Baker, Fredrick R.

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(931) 372-9181

FREDRICK R. BAKER is a Member in the Cookeville, Tennessee, office of Wimberly Lawson Wright Daves & Jones, PLLC, which he joined in 2001. His law practice includes an emphasis in workers' compensation and employment discrimination, as well as ADA and FMLA compliance. Fred is the Editor of the Tennessee Workers' Compensation Handbook, published by M. Lee Smith Publishers. He is also Legislative Co-Chair of the Upper Cumberland Society of Human Resource Management, and is Tennessee's President for the National Workers' Compensation Defense Network. Fred has an AV Preeminent® Rating - which is the highest possible rating given by Martindale-Hubbell, the leading independent attorney rating entity. He is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America® in the field of Workers' Compensation Law/Employers, was named 2022 LAWYER OF THE YEAR by Best Lawyers for Workers' Compensation Law/Employers (Nashville Region), and is listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers® in the area of Workers' Compensation. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy, summa cum laude, from Transylvania University and his law degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Tennessee.

Areas Of Practice

  • Workers' Compensation Defense
  • Discrimination
  • Employment Law -- Employer
  • Labor Law
  • Litigation & Appeals
  • Sexual Harassment

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee, 2001
  • U.S. District Court Middle District of Tennessee, 2002
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Tennessee, 2009
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit, 2010
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2011


  • University of Tennessee College of Law, Knoxville, Tennessee
    • J.D. - 2001
    • Honors: magna cum laude
    • Honors: Order of the Coif
  • Transylvania University
    • B.A. - 1997
    • Honors: summa cum laude

Honors And Awards

  • Rated AV Preeminent® by Martindale-Hubbell for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers of America® in the area of Workers' Compensation Law/Employers
  • Named 2022 LAWYER OF THE YEAR by Best Lawyers® for Workers' Compensation Law/Employers (Nashville Region)
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers® in the area of Workers' Compensation

Professional Associations And Memberships

  • Upper Cumberland Society for Human Resource Management, Legislative Co-Chair
  • National Workers' Compensation Defense Network, Member