Sources describe Mr. Baker as "unbelievable in front of a board of directors" due to his "broad exposure to diverse restructurings." One peer says: "He is one of the finest bankruptcy lawyers I've ever dealt with: even-keeled, pragmatic and a pleasure to work with."Chambers USA 2016

D.J. (Jan) Baker

New York
  • 885 Third Avenue
  • New York, NY 10022-4834
  • USA

Jan Baker is of counsel in the New York office of Latham & Watkins. Mr. Baker is a member of the Finance Department and former global Co-chair of the firm’s Restructuring, Insolvency & Workouts Practice. Mr. Baker represents companies, lenders, committees, acquirers and other parties in connection with restructuring matters. As part of his company-side practice, he regularly advises boards of directors on matters related to corporate governance and fiduciary duty.

Mr. Baker is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and previously served as its president and then its Chair. He is also a member of the International Insolvency Institute and recently served as a member of the ABI Commission to Study the Reform of Chapter 11. He frequently lectures and writes on issues involving corporate reorganization and restructuring.

Described by market sources in The Legal 500 US 2014 as providing "untiring counsel and expertise" and as "particularly effective in sharing his invaluable judgment and providing a calm hand." Named a “key individual” by Chambers USA 2015, Mr. Baker is praised for his constructive and pragmatic approach to matters. He is described as “a terrific attorney and a great man.” He was also recently named one of the “Most Admired Attorneys” by Bankruptcy Law360, was recognized by Best Lawyers as "Lawyer of the Year" in the Bankruptcy category and was recognized by The International Who’s Who as “all-time great” in the Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyers 2017 category. Mr. Baker is recognized as a leading corporate restructuring attorney by legal guides and directories such as Chambers Global, Chambers USA, Euromoney, Legal Media Group, and Turnarounds and Workouts. 

Mr. Baker has represented numerous companies in either out-of-court restructurings or Chapter 11 cases both prior to and since joining Latham. Representative matters include:

  • A123 Systems
  • 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.
  • Illinois Power Generating Company  
  • Kaneb, Inc.
  • MCorp.
  • MicroAge, Inc.
  • Owens Corning
  • RCN Corporation
  • RHI Entertainment, LLC
  • Safety Kleen Systems, Inc.
  • Spectrum Brands
  • Sterling Chemicals, Inc.
  • The Stroh Brewery Company 
  • USEC, Inc.
  • Winn-Dixie Stores, Inc.
  • Bar Qualification
    • District of Columbia
    • New York
    • Texas
    • JD, University of Houston Law Center, 1973
      magna cum laude; Editor in Chief, Houston Law Review
    • AB, Harvard University, 1966
      cum laude
  • Practices
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