Robert J. Baum

617-951-9980 x206

Massachusetts Business and Commercial Lawyer, Complex Business Litigation Attorney

Robert J. Baum has been practicing business and commercial law as well as business and real estate litigation since 1978. He received his Bachelor’s degree in Chemistry in 1970 and graduated from Boston College Law School in 1978. He has been a Partner in Boston mid-size law firms and maintained his own practice for many years before becoming a partner in the law firm of Engel & Schultz, LLP. Mr. Baum has successfully represented a diverse array of business and commercial clients in a wide range of local, national and international transactions. He has successfully conducted litigation on behalf of his clients in federal and state trial and appellate courts in Massachusetts and other states.


Mr. Baum’s clients have been predominately closely-held business entities or individuals involved in business within the New England states. He has also represented subsidiaries of multinational corporations conducting business on a national and international basis. He has successfully represented real estate developers in permitting and land use matters on Cape Cod and throughout the state in developing subdivisions, malls and commercial buildings. He has represented national restaurant chains in locating restaurants within Massachusetts. He has represented large multi-state real estate franchisees of national franchises and the business operations of a national car rental company in Massachusetts, Connecticut, Rhode Island and New Hampshire. Mr. Baum has represented leading information technology companies in their advisory services and subscription research operations in Asia, Europe, the near East as well as within the U.S.

Commercial Transactions

Mr. Baum’s practice included mergers and acquisitions involving major New York City law firms including: Weil Gotschal & Manges, Baker Botts, and Dewey Ballantine. Mr. Baum has successfully negotiated contracts on behalf of his clients with leading international financial services institutions including; Arab National Bank, Bank Negara Malaysia, Bank of Montreal, Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, Citigroup, Euroclear Group. He has negotiated advisory services, intellectual property and research agreements with Fair Isaac, Fannie Mae, Fireman’s Fund, GIE AXA, J.P. Morgan Chase, KeyCorp, Lehman Brothers and Merrill Lynch. Mr. Baum has also negotiated information technology agreements with Perot Systems, Sun Micro Systems, Microsoft, Xerox, VeriSign, MasterCard International, Reuters PLC, A.G. Edwards, Banamex, Pfizer, Intuit, Cisco Systems, Moody’s, QUALCOMM and others.


Mr. Baum has negotiated executive and professional employment agreements on behalf of his clients. He has advised companies on work force restructuring and reductions in force in compliance with state and federal law. He has represented management in enforcing post employment restrictive covenants concerning confidentiality, trade secrets, non-solicitation and non-competition.


Mr. Baum is a former Undersecretary of Transportation for Massachusetts and Chief Legal Counsel to the Executive Office of Transportation and Construction for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. In those capacities, he has negotiated complicated eminent domain agreements for the taking of major urban parcels for transportation initiatives. He was principally involved in the negotiation of settlements of environmental and other disputes that threatened the “Big Dig” Central Artery/Third Harbor Tunnel Project in Boston.


Mr. Baum has successfully brought federal anti-trust actions against major public corporations, derivative actions involving corporate and partnership entities and has represented individuals and businesses throughout New England. He has litigated contract disputes, products liability, interstate commerce disputes, employment, and fiduciary duty and partnership matters. He has successfully litigated real estate development and construction case, zoning appeals and other land use disputes in the Land Court and Superior Court. Mr. Baum has litigated adversary proceedings in bankruptcy matters in Massachusetts and New York.


Mr. Baum has been an adjunct Professor of Law at the New England School of Law | Boston for over twenty years.

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