Frederick M. Baker, Jr., of counsel to Willingham & Cote, P.C., has enjoyed a distinguished and varied career. Most recently, he served for over eight years as a Commissioner for the Michigan Supreme Court, after nearly two decades as a partner at one of Michigan’s leading law firms, Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn, where he was a trial and appellate litigator. He began the practice of law at Willingham & Cote, P.C., after three years as an assistant professor at T.M. Cooley Law School, where he taught contracts, civil procedure, and legal writing and research. Prior to that role, he served as law clerk to the late Chief Judge of the Court of Appeals, Robert J. Danhof, a position to which he was promoted after serving as a prehearing attorney in the Court’s Research Division. He began his career as an instructor of law at Wayne Law School, where he taught legal writing and research and appellate advocacy. He has also taught, in an adjunct capacity, both insurance and conflict of laws, at T. M. Cooley Law School and insurance at Michigan State University College of Law.
A graduate of Washington University Law School, in St. Louis, where he received his J.D. and was a member and associate editor of the Urban Law Annual Law Review, and the University of Michigan, where he earned his B.A., he has received numerous awards and honors for his legal writing, scholarship, and contributions to the profession, including the Urban Law Annual Writing Award, the T.M. Cooley Stanley Beattie Memorial Teaching Award, the State Bar of Michigan’s John W. Cummiskey Award for pro bono service to the public, the Roberts P. Hudson Award (the State Bar’s highest award), the Ingham County Bar Association’s Distinguished Volunteer of the Year Award for 2000, and two T. M. Cooley Law Review Distinguished Brief Awards.
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