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David R. Baake

david@baakelaw.com
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Phone: (575) 343-2782

2131 N Main St
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88001

New Mexico business lawyer David Baake is a native of the Paso del Norte region, where the Rio Grande passes between two desert mountain ranges and the states of Chihuahua, MX, New Mexico, and Texas meet. After graduating summa cum laude from Arizona State University with a degree in biological sciences, he obtained his juris doctorate from Harvard Law School. After law school, he spent a year working on climate and clean energy law at the Natural Resources Defense Council in Washington, D.C., before completing two federal clerkships, first with Judge David G. Campbell in Phoenix and then with Judge George H. King in Los Angeles, where he became intimately familiar with commercial litigation. In 2017, David moved back to the borderlands. After a brief foray into politics, he started his own law practice. He represents clients across the country, from the D.C. Circuit to the L.A. Superior Court to the district courts in Doña Ana and Lincoln County, New Mexico. In his free time, David enjoys backpacking in New Mexico's Gila Wilderness, traveling across Mexico, and listening to music ranging from Bob Dylan and Radiohead to Prince and Natalia Lafourcade. Fluent in Spanish, David enjoys reading literature in both English and Spanish, and usually has three or four books open at once. Recent favorites include Temporada de Huracanes by Fernanda Melchor and Fifth Sun: A New History of the Aztecs by Camilla Townsend; Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy is an all-time favorite. David is an accomplished birder, who has over 400 bird species on his life list.

Education

J.D., Harvard University, 2014

B.S. ( Biological Sciences), Arizona State University, 2011
Summa cum laude

Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice New Mexico, 2017
California, 2019
Client Reviews
★★★★★
"Very knowledgeable! We hired Mr. Baake after our previous lawyer was suspended just one month before our trial date. We are so glad we found him! We were being sued for $250,000, and were going to lose our case. Mr. Baake was much more knowledgeable. He brought up several issues that our other lawyer never thought of. The Plaintiff did not show up to for the trial. The case was dismissed! Thank you so much, Mr. Baake!” - B. Crane
★★★★★
"We run a small business in AZ and had a customer in New Mexico who hadn’t paid us for product and services rendered. The customer was in the process of trying to sell their business so we had to intervene in their sale to get our proceeds. It was an out of the box kind of situation and David took it on no problem and with ease. We are out of state and David handled it all for us remotely which was a plus. Thanks to David, we ended up receiving our money plus interest. He was a pleasure to work with and his communication during the entire process was amazing. Thanks again David for all of your help!" - M. B.
★★★★★
"David is our go-to attorney for resolving contract and real estate disputes. He isn't afraid to go up against big corporations to fight for what is right, but always keeps an eye on how to resolve matters in a way where the out-of-pocket cost for us is minimized. We trust David's opinion both on when to move forward and when to settle. David is incredibly smart and his work meticulous, but most importantly he has helped us gainfully resolve disputes with individuals and companies that we never expected would come to a favorable conclusion." - Crystal S.