K. Poncho Baker

K. Poncho Baker

Partner
Location:
Fresno, California
Phone:
559-438-4374
Fax:
661-326-0418
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K. Poncho Baker is a partner in the firm's Personal Injury and Labor and Employment Departments. Poncho focuses his practice on personal injury defense and employment litigation. He obtained his law degree in 1991 from University of California, Hastings College of Law. Poncho holds a B.S. degree from Briar Cliff College in Sioux City, Iowa. He has spent his entire legal career in Fresno developing local expertise and professional relationships with Fresno businesses. Poncho has tried cases in both Federal and State courts. He recently successfully tried a catastrophic personal injury case on behalf of a local public entity. He has also successfully defended multi-million dollar injury cases for a national poultry company. Poncho has been selected to the Northern California Super Lawyers list every year since 2009.

Areas of Practice

  • Labor and Employment Law, Employment Litigation
  • Personal Injury Defense

Bar Admissions

  • California, 1991
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of California, 1991

Education

  • University of California, Hastings College of the Law, San Francisco, California
    • Juris Doctor - 1991
  • Briar Cliff College
    • B.S., Bachelor of Science - 1983

Jury Trials

  • (1994-1997)
    • Mc Donald v. Bronzan; 1994 Jury Trial (Tulare County Superior Court) Premises Liability/Subrogation
    • Rush v. Fresno Unified School District; 1996 Jury Trial (United States District Court-Eastern District) Failure to Accommodate/Disability Discrimination
    • Covello v. Unocal Corp.; 1997 Jury Trial (Fresno County Superior Court) Discrimination/Hostile Work Environment
    • W alters v. Linenbach Auto; 1997 Jury Trial (Fresno County Superior Court) Personal Injury
    • Hill v. Bingham Toyota; 1997 Jury Trial (Mistrial Fresno County Superior Court) Product Liability/Song-Beverly
  • (1999-2004)
    • J & R Shuttles v. R.J. McGlennon; 1999 Jury Trial (Fresno County Superior Court) Products Liability
    • Redman v. BAC; 2000 Jury Trial (Madera County Superior Court) Sexual Harassment/Retaliation
    • Gallardo v. Madera Cemetery District; 2002 Jury Trial (Madera County Superior Court) Failure to Accommodate/Disability Discrimination
    • Paramore v. Lee/Seidle; 2003 Jury Trial (Madera County Superior Court), Personal Injury Hate Crime/Racial Discrimination
  • (2005-2009)
    • Santo v. EFCO; 2005 Jury Trial (United States District Court - Eastern District) Failure to Accommodate
    • Dedekian v. CUSD; 2005 - Jury selected and waived/Court Trial (Fresno County Superior Court) Failure to Accommodate, Disability Discrimination
    • Orlando v. Alarm One; 2006 Jury Trial (Fresno County Superior Court) Sexual Harassment, Wrongful Termination, Gender Discrimination
    • Smiley v. Children's Hospital; 2006 Jury Trial (Madera County Superior Court) Racial Discrimination, Failure to Accommodate
    • Shabazian v. Foster Poultry Farms; 2006 Jury Trial (Stanislaus County Superior Court) Personal Injury
    • J ordan v. Dillon; 2007 Jury Trial (Fresno County Superior Court) Disability Discrimination/Failure to Accommodate
    • Neveu v. City of Fresno; 2007 Jury Trial (United States District Court - Eastern District) Retaliation
    • Frazier v. FUSD; 2002-2007 Jury Trial (Fresno County Superior Court) Defendant dismissed prior to voir dire Racial Discrimination/Harassment
    • Smith v. Jo-Ann Stores-2009 Jury Trial (Fresno County Superior Court) Discrimination, Wrongful Termination
  • (2010-Present)
    • M ahon v. State of California-Chowchilla Women's Prison; 2010 Court Trial (Madera County Superior Court) Disability Discrimination
    • Gordon Trucking v. Foster Poultry Farms 2010 Jury Trial (Merced County Superior Court)
    • Campos v. City of Clovis; 2013 Jury Trial (Fresno County Superior Court) Disability Discrimination, Failure to Accommodate
    • Nou v. Children's Hospital; 2014 Jury Trial (Fresno County Superior Court) Wrongful Termination; Invasion of Privacy
    • Gonzalves v. Nunes; 2015-Court Trial (Merced County Superior Court) Property Easement Dispute; Trespass; Nuisance and Interference with Economic Relations
    • Hull v. City of Fresno; 2016 Jury Trial (Fresno County Superior Court) Personal Injury

Honors and Awards

  • Northern California Super Lawyer, 2009 - Present
  • Martindale Hubbell BV rating, 1998 - Present

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Fresno County Bar Association, 1991 - Present
  • Fresno County Bar Association, Board Member, 2000 - 2002
  • Fresno County Bar Association, Board Member, Fresno County Young Lawyers Section, 1993 - 1997
  • Association of Defense Counsel – Northern California, 1993 - 1994
  • Association of Defense Counsel – Northern California, 1997 - 1999
  • California Labor Law Section, Member
  • California Judicial Council Committee, 2002 - Present

Professional Experience

  • Klein, DeNatale, Goldner, Cooper, Rosenlieb & Kimball, LLP., 2014-Present
  • Barsotti & Baker, LLP, 2006 - 2014
  • Sagaser, Hansen & Franson, 2000 - 2006
  • Emerson & Yrulegui, 1997 - 2000
  • Sagaser, Hansen & Franson, 1995 - 1997
  • Emerson & Yrulegui, 1992 - 1995
  • Chinello, Chinello, Shelton and Auchard, 1991 - 1992