Ken Bailey

Of Counsel

Practicing Since: 1972

Practice Areas: Mesothelioma,Serious Injury,Drug & Medical Device Injuries,Commercial Litigation


Ken Bailey is of counsel with the firm and has dedicated his career to helping victims in mass tort and personal injury litigation.

Background & Education

Ken is the son of an oil worker and was raised in Beaumont, TX. His humble beginnings led him to the University of Houston where he became the starting quarterback of the university’s top-ranked football team from 1967 to 1969. He won the Charles Saunders Award for outstanding scholar-athlete in 1968 and is a member of the Houston Hall of Honor Council. Ken graduated from University of Houston in 1969 with a Bachelor of Business Degree and in 1972 with a law degree.

Ken founded the law firm on a promise to provide tenacious legal representation to hard-working clients while upholding the highest professional and ethical standards. The law firm has earned a national reputation for excellence and has the financial resources to litigate against any responsible party.

When the firm represented the Attorney General of Arkansas against Johnson & Johnson, the presiding judge stated in his Findings of Facts and Conclusions of Law that “the testimony and evidence reflects…that [Mr. Bailey's law firm] has been and currently remains the preeminent law firm in the entire nation concerning the prosecution of these types of cases against various drug companies.”

A Strong Track Record of Success

Ken started his legal career in the 1980’s representing victims who suffered from lung injuries and cancers as a result of their exposure to asbestos. Ken worked at the Provost Umphrey Law Firm in Beaumont, Texas from 1983 – 1994. Ken devoted his practice to mass torts and personal injury litigation.

At Provost Umphrey, Ken represented dozens of unions in their personal injury cases and settled two famous class actions, the Wanda Jenkins Class Action in 1986 and Cimino Class Action in 1991, which led to the settlement of thousands of asbestos-related claims for numerous firms throughout Texas.

After leaving Provost Umphrey, Ken was a founder and named partner with the Houston law firm of Williams Bailey Law Firm, LLP. At Williams Bailey, Ken continued on his past successes and participated in numerous mass tort and personal injury litigation lawsuits involving asbestos, silicosis, benzene, diet drugs, anti-psychotic drugs, anti-depressant drugs and numerous plant explosions.

A History Of Representing Claims Against Pharmaceutical Companies

Ken has successfully represented thousands of plaintiffs in numerous pharmaceutical cases (including Fen-Phen, Zyprexa, Seroquel to name a few), almost every major gulf coast refinery explosion since 1990 (including BP Texas City refinery and two explosions at the Phillips Petroleum Plants) and tens of thousands of individual asbestos lawsuits. Through the friendships and relationships Ken developed with various unions, Williams Bailey was the General Counsel for the Texas State Building Trades and Gulf Coast Building Trades Association.

Ken has earned a reputation among his colleagues, peers and adversaries as a masterful, tough and skillful negotiator. Ken has never forgotten his roots and has been a life time friend and advocate for the labor unions. Ken is a member of the American Bar Association, The Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Houston Trial Lawyers Association and the University of Houston Law Foundation.

  • Super Lawyers®, by Thompson Reuters: 2012 - 2017
  • 2016 Texas Lawyer Lifetime Achievement Award.
  • ​2015 University of Houston Distinguished Alumni Award
  • 2011 University of Houston’s President Award
  • University of Houston, 1969, Bachelor of Business
  • University of Houston, 1972, Juris Doctorate
  • American Bar Association
  • The Texas Trial Lawyers Association
  • Houston Trial Lawyers Association
  • University of Houston Law Foundation
  • ABA
  • TTLA
  • HTLA