Ms. Debra Baker is the CEO and Managing Attorney for Baker Law Corporation. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, Baker Law Corporation (BLC) is a premier boutique firm specializing in US immigration law and corporate compliance matters.
Before the re-opening of Baker Law Corporation, Ms. Baker served as a Senior Partner in Littler Mendelson P.C.’s San Jose, California, office where she was Co-Chair of the firms Business Immigration practice. Ms. Baker joined Littler in 2006 following the acquisition of Baker Law Corporation (BLC). During her tenure with Littler, she was a key player in Littler’s immigration and global migration business development efforts, and she played a pivotal role in improving processes and developing best practices across the immigration organization. Ms. Baker worked directly with Littler’s Knowledge Management group to develop and launch the Global Immigration Counsel blog in December 2008. She also served as the principal practice liaison with the firm’s IT department to ensure continued advancement and development of Littler’s technology and extranet capabilities.
Prior to her employment with Littler, Ms. Baker owned Baker Law Corporation (BLC) from January 2001 to August 2006 where she served as CEO and Managing Attorney. Ms. Baker was successful in creating the firm’s marketing strategy and in developing new immigration processes and policies for corporate clients. She recognized the importance of education as a major focus of the firms practice and provided guidance to her clients as well as her employees. In addition to her immigration expertise, Ms. Baker has always brought the latest technology advancements to bear in providing her clients with the best automated processing of their cases while reducing overhead for the firm’s bottom line.
In 1999, Ms. Baker formed Won-Chung & Baker LLP, with a focus on providing premiere business immigration services to Silicon Valley corporations. Among her accomplishments she completely re-architected both the business processes and information systems requiring less staff to support the growing client sales pipeline. Through her marketing efforts and highly focused customer service, Ms. Baker contributed to a 300% growth in revenue over 3 years. Ms. Baker also managed the expansion of the firm from one San Jose headquarters office, adding two satellite offices in the cities of Oakland and Morgan Hill California.
After completing her JD at Santa Clara University in 1994, Ms. Baker joined the San Francisco-based business immigration law firm of Jackson & Hertogs. Ms. Baker was instrumental in establishing standard processes and procedures guaranteeing the clients a consistent quality of service. Ms. Baker was often requested as a speaker by the firm’s client base due to her extensive knowledge of the corporate world “inside perspective” gained at Hewlett Packard.
Ms. Baker began her career in business immigration law in 1989 with Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) where she spent 5 years as a Corporate Immigration Specialist. In this capacity, she focused her efforts on all aspects of business immigration from a corporate perspective which provided her with a unique insight into the specific needs of the corporate environment and their foreign national employees. Ms. Baker also attended Santa Clara University School of Law while working her full time position at HP.
J.D., Santa Clara University School of Law
B.S., Behavioral Science and Psychology, San Jose State University
Lectures & Presentations
Ms. Baker has served as Associate Editor for the Northern California American Immigration Lawyer Association Chapter Conference, a guest lecturer at Santa Clara University, a guest speaker at the Western Regional Relocation Conference, and an instructor at Santa Clara University School of Law. She has also served on panel discussions with ILW and she has spoken on compliance issues as well as topics related to reductions in force and furloughs in the immigration context at The National Employer conference in Phoenix, Arizona.
Licensed in California, she is member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) and the American Bar Association.