The law firm of Bailey & Galyen is one of the largest “consumer law firms” in the state of Texas with over 40 attorneys and 13 offices throughout Texas. The Firm was originally established in 1989 with the objective of providing high quality legal services to the public by acquiring the best attorneys, staff and utilizing the latest technology to maximize productivity.
The law firm of Bailey & Galyen is pleased to announce that James M. Bridge has rejoined the firm as Chief Operating Officer. Mr. Bridge was previously with Bailey & Galyen from 1998 to 2002, and considers his return a welcome homecoming. He comes to Bailey & Galyen from the firm of Loncar Associates, where he managed various offices, most recently in Tarrant County. James brings a wealth of experience in injury cases, both big and small, as well as unprecedented skill in law office management.
Steve Maxwell is a native Texan, born in Amarillo and raised in Midland. He attended Trinity University where he received his Bachelor of Arts Degree in 1972. He then received his law degree from the University of Texas of Austin in 1975. He moved to Fort Worth upon his graduation from law school.
Kern Lewis joined Bailey & Galyen in 2020, bringing extensive experience in brain injury cases. He understands the devastating impact that a brain injury can have on someone’s life, and he has dedicated his career to fighting against the negligence of others.
Mr. Pierret attended the University of Dallas on full academic scholarship, obtaining a degree in Philosophy, and went straight to law school at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio. His first job as an attorney brought him to Fort Worth as a briefing attorney for Justices Clyde Ashworth and David Farris on the Fort Worth Court of Appeals, and he has remained in Tarrant County for the past 35 years.
Michael Galyen has joined the firm as Executive Vice President and as a litigation attorney in our Fort Worth office. Michael is the son of firm founder Phillip Galyen. He grew up in Arlington and graduated from Texas Tech University with a Bachelor of Arts degree in business administration.
Described by colleagues as a “gym rat” in the courtroom, Bill Forteith still loves going into court and fighting for his clients in trial after almost forty years of exclusively practicing civil trial law. Trying hundreds of jury trials, his legal experience has literally gone from the cradle to the grave having represented clients involved in prenatal and neonatal care, daycare centers, nursing homes and even funeral homes.
With the fall of Saigon, the capitol of South Vietnam, the North Vietnamese forces moved in to capture the city. At almost eighteen months old, I was fleeing my native born country along with tens of thousands of other South Vietnamese refugees in April of 1975. My American father was not going to leave me or my Vietnamese mother behind. We were quickly moved onto a military cargo plane with nothing more than the clothes on our backs, as the mass exodus began, and as the Vietnam War came to an end with the institution of the communist regime.
Cole Fulks has been practicing law in Texas since 1991. He has been both a criminal law prosecutor and defense attorney, he has practiced family law, probate law, and social security disability and consumer bankruptcy. He has tried cases to a jury several times, and has represented many clients with a variety of legal issues. Cole Fulks is a native Texan, and a graduate of Texas Tech University in Lubbock, Texas and the Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio. He has a son and a daughter pursuing nursing degrees through Tarrant County College. Cole Fulks is a Workers Compensation Attorney with the Bailey and Galyen Law Firm, and daily represents injured workers. Cole Fulks brings his varied experience in the law to make sure that the injured worker represented by the Bailey and Galyen Law Firm receives the due process they are entitled to receive, and the fair outcome they deserve.
Ann is a Workers’ Compensation attorney at Bailey & Galyen since May 2018. She serves clients who have been injured on the job and are seeking medical and financial help due to injury sustained on the job. She has previous experience in construction and real estate law.
An Air Force Veteran with four tours in the Middle East, Joe Robles Jr. graduated from the University of North Texas with a Bachelor’s in New Media Design in 2013 and a Juris Doctor’s degree from Texas A&M University in 2018. During his time in academia, Joe focused much of his efforts on activism; such as serving philanthropies to educate the minority youth, lobbying efforts to support immigration reform, and assisting with rebuilding efforts in low-income areas. These distinct accomplishments earned him the “Mean Green” Student Unity Award in 2012, an honor given to the student who promotes the most diversity within the North Texas community. After Joe graduated from Texas A&M University School of Law, he immediately established Benny’s Books, a nonprofit tax-exempt corporation aimed at fighting illiteracy and creating diversity in children’s fiction.
Matthew Quinn Soyars received his Bachelor’s degree from East Texas State University in 1996. Two years later, he graduated with his Master of Science in Business Administration from Texas A&M University. Dedicated to his educational pursuits, Matthew then went on to Thomas M. Cooley Law School in Lansing, Michigan where he received his Juris Doctorate in 2001. The following year, he was admitted to the Texas Bar and then to the Arkansas Bar in 2003.