James A. Baker

James A. Baker

Ithaca, New York Lawyer with More Than 33 Years of Legal Experience

Firm Overview

Attorney James A. Baker is a general practice lawyer emphasizing criminal defense
For more than 33 years, James A. Baker has been helping clients in a wide variety of legal cases with a focus on representation of individuals facing criminal charges. His criminal trial experience is extensive, and includes the defense of homicides, felony assaults, serious drug charges, arson, burglaries, robberies, sex crimes and driving while intoxicated charges. The firm's office is located in Ithaca, New York and serves clients throughout Tompkins County and surrounding counties.

Areas of the law where attorney James A. Baker can help you include:
-Criminal litigation
-DWI defense

Criminal defense attorney with experience on both sides of the aisle
James A. Baker has been appointed Special Prosecutor by the Tompkins County Court on several occasions. In his capacity as Special Prosecutor, Mr. Baker obtained a murder conviction in one of New York State's first prosecutions to use DNA profiling to identify the defendant (People vs. Vann, reported at 216 A.D.2nd 599).

He has been trained and certified by the New York State Capital Defender's Office to represent individuals charged with Capital Murder in New York State, and has been directly involved in two death penalty cases, once as lead counsel. James A. Baker has argued criminal appeals in the New York State Supreme Court, Appellate Division, as well as in the New York State Court of Appeals.

Main Office

Main Office
148 East State Street
Ithaca, NY 14850



Criminal Defense

New York Criminal Defense Attorney

An experienced firm fighting for your rights
If you have been charged with a crime in New York, you need an experienced criminal defense attorney on your side. For more than 33 years, James A. Baker has been fighting to defend the rights of his clients. He has built his reputation on getting results. He has a comprehensive knowledge of all facets of the New York criminal justice system, and has the skill to make sure you understand your legal options and to guide you through the legal process.

For more than 33 years, attorney James A. Baker in Ithaca has represented clients in New York State courts on charges ranging from minor offenses to serious felonies, including:
-Possession of drugs
-Theft and larceny
-Homicide murder/manslaughter
-Domestic violence
-White collar crime
-And more

No matter what obstacle has been placed in your way, rest assured that James A. Baker strives diligently to help you overcome it, and works tenaciously to attain the best possible result for you.

Going the extra mile to ensure your freedom
James A. Baker goes the extra mile to ensure that you get the justice you deserve. Through meticulous preparation and a firm attention to detail, his efforts are always focused on achieving that goal. He personally speaks with witnesses, reviews police records and examines the alleged crime scene with a fine-toothed comb, if necessary. He works closely with a wide range of experts, and private investigators, who challenge the prosecution and help prepare his strategy.

Nothing is more important than your freedom. If you need a defense attorney who is dedicated to your case, contact James A. Baker today.

James A. Baker

James A. Baker

Practice areas
-Criminal litigation
-DWI defense

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

-Cornell University, J.D. 1980
-State University of New York at Buffalo, B.A., summa cum laude, English Literature/Spanish Literature, 1976


Representative cases
-People v. Johnson, 81 N.Y. 2d 980
-Jane PP v. Paul QQ, 65 N.Y. 2d 994 and 64 N.Y. 2d 15
-Brown v. Skalwold, 228 A.D. 2d 749
-Commissioner of Social Services of Chemung County o/b/o Rynkowski v. Pronti, 227 A.D. 2d 705
-Zimmer v. Town Bd. of Town of Locke, 226 A.D. 2d 1117
-People v. Vann, 216 A.D. 2d 599; People v. Prentice, 208 A.D. 2d 1064
-Vann v. Friedlander, 170 A.D. 2d 782
-People v. Reagin, 148 A.D. 2d 854
-People v. Swartz, 130 A.D. 2d 288
-People v. Harding, 101 A.D. 2d 221
-People v. Andrews, 170 Misc 2d 67

Associations & memberships
-Tompkins County and New York State Bar Associations
-New York State Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (Board of Directors, 2011-2013)
-New York State Defender's Association

Biographical details
-Chairman, Tompkins County Criminal Justice Association, 1992-1994
-Town Attorney, Locke, New York, 1992-1999
-Village Attorney, Village of Moravia, New York, 1992-2006

James A. Baker and his family have resided in the Finger Lakes region of New York since 1977. His practice focuses on protecting the rights and interests of individuals.


Cornell University