For me, responsiveness and efficiency are the most important attributes in serving a client. Maintaining those standards in the highest is the commitment I make every day I come to work. - Daniel L. Baxter
Dan Baxter joined Wilke Fleury in September of 1999, and has been a partner since January of 2007. His practice focuses primarily on business litigation and trial work, as well as civil writs and appeals. Dan serves as lead and backup trial counsel before state and federal courts and arbitral panels. He also briefs and argues before California and federal courts of appeal on behalf of both parties and amici curiae.
A growing piece of Dan’s work involves pursuing claims by government contractors against federal, state, and local government entities, including litigating actions before the United States Court of Federal Claims. In a related vein, Dan engages with increasing frequency in prosecuting and defending bid protests on behalf of government contractors.
Beyond trial and appellate work, Dan provides general counsel to an assortment of clients ranging from non-profit organizations to small businesses to publicly-traded corporations, and has represented both management and unions in connection with labor negotiations and disputes. In addition, he has appeared before state and local legislative and administrative bodies in support of client-sponsored legislative and regulatory enactments.
“My company has worked with Dan on multiple commercial and health care related cases. I highly recommend Dan. Some of Dan's best qualities include, creative strategic thinking both for early case resolution and throughout the litigation process. He is conscious of our costs and conserves resources. Best of all he is an excellent communicator who you can depend on to follow through and keep you informed. He is willing to take the case and run or work collaboratively through the entire process. ”
“Dan Baxter has provided our construction firm with excellent legal services for the past 5 to 6 years. When something isn't clear from a technical sense he takes the time to understand the processes. Dan has been a great legal advocate for our company, who shows compassion for his work and who provides timely, reasonable and thorough counsel/representation. I would highly recommend him and his firm. ”
“Mr. Baxter is an accomplished litigator with the education and experience needed to efficiently traverse our complex cases. He is motivated to continue to expand his areas of expertise despite already being well accomplished in complex civil litigation as well as administrative law. He demonstrates an uncanny ability to decipher difficult issues and illuminate salient points while keeping the needs of his clients in mind. He emanates a perfect balance of humility and confidence- both of which are demonstrated through his excellent listening, speaking and writing skills. ”
“I had the pleasure of working with Daniel L. Baxter on several occasions including an extremely complex and difficult commercial case which went to trial in Sacramento Federal Court. I have since referred representation of clients to Dan. He is a first class lawyer with the highest skills, judgment and ethical behavior.”
“My experience with Wilke Fleury and Dan Baxter in particular has consistently exceeded expectations on all levels. The quality and thoroughness of the counsel has been exceptional; when coupled with nearly immediate responsiveness and clear communication, it simply doesn’t get any better. The experience has been far superior to any experience I’ve previously had working with any attorney - external to the organization or within.”
“Excellent writer, very conscious of ethics, very good judgment.”
“Excellent knowledge of our industry and the issues we face in our day to day operations.”
“Daniel exhibits the type of stellar qualities that give trust and faith in a formidable opponent who nonetheless will treat all involved, judge, clients, opposing counsel—with respect and openness. He is a class act.”
(Opposing Attorney Comment)
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Honors and Awards
Sacramento Business Journal's Best of the Bar, 2016-2017
Sacramento Magazine, 2015-2017 Top Lawyer
“AV Preeminent” Lawyer as Designated by Martindale Hubbell
Northern California Super Lawyers Magazine: "Super Lawyer" (2015-2017), “Rising Star” (2009-2014)
University of California, Los Angeles School of Law: Moot Court Distinguished Advocate
Civic and Community Involvement
American Society of Civil Engineers, Affiliate
United States Selective Service Board, Local Board Member
Teaching Everyone Animals Matter, Former Board Member
Dan lives in West Sacramento with his wife, Toni. In his spare time, Dan enjoys hiking, traveling, working out, and playing amateur bartender.
A Lotus owner and avid fan of the former Lotus Formula 1 Team (now the Renault Formula 1 Team), Dan is also a member of the Sacramento chapter of the Golden Gate Lotus Club, and enjoys going on “runs” with his fellow club members.
University of North Carolina at Chapel HillB.A. (with distinction) (1996)
At his core, Dan is a trial lawyer. His love of the courtroom has resulted in significant success for his clients, including several multi-million dollar verdicts.
In one of his recent victories, Dan - assisted by Wilke
Fleury paralegal Sharon Brazell - procured a $4,000,000 verdict against the United States arising out of work performed by client Magnus Pacific Corporation for the United States Section of the International Boundary and Water Commission.
In another case, Dan obtained a multi-million dollar federal court jury verdict in favor of plaintiffs Brian Dawe, Gary Harkins, and Flat Iron Mountain Associates against the California Correctional Peace Officers’ Association, Corrections USA, and two individual defendants for breach of contract and defamation - among other claims - stemming from a campaign of misconduct perpetrated by the defendants over an extended period of time. In addition to trying the case, Dan successfully briefed and argued the Defendants’ appeal of the jury verdict to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.
In cooperation with colleague Tom Redmon, Dan successfully represented a Rocklin, California wood products company in a suit seeking damages arising from a faulty power generation system purchased from a Pennsylvania manufacturer. After a six week trial, the jury issued a $6 million verdict.