Brittanee Baer, CPA, CIA, Joins Fishman Haygood as Chief Operating Officer

Fishman Haygood is pleased to announce that Brittanee Baer, CPA, CIA, has joined the firm as its Chief Operating Officer (COO). Baer brings more than a decade of experience to Fishman Haygood, having overseen all aspects of finance and operations—from annual budget management to employee benefit administration and talent development—across her career.

“We are thrilled to welcome Brittanee to Fishman Haygood,” says Managing Partner John Werner. “Brittanee’s financial background coupled with her forward-thinking, collaborative leadership style will help us continue to execute—and strengthen—the firm’s vision of excellence.”

Baer began her career with global accounting firms Deloitte & Touche and Ernst & Young. She joins Fishman Haygood after her most recent role as Chief Financial and Operating Officer at Louise S. McGehee School. Baer received both her Bachelor of Science and Master of Science degrees in Accounting at Louisiana State University.

As COO, Baer will lead the firm’s financial, human resources, and administrative functions. In this role, she sees an unmatched opportunity to work with Fishman Haygood’s talented and accomplished group of attorneys and staff.

“While I am a numbers person by training, I’ve always prioritized professional relationships and team building,” says Baer. “The financial and operational sustainability of any organization is dependent upon both its data and its people, and I could not be more excited to have joined such a well-respected firm.”

Fishman Haygood’s board of directors also recently approved the promotion of Marketing Director Callie Kamath to Chief Marketing Officer (CMO). Kamath will oversee a new marketing coordinator position in the department.

As Fishman Haygood prepares to celebrate its 30th anniversary in 2026, firm leaders look to propel both the firm’s longstanding reputation and the momentum of recent victories—including its role in securing a portion of the landmark $1.6 billion in settlements with the banks accused of aiding and abetting R. Allen Stanford in the second-largest Ponzi scheme on record—into future accomplishments.

“From our attorneys to our other professionals and staff, the Fishman Haygood team is tackling interesting cases, completing sophisticated deals, and spearheading both internal and community-wide initiatives that reaffirm our commitment to excellence,” says Partner Jim Swanson. “This is an exciting time to be part of the firm.”