J. Nicholas Baker


The Law Office of
Lawrence W. Hanson, P.C.
1330 Post Oak Blvd., Suite 1225
Houston, Texas  77056

713-961-8024 direct
713-961-8022 facsimile


Mr. Baker began his career as a downstream process engineer for a major engineering services provider.  While shifting his career to the practice of law, he held law clerk positions related to international trade and intellectual property issues including a position with the U.S. International Trade Commission’s Office of Unfair Imports Investigations in Washington, D.C.

During his final year at the University of Houston Law Center, Mr. Baker clerked for the Law Office of Lawrence W. Hanson, P.C. before accepting a permanent position with the firm upon graduation in 2010.  Mr. Baker represents clients’ interests before federal government bodies including the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection, Department of Commerce, Bureau of Industry and Security, Consumer Product Safety Commission, and the Food and Drug Administration.

He is responsible for pursuing administrative and judicial remedies for clients’ trade related issues with U.S. Customs at the port and headquarters levels and providing legal advice on U.S. export control issues including OFAC, EAR, ITAR, USML, DDTC, SDN, and international sanctions.  His experience includes assisting clients with matters such as U.S. Customs and Border Protection Focused Assessments; Administrative Protests; Prior Disclosures; Fines, Penalties & Forfeitures; import and export compliance development; export classification and license determinations; and Voluntary Self Disclosures among others.

J.D., 2010, University of Houston Law Center
B.S. Chemical Engineering, 2004, Tufts University

State Bar of Texas, 2010
The United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, 2011
The United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 2011
The United States Court of International Trade, 2011

Organization Participation
Mr. Baker is active in several organizations in the international trade community including the Customs and International Trade Bar Association, International Compliance Professionals Association, American Petroleum Institute, and the National Association of Foreign-Trade Zones.