Sheldon S. Baker

Professional Profile

Sheldon S. Baker obtained his undergraduate degree from Rutgers University, graduated summa cum laude, and was selected to Phi Beta Kappa.   He graduated from the Stanford University Law School where he served as an editor of the Law Review and graduated Order of Coif.  Mr. Baker is a certified specialist in taxation law, and was a frequent lecturer on the operation of and transfers of closely held and family owned businesses, and succession planning. He also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of several for-profit and not for profit entities.  

Mr. Baker was a senior partner of Halstead, Baker & Olson.  He joined the firm in 1961 and became a partner in 1965.

 Mr. Baker and his wife Marilyn have been married for over 50 years and have 3 children and 6 grandchildren.  He is an avid fisherman and enjoys hiking, reading, tennis and travel.



Editor of the Law Review, Stanford University School of Law

Post Mortem Tax Planning

California Inheritance Tax Planning.  

Professional Activities

In addition to his legal practice, Mr. Baker held public office for 24 years as an elected official.

Mr. Baker served as Mayor of Glendale, California 1996-1997. Mr. Baker was an elected Member of the City Council of Glendale California from 1993-2001; the Glendale Redevelopment Agency and the Glendale Housing Authority.

During his service to Glendale, he provided leadership in economic development, mass transportation, home ownership, creative neighborhood planning, and innovative planning in the arts.  He served on numerous City Council, League of Cities, and area governmental task forces and committees.

 Mr. Baker was an elected member of the Glendale Unified School District Board of Education of Glendale, California from 1965 to 1981 and served as its President during 1968-1969, 1972-1973 and 1979-1980.

 He was an elected Member of the Glendale Community College District Board of Education in Glendale, California from 1965 to 1981 and served as that Board's President during 1971-1972, 1975-1976, and 1980-1981. 

He was President of the California School Boards Association in 1980, where he provided leadership in education in California.  He stressed academic excellence and relationships among teachers, administrators and Board members.  He chaired various committees dealing with school finance and employee relations.  He was a frequent speaker on education matters throughout California.  He served as President of the Los Angeles County School Trustee's Association from 1976 to 1978,

 Mr. Baker is involved in numerous civic matters and has served as President of the Verdugo Hills Council Boy Scouts, Kiwanis, alumni organizations, the Glendale Human Relations Coalition, the Salvation Army Corps of Glendale, and the Glendale Memorial Hospital Foundation Board (Chairman).  He has served as a member of numerous boards including the Glendale Memorial Hospital Community Board, Glendale Adventist Medical Center Advisory Board, Girl Scouts, and the Glendale College Foundation.  He has received numerous awards and honors for his leadership and service to his community including the Silver Beaver, Golden Antelope, and Distinguished Eagle Scout awards from the Boy Scouts of America and was selected man of the year by the Glendale Chamber of Commerce in 1979.