Reporter, Hart County News Herald
Hart County native Justin Baird was sworn in as the new Hart County Attorney when Mike Nichols stepped down.
Baird, a 1995 graduate of Hart County High School, received a Bachelor’s of Business Administration in finance at the University of Kentucky and then went to Law School at St. Thomas University in Miami, Fla. He is licensed to practice law in both Florida and Kentucky.
Afterward, Baird moved home and began practicing in Hart County in 2002, where he resides with his wife, Erin, and their 5 children, Jeb (16), Jack (14), Bella (12), Bess (9), and Lucy (8).
“My dad (Stokes A. Baird, IV) and grandfather (Stokes A. Baird, III) were both attorneys in Munfordville, so it’s rewarding to practice law in Hart County,” said Baird. “Hart County is truly a wonderful place to work and raise a family.”
In 2006, Baird briefly stepped in to serve as acting Hart County Attorney when then-County Attorney Mike Nichols was called up for active duty in Afghanistan. Baird and Nichols have a great working relationship. Nichols has agreed to continue to serve Hart Countians as Assistant County Attorney under Baird.
“The County Attorney is a very rewarding job,” said Baird. “I’m fortunate to retain Mike and his staff at the County Attorney’s office as I transition into my new role. My legal assistant, Tracy Johnson, will also transition over to the County Attorney staff. Tracy has been with me since I opened Baird Law Office in 2004. She will be a great addition to the County Attorney’s Office.”
Baird is making renovations to his current office at 113 East South Street in Munfordville, where the County Attorney’s office will move once it is completed. The tentative move date is May 1, 2022. Along with the Hart County Attorney duties, Baird is still going to keep his private practice open, focusing on personal injury, estates and probate, and civil litigation.