Michael F. Baum
Supervising Attorney, Criminal Defense Practice
Michael Fred Baum was born and raised in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, New York. “Growing up, I knew I was either going to be a criminal or a criminal lawyer. I chose the latter. It was the better choice.” Starting college at the age of 16, he graduated Cum Laud from SUNY College at New Paltz in 1973 and Magna Cum Laud from New England School of Law in 1978.
He began his career as a prosecutor in the Kings County District Attorney’s Office, serving in the Appeals and Rackets Bureaus. He entered private practice in 1981, concentrating on criminal defense, civil litigation and appeals. “My first trial was a murder case. My client had more trial experience than I did. It was my first trial. It was his second. He was acquitted.” That was more than thirty years ago. Mr. Baum has since tried more than 100 felony cases, including 30 murder cases. He also had the privilege of appearing several times before the Appellate Division, First and Second Departments, and the New York State Court of Appeals. He joined Brooklyn Defender Services in 1996 and remains as one of our top senior trial lawyers.
Most recently, Mr. Baum was instrumental in seeking the exoneration of David Ranta, who was wrongfully convicted of the murder of a prominent Brooklyn Rabbi back in 1991. Mr. Ranta spent 23 years in jail until his release in March of 2013.
Mr. Baum has been happily married to his beautiful wife Susan for the past 25 years. They have two teenage sons, Alex and Hunter.
Mr. Baum had served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at St. John’s University, teaching trial advocacy. He is a long standing member of the Kings County Criminal Bar Association. He is also the star pitcher for the office softball team.
“There is no greater calling than the defense of the indigent. I love what I do. I am blessed to have the opportunity to serve the people of Brooklyn.”