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John H. Baker

Advisor - Retired Attorney
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John Baker has retired from the practice of law but still serves Jordan Ramis as an advisor, particularly with issues concerning mentoring and ethics.

Before he began his legal career, John earned his bachelors degree in architecture and planning from Cornell University and worked as an architect for several years. This gives him a rare insight into the problems that architects face. Throughout his career he served on the board of directors for the American Institute of Architects (“AIA”), as president of the Portland Chapter of AIA, and as vice president of legislative affairs for AIA Oregon.

With a strong understanding of how a project is designed and built from start to finish, John has worked with other Dirt Law® clients in addition to architects. He has handled construction matters ranging from record-keeping routines to negotiation of multi-million dollar contracts.

Education & Admissions

  • Bachelor of Architecture, Cornell University College of Architecture, Art and Planning, 1979
  • J.D., University of Oregon School of Law, Order of the Coif, 1986


  • Certified by The Wyoming State Board of Architects
  • LEED® Accredited Professional

Memberships & Activities

  • AIA Legacy, Inc., Vice President, Board of Directors (2006)
  • AIA Oregon, Vice President of Legislative Affairs (1997-2006)
  • Northwest Business for Culture and the Arts, Director (2001-2010) 
  • American Institute of Architects, Director (2001-2004)
  • American Institute of Architects, Washington D.C., Committee on Licensing, Chairman (2002-2004)
  • Government Affairs Advisory Committee, American Institute of Architects (2002-2004)
  • American Institute of Architects, Portland Chapter, President (1994-1995)
  • American Institute of Architects, Portland Chapter, Director (1992-1994)
  • Oregon School of Architecture and Design Board of Trustees (1990-1993)
  • Teton County Planning Commission, Teton County, Wyoming (1980-1983); Chairman (1982-1983)
  • Associated General Contractors

Awards and Honors

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Construction Law, 2014-2016




  • Frequent speaker to design professional and construction organizations on a wide variety of topics including practice management, contracting, and claims and dispute resolution

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