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David W. Baria

Personal injury Attorney at Bay Saint Louis, MS

5.0   1 review

Licensed for 32 years

About David

Learn David’s areas of practice.

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Practice areas
  1. Personal injury
    35%
    General personal injury-wrecks and premises liability

    33 years, 500 cases

  2. Insurance
    20%
    Bad Faith and breach of insurance agreements

    33 years, 100 cases

  3. Wrongful death
    20%

    33 years, 100 cases

  4. Construction and development
    15%
    Construction defect litigation

    23 years, 50 cases

  5. Banking
    10%
    Bank fraud

    31 years, 25 cases

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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Licensed for 32 years
State MS
Status Active
Acquired 1990
Updated 12/03/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

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David is an excellent lawyer!
David is conscientious, professional, honest, and sincere. David is an excellent lawyer!

Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 275-300 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-40%
Payment methods
Cash, Check

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Member
  • Baria-Jones, PLLC
  • 2016 - Present
  • Member
  • Baria-Williamson, PLLC
  • 2011 - Present
  • Member
  • Baria Law Firm
  • 2005 - 2011
  • Partner
  • Baria, Hawkins & Stracener, PLLC
  • 2000 - 2005
  • Partner
  • Hubbard & Baria, PLLC
  • 1997 - 2000
  • Principal
  • David W. Baria, Attorney at Law
  • 1993 - 1997
  • Associate
  • Edmondson, Biggs, Mozingo & Jelliffe
  • 1992 - 1993
  • Associate
  • Newman & Newman
  • 1990 - 1992
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Education

  • University of Mississippi School of Law
  • J.D.
  • 1990
  • University of Southern Mississippi
  • BS - Bachelor of Science
  • 1987

Legal Cases

  • Ovella v. B & C Construction and Equipment, LLC
  • defense verdict
  • Taylor v. U-Haul
  • $1.5 Million Plaintiff's verdict
  • Kirk v. Pope
  • $700,000.00 verdict for Plaintiff
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Associations

  • Litigation Counsel of America
  • 2017 - Present
  • Chairman, Mississippi House of Representatives Democratic Caucus
  • 2016 - Present
  • American Inns of Court, Russell C. Blass Chapter
  • 2014 - Present
  • United Policyholders
  • Board Member
  • 2011 - Present
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • 2007 - Present
  • Mississippi Association for Justice
  • Past President
  • 1995 - Present
  • American Association for Justice
  • N/A
  • Southern Trial Lawyers Association
  • N/A
  • Leadership Hancock County
  • N/A
  • Rotary International
  • N/A
  • National Conference of Environmental Legislators
  • N/A
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
  • N/A
  • Hinds County Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Hancock County Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Magnolia Bar Association
  • N/A
  • American Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
  • N/A
  • Roscoe Pound Foundation
  • Fellow
  • N/A
  • Mississippi Bar Foundation
  • Fellow
  • N/A
  • Mississippi Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Southern Legislative Conference, Gulf Coast and Atlantic States Task Force
  • Chairman
  • 2009 - 2012
  • Mississippi State Senate
  • Senator
  • 2008 - 2012
  • American Inns of Court, Charles Clark Inn
  • 1989 - 2004
  • ABA Standing Committee on Judicial Selection, Compensation and Tenure
  • 1989 - 1990
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • AV Preeminent Rated
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2022
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2021
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2020
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2019
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2018
  • Super Lawyer
  • Super Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Public Education Champion
  • Mississippi Association of Educators
  • 2015
  • Lifetime Achievement Award
  • Mississippi Association for Justice
  • 2014
  • Friend of Justice Award
  • Mississippi Association for Justice
  • 2011
  • Friend of Education Award
  • American Federation of Teachers
  • 2009
  • Legislative Horizon Award
  • Mississippi Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities
  • 2008
  • Legislative Award
  • Mississippi Association for Justice
  • 2008
  • Legislative Champion Award
  • American Cancer Society
  • 2008
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Publications

  • 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

Speaking Engagements

  • Mississippi Municipal Attorneys Association
  • What's Happening in Jackson?
  • 2017
  • Mississippi Municipal Attorneys Association
  • Legislative Update
  • 2014
  • Mississippi Bar Convention
  • Legislative update
  • 2014
  • Mississippi Bar Convention
  • Non-eonomic Damages caps
  • 2013
  • MAJ Mid-winter Convention
  • Discovery
  • 2012
  • Workshop
  • Litigating the Nursing Home Case: Plaintiff’s Perspective. ,
  • 2004
  • Seminar
  • Effective Voir Dire
  • 2004
  • Workshop
  • Litigating the Nursing Home Case: Plaintiff’s Perspective
  • 2002
  • Seminar
  • Bad Faith (Insurance)
  • 2001
  • Seminar
  • Nursing Home Litigation - It’s All Right There in the Record
  • 2000
  • Summer School for Lawyers and the Annual Seminar of the Labor and Employment Section
  • Nursing Home Litigation
  • 1999
  • Seminar
  • Wrongful Termination
  • 1999
  • Panel Discussion
  • Jury Selection
  • 1999
  • ATLA National College of Advocacy Jazz Fest SectionA Jazz Fest Seminar
  • Circumventing Workers Compensation
  • 1999
  • Seminar
  • Nursing Home Litigation
  • 1998
  • Seminar
  • Nursing Home Practice in Mississippi
  • 1998
  • Seminar
  • Employment Law: Interesting Issues
  • 1996
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Attorney endorsements

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Litigation Attorney | Aug 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Wrongful death Attorney | Mar 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I strongly endorse this lawyer and Legislator."
Personal injury Attorney | Aug 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"David is an extraordinary trial lawyer. When I have a big case I want David on my side. He is totally dedicated to his clients and always listens with sympathy and compassion. He is a master of settling cases without going to trial, but is unafraid to take on the biggest corporations in court if necessary. He's as tough as they come and his winning record proves it. Jon A. Swartzfager, Trial Attorney, Laurel, Miss."
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