J. Baker Cleveland III


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Baker Cleveland is a lifelong resident of Pickens County. After graduating from Easley High School in 2000, he attended Clemson University and graduated cum laude with a BS in Mechanical Engineering and a minor in Business Administration in 2005. After College, Baker worked for the engineering firm Day & Zimmerman before pursuing a career in law. Baker earned his Juris Doctor from the University of South Carolina School of Law in 2009. While in Law School, Baker was named Senior Articles Editor of the ABA Real Property, Trust and Estate Law Journal, served as a Peer Mentor, and worked as a summer associate for Nexsen Pruet law firm in Greenville, SC.

After graduation from law school, Baker went to work as an Assistant Solicitor for the 13th Judicial Circuit in Pickens County. During his ten-year career as a prosecutor, Baker prosecuted thousands of criminal cases of every variety, including murder, child abuse, felony DUI, armed robbery, sex crimes, drug trafficking, domestic violence, property crimes, and many others. Baker has personally tried dozens of trials to jury verdict in General Sessions Court. In May of 2017, Baker was named as Unit Manager of the Pickens Solicitor's Office, where he served as managing attorney for an office of 10 lawyers and a large support staff until his departure into private practice with Acker Lambert Hinton PA.

In addition to his official duties, Baker has volunteered his service as the Public Member of the Board of Registration of Engineers and Land Surveyors with LLR since 2014 and is currently serving as President of the Pickens County Bar Association, a position he was elected to by his peers in the legal community.

Baker's Practice Areas

  • Criminal Defense
  • Probate
  • Real Estate
  • Civil Litigation

Business Hours

Monday - Thursday: 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday: 8:30 a.m. - noon
Other hours by appointment