Ryan G. Baker

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Intellectual Property Litigation Attorney in Los Angeles, CA

Baker Marquart LLP
 | 777 South Figueroa St., Suite 2850
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

Ryan has successfully represented some of the world’s largest companies in complex commercial litigation. He has tried cases and argued motions in state and federal courts across the country. In addition to his trial court practice, Ryan has argued appeals before the Second, Seventh, Ninth and D.C. Circuit federal courts of appeal, as well as the California and Florida state appellate courts. Ryan has appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court and California’s Supreme Court. He has prevailed in arbitrations before several different arbitral organizations, including FINRA.

Ryan’s practice areas include business litigation, intellectual property (including patent litigation), entertainment, antitrust, securities, financial technology 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 repeatedly named a “Super Lawyer” and a “Rising Star” by Los Angeles Magazine. He holds the highest, AV Preeminent judicial/peer review rating on Martindale-Hubble. Ryan has also been voted a “Top Lawyer” by Cablefax, and he has been recognized as a “Leader in Law” by the Los Angeles Business Journal.

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 national 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 was asked to present at a conference co-sponsored by the Federal Trade Commission and the Department of Commerce.

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 is an Ambassador for the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.

Ryan is an avid cyclist and is a member of the Velo Pasadena Baker Marquart Mountain Biking Team. Ryan has won the coveted Leadville 100 belt buckle trophy each of the last five 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.

Representative Engagements

  • 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
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Intellectual Property Litigation (20%)

Securities Litigation (20%)

Business Litigation (20%): Trade Secret

Appellate (20%): Appeals

General Litigation (10%): Litigation

Antitrust Litigation (10%): Antitrust & Trade 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.
Suite 2850
Los Angeles, CA 90017

Phone: 424-652-7800

Fax: 424-652-7850

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Last Updated: 10/15/2019

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