James C. Baker

Litigation

Partner

  • (501) 370-1576
  • baker@fridayfirm.com
  • (501) 244-5367

Biography

James C. Baker focuses his practice on the areas of casualty insurance defense, commercial and construction litigation. He has first-chaired more than 120 jury trials to verdict and he has represented clients in more than 300 non-jury trials, arbitrations and mediations. 

J.C. speaks regularly on matters regarding trial practice and workers’ compensation, addressing self-insureds, the Arkansas Bar Association, insurance companies and trade and industry associations.

Honors

   


Key Matters

Representatives Appeals:

  • Jones Bros., Inc. v. Whitlock, 366 Ark. 254 (2006)
  • Thornton v. Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative Corp., 95 Ark. App. 151 (Ark. App. 2006)
  • CDI Contractors, LLC v. Allbrite Electrical Contractors, Inc.,780 So.2d 963 (Fla. 5th DCA 2001) and on second appeal 836 So.2d 1031 (Fla. 5th DCA 2003)
  • Stolze v. Arkansas Valley Electric Cooperative Corp., 354 Ark. 601 (2003)
  • Woodline Motor Freight v. Troutman Oil Company, 327 Ark. 448 (1997)

Representative Trials: 

  • Johnson v. First Electric Cooperative Corp., 2008. 
    • Saline County, Arkansas, defense verdict in a wrongful death case arising out of an electrocution
  • Cook v. Clarksville  Refrigerated Lines, 2006. 
    • Conway County, Arkansas, defense verdict in a wrongful death and personal injury case arising out of a commercial motor vehicle accident
  • DeWeese v. United Parcel Service, 2004. 
    • Conway County, Arkansas, defense verdict in a wrongful death case arising out of a UPS package car accident and $5,000,000 verdict in favor of UPS driver on his counterclaim against the estate for personal injuries

Representative Clients

  • ACE Insurance Company
  • Arkansas Electric Cooperative, Inc.
  • CDI Contractors, LLC
  • Cigna Insurance Company
  • Entergy Arkansas, Inc.
  • Federated Rural Electric Ins. Co.
  • Liberty Mutual Insurance Company
  • Progressive Northwestern Ins. Co.
  • Safeco Insurance Company
  • Union Pacific Railroad Company
  • United Parcel Service

Education

  • University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Leflar Law Center, J.D., 1986
  • Hendrix College, B.A., 1983

Noteworthy

  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America, Insurance Law and Personal Injury Litigations - Defendants, since 2011
  • Selected by attorney peers for inclusion in Mid-South Super Lawyers

Associations & Memberships

  • DRI (formerly Defense Research Institute)
  • American Bar Association
  • Arkansas Bar Association
  • Pulaski County Bar Association

Admissions

  • Arkansas, 1986
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
  • United States District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Arkansas