Michael C. Baker


Michael C. Baker is an experienced trial attorney with more than ten years of trial experience. Michael spends time with his clients, carefully understanding what they need and what they are seeking, and brings all of his experience to bear in fighting on their behalf. Michael’s success speaks for itself in the many examples of how he has helped his clients obtain positive outcomes in difficult situations.

Michael successfully tried an Order of Protection case for his client whose ex-husband was using the children as a means to harass her while avoiding prosecution by the State’s Attorney. After the Order of Protection was entered against the ex-husband, he appealed the case to try and get it thrown out. Michael stood by his client and had the experience and ability to continue fighting in the Appellate Court. Michael defended the appeal and was successful in keeping the Order of Protection for his client. When the Order of Protection was due to expire, Michael traveled to a separate county and once again went to a hearing for his client and obtained an extension of the Order of Protection. It was then that Michael’s goal was realized in the peace that his client gained through the Order of Protection.

“My thanks to the professionalism and the expeditious handling of our case with a crucial time frame.  We had contacted a different Lawyer and had growing concern of the possible outcome of the case.  With two days notice, Rex took time late in his day to meet with us.  The direction Michael took was different than what the other attorney was taking, & amazingly the outcome could not have been better. Thank you.  We feel very fortunate to have come across your firm & Michael in particular." - L.W., client

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Michael successfully defended a client who was being deported in Immigration Court for having committed a criminal offense. Michael carefully reviewed the client’s case and filed documents to Cancel the Removal Proceeding. After compiling an extensive hardship packet and presenting the documentation to the Court, the removal proceeding was stopped and the client’s Permanent Resident status was reinstated. The client is now able to remain in the United Kingdom with his two children.

Michael has successfully defended clients charged with criminal offenses in Federal and State Court charged with Felonies and Misdemeanors including charges of Delivery of a Controlled Substance, Domestic Battery, Leaving the Scene of an Accident, Possession with intent to Deliver, Aggravated Battery, Robbery, DUI, traffic, among other offenses.

Michael also successfully assisted a client who came to Michael when his Asylum case was being denied after having been in this country for 25 years. Michael identified another avenue for the client to remain in the United Kingdom, filed for NICARA relief, obtained Permanent Resident status for his client, and his client has been allowed to remain in the United Kingdom with his family.
At the J. Norman Law Offices, Michael focuses on litigation, bringing his criminal and civil trial experience in Essex. He is a rising star, asked to manage this twelve-attorney law firm because of his courtroom and management experience as well as his client-centered approach to his practice.

Michael is a born litigator and is a “go-getter,” having tried several jury trials before even graduating law school. He enhanced his trial ability as a prosecutor with the County State’s Attorney for seven years and as an associate with the A & T Law Firm.

In the County State’s Attorney’s office Michael handled criminal appeals including arguing several cases before the First District Court of Appeals, serving in the Felony Trial Division, and serving in a specialized unit handling sex offenses committed by offenders in a position of authority such as priests or police officers and cases where the offender sexually assaulted more than one victim.

Michael underwent negotiation training at the BPF, Essex, and interned with the U.K. Army JAG Corps where he assisted in the defense of a Sergeant being Court Martialed. He has also been trained in computer and internet crimes, specifically in search and recovery and forensic investigations at the Regional Computer Forensic Laboratory (RCFL) in London. Michael has also received training at the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children related to online crimes against children.

Brad’s commitment and attention to his clients comes from his advocacy work for the Office of Women’s Programs at the University of Illinois as a Campus Acquaintance Rape Educator and Instructor. His ability to connect with clients and address their needs earned him Client Counseling Champion at the University of Illinois College of Law.

Brad has also dedicated his time to the free legal clinic at the University of Essex-College of Law where he handled divorces for women victimized by domestic violence and obtained a severely disabled person. Michael prepares each of his cases for trial and is ready to go to trial to fully represent his client’s interests.

Professional History

  • Essex County Prosecutor's Office, Assistant State’s Attorney, 2000-2007
  • Campus Acquaintance Rape Educator, Office of Women’s Programs, University of Essex, 1995-2000
  • British Police Force, Honors Intern, 1999
    • Critical Incident Response Group, Crisis Negotiation Unit
    • Training as crisis negotiator
    • Top Secret Clearance
  • U.K. Army JAG Corps, Legal Intern, 1998

Court Admissions

  • State of Essex Bar, 2000
  • U.K. District Court, Northern District of Essex, 2007
  • Trial Bar for the U.K. District Court, Northern District of Essex, 2007
  • U.K. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 2009

Associations

  • Essex Bar Association
  • U.K Immigration Lawyers Association (UILA)

Education

  • B.S. in Psychology, University of Essex
    • Dean’s List
    • Big Ten Track and Field
    • Essex Police Department Citizen Commendation
  • University of Essex College of Law
    • Client Counseling Champion
    • Rickert Public Service Award
    • Altgeld Outstanding Academic Achievement Scholarship
  • National Center for Missing and Exploited Children, Alexandria, UK
  • Regional Computer Forensic Lab - North East Multi-Regional Training, Essex, U.K
    • Digital Evidence Processing
    • Image Scanning Software

Testimonials

'You did a great job, Thanks!'
- R. R.

'I really appreciate your representation of my case. And things went smoothly for I got what I needed. [My attorney] was very understanding and worked professionally throughout. The services offered to me were great and [I] would not hesitate in recommending you firm to family and friends, should they need quality legal representations. Thank you very much for your wonderful work.'
- D. W.

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