William H. Baker, Esq. William H. Baker, Esq.
Arbitrator and Mediator


Legal Background

Before deciding to devote himself full-time to his arbitration and mediation practice, Bill was a litigator in the New York office of Alston & Bird, where he specialized in patent and other IP litigation, as well as serving as both a neutral and an advocate in international and domestic arbitration matters and as a mediator. During his tenure at Alston, Mr. Baker was selected by Corporate America Legal Elite as "Best in Intellectual Property Litigation – New York." Immediately before Alston he practiced with Fish & Neave and then Ropes & Gray after its acquisition of Fish & Neave.

Mr. Baker's previous positions, before moving to New York and specializing in IP and arbitration and mediation matters, include practicing as a partner for 20 years with the Boston firm, Nutter, McClennen & Fish, where he handled a broad cross-section of commercial and tort litigation cases. He is a graduate of Harvard Law School (1972) and Yale University (1968).

ADR Experience

Mr. Baker has served dozens of times as an arbitrator in both domestic and international arbitrations and dozens of times as a mediator in a wide variety of disputes. His activities and accolades in the fields of arbitration and mediation include the following:

• Fellow of the College of Commercial Arbitrators.

• Listed in Best Lawyers in America, International Arbitration, 2010-2016.

• Adjunct professor at Cardozo Law School, teaching a course on international arbitration and mediation for five years.

• Listed by the Silicon Valley Arbitration and Mediation Association (SVAMA) on its 30-member "List of the World's Leading Technology Neutrals."

• Past Co-Chair of the International Litigation and Arbitration Committee of the ABA.

• Selected by the World Bank to make a presentation to law and business school faculties in Beirut, Lebanon on the benefits of mediation and the need for more courses on the subject

• Secretary, New York Branch, Chartered Institute of Arbitrators

• Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators.

• Former officer of the North American User's Council of the London Court of International Arbitration (LCIA).

• Served on arbitration advisory committees for ICDR, AAA, USCIB, CPR, and on the Advisory Board of the Institute for Transnational Arbitration.

• Previous Chair of the Arbitration Committee of the Intellectual Property Owner's Association (IPO) and listed by it as one of 20 arbitrators/mediators recommended to its members.

• On the list of neutrals recommended by the American Intellectual Property Association (AIPLA) to its members for the resolution of IP disputes.

• On the mediation panels for the United States District Court for the Southern District of New York, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, and the Commercial Court of New York State.

• On the panel of arbitrators that resolves attorney-client fee disputes for New York County.

• On the arbitration rosters of WIPO, LCIA, ICC (USCIB), ICDR, and the AAA, among others.

• Member of the Arbitration Club of New York.

• Selected as an arbitrator for the Vis International Arbitration Moot Competition in Vienna and as a mediator for the ICC International Mediation Moot Competition in Paris.

Mr. Baker has arbitrated or mediated disputes involving:

• Intellectual Property
• Trade Secrets
• Commercial Contracts
• Partnerships and Joint Ventures
• Franchises
• Insurance

• Construction
• Professional Malpractice
• Pharmaceuticals
• Medical Devices
• Telecommunications
• Employment

• Antitrust
• Product Liability
• Class Actions
• International Trade
• Civil Rights
Miscellaneous business disputes

A representative listing of specific arbitration and mediation matters he has handled as a neutral are listed under on the ADR Cases page.