John Kennedy Bailey was born in Fairmont, West Virginia in 1968. He attended
Yale University where he received a B.A. in History in 1990. While at Yale,
he spent a semester attending the Université Des Langes et Lettres in Grenoble,
France. Between college and law school, Mr. Bailey worked for Congressman Nick
Rahall in Washington.
Mr. Bailey returned to West Virginia to attend law school at West Virginia
University's College of Law, where he served as Articles Editor of the West
Virginia Law Review. During his second summer, he worked for Hawkins, Delafield
and Wood in New York. Upon graduation in 1995, he worked for the Charleston firm
of Goodwin and Goodwin for several years, taking a sabbatical for several months
in 1996 to work on the Gubernatorial campaign of his father, Larrie Bailey.
From 1999 through the end of 2004, Mr. Bailey served as a personal law clerk to
the Honorable Warren R. McGraw, Justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court of
Appeals. While serving as a clerk, Mr. Bailey assisted the Justice in drafting
over 50 signed opinions and, with fellow clerks, reviewed every opinion drafted
by the Court over a six year period.
Prior to forming this practice, Mr. Bailey worked for James F. Humphreys &
Associates, one of the leading plaintiffs' firms in West Virginia, where he
focused on mass litigation relating to flooding.
The voters of West Virginia's Second Congressional District chose Mr. Bailey
to be one of three male delegates to go to the 1996 Democratic National Convention
in Chicago. He remains active in state and local politics in Charleston, where he
resides with his wife and infant son.
Mr. Bailey is a Member of The West Virginia State Bar and The Association of Trial
Lawyers of America. He is licensed to practice in the State of West Virginia.