Texas Family, Criminal Defense, Personal Injury, & Bankruptcy Attorneys
Other Offices: Arlington (TX) Dallas (TX) Houston (TX)
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Law Firm OverviewBailey & 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.
The large team of attorneys at Bailey & Galyen has assisted clients with cases in a variety of practice areas such as personal injury, family law/divorce, worker’s compensation, criminal law, estate palnning and administration, immigration law, labor and employment law, business law and commercial litigation, bankruptcy, and many more. The firm prides itself in its results-driven service, as well as the way they are able to give each client personalized attention and care despite their large size.
With vast reserves of experience and knowledge in a huge array of legal fields, the attorneys at Bailey & Galyen are here to help you with whatever you legal needs may be. The firm is a one-stop shop, where clients can always find quality advice and legal solutions as their needs grow and change over the years. No matter what type of legal issue you may have and no matter how complex it may be, Bailey & Galyen is here to help.
Languages: English, Spanish.
Areas of Law
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Animal Bites
- Antitrust & Trade Regulation
- Asbestos Mesothelioma
- Aviation Accidents
- Back & Neck Injury
- Bicycle Accident
- Birth Injury
- Boating Accident
- Brain Injury
- Burn Injuries
- Bus Accidents
- Business & Industry
- Business Formation
- Business Law
- Business Litigation
- Car Accident
- Catastrophic Injuries
- Child Abuse
- Child Custody & Visitation
- Child Pornography
- Child Support
- Civil Rights
- Class Actions
- Collaborative Law
- Commercial Law
- Commercial Litigation
- Computer Crime
- Constitutional Law
- Construction Accidents
- Construction Injuries
- Consumer Law
- Corporate Law
- Corporate Litigation
- Corporate Taxation
- Credit Card Fraud
- Criminal Defense
- Criminal Law
- Debtor & Creditor
- Defamation, Libel & Slander
- Defective Drugs
- Defective Products
- Domestic Violence
- Drug Crime
- Elder Law
- Employee Benefits
- Employees Rights
- Environmental & Natural Resources
- Environmental Law
- Estate & Trust
- Estate Planning
- Failure to Diagnose
- Family Law
- Financial Litigation
- FLSA Overtime Claim
- Food Poisoning
- General Practice
- Green Cards
- Health Care
- Health Care & Social
- Identity Theft
- Informed Consent
- Inheritance Law
- Joint Ventures
- Juvenile Crime
- Juvenile Law
- Landlord & Tenant Law
- Mass Tort
- Medical Law
- Medical Malpractice
- Medication Errors
- Mergers & Acquisitions
- Money Laundering
- Motor Vehicle Accidents
- Motor Vehicles
- Motorcycle Accident
- Natural Resources
- Naturalization & Citizenship
- Nursing Home Abuse
- Oil & Gas
- Pedestrian Accident
- Personal Injury
- Personal Property
- Pharmaceutical Law
- Pharmaceutical Litigation
- Pre-nuptial Agreement
- Premises Liability
- Product Liability
- Product Liability Litigation
- Property Law
- Railroad Accidents
- Real Estate
- Rollover Accident
- Sex Crimes
- Sexual Abuse
- Sexual Harassment
- Shareholders Rights
- Slip & Fall
- Social Security
- Social Security Disability
- Social Services Law
- Spinal Cord Injury
- Surgical Errors
- Tax Planning
- Toxic Mold
- Toxic Torts
- Traffic Ticket
- Truck Accident
- White Collar Crime
- Wire Fraud
- Work Permit
- Workers Compensation
- Workplace Injuries
- Wrongful Death
- Wrongful Termination
Areas of Law Description
We offer the best possible legal representation to the following areas of practice:
- Personal Injury
Devastating effects occur from catastrophic personal injuries. We help find ways to pay medical bills and replace lost wages during recovery. Please contact Bailey & Galyen immediately after a negligent injury for a free consultation and review of your legal rights. It is very important to report an injury and make a claim as soon as an injury occurs. Our Texas personal injury trial attorneys can accurately assess injuries, plan for long-term care and collect the appropriate damages from all liable parties, including your insurance company.
We handle all types of personal injury cases including:
• Auto Accidents
• Wrongful Death
• Medical Malpractice
• Product Liability
• Pharmaceutical Drugs
• Birth Injuries
• Animal Bites
• Truck Accidents
• Nursing Home Injuries and Neglect
• Motorcycle Accidents
- Family and Divorce
Our firm handles a full range of family law matters, including:
* Divorce and Legal Separation
At Bailey & Galyen, most of our Texas divorce attorneys are board certified by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization; consequently, we are prepared to provide you with quality legal representation in a compassionate and caring environment, where privacy and confidentiality are paramount.
* Child Support
Most divorcing couples agree that the best interests of their children are paramount. The Texas child support lawyers at Bailey & Galyen will work hard to secure the continuing financial support necessary for the well-being of children in divorce situations. Contact the firm for further assistance. Our telephones are answered 24 hours a day.
* Child Custody
In times past, most courts granted child custody almost exclusively to the mother. Currently, courts in most cases tend to favor joint custody arrangements for the children. If you believe that this is not in the best interest of your children, contact the firm immediately to discuss the matter with one of our Texas child custody lawyers. The sooner we are involved in the process, the greater your chances are for success in obtaining child custody.
Non-custodial parents are almost always awarded visitation rights by the family court. Implementing child visitation can create significant conflict between former spouses. If you are having difficulties implementing child visitation, contact the Texas child visitation attorneys at Bailey & Galyen for an initial consultation.
* Alimony (Spousal Maintenance)
Permanent alimony, (spousal support or spousal maintenance), is generally not granted in divorce proceedings any more. The courts only award spousal support on a temporary basis, and sometimes award support to the husband, (where the wife was the primary wage earner and the husband supported her in her career efforts). Contact the Texas alimony attorneys at Bailey & Galyen for answers to your Texas spousal maintenance questions.
Texas now requires mediation as part of the divorce process. The Texas divorce and mediation lawyers at Bailey & Galyen can provide you with mediation services as part of your divorce process. Contact the firm for a free initial consultation. And remember, our telephones are answered 24 hours a day for your convenience.
* Collaborative Divorce
At Bailey & Galyen, we believe that the family unit is the primary building block of our society. We understand the importance of family, and as part of our continuing commitment to the community as a whole, we are committed to helping maintain the integrity of family during times of transition.
At Bailey & Galyen, we represent individuals and commercial clients in bankruptcy proceedings throughout Texas, Missouri and Florida. We assist debtors who are seeking to completely discharge their debts or to restructure their debt through reorganization and repayment plans. We also assist creditors in bankruptcy proceedings who are seeking to have a debtor’s remaining assets distributed among creditors.
We handle personal and business bankruptcies, including Chapter 7, Chapter 11 and Chapter 13 proceedings. We help clients address such issues as:
• Credit Card Debts
• Credit Harassment
• Wage Garnishments
• Home Foreclosures
• Individual Reorganizations
• Invalid Claims
• IRS Collections
• Repayment Plans
• Business and Consumer Bankruptcy
- Criminal Law
At the law firm of Bailey & Galyen, we have the experience and knowledge needed to provide aggressive defense against a wide variety of crimes, including state and federal charges. As Board Certified Criminal Trial Law Specialists*, John Robinson and Martin Miller are highly regarded criminal lawyers who have successfully defended thousands of clients against a multitude of crimes including traffic violations and DWI offenses, juvenile crimes, drug possession and trafficking, assault charges,, fraud, embezzlement, money laundering, murder and other felonies.
Do you or your loved ones face an immigration problem? If so, the immigration attorneys at Bailey & Galyen can help you. If you face deportation removal, you wish to apply for a visa or green card, or you need help with another immigration concern, we have the experience to help you solve your immigration problems.
- IRS and Tax Disputes
Do you owe back taxes? Has your IRS debt gone to IRS collections? If you answered yes to either one of these questions, don't panic. Help is available at the Texas, IRS collection law firm of Bailey & Galyen. We frequently represent taxpayers in a large range of tax disputes in a variety of courts, including:
• The United States Tax Court
• United States District Courts
• United States Bankruptcy Courts
• United States Court of Federal Claims
• United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
- Social Security Disability Benefits
If you are suffering from a physical or mental limitation that has prevented you from working, or is expected to prevent you from working for 12 months or longer, you may be eligible for benefits from the Social Security Administration. The process for obtaining SSDI or SSI benefits can be complex and confusing. This page provides some basic information about Social Security disability income benefits. To discuss your concerns with an experienced lawyer contact Bailey & Galyen.
- Wills, Living Wills, Probate & Trusts
It has been said that nothing is certain but death and taxes; nevertheless, many people defer their estate planning almost indefinitely. At the Texas probate law firm of Bailey & Galyen, we understand that wills, probate, and trusts are an essential part of life planning. Our law firm provides comprehensive estate planning and estate administration, including:
A Will is a written, legal document that provides details and instructions for the disposition of a decedent's (dead person's) property. This can be used to explain how property is to be allocated and who would be responsible for carrying out your wishes.
A Trust is a type of legal entity which is used to hold legal title to property (usually the decedent's) for the benefit of one or more persons. This is commonly used in conjunction with a will, so that real or personal property is properly distributed after your passing.
* Living Wills
Also called a Directive to Physicians, this document will direct your medical care in the event you become incapacitated or are unable to communicate your wishes to your health care providers.
* Durable Powers of Attorney (medical and financial)
This document designates specific people to handle certain tasks on your behalf if you are unable to do so. This can be applied to health care, to designate specific people to administer care or to serve as implied consent; or to property, so that designated people can handle your affairs on your behalf.
* Probate / Estate Administration
The primary goal of the probate process is to promote the orderly distribution of an estate. At Bailey & Galyen, we prepare all documents necessary to bring about the orderly distribution of the estate. Our knowledgeable and compassionate lawyers and staff can help you during this important time. Call today for a free initial consultation.
- Securities Fraud
Recently, several national full-service brokerage houses have paid large fines for negligence in the handling of investors' savings. Billions of dollars have been lost because of the failure of these brokers to use a reasonable standard of care with investor money.
Many investors are embarrassed to speak-up about their losses. Some feel there is nothing they can do. But there is something they can do, and many have. They have recovered some or all of their losses when those losses were the result of broker mistakes.
Some common examples of these mistakes include:
• Unsuitable recommendations or investments
• Unjustified risk for an investor's objectives
• Misrepresentation or omission of risks
• Churning (excessive trading to boost commissions)
• Failing to follow instructions
• Unauthorized investments
• Conflicts of interest
We have the experienced staff and resources to address all legal issues pertaining to employment matters. Our employment practice has provided counsel to individuals and businesses in areas ranging from the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Federal Civil Rights Act and the Family Medical Leave Act, as well as a variety of training, contract and employment policy issues.
Our employment practice includes:
• Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Compliance Issues
• Employee Manual and Personnel Policy Development
• COBRA Issues
• Contract and Tort Matters
• Discrimination Matters: Gender, Age, Disability, National Origin, Race, Religion
• Title VII Claims (Sexual Harassment and Hostile Work Environment Issues)
• Wage and Hour Disputes
• Wrongful Termination Matters
- Business & Corporate
We provide a wide variety of services to business clients including assisting in selecting the type of organizational entity under which to operate, negotiating and preparing business agreements, assisting in the sale and purchase of a business, for business operations, and assisting in dissolution or business succession.
We handle matters and disputes in both state and federal courts, including:
• Incorporation and Start Ups
• Acquisitions, Mergers and Sales
• Shareholder Agreements
• Shareholder / Partner Disputes
• Employer / Employee Relations
• Leases and Contracts
• General or Limited Partnerships
• Limited Liability Companies
• Creditors' Rights
• Commercial and Contract Litigation
- Business / Commercial Litigation
The world of commerce runs on agreements and contracts that outline the rights and obligations of all parties. When there is a breach of contract or a dispute as to what a contract might mean, businesses in Texas often turn to the experience and capabilities of the business and commercial litigation attorneys at the Bailey & Galyen law firm. The law firm's business and commercial litigation practice represents and advises businesses on legal matters including issues analysis, risks, and litigation exposure.
- Oil & Gas
Bailey & Galyen is associated with and has an experienced team of oil business and legal professionals with over 25 years experience. Bailey & Galyen’s Oil and Gas Division’s primary goal is to acquire or place oil and gas mineral leases with companies that will drill, produce oil and gas in a safe, profitable and environmentally friendly manner. Bailey & Galyen wants to lease or assist you in leasing your mineral rights.
- Real Estate Law
The law firm of Bailey & Galyen, based in Dallas, represents owners, investors, landlords, developers, brokers and agents in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, Houston, Brownsville, Harlingen, McAllen and across Texas. Our business and corporate real estate lawyers offer the benefit of extensive experience in a wide range of commercial real estate transactions and litigation matters.
- Foreclosure Defense
At Bailey & Galyen, Attorneys at Law, our lawyers have taken an aggressive stand to defend Texas home and property owners from bank foreclosure. Contact our offices to discuss your foreclosure defense with an experienced real estate law attorney.
- Landlord and Tenant Issues
The real estate lawyers at Bailey & Galyen assist tenants and landlords in all aspects of commercial and residential leases, including:
• Contract drafting and interpretation
• Negotiation of lease terms
• Property use disputes
• Lease termination disputes
• Wrongful evictions/unlawful detainers
• Early rent or past-due rent collection
• Foreclosure evictions and defense
- Loan Modifications
If mortgage payments have become unmanageable and foreclosure seems likely, there is help available to save your home. Though some may choose to pursue bankruptcy, a workable alternative to foreclosure or bankruptcy is loan modifications.
- Texas State Bar Association
- Texas Trial Lawyers Association
Mr. J. C. Bailey III
Bankruptcy, Business Law, Corporate Law, Estate Planning, Probate
Mr. Phillip Galyen
Business Law, Personal Injury
Mr. Martin Miller
Assault, Criminal Defense, Expungements, Murder, Robbery
Mr. John Robinson
Mr. Chuck Rowland
Adoption, Child Custody and Visitation, Child Support, Divorce, Family Law
Mr. Robert A. Schwartz
Commercial Litigation, Personal Injury, Pharmaceutical Litigation, Product Liability
Mr. R. Keith Spencer
Family Law, Intellectual Property, Litigation, Mediation
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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
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
Robert A. Schwartz - Pharmaceutical Litigation Bailey & Galyen
Executive Vice President
Managing Attorney, Houston & Missouri
Managing Attorney, Pharmaceutical Litigation
fax (281) 335-5871
email Email Me
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