Mike Baker is the managing partner of Baker Tax Law, LLC, a tax firm with which Kastner Gravelle LLP frequently works. Mike is a tax lawyer who assists clients over the lifecycle of their business. He frequently advises regarding choice of entity, conversion between entity types, tax-free reorganizations and taxable exit transactions. Additional areas of expertise include qualified small business stock, equity compensation, tax code Section 83(b) elections, phantom equity, deferred compensation, and tax code Section 280G. Mike has represented clients in over 450 M&A transactions, including transactions with consideration in excess of a billion dollars.
Mike taught individual income tax and corporate tax at Utah Valley University from 2015-2016 and employee benefits and compensation law at the University of Colorado Law School from 2013-2014.
Prior to founding Baker Tax Law, LLC, Mike spent a decade as a tax attorney in the Broomfield, Colorado office of Cooley LLP, and a compensation and benefits attorney in the Palo Alto office of Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, P. C. Mike was recognized as a Rising Star in 2016 by Super Lawyers.
Prior to attending law school, Mike interned for the Internal Revenue Service, where he worked as an auditor in the small business and self-employed division.
Mike received his law degree from Cornell Law School and his LL.M. in tax from NYU. He received a B.S. in Accounting, magna cum laude from Utah State University, where he was the recipient of the business school’s Ernst & Young Scholarship.