David A. Baker - McDermott Will & Emery


David A. Baker serves as head of the Firm’s Estate, Trust and Guardianship Controversy Practice Group. He advises clients in the areas of estate, trust and guardianship litigation; probate, estate, trust and guardianship administration; and charitable foundation and exempt organization administration and litigation. He also practices estate planning.

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  • The Best Lawyers in America, 2009-2024, including Litigation – Trust and Estates “Lawyer of the Year” in Chicago in 2014
  • Chambers USA, Band 1, Nationwide, Wealth Management, Litigation Specialists, 2013-2016
  • Chambers High Net Worth, Band 1 in Illinois: Private Wealth Law and USA Nationwide: Private Wealth Disputes, 2016-2023
  • Thomson Reuters Stand-out Lawyer 2021, listed among independently rated lawyers

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  • American College of Estate and Trust Counsel (ACTEC), fellow
  • Chicago Bar Foundation (former director and counsel)
  • Chicago Bar Association, Probate Practice Committee and Trust Law Committee, including serving as former chair and legislative liaison

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Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, JD, cum laude, 1979,
University of Illinois, Chicago, BA, with honors, 1976

New York
Arizona (pro hac vice)
California (pro hac vice)
Delaware (pro hac vice)

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