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Stephen C. Baker

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.

Experience

  • Represented a national hospital company in the simultaneous sale of more than 145 medical office buildings located in multiple states throughout the country, which involved the legal separation of the buildings from the hospital campuses; development of comprehensive declarations of covenants, easements and restrictions; and the negotiation of a $200 million loan
  • Recently provided counsel in all phases of the development, financing and sale of large mixed-use condominiums located in the "Gulch" area of Nashville.
  • Primary counsel in the development or conversion of residential and medical office condominium projects with over 6,000 units in over ten states.

Professional

  • 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

Education

  • J.D., University of Kentucky, 1974,

    Kentucky Law Journal

  • B.A., Vanderbilt University, Economics, 1971

Legal Services

Industries Served

Bar Admissions

  • Tennessee

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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.