Lonita K. Baker
Lonita K. Baker
President, National Bar Association
Lonita K. Baker serves as an Associate Corporate Counsel for Waystar Medical Technologies, Inc., following a notable career in personal injury litigation. Additionally, she previously served as an Assistant Jefferson County Attorney in the Legislative Services Branch of the Civil Division and as a Supervising Prosecutor in the Criminal Division. Attorney Baker began her legal career at the Louisville Metro Public Defender Corporation.
In 2020, Attorney Baker gained national attention in her representation of the family of Breonna Taylor. This case was one of the pivotal points in Attorney Baker’s career, resulting in a groundbreaking settlement with the City of Louisville, which included terms of police reform in addition to one of the most significant financial awards for an individual civil rights case to date.
Attorney Baker graduated from the University of Louisville in 2003 with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology and minors in Sociology and Pan-African Studies. She continued her studies at the University of Louisville at the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law, obtaining her Juris Doctor in 2006. In 2017, she received a Master in Business Administration with Distinction from the University of Louisville College of Business.
Attorney Baker has consistently shown her commitment to the legal community throughout her career. Attorney Baker served multiple terms as President of the Charles W. Anderson, Jr. Bar Association. She is the current President of the National Bar Association (“NBA”) after previously serving as a Vice President, Member at Large, Chief of Staff, and Chief of Communications. Attorney Baker has also served the Louisville legal community by serving on the Board of Directors for the Louisville Bar Association and as an adjunct professor at the University of Louisville Brandeis School of Law. She is also the lead attorney for the Louisville Urban League Reily Re-entry Expungement Program.
Attorney Baker has received several awards for her service to the legal profession, including being named a Top 40 Under 40 Attorney by the National Bar Association (2015) and The National Black Trial Lawyers (2017), receiving four Presidential Awards from the National Bar Association (2016, 2017, 2019, and 2021), and being named the 2019 Justice Award recipient from the Louisville Urban League. In 2020, Attorney Baker earned recognition as a Top 40 Under 40 by Louisville Business First, a Wiley Branton Awardee by the National Bar Association, and the Daniel M. Alvarez Champion for Justice Award by the Louisville Bar Association. In 2021, Attorney Baker was awarded the Equal Justice Award by the National Bar Association. Attorney Baker is a proud member of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated.