Lynn A. Baker holds the Frederick M. Baron Chair in Law and is Co-Director of the Center on Lawyers, Civil Justice, and the Media at the University of Texas School of Law in Austin, Texas. One of the nation’s leading experts on the professional responsibilities of lawyers in “aggregate” litigation and mass tort settlements, she has served as an expert and consultant to lawyers throughout the country on dozens of large-dollar, mass tort settlements. She has also served as a court-appointed allocation special master in numerous mass tort settlements. She has frequently appeared as an invited speaker on these issues at symposia, conferences, and CLE programs across the country. She is an elected Member of the American Law Institute.
At the University of Texas, Baker regularly teaches a seminar on “Mega-settlements” and the survey course on Professional Responsibility. Her most recent publications on issues of legal ethics in group litigation include: Mass Torts and the Pursuit of Ethical Finality in the FORDHAM LAW REVIEW (2017), Aggregate Settlements and Attorney Liability: The Evolving Landscape in the HOFSTRA LAW REVIEW (2016), and Is the Price Right? An Empirical Study of Fee-Setting in Securities Class Actions in the COLUMBIA LAW REVIEW (2015).
A graduate of Yale Law School, Yale College, and Oxford University (Marshall Scholar), she was a Law Clerk to the Hon. Amalya L. Kearse of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. An avid tournament bridge player in her spare time, Baker is a two-time World Champion (2018 and 2014) and is a 16-time National Champion.