I enjoy a very busy litigation practice helping people with
employment, insurance, building defect and business dispute issues, among other
things. In our small firm, we don’t operate or think like a
big firm. We don’t handle things we
don’t believe in. This frees us up to be
more invested and feel a personal stake in the outcome for our clients.
I grew up in Jackson in a large family. I have always been inspired to “make it better
from within” and being a lawyer for people who have been wronged is a good
vehicle for that.
When I graduated from Ole Miss School of Law, I married my
husband, David. In 2004, after 12 years
of practicing in Jackson, we moved to Bay St. Louis on the Gulf Coast of Mississippi. Fourteen months later, Hurricane Katrina
devastated the city and surrounding areas.
I founded “Recycle Hancock” using money I obtained
through grants and we set up recycling programs in six schools in Hancock
County to help deal with the waste issue and teach the students the importance of wise resource management.
I worked with others in the community to persuade the
leadership of Hancock County to begin county-wide recycling. In 2007, I was proud to be selected as the
“Outstanding Citizen” of Hancock County by the Hancock County Chamber of
Commerce for my efforts in recycling.
I also founded the Live Oak Alliance Mississippi (LOAM), an
organization devoted to the wise use and management of the bountiful natural
resources of Hancock County. LOAM promotes everything from recycling to biking, walking and
birding and eco-tourism in Hancock County.
In addition to my community work in recycling, I also serve
as the co-chair of the Hancock County Food Pantry and am on the Board of the
Hancock Main Street Association.
David and I have four
children, Darden (deceased 2005), Merritt (15), Bess (13) and Max (3). Both
Bess and Merritt play a lot of soccer and Max can’t wait until it’s his turn to
hit all the sports fields.
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|Award Name||Grantor||Date Granted|
|2013 Mid-South Super Lawyer||Mid-South Super Lawyers||2013|
|2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Insurance Law||American Lawyer Media and Martindale Hubbell||2013|
|Outstanding Citizen of Hancock County||Hancock County Chamber of Commerce||2007|
|Dean's Distinguished Service Award||Dean of University of Mississippi Law School||1990|
|Member||Baria-Williamson, PLLC||2011 - Present|
|Member||Baria Law Firm||2002 - 2011|
|Attorney||Maxey, Wann, Fyke and Hawkins||1991 - 2002|
|Attorney||Tollison & Alexander||1990 - 1991|
|Association Name||Position Name||Duration|
|Dan M. Russell, Jr.-W. Joel Blass-Harry G. Walker American Inn of Court||Member||2013 - Present|
|Mississippi State Bar||N/A||N/A|
|Hancock County Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Mississippi Board of Bar Admissions||Board Member||N/A|
|Mississippi State Bar Association; Labor and Employement Section 2001||Executive Board||N/A|
|Charles Clark American Inns of Court||N/A||N/A|
|Juveniles-in-Crisis Investigatory Committee of the Hancock County Bar||N/A||N/A|
|The Mississippi Lawyer||Wrongful Termination in Mississippi||2001|
|Lorman Education Services publication||Recent Developments in Employment Law||2000|
|Lindemann & Grossman's Employment Discrimination Law (3rd Edition)||Supplement to Lindemann & Grossman's Employment Discrimination Law||1998|
|Mississippi Law Journal 59 (3)||Supreme Court Review, Criminal Procedure||N/A|
|University of Mississippi||Law||J.D.||1990|
|Summer School for Lawyers||Developments in Employment Law||2001|
|Continuing Legal Education||Developments in Employment Law||2000|
|People's Law School||Employment Law||1999|
|People's Law School||Employment Law||1998|