Bobbie Bailey received his undergraduate degree in Journalism from the University of Missouri – Columbia in 1981. Immediately after graduation, he accepted a commission in the United States Navy, where he served as a Surface Warfare Officer for six years. Upon leaving active duty, Mr. Bailey attended Law School at the University of San Francisco, and graduated in 1991.
Mr. Bailey’s early trial work was in Civil Rights litigation. His experience included resolving hundreds of employment cases on behalf of individuals, trying half a dozen cases to verdict as first chair. Additionally, Mr. Bailey served as the Chairman for the Kansas City Missouri School District’s Advisory Committee Task Force from March 2002 to August 2002 while the District was attempting to finally resolve one of the largest desegregation cases in the country. Mr. Bailey served as a Hearing Examiner for the Office of Civil Rights, Kansas City, Missouri Human Rights Commission from March 2000 to January 2003.
Since returning to California in January 2003, Mr. Bailey has been first chair in dozens of asbestos trials in California (San Francisco, Alameda, Los Angeles), Oregon, Hawaii and Philadelphia. These cases progressed to various stages of trial, including pre-trial motions, jury selection, presentation of witnesses and evidence, closing argument and jury deliberations, before resolving.
Mr. Bailey has been first chair for three asbestos verdicts:
May 2012 - Bobbie Izell, et al., v. Asbestos Companies. This was a living mesothelioma case that was tried to verdict in Los Angeles Superior Court. At the time the verdict was handed down the demand to Mr. Bailey’s client was $1 million. The jury returned a verdict adjudging Mr. Bailey’s client with 1% liability of $30 million. The case was ultimately resolved for a fraction of the demand.
February 2010 - Bertie Hall v. Warren Pumps LLC et al., (not certified for publication.) This was a wrongful death Court-trial in Los Angeles County Superior Court. Mr. Bailey obtained a defense verdict for a Naval equipment manufacturer. Plaintiff’s counsel was Waters, Kraus & Paul. The demand was over $1 million dollars at the time of the verdict.
June 2008 - Mary Stralo v. Imo Industries, et al., This was a wrongful death jury trial in Philadelphia’s Court of Common Pleas. The case was tried in a reverse-bifurcated format in which damages are determined first. At the time of verdict, Mr. Bailey’s client was the sole remaining defendant. The matter was resolved prior to a determination of liability - for a very favorable amount.
Bobbie Bailey was a faculty speaker at the 2010 Defense Research Institute’s Annual Asbestos Medicine Seminar. His featured topic, “Your Way, My Way and the Navy Way,” addressed the role of naval expert witnesses in asbestos cases and outlined effective strategies for using Navy Archive and historical documents to attack opinions expressed by plaintiff experts.
University of Missouri (B.J., 1981)
University of San Francisco School of Law (J.D., 1991)
San Mateo County Bar Association
U.S. Naval Reserve
Lt. Comander active duty, 1982-1988;
Operation Desert Storm, 1991
Taylor v. Elliott Turbo-Machinery