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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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Practice areas


  1. Construction: 30%
    9 years, 20 cases
  2. Sexual Harassment: 30%
    26 years, 35 cases
  3. Litigation: 20%
    26 years, 335 cases
  4. Appeals: 10%
    26 years, 105 cases
  5. Wrongful Death: 10%
    26 years, 4 cases


Payment types:

Cash, Check

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Contact info


544 Main Street
Bay St. Louis, MS, 39520


4316 Old Canton Rd
Jackson, MS, 39211



MSAuthorized to practice law199007/18/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
2013 Mid-South Super LawyerMid-South Super Lawyers2013
2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Insurance LawAmerican Lawyer Media and Martindale Hubbell2013
Outstanding Citizen of Hancock CountyHancock County Chamber of Commerce2007
Dean's Distinguished Service AwardDean of University of Mississippi Law School1990
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberBaria-Williamson, PLLC2011 - Present
MemberBaria Law Firm2002 - 2011
AttorneyMaxey, Wann, Fyke and Hawkins1991 - 2002
AttorneyTollison & Alexander1990 - 1991
Association namePosition nameDuration
Dan M. Russell, Jr.-W. Joel Blass-Harry G. Walker American Inn of CourtMember2013 - Present
Mississippi State BarN/AN/A
Hancock County Bar AssociationN/AN/A
Mississippi Board of Bar AdmissionsBoard MemberN/A
Mississippi State Bar Association; Labor and Employement Section 2001Executive BoardN/A
Charles Clark American Inns of CourtN/AN/A
Juveniles-in-Crisis Investigatory Committee of the Hancock County BarN/AN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Roman Catholic Diocese of Jackson v. MorrisonSettled
Powe v. ByrdN/A
Blizzard v. MeenaSettled
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Publication nameTitleDate
The Mississippi LawyerWrongful Termination in Mississippi2001
Lorman Education Services publicationRecent Developments in Employment Law2000
Lindemann & Grossman's Employment Discrimination Law (3rd Edition)Supplement to Lindemann & Grossman's Employment Discrimination Law1998
Mississippi Law Journal 59 (3)Supreme Court Review, Criminal ProcedureN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
University of Mississippi School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1990
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Summer School for LawyersDevelopments in Employment Law2001
Continuing Legal EducationDevelopments in Employment Law2000
People's Law SchoolEmployment Law1999
People's Law SchoolEmployment Law1998