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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 Dykema's Financial Services Litigation Practice Group Leader and the immediate past Office Managing Member of the Firm’s Bloomfield Hills’ office. She is a member of Dykema’s Automotive Industry Group and the Leader of a Firm Original Equipment Manufacturer (OEM) team. She represents automakers and major suppliers in high-stakes commercial litigation with an emphasis on supplier contract disputes, troubled supplier litigation and warranty and cost recovery litigation. She also advises and represents banks and servicers in nationwide litigation involving mortgage loan servicing, credit card and mortgage products, escrow and insurance proceeds and note and collateral enforcement. Her contract practice focuses on negotiating and drafting supply contracts, service provider agreements and other commercial contracts for automotive companies.

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

Ms. Baucus has extensive experience in legal project management, including:

  • Leader of legal project management team on a multi-million dollar litigation portfolio
  • Managing hundreds of multi-state financial lawsuits for national banks and servicers, including managing a team of 40 Dykema attorneys

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, legal risks related to digital mortgages and other federal statutes impacting bank and servicing risks.

Experience

Ms. Baucus represents companies in high-stakes disputes and large-volume portfolio litigation management. Her litigation experience includes:

  • Automotive (OEM, Tier 1, Tier 2, and Tier 3) lawsuits, including warranty and cost recovery, troubled supplier litigation, supplier performance and termination, terms and conditions, and tooling recovery 
  • General commercial, contract and UCC disputes
  • Distributor / dealer termination 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

Ms. Baucus’ contract practice focuses on:

  • Negotiating and drafting automotive industry contracts related to production supply and termination, raw material, long-term supply, engineering, research and development, tooling, assignment of purchase orders, sale of equipment, service providers and other commercial issues
  • Providing legal advice on the maintenance and termination of supply relationships and commercial transactions
  • Purchase order terms and conditions, including analyzing, negotiating and drafting terms 

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