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Chicago, IL 60601

C. Ronald Baird

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Baird, Lightner, Millsap & Harpool, PC

Contact Information

1901-C S. Ventura Ave.

Springfield MO 65804
Work (417) 887-0133
Fax (417) 887-8740

Practice State



Ron Baird has been practicing law in Springfield since 1974. Mr. Baird is a native of Neosho, Missouri. He served in the Navy from 1967 to 1971. He founded Dorr & Baird, P.C. in 1983, was joined by John Lightner in 1984, and the law firm evolved into the practice it is today. Mr. Baird is active in many civic and community activities. His wife, Paula, is the Principal at Immaculate Conception Elementary School, and they have three children, all of whom are also lawyers. Ron is a sports enthusiast and an avid golfer and reader.


Family Law, Business Litigation, Business Organization/Transactions


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University of Missouri-Columbia, J.D., 1974; Washington University, B.A., 1967

Legal Organizations

Member: Missouri Bar; Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association; American Bar Association. Current Positions: Board of Governors, Missouri Bar, 1996-present; President, The Missouri Bar 2006-2007. Previous Positions: President, Springfield Metropolitan Bar Association, 1993.


Mr. Baird has been granted the distinction of an AV™ Preeminent rating by the Martindale Hubbell Association® Peer Review. The rating 5.0 out of 5, is a reflection of his experience as an attorney, as well as high professional and ethical standards. Missouri Bar President's Award, Best Lawyers in America® Best Famliy Lawyer in Springfield, 2011, Best Lawyers in America® 2005-2012, Missouri & Kansas Super Lawyers® 2005-2011.

CLE Presentations

Missouri Bar, Family Law, 2000-2001. Missouri Bar, Family Law, Parenting Plans, 1999. Springfield Metropolitan Bar, Family Law, Mediation, 1998.


Springfield Metropolitan Bar, Use of Experts and Business Reports Involving Children.

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