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Peter D. Baird


Lewis and Roca LLP

Cases and Clients

Mr. Baird handles commercial and professional liability cases. His background includes: Multiple appearances before the United States Supreme Court; Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals; Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals; and all Arizona Appellate Courts. Hundreds of trial proceedings in the federal and state trial courts of Arizona as well as in the federal courts of Illinois, Hawaii, Texas, Utah, Colorado and Nevada. Mr. Baird has represented major law firms from New York City, Toronto, Miami and Phoenix in various malpractice and malicious prosecution cases; one of the defendants in The Exxon Valdez litigation; defendants in securities actions and class actions as well as in environmental actions and class actions; insurance companies in a rate-fixing mass action; an international equipment manufacturer in an Illinois antitrust and trademark case; a public utility in a case involving its nuclear power plant; a national retailer in regional mall lease litigation; two Protestant Denominations which sued the federal government for having sent spies and recording devices into church worship services; the successful litigant in Miranda v. Arizona in habeas corpus proceedings; the petitioner in a First Amendment case decided in her favor by the United States Supreme Court; a New York bank in leveraged buy-out litigation; and a number of litigants in civil as well as criminal cases whose civil rights and civil liberties had been denied.

Professional Activities

Mr. Baird is a Senior Editor of Litigation, which is published by the American Bar Association Section of Litigation. He is an editor of Experience, which is published by the ABA Senior Lawyers Division and he is also a Fellow of The American Bar Foundation.


Legal "Persuasion 101," Litigation, Summer 2001. "A Lawyer's Letter To His Son," Litigation, Summer 1997. "You Have The Right To Remain Silent," Phoenix Magazine, June 1996. "The Deadtime Story," 22 Litigation, Winter 1996. "Oyez, Oyez, Oyez," American Heritage, November 1994. "Prayer, Spies and Audio Tapes," 21 Litigation 47, 1994. "Holy Krishna," 20 Litigation 59, Winter 1994. "Critics Must Confess: Miranda Was The Right Decision," The Wall Street Journal, June 13, 1991. "The Confessions of Ernesto Arturo Miranda," Arizona Attorney, October 1991. "Miranda Memories," 16 Litigation 43, Winter 1990. "Corpus Juris Hocus Pocus," Arizona Attorney, October 1989. "Getting Exhibits Into Evidence and Other Deadtime Stories," Arizona Bar Journal, August/September 1987. "Bedside Manners and Desktop Distractions," 13 Litigation, Winter, 1987. "Legal Creativity: Flashes, Blocks and Toads," 12 Litigation, Summer, 1986. "Ballooning Toward a New Due Diligence for Litigators," Arizona Bar Journal, February/March 1985. "Litigating in the Bermuda Triangle," 9 Litigation 22, Summer, 1983. "How Lawyers Lose Their Way," 9 Litigation 8, Fall, 1982. "Charitable Deductions for Pro Bono Public Professional Services," 50 Texas Law Review 441, 1972. "Arizona Lease Terminations," 9 Arizona Law Review 187, 1967. Non-Legal Mr. Baird has written for The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times Magazine, Newsweek, The Chicago Tribune Magazine, American Heritage, The Cleveland Plain Dealer Magazine, Men's Health, Phoenix Magazine, Friends, Writer's Digest, Rosebud, Interrace, Hope, Troika, Year ‘round Christmas, Sykes & Cullen, Criminology (2nd ed., 1992), Shark Tales (Simon & Schuster, 2000), The Best of Hope Magazine (Pushcart Press, 2000), and The American Heritage Collection (Workman, 2001).

Special Recognitions

Mr. Baird is a member of Martindale-Hubbell's Preeminent Attorneys and is listed in The Best Lawyers in America. He has been written about in “Desert Doyens,” The National Law Journal (May 8, 2000); as well as in The American Lawyer, The Arizona Republic, The ABA Journal, The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Los Angeles Times, and The Arizona Journal. He was interviewed on the December 11, 1991 edition of “NBC Nightly News With Tom Brokaw;” and is listed in The International Who’s Who of Commercial Litigators (Law Business Research, London England). Mr. Baird also received the University of Arizona College of Medicine, Distinguished Citizen Award, 1989; an Honorary Doctoral Degree of Humane Letters from Carleton College in 1992; and the Writer's Digest awards for 1993, 1994 and 1995.

Community acivities

Professional magician: Mr. Baird has performed at major charitable events in Atlanta, Las Vegas, Palm Springs, Philadelphia, Pasadena, Santa Barbara, Minneapolis, Houston, Palo Alto, Albuquerque, Phoenix, Tucson, Prescott, Sedona and Scottsdale and has been featured for his magic in the Scottsdale Progress, The Albuquerque Journal, The Maricopa Lawyer, The Stanford Lawyer and The Arizona Republic.

Court Admissions

Mr. Baird is admitted to practice in Arizona, the United States Supreme Court, the Ninth Circuit, and the Seventh Circuit.