David Baria – Partner & Attorney, Gulf Coast MS

MS Attorney David Baria

MS Attorney David Baria

My record of success in the courtroom includes several verdicts in excess of $1,000,000.

I help people and privately owned businesses who have been taken advantage of by large corporations or insurance companies. I work through the civil justice system to stop the wrongdoing or, if that’s not possible, to secure full compensation for the harm that has been done.

In my over 20 years of practice, I’ve helped hundreds of clients successfully resolve their legal disputes. Early on, I knew I wanted to work in the courtroom.

There are two cases I am most proud of. One involved a client who became disabled when he was rear-ended by a U-Haul truck that had defective brakes. In the second case, I helped a woman who had been passed over for tenure in her job, due to her national origin.

MS Attorney David Baria

David Baria speaking at a press conference

I was born and raised on the Mississippi Gulf Coast in Pascagoula, where I attended public school with my brother and sister. My family was very close, and we were lucky to spend a lot of time with our grandparents. I was very active in sports as a child and played sports in college, winning the Flag Football Championship.

I grew up playing sports and remain a very active sportsman. The beautiful water of the Mississippi coast calls out to me. I am an avid sportsman and enjoy fishing and boating with my family. My other hobbies include sports, music and being around optimistic people.

My wife Marcie and I have three children – Merritt, Bess and Max – who live with us in Waveland.

After seeing and experiencing the devastation wrought by Katrina, I felt a call to public service. In 2007, my neighbors elected me to the Mississippi State Senate. In 2011, I was elected to represent District 122 in the Mississippi House of Representatives and am honored to continue serving my community and our coastal interests.

Since my election to the legislature, I have worked towards insurance reforms and improving the way in which claims are handled.  I was also instrumental in passing several “Sunshine” bills that have helped provide more accountability in state government. The American Lung Association and the American Federation of Teachers graciously selected me to receive legislative awards for my work in the Senate.

MS Attorney David Baria

David Baria speaking at the well of the MS State House of Representatives in his capacity as a state legislator

I am a graduate of the University of Southern Mississippi (B.S. Criminal Justice) and The University of Mississippi Law School.

I am admitted to practice in all Mississippi federal and state courts and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and a Fellow of the Mississippi State Bar. The Board of United Policyholders, a renowned national advocacy group for insureds, recently elected me to their Board of Directors. For detailed background information about me, please visit my profile at Martindale-Hubbell or Lawyers.com.

Like my wife, Marcie, I am also committed to community service. I am a proud member of our local Rotary and Kiwanis. Our family participates in many charity organizations that benefit our Mississippi coastal communities.

What Makes Me Tick

    • My Family
    • Fishing & Boating
    • Representing my community in the Legislature


Experience & Credentials

Practice areas

    • Business Litigation
    • Commercial Litigation
    • Corporate Litigation
    • Catastrophic Injury
    • Wrongful Death
    • Consumer Fraud
    • Insurance Litigation
    • Insurance Bad Faith
    • Construction Law
    • Construction and Design Law
    • Construction Accidents
    • Construction Claims
    • Construction Defects
    • Construction Liability

Contact Info

544 Main Street Bay St. Louis, MS 39520 Phone: (228) 270-0001 Fax: (228) 466-9233 http://wwww.barialaw.com


University of Southern Mississippi, B.S., Criminal Justice, 1987

Law School

University of Mississippi, J.D., 1990


1990, Mississippi, U.S. District Court, Southern and Northern Districts of Mississippi and U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit


Hinds County, Hancock County, Magnolia and American Bar Associations; The Mississippi Bar; Jackson Young Lawyers Association (Treasurer, 1993-1994; Chairman, Small Firm Practice Committee, 1997-1998); Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association (President, 2002-2003; President-elect, 2001-2002; Vice President, 2000-2001; Parliamentarian, 1999-2000; Chairman, Young Lawyers Section, 1998-1999; Member, Board of Governors, 1997-1999); The Association of Trial Lawyers of America (Sustaining Member, Nursing Home Litigation Group); Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit; Charles Clark American Inn of Court.


Pascagoula, Mississippi


Author: “Nursing Home Litigation: Are These Cases Better/ Worse than you think?” Mississippi Lawyer, July 1999; “Taking Wrongful Termination Cases is Not Just Tilting at Windmills Anymore,” Voir Dire Magazine, Summer 1998. Seminar Presenter, ATLA, Jazz Fest Seminar, 1999; Mississippi Municipal Attorneys Association; The Mississippi Bar, Summer School for Lawyers and the Annual Seminar of the Labor and Employment Section. Mississippi State Senator, District 46, 2007-2011. Chairman and Vice-Chairman, Moot Court Board. National Student Liaison, ABA Standing Committee on Judicial Selection, Compensation and Tenure. Fellow: Mississippi Bar Foundation; Roscoe Pound, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice.

Reported Cases

 Mississippi Power & Light v. Cook 832 So. 2d 474 (Miss. 2003); AmSouth Bank v. Gupta 833 So. 2d 205 (Miss 2002); Wallace v. United Mississippi Bank 726 So. 2d 578 (Miss. 1998); Yale Materials Handling Corp. v. Brandon 2002 WL 1038754 (Miss. 2002); Ann Cook Interior Designs v. Sanders 733 So. 2d 187 (Miss. 1998); Richardson v. Jenkins Builders, Inc. 737 So. 2d 1030 (Miss) 1999); Roman Catholic Diocese of Jackson v. Morrison, 2005 WL 1039, 146 (Miss. May 5, 2005).