Graduating from Louisiana State University and admitted to the Louisiana Bar in 1977, Jack M. Bailey Jr. is an undisputed leader in the area of personal injury trial law having tried cases with individual recoveries of over $8 million and more than 30 cases with recoveries over $1 million.Mr. Bailey was on the trial team in the Scott, et al vs. The American Tobacco Company, et al case yielding a verdict of more than $590 million.
He is admitted to practice in all Louisiana Courts, Supreme Court of the United States of America, U.S. Court of Claims, U.S. Tax Court, U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit, and U.S. District Courts.
Mr. Bailey has been recognized as an Advocate by the National Council of Advocacy, received the American Lung Association National Breath of Life Award – Year 2000 for work in tobacco cases, nominated as Trial Lawyer of the Year 2005 by Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, received the National College of Trial Advocacy Award by the Louisiana Association of Justice, listed by Louisiana Life as one of its top trial lawyers on its “Super Lawyer’s” list and consistently listed by Shreveport Bossier Magazine as one of the best lawyers in the areas of Personal Injury, Worker’s Compensation, and Medical Malpractice.
Counselor, Council of Directors, Executive Committee and Lifetime Member of the Louisiana Association for Justice (LAJ), formerly the Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association (LTLA)
Northwest Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association (President – 1990)
Louisiana Trial Lawyers Association – Lifetime Member (Board of Directors – 1986-1989 and 1998-2007, Council of Directors, Section Member in Medical Malpractice, Auto Torts/Highway Defects, Worker’s Compensation,Chairman of Louisiana Workers’ Compensation Section (2005)).
The Association of Trial Lawyers of America (Sustaining Member); Section Member in Products Liability, Professional Negligence, Birth Trauma Litigation Group, Insurance Litigation, Motor Vehicle Collision; Certified Instructor: Trial Tactics ATLA
Southern Trial Lawyers Association
Shreveport Bar Association (Speaker Committee, 1993; Chairman – Ethics Committee, 1993; Program Chairman, 2001)
Member of American Bar Association
Louisiana State Bar Association (Executive Council, Sections on Insurance, Negligence, Admiralty, 1983-1985)
Member of Roscoe Pound Foundation
Member of Center for Justice and Democracy
Member of Public Citizen
Trial Lawyers for Public Justice (TLPJ)
The Civil Justice Foundation
The Workplace Injury Litigation Group
Scott, et al vs. The American Tobacco Company, et al – Case Details
Award was given to a 56-firm consortium known as the Castano Group, which taking on the role of a private attorney general under California law, sued the tobacco industry and helped to win $25 million for the state.
A judgment of approximately $591 million which created a “court supervised smoking cessation program”.
Phase I was completed 2 years after jury selection began on June 18, 2001 and Phase II was completed 2 months after it began on March 31, 2004
Mr. Bailey and Mr. John Shub took the first deposition in which a tobacco executive or industry scientist admitted cigarettes cause cancer and are addictive. This deposition was of Jerry Whidby, Ph.D., Philip Morris’ Chief Scientist, taken in Richmond, VA in 2001.
In a 2001 deposition of John Campbell, President and CEO of Phillip Morris USA, Mr. Bailey and Paul Boncome of New Orleans obtained an admission that not only did Mr. Campbell not want his children to smoke, he taught his children not to smoke. This deposition also contained the first admission from an industry executive that his company’s product addicted and killed. Campbell admitted that his company’s product, when used as designed and intended by his customers, addicted and caused the death of his customers.
One of Mr. Bailey’s assignments in Scott was to examine Dr. DeNoble during mock trials and to prepare him for cross-examination by the Tobacco Lawyers. The Tobacco Companies had 5 lawyers prepared to cross Dr. DeNoble. After lunch, Mr. Gay, counsel for Philip Morris, stated, “my colleagues have prevailed me not to ask any more questions of Dr. DeNoble.”
Scott was the first court case where Dr. DeNoble testified about his experience as a Scientist in the cigarette industry. His testimony was one of the highlights of the plaintiff’s case.