Baird, Thomas

Thomas C. Baird | Founding Member & Shareholder

Thomas Baird is a founding shareholder of Baird, Crews, Schiller & Whitaker, P.C. He leads the firm’s Estate Planning, Business Entities, Family Business Succession Planning, and Real Estate practices.


  • Juris Doctor, 1977
    University of Texas
  • Bachelor of Arts, 1975
    Texas Tech University

Practice Areas

  • Estate Planning, Wealth Transfer and Asset Protection
  • Business and Tax Planning
  • Probate and Guardianship
  • Real Estate

Awards & Special Designations

  • Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Estate Planning & Probate Law, Residential Real Estate Law, Commercial Real Estate Law and Farm and Ranch Real Estate Law
  • Fellow, American College of Trust & Estate Counsel
  • Rated AV-Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell
  • “SuperLawyer” by Thomson Reuters Services each year since 2003
  • Selected to the “Best Lawyers in America” in the area of Trusts and Estates each year since 2008 by BL Rankings
  • Selected to the “Best Lawyers in America” in the area of Real Estate Law in 2024 by BL Rankings

Representative Experience

  • Represents numerous estates and trusts in probate matters, administration of estates, and filing of gift and estate tax returns
  • Represents wealthy families in multi-generational business, estate, and succession planning, including the use of intentionally defective grantor trusts and other advanced estate-planning techniques
  • Represents numerous business owners in sale and disposition of business assets
  • Extensive experience in the formation of all types of business entities, including limited partnerships, limited liability companies (including Series LLCs), S-Corporations, C-Corporations, non-profit entities mergers and conversions of various entities
  • Represents real estate developers in commercial development, retail development, and residential development
  • Represents commercial construction companies
  • Represents owners of ranches and undeveloped tracts in real estate transactions
  • Represents title companies in a wide range of title issues
  • Represents 1031 exchange companies and buyers and sellers in 1031 transactions
  • Extensive experience in the preparation of loan documents closing of sophisticated real estate and other financial transactions
  • Extensive investment in utilizing retirement plans alternative investments, including real estate and other non-traditional investments
  • Retained as expert witness on issues involving estate planning and trusts, probate, fiduciary issues, conflicts of interest, limited partnership and limited liability companies, and real estate matters

Professional Activities & Affiliations

Community Involvement