George D. Baker

Principal

Education

  • Hamilton College, B.A., 1974
  • Catholic University Law School, J.D., 1977, Associate Editor of the Law Review; member of Moot Court Board

 

 

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia
  • New York

 

Court Admissions

  • D.C. Superior Court
  • U.S. Circuit Court of the District of Columbia
  • U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia
  • U.S. Court of Claims
  • U.S. Supreme Court

 

George Baker joined Williams & Jensen in 1980 and has been a principal of the firm since 1983. His legislative and administrative practice focuses on financial regulation –especially pertaining to commodity futures and over-the-counter derivatives trading— energy, environment, agriculture, land use and wildlife conservation, and natural resource matters.

Over the last 40 years, Mr. Baker’s broad experience has extended to agricultural and commodity issues encompassing regulation by the US Department of Agriculture, the US Trade Representative, and the Commodity Futures Trading Commission; the Commodity Exchange Act and the Commodity Futures Modernization Act; the Farm Credit Act; and successive farm bills. Regarding energy and the environment matters, Mr. Baker’s experience includes significant involvement with natural gas deregulation, energy industry restructuring, Superfund, brownfield re-development, the Resource Conservation Recovery Act, the Clean Air Act, the Clean Water Act, electricity legislation, the Public Utility Regulatory Policies Act (PURPA), the Public Utility Holding Company Act (PUHCA), the Magnuson Fishery Conservation Act, wetlands, national wildlife refuge and park land acquisition, endangered species protection and related private property rights issues, and insurance issues arising from environmental liability. Mr. Baker has extensive expertise and experience in the oil and gas industry, representing numerous domestic oil and gas producers in federal policy matters and in 2014-2015 he served as the Executive Director of Producers for American Crude Oil Exports
(PACE), the oil industry coalition that led the successful lobbying campaign to lift the 1970s-era prohibition on the export of domestic crude oil.

Professional Background

Prior to his work at Williams & Jensen, he served two and one-half years as an attorney with the Office of Hearings and Appeals of the U.S. Department of Energy.

In addition to serving Williams & Jensen clients, Mr. Baker has served as a Trustee of his alma mater, Hamilton College.