David R. Baker serves as of counsel with Murray | Lobb, PLLC. He is a transactional attorney, concentrating his practice in corporate law, real estate law and the various areas generally comprising commercial law.
For forty years, David has represented clients in a wide range of matters best described as business planning for privately held businesses. Such matters include all aspects of organizing, restructuring and dissolving various legal entities, including for-profit and not-for-profit corporations, limited liability companies, general and limited partnerships, and professional entities such as professional associations, professional corporations and professional limited liability companies. A strong background in federal income tax law has assisted in such activities. David’s practice has included all aspects of employment law, including employment and consulting agreements, and structuring covenants not to compete, buy-sell agreements, the structuring and documenting of lending transactions of all sorts, primarily secured by real estate or various types of personal property, master sales agreements, non-disclosure agreements and a broad variety of other commercial transactions. Over the years, David has been increasingly involved in assisting clients in acquiring other businesses and also, in assisting clients in selling their businesses. These have been structured as both asset and equity transactions and have included transactions that are tax-deferred (that is, mergers and various sorts of corporate reorganizations). A significant portion of David’s practice has always been devoted to clients engaged in various sorts of real estate activities, with an emphasis on commercial real estate. This has included the purchase and sale of everything from raw land to significant commercial projects. He has also been involved in various sorts of real estate development. David has extensive experience with all aspects of commercial leases, from both the landlord’s and the tenant’s perspective.
Many of David’s clients come to view him as their “outside in-house counsel”, meaning that he is the first person they call whenever they face any sort of legal issue. This has resulted in his becoming involved in an array of legal matters in which he assists clients in negotiating acceptable resolutions of the underlying disputes. When those settlement efforts have proven unsuccessful, he has assisted clients in identifying suitable litigation assistance and served as intermediary between them and their chosen trial counsel.
David strongly believes in addressing his clients’ legal needs in an efficient and cost-effective manner with a focus on the practical as opposed to the theoretical. Over the years he has founded and participated in a variety of successful business endeavors in addition to his law practice, which efforts have given him a valuable perspective when called upon to advise his clients.
David is an extremely mediocre golfer and a big fan of the Houston Astros.
University of South Carolina – B.A., 1975
United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas