Bankruptcy doyen Jan Baker has a formidable reputation, and is prized for his "thoughtful, smart and even-tempered" leadership and ability to "keep the temperature down in bad situations."Chambers USA 2017

D.J. (Jan) Baker


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. 

  • 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
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