Samuel E. Baker, Jr.
2017 Community Service Award Recipient
Sam Baker is a partner in the law firm of Oles Morrison Rinker & Baker LLP, with offices in Seattle, Anchorage, and Oakland. He earned an undergraduate degree in Construction Management from the University of Washington and a J.D. from the University of Montana. He is a founding member of the University of Washington Construction Industry Advisory Council, past Chairman and current member of the Seattle Police Foundation Board of Directors, presently President of the Board of Directors of Auction of Washington Wines, and currently serves on the Board of the Celebrity Waiters Luncheon.
Sam’s practice focuses primarily in representing construction contractors in evaluating and resolving construction disputes which often involve complex, multi-party cases. While he takes pride in national recognition with success in partnering, he has gained outstanding results before state and federal courts throughout the Western United States and Alaska. Sam has also prosecuted claims before several boards of contract appeals and the United States Court of Federal Claims in construction cases involving the federal government. Additionally, he participates extensively in arbitration proceedings.
In 2006 Sam was inducted as the first attorney in the University of Washington Construction Hall of Fame and is the first attorney to hold the distinction of serving as a Director of the Beavers and Trustee of its Charitable Trust. In 2012, Sam was awarded the coveted Golden Beaver Award for Service and Supply, and in 2013 he was selected for membership in the National Academy of Construction.