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.

Fred represents individuals, institutional investors, and governmental entities in a wide variety of cases. He leads the firm’s tobacco litigation, and was 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. 

In addition to his tobacco casework, Fred is part of the opioid litigation team which represents dozens of governmental entities, including states, cities, towns, counties and townships in litigation targeting the alleged misrepresentation and fraudulent distribution of harmful and addictive opioids by manufacturers and distributors.  

Fred was also a key member of 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. In addition, his environmental experience also includes representing a state government in a case against poultry integrators that alleged poultry waste polluted natural resources. 

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 was also closely involved in the 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.

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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, Eleventh, and D.C. Circuits

U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York and the District of South Carolina

Awards and Accolades

2020–2024  Charleston, S.C. Mass tort litigation / class actions – plaintiffs
2024  Personal injury litigation–plaintiffs

2019 Lawdragon 500 Plaintiff Financial Lawyers