John F. Baker, Associate
Aviation Law, including Airplane Crash Litigation and Helicopter Crash Litigation; Defective Products; Professional Malpractice; Products Liability; Federal Employer’s Liability Act (FELA).
B.S. Business Administration, Magna Cum Laude, University of Arizona 1995
B.S. Professional Aeronautics, Summa Cum Laude, Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University 1996
J.D., UCLA School of Law 2008
Conducted through Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University: Human Factors in Aviation/Aerospace, 2010; Airport Safety and Certification, 2010; The Air Transportation System, 2010; Methods and Procedures for Aviation/Aerospace Research, 2010; Aircraft and Spacecraft Development, 2011.
California, 2008; U.S. District Court, Central District of California, 2008; U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit, 2008; U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Missouri, 2010; U.S. District Court, Western District of North Carolina, 2010.
Lawyer-Pilots Bar Association (LPBA)
Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association (AOPA)
Veterans of Foreign Wars (VFW)
U.S. Navy Lieutenant Commander (Retired), Extensive flying and aircraft maintenance experience – 10 years as a Naval Flight Officer (“NFO”); 10 years as an Avionics Technician (“AT”), supervisor and instructor. Over 1700 hours of flight time in six different aircraft types (QF-4N, DC-130A, NP-3D, P-3C, T-43, T-34). Graduate, U.S. Navy Test Pilot School, Airborne Systems Course 2003. Standing member, Squadron Aircraft Accident Board 2001-2005. Distinguished Graduate, Navigator Advanced Training 1996. Instructor, In-Flight Crew Resource Management 1998-2005. Avionics Technician, Supervisor and Instructor for A-7E and F/A-18 jet aircraft 1983-1993. Designated, Aircraft Maintenance Quality Assurance Representative 1986. Designated, U.S. Navy “Master Training Specialist” (Aircraft Maintenance) 1993. Author, chapter, U.S. Navy Test Squadron Operating Manual, establishing regulations and procedures for Test Pilots operating dissimilar aircraft 2004; “When the Wire Snaps”, Mech magazine 1987, as well as numerous aircrew checklists. Lecturer, “Targets go to War”, National Defense Industrial Association (NDIA) Symposium 2004.
Van Nuys, California, October 15, 1965
Legal Intern, Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), Office of Regional Counsel, Western-Pacific Region, Hawthorne, California, 2006.
Law Clerk, Magaña, Cathcart & McCarthy, June 2007 – December 2008.