Attorney General Thurbert Baker is a partner in McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP. His practice focuses on corporate compliance and investigations, public policy and regulatory affairs, multi-state litigation, public sector procurements and regulatory matters. He maintains offices in Washington, DC and Atlanta, Georgia.
Attorney General Baker served as the attorney general for the State of Georgia for 13 years under three different governors. In this position Baker focused on fighting corruption and consumer fraud. He wrote and advocated for Georgia's groundbreaking mortgage fraud statute, the first such law in the nation, through the General Assembly. Attorney General Baker created the Open Government Mediation Program within the Attorney General's Office, which has helped numerous Georgians resolve their request for open access to government meetings and records without having to go to court. He has been consistently selected as one of the “100 Most Influential Georgians” by Georgia Trend Magazine. In 2009 he was the recipient of the first annual Barack Obama Political Leadership award from the National Bar Association for his pioneering achievements as a public servant and an elected official.
In addition to his impact on the state level in Georgia, Attorney General Baker also has a broad national network, having served as the President of the National Association of Attorneys General (NAAG) from 2006-2007. He has been recognized as one of “America’s Top Lawyers” by Black Enterprise Magazine and served for over a decade as NAAG’s representative to the American Bar Association's House of Delegates. He has gained respect and cultivated relationships with some of the nation’s top governing officials and business leaders through his work with NAAG as well as other organizations. This experience and network of key relationships allows him to effectively advise clients dealing with a variety of public policy and litigation matters. Most recently, Men Looking Ahead Magazine selected him as the publication's "Man of the Year".
He began his career in politics by spending eight years in the Georgia House of Representatives. He served in Governor Zell Miller’s Administration as the House Floor Leader, sponsoring several pieces of significant legislation, including the HOPE Scholarship, awarded to Georgia residents who have demonstrated academic achievement and attend college in Georgia, and legislation to strengthen penalties for repeat violent felons.
- J.D., Emory University School of Law
- B.A., University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Seminars and Presentations:
- “Emerging Issues in Mass Tort Practice,” Law Journal Symposium on Torts Reform, Widener University School of Law, June 5, 2013.
- "2013 Annual Government Contracts Briefing," McKenna Long & Aldridge LLP, May 7, 2013.
- “Transforming Local Government Conference,” Closing Ceremony and Keynote Address, Alliance for Innovation, April 12, 2013.
- "Soaring to New Heights," 16th Annual DBA International Conference, February 6, 2013.
- "Third Party Litigation Funding," Corporate Counsel Institute, December 6, 2012.
- “The Current State of Affairs,” Moderator, 13th Annual Legal Reform Summit, U.S. Chamber of Commerce, October 24, 2012.
- "Paying to Play: Inside the Ethics and Implications of Third-Party Litigation Funding," Toxic Torts and Environmental Law, February 9, 2012.
- "State Attorneys General: Champion of Consumer Protection," National Foundation of Judicial Excellence, 2012 Annual Symposium, July 13, 2012.
- "Pharmaceutical Companies and the False Claims Act," George Mason University School of Law, Attorneys General Education Program Public Policy Conference, May 2, 2012.
- "Sailing to New Horizons,"15th Annual DBA International Conference, February 7, 2012.