Ms. Baird represents individuals in criminal and civil courts throughout Connecticut and Massachusetts and has argued appeals before the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in New York and the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco. She is accredited by the Department of Veterans Affairs to represent veterans in agency proceedings. In addition to her admission to the Connecticut Bar, Ms. Baird is licensed to practice in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the District of Columbia and has been admitted to cases in Florida pro hac vice. She is admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the District of Connecticut, the District of Massachusetts, and the United States Supreme Court. The Connecticut Bar Foundation selected Ms. Baird to the James W. Cooper Fellows program which requires "demonstrated superior legal ability and devotion to the welfare of the community, state, and nation, as well as to the advancement of the legal profession. "
Following her graduation from Yale Law School in 1992, Ms. Baird worked as an assistant attorney general and then as an assistant state's attorney representing the state of Connecticut in civil and criminal matters, respectively. Her background includes graduation from the Defense Language Institute in Monterey, California, during a six year enlistment in the United States Air Force. While in the military, Ms. Baird began her undergraduate education at the University of Maryland, European Campus, in Germany. She continued her education at the University of South Carolina when she was transferred to Shaw Air Base, in Sumter, South Carolina. After an honorable discharge from the military, Ms. Baird completed a degree in International Studies, magna cum laude, at the University of South Carolina and applied to Yale Law School. Ms. Baird's background, education, and work experience all contributed and prepared her to represent individuals. She is familiar with the government through her service in the military and employment as a prosecutor.
A United States Marine Corps combat veteran during the Vietnam war and a former Wethersfield Police Dispatcher and Police Officer, Ed Peruta is no stranger to government policies, regulations, and red tape. Upon leaving the Wethersfield Police Department in late 1971, Mr. Peruta became involved in local, state, and federal issues which eventually led him to form American News and Information Services, a news gathering organization. In 1991, American News expanded to Cable Television productions on the Cox Communications system. Since 2007, Mr. Peruta has been associated with Attorney Rachel M. Baird's practice. He currently serves as Legal Investigator for Attorney Baird.