Harold F.Baker (Hal)

Associate

Columbus + 1.614.281.3918

Hal Baker represents clients in complex commercial litigation matters in state and federal courts. His practice focuses on the defense of products liability actions, consumer class actions, multidistrict litigation, and mass and individual tort cases. He has experience in all stages of litigation, including drafting pleadings, drafting and responding to discovery, expert discovery, taking and defending depositions, and dispositive motions practice. He has been a member of multiple trial teams in cases tried to verdict.

Hal is currently involved in Jones Day's defense of the Engle progeny smoking and health lawsuits. He is also involved in the defense of class and individual actions related to football concussion injuries.

Hal also maintains an active pro bono practice, including providing legal services to individuals seeking asylum and other immigration relief. Prior to joining Jones Day, Hal served as a judicial law clerk in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Ohio.

Experience

  • Universities defend multidistrict putative class action litigation brought by former football playersJones Day is serving as lead counsel for all NCAA member institution defendants in a multidistrict litigation ("MDL") consolidating more than 500 putative class actions brought on behalf of former football players.
  • Notre Dame defends lawsuit brought by former student-athlete in Kentucky relating to football concussion injuriesJones Day is defending the University of Notre Dame in a personal injury lawsuit in Kentucky state court brought by a former football student-athlete.
  • Notre Dame defends personal injury lawsuit brought by former student-athlete in Ohio relating to football concussion injuriesJones Day is defending the University of Notre Dame in a personal injury lawsuit in Ohio state court brought by the estate and widow of a former football student-athlete.
  • Scientific Games defeats challenge to Ohio Lottery Commission contract awardFollowing a four-day bench trial, Jones Day won a sweeping victory on behalf of Scientific Games Corporation in a public contract dispute.
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