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Most important career lesson: My client’s time is valuable. Don’t waste it. Be Direct. Be Accurate. Be prompt.
Culinary talent: “Yankee” Potato Salad (russet potatoes; mayo; diced celery and white onion; generous salt and pepper. That’s’ all you need.)
Favorite food: Baked-stuffed lobster (It’s a New England-thing).
Born/Age: Providence, Rhode Island, April 26, 1974 / Age 37
Family: Married to Catherine, for 12 years. We have four children - 2 boys, 2 girls - ages 8, 6, 4 and 2.
Areas of practice: Admiralty and maritime law; transportation; environmental and toxic tort
Education: Trinity University, B.A. 1996; South Texas College of Law, J.D. 2001
Bet you didn’t know: my 8th grade yearbook superlative was: “Biggest Mouth to Smallest Stature.” (See, at 13 years old, my classmates knew I would become lawyer).
Doesn’t: Do Jane Austen movies. (Have yet to convince my wife to join this cause).
Is not good at: putting lipstick on a pig. (Our profession demands that we be forthright to the courts and our clients).
Pet peeve: Form discovery.
Secret for staying young: It is being kept secret from me.
Favorite TV program: Modern Family
Favorite album: Astral Weeks - Van Morrison
Favorite music/musician: Van Morrison; Grateful Dead
Favorite place to find albums: YouTube
Favorite movie: The Godfather; The Hangover
Favorite magazine: The Week
Favorite sport: Soccer (to play); Football (to watch)
Favorite restaurant: Killen’s Steakhouse (Pearland, Texas)
Where to be found on a Saturday night: On my back porch with my wife, The Week, and a cold Miller Lite
Collects: Children, apparently
Memorable vacation: Yet to be taken
If I had more time, I would: Find the secret to staying young and take that memorable vacation. (Maybe they’re one in the same).
The best piece of advice ever given to you and by whom: DFIU: “Don’t ______ it up.” (Multiple)
James T. Bailey is Director of Galloway, Johnson, Tompkins, Burr & Smith in Houston.
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