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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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