Texas Family, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, & Bankruptcy Attorneys
Bailey & Galyen
Bedford, Texas 76021
(817) 359-7000 or(855) 637-2990
Law Firm Overview
Bailey & Galyen, Attorneys at Law is a full-service law firm based in Bedford, TX providing an extensive range of legal services to clients throughout the surrounding areas of Texas.
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Articles Published by Bailey & Galyen
To draw an analogy, think of a burst pipe in your kitchen — water gushing everywhere, running into the next room and ruining your rugs and furniture, and creating a large mess. You want to bring in a plumber who can fix the problem at the source, not merely put a Band-Aid on it. We all know this is the right way to go about it because we know how it plays out if we do not — the numerous plumber visits, the time taken off from work to meet the plumber, the mess you’re left to clean up.Read Article
One fact is that women are five times more likely to get osteoporosis than men. Physicians know there is no way to stop osteoporosis or to cure osteoporosis. Physicians do know that their patients can slow down this process by taking enough calcium, vitamin D, exercising, not smoking and limiting alcohol intake to no more than one glass per day.Read Article
From the moment you are sued, your debt is growing. Cardholder agreements and other loan documents all contain language making you responsible for creditors’ legal fees and expenses. Put another way, you are paying them to collect money from you.Read Article
Unfortunately, one of the leading causes of personal bankruptcy is divorce. This reflects the ugly reality that, after a separation, income remains the same but there are typically increased housing and living expenses. Add to that the legal expense of the divorce itself and many people find themselves in a financial black hole following a difficult emotional crisis. The good news is that bankruptcy can give you a fresh start and a higher degree of financial separation from a former spouse.Read Article
Someone uses your credit card to charge a Caribbean vacation. Or accesses your bank account and drains it of funds. Or uses your ID while committing a crime. Identity theft refers to a broad range of crimes, including misuse of your financial information, name, Social Security Number and reputation. Identity—it’s more than your name, it’s life as you know it.Read Article
In December, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) called for a nationwide ban on all cell phone use while driving. This goes beyond the hands-free laws enacted by ten states. Considering the dangers, why isn’t there such a ban in place? Cell phone use spread at almost an epidemic rate before the dangers were documented. Distracted driving causes more 6000 crashes and 3000 deaths each year.Read Article
You may want to talk with the debt collector once to be sure the debt involved is yours or to discuss a way to resolve it, but you can refuse contact. If you inform the collector you are represented by a bankruptcy attorney or other counsel, the collector must contact your lawyer rather than you.Read Article
Would you spend $15 to save your child’s life? Car crashes are the leading cause of death for children ages 3-14, child booster seats save lives, and a safety-rated booster seat costs less than a pair of cheap shoes or a video game. Yet many parents either do not purchase approved child seats or don’t enforce their use.Read Article
Currently the wait time on immigration court cases could be as long as 18 months. Many of these immigrants will be eligible for employment authorization but this will be a separate process. These immigrants will be left in a limbo status that are not eligible to be deported but also are not lawful permanent residents or U.S. citizens.r.Read Article
The Texas legislature in 2007 amended the laws that deal with medical malpractice cases. Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code Sec. 74.151, entitled Liability For Emergency Care, now states that a person who in good faith administers emergency care is not liable in civil damages for an act performed during the emergency unless the act is wilfully or wantonly negligent.Read Article
When you decide to take care of your Estate Planning or Probate matter yourself you are flirting with disaster. You do not have the many years of experience with finances and family dynamics to make the best choices. You do not have the background to know if a document is outdated or based on law that has changed.Read Article
Earlier this month, the Texas Supreme Court once again cast its arms around Big Business and shoved Texans out the door.Read Article
Many who read the headline of this article might question the premise of a bankruptcy leading to the hottest selling car in the world. It would be a stretch if this was a fictional story. The amazing thing about this article is that it is absolutely true.Read Article
Texas Rule of Civil Procedure 42 specifically authorizes Texas citizens to bring class action lawsuits. A case cannot be pursued as a class action, however, until a Texas trial court determines and certifies that the requirements of Rule 42 have been met.Read Article
The US Supreme Court correctly held in its 2010 decision in Wyeth v Levine that state tort laws do not conflict with federal law and can be used to hold the pharmaceutical manufacturers accountable for the serious injuries and damages caused by their dangerous drugs. The legalese for the legal issue made the basis of that decision is preemption: Are claims brought on state tort laws inconsistent with and therefore preempted by federal law.Read Article
As I write this article I am having a good week and a great last few days. The reason for my stellar job satisfaction is simple. I have been able to help people. Each of the last several days I have met with people who had needs that I could address.Read Article
Social Security was created by FDR in 1935 as a part of the New Deal plan. This program was created to assist aging workers in the post-depression era economy.Read Article
In a divorce, it is often necessary to conduct “discovery” – which is the method by which a party can “discover” information about the other party that is relevant to the divorce. Conducting discovery allows us to obtain full disclosure of particular facts, such as income and liabilities of the parties, the value of certain assets of the parties, and facts relevant to child custody and support issues.Read Article
Any Texas drug conviction carries very harsh consequences for Immigration purposes. A conviction for a drug conviction makes you inadmissible to the United States for both entry and permanent residency. Moreover, it also makes you deportable. However, certain noncitizens with one simple possession can avoid some of the harsh consequences.Read Article
The rules of the road in Texas are governed primarily by the Texas Transportation Code. This is the law, along with city ordinances, that police officers are trained to enforce. The only review of these laws for most Texas drivers was in their driver’s education course. Below are some of the traffic laws that are violated in very high numbers simply because drivers do not know that they are the law.Read Article
At about age twelve we develop the ability to think in the abstract. Later, marriage and family serve as a wake up call to adult responsibility. Discuss how you will plan for the future with significant others. Talk to your spouse and other trusted family members about what would happen in the wake of death or disability.Read Article
During this era of record high home foreclosure and unemployment rates, many Americans are behind on mortgage payments and are understandably concerned about losing their family home.Read Article
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Robert A. Schwartz - Pharmaceutical Litigation Bailey & Galyen
Executive Vice President
Managing Attorney, Houston & Missouri
Managing Attorney, Pharmaceutical Litigation
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Mr. Schwartz was born and raised in Galveston, Texas. Mr. Schwartz is the son of former State Senator and Mrs. A.R. "Babe" Schwartz. Babe Schwartz, also born and raised in Galveston, worked on every major legislative committee while in the House of Representatives and Senate.
Mr. Schwartz is a graduate of the University of California at San Diego and South Texas College of Law. He was admitted to the State Bar of Texas in 1982. Mr. Schwartz is a trial attorney licensed to practice law in every state and federal court in the State of Texas. He is admitted to the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals sitting in New Orleans, Louisiana, which court considers appeals from federal courts in Texas, Mississippi and Louisiana. Mr. Schwartz is also licensed to practice law in the state of Missouri. In addition to the State Bars of Texas and Missouri, Mr. Schwartz holds memberships in the American Association for Justice (formerly known as the Association of Trial Lawyers of America), the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Houston Trial Lawyers Association, and the Houston Bar Association. After serving on the Houston Trial Lawyers Association's Board of Directors, Secretary/Treasurer, and Vice President, and president-elect for 2003-2004, Mr. Schwartz served as the Houston Trial Lawyers' Association President in the October, 2004 - October, 2005 term. Mr. Schwartz served as the President of the Houston Trial Lawyers' Foundation from the end of his Houston Trial Lawyers' Association Presidency in October, 2005 through October, 2008. Mr. Schwartz is also currently a Member of the Board of Directors of the Texas Trial Lawyers' Association, and has been an invited member of its Executive Committee.
Mr. Schwartz started his legal career with his father's law firm, handling general civil litigation matters and representing clients' interests as a lobbyist before the Texas Legislature. After four years, Mr. Schwartz's concentrated interest in litigation resulted in his establishing his own law practice and office in Houston. For the next 11 years, Mr. Schwartz maintained a successful, general civil law practice. Mr. Schwartz's general civil practice consisted of handling all types of personal injury cases, ranging from premises liability, motor vehicle collisions and product liability, as well as business litigation cases, cases involving violations of the Texas Deceptive Trade Practices Act and of the Texas Insurance Code. From mid 1990 through November, 1996, Mr. Schwartz was also "of counsel" to the long tenured Houston oil and gas law firm, Wilson & Johnson. Mr. Schwartz handled the business and oil and gas litigation matters for Wilson & Johnson's oil and gas industry clients.
Mr. Schwartz joined the Williams Bailey Law Firm (now known as Williams Kherkher) in November, 1996. Mr. Schwartz's first docket management assignment at the Williams Bailey Law Firm was the representation of approximately 680 plaintiffs in state court litigation involving personal injuries and damages resulting from the development of a residential subdivision on a toxic waste superfund site in Friendswood, Texas. After the successful conclusion of that litigation, Mr. Schwartz worked on the Texas Tobacco Litigation as a member of Williams Bailey's Texas Tobacco Litigation team, participating in the discovery phase of that complex, federal court litigation, and later managing the law office established in Texarkana, Texas, by the five Texas Tobacco Litigation law firms for the trial of that case. The Texas Tobacco Litigation concluded with a historic settlement where the tobacco industry agreed to pay the state of Texas $15 billion over 25 years and to pay approximately $2.3 billion through 2003 to Texas counties and hospital districts based on their provision of indigent health care. Mr. Schwartz then started the pharmaceutical docket at Williams Bailey with the 3,000 clients in the Fen-Phen litigation. He expanded the pharmaceutical docket to represent seriously injured victims of other dangerous prescription drugs, over-the-counter remedies and dietary supplements. After nearly 7 1/2 years with the Williams Bailey Law Firm, Mr. Schwartz joined Bailey & Galyen on March 1, 2004, to start and manage a mass tort and pharmaceutical department.
Mr. Schwartz has extensive, successful mass tort, pharmaceutical, state and federal consolidated and Multi-District Litigation (MDL), and trial experience. He brings with him an aggressive, ethical attitude, a proactive approach, and a strong work ethic in order to achieve our collective goal of providing the best representation possible for Bailey & Galyen's clients.
Year Joined Organization:
Areas of Practice:
Mass Tort Litigation - Commercial
Mass Tort Litigation - Pharmaceutical
Personal Injury - Plaintiff
U.S. District Court Southern District of Texas
U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas
U.S. District Court Western District of Texas
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Texas
U.S. District Court Western District of Arkansas
U.S. District Court Eastern District of Arkansas
U.S. Court of Appeals 5th Circuit
South Texas College of Law, Houston, Texas
University of California, San Diego, California, 1976
Professional Associations and Memberships:
American Association for Justice (AAJ) (formerly the Association of Trial Lawyers of America (ATLA))
Texas Trial Lawyers Association
Board of Directors
Houston Trial Lawyers Association, 2004 - 2005
Houston Bar Association
Past Employment Positions:
Law Office of A.R. "Babe" Schwartz, P.C.
Law Office of Robert A. Schwartz
Wilson & Johnson, Of Counsel
Williams Bailey Law Firm
Jay Bailey attorney and founding member of Bailey and Galyen
Executive Vice President
Managing Attorney, Estate Planning & Probate Law, Business & Finance Dept.
Managing Attorney, Bedford Office
phone (866) 300-1529
fax (817) 545-6377
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Mr. Bailey was admitted to the bar and to practice before the United States District Court, Northern District of Texas in 1988. Mr. Bailey received his undergraduate degree from Abilene Christian University and his law degree from Baylor University.
Mr. Bailey is a member of the Order of Barristers, the State Bar of Texas, and the Tarrant County Bar Association. A frequent speaker on a wide array of subjects, making presentations for businesses, churches and schools. Resolving problems in a constructive and professional manner is the highest priority of Mr. Bailey's practice. Mr. Bailey has been successful in both mediation and arbitration of disputes and seeks to find solutions without protracted litigation, if possible.
Mr. Bailey practices out of the Bedford office in the Business, Finance, Probate & Estate Planning sections. Whether the client is a corporation, a neighborhood family or a Texas Lottery winner, Mr Bailey has the ability and experience to serve our clients.
Areas of Practice:
Probate & Estate Administration
Business & Corporate Law
U.S. District Court Northern District of Texas, 1988
Baylor University School of Law, Waco, Texas
J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
Honors: Order of Barristers
Abilene Christian University, Abilene, Texas
Honors: Magna Cum Laude
Professional Associations and Memberships:
State Bar of Texas
Tarrant County Bar Association
Order of Barristers
Bailey and Galyen Attorneys At Law
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Bailey & Galyen-The 100% Law Firm
At the law offices of Bailey & Galyen, we pride ourselves on being a 100% law firm. What that means for our clients is that we always give 100% effort in every aspect of providing only the highest quality legal representation. Our staff of dedicated professionals is committed to our mission of serving clients in the most courteous, expeditious and cost effective manner.
We strive to generate honorable feelings among ourselves, which in turn is reflected to our clients. And of the utmost importance, we endeavor to create and maintain a cheerful and productive work environment dedicated to 100% client satisfaction.
Ultimately, as a client, you can rest assured that, at the law offices of Bailey & Galyen, we marshal all of our law firm's resources to stand 100% behind you as your legal representatives.
Board Certified Attorneys
Not only are our attorneys some of the top litigators in the state of Texas, with extensive trial experience and an impressive record of success, but at Bailey & Galyen, many of our attorneys are board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization in the following practice areas:
* Personal Injury Trial Law
* Family Law
* Criminal Trial Law
* Consumer Bankruptcy
That means our clients are being represented by attorneys who have demonstrated special competence in their area of specialization. Furthermore, a board-certified attorney must also have extensive knowledge of the laws of evidence, procedure, and substantive law. We are proud of the fact that we offer the specialized talent of board-certified attorneys to our clients.
At Bailey & Galyen, our practice is a relational practice, built on establishing and maintaining long-standing relationships with clients through personal attention and the ability to empathize with clients regarding their legal needs.
Bailey & Galyen Has Numerous Locations Throughout the State
As part of our continuing commitment to our clients and to our community, we have five offices conveniently located close to where you live and work. Contact the firm to arrange for a free, initial consultation.
Dallas/Fort Worth Area: 1-800-529-8008
Houston Area: 1-866-715-1529