Winston & Strawn Adds ERISA Specialist

January 11, 2010 ( – The Winston & Strawn law firm has added James P. Baker, a specialist in the Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA), to its San Francisco office.

A news release said Baker regularly represents clients in federal district and appellate courts across the country. According to the announcement, Baker has acted as lead attorney in five ERISA stock-drop class-action cases.

“Jim will help us expand further an already key area of our practice,” said Rex Sessions, chairman of Winston & Strawn’s labor and employment relations department, in the news release.

The announcement said Baker regularly authors articles and presents seminars on legal issues impacting employment benefits and currently serves as co-chair of the American Bar Association’s ERISA and Pension Litigation Subcommittee of the Committee on Business and Corporate Litigation. He is also a mediator on ERISA cases for the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Eastern districts of California.

Baker received his master of laws degree from Georgetown University, his juris doctor from Santa Clara University School of Law, and his bachelor’s degree from Santa Clara University.