Baxter Drennon is an experienced litigation attorney having served as lead counsel in hundreds of cases and as trial counsel in over a dozen cases. Baxter recently tried three cases in four months, all resulting in defense verdicts. Baxter is considered a leader among his peers. Since 2010, Baxter has been actively involved in the Defense Research Institute (DRI), serving as the Chair of the Young Lawyers Committee in 2018-2019. Baxter was elected to the DRI Board of Directors in 2019. Through his involvement in DRI, Baxter is regularly called upon to write and present on issues related to litigation, law-practice management, and products liability. Since 2013, Baxter has been annually named a “Rising Star” in litigation by Mid-South Super Lawyers.
Baxter often assists product manufacturers, including manufacturers in the aerospace, automotive, heating & cooling, electrical component, and vertical transportation industries, in the defense of their products. In addition, Baxter often advises businesses related to commercial disputes.
Baxter rounds his practice out by serving as counsel to several municipal water and wastewater entities. Through this experience, Baxter had an opportunity to serve as legal counsel in the first privatization of a water utility on a military installation in the State of Arkansas.
When he is not practicing law, Baxter enjoys spending time with his wife Allison and their two children, Anna Leigh (7) and Duke (3).
Baxter’s more recent experience includes:
- Trial counsel for an automobile manufacturer in a catastrophic personal-jury case;
- Trial counsel for a chemical applicator in a toxic exposure case; and
- Counsel for numerous insureds in personal injury and property damages suits throughout the State of Arkansas.
Baxter was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© in their 2021 edition in the field of Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Arkansas Bar Association, the Pulaski County Bar Association, the Defense Research Institute and the Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel.
In 2018-2019, Baxter served as the Chair of the DRI Young Lawyers Committee and the Chair of DRI’s Young Lawyer Task Force. Now, he is a national director on DRI’s board of directors and a member of DRI’s membership committee. In 2019, Baxter was awarded the Davis Carr Outstanding Committee Chair Award and, in 2015, he was recognized as an outstanding committee member for his work on the DRI Young Lawyers Committee.
In 2019, Baxter was also appointed to the Management Council for the Center for Law and Public Policy, DRI’s issues and advocacy arm. Baxter is also a Future Leader in PLAC, formerly known as the Product Liability Advisory Council.
For the Defense
- DRI’s Young Lawyers Committee: The Place for Young Lawyers to Thrive;
- What I Wish I Knew Then: Your Law Practice is a Business, Plan for It; and
- DRI – It’s Personal.
- 2019 Products Liability Case Law Update;
- FYI re DRI;
- Business Development Training for Young Lawyers;
- Networking: The No. 1 Predictor of Career Success;
- Young Lawyers Committee – New Year, New Ideas;
- Embrace Millennials; and
- The Purpose of the Young Lawyers Committee.
- Toxic Exposure in Arkansas: The “Chicken” Littered Case of Green v. Alpharma, Inc. 63 Ark. Law Rev. 391 (2010).
Young Lawyers Seminars
- Ethics in Negotiations and Mediations; and
- Starting and Growing Young Lawyer Committees in State and Local Defense Organizations.
DRI Leadership Meetings
- Using Social Media to Promote Your Organization;
- Engaging Young Lawyers in SLDOs; and
- Best Practices for Committee Chairs and Vice Chairs.
- Ethical Pitfalls of Representing Friends and Family (national focus);
- 2019 Products Liability Caselaw Update;
- Pathway to Partnership: Making Oprah Proud – Become a Presenter Extraordinaire.
Southwest Regional Meeting
- Don’t Hate, Appreciate Millennials – Building Bridges and Finding Common Ground.
Arkansas Association of Defense Counsel
- Ethical Pitfalls of Representing Friends and Family (Arkansas specific focus); and
- Luddite or Technophile: Stark Warnings of Technology Competency Requirements.
Nebraska Defense Counsel Association
- Ethical Pitfalls of Representing Friends and Family (Nebraska specific focus).