Mr. Baker is highly respected for his experience and ability to “achieve the best outcome possible” for his impressive client base.Chambers USA 2015

D.J. (Jan) Baker

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

Jan Baker is a partner 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, 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.

Mr. Baker is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and is its immediate past Chair. 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 “most highly regarded” in the Insolvency & Restructuring Lawyers 2011 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. 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. 

Mr. Baker has represented numerous companies in either out-of-court restructurings or Chapter 11 cases both prior to and since joining Latham & Watkins. 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.
  • 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
    • JD, University of Houston Law Center, 1973
      magna cum laude; Editor in Chief, Houston Law Review
    • AB, Harvard University, 1966
      cum laude
  • Practices