Robert "Bobby" B. Baker, Jr., will join the firm on January 1 as a Partner. Commissioner Baker is currently finishing his third term as a statewide elected member of the Georgia Public Service Commission.
At FMG, Mr. Baker's practice will focus on strategic and regulatory advice and representation of clients (both private companies and local governments) with a focus on energy and technology issues. In addition, Mr. Baker will handle appellate and mediation matters. Bobby Baker was first elected to the Public Service Commission in 1992, and was the first Republican elected to a statewide constitutional office since Reconstruction.
Since that time, he has established a reputation for supporting innovative public policy to encourage economic development throughout the state. Commissioner Baker has worked aggressively to develop competitive markets for utility and technology services, and to reduce the regulatory burden on businesses. He was elected to a second six-year term in November 2004, but did not seek re-election in 2010, deciding instead to return to private practice.
Bobby Baker grew up in DeKalb County and attended DeKalb County public schools. He graduated from Oglethorpe University with honors and received his law degree from the University of Georgia.
After law school, Mr. Baker joined the Southeastern Legal Foundation, a regional conservative public interest law firm and then practiced with a private law firm in Gwinnett County.
Bobby Baker has been recognized on numerous occasions by both Georgia Trend Magazine and the Atlanta Business Chronicle as one of the city and state's most influential leaders. He has served on the board of directors for the Georgia Center for Advanced Telecommunications Technology (GCATT) and as Vice-Chairman of the Gwinnett County Planning Commission. He also is the recipient of the Talmage Award from Oglethorpe University in honor of his distinguished professional career and public service.