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Stephen L. Baker

Seasoned and Experienced Attorney 30+ Years
  • Family Law, Real Estate Law, Probate ...
  • Texas
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I bring an unusually wide range of both legal and business experience that bring a unique depth and breadth the services that I provide, including, but not limited to, real estate, contracts, commercial law, and banking. My business background prior to law school provided me with many unique insights and a greater appreciation of the many interrelationships between the law and business.

My career actually began in community banks and savings and loans in Arlington and Houston. I ultimately served as the president of a newly-chartered national bank during its organization and start-up phases.

After fifteen years in business, I returned to school and earned my law degree in twenty-seven months. I graduated in the top eighth of my law school class, was fifth ranked oralist in moot court competition, won two AmJur Awards (Civil Procedure; Wills, Trusts and Estates), was on the Dean's List for two semesters, and became a member of the Order of the Lytae. I have actively practiced law since 1988.

After completing my legal education, I maintained a wide-ranging private practice, both in the office and the courtroom and served as an in-house general counsel of a privately held corporation, dealing with the negotiation and drafting of numerous contracts, as well as real estate and employee relations issues.

Practice Areas
Family Law
Adoption, Child Custody, Child Support, Father's Rights, Guardianship & Conservatorship, Paternity, Prenups & Marital Agreements, Restraining Orders, Same Sex Family Law
Real Estate Law
Commercial Real Estate, Condominiums, Easements, Eminent Domain, Homeowners Association, Land Use & Zoning, Mortgages, Neighbor Disputes, Residential Real Estate, Water Law
Probate Administration, Probate Litigation, Will Contests
Business Law
Business Contracts, Business Dissolution, Business Finance, Business Formation, Business Litigation, Franchising, Mergers & Acquisitions, Partnership & Shareholder Disputes
Collaborative Law, Contested Divorce, Military Divorce, Property Division, Same Sex Divorce, Spousal Support & Alimony, Uncontested Divorce
Estate Planning
Guardianship & Conservatorship Estate Administration, Health Care Directives, Trusts, Wills
Landlord Tenant
Evictions, Housing Discrimination, Landlord Rights, Rent Control, Tenants' Rights
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Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
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  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
City of Bryan (Texas)
Minicipal Judge
South Texas College of Law
J.D. (1988) | Law
Honors: • Rank: Top 12.2%; GPA: 82.226 (3.28) • Order of the Lytae (1988) • Recipient: American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence in Pre-Trial Procedure (1986) • Recipient: American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence in Wills, Trusts, and Estates (1987) • Dean’s List (1987) • Who’s Who Among American Law Students" (1987) • Completed degree in 27 months • Ranked Fifth Oralist in LeRoy Jeffers Moot Court Intramural Competition (1986)
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Texas A&M University - College Station
B.A. (1972) | History (Economics-minor)
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Articles & Publications
Manual of Credit and Commercial Law, 93rd Ed. (2001), National Association of Credit Management
Personal Property and Landlords’ Liens in Texas.
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Contact & Map
9600 Great Hills Trail Ste150W
Austin, TX 78759
Telephone: (512) 502-1785