Mr. Baker-Shenk advises Tribal and other clients on federal relations advocacy, economic development strategies, and self-governance matters. Many of these issues involve complex commercial and political transactions, including the transfer of land into trust or restricted status, and the exercise of governmental jurisdiction over people, land and other resources. He also maintains an entertainment law practice, representing music artist/industry clients.
During Mr. Baker-Shenk's years on Capitol Hill, he assisted in the drafting and enactment of legislation dealing with Indian gaming, housing, economic development, taxation, Tribal status, child welfare, education, self-governance, and many other issues.
Mr. Baker-Shenk works closely with members and staff in the House and Senate, and with officials in the Administration. In early 2001, he was appointed to serve on the President's Transition Advisory Committee for the Department of the Interior. Between 2000 and 2010, Mr. Baker-Shenk served as an active member of, and past Chairman of, the Washington County (MD) Republican Central Committee. He also is an ordained elder in the Shepherdstown (WV) Presbyterian Church and is pursuing his general aviation private pilot's license.
Mr. Baker-Shenk has been involved in a variety of aspects of the development of Federal-Indian law, including litigating in the Federal, State and Tribal courts, crafting Federal and State legislation, providing advice and counsel to Tribal governments and their enterprises, negotiating with federal and state administrative agencies, and resolving problems as general counsel for Tribal clients.
Immediately after graduating from law school, Mr. Baker-Shenk clerked for a Senate-confirmed trial court judge and as a lawyer in a private general practice based in Washington, D.C. Prior to entering law school in 1982, Mr. Baker-Shenk worked as a journalist, an FM radio disc jockey, a refrigeration mechanic, a maintenance repairman, a potato-picker and grader on his Pennsylvania family's farm, and, for one day, as a golf caddy.