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John R. Bailey, managing partner of the law firm Bailey Kennedy, has been practicing law in Nevada for over 30 years.


Bailey formed his firm in 2001 After 16 years with Nevada’s largest law firm, Lionel, Sawyer & Collins. Dennis Kennedy joined as a named partner in 2006 and the firm has continued to grow steadily since then. Bailey Kennedy was the only law firm in Nevada in the Inc. 5000 list of fastest growing companies in the United States for both 2010 and 2011.


Bailey is one of Southern Nevada’s top civic leaders. He serves as chairman of the governing board at the Andre Agassi College Preparatory Academy and a director of Nevada’s Public Education Foundation. He is also a member of the Council for a Better Nevada and director at Shuffle Master, Inc. as well as a two-time former Chairman and Commissioner on the Nevada Athletic Commission.


Bailey Kennedy has been named among the “Best Places to Work” in Las Vegas and Nevada by Las Vegas Business Press, In Business Las Vegas and Nevada Business magazine. The firm focuses on litigation, appellate work, healthcare law and administrative law. Its dynamic team of professionals represents, among others, top healthcare facilities, publicly traded corporations, gaming companies, financial institutions, travel and tourism leaders, public entities, real estate developers, entertainment concerns, and entrepreneurs.


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Practice areas


  1. Gaming: 25%
  2. Health Care: 25%
  3. Litigation: 25%
  4. Business: 25%



Contingent (33-40%), Fixed (sometimes), Retainer (sometimes), Pro bono (10%)

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    If you face a legal matter that requires careful attention, seek the advice of John Bailey and the attorneys at Bailey Kennedy. John commands a wealth of legal acumen and unparalleled advocacy skills that will give you the best chance for success in the courtroom. Equally important, John has the experience to help you achieve the best result for you, or your company, which often times may not be trial. John takes a strategic approach to litigation at the outset and is a deft negotiator who can resolve matters favorably when avoiding the all-or-nothing scenario of trial is your most valuable option. John’s familiarity with high stakes, high profile, litigation will give you confidence when the pressure is on, and you will find his attention and availability reassuring when the stresses of litigation set in. Whether your goal is to resolve a legal dispute for maximum value without trial, or you are faced with no alternative but winning in the courtroom, you need to speak with John.


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Contact info

Bailey Kennedy, LLP

8984 Spanish Ridge Ave.
Las Vegas, NV, 89148


We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top Ranked FirmChambers USA2016
ListedMountain States Super Lawyers2016
ListedMountain States Super Lawyers2016
listedMountain States Super Lawyers2015
ListedMountain States Super Lawyers2014
ListedMountain States Super Lawyers2013
Healthcare Lawyer of the YearBest Lawyers2013
ListedMountain States Super Lawyers2012
ListedBest Lawyers In America2012
Top Ranked FirmChambers USA2011
ListedMountain States Super Lawyers2011
ListedMountain States Super Lawyers2010
Legal EliteNevada Business Magazine2009
ListedMountain States Super Lawyers2009
ListedNevada Super Lawyers2008
ListedNevada Super Lawyers2007
Recommended for Judgeship by Sen. Harry ReidNinth Circuit Court of Appeals2001
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Board MemberBoyd Gaming Inc.2015 - Present
Managing PartnerBailey Kennedy, LLP2001 - Present
Board memberSHFL entertainment2008 - 2013
Associate and ShareholderLionel Sawyer & Collins1985 - 2001
Association namePosition nameDuration
Andre Agassi Preparatory AcademyChairman of the Governing Board2010 - Present
American Health Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Council For A Better NevadaDirectorN/A
College of Southern NevadaBoard of TrusteesN/A
The Public Education FoundationExecutive Committee MemberN/A
State Bar of Nevada Moral Character and Fitness CommitteeVice Chairman and MemberN/A
The FBI Citizen's Academy for NevadaMemberN/A
Clark County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
State Bar of NevadaMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Nevada State Athletic CommissionChairman2008 - 2009
Nevada State Athletic CommissionChairman2004 - 2005
Nevada State Athletic CommissionCommissioner2001 - 2008
Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Southern NevadaBoard Member & Chairman1993 - 2000
Nevada State Republican PartyGeneral Counsel1992 - 2000
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Law Firm vs. Hair SalonPermanent Injunction
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Publication nameTitleDate
PR.comBest Lawyers In America Selects Las Vegas-Based John Bailey For 2012 Edition2012
Las Vegas Business PressTake This Job...And Love It!2010
Nevada Business MagazineLegal Elite2009
Las Vegas Review JournalBailey Calls Stint On State Commission Rewarding2009
Nevada Business MagazineIndustry Focus-Attorneys2008
In Business Las VegasIn Business Q&A - John Bailey2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
McGeorge School of Law, University of the PacificLawJD - Juris Doctor1985
Colorado CollegeEconomicsBA - Bachelor of Arts1982
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
American Bar Association 2012 Spring ConferenceSinners in Sin City: Ethical Issues and Dilemmas in Client and Practice Development2012
Membership MeetingAvoiding Litigation & What To Do If You Are Sued2008
Continuing Medical Education CourseNevada Law and Ethics in the Hospital Setting2007
Continuing Medical Education CourseNevada Law and Ethics in the Hospital Setting2006