David Baker has extensive experience in corporate acquisitions and finance, business law, the representation of health care providers, a foodservice cooperative and environmental affairs.
Mr. Baker commenced his career in 1962 in the New York office of Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton LLP, moved to Atlanta in 1965, and joined Powell, Goldstein, Frazer & Murphy LLP.
Having spent 43 years in practice at Powell Goldstein, Mr. Baker reached mandatory retirement age at the end of 2007. He then joined Taylor English. Mr. Baker has represented a wide variety of clients, including carpet manufacturers, a major bedding manufacturer, a major national bank, major federal insurance corporation and asset resolutions corporations, foreign corporations with operations in the U.S., a significant household appliance manufacturer distributing its products through direct nationwide sales, soft drink companies, a large chain of fast food restaurants, a real estate development company with respect to medical office buildings, a number of Fortune 100 companies in the environmental field, a large hospital and a large food purchasing cooperative resulting from two mergers of three of the largest in the field. Mr. Baker represents venture capital companies and funds and is involved with technology companies.
Mr. Baker’s broad area of practice with Taylor English includes counseling of clients in the areas of mergers and acquisitions, leveraged buy-outs, joint ventures, asset-based financing, distributorship arrangements, environmental matters, healthcare law, and the formation and operation of cooperatives.
Mr. Baker served as Chair of the Section of General Practice of the American Bar Association from 1986 to 1987 and served as Chairman of the ABA’s Standing Committee on Environmental Law from 1993 to 1996. He formerly served as Chair of the Environmental Law Committee of the Section of General Practice. Mr. Baker has served as Chair of the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Professional Discipline. Mr. Baker formerly served as a trustee of money market and mutual funds based In Cleveland, Ohio.
Volunteer to numerous organizations throughout his career, Mr. Baker is currently a Trustee of The Rich Foundation and was Chairman of the Board of The Howard School, 2007-2008. Mr. Baker was a member of the Board of Visitors of The Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy at Duke University.
American Bar Association, General Practice Section
- Chairman, 1986-1987
- House of Delegates, 1987-1990
- Standing Committee on Environmental Law, Chair, 1993-1996
- Standing Committee on Professional Discipline, Chair, 2007-2010
State Bar of Georgia
Carnegie Capital Funds, Trustee
Duke University, Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, Board of Visitors
The Best Lawyers in America, Corporate Law
The Howard School, Chairman
Represented a primary United States federal agency in the closing and receivership of dozens of Georgia banks, including the reconstruction and analysis of collateral holdings, the foreclosure and disposition of loans, and the sale of owned real estate.
Advised Reliance Financial Corporation on its acquisition by merger by Fidelity Information Services (NYSE: FIS). The transaction, which had an aggregate purchase price of $110 million, brought together the world’s largest provider of banking and payments technology and one of the largest independent trust companies in the United States. Assisted with the negotiation and preparation of the Agreement and Plan of Merger and the ancillary documents needed to ...
- Corporate and Business
- Environmental and Energy
- Health Care
Harvard Law School, LLB, cum laude, 1961
Wharton School of Finance and Commerce, BS, magna cum laude, 1958
Georgia Trend's Legal Elite, Corporate Law 2012
Georgia Super Lawyers, 2004-2009