Baine Kerr is a fiction writer and trial lawyer. He is the author of two best-selling novels, Harmful Intent and Wrongful Death, both legal thrillers, and a collection of short stories, Jumping-Off Place.
A native of Houston, Texas, he is a graduate of Stanford University where he studied creative writing with Pulitzer Prize-winning author and environmentalist Wallace Stegner. Kerr and a couple of his classmates achieved early recognition as the “local bohos” at Ken Kesey’s first acid test in Tom Wolfe's book The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. He was a founding editor of Place magazine, a literary offshoot of the Whole Earth Catalog. Contributors included Stegner, Scott Turow, Molly Ivins, Wendell Berry, and Robert Stone, among others.
Kerr's short story “Rider” was published in Best American Short Stories and included in his University of Missouri Press collection, Jumping-Off Place. He was selected by the National Endowment for the Arts for a fellowship in fiction and received the Editor’s Prize from The Missouri Review for fiction.
Kerr has specialized in civil litigation for plaintiffs with the venerable Boulder law firm of Hutchinson, Black, and Cook since law school. He has won record-breaking awards and settlements for his clients and established landmark precedents that have led to national reforms. His professional focus is medical malpractice, especially breast cancer cases; civil rights claims for sexual assault victims, equal pay, Title IX retaliation and discrimination cases, including the groundbreaking University of Colorado football recruiting rape case, and restitution for victims of crime and defective products.
He spent a sabbatical year as an elections supervisor in Bosnia and as a journalist covering the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in The Hague.
His novels, Harmful Intent and Wrongful Death, were originally published by Scribner/Simon and Schuster.
To learn more about Kerr’s outstanding legal career, see Talking About Legal Cases under Interviews.
For more about Kerr's writing, see Talking About Fiction Writing under Interviews.
Kerr lives in Boulder, Colorado, without any pets.