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The State Bar of California
Federal Courts Appeals for the First Circuit
United States Courts District of Columbia Circuit
State Bar of New Mexico

Representative Cases

Business Dissolution
  • Stover v. Sajasi, 19STCV18148 (L.A. Cty. Sup. Ct) (obtained dismissal of derivative suit related to luxury rent-a-car company)
  • Werner v. Rubin, 20STCV01095 (L.A. Cty. Sup. Ct) (defeated ex parte application for appointment of receiver of cannabis dispensary)
Breach of Contract / Real Estate
  • Palumbo Design v. 1169 Hillcrest, 2020 WL 5267566 (C.D. Cal.) (co-counsel for plaintiff in an ongoing case involving $22 million real estate transaction; successfully defeated motion to dismiss, obtained dismissal of counterclaims, and obtained summary adjudication of key question of contract interpretation)
  • Brighthouse Life Ins. Co. v. Victor Produce, D-623-CV-2019-00084 (Hidalgo Ct. Dist. Ct.) (obtained full repayment of outstanding invoice from receivership estate)
  • Tangredi v. Golden Yarn Flooring, D-1226-CV-2019-00115 (Lincoln Cty. Dist. Ct. 2019) (obtained expungement of lis pendens, allowing client to purchase property subject to litigation)
  • Cannon v. Maldonado, D-307-CV-2017-01255 (Doña Ana Cty. Dist. Ct.) (obtained dismissal of $250,000 breach-of-contract claim)
Climate & Clean Energy Law
  • Natural Resources Defense Council v. Mexichem Fluor, Inc. (U.S., No. 18-2) (co-authored petition for certiorari in a case involving regulation of refrigerants that are potent greenhouse gases)
  • Clean Wisconsin v. EPA, No. 18-1203 (D.C. Cir. July 19, 2020) (argued and briefed two related petitions related to regulation of ozone pollution under Clean Air Act; court unanimously granted both petitions)
  • Texas v. EPA (5th Cir., No. 18-60606) (argued and briefed Clean Air Act petition; decision has not been issued)
  • In re Murray Energy Corp., 788 F.3d 330 (D.C. Cir. 2015) (co-authored environmental intervenor's brief, helping obtain dismissal of premature challenged to EPA's Clean Power Plan rulemaking)
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.