John R. Bailey


Bailey Kennedy, LLP
8984 Spanish Ridge Ave
Las Vegas, NV 89148-1302
United States

Tel: 702.562.8820


John R. Bailey is the Managing Partner of Bailey Kennedy, LLP. For nearly four decades, John’s trial experience has focused on healthcare law, commercial litigation and gaming law. In 2001, after 16 years with a renowned Nevada firm, Mr. Bailey struck out on his own and established what is now one of Southern Nevada’s most preeminent law firms. His clients include many of the region’s largest healthcare providers, Nevada businesses, and travel and tourism leaders.

Mr. Bailey has served on the Board of Directors of two publicly traded corporations: Boyd Gaming Corporation (NYSE: BYD) (2015-present) and SHFL entertainment inc. (2008-2013). He has also served as a Member and Chairman of the Nevada State Athletic Commission (2001-2009). On numerous occasions, Mr. Bailey has also served as a private mediator for pending litigation cases.

Well respected by his colleagues, Mr. Bailey was recommended for a Judgeship on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit by Senators John Ensign and the late Harry Reid during the George W. Bush Administration. In 2020, Mr. Bailey was selected to a panel created by Nevada Senators Catherine Cortez Masto and Jacky Rosen to vet candidates for recommendation to the White House as nominees to the federal bench.

Mr. Bailey is well-known for his commitment to public service. He has served in leadership capacities with the following organizations during the past 25 years:

  • Nevada State Bar: Chairman; Member, Character and Fitness Committee
  • Southern Nevada District Court Review Commission: Commissioner
  • Council for a Better Nevada: Director
  • The Smith Center for the Performing Arts: Member, Board of Directors
  • Nevada State Athletic Commission: Chairman; Commissioner
  • Institutional Advisory Council of College of Southern Nevada: Member
  • Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance: Member
  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Nevada: General Counsel; Board Chairman; Member
  • Nevada Community Foundation: Member
  • Public Education Foundation: Director; Member of Executive Committee
  • College of Southern Nevada: Member, Board of Trustees
  • Andre Agassi Preparatory Academy: Chairman of the Governing Board
  • Benchmark Litigation Star
  • Inclusion in Best Lawyers® The Best Lawyers in America
  • Mountain States Super Lawyer
  • Lawyer of the Year- Las Vegas Chapter of the National Bar Association
  • Best Lawyers®  “Lawyer of the Year” in Las Vegas for his work in Health Care Law

Bailey Kennedy is a leader in providing premier legal services in the area of healthcare law as the origins of our healthcare practice dates back over 30 years.  We have provided coordinated representation, advice and guidance through the many changes in healthcare law including physician discipline, insurance, capitation, employment, medical records, and vendor contracts.

Our clients span all areas of the health care industry, including:

  • Hospitals
  • Health systems
  • Medical groups
  • Physicians
  • Physician organizations
  • Health insurance companies and health maintenance organizations
  • Rehabilitation centers
  • Extended and elder care facilities

Led by the firm’s managing partner John R. Bailey, attorneys in our Hospital and Healthcare practice advise clients in a wide variety of health care matters and have a track record of success in related litigation.  In addition to being leaders in the field and providing top-quality services, our experienced and dedicated attorneys provide aggressive representation that is sensitive to client costs.  We work hand-in-hand with in-house counsel, local and national counsel, and management to create a unified team that approaches each case with one common goal: to achieve successful results for our clients.

Bailey Kennedy was originally formed in 2001 by John R. Bailey, a well-known and respected business litigator with more than twenty years of experience in the legal arena.

Several years later, Dennis L. Kennedy moved his thriving commercial litigation practice to the firm, bringing his more than thirty years of experience. Together, these two attorneys have assembled a talented team of individuals to build one of Nevada’s premier law firms.

This dynamic team of professionals represents, among others, top healthcare facilities, publicly traded corporations, gaming companies, financial institutions, travel and tourism leaders, public entities, real estate developers, sports and entertainment concerns, and entrepreneurs. With experience in administrative and litigation arenas, the firm has quickly built an outstanding reputation in the community.