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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 Complex Torts Department, Ms. Silk assists clients in complex litigation. Her experience includes municipal defense, complex torts disputes, product liability suits, contractual disputes, and financial services litigation.

Ms. Silk has represented municipalities in First Amendment-related litigation as well as § 1983 and Monell 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, trade secret litigation, as well as employers in FLSA collective actions. Additionally, Ms. Silk has experience in educational funding reform litigation. Notably, Ms. Silk has significant experience managing complex discovery in multi-party cases.

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 eleven 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, 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)

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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