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The Law Offices of Joe Baugh: About Us

Attorney Background and Experience:

Joseph D. Baugh is a life-long resident of Franklin, Tennessee. He attended Franklin City Schools and is a graduate of Battle Ground Academy and Vanderbilt University. He earned his J.D. degree from the Walter F. George School of Law at Mercer University where he was a member of the Moot Court Board and the Order of Barrister’s.


Mr. Baugh served in the United States Army from 1968 through 1971. In 1970-71 he served with the 101st Airborn Division(Airmobile) in the Republic of Viet Nam as a forward observer, liaison officer and battery executive office with the 2/320 Artillery. He holds two awards of the Bronze Star.

Mr. Baugh’s family has lived and worked in Franklin for one hundred and seventy-five years. His father was a county commissioner and a Farm Bureau director. His three children and one grandchild live in the County.

Mr. Baugh is a parishoner of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church and a Paul Harris Fellow in the Franklin Noon Rotary Club.

Mr. Baugh was elected as the District Attorney General for the Twenty First District in 1982 and, again, in 1990. He served as President, Vice-President, and on the executive committee of the Tennessee District Attorneys General Conference. He is a member of the Tennessee Bar Association, where he served on the Board of Governors, and the Williamson Bar Association. He is a member of the Jurisprudence Section of the American Association of Forensic Scientists.

The following is a partial list of cases in which Mr. Baugh has participated as counsel:
In re the Exumation of Meriwether Lewis, 999 F. Supp. 1066 (M.D. Tenn. 1998), The federal review of the coroner’s inquest concerning the exumation; Harlow v. Reliance National Insurance Company, 91 S.W. 3rd 243 (Tenn. Workers Comp. 2002), rights of surviving spouse for purposes of Workers Compensation death benefit; State of Tennessee v. Dubose, 953 S.W. 2d 649 (Tenn. 1997), admissibility of evidence of prior assaults in child abuse cases; State v. Denton and Brown, 938 S.W. 2d 373 (Tenn. 1996), double jeopardy application to felony murder; State of Tennessee v. Wood, 924 S.W. 2d 342 (Tenn. 1996), right to speedy trial; State of Tennessee v. Candler, 728 S.W. 2d 756 (Tenn. Crim. App. 1986), imputation of agent’s knowledge to principal in bank failure; State of Tennessee v. Coury and Laird, 657 S.W.2d 777 (Tenn. Crim. App., 1983), Tennessee doctrine of inevitable discovery. State of Tennessee v. R.D.S, 245 S.W. 3d 356(Tenn. 2008)

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