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. Best Lawyers recognizes Steve for his work in real estate law.
Steve is a passionate tennis player, coach, and fan. All three of his children played tennis from the day they could hold a racket, and each has achieved a high level of success in the sport. His son, Brian, is a professional tennis player on the ATP Tour who has competed in all of the Grand Slam tournaments and is currently rehabilitating a knee injury with hopes to return to the Grand Slam in 2016 . Steve also enjoys golfing and is a Vanderbilt sports fan.