Baute Crochetiere & Gilford LLP

Baute Crochetiere & Gilford LLP

Baute Crochetiere & Gilford LLP is a boutique litigation firm in Los Angeles with an admittedly different approach to litigation.

Firm Overview

Having successfully practiced at some of the country's largest law firms, the lawyers of Baute Crochetiere & Gilford LLP recognize that their clients expect and deserve from their attorneys not only first quality legal work, but discriminating business judgment.

Baute Crochetiere & Gilford LLP has actual trial lawyers, focused on winning, who can quickly size up the essentials of a case and tailor the litigation process to minimize the burden to the client's ongoing business. This approach allows us to disregard how "these types" of matters are traditionally handled, in favor of decisions at every stage about whether proposed work will really advance the client's interests.

Baute Crochetiere & Gilford LLP offers superior legal services across a full range of areas of the law, from general business litigation to more specialized areas like intellectual property and labor law. While many lawyers claim experience in these areas, the expertise of Baute Crochetiere & Gilford LLP's attorneys is real. It has to be. Our success is measured by that of our clients.

Main Office

Main Office
777 South Figueroa Street, Suite 4900
Los Angeles, CA 90017




Labor and Employment

The labor and employment practice at Baute Crochetiere & Gilford LLP includes the full spectrum of wrongful termination and employment discrimination cases, including discrimination on the basis of race, age, sex, national origin, religion and disability, among others as well as defending against claims for breach of contract, wrongful termination in violation of public policy, and breach of the implied covenant of good faith and fair dealing. The firm also handles traditional NLRB proceedings and collective bargaining, including recent successful negotiations against the Teamsters and the United Farm Workers. Our labor practice also includes the handling of routine grievances and formal arbitration hearings, as well as wage and hour advice and class action defense.

The firm's labor work is almost exclusively on behalf of management, and only in rare instances does the firm handle a plaintiff's case in the area of labor and employment. Our labor clients have included Dresser Industries, Inc., Halliburton, World Service West Co., Tengu Company, Inc., Guess?, Inc., Oakwood Capital Management LLC and US Air, among others. Specific focus on the particular client's needs has resulted in the implementation of creative, cutting-edge collective bargaining processes designed to minimize disputes and maximize profitability for the client.

Mark Baute

Baute Crochetiere & Gilford LLP

Mark Baute graduated from U.C.L.A. Law School, and
received his bachelor's degree from the University of
Washington. While at U.C.L.A. he was the recipient
of the Olin Fellow in Law and Economics academic
scholarship, and the co-President of the graduating class of 1986. In 1998, he was featured as one of the top twenty lawyers under forty years of age in California in the Los Angeles Daily Journal's annual "20 under 40" article.

He started at Jones, Day, Reavis & Pogue in Los Angeles, California, practicing exclusively in the area of commercial litigation. Most of his work at that time was defending Fortune 500 companies in the areas of labor and employment, real estate, construction and trade secrets and unfair competition cases. Mr. Baute then left Jones, Day to become a junior partner at Blecher & Collins, a firm which specializes in high-stakes plaintiffs' commercial trial work. While there, Mr. Baute handled, among others, an antitrust case against 123 hospitals and the California Hospital Association, a tortious interference case against the NBA for its wrongful veto of a pay-per-view one-on-one contest between Michael Jordan and Magic Johnson, and a variety of labor and unfair competition cases for both plaintiffs and defendants, in jury trials and binding arbitrations.

Mr. Baute has tried over fifty cases to verdict as lead counsel. Those cases range from large antitrust cases, to mid-sized labor, unfair competition and real estate cases, in both state and federal courts and arbitration tribunals, in forums throughout the country. His experience also includes the full range of appellate work, including appeals and writs in State Courts, the Eighth and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court.

Mr. Baute's practice has been more or less evenly divided between long-established business entities and more recently established entrepreneurs. He brings a noticeably different perspective to the prompt resolution of most commercial litigation matters. In brief, Mr. Baute believes that as much as half the time and money consumed in commercial litigation today is largely a waste. Even in many large cases, there are usually only one or two important witnesses and a handful of critical documents. There is also generally one critical motion -- the motion for summary judgment. Form your game plan and your settlement position early, and if settlement is not a realistic possibility, follow through with a cost-effective plan designed to get a prompt decision on the real issues, or a clean win at trial.

Click here to see a representative sample of cases handled by Mr. Baute.

Areas of Practice:
Antitrust & Trade Regulation
Banking & Finance Law
Business & Commercial Law
Business Organizations
Employment Law -- Employee
Employment Law -- Employer
Entertainment, Sports & Leisure Law
Intellectual Property Law
Labor Law
Litigation & Appeals
Real Estate Law

Bar Admissions:
California, 1986

University of California at Los Angeles School of Law, Los Angeles, California
Honors: Olin Fellow in Law and Economics Academic Scholarship
Honors: Co-President, Class of 1986

University of Washington

Representative Cases:
Hughes Electronics v. Insurance Carrier/Defense Contractor
RNC v. Oakwood
Technology Executive v. Publicly Traded Technology Company
IEG, Inc. v. NBA
North American Energy Services v. GENOR
Ferguson Safety Products, Inc. v. Bob Barker, Inc.
Adonis v. Chippendales
Emerald Bay Partners v. Heers
GASP v. Seelig
Jiles v. Bridgestone/Firestone, Inc.
Teamsters v. World Service Co.
Tengu Company, Inc. Re UFCW
Sidley v.Columbia Pictures, Inc.
Shipley v. North American Energy Services
Wilson v. RSM Management Co.
Johnson Controls, Inc. v. The Fluor Corporation
Read v. MXC
Ramirez v. Dresser Industries, Inc.
Latham & Watkins v. Oakwood Capital Management LLC
Ramirez v. Dresser Industries, Inc.
Gouskos, et al v. HomeFed Bank
Lipkins v. UCLA Medical Center, et al
Beverly Hills Savings & Loan v. Cushman & Wakefield
Samaria v. Tamiya America, Inc.
Chadwick v. Original Hollywood Diner
Chessick v. Gallini, Inc.
Gibson, Dunn v. Carol Wior, Inc.
Martinez v. Dresser Industries
Nicollette Sheridan v. Touchstone Television
Kudler v. Regency Outdoor Advertising
Langan v. Caskey & Holzman
Neuberger v. Eber International


University of California at Los Angeles