D.J. (Jan) Baker
Jan Baker is a partner in the New York office of Latham & Watkins and Global Co-Chair of the firm’s insolvency practice. Mr. Baker represents companies, lenders, committees, acquirors and other parties in connection with restructuring matters. He also regularly advises boards of directors of public and private companies on matters related to corporate governance and fiduciary duty.
During his career, Mr. Baker has had primary responsibility in numerous restructuring matters. Some of the companies that he has represented in either out-of-court restructurings or Chapter 11 cases include: American Pad & Paper Company, Archstone, Boston Generating, CIRCLE K Company, The Delaco Company, Diamond M, DRECO Energy Services, FiberMark, Inc., FoxMeyer Drug Company, GenTek, Inc., Global Marine Inc., Graham-Field Health Products, Inc., Kaneb, Inc., MCorp., MicroAge, Inc., Owens Corning, RCN Corporation, Safety Kleen Systems, Inc., Spectrum Brands, Sterling Chemicals, Inc., The Stroh Brewery Company and Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc.
Mr. Baker is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and currently serves as its President. He frequently lectures and writes on issues involving corporate reorganization and restructuring. Mr. Baker was selected by The Best Lawyers in America 2012 as a recommended attorney for Bankruptcy Litigation. He was recently named one of the “Most Admired Attorneys” by Bankruptcy Law360 and was recognized by The International Who’s Who as “most highly regarded” in the Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyers 2011 category. Mr. Baker has also been named among the top attorneys in the US in the 2010 Lawdragon 500 Leading Lawyers in America guide and is recognized as a leading corporate restructuring attorney by legal guides and directories such as Chambers Global, Chambers USA, Euromoney, Legal Media Group, Turnarounds and Workouts and K&A Restructuring Register. The most recent Chambers Global 2010 directory refers to Mr. Baker as the “ultimate bankruptcy lawyer – the one you want on your team at all times.”