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Jennie Silk

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Jennie Silk is a litigation associate in Baker Donelson's Memphis office.

Professional Biography

As a member of the Advocacy Department, Ms. Silk assists clients in complex litigation. Her experience includes municipal defense, complex torts disputes, contractual disputes, financial services litigation, and trade secrets litigation.

Ms. Silk has represented municipalities in First Amendment-related litigation as well as § 1983 litigation. Most recently, Ms. Silk successfully petitioned a federal court for modification of a 40-year old consent decree.

Ms. Silk represents local, national, and international businesses in commercial disputes, as well as employers in FLSA collective actions. Additionally, Ms. Silk represents two school districts in a multi-billion-dollar lawsuit challenging the state's educational funding system. Ms. Silk has significant experience managing complex discovery in multi-party cases.

Ms. Silk has a robust pro bono practice. She recently obtained relief under the Hague Convention Against Torture for a Honduran family. Ms. Silk is also involved as amicus curiae to the Supreme Court in a capital penalty case.

In addition to her law practice, Ms. Silk is an avid runner who has completed dozens of marathons, including the Boston Marathon ten times (and counting). 

  • Successfully had a $28 Million punitive damages verdict against a nursing home overturned on appeal.

  • Successfully represented in trial a large municipality and its police department in a high-profile civil rights case.

  • Currently representing two large school districts in a multi-billion dollar lawsuit challenging the state's educational funding system.

  • Member – American Bar Association
  • Member – Tennessee Bar Association
  • Member – Memphis Bar Association
  • Member – DRI (Young Lawyers Division)
  • Member – American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA)
  • Named a Best Lawyers in America® "Ones to Watch" in Commercial Litigation (2021)
  • Recipient – Baker Donelson Firmwide Pro Bono Attorney of the Year (2019)

Education

  • University of Mississippi School of Law, J.D., 2016, summa cum laude
    • Associate Cases Editor  University of Mississippi Law Journal
    • Moot Court Board
  • Rhodes College, B.A. in Religious Studies, 1998

Admissions

  • Tennessee, 2016
  • U.S. District Court for the Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit

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