Steven F. Baicker-McKee

Area of Emphasis

Steve Baicker-McKee is of counsel in the Litigation Services and the Energy & Natural Resources Groups, and has been with the firm since 1989. Mr. Baicker-McKee concentrates his practice on toxic tort litigation, environmental litigation, natural resource and energy litigation, and a wide variety of complex commercial litigation. He tries cases across the country before federal, state, and agency tribunals.

Mr. Baicker-McKee is the author of a leading book on federal practice, the Federal Civil Rules Handbook, now in its nineteenth edition, and A Student’s Guide to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, now in its fifteenth edition and used in more than 60 law schools throughout the United States. Mr. Baicker-McKee is a contributing author to Wright and Miller, and is consulted nationally on federal procedural issues. He has taught as an Associate Professor at the University of Toledo and as an Adjunct Professor at the University of Pittsburgh.

Mr. Baicker-McKee also serves as a mediator and as an arbitrator in a variety of commercial disputes, and has mediated disputes in a variety of commercial and environmental contexts.

Background

Prior to joining Babst Calland, Mr. Baicker-McKee served a two-year clerkship with the Honorable Glenn E. Mencer of the United States District Court for the Western District of Pennsylvania. Mr. Baicker-McKee graduated from Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William and Mary, with a J.D. in 1987, where he was on the Board of Editors of the William and Mary Law Review. He received a B.A. from Yale University in 1980. From 1980 until 1982, Mr. Baicker-McKee worked as an actuary in Boston, Massachusetts. From 1982 until 1984, Mr. Baicker-McKee built fine furniture and custom cabinets in Charlottesville, Virginia. 

Memberships and Affiliations

Mr. Baicker-McKee is a member of the Allegheny County, Pennsylvania and American Bar Associations. He is Chair of the PBA Civil Litigation Section, Co-Chair of the Federal Practice Section of the PBA, and Co-Chair of the Toxic Tort Committee of the PBA. Mr. Baicker-McKee is on the Board of Pittsburgh Squash. He was elected to the Academy of Trial Lawyers and has been recognized in The Best Lawyers of America®  and as one of Pennsylvania’s top lawyers in a survey published in Philadelphia magazine.

Consistently recognized as one of Pennsylvania’s top lawyers in a survey published in Philadelphia magazine. Listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the Commercial Litigation and Environmental Law Sections since 2010 and the Litigation – Environmental Section since 2012.

Publications/Presentations
  • Baicker-McKee, Steven F.  Federal Civil Rules Handbook, West Publishing, published annually, now in its Twenty-Second Edition.
  • Baicker-McKee, Steven F.  A Student’s Guide to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure, West Publishing, now in its Fourteenth Edition.
  • Wright and Miller, Federal Practice and Procedure, West Publishing – Mr. Baicker-McKee is a contributing author to this series.
  • Baicker-McKee, Steven F. “Expert Discovery Rules Amended,” Litigation Section Magazine.
  • Baicker-McKee, Steven F. “Good Grief! The Summary Judgment Rule Rewritten Again,” Civil Litigation Section Magazine.
  • Baicker-McKee, Steven F.; Garber, Kevin J. and Mosites, Jean M. “Water Sourcing and Wastewater Disposal:  Two of the Least Worrisome Aspects of the Marcellus Shale Development in Pennsylvania.”
  • Baicker-McKee, Steven F. and Koehl, Erica L.  “Climate Change – Public Nuisance or Political Question?”  Civil Litigation Update, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Volume 14, No. 4, Fall 2009.
  • Baicker-McKee, Steven F., Dryer, C. Shawn, and Helms, Christopher M.  “Proving Causation in Toxic Tort Litigation.”  Civil Litigation Update, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Volume 12, No. 3, Fall 2008.
  • Baicker-McKee, Steven F.  “Rewriting the Rule Book:  The 2007 Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.”  Civil Litigation Update.  Pennsylvania Bar Association, Volume 12, No. 3, Fall 2007.
  • Baicker-McKee, Steven F. and Dausch, Mark K.  “Significant New Amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure Addressing Electronic Discovery,”  Civil Litigation Update, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Volume 11, No. 3, Summer 2006.
  • Baicker-McKee, Steven F. and Wolfson, Timothy C.  “Data Quality and Risk Assessments.”  Civil Litigation Update, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Volume 11, No. 3, Summer 2006.
  • Baicker-McKee, Steven F. and Collier, Steven S.S.  “Western District Implements New Alternative Dispute Resolution Program.”  Civil Litigation Update, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Volume 11, No.4, Fall 2006.
  • Baicker-McKee, Steven F., Legeza, Antonino and Wolfson, Timothy C. “‘Lone Pine’ Orders and Their Effect on Toxic Tort Litigation,” Civil Litigation Update, Pennsylvania Bar Association, Volume 11, No. 4, Fall 2006.
  • Baicker-McKee, Steven F. “American Telephone & Telegraph Co. v. Compagnie Bruxelles Lambert:  A New Line of Defense for Parent Corporations,” Environmental Law Reporter, 1997.
  • Baicker-McKee, Steven F. The Supreme Court to Determine the Scope of Eleventh Amendment Immunity,” West’s Legal News, December 2, 1996.
  • Baicker-McKee, Steven F. “Caterpillar v. Lewis:  Can Jurisdiction at the Time of Trial Cure Faulty Removal,” West’s Legal News, November 11, 1996.
  • Baicker-McKee, Steven F. “Rule 30(b)(6) – Deposition of Party Representative: What Questions Should You Let Your Witness Answer?” West’s Legal News, September 9, 1996.
  • Baicker-McKee, Steven F., co-author. Narrowing the Roads of Private Cost Recovery: Recent Developments Limiting the Recovery of Private Response Costs Under CERCLA §107,” The Environmental Law Reporter, Vol. XXV, No. 11, November, 1995.
  • Baicker-McKee, Steven F. “Suing the Federal Government Under CERCLA,” The Environmental Law Reporter.
  • Baicker-McKee, Steven F. “Electronic Data Retention,” Pennsylvania Bar Association Annual Meeting.
  • Baicker-McKee, Steven F. “Developing an Effective Electronic Discovery Response Plan,” American Corporate Counsel Association.

 

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Steven F. Baicker-McKee

Of Counsel

Email: sbaicker@babstcalland.com
Telephone: 412-394-5499
Babst Calland
Practice Areas:
  • Energy & Natural Resources
  • Litigation
Admitted In:
  • District of Columbia
  • Pennsylvania
Education:

B.A. in Economics, Yale University, '80
J.D., Marshall-Wythe School of Law, College of William and Mary, '87