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Steve Baker

Counsel

Real estate attorney with condo focus

Condominium developers, owners, and associations recognize Stephen Baker as the leading attorney in this area of real estate law. Clients with commercial, mixed-use, or residential condominium matters choose Steve not only for his reputation as a "gray-haired authority" on the subject, but also for his engaging, problem-solving style.

Complex matters, such as the ownership change or amendment of a large condominium project, find creative resolution through Steve's leadership. In 2008, Steve and a handful of other attorneys were selected by the Tennessee Bar Association to co-author Tennessee's Condominium Act of 2008, a testimony to Steve's status as an authority on condominium law. Additionally, Steve has been a leader on the Tennessee Bar Association committee that drafted the Tennessee Homeowners Association Act which will be introduced in the 2015 Tennessee legislative session. The Act is the first HOA legislation ever introduced in Tennessee. In addition to condominium owners and developers, lending institutions rely upon Steve's counsel regarding foreclosure-related matters. As a result of his in-depth knowledge on the subject, in 2011 Steve presented expert testimony to the Tennessee State Legislature during multiple hearings on proposed changes to the state foreclosure laws.

Steve's broad real estate experience also includes his in-depth understanding of title insurance and underwriting. Clients, as well as attorneys on Waller's real estate team, appreciate and value the leadership and skill Steve brings to the firm.

Steve speaks regularly at seminars and trade association meetings on condominium and planned unit developments, real estate development workouts, boundary law and easements, real property taxes, healthcare-related real estate issues, and title insurance.

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  • Related Services
  • Education
    • J.D., University of Kentucky, 1974
      • Kentucky Law Journal
    • B.A., Vanderbilt University, Economics, 1971
  • Bar Admissions
    • Tennessee
  • Recognitions
    • The Best Lawyers in America© (BL Rankings)
      • Real Estate Law, 2009-2022
    • Mid-South Super Lawyers (Thomson Reuters)
      • Super Lawyers - Real Estate, 2011-2013, 2018
  • Professional Involvement
    • Member, Nashville, Tennessee and American Bar Associations; Real Property, Probate and Trust Law Sections
    • Member, Nashville Bar Association's Fee Disputes Committee
    • Former Member, American Bar Association Committee on Condominiums, Cooperatives and Homeowners Associations
    • Member, Board of Directors of the Tennessee Chapter of the Community Associations Institute
  • Community Involvement
    • Former Treasurer and Member, Board of Directors of the Nashville Tennis Association
    • Former Tournament Director, Tennessee State Tennis Tournaments
    • Former President, Middle Tennessee Tennis League
    • Member, 2004 Organizing Committee for the first United States Tennis Association Pro Circuit Challenger Tournament held in Nashville, Tennessee
    • Former Member, Board of Directors of St. George's Kindergarten
       

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