Ryan G. Baker

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Intellectual Property Litigation Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

Baker Marquart LLP
 | 2029 Century Park East, Suite 1600
Los Angeles, CA 90067
Phone: 424-652-7800
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2018
Selected to Rising Stars: 2009 - 2012
Licensed Since: 2001
Education: Harvard Law School
Practice Areas:
  • Intellectual Property Litigation (20%),
  • Appellate (20%),
  • Business Litigation (20%),
  • Securities Litigation (20%),
  • Antitrust Litigation (10%),
  • General Litigation (10%)
Languages Spoken:
  • English,
  • French
Attorney Profile

Ryan has successfully represented some of the world’s largest companies in complex commercial litigation.  He has tried cases and argued motions state and federal courts across the country. In addition to his trial court practice, Ryan has appeared in front of numerous appellate courts, including the Second, Seventh, Ninth and D.C. Circuits, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court. He has prevailed in arbitrations before several different arbitral organizations, including FINRA.  Ryan’s practice areas include business litigation, intellectual property, entertainment, antitrust, securities and white-collar crime.  He is also frequently asked to provide pre-litigation advice on numerous issues.  Based on his experience and success, Ryan has been named a “Super Lawyer” and a “Rising Star” by Los Angeles Magazine.  He has also obtained the highest peer review rating on Martindale-Hubble – AV Preeminent.  Ryan was recently recognized as one of the nation's top intellectual property lawyers by Cablefax, a leading industry publication.

Ryan has appeared on CNN’s Burden of Proof and on NBC Channel 4 News in Los Angeles.  He has also been quoted in the Wall Street Journal, Los Angeles Times, National Law Journal, Hollywood Reporter and numerous other publications.  Ryan has lectured on various legal issues, including copyright law and electronic discovery.  He has been asked to speak at numerous law schools, including Loyola and Harvard.  Based on his expertise in alternative dispute resolution, he presented at a conference co-sponsored by the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Commerce - Alternative Dispute Resolution for Consumer Transactions in the Borderless Online Marketplace.

Ryan is a member of California’s Central District’s pro bono panel.  He also currently serves on the Board of Advisors of After-School All-Stars, a non-profit organization providing after-school educational enrichment activities for children. Ryan served as a “big” for three years with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles.  He recently earned, for the third time, the coveted Leadville 100 Mountain Bike Race belt buckle.  He has already qualified for the 2017 Leadville 100.

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.

Representative Engagements

Favorably settled FINRA arbitration claims against international financial institution days prior to arbitration.  Baker Marquart was engaged by a former director of a major international investment bank to pursue wrongful termination claims.  The director was constructively terminated when, after years of successful performance, he was transferred to a different department and away from all the clients -- and commissions -- he had developed over many years.  On the eve of FINRA arbitration, the parties mediated.  The case settled shortly thereafter, with Baker Marquart's client receiving more than 10 times what the bank had previously offered.

Argued, and won, reversal of a Florida cyberstalking injunction in the Florida District Court of Appeals. The Florida appellate court agreed that the injunction was an improper prior restraint of First Amendment free speech and that no cyberstalking had been established, because the only direct communications at issue served a proper purpose. 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
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Intellectual Property Litigation (20%)

Appellate (20%): Appeals

Business Litigation (20%): Trade Secret

Securities Litigation (20%)

Antitrust Litigation (10%): Antitrust & Trade Litigation

General Litigation (10%): Litigation

Focus Areas

Appellate: Appeals

Business Litigation: Trade Secret

Antitrust Litigation: Antitrust & Trade Litigation

General Litigation: Litigation


Selected to Super Lawyers for 5 yearsmiddle-imageSelected to Rising Stars for 4 years

Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2018 Rising Stars: 2009 - 2012

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About Ryan Baker

Admitted: 2001, California

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

Honors and Awards:

  • 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
  • Highest Peer Review Rating on Martindale-Hubble – AV Preeminent
  • Named "Rising Star" by Los Angeles Magazine
  • Named "Super Lawyer" by Los Angeles Magazine

Bar/Professional Activity:

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

Pro bono/Community Service:

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

Scholarly Lectures and Writings:

Verdicts and Settlements:

  • 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
  • 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

Representative Clients:

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

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

Educational Background:

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

Industry Groups

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

2029 Century Park East
Suite 1600
Los Angeles, CA 90067

Phone: 424-652-7800


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Last Updated: 9/8/2017

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