A Full-Service
Litigation And
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William H. Baaki
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William H. Baaki is an experienced trial and appellate advocate who practices in the areas of commercial litigation, complex personal injury litigation, general liability, transportation and trucking, and wrongful death matters in state and federal courts.

Bill also serves as outside general counsel to not-for-profits, religious organizations, and small businesses whose business model does not support a full-time attorney, including matters pertaining to formation, governance, compliance, contracts, and strategic planning.

Bill received his undergraduate degree in Classics and Philosophy from Colgate University, and served as assistant captain of the school’s hockey team. After playing two seasons of minor professional hockey, Bill received his J.D., cum laude, from Ave Maria School of Law, where he served on the school’s Moot Court Board and Honor Board.

Bill and his wife Julie have eight children and are parishioners at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Amsterdam, New York.

Areas of Practice

  • Commercial litigation
  • General liability
  • Personal injury litigation
  • Transportation/trucking
  • Wrongful death
  • Not-for-profit and religious organizations

Bar Admissions

  • New York
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of New York
  • U.S. District Court Western District of New York
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 2nd Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Education

  • Ave Maria School of Law, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    • J.D. - 2004
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Colgate University
    • B.A., Classics and Philosophy - 1998

 Community Service

  • Friends of Our Lady of Martyrs Shrine, Inc., Board Member
  • Catholic Lawyers Guild of the Capital District, Board Member
  • City of Amsterdam City Council, Former Alderman
  • Diocese of Buffalo “Making a Difference” Dinner Committee, Past Member
  • St. Thomas More Guild of Western New York, Former Board Member
  • Construction Exchange of Western New York Education Committee, Past Member
  • Sts. Peter and Paul School, Former 5th-6th Grade Baseball Coach
  • Sts. Peter and Paul School, Former Educational Advisory Board Member

Publications

  • Co-Author, “White Collar Corner: The Wartime Suspension of Limitations Act,” The Daily Record, December 2012
  • Co-Author, “White Collar Corner: The Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act,” The Daily Record, August 2012
  • Author, “White Collar Corner: Local Governments and the New York False Claims Act,” The Daily Record, September 2011
  • Author, “White Collar Corner: The AG and New York’s False Claims Act,” The Daily Record, March 2011
Presentations
  • Presenter, Sexual Harassment and Discrimination Prevention and Awareness Training, multiple clients, 2019
  • Presenter, NBI Continuing Legal Education seminar, “The Rules of Evidence: A Practical Toolkit”, April 2019
  • Presenter, NBI Continuing Legal Education seminar, “Litigating Slip, Trip and Fall Cases in New York”, December 2018
  • Speaker, Seminar on Construction Claims, Liens & Law, Construction Exchange of Western New York, March 2011

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating: AV Preeminent
  • Upstate New York Super Lawyers, 2017-2020
  • Upstate New York Super Lawyers, Rising Stars 2014-2015
  • Ave Maria School of Law, St. Raymond of Penafort Award to graduating student for excellence in written advocacy, 2004
  • Best Brief Award, State of Michigan Moot Court Competition, 2003
  • Best Brief Award, Oral Argument co-champion, Ave Maria School of Law, St. Thomas More Moot Court Competition, 2002
  • Huntington Blizzard (ECHL), Players’ Player Award, 1998-99 and 1999-00
  • Huntington Blizzard (ECHL), Community Service Award, 1998-99 and 1999-00
  • Colgate Hockey, Rob Ries Award for leadership and inspiration, 1997-98

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