In the last five years, Clayton Bailey has saved his clients approximately $500 million in potential exposure. His practice focuses on the litigation and trial of complex tort and commercial litigation matters. His experience includes handling contract disputes, business torts, RICO, ERISA, employment law, trade secrets, deceptive trade practices, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, antitrust, Packers and Stockyards Act, and wrongful death. Mr. Bailey’s litigation experience also includes successfully defending against putative class actions and claims involving numerous parties. He has tried several cases in federal courts (both district courts and bankruptcy courts) and state courts throughout the country and has significant experience briefing and arguing appeals before various federal and state appellate courts.
Mr. Bailey was recognized as “Appellate Lawyer of the Week” by Texas Lawyer newspaper for his work as lead appellate counsel in a case before the 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Most recently, Mr. Bailey was named to the 2018 Texas Super Lawyers listing, The Best Lawyers in America, The National Law Journal’s Elite Boutique Trailblazers list and to The National Trial Lawyers’ Top 100 civil plaintiff lawyers in Texas.
He is a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, and a member of numerous invitation-only professional associations. He serves on numerous committees, including the Dallas Bar Association’s Judiciary Committee and Fee Disputes Committee. Mr. Bailey graduated magna cum laude from Baylor University and was elected a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated cum laude from the Southern Methodist University School of Law, where he served as editor in chief of a law journal.
Notable Verdicts and Settlements:
JBS USA Wins Ruling to Allow Improvements at Kentucky Pork Processing Plant: JBS USA and Swift Pork Co. won a ruling that allows the company to make a series of major improvements at the JBS Louisville Pork Plant in the Butchertown area of Louisville, Kentucky. The judge’s April 7, 2015, order clears the way for JBS to complete work on a set of improvements aimed at upgrading the appearance of the plant as well as reducing the plant’s impact on the surrounding neighborhood. The improvements include an enclosed chute for processing animals, a covered outdoor employee break area, a decorative fence in front of the facility, and a small expansion of the plant’s processing area. Clayton Bailey briefed and argued JBS’ case before the court.
JBS USA Wins Dismissal of Complaint against Kentucky Pork Processor: JBS USA LLC and Swift Pork Co. on March 2, 2015, won the dismissal of a complaint filed over JBS Louisville Pork Plant’s use of a parking lot near the processing plant in the Butchertown area of Louisville, Kentucky. The suit by Butchertown Neighborhood Association Inc. (BNA) and individual area residents was filed in 2006 against Swift and the Louisville/Jefferson County Metro Government, which leased the parking lot to Swift. The company used the lot as a staging area for trucks awaiting pickup by grocery stores and other buyers of Swift brand processed pork. Neighbors complained about noise and diesel emissions from truck engines, among other issues. Mr. Bailey briefed the court and represented JBS along with attorneys from the Louisville office of Frost Brown Todd LLP.
Bailey Brauer Attorneys Defeat TracFone Injunction with Only 7 Days to Prepare: Attorneys from Bailey Brauer defeated a motion by TracFone Wireless Inc. to enforce an injunction filed against two mobile phone resellers. Mr. Bailey, partner Alex Brauer and of counsel Ben Stewart were hired the day before Thanksgiving and took the case to trial only a week later. TracFone Wireless Inc. v. Vicki S. Brooks and Mohamed A. Mohamed was originally filed in 2008 in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Texas in Dallas. In the lawsuit, TracFone claimed that Ms. Brooks and Mr. Mohamed bought TracFone mobile phones in bulk, unlocked them to alter the software code so that other providers’ airtime could be loaded onto the phones, and then resold them. A default judgment was entered in September 2008 against the two defendants, along with an injunction prohibiting them from buying any TracFone products in the future. The Bailey Brauer attorneys proved to the court that their clients did not know that the phones they purchased – which were marketed under the Straight Talk Wireless brand – were affiliated with TracFone and off-limits under terms of the injunction. On Dec. 16, 2014, U.S. Magistrate Judge Renée Harris Toliver issued a 15-page order, ruling that, among other things, TracFone’s injunction was “overbroad because, as Defendants note, they would be precluded from going to Verizon, AT&T, Virgin Mobile, or any of TracFone’s other competitors and purchasing any model of phone that TracFone … also happen[s] to sell.”
- Agerton v. Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., 728 F.3d 457 (5th Cir. 2013)
- Clinton Growers v. Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., 706 F.3d 636 (5th Cir. 2013)
- Wheeler v. Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., 591 F.3d 355 (5th Cir. 2009) (en banc)
- City of Clinton, Ark. v. Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., 632 F.3d 148 (5th Cir. 2010)
- Miller v. Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., 970 So.2d 1268 (La. App. 3 Cir. 2007)
- Coho Res., Inc. v. Chapman, 913 So.2d 899 (Miss. 2005)
- Shear Cuts, Inc. v. Littlejohn, 141 S.W.3d 264 (Tex. App.-Fort Worth 2004, no pet.)
- Pratt-Shaw v. Pilgrim’s Pride Corp., 122 S.W.3d 825 (Tex. App.-Dallas 2003, pet denied)
- Reiff v. Roy, 115 S.W.3d 700 (Tex. App.-Dallas 2003, pet. denied)
- Morris v. Burlington Ins. Co., No. 02-01-00234-CV (Tex. App.-Fort Worth), pet denied, 02-0891 (Tex. Dec. 12, 2002), reh’g denied, (Tex. Jan. 30, 2003)
Fields of Practice:
- Business Litigation
- Class and Mass Actions
- Complex Tort Litigation