Mike Baumann is a retired partner in Kirkland’s Los Angeles office and served as trial and appellate counsel advising and representing major corporate clients in federal and state courts and in arbitration.

Mike initially joined Kirkland’s Washington, D.C., office in 1980 following a clerkship on the United States Court of Appeals, D.C. Circuit. He left the Firm in 1984 for a two-year period to accept a political appointment in the senior executive service of the federal government, serving as chief legal counsel of an independent agency. In that position, Mike dealt with congress, the administration and the courts on a variety of issues. Mike was also appointed to serve as a member of the Administrative Conference of the United States, an organization formed to identify and recommend solutions to Congress and the President regarding the causes of inefficiency, delay and unfairness in administrative proceedings affecting private rights.

In 1990, Mike and one other partner from Kirkland’s Washington office moved to Los Angeles to open a new office for the Firm. The office has grown from four lawyers to more than 100 lawyers.

Mike’s practice focused on commercial litigation involving complex issues and high stakes and on class action defense. He was recognized for his work on behalf of Boeing by The Legal 500 U.S. in 2017 and The American Lawyer as Transatlantic Litigator of the year in 2016. In 2009, Mike received a California Lawyer of the Year (CLAY) award in the alternative dispute resolution category for a case involving class arbitration claims on behalf of DIRECTV. He has also been recognized for many years as one of Southern California’s “Superlawyers.” Mike was also selected as one of The 2012 BTI Client Service All-Stars, a selection based on an anonymous survey of corporate counsel.

Mike has high level government security clearance and experience in litigating cases involving classified materials.

Representative Clients

Representative clients include DIRECTV, Inc., The Boeing Company, Raytheon Company, The DIRECTV Group, Plantronics, Inc., General Motors Corporation, Hughes Electronics Corporation, Infineon Technologies Corporation, Hyundai Motor Company, Kraft Foods, Inc., PriceWaterhouse Coopers, Whirlpool Corporation, S.C. Johnson & Sons, Inc., Deustche Bank, NA, JP Morgan Chase, American Home Shield Corporation, ServiceMaster Inc. and Amoco Oil.



Admissions & Qualifications

  • 1980District of Columbia
  • 1990California


  • William & Mary Law SchoolJ.D.1979

    Professional Articles Editor, William & Mary Law Review

  • Princeton UniversityA.B.1976