Steve Baric, Attorney at Law
Steve Baric is an experienced trial attorney. He has briefed and argued several cases before both the California Supreme Court and other appellate courts of California.
His research is focused on understanding the molecular, genetic, and biochemical mechanisms that control RNA virus transcription, replication, persistence and cross-species transmission; specifically focusing on those found in wildlife that cause human illness.
Early Life and Education
Baric obtained his undergraduate degree at the University of North Carolina Wilmington where he served as captain of their men’s swim team and competed for Wolfpack Elite Swim Club; during which time, he set school records in 100-back, 200 breast, and 200 IM events.
Baric excels at handling cases that attract media scrutiny. He has represented clients before the California Supreme Court and courts of appeal on numerous occasions.
Baric currently holds positions as both a Rancho Santa Margarita council member and Vice Chair of the California Republican Party. Additionally, he serves on Capistrano Unified School District board trustee as well as owning his own public affairs firm and teaching at local colleges; additionally his law firm handles wide variety of civil claims.
Baric is licensed to practice law in California, and his trial skills are unparalleled. He thrives under pressure, successfully leading clients through their legal issues while withstanding significant media scrutiny.
Baric has appeared as a guest speaker on local and national television and radio broadcasts, radio shows, as well as before business and political organizations. He has successfully briefed and argued cases before both the California Supreme Court and courts of appeals.
Baric Lab’s research utilizes coronaviruses as models to study viral transcription, replication, persistence, pathogenesis and cross-species transmission using alphavirus vaccine vectors. His lab also studies zoonotic viruses that could become new infectious diseases that threaten humans; their work has been recognized with several awards and accolades including being awarded Clarivate Highly Cited Researcher status in 2017.
Achievement and Honors
Steve Baric, a veteran trial attorney, is experienced in complex business litigation as well as criminal, DUI & family law matters. Having tried over 100 cases for both State and Federal courts including serious felonies; serving as Orange County Gang Prosecutor & receiving Mothers Against Drunk Driving’s Diligent Prosecutor Award are just among his accolades.
Professor of Epidemiology and Microbiology and Immunology at the University of North Carolina’s Gillings School of Global Public Health. His research interests focus on understanding the genetics behind RNA virus transcription, replication, persistence and cross-species transmission using emerging coronaviruses as model systems.
His work raised global awareness of the dangers posed by coronaviruses that can easily move between animals and humans and spread rapidly, serving as an early alarm long before late 2019’s pandemic appeared. He was an innovator in this field who served as a trailblazer.
Steve Baric has practiced law for over 35 years and is an experienced trial lawyer. His expertise spans business litigation, criminal defense and DUI/family law. Furthermore, Steve is well versed in government affairs advising public officials, PACs and campaigns.
He specializes in norovirus molecular evolution and susceptibility, coronavirus reverse genetics, synthetic genome reconstruction, pathogenesis, and vaccine design based on models such as SARS coronaviruses or noroviruses; his work has led to over 130 peer-reviewed manuscripts as well as grants from NIH research grants.
He is widely recognized for creating the first infectious clone of SARS’ urbani strain, which led to live but attenuated viral vaccine development and research teleconferences with health experts during May and June at the height of its outbreak.
Baric purchased his first $1,400 worth of bitcoin while still in high school and was instantly fascinated with cryptocurrency – often playing crypto-earning games at night! Over time he eventually dropped out of college to focus solely on his business of mining rig manufacturing and sales; eventually his mining rig company has grown substantially, now earning $1.3 Million per month!
He runs a successful law practice. His specialty lies in handling cases which garner substantial media coverage. Over 200 jury trials have been handled successfully by this skilled litigator.
He has also served as assistant swim coach at the University of North Carolina, coaching several ACC medalists and team record holders as an assistant coach. Additionally, he provides advice to businesses on a wide range of business issues as a consultant; and regularly appears on local news programs as an expert source.