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About Me

I went to law school because I wanted to be a champion of the underdog and because I wanted to work in the courtroom.


As an attorney, I have helped individuals and businesses resolve their legal issues for over 20 years.  During that time, I have resolved thousands of legal disputes through settlement, but I have also conducted nearly 40 jury trials as lead or co-counsel. 


My record of success in the courtroom includes multiple verdicts in excess of $1,000,000.  However, the case I am most proud of is the one in which I helped a client who was rear-ended by a U-Haul truck with faulty brakes. 


I am also proud to serve as a member of the Mississippi Legislature representing District 122 in the Mississippi House of Representatives.  I have worked towards insurance reforms and improving the way in which claims are handled.  I was also instrumental in passing several “Sunshine” bills that have helped provide more accountability in state government.  Since elected in November 2007, I have been honored to receive several legislative awards, including several from the American Lung Association, the American Federation of Teachers and the Mississippi Association for Justice.  I have also been endorsed by the National Rifle Association, The Mississippi Deputy Sheriff's Association and the Mississippi Association of Educators, among others.


As a legislator, I served for three years in a row as Chairman of the Southern Legislative Conference, Gulf and Atlantic State Task Force.  I am also a member of the Board of United Policyholders, a non-profit organization helping insurance consumers.


I am an avid sportsman, enjoying fishing and boating with my family.  My wife Marcie is also one of my law partners.  Together we have three children - Merritt, Bess and Max - who live with us in Waveland, Mississippi.



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Practice Areas


  1. Insurance: 40%
    24 years, 100 cases
  2. Wrongful Death: 25%
    24 years, 100 cases
  3. Construction & Development: 25%
    14 years, 100 cases
  4. Banking: 10%
    19 years, 25 cases



Hourly ($200-250/hour), Contingent (25-40%), Fixed (Always)

Payment Types:

Cash, Check

Attorney Endorsements

3 total 

  • Mary Marvel Fyke

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Mary Fyke Sexual Harassment Attorney
    Relationship: Co-worker

  • No photo

    I strongly endorse this lawyer and Legislator.


    Emily Haxton
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact Info

Baria-Williamson PLLC

544 Main Street
Bay St. Louis, MS, 39520

Baria-Williamson, PLLC

4316 Old Canton Rd
Suite 100A
Jackson, MS, 39211



MSAuthorized to practice law199009/14/2015

Professional Misconduct

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo Contributions
Legal Answers
Award NameGrantorDate Granted
Lifetime Achievement AwardMississippi Association for Justice2014
Friend of Education AwardAmerican Federation of Teachers2009
Legislative Horizon AwardMississippi Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities2008
Legislative AwardMississippi Association for Justice Legislative Award2008
Legislative Champion AwardAmerican Cancer Society2008
AV Preeminent 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work Experience
TitleCompany NameDuration
MemberBaria-Williamson, PLLC2011 - Present
MemberBaria Law Firm2005 - 2011
PartnerBaria, Hawkins & Stracener, PLLC2000 - 2005
PartnerHubbard & Baria, PLLC1997 - 2000
PrincipalDavid W. Baria, Attorney at Law1993 - 1997
AssociateEdmondson, Biggs, Mozingo & Jelliffe1992 - 1993
AssociateNewman & Newman1990 - 1992
Association NamePosition NameDuration
United PolicyholdersBoard Member2011 - Present
Southern Legislative Conference, Gulf Coast and Atlantic States Task ForceChairman2009 - Present
Mississippi State SenateSenator2008 - 2012
American Board of Trial AdvocatesN/A2007 - Present
Mississippi Association for JusticePast President1995 - Present
American Inns of Court, Charles Clark InnN/A1989 - 2004
ABA Standing Committee on Judicial Selection, Compensation and TenureN/A1989 - 1990
Roscoe Pound FoundationFellowN/A
Mississippi Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Mississippi Bar FoundationFellowN/A
Southern Trial Lawyers AssociationN/AN/A
Leadership Hancock CountyN/AN/A
Kiwanis InternationalN/AN/A
Rotary InternationalN/AN/A
National Conference of Environmental LegislatorsN/AN/A
Bar Association of the Fifth Federal CircuitN/AN/A
American Association for JusticeN/AN/A
Hinds County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Hancock County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Magnolia Bar AssociationN/AN/A
American Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Trial Lawyers for Public JusticeN/AN/A
Young Lawyers Association(Jackson)Former TreasurerN/A
Legal Cases
Case NameOutcome
Mississippi Power & Light v. Cook, 832 So. 2d 474 (Miss. 2003)$5.1 Million Plaintiff's verdict
AmSouth Bank v. Gupta 833 So. 2d 205 (Miss 2002)$2.1 Million Plaintiff's verdict
Yale Materials Handling Corp. v. Brandon 2002 WL 1038754 (Miss. 2002)$3.5 Million Plaintiff's verdict
See all Legal Cases 
Publication NameTitleDate
The Mississippi Lawyer"Nursing Home Litigation: Are These Cases Better/ Worse Than You Think?"1999
Voir Dire"Taking Wrongful Termination Cases is Not Just Tilting at Windmills Anymore"1998
School NameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Mississippi School of LawLawJ.D.1990
University of Southern MississippiN/ABS - Bachelor of ScienceN/A
Speaking Engagements
Conference NameTitleDate
Mississippi Bar ConventionLegislative update2014
Mississippi Bar ConventionNon-eonomic Damages caps2013
MAJ Mid-winter ConventionDiscovery2012
WorkshopLitigating the Nursing Home Case: Plaintiff’s Perspective. ,2004
SeminarEffective Voir Dire2004
WorkshopLitigating the Nursing Home Case: Plaintiff’s Perspective2002
SeminarBad Faith (Insurance)2001
SeminarNursing Home Litigation - It’s All Right There in the Record2000
Summer School for Lawyers and the Annual Seminar of the Labor and Employment SectionNursing Home Litigation1999
SeminarWrongful Termination1999
Panel DiscussionJury Selection1999
ATLA National College of Advocacy Jazz Fest SectionA Jazz Fest SeminarCircumventing Workers Compensation1999
SeminarNursing Home Litigation1998
SeminarNursing Home Practice in Mississippi1998
SeminarEmployment Law: Interesting Issues1996