Jan Baker spent his career as a lawyer practicing at large global law firms, where he specialized in all phases of restructuring and reorganization matters. During his legal career, he was regularly involved in both out-of-court restructurings and all types of court-supervised reorganization and restructuring proceedings. In 2017, he retired from Latham & Watkins LLP, where he had been Global Co-chair of the Corporate Restructuring Practice Group. As a restructuring lawyer, Jan not only advised managements and boards with respect to core restructuring issues, but also with regard to fiduciary duty and corporate governance questions.
During his legal career, Jan was regularly recognized by both legal guides and clients as one of the most accomplished restructuring lawyers in the country. He served as the President and then the Chair of the American College of Bankruptcy, a professional group made up of leading lawyers, bankers, academics, and judges in the restructuring field. In 2014, UJA-Federation presented him with the Professor Lawrence P. King Award, and in 2016, Catholic Renewal selected him as the recipient of that year’s St. Francis Service Award.
He currently serves as a director of Cumulus Media, Inc.; a member of the Board of Managers of Enduro Resource Holdings LLC; a director of Toshiba Nuclear Energy Holdings (UK) Limited; a member of the Advisory Council of the Hastings Center; a member of the Executive Committee of the Bankruptcy and Reorganization Group of UJA-Federation; and a member of the Conservation Board of Philipstown, NY.