Frederick C. Baker

A veteran litigator with strong roots in complex litigation, Fred Baker has worked on a broad range of environmental, medical costs recovery, consumer and products liability cases and holds numerous leadership roles within the firm.


He represents individuals, institutional investors, and governmental entities in a wide variety of cases. After representing a state government in a case against poultry integrators alleging that poultry waste polluted natural resources, Fred was involved with the firm's representation of people and businesses in Gulf Coast communities suffering as a result of the BP Deepwater Horizon oil spill. He held a central role in the negotiation process involving the two settlements reached with BP, one of which is the largest civil class action settlement in U.S. history. 

A member of the legal team that litigated the groundbreaking tobacco litigation on behalf of several State Attorneys General, Fred has also participated in the litigation of individual tobacco cases, entity tobacco cases and a tobacco class action. Fred currently heads the firm’s tobacco litigation team. 

Fred has served as counsel in a number of class actions, including the two class action settlements arising out of the 2005 Graniteville train derailment chlorine spill. He has also been closely involved in the on-going litigation surrounding the statutory direct action settlement reached in the Manville bankruptcy court and a related West Virginia unfair trade practices insurance class action.   

Fred began practicing with Motley Rice attorneys in 1994 and chairs the firm’s attorney hiring committee.

* Please remember that every case is different. Any result we achieve for one client in one matter does not necessarily indicate similar results can be obtained for other clients.

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  • J.D./LL.M., Duke University School of Law, 1993
  • B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, 1985

Licensed In

  • New York
  • South Carolina

Admitted to Practice Before

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the First, Second,Third, Fourth, Fifth, Tenth and Eleventh Circuits
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and the District of South Carolina


BP Oil Spill

On April 20, 2010, BP’s oil rig Deepwater Horizon exploded, killing 11 workers and spilling close to 5 million gallons of oil into the Gulf of Mexico. The spill caused untold and ongoing damage to the Gulf Coast residents and environment.

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Burn Pit Exposure

Prolonged exposure to fumes emitted by burn pits used by KBR at military facilities in Iraq and Afghanistan, at which hazardous and other items were disposed of, allegedly caused American servicemembers and civilian contract workers to contract illnesses.

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James W. Ledlie