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Frank L. Baker

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Biography

Frank L. Baker has practiced law as a commercial real estate attorney for 40 years, first with an international New York City law firm and then with a major New England regional law firm.  He also served on the managing committees of both firms.  Mr. Baker graduated from Yale University in 1968, with honors in political science.  Inducted into the U.S. Army after his first year at the University of Virginia Law School, he served as a military policeman in Vietnam (receiving a Bronze Star Medal) and returned to law school in 1971. 

During law school, he was a member of the Virginia Law Review and graduated in 1973.  He is admitted to the Connecticut Bar (1973) and the New York Bar (1988).  Mr. Baker practiced with the Connecticut office of the NY law firm of Whitman & Ransom until July 1995.  He then joined the Connecticut law firm of Robinson & Cole LLP.  Mr. Baker retired from the active practice of law as a partner at Robinson & Cole at the end of 2010 and remained Of Counsel there until the end of last year.  He is also currently a real estate consultant, as Manager of Custom Real Property Solutions LLC.

During his legal career, Mr. Baker was listed in Best Lawyers in America© and designated as a Super Lawyer® in Connecticut, the New York area and New England.  In the international publication Chambers USA-Guide to the Leading Lawyers for Business, he was described by interviewed clients as:  an “able and experienced” expert, who impresses clients with “his creative thinking around problems” and as “an icon of the industry.” He has held the Martindale AV® “Preeminent” Peer Review Rating™ for over 25 years.  Mr. Baker is also a Lifetime Cooper Fellow of the Connecticut Bar Association, and has served as President of the Yale Club of Stamford, a delegate to the Association of Yale Alumni, and as Chair of the Connecticut Chapter of the Counselors of Real Estate.  The Counselors of Real Estate is an invitation-only worldwide real estate industry organization. He is also a Fellow of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors.

Education

  • University of Virginia School of Law, Charlottesville, Virginia
    • J.D. - 1973
  • Yale University, New Haven, Connecticut
    • B.A. - 1968
    • Honors: With Honors
    • Major: Political Science

Bar Admission

  • Connecticut, 1973
  • New York, 1988

Honors

  • Bronze Star Medal, US Military
  • AV Preeminent Peer Review Rating, Martindale-Hubbell
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Super Lawyer
  • Leading Lawyers for Business, Chambers USA Guide
  • Fellow, Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors

Classes & Seminars

  • Speaker, Real Estate, Greenwich Department of Education
  • Seminar Speaker, Advanced Commercial Leasing, Connecticut Attorney Title Insurance Company
  • Emerging Company Tenants in a Landlord Leasing Market, Society of Industrial and Office Realtors

Pro-Bono Activities

  • Center for Spectator Sports Security Management, Advisory Board Member
  • Connecticut Bar Foundation, Lifetime Cooper Fellow
  • Stamford Center for the Arts, Vice President
  • State Street Debating Society, Parliamentarian
  • The Counselors of Real Estate, Connecticut Chapter, Vice Chairman, 2006 to 2007
  • The Counselors of Real Estate, Connecticut Chapter, Chairman, 2008 to Present
  • Yale Club of Lower Fairfield County, Board Member
  • Yale Club of Stamford, President
  • Association of Yale Alumni, Delegate

Representative Clients

  • Austin
  • DiMenna Associates
  • Habermann Builders
  • Putnam Trust Co.
  • Service America

Past Positions

  • Whitman & Ransom, Attorney, 1995
  • Robinson & Cole LLP, Partner, 2010
  • U.S. Army, Military Policeman
  • Robinson & Cole, Of Counsel

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association, 1973 to Present
  • Connecticut Bar Association, 1973 to Present
  • Regional Bar Association, 1988 to Present