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Jennie Silk


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

Professional Biography

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

She represents local, national, and international businesses in commercial disputes, product liability actions, complex tort cases, and trade secret litigation. She also defends municipalities in high profile § 1983 and Monell cases. Ms. Silk has represented citied in First Amendment-related litigation and open records disputes. Recently, she successfully petitioned a federal court for modification of a 40-year-old consent decree.

She is currently defending a municipality which is under a civil rights investigation by the Department of Justice.

Ms. Silk has a robust pro bono practice. She recently obtained compassionate release for a victim of human trafficking. Additionally, she successfully obtained relief for a Honduran family under the Hague Convention Against Torture. Ms. Silk also submitted an amicus curiae to the Supreme Court in a capital penalty case.

She practices in federal court and Tennessee state court. She 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 13 times (and counting). 

  • Representing a municipality in a civil rights investigation by the DOJ.

  • Recently awarded dismissal in two 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)
  • Listed in Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America™ for Commercial Litigation (2021 – 2024) and Municipal Law (2024)
  • Selected to Mid-South Rising Stars, Civil Litigation: Defense (2022, 2023)
  • 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


  • 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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