Bobbie R. Bailey - PartnerLos Angeles
Bobbie Bailey is the managing partner of Leader & Berkon's new Los Angeles office. Although he is based in Los Angeles, he has tried dozens of complex cases in numerous courtrooms across the country. He successfully carries his unique brand of interactive litigation to jury panels from Hawaii to Philadelphia -- with extensive trial work in California, Missouri, Kansas, Pennsylvania, Washington and Oregon. As lead trial counsel, Bobbie brings to the table over twenty years of experience with judges, juries and opposing counsel.
Bobbie's early trial work was in civil rights litigation. His experience includes resolving hundreds of employment cases on behalf of individuals, trying half a dozen cases to verdict as first chair. Additionally, he served as the chairman for the Kansas City, Missouri School District's Advisory Committee Task Force from March to August 2002 while the District was attempting to resolve one of the largest desegregation cases in the country. Bobbie served as a Hearing Examiner for the Office of Civil Rights, Kansas City, Missouri Human Rights Commission from March 2000 to January 2003.
Since 2003, Bobbie has focused on handling complex product liability and toxic tort matters on behalf of companies and their insurers. He has been admitted as trial counsel by pro hac vice in Hawaii, Washington, Oregon, Illinois, Connecticut and Pennsylvania. He has defended government contractors working for the U.S. Navy; aircraft part manufacturers; shipyards and shipbuilders; and oil companies.
Among his recent cases were:
Bobbie Izell v. Union Carbide, Los Angeles Superior Court - July 2012 - The case resulted in a $38 million verdict against multiple defendants. The jury apportioned only 1% of that amount to Bobbie's client. Given that the demand at the time of the verdict was over $1 million, this is a "win."
Anthony Rocha v. Avocet Industries, San Francisco Superior Court - May 2013 - The case settled at the close of the plaintiff's case after the Court made a very favorable ruling on an evidentiary issue in favor of the client. The matter was settled for a fraction of the demand.
Bobbie's speaking engagements include return appearances as a participant in the DRI's Asbestos Medicine Seminars in San Diego and Las Vegas.
Immediately after graduation from the University of Missouri, he accepted a commission in the United States Navy, where he served as a Surface Warfare Officer for six years. Upon leaving active duty, Bobbie attended law school.
- University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D. (1991)
- University of Missouri, B.J. (1981)
- U.S. District Court Northern District of California
- U.S. District Court Central District of California
- U.S. District Court Southern District of California
- U.S. Court of Appeals 9th Circuit
- Supreme Court of California
Lectures & Speaking Engagements
- Litigating Cases in a Post-OSHA Paradigm: Views from Both Sides of the Aisle, Cutting-Edge Issues in Asbestos Litigation Conference (March 8-9, 2018)
- Mesothelioma Mock Trial Experience, Perrin Conferences' Asbestos Litigation (September 28-30, 2015)