John R. Bailey is the founding member and managing partner of the law firm of Bailey Kennedy, LLP. He specializes in corporate litigation, gaming law, and healthcare law. Prior to founding his own law firm, Mr. Bailey was an attorney and partner with Lionel Sawyer & Collins for fifteen years. Mr. Bailey has been recommended to the President of the United States for a Judgeship on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit by Senators John Ensign and Harry Reid.
For the past twenty-two years he has served as Chairman and a member of the Moral Character and Fitness Committee of the Nevada State Bar. He joined the Board of Directors of Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE: BYD) in January 2015, and he served on the Board of Directors of Shuffle entertainment, Inc. (NASDAQ - SHFL) from 2008 until it was acquired in 2013. Mr. Bailey is currently Chairman of the Governing Board of the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy, a Director of the Public Education Foundation, and a Member of the Institutional Advisory Council of the College of Southern Nevada. He is former General Counsel, Board Chairman, and Member of Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Southern Nevada and is a former member of the Boards of the Nevada Community Foundation and College of Southern Nevada. He is the past chairman and served as a member of the Nevada State Athletic Commission.
A lifelong Nevadan, Mr. Bailey graduated from Western High School. He obtained a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from The Colorado College and a Juris Doctorate from McGeorge School of Law, University of the Pacific. He began practicing law in Nevada in 1985. He and his wife, Teri Thomas, have three children.