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Laura C. Baucus

Laura C. Baucus

Member

Expertise

  • Consumer Financial Services
  • Financial Services Litigation
  • Alternative Dispute Resolution
  • Business & Commercial

WSG Practice Industries

Activity

WSG Leadership

WSG Coronavirus Task Force Group
Member

Dykema
Michigan, U.S.A.

Profile
Ms. Baucus is a leader in Dykema’s COVID-19 Task Force.  She regularly counsels clients on force majeure and related contract performance options in a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, real estate and financial services.  Her litigation practice focuses on procurement and supply chain, warranty and cost recovery, financial services, contract termination, tooling recovery and Uniform Commercial Code issues.
 
Ms. Baucus is a leader in Dykema’s Supply Chain group, the current head of Dykema's Financial Services Litigation Practice Group, the leader of a Dykema Original Equipment Supplier (OEM) client team, a member of the Firm’s Automotive Industry Group, and the immediate past Office Managing Member of the Firm’s largest Michigan office.  Ms. Baucus leads fact and liability investigations for clients, working extensively with in-house counsel to develop and implement internal investigation strategies.  She also negotiates and drafts supply contracts and other commercial agreements for automotive and related companies, including terms and conditions.

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.

Bar Admissions

Michigan, 2000

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
Areas of Practice

Alternative Dispute Resolution | Business & Commercial | Consumer Financial Services | Financial Services Litigation | Financial Services Litigation – Commercial | Financial Services Litigation – Consumer | Franchise Services | Litigation

Professional Career

Professional Associations

  • Oakland County Bar Association
  • Oakland County Bar Association Membership Committee
  • State Bar of Michigan
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Women Lawyers Association of Michigan
Articles

Proposed Legislation Would Create New Protections for Michigan Residential Borrowers and Tenants During States of Emergency
Dykema, June 2020

In response to the ongoing COVID-19 crisis and its resulting adverse effects on the income levels of Michigan residents, a package of bills (2020 SB 912 through 2020 SB 917) was introduced earlier this month to provide additional protections for residential tenants and owner-occupants during a declared state of emergency...

Automotive Manufacturing Workers Allowed to Resume Work Next Week in Michigan
Dykema, May 2020

Michigan Governor Whitmer signed Executive Order 2020-77 today, permitting manufacturing workers to resume work as part of the MI Safe Start Plan. Manufacturing workers, including workers in the automotive industry, are allowed to resume work on May 11, 2020, one week ahead of the planned restart date of certain Michigan automakers. See Executive Order No. 2020-77, Section 10(k)...

Recent Supreme Court of Pennsylvania Ruling May Impact Interpretation of Force Majeure in Future COVID-19 Disputes
Dykema, April 2020

A recent decision by the Supreme Court of Pennsylvania concerning a challenge to Governor Tom Wolf’s executive order relating to COVID-19 could impact disputes nationwide that arise out of the pandemic and involve a determination of whether COVID-19 constitutes a “natural disaster” or other like term within the context of force majeure clauses. In its April 13, 2020, decision inFriends of Devito v...

Additional Articles

  • 2004 - Laches, Oakland County Bar Association Featured Lawyer of the Month
  • 2003 - Midwest Real Estate News v.19 no.2 "The Dirty Truth: A Number of Builders, Developers, Building Owners and Landlords Are Not Aware of the Damage of Toxic Mold in Buildings, But Insurance Companies Are"
  • 2000 - 46 Wayne L. Rev. 289 "How Long Should Bad Attorneys have to Wait? The Immediate Appeal of Sanctions under the Collateral Order Doctrine"

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