Attorney at Law Regional Edition Inaugural : Page 21
So Baker set about learning how to relax. He can now proudly proclaim that he has it down to a science. When he is not working hard at his practice, or taking part in local politics, he carves out time to enjoy the outdoors and unwind with his family. “This might sound strange but I am a big hunter and fisherman,” he said. As often as he is able, Baker takes time off to indulge in gun and archery deer hunting. Among his prized possessions he counts a 20 foot bass boat which accompanies him on fresh and saltwater fishing excursions. “Most people that know me would’ve never guessed that I’d have loved to hunt and fish. Every time they see me, I’m in a suit.” While Baker’s busy livelihood regularly takes him to faraway places, his preference is to corral around with family. Baker and his wife Melanie, have four children. When it comes to the Baker family it appears, the apple falls well within the tree’s reach. Morgan, a graduate of University of Michigan Law School is an aspiring partner at a Florida based product liability firm. Ryan, the only boy among three sisters, is at the top of his class in his second year at Cornell Law School. The twin girls, Kayla and Kylie, are attending their sophomore year at New York University. Baker credits his wife with being the type of person who is “very, very smart academically.” She works as a registered nurse in the critical care ward at the River Region Medical Center in Manhattan. The two met while both were attending New York University. Melanie, a young up and comer in the nursing program, attended a seminar about the legality of political protests and gatherings. Having taken a great interest in first amendment rights and civil disobedience that semester, Baker was the keynote speaker. Melanie, who was sitting in the audience, introduced herself to Baker after the seminar. “I was asked to come up front and offer some words and she was sitting in the audience,” Baker said of the fateful day. “I had no idea at the time that the lady she was sitting next to was her aunt. Her son and I went to school together.” The couple celebrated their twenty-ninth anniversary on April 13th. In an effort to commemorate the event, which Baker said was something they hadn’t been able to do in years; the couple flew to Napa Valley where they share a history and a small vineyard as well. Although he declined to give specifics, Baker revealed plans for a small start-up wine company called, “Tres Gatos.” The idea stemmed from he and Melanie’s shared love of the fruity nectar and the science behind the creation of it all. The name, Baker said, was inspired by the trio of family cats. “We didn’t have much money when we got married,” Baker said. “So we took a quick little vacation down to wine country. We stayed in a little bed and breakfast and took in some tours.” Baker added that while on that trip, the newlyweds fell in love, with wine.
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