John Baker

John Baker

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Norfolk, VA

Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers
 | 125 St Pauls Blvd, Ste 510
Norfolk, VA 23510
Phone: 757-455-0077
Fax: 757-455-8274
Email: John Baker
Selected To Rising Stars: 2015 - 2021
Licensed Since: 2010
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff
  • Free Consultation
Attorney Profile

John Baker graduated from Norfolk Collegiate in Norfolk and went on to obtain his bachelor’s degree from Hampden-Sydney College where he graduated cum laude. After undergrad, John attended the University of Mississippi School Of Law and graduated in 2010.

After passing the bar exam in 2010 John worked for an insurance defense firm for several years. This experience aids greatly in understanding insurance companies tactics and how best to fight them.

John Baker joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers in 2018 where he specializes in helping those hurt in auto accidents, as well as other serious injuries and wrongful death cases. He has litigated Hampton Roads car accident and injury cases and helps people hurt in wrecks across Virginia. John Baker lives and works in Norfolk.

About John Baker

Admitted: 2010, Virginia

Professional Webpage: https://www.cooperhurley.com/firm-overview/john-baker/

Honors/Awards:

  • 2015 - Present, Super Lawyers, Rising Star , Rising Star, 2015
  • This awards program recognizes lawyers across the commonwealth who are making their mark within their first 10 years of practice. These are the lawyers who are the leaders of the profession in the future., Up & Coming Lawyer, Virginia Lawyers Weekly, 2020

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • 2020 - Present, Virginia Club, President, 2020
  • 2019 - Present, Virginia State Bar, 2019
  • Virginia Trial Lawyers Association, 2019
  • Norfolk and Portsmouth Bar Association, 2019

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Fleet Park Little League, T-Ball Asst. Coach (Spring, 2019), 2019

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • A truck driver was taking a break in his cab in a parking lot. Another truck backing into a spot hit the plaintiff’s truck and knocked him over in his cab. The fall resulted in an a left knee injury that required surgery and took the plaintiff out of work for nearly a year. The insurance company did not make any settlement offers, so a lawsuit had to be filed. We were able to settle the case for the $325,000.00., 2020
  • A truck driver was taking a break in his cab in a parking lot. Another truck backing into a spot hit the plaintiff’s truck and knocked him over in his cab. The fall resulted in an a left knee injury that required surgery and took the plaintiff out of work for nearly a year. The insurance company did not make any settlement offers, so a lawsuit had to be filed. We were able to settle the case for the $325,000.00., 2019
  • Single mother was rear-ended on the interstate on her way home from work and injured her back. For nearly 3 years, the defendant denied that he did anything wrong. The insurance company said the plaintiff wasn’t even injured that bad, even going as far to hire a doctor to say so. The case went to trial, and the jury awarded the plaintiff $100,000.00. The pretrial offer by the insurance company had only been $33,240.00., 2019
  • Trip and fall injury. Settled for $400,000.00. Plaintiff's leg was shattered when he was tripped by unsafe walking conditions in the strip between the sidewalk and the curb in front of a new home for sale.  Plaintiff, a 75-year-old, and his wife were in Hampton Roads, Virginia attending an open house when he was caused to trip and fall due to improperly secured straw matting used for erosion control. Plaintiff suffered multiple fractures of the femur and knee, requiring three operations and permanent hardware. As a result of the injury, plaintiff lost two years of his life. The builder/owner of the new house fought liability strenuously. Experts disagreed about whether the straw matting was properly installed. Contributory negligence and assumption arguments were problems for the plaintiff. Even proof of the exact mechanism of injury and condition of the matting was in controversy. Finally, the defense orthopedic surgeon claimed that the second and third surgeries were caused by an event where the plaintiff banged his foot, not the original trip., 2019
  • Personal Injury-Auto Accident. Settled for $400,000.00. Plaintiff suffered serious orthopedic injuries when he was struck by a careless box truck driver who ran a red light and broadsided plaintiff. The defendant was forced to admit fault because two independent witnesses confirmed it. Plaintiff offered expert testimony about future medicals and lost wages which were hotly contested as speculative., 2019
  • T-bone accident that shattered the plaintiff's wrist. $180,000.00 verdict, VBCC. , 2019
  • The Plaintiff was traveling home when he struck a pick-up truck that attempted a left turn into his path. The Plaintiff suffered a serious shoulder and brachial plexus nerve injury resulting in a significant loss of function to his right arm. The case settled for $500,000., 2018
  • We represented a high school junior that  was rear ended by a business owner driving a company vehicle that failed to brake. Our client suffered extensive injuries that resulted in her missing a semester of her junior year and the chance of playing collegiate softball. The case settled in mediation 2 months before trial for 1,200,000., 2018

Representative Clients:

  • Facebook Client Review - I must say Cooper and Hurley is by far the best in town. Kevin Briggs & John Baker are extremely knowledgeable, informative and know what they are doing hands down. I love how they arent afraid to go above and beyond for you. Niya is also phenomenal and very helpful even when she’s the most busiest she stops whatever she is doing and helps in the time of need. The communication that they keep with their clients is beyond superb and I would highly recommend Cooper and Hurley and if I happen to need a lawyer in the future I will glady return. I would give them 10 stars if I could., 2019
  • Avvo Client Review - My experience with John was quite pleasant. His knowledge of the laws and applicable rules was apparent. He fought hard to get me the best result. I would recommend him for any personal injury case!, 2019

Other Outstanding Achievements:

  • Coordinator/Presenter at the VBBA CLE on “Personal Injury Practice From the Plaintiff’s and Defense’s Perspective,” September 2019  (Topic: Ethics), 2019
  • Presenter at NBI “Personal Injury Bootcamp,” September, 2018 (Topic: Ethics), 2018

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Educational Background:

  • University of Mississippi School of Law, J.D., 2010
  • Hampden-Sydney College, BA - Bachelor of Arts, 2006
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Office Location for John Baker

125 St Pauls Blvd
Ste 510
Norfolk, VA 23510

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Last Updated: 12/29/2020

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