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Bonnie M. Baker

New York
7 Times Square
New York, NY 10036-6516
Tel: 212.833.1144
Fax: 212.373.7944

Bonnie Baker represents plaintiffs and defendants in complex litigation and investigations, and provides litigation and pre-litigation advice to individuals in the financial services and other industries in connection with allegations of money laundering, mail and wire fraud, Foreign Corrupt Practices Act violations, and other matters.

Because of the nature of Ms. Baker's work, many of her most successful matters have not resulted in public charges and remain confidential.

Representative Matters

  • Represented a UK national in connection with a large and long-running investigation into whether individuals working for Greek and British medical device companies had been involved in a scheme to bribe orthopedic surgeons in Greece to use products manufactured by DePuy International, a Johnson & Johnson subsidiary.  After a lengthy trial spanning almost three years and including the testimony of 73 witnesses, the client was acquitted of all charges.  The representation was nominated by Global Investigations Review for its 2019 “Most Important Case of the Year” award.

  • Representation of Wells Fargo & Co. and Wachovia in connection with a multibillion-dollar dispute with Citigroup arising out of the acquisition of Wachovia by Wells Fargo during the financial crisis.
  • Representation of a member of one of the world’s wealthiest families in litigation and a six-month trial involving a will contest and claims of undue influence. The firm continues to handle this matter in connection with two appeals before the Appellate Division of the New Jersey Superior Court.
  • Representation of a U.S.-based investment fund against 48 subsidiaries of the bankrupt Mexican glass maker Vitro, S.A.B. de C.V. in a complex case involving non-payment of guarantees on the parent corporation's bonds. Despite the companies’ attempt to circumvent their duties and argue that the U.S. courts should extend comity to the Mexican bankruptcy proceeding, the firm prevailed both on summary judgment in New York state court, as well as won an affirmance on appeal. Ultimately, the client reached a favorable global settlement of its claims.
  • Representation of Delphi Corporation in bankruptcy litigation against a group of investment banks and hedge funds alleging breach of a $2.55 billion equity financing commitment.
  • Representation of an advertising agency in connection with litigation with its former CEO.

Prior to joining Friedman Kaplan, Ms. Baker practiced at Orans, Elsen & Lupert LLP.

Outside the Office

Ms. Baker has served as an Acting Assistant Professor of Lawyering at New York University School of Law, an Adjunct Professor at The New School, and was an Executive Editor at Brownstone Publishers, Inc., where she researched, wrote, and edited articles relating to school district compliance with the No Child Left Behind Act.

Fast Facts


Yale Law School, J.D. (1995)

University of Pennsylvania, B.A., summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa (1992)

Bar Admissions

State of New York

State of Connecticut

U.S. Supreme Court


The Honorable Richard Owen, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York

Honors and Awards

Caskey Prize for Outstanding Presentation of a Case, Barristers' Union Mock Trial Competition

Benjamin Franklin Scholar, University of Pennsylvania

Law Review and Publications

Edit Team Member, Yale Journal on Regulation

Edit Team Member, Yale Journal of Law and Humanities

Determining the Mandatory Title I, Part A Set-Aside for Homeless Children, The Beam, NAEHCY (April 2006)

Encouraging Strategic Decision-Making, 17 The Second Draft 2, Legal Writing Institute (July 2003)

Teaching Students to Persuade: Creating Facts, 16 The Second Draft 1, Legal Writing Institute (December 2001)

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