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With extensive experience in national and state bank regulation, payment system, trust and fiduciary, and consumer laws, Bruce Baker offers legal management as Executive Vice President and General Counsel for the Illinois Bankers Association. Bruce Baker conducts legislation preparation and other regulatory matters on behalf of the association’s member institutions and subsidiary clients. Bruce Baker’s counsel covers more than 700 trusts, thrifts, and banks. Providing testimony briefings and other litigation for bank executives, Bruce Baker handles industry-changing issues. In one historic achievement, Bruce Baker cooperated on the Illinois Financial Institutions Insurance Sales Law. Bruce Baker’s drafts helped to create the insurance stipulations of the Gramm-Leach-Bliley Act, also known as the Financial Services Modernization Act of 1999. For his dedicated service, Bruce Baker received the Illinois Bankers Association’s Distinguished Bank Counsel honor. Apart from his regulating activities with Association clients, Bruce Baker acts Of Counsel for Barack Ferrazzano Kirschbaum Perlman & Nagelberg. Bruce Baker also holds membership with the Association of Corporate Counsel, the Bankers Club of Chicago, the American Society of Association Executives, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the American Bar Association. Bruce Baker began his career within the industry as Assistant Attorney General for the Illinois Attorney General’s Office in the Antitrust Division. Bruce Baker’s areas of responsibility included price fixing and restraints of trade appellate litigation and civil trials. Bruce Baker later moved to a Senior Counsel post for Dean Witter Financial Services Group, Inc. and Discover Card Services Inc., acting on matters for Sears, Roebuck and Company’s banking institutions. Before joining the Illinois Bankers Association, Bruce Baker was employed at private firms and served as General Counsel for the Illinois Commission of Banks & Trust Companies. Listed in the Marquis Who’s Who in America, Bruce Baker maintains an AV Rating from Martindale-Hubbell. Admitted to practice by the U.S. District Court in the Northern District of Illinois, the Illinois Supreme Court, and the Federal Trial Bar of the Northern District of Illinois, Bruce Baker often holds lectures for bank counsel, officers, and directors. Bruce Baker attained his Juris Doctor from the Washington University School of Law, St. Louis.

Work experience

Jan 1999Present

Executive Vice President & General Counsel

Illinois Bankers Association

Bruce Baker


May 1979

Juris Doctor

Washington University School of Law