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Rick D. Bailey

Senior Counsel

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Martindale Hubbell AV Professional Excellence

Rick D. Bailey tries complex commercial disputes in federal and state courts and before arbitration panels and regulatory authorities. Such disputes have included breach of contracts, leases and software licenses, breach of fiduciary duties, fraud and unfair competition, theft of trade secrets, breach of non-competes, regulation and tariffs, business valuation, business, corporate, partnership and LLC formation and dissolution.

Prior to joining Burg Simpson, Mr. Bailey was a trial lawyer, partner and leader at Holland and Hart LLP, a prominent western law firm.

From 2000 through 2002, Mr. Bailey served as Senior Vice President and General Counsel for AT&T Broadband, where he served as senior legal counsel and local government affairs officer for the 40,000-employee cable and broadband division of AT&T Corp. AT&T’s combination of TCI and MediaOne created the largest cable company at that time. Between June 1997 and April 2000, Mr. Bailey was the Senior Vice President of Federal Government Affairs for AT&T Corp, responsible for the day-to-day operations of AT&T’s federal government affairs office and its relations with the Executive Branch, the Congress, the State Department, the FCC and other regulatory agencies, trade associations and think-tanks in Washington, D.C..

Prior to joining AT&T in 1988, Mr. Bailey was a trial lawyer in Chicago.

Mr. Bailey received his law degree from the University of Wisconsin, graduating cum laude, in 1982. Mr. Bailey is also a 1979 graduate of Illinois State University, having received a BS, with honors, in Political Science. Mr. Bailey is licensed to practice law in Illinois, Colorado, Wisconsin and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims.

Mr. Bailey is also a member of the faculty of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Master Barrister, William E. Doyle American Inn of Court.

Landfill Disposal and Construction

Ethanol Production

Commodity Distribution (e.g. steel, sulfuric acid, phosphoric acid and forest products)

Oil and Gas

Geothermal Energy

Telecommunications

Internet, Broadband and Cable TV

Software

Retail Shopping Center

Hotel

Home Warranty

Life Insurance and Annuity Marketing and Distribution

Probate and Estates

Sporting Event Sponsorship

AV Preeminent® Rating, Martindale-Hubbell

Illinois, 1985

Colorado, 1996

Wisconsin, 1982

U.S. Court of Federal Claims

J.D., 1982, University of Wisconsin, cum laude

AmJur Award-Constitutional Law – Jessup International Moot Court Team

B.S. with honors and Bone Scholar (highest undergraduate honors), Illinois Lincoln Academy Student Laureate; Alice Ebel Award, Political Science and Chemistry, 1979

Faculty – National Institute of Trial Advocacy (2008, 2009, 2011 - 2015)

Member of the General Counsel and Commercial Litigation Mediation panels of CPR, the International Institute for Conflict Prevention and Resolution

Doyle Inn of Court

Board of Directors, Lighthouse Writers Workshop

Steering Committee Abrahamic Initiative (seeking dialogue and understanding among Christians, Jews and Muslims, 2011-2014

Board of Trustees – Colorado Symphony Orchestra, 2006-December, 2009

Corporate Development Committee – Colorado Symphony Orchestra, October 2012-present

Co-Author, "Net Neutrality," Best Lawyers® Summer Business Edition, 2015

"Hearing and Mishearing: Psychoanalytic Observations on the Attorney-Client Relationship". Co-Author with David Stevens Ph.D - Thomas M. Cooley Journal of Practical and Clinical Law Volume 16.3 - Presentation with Dr. Stevens at the Doyle Inn of Court

Co-Presenter, "Psychoanalytic Observations on Unconscious Factors that can Influence Ethical Decision-Making by Lawyers and Judges in Lawsuits", June 2016

Chair, Annual Telecommunications Program, CLE International, 2008-2012

Trade Secrets – Colorado Chapter of ACC, 2012

Gov. Hickenlooper Signs Workers Comp PTSD Bill Into Law

 June 8, 2017

Gov. Hickenlooper Signs Workers Comp PTSD Bill Into Law

The third time’s the charm for PTSD relief for Colorado’s first responders. After a pair of failed attempts over the past few years, the legislature finally sent a bill to the governor this year that would allow first responders to apply for mental impairment claim under Colorado workers’ compensation law after a “psychologically traumatic event.”… Read more »

Michael Burg Blasts Big Pharma

 June 6, 2017

Michael Burg Blasts Big Pharma

The political environment in DC couldn’t be better for Big Pharma. And it’s about to get worse, which is what worries Burg Simpson co-founder Michael S. Burg. “Dr. Scott Gottlieb, the newly appointed commissioner of the Food and Drug Administration, is so financially tied to Big Pharma that he could not possibly be a reliable… Read more »

Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine Selected to the Legal 500 List For 2017

 May 31, 2017

Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine Selected to the Legal 500 List For 2017

This Year Marks the Sixth Time the Denver-Based Law Firm Has Been Named to the Prestigious List May 29, 2017 (Denver, CO) – Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, one of America’s foremost plaintiff trial firms, is proud to announce it has been selected to The Legal 500 for 2017 and founding shareholder Michael S…. Read more »

Nick D. Fogel Earns Workers’ Comp Honor

 May 24, 2017

Nick D. Fogel Earns Workers’ Comp Honor

The awards just keep coming in for the attorneys at Burg Simpson. The Professionals in Workers’ Compensation (PWC) named shareholder Nick D. Fogel the 2016 Outstanding Claimant Attorney of the Year. Nick is Burg Simpson’s workers’ compensation department head and has extensive experience working with clients who’ve been injured at work. “I was humbled and… Read more »

Breach of Contact – Colorado Corporate Litigation Attorneys- Burg Simpson

 June 22, 2017

HOW LONG DOES A PARTY HAVE TO PERFORM HIS OR HER DUTY UNDER A CONTRACT?

If you are in the business world, a common cause of action you may encounter is for breach of contract. A breach of contract occurs when one party fails to perform an agreed-upon duty as specified in the contract, whether it’s verbal or written.  Sometimes the question arises as to how long a party to… Read more »

Second Jobs – Denver Work Comp Lawyers - Burg Simpson

 June 21, 2017

Does a Second Job Threaten Your Workers’ Comp Claim?

Colorado’s one of the more fortunate states in the country right now. While the national unemployment rate hovers around 4.3 percent, the Centennial State boasts a rate of nearly half that at 2.3 percent. Not only is it the lowest unemployment rate in the nation, it’s so low that the state’s jobless rate has only… Read more »

Jeremy Bitner Memorial Run- Burg Simpson

 June 19, 2017

Runners, Walkers Race to Honor Jeremy Bitner

Clouds may have threatened Colorado skies early Saturday morning, but that didn’t stop hundreds of runners, walkers, and children from showing up at Englewood’s Cornerstone Park for the 2017 Jeremy Bitner Memorial 5K/10K Run & 5K Walk. The fifth annual race honored the late Englewood Police Detective Jeremy Bitner, who died in the line of… Read more »

Texting and Driving – Colorado Personal Injury Attorneys – Burg Simpson

 June 16, 2017

Colorado Cracks Down on Texting and Driving

In late-February of last year, 28-year-old Athina Munoz barreled south down a rural Colorado highway when she realized she had an urgent text message to send. She swerved into oncoming traffic as she did so, killing an older couple on a motorcycle instantly. Munoz also tested three times the limit for alcohol, which helped earn… Read more »

Ring of Fire: Even Republicans Are Disgusted by The Republican Party

 May 3, 2016

Ring of Fire: Even Republicans Are Disgusted by The Republican Party

A Ring of Fire first! Host Farron Cousins talks to former Senator Alan Simpson in a unique opportunity on Ring of Fire to speak with a Republican about the current state of the Republican Party.

CBS 4: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

 April 28, 2016

CBS 4: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

CBS 4 in Denver highlights Burg Simpson attorney Michael S. Burg’s induction into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

Radio 850KOA: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

 April 28, 2016

Radio 850KOA: Michael Burg Inducted to Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame

Denver’s Radio 850KOA ran a news story about Michael Burg’s induction into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame.

Burg Simpson Legal Minute: Civil Justice System

 April 21, 2016

Burg Simpson Legal Minute: Civil Justice System

Burg Simpson shareholder Calvin Tregre Jr. examines changes to the civil justice system, where limitations have been placed on monetary awards to seriously injured victims of corporate negligence. Are you protected?

Trial Talk magazine

 November 18, 2015

Trial Talk: Cross Appeal? Now What?

Burg Simpson Attorney and Shareholder Diane Vaksdal Smith’s article, published in CTLA’s Trial Talk, April/May 2015, addresses specifics of appellate practice and procedure. Download full article PDF

Net Neutrality

 November 18, 2015

Net Neutrality: A Panel Discussion

Rick D. Bailey contributes his opinion on Net Neutrality in this panel article published in Best Lawyers® Business Edition, Summer, 2015. Download full article PDF

The Trial Lawyer Magazine

 November 18, 2015

Homebuilders v. Homeowners

Threats to Shift an Already Tilted Playing Field More in Favor of Homebuilders Burg Simpson attorneys Jennifer A. Seidman and Ronald M. Sandgrund examine what could happen if lawmakers allow builders to take advantage of and mischaracterize the causes of the Great Recession’s lingering effects, and the facts regarding the real causes of the decline… Read more »

Rick Bailey - Hearing and Mishearing

 November 18, 2015

Hearing and Mishearing: Psychoanalytic Observations on the Attorney-Client Relationship

Trial lawyer Rick D. Bailey co-authored this white paper with David Stevens, a practicing psychoanalyst/clinical psychologist and associate professor at the university of Colorado Health Sciences Center. They address the attorney-client relationship throught the lens of psychoanalysis and cognitive neuroscience. Download full article PDF

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