Attorney Marcie L. Baker spent her childhood travelling with her family, as her father was serving in the military. Finally, the family settled in Warrenton, Virgina for a few years and only traveled when necessary but always returned to Warrenton, their home base. After her father retired in the year 1979, the family relocated to the Tampa Bay Area. Ever since, she made her home in Florida, now residing in Dade City. Marcie grew up in a family where she was taught the value of good work ethic. She started working at a town library at the age of 14. Throughout her school and college, Marcie worked in various jobs which included working as a nurse’s assistant in nursing homes and home health care settings. She also provided care for the elderly and infirm; in retail sales and management. She also worked as an instructor of the arts where she taught oil painting, floral design, and stained glass classes. All these remain her hobbies even today. While she was working in retail management, she realized her inclination toward the law. It was then she decided to return to school and obtain her law degree.
Marcie became a member of Phi Theta Kappa, an honor society at Central Florida Community where she attended her college. Graduating with Honors, she obtained her Legal Assistant degree in the year 1990. Further in December 1992, she obtained her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Administration from The University of Central Florida. Marcie started law school at Stetson University College of Law in Gulfport, Florida in May 1994. She later graduated Cum Laude in December 1996.
Marcie was awarded multiple academic scholarships and was placed on the Honor Roll numerous times while at Stetson. She was also a member of Ferguson-White American Inn of Court, and Phi Delta Phi, an international legal fraternity. She actively participated in the Civil Government Clinic in the office of the City of St. Petersburg Attorney’s Office. She also served a Federal Judicial Internship with the Chief Judge of the Middle District of Florida, Elizabeth Kovachevich.
While attending law school, Marcie was chosen to be appointed as an Ombudsman by the Governor to serve the needs of the elderly in nursing homes and assisted living facilities. Although she was a first year student, Marcie placed second in Stetson’s Ninth Annual Intramural Moot Court Competition. After graduating she volunteered to devote her time in coaching the Stetson students for the E. Earle Zehmer Workers’ Compensation Competition. She also volunteered as a judge for Stetson’s Environmental Moot Court Competitions.
After her admission to the Florida Bar, Marcie worked in Lakeland for several years, practicing in the area of workers’ compensation. Before eventually moving to Zephyrhills to practice law with a former co-worker, she moved to Tampa in the year 1999 and worked in an insurance defense firm for 4.5 years. The firm of Alston & Baker, P.A. was formed in November 2003. Later in the year 2013, she established her current firm in the same location, where she works as a solo practitioner.
Currently, Marcie is a member of Pasco Women’s Lawyers and Florida Association of Women Lawyers. With the help of her friends and co-workers, she puts together a team to raise funds for the American Diabetes Association and the American Cancer Society each fall.