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Jennie Silk


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

Professional Biography

As a member of the Complex Torts Group, Ms. Silk assists clients in complex litigation, product liability suits, contractual disputes, municipal defense, and commercial litigation.

Ms. Silk represents local, national, and international businesses in commercial disputes, product liability actions, complex tort cases, and trade secret litigation. 

In addition to her commercial litigation practice, Ms. Silk represents municipalities in First Amendment-related litigation, § 1983 and Monell cases, and open records disputes. Recently, Ms. Silk successfully petitioned a federal court for modification of a 40-year old consent decree.

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

Ms. Silk practices in federal court and Tennessee state court. Ms. Silk is also admitted to and practices in the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. 

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

  • Recently awarded full dismissal with prejudice in two different Monell cases against a municipality.

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

  • Successfully petitioned a federal court for modification of an institutional reform consent decree.

  • Represented two large school districts in a multibillion-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 – 2023)
  • Listed in Mid-South Super Lawyers as a Rising Star, Civil Litigation: Defense (2022)
  • Recipient – Baker Donelson's Memphis Office Pro Bono Attorney of the Year (2021)
  • Recipient – Leo Bearman, Sr. American Inn of Court Outstanding Associate Award (2021-2022)
  • Recipient – Baker Donelson's Firm-Wide Pro Bono Attorney of the Year (2019)
  • "Attorney Ethical Obligations Relating To Cybersecurity," Baker Donelson Women's Initiative Wrap It Up CLE Event (December 2021)


  • 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


  • 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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