Ryan G. Baker

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Intellectual Property Litigation Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

Baker Marquart LLP
 | 777 South Figueroa St., Los Angeles, CA 90017
Phone: 424-652-7800
Fax: 424-652-7850
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2020
Selected To Rising Stars: 2009 - 2012
Licensed Since: 2001
Education: Harvard Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (20%),
  • Securities Litigation (20%),
  • Business Litigation (20%),
  • Appellate (20%),
  • General Litigation (10%),
  • Antitrust Litigation (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • French
    Attorney Profile

    Since founding the firm in 2006, Ryan has established a reputation the media has described as “tenacious,” a “trailblazer” and a “leader.” His victories have been described as a “legal earthquake” and “landmark.” Ryan tries cases and argues appeals in state and federal courts across the country, including the U.S. and California Supreme Courts. He has also arbitrated cases before numerous arbitral organizations, including FINRA.

    Ryan is at home in any courtroom, where he represents both plaintiffs and defendants in trials and appeals. His litigation practice areas include commercial and entertainment disputes, intellectual property (copyright, trademark, trade secret and patent), antitrust, securities, financial technology and white-collar crime. He is also frequently asked to provide pre-litigation advice on these and other issues.

    Based on his experience and success, Ryan has been named a National Law Journal “Litigation Trailblazer,” a “Super Lawyer” and a “Rising Star” by Los Angeles Magazine, a Benchmark “Star,” a “Top Lawyer” by Cablefax, and a “Leader in Law” by Los Angeles Business Journal.

    Ryan has published articles in various journals, including Intellectual Property and Business Law Today. He has appeared on CNN’s Burden of Proof and on NBC Channel 4 News in Los Angeles. Ryan has been repeatedly quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, National Law Journal, Hollywood Reporter and numerous other national publications.

    Ryan is committed to giving back. He is a member of the Anti-Defamation League’s legal advisory committee, through which he advises the ADL on important legal issues to further the fight against bias and hate. He is also a member of the California Central District pro bono panel. Through this panel, Ryan represents indigent individuals in civil rights and other cases in federal court. Ryan is also an Ambassador for the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.

    Ryan is the proud father to four daughters. He has traveled extensively and speaks conversational French. He is an avid cyclist and sponsor of grass-roots cycling. In addition to sponsorship and participation in several cycling events, Ryan has earned the coveted Leadville 100 belt buckle each of the last six years. Ryan is also a certified rescue diver.

    Ryan received his law degree from Harvard Law School in 2000, where he was a member of the Harvard Legal Aid Bureau. In 1997, he earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from Brigham Young University graduating magna cum laude with University Honors.

    Prior to founding Baker Marquart, Ryan practiced at Quinn Emanuel and Cooley.

    Representative Engagements

    • Argued and obtained reversal of trial court’s determination that client’s arbitration agreement was unconscionable. California Court of Appeal found that the trial court’s refusal to permit an evidentiary hearing prior to finding unconscionability was reversible error.
    • In Ninth Circuit, argued and won affirmance of district court’s determination that civil RICO’s predicate act requirement was not satisfied by an allegation that certain intangible property was taken, where such property was not actually transferred.
    • Argued in California Supreme Court to overturn broad anti-SLAPP ruling. Obtained unanimous ruling reversing the trial court’s ruling, which granted an anti-SLAPP motion based on a confidential and allegedly defamatory report, which was found to extent California’s anti-SLAPP law beyond what was intended by the Legislature. Opinion is published here. Oral argument video can be viewed here.
    • Obtained vacatur of seven-figure judgment for client, a real estate holding and management company. Case subsequently settled for approximately 2 percent of the prior judgment amount.
    • Obtained reversal of a Florida cyberstalking injunction in the Florida District Court of Appeals. After oral argument, the Florida appellate court agreed the issued injunction was an improper prior restraint of First Amendment free speech and that no cyberstalking had been established. The Appellate Court directed dismissal of the case in its entirety.
    • Obtained “landmark” copyright ruling, in which the Central District of California court found, for the first time, that an Internet retransmitter of television programming could be entitled to a compulsory copyright license under Section 111 of the Copyright Act.
    • Obtained favorable settlement on behalf of client in patent infringement case against Cirque de Soleil related to Michael Jackson One show.
    • Argued, and won, Ninth Circuit appeal against insurance companies on behalf of Mattel in the Barbie-Bratz litigation.
    • Successfully defended multimillion dollar arbitration brought by international investment bank against client; after five days of arbitration, client prevailed on all claims and recovered attorneys’ fees and costs.
    • Prevailed in two separate but related California appeals to protect client’s right to jury trial.
    • Obtained a favorable settlement for The Carlyle Group in a dispute against the defendant seller of a building that contained asbestos.
    • Defended manufacturer of revolutionary lightweight sport aircraft against engineering company. Obtained a walk-away settlement following the articulation of potential cross-claims.
    • Secured dismissal of claims brought by a landlord against a popular Los Angeles nightclub.
    • Pursued breach of contract claims on behalf of client DIRECTV against a former dealer. Prevailed in arbitration, obtaining an award of all damages sought, in addition to attorneys’ fees.
    • Represented a major retailer and independent studio in a dispute related to the motion picture Monster. After a week of jury trial in Texas state court, obtained a favorable settlement.
    • Filed action for breach of a loan agreement on behalf of his client, a real estate developer, in Maine federal court. Obtained summary judgment on all claims; also obtained sanctions against the defendants based on defendants’ discovery misconduct.
    • Represented a software company seeking to prevent competitor from infringement. Obtained an unprecedented preliminary injunction for client, which enabled that client to protect its intellectual property while pursuing claims against a competitor.
    • Represented a major grocery store chain against discrimination claims brought by a former employee in a week-long jury trial. Client settled on favorable terms while appeal was pending.
    • Defended Rolls-Royce in a dispute related to the construction of an oil platform. Obtained summary judgment of all claims.
     
    Practice Areas
    • 20%Intellectual Property Litigation
    • 20%Securities Litigation
    • 20%Business Litigation
    • 20%Appellate
    • 10%General Litigation
    • 10%Antitrust Litigation
    Focus Areas

    Trade Secret, Appeals, Litigation, Antitrust & Trade Litigation

    Selections

    Selected to Super Lawyers for 7 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 4 years

    Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2020 Rising Stars: 2009 - 2012

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    About Ryan Baker

    Admitted: 2001, California

    Professional Webpage: http://www.bakermarquart.com/attorneys/ryan_baker

    Honors/Awards:

    • Named "Rising Star" by Los Angeles Magazine
    • Highest Peer Review Rating on Martindale-Hubble – AV Preeminent
    • Named "Super Lawyer" by Los Angeles Magazine
    • Recognizing Ryan's "tenacity and still as an advocate," Ryan was recently selected by editors and readers of Cablefax, a leading media and communications publication, as a 2017 top lawyer.  Cablefax described the award as follows: In a world of constant change—from the new video world order to the regulatory uncertainty of a new administration—these are the heroes in the trenches. In this inaugural edition, Cablefax salutes the top lawyers in media and communications as chosen by our editors and readers. These legal eagles excel in contract negotiations, M&A, the intricacies of the FCC, intellectual property, spectrum issues and much more. Read on to learn more about the industry’s greatest legal minds, Top Lawyer, Cablefax, 2017

    Bar/Professional Activity:

    • Member, Harvard Legal Aid Bureau
    • Second Circuit Court of Appeals
    • Northern District of California
    • Los Angeles County Bar Association
    • D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals
    • Central District of California
    • American Bar Association, Litigation Section
    • U.S. Supreme Court
    • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
    • Southern District of California
    • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

    Pro bono/Community Service:

    • Board of Advisors, After-School All-Stars, 2009
    • Harvard Legal Aid Bureau, 1998
    • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles, 2004
    • Ambasador for Children's Hospital Los Angeles
    • Member, Central District of California Pro Bono Panel, 2012

    Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

    Verdicts/Settlements:

    • After a two-hour argument before the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals, the firm was able to negotiate a favorable settlement of the copyright dispute between the firm's client, a provider of internet television content, and the major television networks. , 2017
    • After several successful demurrers, facilitated resolution of series of consumer actions against firm client at the pleading stage., 2019
    • Obtained summary judgment in favor of FilmOn, an internet video streaming company, on FilmOn's claim it is entitled to a compulsory copyright license under Section 111 of the Copyright Act.  This victory was hailed as a "legal earthquake," "unprecedented" and a "landmark ruling." , 2015
    • After Baker Marquart set aside a seven-figure default obtained against the firm's client, client was able to favorably settle the dispute in its entirety., 2018
    • Baker Marquart substituted for prior counsel a year into litigation brought by client plaintiff against purchaser of commercial laundromat equipment.  Shortly after Baker Marquart appeared, Mr. Baker obtained a settlement for an undisclosed sum, which was greater than any amount previously offered by defendant., 2017
    • Baker Marquart won a Florida appeal, reversing a trial court's restraining order after Mr. Baker convinced the Florida Court of Appeal that the trial court's order violated the First Amendment.  In this case, Mr. Baker obtained support from the American Civil Liberties Union and the University of Florida.  This victory was hailed by the Washington Post and others as an important First Amendment ruling.  It's impossible to put a dollar value on free speech!, 2016

    Representative Clients:

    • University of Southern California
    • Avery Dennison Corporation
    • FilmOn.com
    • ICON Aircraft
    • THUMS Long Beach
    • DIRECTV
    • Bank of the West
    • Motorola
    • Sumitomo
    • Zions Bankcorporation
    • The Carlyle Group
    • Funtastic Limited (Australia)
    • Mattel
    • Rolls-Royce

    Other Outstanding Achievements:

    • Quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, National Law Journal, Hollywood Reporter and numerous other publications
    • Appeared on NBC Channel 4 News in Los Angeles
    • Appeared on CNN's Burden of Proof
    • Winner of Leadville 100 finisher's buckle, 2014

    Educational Background:

    • Brigham Young University, Bachelor's Degree in Policital Science with honors, magna cum laude, 1997
    • Harvard Law School, J.D., 2000

    Industry Groups

    • Banking
    • Bitcoin
    • Media
    • New Media
    • Real Estate
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    Office Location for Ryan G. Baker

    777 South Figueroa St.
    Los Angeles, CA 90017

    Phone: 424-652-7800

    Fax: 424-652-7850

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