At Auburn since 2005
JD, Vanderbilt University, 1981
MBA, Georgia State University, 1978
AB, Syracuse University, 1972
Thomas William Baker is a shareholder in Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz, PC, a prominent national health law firm, and is a member of the firm’s Health Care Practice Group. Mr. Baker has been recognized by Chambers USA as a leading practitioner in healthcare law since 2010. He was selected as one of "Georgia's Legal Elite" in Healthcare Law by Georgia Trend Magazine (2012) and was named an “Outstanding Physician Practice Lawyer” by Nightingale's Healthcare News (2009).
Baker is C.E.O. of Boncrest Resource Group, Inc., a not-for-profit organization dedicated to developing charitable opportunities for the benefit of the public through innovative organizational structures and creative financing, and of Coronat Services, LLC, which provides educational, consulting, and mentoring services—including board of director services to health care enterprises, compliance presentations to health industry boards of directors, strategic planning facilitation, and mentoring and advising emerging growth companies.
He has extensive experience representing a wide variety of healthcare providers and suppliers of goods and services to the health industry, including hospitals, physicians, physician group practices, nursing homes, accountable care organizations, home health agencies, rehabilitation agencies, hospices, facilities for the developmentally disabled, independent diagnostic testing facilities, ambulatory surgery centers, rehabilitation therapy providers, management companies, durable medical equipment suppliers and assisted living and personal care homes.
Baker has represented and assisted with business planning for corporations, limited liability companies, limited liability partnerships, limited partnerships, general partnerships and entrepreneurs, including healthcare providers and practitioners in transactions that include acquisitions and sales of businesses, mergers, joint ventures, trade regulation, non-competition agreements, non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements, shareholder disputes, nonprofit and tax-exempt organizations, and general contract and business matters. He also is experienced in the financing of business ventures, including venture capital, private investment, commercial debt and bond financing. He has served emerging growth companies involved in healthcare, healthcare information, bio-medical goods and services, and electronic commerce industries.
He has written two books that are used in his teaching at Auburn: The Legal Aspects of Health Care Business Transactions and The Legal Aspects of Business Transactions.