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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

Burg Simpson Wins Latest Battle in Avalanche Case

 April 25, 2017

Burg Simpson Wins Latest Battle in Avalanche Case

In 2012, 13-year-old Taft Conlin and four of his friends made their way through the open lower gate of Prima Cornice in Vail, a ridgetop that sits above a skiable area. After several runs in this area, an avalanche swept over Conlin and two of his friends, killing him and injuring another. His family subsequently… Read more »

Michael S. Burg Defends Gorsuch

 April 7, 2017

Michael S. Burg Defends Gorsuch

As the Senate wrestles with a Democratic filibuster of President Trump’s Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch, Burg Simpson founding shareholder Michael S. Burg dialed into BBC Radio’s “Up All Night” this this week to defend the federal appellate judge. Read more »

Michael S. Burg says Gorsuch is More than Qualified

 April 6, 2017

Michael S. Burg says Gorsuch is More than Qualified

As the Senate battle over Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch heads toward an actual vote this week, Burg Simpson Founding Shareholder Michael S. Burg spoke with SiriusXM’s Tim Farley on his POTUS morning radio show to discuss the confirmation fight. Read more »

Burg Simpson Launches Denver PD Scholarship

 April 5, 2017

Burg Simpson Launches Denver PD Scholarship

Burg Simpson is renewing its support of Denver’s law enforcement community with the launch of the Burg Simpson Law Firm Denver Police Officer Foundation Scholarship competition. The winner will take home a $1,500 college scholarship to pay for tuition, fees, books, meals or housing. Read more »

Device Recall - Dangerous Medical Devices Attorney – Burg Simpson

 April 24, 2017

What is a Medical Device Recall?

When a person undergoes a medical procedure involving the use of a medical device, that person trusts it’s safe and effective. Unfortunately, this isn’t always the case. When it becomes clear that a medical device is causing unexpected harm to consumers, a medical device manufacturer must take measures to address such serious problems. One such… Read more »

Fitness Tracker – Colorado Personal Injury Lawyer – Burg Simpson

 April 20, 2017

Your Fitness Tracker Could Help Your Personal Injury Case

Fitness trackers have quickly become a fixture on the American wrist over the last two years, taking the lion’s share of the wearable gadget gift market. Fitbit, the Apple Watch, and a dozen other such gizmos can track not only steps taken, but also blood pressure, heart rate, sleep quality and more. Now, fitness trackers… Read more »

Vision Screenings for Safe Driving – Personal Injury Attorney Denver – Burg Simpson

 April 19, 2017

Vision Screening Test Could Keep Roads Safer

Driving is the preferred mode of transportation for most Americans over 65. Safe driving relies on the quick and accurate assessment of visual cues. But the ability to process these cues can deteriorate with age, which can make driving dangerous for both the driver as well as everyone else on the road. In a long-term… Read more »

Teen Drivers – Colorado Personal Injury Attorneys – Burg Simpson

 April 17, 2017

Alcohol, Speed, and Darkness — A Deadly Combo for Teen Drivers

Winter brings more than just snow and ice—it brings the darkest days of the year. Even as winter moves into early spring, less daylight can mean more accidents for Colorado drivers. When combined with alcohol and speed, the trifecta of car accident conditions make winter the most dangerous time on our roads. According to statistics,… 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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