Elizabeth S. Baker has been a Florida Board Certified Marital and Family Lawyer for over 25 years. She focuses her practice exclusively on family law at the trial and appellate levels. Mrs. Baker has contributed greatly to the advancement of the Family Law Bars through her participation in professional and bar activities, her advocacy of legislative reforms, her years of lecturers and publications, the appellate decisions in her cases, and her volunteer efforts on behalf of children and battered spouses.
Mrs. Baker has tried many complex family law cases including equitable distribution cases in which assets like family businesses are valued and divided. She has tried custody and timesharing cases including relocations and international custody cases. She has handled numerous alimony and child support matters involving high income sports figures and celebrities. Mrs. Baker has prosecuted and defended countless domestic violence cases. She has served as a guardian ad litem for children in high conflict custody battles. She has drafted numerous premarital and postnuptial agreements. As with most family law practitioners, she represents both male and female clients. Many of her cases have involved high net worth individuals, celebrities, sports figures, judges, politicians and other high profile people who value confidentiality and like to maintain their privacy.
It is rare for Mrs. Baker to go to the library, grocery store or dry cleaner without running into a grateful client. She gets a lot of satisfaction from having helped people overcome bad personal situations and go on to more successful and happier lives. Although she has a wealth of trial experience and has taught law school classes about conducting trials, the vast majority of her cases settle in mediation. Mediation occurs after both parties have complete financial disclosure. Mediation systematically addresses personal and economic issues in order to reach a compromise with the assistance of the attorneys and a trained mediator.
Ms. Baker joined Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in April 2011. Previously she was a partner at Yoss LLP in Miami.
- American Bar Association, Family Law Section
- Dade County Bar Association
- Florida Association for Women Lawyers
- First Family Law American Inns of Court
- University of Miami School of Law, Adjunct Professor (1979–1981) (1988–1989)
Honors & Awards
- Named as one of Florida Trend magazine’s “Florida Legal Elite” in the area of family law. Florida Legal Elite is comprised of the top 1.8 percent of all Florida lawyers, 2014
- Spectrum Award for Women, American Red Cross (2014)
- Benjamin L. Cardin Public Service Award, The University of Maryland (2013)
- Legal Services of Greater Miami Distinguished Service Award (2008)
- James H. Pearson Guardian Ad Litem Award, 11th Judicial Circuit, Miami-Dade County, Florida (2007)
- Mattie Belle Davis Award, Florida Association for Women Lawyers (2006)
- AV® Preeminent Peer Review Rating from Martindale-Hubbell, its highest rating for ethics and legal ability
- Top Lawyer in South Florida for Family and Marital Law, South Florida Legal Guide, 2014
- Recognized as a "Super Lawyer" by Florida Super Lawyers magazine
She has also lectured on family law topics including:
- "Issues on Domestic Violence," The Florida Bar, Family Law Section, June, 1986.
- "Emergence of Children's Rights-Part II Enforcement Problems and Solutions: The Uniform Child Custody Jurisdiction Act," The Florida Bar, Family Law Section, April, 1985.
- "Legislative Update Seminar: Family and Juvenile Law," Florida Association for Women Lawyers, Dade County Chapter, September, 1983.
- "Establishing the Existence and Value of Professional Good Will as a Marital Asset," co-author, The Florida Bar Journal, Volume LXVIII, Number 2, February 1994.
- "Drafting and Attacking Premarital Agreements," Florida Bar Journal, July 1990.
- “Affidavits of Diligent Search," Florida Bar Journal, February 1989.
- "Uniform Reciprocal Enforcement of Support Law," Chapter 8, “Florida Proceedings After Dissolution of Marriage,” The Florida Bar, 1988.
- "Equitable Distribution, Florida's New Statute in Relation to Prior Caselaw," Florida Family Law Reporter, September 1988.
- "Equitable Distribution and Alimony, Florida's New Statute: Section 61.075, Florida Family Law Reporter, August 1988.
- "Does Florida Create Intractable Jurisdictional Deadlocks?" Florida Bar Journal, March 1988.
- "A Practical Guide to Getting an Emergency TRO for a Battered Spouse," General Practice Section Newsletter, January 1986.
- "How to Recover a Missing Child After a Parental Kidnap," co-author, Florida Bar Journal, March 1986.
- “Interspousal Tort Immunity: Married Women's Identity at Law-Still an Uphill Battle,” Florida Bar Journal, November 1985.
- "Additional Reasons to Avoid Bifurcated Proceedings: Possible Loss of Attorney's Fees Upon Remarriage of One Spouse," co-author, Family Law Quarterly, June 1985.
Liz is the mother of two adult daughters: an architect and a fund raiser for the Museum of the National Academy, both of whom live and work in New York. She is also the very proud grandmother of two. Liz has been married for 40 years to Dr. Edward Baker, a professor at the University of Miami School of Business.
Liz is an enthusiastic student of the Shakers, a utopian group that lives communally in Maine. She attends the annual Shaker seminar, and has visited most Shaker sites in the U.S.
Liz is a fanatic reader of mysteries, and frequently solves crossword and sudoku puzzles. She collects vintage costume jewelry from the 1940s. Her favorite Miami activity is the Miami Book Fair International.
Ms. Baker has dedicated years of her life to advancing domestic violence awareness and prevention, children’s advocacy, the literary arts and women’s studies.
- Safespace Foundation, Inc., Co-Founder and Past President
- Florida International University Women’s Studies Center, Board of Advisors, Member
- Supreme Court Historical Society, Founding Member
- University of Miami Friends of the Library, Member and Former President
- University of Miami, Otto G. Richter Library, Visitors Committee, Member
J.D., University of Maryland School of Law, 1973
- Staff Member, University of Maryland Law Review
- Moot Court Chair
B.A., Goucher College, 1970
- U.S. Supreme Court
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eleventh Circuit
- U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Florida