James A. Baker

James A. Baker

Sole Practitioner
Ithaca, New York

James Baker graduated from Cornell University Law School in May of 1980, and was admitted to practice law in New York State in January of 1981. He was subsequently admitted to practice in the United States District Court, Western District of New York, in 1984, and in the Northern District of New York in 1987.

In the years since he was admitted to the bar, James Baker has been engaged in the general practice of law, concentrating on his interest in criminal litigation. In addition to being a member of the New York State and the Tompkins County Bar Associations, James Baker is a member of the New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Board of Directors, 2012-2014), and the New York State Defender's Association. James Baker was a founding member of, and the first Chairman of, the Tompkins County Criminal Justice Association which was formed in 1992.

James Baker and his family have resided in the Fingerlakes Region of New York State since 1977. His practice focuses on protecting the rights and interests of individuals.

Areas of Practice

  • 100% Criminal Litigation (Felonies, Driving While Intoxicated, Misdemeanors)
  • Criminal Litigation (Traffic Violations)
  • Animal Cruelty
  • Criminal Appeals
  • Criminal Defense
  • Domestic Violence
  • Drug Charges
  • Drunk Driving
  • Felonies
  • Internet Crimes
  • Juvenile Crimes
  • Larceny & Theft
  • Misdemeanors
  • Parole & Probation
  • Sex Crimes
  • Sexual Assault
  • Theft & Property Crimes
  • Violent Crimes
  • Weapons Crimes
  • White Collar Crimes

Litigation Percentage

  • 100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • New York, 1981
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York, 1984
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York, 1987


  • Cornell Law School, Ithaca, New York
    • J.D. - 1980
  • State University of New York at Buffalo, Buffalo, New York
    • B.A. summa cum laude - 1976
    • Major: English Literature/Spanish Literature (Double Major)


  • New York State DWI-License Issues, Lorman Education Services, 2007
  • New York State DWI-License Issues, Tompkins County Bar Association, 2009

Honors and Awards

  • Tompkins County Bar Association Pro Bono Award, 1996

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • New York State Defender's Association, Member, 1993 - Present
  • New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Member
  • Tompkins County Criminal Justice Association, Chairman, 1992 - 1994
  • Tompkins County Criminal Justice Association, Member, 1992 - 1996
  • New York State Bar Association, Member, 1981 - Present

Past Employment Positions

  • Sovocool, Pfann, Tyler & Baker, Partner, 1992 - 1994
  • LoPinto, Schlather & Baker, Law Clerk/Associate Attorney/Partner, 1978 - 1986
  • Solo Practice of Law as James A. Baker, Attorney at Law, 1987 - 1992 and 1994 - Present

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James A. Baker
148 East State Street
Ithaca, NY 14850

Toll Free: 888-845-0178
Phone: 607-216-9921
Phone: 607-216-9921
Fax: 607-275-9920
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