Timothy Bailey

Charleston, West Virginia

The descendant of three generations of coal miners, Tim Bailey centers his practice on the dignity and safety of workers.  Born in Mullens and raised in Man, West Virginia, he has first-hand knowledge of the dangers and sacrifices experienced in the heart of coal country.  Handling such prominent West Virginia cases as the Upper Big Branch, Sago and Aracoma Mine Disasters and the Ghent Little General Store Explosion, he vigorously represents the families of workers who have been seriously injured or killed by the wrongful acts of others.  His experience includes trucking cases involving serious bodily injury or death and cases resulting from defectively designed automobiles and mining equipment.  He has recently pursued trendsetting legal actions against coal companies for miners suffering serious occupational lung diseases.  He has been honored to be appointed as a Special Assistant Attorney General for the State of West Virginia to represent the State’s interests in several cases.  He is a past president of the West Virginia Association for Justice (WVAJ) and continues to serve on its Board of Governors.  Nationally, he is a member of the American Association for Justice and is a member of its national Board of Governors.  He is a member of the Million Dollar and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Industrial Accidents
  • Products Liability
  • Wrongful Death
  • Mining Injuries and Deaths
  • Timbering Injuries and Deaths
  • Defective Mining Equipment
  • Defective Automobile Design
  • Post-collision Fuel-fed Fires

Bar Admissions

  • West Virginia, 1991
  • Kentucky, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. District Court Eastern District of Kentucky
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 4th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals Federal Circuit


  • West Virginia University College of Law, Morgantown, West Virginia
    • J.D. – 1991
    • Honors: Order of Barristers
  • West Virginia University, Morgantown, West Virginia
    • B.S. cum laude – 1988
    • Honors: With Honors, University Honors Program Scholar
    • Major: Finance

Honors and Awards

  • National Academy of Personal Injury Attorneys, 2014 Nationally Ranked, Top 10 Attorney Award For Excellence in the field of Personal Injury
  • Summit, Mountain Honorary, 1988 – 1989
  • “AV” Rating, Martindale Hubbell
  • West Virginia Super Lawyer
  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Multi-million Dollar Advocates Forum

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • West Virginia Association for Justice, 1992 – Present
  • West Virginia Association for Justice, Board of Governors, 1997 – Present
  • West Virginia Association for Justice, President, 2009 – 2010
  • American Association for Justice, Member, 1992 – Present
  • American Association for Justice, Leaders Forum
  • West Virginia State Bar, Member, 1991 – Present
  • Kentucky State Bar, Member, 1993 – Present
  • Kentucky Academy of Trial Attorneys, Member, 1993 – Present
  • American Bar Association, Member, 1991 – Present
  • Freemason, 1995 – Present
  • Beni Kedem Shrine, Member, 1995 – Present
  • West Virginia University Alumni Association, Member, 1998 – Present
  • Kanawha County, Board of Directors
  • South Charleston Church of the Nazarene, Board Member and Sunday School Teacher
  • Make-a-Wish Foundation, Southern West Virginia
  • Charleston Area Medical Center, Women’s and Children’s Hospital Parent Board
  • Public Justice, Member


  • Pi Kappa Alpha