The Law Offices of John Day P.C.
Laura Baker is
a Shareholder with the Law Offices of John Day, P.C. She has spent more than 12 years
representing clients in personal injury, wrongful death, and tort litigation
across the state. She has successfully represented clients in hundreds of
injury cases including motor vehicle, wrongful death, and slip and fall
accidents, as well as medical negligence and products liability cases. Laura's
reputation and experience have earned her several accolades. Laura has been selected as
one of the “Best of the Bar” by the Nashville Business Journal in 2015, 2017,
2018, and 2019. In 2015, Laura was a winner of the Nashville Business Journal's
“40 Under 40” award. Hundreds of professionals were nominated, and Laura was
chosen based on her professional accomplishments as well as her community
involvement. Laura has also been named a Mid-South Super Lawyer in Personal
Injury every year from 2013 to 2018. She was selected as one of the Top 100
Lawyers in Tennessee in 2018 and as a one of the Top 50 Women Lawyers in the
Mid-South by Super Lawyers in 2015 and 2018. Laura was named a Mid-South Super
Lawyers Rising Star in 2012. In 2016, Laura was awarded the "Rising Star
Award" by the Lawyers' Association for Women. She was also recognized as
an Athena Young Professional Award Nominee in 2016. Laura has earned the AV®
Preeminent™ ranking from Martindale-Hubbell through its peer-review system,
which indicates a ranking at the highest level of professional excellence.
Laura is a
leader in the legal community. She was recently elected President-Elect of the
Nashville Bar Association, a 3,000-member association of lawyers in the
Nashville area. She will serve as President of the NBA in 2020. Laura has
served on the Board of Directors for the NBA since she was elected in 2016.
Laura was awarded the NBA President’s Award in 2017 for her work in establishing
the Friday Fundamentals program, a 13-week program for new lawyers designed to
bridge the gap from law school to law practice. She served as Chair of the
program in 2017 and 2018. In 2014, Laura was selected as one of 28 inaugural
members of the Nashville Bar Foundation Leadership Forum. She now serves on the
Steering Committee for the Leadership Forum and served as Co-chair of the
Steering Committee for the 2018-2019 program year. Laura previously served the
NBA as co-chair of the Chancery and Circuit Courts Committee. Laura was
inducted as a Fellow of the Nashville Bar Foundation in 2015.
Laura served as
the President of the Lawyers’ Association for Women, Marion Griffin Chapter
from 2014-2015. She also has served this organization in a number of other
leadership roles, including as Treasurer from 2012-2013.
selected as an Associate Member of the Harry Phillips American Inn of Court in
2011 and served a two-year term. She was again selected for this organization
as a Barrister from 2014 to 2018, and she served on the Executive Committee for
the Inn in 2017-2018.
Laura is a
member of the Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, the Tennessee Lawyers’
Association for Women, and the Nashville, Tennessee, and American Bar
Associations. In 2013, Laura was selected to the Tennessee Bar Association
Leadership Law class, an honor reserved for approximately 30 lawyers across the
state each year.
Laura is a
native of Nashville, Tennessee. She completed her undergraduate studies at Rhodes College in Memphis,
Tennessee, and earned her Doctor of Jurisprudence at the University of
Tennessee in 2006 where she concentrated on Advocacy and Dispute Resolution. During
law school, she was selected as a member of the National Trial Team and she was
a member of the Tennessee Journal of Law and Policy. She also won the Ray H.
Jenkins intramural mock trial competition. After completion of her law degree,
Laura was awarded the Award of Excellence in Trial Advocacy by the Tennessee
Attorney General in 2006.