Krista L. Baughman

Krista L. Baughman – Commercial Litigation Attorney

How can I protect my reputation against someone who is anonymously defaming me online? What steps should I take when a former employee has stolen my company’s trade secrets? Can the anti-SLAPP statute protect my right to free speech?

These are just a few of the important questions Krista helps her clients tackle on a daily basis. Krista’s practice focuses on commercial litigation, First Amendment rights and anti-SLAPP procedure, and privacy litigation.



Krista represents corporations, high-profile public figures, nonprofit organizations, gig economy companies, and private individuals alike. She is driven by the joy of helping people find solutions for the most stressful and high-stakes problems in their business and personal lives. Krista’s clients appreciate her insightful assessment of legal issues, her creativity in crafting a strategy that thinks three steps ahead, her attention to detail in the execution, and her integrity throughout.


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Krista is admitted to practice in New York and California and litigates in federal courts around the nation. She is proficient in French. On the weekends you can find her going on a family hike, experimenting in the kitchen, or debating legal issues with her husband for the fun of it.

Court Admissions:

  • United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • United States District Court:
    • Central District of California
    • Northern District of California
    • Eastern District of California
    • Southern District of California
    • Middle District of Florida
    • District of Massachusetts

Practice Areas:


  • Lehigh University, B.A. International Relations, magna cum laude
  • Brooklyn Law School, J.D., cum laude

Selected Publications:

Are politicians’ sex lives a ‘matter of public concern’? The Daily Journal 2021
Can state anti-SLAPP laws apply in federal court? The Daily Journal 2021
UC Berkeley, birthplace of the growing anti-free speech movement The Hill 2017
When Employees Speak for the State The Daily Journal 2015


Representative Speaking Engagements:

An ‘Uncivil War’: Examining Political Tribalism and the Rise of the Grievance Culture” Thomson Reuters Institute March, 2021
Sound and Fury: Morality, Ideology and the rise of “Cancel Culture” Thomson Reuters Institute September, 2020
Battling Corporate Internet Trolls: Going After Imposters and Competitors That Break the Law Strafford MCLE Presentation July, 2020
Free Speech Panel UC Berkeley School of Law April, 2017
Free Speech Panel Golden Gate University School of Law October, 2017