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James B. Baldinger

James B. Baldinger

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Overview

Jim Baldinger practices commercial litigation and advises and counsels businesses on security and electronic surveillance matters. He represents companies and individuals nationwide, in state and federal courts and in arbitrations. His experience includes class action litigation; contract disputes; labor and employment cases; construction defect litigation; and privacy, security, and computer crime litigation. 

Prior to joining Carlton Fields, Jim worked as a senior executive and in-house counsel for a Fortune 100 telecommunications company. Those experiences help him to appreciate and meet his clients' business and legal obligations, giving him insight into virtually every aspect of the business, including sales and marketing, network operations, mergers and acquisitions, and fraud and security. 

Jim, who is AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell, has been recognized as a Florida Super Lawyer and received numerous other professional awards. He served as co-chair of the ABA’s Privacy and Computer Crime Committee CLE Working Group, and was recognized by former FBI Director Robert Mueller for providing assistance in combating international terrorism in connection with his efforts to stop wireless handset trafficking on behalf of the firm’s telecom clients.

Jim is the telecommunications industry group leader.

 

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Experience

  • MetroPCS v. Fiesta Cell Phone & Dish Network, Inc., et al., 16CV03573 (S.D. TX. Nov. 02, 2017) (granting plaintiff’s permanent injunction and final judgment against defendant, SMBNW Enterprises Inc., d/b/a Fiesta Cell Phones, Zawar H. Shah, and Moeed H. Shah of $3 million in favor of telecommunications carrier). View final judgment.
  • MetroPCS v. Fiesta Cell Phone & Dish Network, Inc., et al., 16CV03573 (S.D. TX. March 6, 2017) (granting plaintiff’s permanent injunction and final judgment against defendant, Fiesta Cell Phone & Dish Network, Inc. of $7,421,025 in favor of telecommunications carrier ). View final judgment.
  • MetroPCS v. Devor, et al., 16CV02949 (N.D. Il. June 8, 2017) (granting plaintiff’s motion to compel defendants to attend deposition in aid of execution of judgment and for sanctions). View final judgment.
  • MetroPCS v. Othman, et al., 16CV00442-B (N.D. Tx. June 6, 2017) (granting permanent injunction and final judgment against defendants Abdalgader Othman and Bluetooth Worldwide, Inc. of $1,388,728 in favor of telecommunications carrier). View final judgment.
  • MetroPCS v. SNS Communications, Inc., et al., 15CV06967-ENV-RER (E.D. Ny. Mar. 20, 2017) (granting permanent injunction and final judgment of $2,077,740 in favor of telecommunications carrier). View final judgment.
  • MetroPCS v. SD Phone Trader, 16CV0098-DMS-KSC (S.D. Ca. Jan. 11, 2017) (granting permanent injunction and final judgment of $2 million in favor of telecommunications carrier). View final judgment.
  • MetroPCS v. Rivera, 1:16-CV-00323 (N.D. Ga. Dec. 8, 2016) (granting permanent injunction and final judgment of $4,698,886 in favor of telecommunications carrier). View final judgment.
  • MetroPCS v. Abgoton, et al., 1:16-CV-04398 (N.D. Ill. Oct. 27, 2016) (granting permanent injunction and final judgment of $455,587 in favor of telecommunications carrier). View final judgment.
  • MetroPCS v. Mark Devor, et al., 1:16-CV-02949 (N.D. Ill. Oct. 14, 2016) (granting permanent injunction and final judgment of $517,262 in favor of telecommunications carrier). View final judgment.
  • Sprint Solutions Inc. et al. v. Tijerina Group LLC et al., --- F.Supp.3d ---, 2016 WL 4542036 (S.D. Tex. Aug. 31, 2016).
  • MetroPCS v. Pesina, 15-CV-03313, 2016 WL 3257034 (S.D. Tex. 2016) (granting permanent injunction and final judgment of $856,734 in favor of telecommunications carrier). View final judgment.
  • MetroPCS, a brand of T-Mobile USA, Inc. v. Raymond, 1:15-CV-01062, 2016 WL 1553728 (W.D. Tex. 2016) (granting permanent injunction and final judgment of $1,205,209 in favor of telecommunications carrier). View final judgment.
  • MetroPCS, a brand of T-Mobile USA, Inc. v. Angel Benavidez, No. 1:15-CV-00882-LY (W.D.Tex Dec. 7, 2015) (granting permanent injunction and final judgment of $1 million in favor of telecommunications carrier). View final judgment.
  • Tracfone Wireless, Inc. v. Holden Property Services, LLC, --- F.R.D. ----, 2014 WL 1911876 (S.D.Fla. 2014).
  • Sprint Nextel Corporation v. AU Electronics, Inc., No. 12 C 9095, 2014 WL 258808, 59 Communications Reg. (P&F) 1072 (N.D.Ill., Jan. 23, 2014).
  • T-Mobile USA, Inc. v. AU Electronics, Inc., No. 12 C 10046, 2014 WL 258495 (N.D.Ill., Jan. 23, 2014).
  • TracFone Wireless, Inc. v. Washington, 978 F.Supp.2d 1225 (M.D.Fla. 2013).
  • Sprint Nextel Corp. v. Middle Man Inc., No. 12–2159–JTM, 2013 WL 3819938 (D.Kan., July 24, 2013).
  • TracFone Wireless, Inc. v. GCA Electronics, LLC, 950 F.Supp.2d 1326 (N.D.Ga. 2013).
  • TracFone Wireless, Inc. v. Cabrera, 883 F.Supp.2d 1220 (S.D.Fla. 2012).
  • T–Mobile USA, Inc. v. Terry, 862 F.Supp.2d 1121, 103 U.S.P.Q.2d 1543 (W.D.Wash. 2012).
  • T-Mobile USA, Inc. v. Yoak, No. 4:10-cv-02244-AGF, 2012 WL 886827 (E.D. Mo., March 15, 2012).
  • T-Mobile USA, Inc. v. Begum, 2011 WL 4090930 (E.D.N.Y., Aug. 17, 2011).
  • TracFone Wireless, Inc. v. Sunstrike Intern., Ltd., 273 F.R.D. 697 (S.D. Fla. 2011).
  • In re TFT-LCD (Flat Panel) Antitrust Litigation, No. M 07-1827 SI, 2010 WL 4705518 (N.D. Cal., Nov. 12, 2010).
  • TracFone Wireless, Inc. v. Distelec Distribuciones Electronicas, S.A. de DV, 268 F.R.D. 687 (S.D. Fla. 2010).
  • TracFone Wireless, Inc. v. Bequator Corp., Ltd., 717 F. Supp. 2d 1307 (S.D. Fla. 2010).
  • TracFone Wireless, Inc. v. Zip Wireless Products, Inc., 716 F. Supp. 2d 1275 (N.D. Ga. 2010).
  • TracFone Wireless, Inc. v. Anadisk LLC, 685 F. Supp. 2d 1304 (S.D. Fla. 2010).
  • AT &T Mobility LLC v. S & D Cellular, Inc., No. 09-0805, 2009 WL 3233814 (C.D. Cal., Sept. 23, 2009).
  • T-Mobile USA, Inc. v. Ataricom, Inc., No. 09-1542, 2009 WL 3233542 (N.D. Tex., Sept. 14, 2009).
  • TracFone Wireless, Inc. v. Access Telecom, Inc., 642 F. Supp. 2d 1354 (S.F. Fla. 2009).
  • AT&T Mobility LLC v. Arena Trading, Inc., No. 3-08-CV-0330-P, 2008 WL 624104 (N.D. Tex., March 5, 2008).
  • TracFone Wireless, Inc. v. GSM Group, Inc., 555 F. Supp. 2d 1331 (S.D. Fla. 2008).
  • TracFone Wireless, Inc. v. Dixon, 475 F. Supp. 2d 1236 (M.D. Fla. 2007).
  • Wagner v. TracFone Wireless, Inc., 2:06-cv-00053-DLB (E.D. Ky. March 10, 2006).
  • Penberthy v. AT&T Wireless Services Inc., 354 F. Supp. 2d 1323 (M.D. Fla. 2005).
  • Orr v. Black & Furci, P.A., 876 F. Supp. 1270 (M.D. Fla. 1995).
  • In re: Reinstein, 165 B.R. 303 (Bankr. S.D. Fla. 1994).

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Recognition

  • Listed in Daily Business Review, Most Effective Lawyers Award (2016)
  • Selected for inclusion in Florida Super Lawyers (2011-2013, 2017-2018)
  • Received Certificate from FBI Director Robert Mueller in May 2010 for Assistance in Combating International Terrorism in connection with work on stopping wireless handset trafficking
  • Finalist, South Florida Business Journal, “Key Partners Awards” (2008)
  • AT&T Wireless Circle of Excellence Award (1997, 2001)

Professional & Community Involvement

  • The Florida Bar
  • Palm Beach County Bar Association
  • American Bar Association 
    • Co-Chair, Privacy and Computer Crime Committee CLE Working Group
  • International Security Management Association
  • Founder, Wireless Chief Security Officers Forum
  • National Young Leadership Cabinet, United Jewish Communities of North America
  • President, Palm Beach County Commission for Jewish Education
  • Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County
    • Chair, Business and Professions Division

Speaking Engagements

  • Breached! Incident Response Executive Management Wargame,” Carlton Fields In-House Counsel Forum, Orlando, FL (March 2017)
  • “Cybersecurity Update,” Carlton Fields In-House Counsel Forum, Orlando, FL (March 2015)
  • “Emerging Issues in Information Security and Privacy,” Carlton Fields In-House Counsel Forum, Orlando, FL (March 2014)
  • "Effective Strategies for Ensuring Legal Compliance," Webinar hosted by Neustar (September 2013)
  • “Responding to the Needs of Communications Consumers: Competition, Investment and Broadband,” Emerging Issues Policy Forum, Amelia Island, FL (December 7-9, 2008)
  • “Communications Forum 2007,” Emerging Issues Policy Forum, Amelia Island, FL (December 2007)
  • “Communications Forum 2006,” Emerging Issues Policy Forum, Amelia Island, FL (May 2006)
  • “A Lawyer’s Guide to Enterprise Security,” American Bar Association, Privacy and Computer Crime Committee CLE presentation series (January through April, 2005)
  • “Communications Forum 2005,” Emerging Issues Policy Forum, Amelia Island, FL (February 2005)
  • Speaker, Panelist and Moderator, “Legal Compliance with Lawful Interception,” ISS World Forum, Washington (December 2004)
  • “VOIP/Legal Compliance Seminar,” United States Telecommunication Association – Telecom ’04, Las Vegas (October 2004)
  • “CALEA Cost Recovery” and Moderator, “Service Provider and Law Enforcement Round Table,” ISS World Forum, Washington (May 2004)
  • “Complying With Surveillance Laws: Tips, Traps and Techniques,” National Telecommunications Cooperative Association Seminar, Chicago (December 2003)
  • “The Service Provider’s Perspective: Caught in the Middle,” presented at Understanding Lawfully Authorized Internet Surveillance and Infrastructure Protection Seminar, Washington (May 2003)

Credentials

Education
  • Georgetown University Law Center (J.D., cum laude, 1990)
  • University of Pennsylvania (B.A., 1987)
Bar Admissions
  • Florida
Court Admissions
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Tenth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Florida
  • U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Florida
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
  • U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Texas
  • Trial Bar - U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
  • Florida State Courts
Clerkships
  • Judge Steven D. Merryday, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
  • Judge Wm. Terrell Hodges, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida

Background

  • Vice President of Business Security, AT&T Wireless Services (1995-2003)
    • Managed a 250 employee nationwide department with an annual budget in excess of $30 million, responsible for company-wide fraud detection and prevention, cyber-network security, physical security, new product security analysis, internal investigations, and subpoena, court order, electronic surveillance, and CALEA compliance.
  • Senior Corporate Counsel, AT&T Wireless Services
    • Responsible for nationwide portfolio of litigation matters, including commercial, employment, consumer and class action cases, had primary responsibility for the company’s bankruptcy and security-related legal matters, and managed the legal department’s Florida office. Also worked closely with regional business managers to provide legal advice and counsel in all areas, with primary responsibility for litigation, employment law, fraud and security, supplier contracts, and resellers.
  • Associate, Carlton Fields, P.A. (1992-1995) 
  • Law Clerk, The Honorable Steven D. Merryday, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida (1992) 
  • Law Clerk, The Honorable Wm. Terrell Hodges, U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida (1990-1992)

In the News

Jim Baldinger on Fox 2 Detroit
Jim was featured in a Fox 2 Detroit news segment of reporter Rob Wolchek's special investigation of cell phone trafficker Jason Floarea.

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