The law firm of Bailey & Galyen is one of the largest “consumer law firms” in the state of Texas with over 40 attorneys and 13 offices throughout Texas. The Firm was originally established in 1989 with the objective of providing high quality legal services to the public by acquiring the best attorneys, staff and utilizing the latest technology to maximize productivity.
The law firm of Bailey & Galyen is pleased to announce that James M. Bridge has rejoined the firm as Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Bridge was previously with Bailey & Galyen from 1998 to 2002, and considers his return a welcome homecoming. He comes to Bailey & Galyen from the firm of Loncar Associates, where he managed various offices, most recently in Tarrant County. James brings a wealth of experience in injury cases, both big and small, as well as unprecedented skill in law office management.
Steve Maxwell is a native Texan, born in Amarillo and raised in Midland. He attended Trinity University where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1972. He then received his law degree from the University of Texas of Austin in 1975. He moved to Fort Worth upon his graduation from law school.
Mr. Handy has handled thousands of cases in many areas of personal injury law, including medical malpractice, legal malpractice, accounting malpractice, and other professional liability cases, automobile liability, product liability, construction negligence, and railroad liability.
Scott Robelen is a Board Certified personal injury trial attorney. Scott has tried more than 200 cases to jury verdict over his legal career. Scott has obtained substantial verdicts for his clients; and many cases in which there had been no offers of settlement prior to the start of trial. Scott’s adversaries know and respect that he will take meritorious cases to trial. His personal injury verdicts have changed the policies of police departments, correctional facilities, human resource departments, emergency rooms, universities, and insurance companies. Scott represents individuals and families who through no fault of their own have been devastated by the negligent conduct of others in dangerous products, negligent doctors, careless drivers, to name a few.
Kern Lewis joined Bailey & Galyen in 2020, bringing extensive experience in brain injury cases. He understands the devastating impact that a brain injury can have on someone’s life, and he has dedicated his career to fighting against the negligence of others.
Mr. Pierret attended the University of Dallas on full academic scholarship, obtaining a degree in Philosophy, and went straight to law school at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. His first job as an attorney brought him to Fort Worth as a briefing attorney for Justices Clyde Ashworth and David Farris on the Fort Worth Court of Appeals, and he has remained in Tarrant County for the past 35 years.
Michael Galyen has joined the firm as Executive Vice President and as a litigation attorney in our Fort Worth office. Michael is the son of firm founder Phillip Galyen. He grew up in Arlington and graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration.
Jamie Gilmore was born in Texas and has lived in North Texas, far South Texas, and seemingly everywhere in between. Jamie was raised in East Texas but received her undergraduate degree in the Rio Grande Valley. After college, she traveled north to San Antonio and graduated from St. Mary’s University School of Law. After law […]
Brittney Thompson was born and raised in Ferris, Texas. She lived in the same small town from her birth until she graduated from high school. Brittney began her career in the legal field in 2002 as a paralegal. After ten years of being a paralegal, Brittney started her journey to becoming a lawyer. She attended the University of Texas at Dallas, graduating with a degree in Sociology and Psychology. Brittney then attended the UNT Dallas College of Law, where she attended the part-time program while continuing to work full-time as a paralegal. Brittney graduated from law school in January 2020.
Described by colleagues as a “gym rat” in the courtroom, Bill Forteith still loves going into court and fighting for his clients in trial after almost forty years of exclusively practicing civil trial law. Trying hundreds of jury trials, his legal experience has literally gone from the cradle to the grave having represented clients involved in prenatal and neonatal care, daycare centers, nursing homes and even funeral homes.
With the fall of Saigon, the capitol of South Vietnam, the North Vietnamese forces moved in to capture the city. At almost eighteen months old, I was fleeing my native born country along with tens of thousands of other South Vietnamese refugees in April of 1975. My American father was not going to leave me or my Vietnamese mother behind. We were quickly moved onto a military cargo plane with nothing more than the clothes on our backs, as the mass exodus began, and as the Vietnam War came to an end with the institution of the communist regime.
Ann is a Workers’ Compensation attorney at Bailey & Galyen since May 2018. She serves clients who have been injured on the job and are seeking medical and financial help due to injury sustained on the job. She has previous experience in construction and real estate law.
Cole Fulks has been practicing law in Texas since 1991. He has been both a criminal law prosecutor and defense attorney, he has practiced family law, probate law, and social security disability and consumer bankruptcy. He has tried cases to a jury several times, and has represented many clients with a variety of legal issues. Cole Fulks is a native Texan, and a graduate of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas and the Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio. He has a son and a daughter pursuing nursing degrees through Tarrant County College. Cole Fulks is a Workers Compensation Attorney with the Bailey and Galyen Law Firm, and daily represents injured workers. Cole Fulks brings his varied experience in the law to make sure that the injured worker represented by the Bailey and Galyen Law Firm receives the due process they are entitled to receive, and the fair outcome they deserve.
An Air Force Veteran with four tours in the Middle East, Joe Robles Jr. graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor’s in New Media Design in 2013 and a Juris Doctor’s degree from Texas A&M University in 2018. During his time in academia, Joe focused much of his efforts on activism; such as serving philanthropies to educate the minority youth, lobbying efforts to support immigration reform, and assisting with rebuilding efforts in low-income areas. These distinct accomplishments earned him the “Mean Green” Student Unity Award in 2012, an honor given to the student who promotes the most diversity within the North Texas community. After Joe graduated from Texas A&M University School of Law, he immediately established Benny’s Books, a nonprofit tax-exempt corporation aimed at fighting illiteracy and creating diversity in children’s fiction.
Matthew Quinn Soyars received his Bachelor’s degree from East Texas State University in 1996. Two years later, he graduated with his Master of Science in Business Administration from Texas A&M University. Dedicated to his educational pursuits, Matthew then went on to Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan where he received his Juris Doctorate in 2001. The following year, he was admitted to the Texas Bar and then to the Arkansas Bar in 2003.
Jon Michael Franks is Board Certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in Family Law. He was one of the first attorneys certified in Family Law in Texas, first certified in 1976 and recertified every five years since. Only one in ten Texas attorneys are Board Certified, an accomplishment indicating an extremely high standard of excellence and accomplishment in the field of Family Law.
Cody Jordan was born and raised in Texas. Cody lived in the same Saginaw area home from his birth until the time he graduated from Boswell High School and went off to college. He attended the University of North Texas, graduating Magna Cum Laude with a degree in Radio, Television and Film. Cody worked in the field of television sales before moving forward with his desire to be an attorney.
Jennifer is very driven; which helps her be a strong and effective advocate for her clients. She believes in treating people who are dealing with difficult situations as well as happy events such as adoptions and pre-nups with dignity, compassion and respect while providing excellent representation and personal service.
Elizabeth Nielsen first knew she wanted to be a lawyer when she was in fifth grade and watched a family member run for a judicial position in Dallas. Ms. Nielsen remains impressed with what attorneys and judges do to help people. Ms. Nielsen recognizes her clients experience tremendous stress when facing family law concerns. She helps relieve that burden through solid advice and advocacy.
Mr. Kennedy is a native Houstonian with more than 13 years of trial and appellate experience. He built a practice that focused on family, criminal, personal injury and probate law. He has tried over 50 cases, both criminal and civil, to a jury. Mr. Kennedy believes that there are no one-size-fits-all solutions because everyone’s legal issue is unique and personal. He provides vigorous representation for his clients with an eye toward finding creative solutions to complex problems. Mr. Kennedy has experience representing clients in Harris, Galveston, Brazoria, Fort Bend, Montgomery and Waller counties. Mr. Kennedy was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 2005 and is licensed to practice in all state courts.
Daniel Bohmer is a lifelong resident of Mesquite, Texas. He attended undergraduate at Texas A&M University in College Station, Texas where he earned a Bachelor of Business Administration in Management Information Systems in 2000 with cum laude honors. He attended law school at Southern Methodist University where he earned his Juris Doctorate in 2003.
Mr. Robinson has been licensed to practice in Texas since 1991 and attained Board Certification in Criminal law from the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in 1998. His Board Certification is a mark of excellence and a distinguished accomplishment that only one in ten Texas attorneys attains. That Certification indicates that John has substantial, relevant experience and has demonstrated the same in his representation of clients accused of committing crimes.
A fifth-generation North Texan, Patrick McCarty grew up in the Oak Cliff section of Dallas. After graduating with honors from the University of Houston, and two years of graduate study at the University of York, England, he moved to Oregon and worked in a variety of fields before settling on law as his career path.
Patricia Barbee is a graduate of the St. Mary’s School of Law and has extensive experience in all aspects of immigration law. She has represented hundreds of clients before the United States Citizenship and Immigration Service and in the immigration courts, and takes seriously her responsibility to clients and their families. Ms. Barbee is a South Texas native who grew up in McAllen, in the Rio Grande Valley, and is fluent in written and spoken Spanish.
Joseph Vacek is a native Texan, born in Dallas in 1979. He received a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from St. Edward’s University in 2002, a Master of Business Administration degree from St. Mary’s School of Business in 2006, and a Juris Doctor degree from St. Mary’s School of Law in 2006. He has been admitted to practice before the Texas Supreme Court, Fifth Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals, and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas.
Mr. Vacek is a former associate attorney with Minor & Jester, P.C., and former litigation attorney with Barrett Daffin Frappier Turner & Engel, L.L.P. Mr. Vacek practices in the area of civil litigation.
Ian helps claimants obtain the social security benefits they rightfully deserve and secures the money and medical treatment they need to move on from what can be the most difficult period of their lives. A zealous advocate for his clients, Ian believes in treating his clients with the utmost dignity and respect.
Mr. Jordan was admitted to the bar in Oklahoma in 1971 and to the Texas Bar in 1984. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico in 1965, his law degree from Oklahoma City University School of Law in 1971 and his Masters in Tax Law from Southern Methodist University in 1979.