Donald I. Baker
Professorial Lecturer in Law at the George Washington University Law School
Donald I. Baker is a Professorial Lecturer at George Washington University Law School. Mr. Baker, a former head the Antitrust Division of the U.S. Department of Justice, established an independent Washington firm specializing in antitrust, competition policy and international law issues. His firm works closely with corporate law departments and law firms in handling litigation, appeals, arbitrations, transactions and government civil and criminal investigations.
Mr. Baker is the only modern member of the career Antitrust Division staff to be appointed Assistant Attorney General in Charge of the Antitrust Division. He was a Trial Attorney and Section Chief, and Deputy Assistant Attorney General for Regulated Industries, Appeals and Foreign Commerce, before becoming Assistant Attorney General. During Mr. Baker's time in the government, he became a very active participant in successfully urging deregulation of US airlines, eliminating cartel pricing on stock exchanges, and in bringing the antitrust case that ultimately broke up the AT&T telephone monopoly.
Mr. Baker was Professor of Law at Cornell Law School, where he taught courses on antitrust law, utility regulation, financial services regulation, and international business transactions. Thereafter, he was a Washington partner of two major law firms before starting Baker & Miller in 1995.
As an antitrust lawyer in Washington, Mr. Baker’s efforts have included all aspects of antitrust counseling; representing complainants as well as targets (or merger parties) in various government investigations; corporate internal investigations; major arbitrations; and several private antitrust cases for plaintiffs and defendants. His firm’s efforts have dealt with cartels, joint ventures, mergers, IP licensing, network disputes and international transactions. He has briefed and argued cases in the U.S. Supreme Court and several U.S. Courts of Appeal.
In recent years, Mr. Baker has given lectures at various universities including Oxford, Cambridge and London universities in the UK, and Columbia, New York, George Mason, and American universities in the U.S. He has also served as a speaker for the World Bank and UNCTAD at various conferences for government enforcement officials in Asia, Africa and Latin America. He is currently serving as a Non-Governmental Advisor to the International Competition Network, working primarily on merger processes and monopoly enforcement issues. Mr. Baker has also represented the governments of Australia, Switzerland and the United Kingdom in briefing international jurisdictional issues before the U.S. Supreme Court and Courts of Appeals. Previously Mr. Baker served as special advisor to the Anti-Monopoly Committee of Ukraine and the Government of Mongolia on establishing new rules and enforcement mechanisms.
Most recently, Mr. Baker filed an amici curiae brief in Kiobel on behalf of the governments of the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, and Northern Ireland.