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Laura C. Baucus Member

Areas of Practice

Industries

Bar Admissions

  • Michigan, 2000

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit, 2003
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan, 2000
  • U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan, 2005
  • U. S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2015
  • U. S. District Court, Western District of Wisconsin, 2015

Education

Wayne State University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude

  • Order of the Coif

Catholic University of America, B.A., summa cum laude

  • Phi Beta Kappa

Ms. Baucus is the leader of Dykema's Financial Services Litigation Practice Group. Ms. Baucus advises clients on all aspects of business disputes, including a broad range of complex litigation matters. Her experience includes preliminary injunction hearings, trials and appeals in both state and federal courts, various forms of alternative dispute resolution and experience acting as national and regional counsel on behalf of clients.

Ms. Baucus is a member of Dykema’s Automotive Industry Group and the head of one of the Firm’s Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) teams. She frequently represents automakers and major suppliers in high-stakes commercial disputes with an emphasis on supplier contract disputes, troubled supplier litigation and warranty and cost recovery litigation. 

Ms. Baucus also is a member of Dykema’s Financial Industry Group. She represents banks and servicers in nationwide litigation on disputes involving mortgage loan servicing, credit card and mortgage products, escrow and insurance proceeds and note and collateral enforcement. She regularly advises clients on statutory compliance related to these issues. Ms. Baucus has extensive experience in legal project management, including managing mortgage loan portfolios. 

Ms. Baucus has substantial experience in leading document, information and liability investigations. She has worked extensively with corporate counsel to develop and implement internal investigation strategies. 

Ms. Baucus frequently develops and presents seminars and continuing legal education (CLE) programs for legal and business clients on topics including contracting processes and risks, terminating distributorship risks, purchase order terms and conditions and battle of the forms, force majeure risks in the automotive industry, CFPB topics, Regulation X and other federal statutes impacting bank and servicing risks, and legal risks related to blight.

Experience

Ms. Baucus has successfully represented clients in many areas of litigation, including:

  • Leader of legal project management team for national financial institution on a multi-million dollar litigation portfolio
  • Automotive (OEM, Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3) disputes
  • Automotive OEM and supplier warranty disputes
  • Consumer financial services litigation, including defense of claims under the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA), Truth in Lending Act (TILA), Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act (RESPA), and the Michigan Consumer Protection Act (MCPA), title priority disputes, credit card and retail installment contract disputes, as well as other related consumer financial service and real estate claims
  • Consumer financial services issues related to bankruptcy and work outs
  • Consumer Finance Protection Bureau (CFPB) compliance issues and Regulation X litigation
  • Commercial real estate loan workouts and litigation, including loan/mortgage litigation, contested judicial foreclosures, receivership actions, and insurance disputes
  • General commercial, contract and UCC disputes
  • Fraud, tortious interference, and other business torts
  • Dealer/distributor termination disputes

Memberships & Involvement

Oakland County Bar Association

Oakland County Bar Association Membership Committee

State Bar of Michigan

Federal Bar Association

Women Lawyers Association of Michigan

Selected as a Future Star by Benchmark Litigation, 2013-2018

Recognized in Michigan Super Lawyers® as a Rising Star for Civil Litigation Defense, Business Litigation and Consumer Law, Administrative Law, 2013-2014