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Before joining the Bailey & Bailey Law Firm in 2023, Justin Bailey was Associate General Counsel for Compliance for Memphis-based Varsity Spirit, a division of Varsity Brands. As such, he provided a wide range of legal advice and counsel in the areas of human resources, administrative, regulatory and other compliance areas in a manner that supported the overall priorities of Varsity Spirit.
Previously, Justin was employed as Senior Counsel – Litigation at FedEx Freight in Memphis, Tennessee. In his role, he served as counsel to FedEx Freight on general litigation matters, including employment disputes and government investigations.
Prior to FedEx Freight, Justin served as Litigation Counsel at International Paper. Working with the Personal Injury/Property Damage group, Justin was primarily responsible for tort claims involving the company, including personal injury and property damage claims arising from traffic/trucking accidents, mill and plant injuries and fatalities and product defects. Additionally, he was involved in contract and business disputes, as well as employment cases. Justin supported virtually all International Paper component businesses nationwide. He has had the opportunity to work with and manage outside counsel in jurisdictions across the country.
Justin worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee assigned to the General Crimes Unit. He was responsible for prosecuting violations of federal criminal statutes, including violent crimes and complex financial crimes. He handled cases from initial investigation through the appellate phases, including arguing before the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals. He also served as the District Election Officer for the Western District of Tennessee, responsible for the federal oversight of federal, state and local elections.
Justin began his legal career as an associate attorney with The Hardison Law Firm, P.C. in Memphis, where he practiced general civil litigation, focusing mostly on medical malpractice and insurance defense litigation.
A lifelong Memphian, Justin graduated from Clark University in Worcester, Massachusetts with a B.A. in Government and International Relations in 2000. After spending a year working as a staff assistant for Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. in Washington, DC between his undergraduate work and returning to school to obtain his law degree, he went on to earn his Juris Doctorate from the Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri in 2004.
Justin currently serves on the board of directors for Meritan, a non-profit organization that delivers health and life services to vulnerable people, particularly children and the elderly. He also serves on the Memphis Housing Authority Board of Commissioners.
Justin was recognized by Ebony magazine as one of its “30 Leaders of the Future” in its February 2007 issue. He was also recognized by the National Bar Association as one of the “Nation’s Best Advocates: 40 Lawyers Under 40” in 2016.