Mike Bailey is an experienced and well-respected litigator and government relations specialist. In litigation, he often represents plaintiffs in large-scale tort and qui tam matters. Mike is an accomplished problem solver who uses his knowledge of government relations to craft solutions to problems that initially appear unsolvable.
Mike Bailey is an experienced and well-respected shareholder in the litigation and government relations departments. In litigation, he concentrates his practice on the following:
- Plaintiffs’ toxic tort actions
- Plaintiffs’ qui tam actions
- Representing both plaintiffs and defendants in complex commercial litigation
- Representing both plaintiffs and defendants in environmental litigation
Mike has significant experience in litigation before federal and state courts. He has tried cases before the District Courts of the United States and State of Utah and has argued cases before the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, the Utah Supreme Court and the Utah Court of Appeals. He also has significant experience before state and federal agencies.
Mike represented 37 former members of Congress in the landmark case, McConnell v. FEC, before the United States Supreme Court.
In government relations, lobbying and political law, he uses his experience to assist clients in a variety of industries and subject areas in crafting solutions to problems that cannot otherwise be solved.
Mike's government relations practice includes lobbying at the Utah State Legislature as well as petitioning state agencies and county and city governments throughout the State of Utah. Mike's legal advice has long been relied upon by candidates and elected officials from both political parties. For 12 years, he served as chief legal counsel for a United States Congressman. His years of experience as a commercial trial lawyer and his background in politics and legislative affairs provides him with unique skills and perspective that allow him to assist clients and solve complicated problems with creative solutions.
Mike is the firm's Director of Strategic Growth. In that role, he recruits motivated, highly-qualified lateral attorneys to the firm. He places a high value on diversity, equity and inclusion and is always looking for candidates with diverse backgrounds and experiences.
He is a member of the Utah State Bar, Arizona State Bar, American Bar Association, Order of the Barristers and American Inn of Court VII. Mr. Bailey is an adjunct professor of Election Law and Politics at the J. Reuben Clark School of Law at Brigham Young University and has lectured at the Hinckley Institute of Politics at the University of Utah. He currently serves on the Salt Lake City - Utah Committee for the [Olympic] Games and on the Board of Directors of World Trade Center Utah.
Mike has served as a member of the firm's Board of Directors and as chair of the firm's hiring committee. He is rated in Chambers USA: America's Leading Lawyers for Business and maintains an AV® Preeminent™ rating from Martindale Hubbell.
Defeated legislation that would have substantially damaged data information industry
Parsons Behle & Latimer was retained by a client in the data information industry to defeat legislation that would have substantially damaged several core business products. Coordinated opposition efforts of interested groups. Met repeatedly with legislative leadership to obtain their opposition. Drafted position papers and letters of opposition for other interest groups. Lobbied individual legislators against the bill. The bill was successfully defeated.
Successfully defeated legislation for telecommunications client
Parsons Behle & Latimer was retained by a telecommunications client to oppose efforts by business competitors to pass legislation giving them advantage against client. Coordinated grassroots campaign, worked with members of legislative leadership to obtain their opposition, and lobbied individual legislators against the bill. The bill was successfully defeated.
Safeguarded business interests for health care client
Parsons Behle & Latimer was retained by a health care client to safeguard business interests against potentially harmful amendments. Discussed potential amendments with sponsor, other interest groups. The bill was successfully passed without harmful amendments.
Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School (J.D., 1986)
Santa Clara University (B.S., 1983)
Brigham Young University, J. Reuben Clark Law School
Adjunct Professor, Election Law & Politics
American Inns of Court
(1996 - present)
Utah Bar Foundation
Former Chairman, Board of Trustees
(2003 - 2008)
American Bar Association
(1986 - present)
Order of the Barristers
Small Claims Court of Sandy, Utah
Judge Pro Tempore
(1996 - 2001)
Salt Lake City – Utah Committee For The [Olympic] Games
Board of Directors
(2020 – present)
World Trade Center Utah
Board of Directors
(2016 - present)
United States Golf Association
(2016 - 2022)
Regional Affairs Committee Member
(2002 - 2016)
Chairman, World Handicapping Board
(2019; 2021 - 2022)
University of Utah Hospital Foundation
Board of Directors
(2014 - 2017)
Advisory Board Member
(2003 - present)
(2000 - 2010)
Parsons Behle & Latimer Attorneys Named "Utah Legal Elite"
Parsons Behle & Latimer Ranked Among Top Law Firms by Chambers and Partners USA
Parsons Behle & Latimer Hosts Ambassador of Argentina and World Trade Center Utah
Parsons Behle & Latimer Ranked Among Top Law Firms by Chambers USA - 30 Shareholders Ranked Among Nation’s Leading Attorneys