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Thomas W. Baker

Partner
Cleveland, OH | D 216.696.2141 | F 216.592.5009
overview

Thomas Baker is a trial lawyer focusing on product liability litigation, commercial disputes, and maritime litigation.

Tom has defended manufacturers and suppliers of a wide range of products including elevators, escalators, fall protection equipment, electrical controls, air conditioners, infrared heaters, compressors, electric blankets, industrial hoses, voltage meters, hydraulic motors and pumps, and medical devices. He has represented corporations in complex commercial disputes and shareholder litigation, defended energy production companies in land use disputes, and represented shipping carriers in maritime tort litigation. Tom also counsels manufacturers in product liability prevention and risk mitigation practices.

Tom grew up in Cleveland, where he lives with his wife and three children. Prior to law school, Tom worked for the American Red Cross in community relations and disaster response communications. He also played drums in a Cleveland rock band called “Gasoline.”

education & admissions

education

  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (J.D., 1998); Moot Court Board of Governors, Vice Chair ; Cleveland State Law Review, Editor
  • Baldwin-Wallace College (B.A., 1992); Omicron Delta Epsilon

state admissions

  • Ohio, 1999
  • Pennsylvania, 2015

federal admissions

  • United States Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
  • United States District Court, Central District of Illinois
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Ohio
services & industries

service areas

industries represented

  • Consumer Products
  • Fabricated Metal Products
  • Machinery Manufacturing
  • Marine
  • Oil & Gas
  • Transportation Equipment
  • Water
experience

Representative Matters

  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of elevator manufacturer in product liability cases throughout Ohio (2016, 2013, 2010, 2006, 2005 and 2004)
  • Obtained summary judgment in maritime Jones Act personal injury case in United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio (2007)
  • Obtained defense verdict at trial of maritime Jones Act personal injury case in United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan (2007)
  • Served as trial counsel in product liability case on behalf of elevator manufacturer resulting in defense verdict (Ohio, 2006)
  • Obtained summary judgment in commercial dispute on behalf of manufacturer in United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio (2006)
publications & events

Recent Speaking Engagements

  • "Great Lakes Bi-National Trade Dispute – The Looming Ballast Water Treatment Battle,” Maritime Law Association, New York, New York (April 2016)
  • "Great Lakes Shipping Ballast Water Regulation Update," Maritime Law Association, New York, New York (April 2015)
  • "Lease Disputes and Royalty Litigation," presented at "Utica Shale: Issues in Law, Practice and Policy," hosted by Cleveland-Marshall College of Law (September 2012)
honors

Awards & Professional Recognition

  • The Best Lawyers in America® (2018)
affiliations
in the community

Civic & Professional Involvement

  • Maritime Law Association
    • Great Lakes Subcommittee, Chair
  • Lakewood Hospital Foundation, Secretary
  • Cleveland Metropolitan School District Mock Trial Competitions, Coach
  • Lakewood Public Library Foundation, Treasurer
  • Cleveland Metropolitan Bar Association, 3Rs Volunteer
  • Baldwin-Wallace College Annual Fund
  • Cleveland-Marshall College of Law Alumni Association, Life Member
  • Bridge Builders, Leadership Center of Cleveland, Class of 2008