including the Las Vegas Business Press, Nevada Business maga-zine, Chambers USA, Super Lawyers, and Benchmark: Litigation and Best Lawyers in America. Stability and Longevity Through Mentoring One of the many reasons Bailey Kennedy maintains its leadership position in its practice areas is its long-term stability, which is in large part due to a mentoring process be-gun before the firm was even formed. All four partners began their legal careers and their professional rela-Keeping the Client’s Best Interest tionships at what was then one of the in the Foreground largest firms in Nevada. The mentoring process begun Bailey, who had served a summer at their previous law firm is one as a law clerk in 1984, joined that of the key factors in the success of firm as an associate in 1985, the year Bailey Kennedy. Mentoring is how he graduated from law school. Ken-the partners met, how they grew to nedy was his mentor. Bailey says of know and respect each other, and the experience, “My first legal expe-how they keep a successful law firm riences were at the hands of Dennis. on a continuing path to even more The training and the experience I success. received under his guidance were in-Clients and other observers notice valuable. Back then and today, Den-that the attorneys and the staff really nis is regarded by his peers as one are passionate about the law and cli-of the best lawyers in the state and ent service. O’Hearn states, “John country. He understands what needs has been practicing law almost 30 to be done from an ethical stand-years and Dennis almost 40 years point as well as the nuts and bolts of and they’re still like kids at Christ-practicing law.” They quickly devel-Partners Sarah Harmon and Joshua Dickey mas when a new case comes in.” oped what many would call an ideal The firm calls itself a “teaching law firm” in the best sense of teacher/student relationship. that phrase. Associates are paired with partners so that they can Dickey was recruited by Bailey out of law school to work at the prior firm. Bailey and Kennedy served as Dickey’s mentors and learn and experience the law and the legal profession at the side of experts in the field. This benefits not only the associates and the Harmon was mentored by Kennedy. The four did not realize it firm, but also their clients who enjoy a greater level of service and at the time, but the foundation of a future team had been created. increased savings. The client gets the best of both possible worlds. In 2001, after serving 16 years at the firm, Bailey decided to Management practices a legitimate open-door policy. Harmon leave. He says, “I wanted to do things a little differently and set my says, “(the policy) strives to give associates the opportunity to own course. I wanted to have an environment best suited for my accompany the partners along every step of the process – client abilities and the practice of law. It wasn’t that I was unhappy. There consultations, depositions, hearings, and trial. It’s not a hierarchy was no disagreement or acrimony. I had just reached a point in my where they do nothing but research. We want to make this an at-life where I wanted to try it on my own.” mosphere where we are able to impart wisdom and experience.” Kennedy says of the departure, “I was very sad and sorry when Dickey says, “When you involve associates, they’re in and they’ve he decided to leave, but I understand why he did it.” got a stake in the outcome as well. The whole firm is empowered. Alice O’Hearn, who had been Bailey’s assistant for 13 years, left When I came and joined John, I knew what I had to say was lis-with him and the two became the entire management and staff of tened to.” the Law Offices of John R. Bailey. O’Hearn is still with the firm and One way of serving the clients’ best interests is the firm’s rejec-now serves as Bailey Kennedy’s legal administrator. tion of the “eat what you kill” ethos found in some law firms in One of the first persons Bailey hired was Joshua Dickey who Volume 1, Issue 4 Attorney at Law Magazine® Greater Las Vegas | 11 Photography by Eric Jamison/Studio J Inc. joined the firm in 2003. When Kennedy decided to make a change in 2006, he joined his former mentee and the firm of Bailey Ken-nedy, LLP was formed. Harmon followed the same path and joined the firm one month later. Harmon was made a partner in 2011. Kennedy says of the arrangement, “Sometimes you find law part-ners who become friends, and with John and me, we were great friends who became partners.” The team has worked smoothly and effectively and has expanded just as efficiently to meet the needs of a growing cli-ent base.