations of non-compete agreements may arise. Resolving these disputes will require careful attention to the terms of the operating agreement, the company’s financial records, and other factors. If you find yourself in a partnership or LLC dispute in New Mexico, you should retain an experienced business lawyer as soon as possible. David has the knowledge and skill to help you resolve your dispute on favorable terms.
Business owners use contracts to govern nearly all of their relationships. Some of those contracts may be oral, but most are reduced to writing. Some of these writings may be standardized forms, while others may be carefully crafted with a particular transaction in mind. But regardless of how much care goes into the formation of a contract, it is impossible to eliminate all ambiguity or address every eventuality, and businesses may find themselves in litigation over the meaning of a contract. Sometimes, there is a question of whether the contract itself was procured by fraud or a material misrepresentation. If you find yourself in a contract dispute, you should retain a New Mexico business lawyer to assist you in resolving the dispute on favorable terms. David routinely represent parties in high-stakes contract disputes, having successfully litigated cases in which hundreds of thousands of dollars turned on the meaning of a single word or phrase.
Although most people associate the term “temporary restraining order” with interpersonal disputes, this remedy is potentially available in any civil case. In appropriate circumstances, a party can apply for emergency injunctive relief to prevent his or her business partner from committing fraud, absconding with company money, or taking other action that will result in irreparable harm. David helped one client secure a check worth more than a million dollars after his partner converted it and deposited it in a newly opened bank account in a different state. In other cases, litigants seek emergency relief when it is not warranted, hoping to obtain a burdensome injunction that will provide them with a strategic advantage in subsequent litigation. David helped a large dispensary in California defeat an emergency motion brought by a disgruntled minority shareholder who asked the court to appoint a receiver to take over the company’s operations. If an emergency arises and your company needs to seek relief immediately, or you find yourself having to respond to such a motion on short notice, you need a business lawyer who is experienced working under pressure, who knows the law governing equitable remedies by heart, and who will work overnight if necessary to get the job done. New Mexico businesses rely on David to respond to civil emergencies because he has shown time and again that he has what it takes to get the job done when the stakes are highest.
New Mexico businesses often find themselves grappling with unique legal issues related to real property. Disputes may arise between a commercial landlord and tenant about whether the tenant is complying with the lease agreement, or whether the tenant can remove improvements from the building upon termination of the lease. Questions may arise about the title of a property. For example, a tenant may claim to have acquired title through the operation of a lease-purchase agreement, while the landlord may argue that the tenant breached the agreement and thus is precluded from acquiring title. In these cases, a party may file a lawsuit and record a notice of lis pendens against the property, which will prevent the owner from selling the property until it is dissolved. In other cases, a property owner may find itself in a dispute with the owner of a neighboring parcel-for example, about the boundary that separates the properties, the terms of a covenant or easement, or about activities that may constitute a nuisance. Whatever your issue, New Mexico business lawyer David Baake has the knowledge and experience to help you resolve it.
Drawing upon his science background and over a decade of thought leadership related to climate policy, David routinely represents national non-profits, clean energy trade groups, and others in litigation related to climate and clean energy law and policy. In recent years, David has briefed and argued complex Clean Air Act cases and co-authored a petition for certiorari to the United States Supreme Court in a case involving regulation of greenhouse gases. In addition to litigation, David works on administrative matters related to clean energy policy. In recent years, he served as a member of New Mexico’s Methane Advisory Panel, an advisory group convened by state regulators to study options for reducing pollution from the oil and gas industry; he later represented a coalition of environmental groups in formal rulemaking proceeding before the New Mexico Oil Conservation Commission that resulted in precedent setting ban on the wasteful practice of routine flaring from oil wells. If you need expert advice on clean energy law or policy, contact us today.
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