Joseph A. Baker
Joseph A. Baker is a graduate of Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. and the University of Tennessee College of Law. Born and raised in Sevier County, Tennessee, Mr. Baker is well known and respected in the community. Mr. Baker is a graduate of the National Criminal Defense College (NCDC) and the United States Air Force Staff Judge Advocates Course. Additionally, he completed the NCDC’s Advanced Cross-Examination Seminar and is one of a very few private attorneys who have completed the Tennessee District Attorney's Training Seminar. Mr. Baker also enjoys the distinction of being admitted to the United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces and is licensed to practice in Tennessee State and Federal Courts.
He has diverse legal experience as a United States Air Force JAG Officer and former assistant district attorney in the 4th Judicial District of the State of Tennessee. After serving as a prosecutor, Mr. Baker began his legal practice as a personal injury and criminal defense attorney in the Knoxville and Sevierville, Tennessee areas. Utilizing his extensive litigation experience and his passion for helping others, Mr. Baker has built a practice dedicated to defending and protecting the rights of individuals throughout Tennessee.
Mr. Baker is a Life Member of both the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, a member of the Tennessee Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Mr. Baker currently serves on the Georgetown University Entrepreneurship Advisory Board and the Dean’s Circle for the University of Tennessee College of Law School.
In addition to a successful law firm, Mr. Baker founded Ole Smoky Distillery, the largest craft distillery in the U.S. Baker began the company in 2010 in his hometown of Gatlinburg, Tennessee and it has grown to employ over 1,000 people and counting. In 2015, he expanded in the beverage industry with the creation of Yee-Haw Brewing Company, a regional brewery originating in Johnson City, Tennessee. Yee-Haw Brewing Company is now one of the fastest growing brands in the industry. In Johnson City, the facility serves as an anchor that spurred the revitalization of the downtown area, and with further investment in commercial real estate, Mr. Baker is an integral part of the strategic plan and growth of the city. Mr. Baker lives in Nashville, TN with his wife and high school sweetheart, Jessi, and their 3 children.
J.D., University of Tennessee College of Law
B.A., Georgetown University
National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Tennessee Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers
Tennessee Bar Association
American Bar Association