David W. Baria

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Bay St. Louis, MS

Cosmich Simmons & Brown, PLLC
544 Main St
Bay St. Louis, MS 39520
Phone: 228-300-4465
Fax: 601-948-0306
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2021
Licensed Since: 1990
Practice Areas: Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (50%), Insurance Coverage (20%), Business/Corporate (10%), Construction Litigation: Consumer (10%), Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI (10%)
Attorney Profile

Attorney David W. Baria is of counsel with Cosmich, Simmons & Brown, PLLC, which has offices in Bay St. Louis and Jackson, Mississippi as well as New Orleans, LA and other states. Serving clients throughout the State of Mississippi, particularly the state's Gulf Coast region, Mr. Baria represents the rights and interests of those who have legal needs involving any of the following:

· Wrongful death and catastrophic personal injury

· Trucking accidents

· Bad faith insurance

· Construction accidents

· Business and commercial litigation

A native of the area, Mr. Baria has a genuine concern for the legal issues that affect the residents and businesses of his community. Along with maintaining a successful legal practice, he became an elected member of the Mississippi State Senate in 2007 and a member of the Mississippi House of Representatives in 2011, representing District 122. David served as House Minority Leader and was the Democratic nominee for the U.S. Senate in 2018.

Whether looking out for his constituents in the state legislature or advocating on behalf of his plaintiff clients in court, Mr. Baria always has the best interests of those he serves at heart. As an attorney, he has achieved notable success over the course of his 30 years in practice, securing millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements and successfully defending those wrongly accused.

A 1987 graduate of The University of Southern Mississippi with a Bachelor of Science in criminal justice, Mr. Baria obtained his Juris Doctor from The University of Mississippi School of Law in 1990. Along with practicing before all Mississippi state courts, he is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Mississippi as well as the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit.

Highly active in his legal community, Mr. Baria has served in a number of leadership roles with the Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association. In addition, he has served as treasurer of the Jackson Young Lawyers Association as well as chairman of its Small Firm Practice Committee.

Mr. Baria is also a member of the Magnolia and American Bar Associations, the Hinds and Hancock County Bar Associations, the Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit, the Charles Clark American Inn of Court, and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. He holds an AV Preeminent peer review rating* from Martindale-Hubbell, and he has earned numerous other accolades from his peers along with many positive reviews and referrals from his satisfied clients.

*AV®, AV Preeminent®, Martindale-Hubbell Distinguished and Martindale-Hubbell Notable are certification marks used under license in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards and policies. Martindale-Hubbell® is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the anonymous opinions of members of the bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell® Peer Review Rating™ fall into two categories – legal ability and general ethical standards.

Practice Areas
  • 50%Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • 20%Insurance Coverage
  • 10%Business/Corporate
  • 10%Construction Litigation: Consumer
  • 10%Criminal Defense: DUI/DWI
Focus Areas

Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Bad Faith Insurance, DUI/DWI


9 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2013 - 2021

White Papers

  • Insurance Bad Faith in Mississippi (2019) - A summary of Mississippi insurance Bad Faith law

About David W. Baria

Admitted: 1990, Mississippi

Professional Webpage: http://www.barialaw.com/mississippi-law-firm-about-us/bay-st...


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

Bar/Professional Activity

  • Chairman and Vice-Chairman, Moot Court Board
  • National Student Liaison, ABA Standing Committee on Judicial Selection, Compensation and Tenure
  • Roscoe Pound, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice
  • Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association, Member, Board of Governors, 1997-1999
  • Charles Clark American Inn of Court
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
  • The Association of Trial Lawyers of America, Sustaining Member, Nursing Home Litigation Group
  • Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association, Chairman, Young Lawyers Section, 1998-1999
  • Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association, Vice President, 2000-2001
  • Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association, Parliamentarian, 1999-2000
  • Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association, President-elect, 2001-2002
  • Jackson Young Lawyers Association, Chairman, Small Firm Practice Committee, 1997-1998
  • Jackson Young Lawyers Association, Treasurer, 1993-1994
  • The Mississippi Bar
  • American Bar Association
  • Magnolia Bar Association
  • Hancock County Bar Association
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
  • Hinds County Bar Association
  • Fellow - Mississippi Bar Foundation    
  • U.S. District Court Northern Districts of Mississippi
  • U.S. District Court Southern Districts of Mississippi
  • Mississippi, 1990
  • Member - American Board of Trial Advocates   
  • Past President, Mississippi Trial Lawyers Association, 2002-2003

Scholarly Lectures/Writings

  • Author: “Nursing Home Litigation: Are These Cases Better/ Worse than you think?” Mississippi Lawyer, July 1999
  • A summary of Mississippi insurance Bad Faith law, Presenter, Insurance Bad Faith in Mississippi, Insurance, 2019
  • Mississippi State Senator, District 46, 2007-2011
  • The Mississippi Bar, Summer School for Lawyers and the Annual Seminar of the Labor and Employment Section
  • Mississippi Municipal Attorneys Association
  • Seminar Presenter, ATLA, Jazz Fest Seminar, 1999
  • “Taking Wrongful Termination Cases is Not Just Tilting at Windmills Anymore,” Voir Dire Magazine, Summer 1998

Educational Background

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


  • Lifetime Achievement Award, Mississippi Association for Justice, 2014
  • , Super Lawyers, 2020
  • , Best Lawyers, 2020
  • Legislative Award, Mississippi Association for Justice , 2008
  • Friend of Architecture, 2013
  • Legislative Champion Award, American Cancer Society, 2008
  • Legislative Horizon Award, Mississippi Coalition for Citizens with Disabilities, 2008
  • Friend of Education Award, American Federation of Teachers , 2009

Pro bono/Community Service

  • Chairman, Hancock County Youth Court Task Force, 2015
  • Former Board member for United Policyholders.

Other Outstanding Achievements

  • Democratic Nominee for the U.S. Senate in Mississippi, 2018
  • Minority Leader, Mississippi House of Representatives
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Office Location for David W. Baria

544 Main St
Bay St. Louis, MS 39520

Phone: 228-300-4465

Fax: 601-948-0306

Last Updated: 9/29/2020

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