Jenny Tyler Baker of Biloxi has been elected to serve as the 118th President of The Mississippi Bar for 2023-2024. She was installed at the Bar’s Annual Business Session on July 20, at the Beau Rivage in Biloxi. The Mississippi Bar is composed of nearly 9,000 active members licensed to practice law in Mississippi.
Baker serves as Counsel at Carr Allison in Gulfport. She is also City Attorney for the City of Wiggins. She has been in practice for 19 years.
“Service to the profession, service to the community and making friends with people within the profession has greatly enriched my life,” Baker said. “It has made me a better person, a better lawyer.”
Baker earned a Bachelor of Arts degree and graduated Cum Laude from Mississippi State University. She then earned a Juris Doctorate degree from Mississippi College School of Law.
In her early career, Baker practiced law for several years with her father, the late Bob Tyler, at Tyler Law Firm in Biloxi. She has also held various public positions, including Public Defender for the City of Biloxi, Public Defender for the Second Judicial District, Assistant District Attorney for the Second Judicial District (Harrison, Hancock and Stone) and as City Attorney for Diamondhead. She has also served as attorney for the City of Biloxi Civil Service Commission and board attorney for the Stone County Utility Authority.
Baker has been active in the local and state bar throughout her career. After joining the Harrison County Bar Association and the Harrison County Young Lawyers, she quickly worked her way up to president of both organizations. By then, she was plugged in and became active in the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of The Mississippi Bar, serving on its Board of Directors, as an officer, and then as YLD President. She also became active in the Bar’s Women in the Profession (WIP) Section, serving on its leadership group, chairing its annual Gandy Lecture Series event, and serving as WIP Chair. Not limiting herself to one aspect of the organization, Baker also became active in the Bar’s Health Law Section, working her way up to Section Chair. Finally, Baker was also elected to the Board of Bar Commissioners, the Bar’s governing body, serving as a commissioner for a 3-year term before her election as President-Elect last year.
Baker is a Life Member of the Biloxi-Ocean Springs Junior Auxiliary and is past president of the Board of Directors for the Land Trust for the Mississippi Coastal Plain.
Baker and her husband, Roy, live in Biloxi and attend Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary Cathedral. They have three children, Grace, Charlotte, and Bobby.