JAMES T. BAILEY

PARTNER

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JAMES T. BAILEY

PARTNER

email: bailey@easthamlaw.com

phone: (713) 225-0905

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Mr. Bailey is a partner in the firm and has a litigation practice specializing in the defense of maritime casualty, personal injury and wrongful death litigation and related appeals.  Mr. Bailey is also experienced in the handling of cargo, collision and environmental claims.  He has successfully tried a number of maritime cases in both Texas state court and federal court.  Mr. Bailey also has significant appellate experience in the U.S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Texas Supreme Court and the intermediate Texas Courts of Appeal.  He has been named a Texas Super Lawyer in Maritime and Transportation Law for several consecutive years.

Mr. Bailey has presented continuing legal education lectures on the Jones Act, maintenance and cure, impairment ratings, and the use of independent medical examinations in litigation.  He is the author of “Navigating Through the Jones Act and Maintenance and Cure”, “Punitive Damages in Maintenance and Cure Claims”, “Navigating the Post-Townsend World”, and “A Practitioner’s Guide to Independent Medical Examinations—Their Benefits and Pitfalls”.  Mr. Bailey is a member of the U.S. Fifth Circuit Bar Association and the International Transportation Management Association.  He is also a past-Skipper of the Houston Mariners’ Club.

In addition to the “Selected Decisions” below, Mr. Bailey has taken an active role in the Firm’s emergency response and incident investigation of numerous major casualties, including participation in related federal and local agency investigations.

 

SELECTED DECISIONS

Kitchens v. Stolt Tankers B.V., 657 F. App’x 248 (5th Cir. 2016) (Fifth Circuit affirmed district court’s grant of summary judgement dismissing harbor worker’s claims against vessel owner)

Ervin v. Masters Resources LLC, C.A. No. 09-40561 (5th Cir. 2010) (Fifth Circuit affirmed defense jury verdict of no liability in allision case)

Dune Energy v. Shamrock Management LLC, C.A. No. CV-59024-A (CCL No. 1.) (solo-chaired one week jury trial on maritime indemnity claim)

Moore v. BIS Salamis, Inc., et al., C.A. 09-cv-1008 (E.D. Tex. 2012) (court held that BP THUNDER HORSE is not a vessel as a matter of law; plaintiff’s claims dismissed)

Menchaca v. Acadian Integrated Solutions, C.A. No. 06-cv-528 (S.D. Tex. 2007) (obtained favorable defense verdict below pre-trial offer of judgment entitling defendant to trial costs)

Johnson v. Sea Mar Management., Inc., C.A. No. 06-cv-177 (212th District Court) (jury apportions only 25% fault on defendant’s vessel and assigns 75% to plaintiff’s vessel in one week trial on collision case)

PRACTICE AREAS
  • Admiralty & Maritime
  • Personal Injury Defense: General Liability; Product Liability; Insurance Defense
  • Environmental  & Toxic Tort
  • Appellate
EDUCATION
  • South Texas College of Law, J.D., 2001
  • Trinity University, B.A., 1996
BAR/COURT ADMISSIONS
  • State Bar of Texas
  • Texas Supreme Court and all lower Texas courts
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Texas
MEMBERSHIPS & AFFILIATIONS
  • Maritime Law Association of the United States
  • Houston Mariners’ Club
  • International Transportation Management Association
  • U.S. Fifth Circuit Bar Association