ROSALYN SIA BAKER-BARNES is a Shareholder of the firm. A Florida native, she began her law career even before earning her law degree, serving former Governor Lawton Chiles as an intern in the Executive Office of Communication. In her legal practice, she focuses primarily on pursuing justice for victims in personal injury, medical negligence and wrongful death cases. Her compassion for clients and her passion for her career are evident in the extra steps she takes to put her clients and their families on the road to recovery. She was selected by her peers in 2012 for inclusion in the "Best Lawyers In America," and was recently recognized as one of the 2012 Top Young Lawyers in the State by Florida Super Lawyers magazine, where she has been listed as a "Rising Star" in medical malpractice litigation since 2009.
Dedicated to making a difference in her practice and in the community, Baker-Barnes serves on the Board of Directors of the Palm Beach County Bar Association, where she co- chairs the Committee for Diversity and Inclusion. The Committee’s focus is to highlight the importance of diversity in the legal community. She also serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Palm Beach County Chapter of the Florida Association for Women Lawyers.
On a statewide level, she previously served on the Board of Directors of the Florida Justice Association, where she worked her way up through the Young Lawyer’s Section, serving as its Chair in 2008. She is an Emeritus Member of the Board of Directors of the Florida State University College of Law Alumni Association, where her focus is serving as a mentor and resource to current and prospective law students.
Nationally, she is an active member of the National Bar Association (NBA), receiving the Association’s Presidential Award in 2007 for her service as Co-Chair of the Gertrude E. Rush Annual Dinner. In 2011, she was honored as one of the NBA’s "Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40," recognizing talented individuals in the legal community who have achieved prominence and distinction, and demonstrated a strong commitment to empowering, uplifting, and advocating within the legal community.
In addition to her legal involvement, she is the Immediate Past Chair of the Board of Directors of the Inlet Grove Community High School, Inc., where she managed a multi-million dollar budget for a "B" rated local career academy. She is a Past President of The Links, Incorporated's West Palm Beach Chapter, where she currently chairs the National Trends & Services Facet, which directed the "Stamping Out Childhood Obesity" Program. The Program won Area and National awards within the organization. In addition to her work on the Chapter level, she served as the Southern Area Links Ethics & Standards Committee Chairperson from 2008-2011, and currently serves on the organization’s Southern Area and National Ethics & Standards Committees.
She is a fellow of the organization’s prestigious Scott-Hawkins Leadership Institute, designed to enhance leadership skills at every level. She is also a member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. In recognition of her legal and community service, was recognized by Business Leader Media as a "2011 South Florida Woman Extraordinaire."
Ms. Baker-Barnes received her law degree from the Florida State University College of Law, where she was awarded the prestigious Virgil Hawkins Fellowship for academic achievement. At the College of Law, she was a member of the Final Four Moot Court Team, and argued before the Justices of the Florida Supreme Court sitting en banc. In recognition of her excellence in advocacy, she was inducted into the Order of the Barristers. She also received her undergraduate degree in Communication from Florida State University. She resides in West Palm Beach with her husband and two daughters.