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Malika Baker focuses her practice on civil defense litigation, with an emphasis in product liability defense and commercial litigation.

Malika’s experience as an NCAA Academic All-American and team captain on the University of Kansas cross country and track and field teams influenced her approach to matters as a law student and now in practice—recognizing the strength of discipline, hard work, and diversity.

At KU Law, she served as the Vice President of the Black Law Students Association, and a member of the Dean’s Diversity Leadership Council and Women in Law. Furthermore, she distinguished herself through advocacy as a member of the Phillip C. Jessup Moot Court team and a recipient of the W. Ross Hutton Award for best overall performance as a legal intern at the Douglas County Legal Aid Society.

While in law school, Malika also served as a legal intern for the Honorable Steve Leben of the Kansas Court of Appeals and a summer associate at our firm. 


  • Missouri
  • USDC, Eastern District of Missouri
  • USDC, Western District of Missouri


  • University of Kansas School of Law, J.D., 2020
  • University of Kansas, B.A., 2017

Memberships & Activities

  • Kansas City Metropolitan Bar Association
    •  Vice Chair of Membership/New Lawyers Committee, Young Lawyers Section
  • Missouri Organization of Defense Lawyers

Awards & Recognition

  • Academic Honors & Activities
    • W. Ross Hutton Award - best overall performance as a legal intern at the Douglas County Legal Aid Society
    • KU Law Advocacy Skills Certificate

News & Events

Baker Sterchi Welcomes Malika Baker in Kansas City

10.08.20 | Malika Baker joins Baker Sterchi's Kansas City office as an associate attorney practicing in the areas of product liability defense and commercial litigation.

Blog Posts

Where There Has Been No Genuine Opportunity to Conduct Relevant Discovery, a Motion for Summary Judgment is Premature

10.08.20 | The Missouri Court of Appeals recently held that a trial court abused its discretion when it granted summary judgment to the defendants before the plaintiff deposed a witness whose testimony could not be secured by affidavit.

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