Steven M. Baker
Steven Baker is a highly experienced civil attorney who has spent his entire career
representing injury victims.
Steve received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Literature from the University of
California, San Diego. During college, he worked as a field representative for the “Voter’s Revolt,” a grass-roots movement that opposed insurance industry backed legislation. He studied law at Pepperdine University, where he earned his Juris Doctor.
After being admitted to the Nevada State Bar, Steve joined Benson & Bertoldo as an
associate attorney, practicing with an emphasis in plaintiff ’s personal injury law. He has appeared in the Federal, Supreme, District and Justice Courts of the State of Nevada, in addition to several local courts of special jurisdiction. Steve has also appeared in the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, Trial and Bankruptcy Courts in the State of Arizona, as well as Trial Courts in both California and Oregon. In 1997, he became a partner with Benson, Bertoldo & Baker.
Steve was the 2009 President of the Nevada Justice Association. He has served on the Boards of Citizen’s for Justice, the Nevada Justice Association, the Nevada Foundation for Consumer Education, Young Israel Aish of Las Vegas, and the Tony Hawk Foundation Special Events Committee. He is a past member of the Clark County Bar Association Legal Education Board, a past Co-Chair of the CCBA Community Service Division, a past Senior Attorney for the Trial by Peers program, and a Big Brother in the Big/Little Brother program. He also served on the Southern Nevada Medical Legal Screening Panel and has been selected as a Colleague of the Nevada Law Foundation.
Steve is a member of both the Million Dollar and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. He has been selected as a Mountain States Super Lawyer as well as having been included in both The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers and Top Lawyers Best of the Best. He is Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent rated, the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards. Steve has been named among the Distinguished Justice Advocates, a forum of the top 1% of attorneys in America. He is also named in the Global Register of Who’s Who – Top Lawyers and is rated a perfect 10 out of 10 by AVVO, a national independent attorney-rating service. In 2014, Steve was awarded Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Nevada Justice Association. In 2017, he received the America’s Top 100 Attorneys Lifetime Achievement Award.
Steven knows that through their verdicts, juries send a loud and clear message to insurance companies that they will not tolerate reckless driving in their communities.
In addition to his law practice, Steve has taught numerous law classes at the College of Southern Nevada, has guest lectured at the Boyd School of Law, has appeared on the televised People’s Law School, writes and speaks extensively on legal issues, and presents the Brown Bag Continued Legal Education seminar series for Southern Nevada. He received Best Teacher from the Clark County Bar Association for his work with teenage lawyers-in-training and serves as a Transitioning into Practice (TIP) Mentor for the State Bar of Nevada. Steve’s efforts have also been recognized on multiple occasions by members of the United States Congress. Additionally, he proudly serves (with his law partner John Bertoldo) as Special Counsel to the Mexican Consulate of the State of Nevada. Most of all, though, Steve loves to spend family time with his wonderful wife, Heather, and his amazing daughter, Dylan Sage.
“It was a tough case, and sad. A seventy-four year old woman was assaulted and robbed by three young heroin-heads in the parking garage of a local casino. She suffered a constellation of orthopedic and other injuries, putting her in the hospital for seven weeks. My firm was associated as co-counsel about a month before trial.” Click the link below to continue reading…
“Easy, right?…Wrong! Said sense of security will turn into nausea when a Motion to Quash Service of Process shows up on your desk early one Monday morning. Arguably, NRS 14.070, although it would seem logically to do so, does not effectuate proper service on a foreign national under the terms of the Hague Convention.” Click the link below to continue reading…
“The personal injury practitioner is often lured into a false sense of security when handling first-party claims. There is frequently an erroneous belief that UM/UIM carriers are hesitant to deny coverage because of the duty of good faith and fair dealing, and the associated risk of bad faith. Do not, however, be fooled.” Click the link below to continue reading…