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Anatomy of an Art Claim: A Rembrandt is not a Refrigerator

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Jamie Baker has an art history background, which along with her experience as a collector both combine to form an insurance law practice focused on litigation and coverage with a special interest in fine art, specie, and other valuable articles issues. She is also a regular speaker and author on business and legal issues for artists and fine art insurers.

Jamie’s experience includes litigation and coverage projects involving complex insurance and business issues under a variety of policy lines. She is experienced in case evaluation, strategy, and motion practice; contract negotiations/review; and extensive oral advocacy.

Representative Experience

Analyzed coverage and valuation issues for a Third Party Administrator that were raised by a unique restoration loss to a 1930’s American painting from the Early Texas Regional School.

Represented a fine art handling company in an additional named insured matter involving a claim for shipping damage to a Willem de Kooning painting.

Analyzed coverage and coordinated restoration experts in a claim involving a rare first edition book and lost dust jacket.

Represented galleries and arts organizations in contract disputes.

Represented non-profit ballet company in contract negotiations for summer festival engagements.

Represented non-profit fashion incubator in connection with Texas’ Next Top Designer competition.

Obtained summary judgment in federal court dismissing insurer from multi-million dollar lawsuit on grounds of no duty to defend.

Obtained appellate ruling reversing lower court decision on matter of significant impact to indemnitors.

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Education, Admissions & Activities


South Texas College of Law

J.D., 1987

University of California at Santa Barbara

B.A., 1978

Bar Admissions



New York


Court Admissions

United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit

United States District Court of Texas

Northern, Southern, Eastern, Western

Professional and Community Activities

Law x Style Summit