Since 1922, the firm formally known as Poore, Cox, Baker, Ray & Byrne has maintained a general and trial practice in state and federal courts. Its members have served on the trial bench of Tennessee, as well as holding offices in state and local bar associations. Currently, its personnel hold memberships in the American Inns of Court, Defense Research Institute, Knoxville Bar Association, National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel, Tennessee Bar Association, Tennessee Trial Lawyers Association, International Association of Defense Counsel and Trucking Industry Defense Association.
Its members primarily represent individual and corporate defendants in civil litigation. The attorneys and support staff participate in all phases of civil trial practice and litigation. Such areas include products liability, automotive, railroad, toxic tort, insurance, casualty, motor carrier, asbestos, professional liability and medical malpractice, workers compensation, commercial law, environmental law, personal injury and mediation.
Baker, O'kane, Atkins & Thompson is rated “AV” by Martindale-Hubbell and is listed in Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers. The Martindale-Hubbell’s Bar Register lists only the most distinguished law practices -- those that have achieved the prestigious “AV” rating, the highest rating in the Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory. The “A” signifies the highest level of legal ability, while the “V” denotes “very high” adherence to professional standards of conduct, ethics, reliability and diligence. This rating is the result of a peer review system based upon the confidential opinions of practicing attorneys and members of the judiciary.
Baker, O'kane, Atkins & Thompson is also listed in Best’s Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys.