J. Brian Bailey

J. Brian Bailey

Richmond, Virginia

I went to law school with the idea that I would become a prosecutor after sitting for the bar.  After all, there can be no nobler calling than in representing the government as it works to protect People from criminals, right?  But as I immersed myself in my legal training, I gradually began to realize the truth: It is often those who stand accused of breaking the law who most desperately need protection, not from crime but from the government. While Commonwealth's Attorneys and other prosecutors do perform a critical task in their pursuit of justice for crime victims, too often criminal defendants are in turn themselves victimized.  Defendants not represented by an attorney may be railroaded by the system, creating a cycle of re-offending and incarceration.  Prosecutors and courts can forget that most people do not commit crime in a vacuum.  Whether it be abuse, trauma, addiction, poverty, or struggles with mental health, every defendant has a story that is crucial to understanding the context of their actions. 

As my legal experience grew, I discovered that when it comes down to it, the practice of law is about People. Each Person has inherent dignity and value despite his or her past mistakes and deserves compassionate and competent legal representation.  I believe President John Adams understood this personal nature of legal practice when he wrote:

“To what greater character, can any mortal aspire than to be possessed of all this knowledge, well digested and ready at command, to assist the feeble and friendless, to discountenance the haughty and lawless, to procure redress to wrongs, the advancement of right, to assert and maintain liberty and virtue, to discourage and abolish tyranny and vice?”

I have adopted President Adams' words as a motto in my own professional career, not just in criminal cases, but in each area of law I practice.  Whether it be a custody or support dispute, a petition for Chapter 7 bankruptcy, or a personal injury claim, every case demands compassionate representation and the utmost care. Because in the end, it's not about the case.  It's about the People.

Mr. Bailey earned his B.A. in Political Science from The College of William & Mary before enrolling at Regent University School of Law.  While studying to become an attorney, he served as Judicial Clerk for the Honorable Robert J. Humphreys in the Court of Appeals of Virginia and interned at the Office of the Attorney General of Virginia.  After receiving his J.D. from Regent University and passing the bar exam, Mr. Bailey worked for three years as Law Clerk for the Chief Staff Attorney at the Supreme Court of Virginia and was granted a Legal Fellowship at Virginia Commonwealth University.  His legal practice focuses on criminal trials, criminal appeals, traffic, bankruptcy, personal injury and domestic cases such as child and spousal support, custody, divorce and protective orders.

Mr. Bailey is married to his best friend Lucy, a First Grade Teacher at Chesterfield County Public Schools.  When they are not working, the two enjoy cooking together, spending time outdoors on the beautiful James River and binge-watching their favorite shows.

Areas of Practice

  • 40% Criminal trial defense & criminal appeals
  • 30% Domestic relations (family law)
  • 10% Bankruptcy
  • 10% Personal Injury
  • 10% Civil Litigation

Litigation Percentage

  • 80% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Virginia, 2012
  • U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia, 2018


  • Regent University School of Law, Virginia Beach, Virginia
    • J.D.
  • The College of William & Mary, Williamsburg, Virginia
    • B.A. - 2004
    • Major: Political Science


  • Legal Research and Writing for Paralegals, Virginia Commonwealth University, 2017 - 2018
  • Virginia Appellate Procedure CLE, Supreme Court of Virginia, 2015

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Virginia State Bar, Member, 2012 - 2019

Past Employment Positions

  • Cravens & Noll, PC, Senior Associate Attorney, 2018 - 2019
  • Law Office of J. Brian Bailey, PC, Attorney at Law, 2017 - 2018


  • English


  • Sigma Alpha Epsilon