John Baker joined Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers as a new attorney in early 2018. John has roots in the Hampton Roads community. He was born and raised in Norfolk and graduated from Norfolk Collegiate School in 2002.
After high school, John attended Hampden-Sydney College, where he was a Venable Scholar. He graduated cum laude with a major in History and minors in German and Public Service in 2006. John represented his class in the Student Senate each year at Hampden-Sydney, and he served as Chairman of the Student Senate during his senior year. He also received the James Madison Public Service Certificate and was a member of the Society of 1791, Hampden-Sydney’s leadership organization.
During the summer of 2005, John studied abroad in Germany and interned in Washington D.C. for former Congresswoman Thelma Drake. After college, John attended the University Of Mississippi School Of Law where he graduated cum laude in 2010.
John was a member of Phi Delta Phi at Ole Miss. John met his wife, Kate at Ole Miss. She is also an attorney and works as a lobbyist for the Virginia Retail Federation. During breaks in law school, John worked as a law clerk for the Norfolk Commonwealth’s Attorney, the Norfolk City Attorney, and a local private firm. After passing the bar exam in 2010, John worked for a local insurance defense firm for seven years. He appeared in courts all over the Commonwealth of Virginia and represented a number of insurance companies during this time.
John was selected as a Rising Star by Virginia Super Lawyers in 2015 and 2016. John is also a member of the James Kent American Inn of Court.
John is heavily involved in the Hampton Roads community. He serves as Vice President of the Virginia Club and is a member of Blessed Sacrament Catholic Church. He also served on the Norfolk Collegiate School Alumni Board from 2011 to 2016. When he is not working, John enjoys spending time with Kate and their son, Carter, running, playing squash, and boating.