Lynn A. Baker holds the Frederick M. Baron Chair in Law at the University of Texas Law School, where she is also Co-Director of the Center on Lawyers, Civil Justice, and the Media. Her wide-ranging scholarly and teaching interests include Professional Responsibility (especially the professional responsibilities of lawyers in "aggregate" litigation and group settlements), attorneys' fees, mass tort litigation, "Mega-settlements," federalism, and State and Local Government Law. She is often called upon by lawyers to serve as a consultant and/or expert witness on issues of legal ethics, mass tort settlements, settlement fund allocations, and attorneys' fees.
Professor Baker is the author or co-author of dozens of articles and book chapters, which have appeared in the Columbia Law Review, Cornell Law Review, Duke Law Journal, Texas Law Review, and the Virginia Law Review, among many others. One of her recent publications was named one of the ten best articles on corporate and securities law in 2016 by the Corporate Practice Commentator ("Is the Price Right? An Empirical Study of Fee-Setting in Securities Class Actions" (Columbia Law Review, 2015) (with Michael A. Perino and Charles Silver)). Professor Baker is also the co-author of a leading law school text, Local Government Law: Cases and Materials (Foundation Press, 5th ed. 2015) (with Clayton P. Gillette and David Schleicher).
A graduate of Yale Law School, Yale College, and Oxford University (Marshall Scholar), Professor Baker was a Law Clerk to the Hon. Amalya L. Kearse, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit (1985-86 Term). A two-time world champion in tournament bridge, Professor Baker won a gold medal at the 2014 World Bridge Championships (McConnell Cup) in Sanya, China, and at the 2018 Championships (McConnell Cup) in Orlando, Florida. She also won a silver medal at the 2009 World Bridge Championships (Venice Cup) in Sao Paulo, Brazil, is a sixteen-time North American champion, and won a gold medal at the 2015 European Open Bridge Championships.