Laura Bailey

Laura Bailey
Laura Bailey
• Associate Attorney

Laura Bailey serves as associate attorney for The Crone Law Firm, PLC. She earned her undergraduate degree from The University of Tennessee and her juris doctor from the University of Memphis’ Cecil C. Humphreys School of Law. Licensed in the state of Tennessee, Laura practices in areas including employment law, personal injury and worker’s compensation. She is a member of the American Bar Association’s Labor and Employment Law Section and the Tennessee Association for Justice. In addition, she regularly provides pro bono representation for TennCare waiver recipients.

A native Memphian, Laura’s first job in the legal profession was as an attorney at Hill Boren’s Jackson, TN offices.

Laura and her husband, Mark, reside in Memphis, TN. When she is not working, she enjoys renovating the house, traveling and spending time with friends and family.

Her favorite aspect about working at The Crone Law Firm? Working creatively to solve problems for clients.

Most rewarding moment at work: Each time I help a client reach a practical, legal solution.

Favorite vacation spot: Gulf coast – white sand and beautiful water are only a day’s car ride away.

Favorite sports team to root for: University of Tennessee (Go Vols!)

CV / Resume


UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT, Western District of Tennessee,  June 2011

UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT, Middle District of Tennessee,  October 2011



Juris Doctor, May 2008

Highest academic performance in Remedies course, “Cali Award,” Spring 2008

Graduate assistant, Law Library Information Technology department, Spring 2008

National Mock Trial Traveling Team Member, selected for one of two active attorney roles out of school-wide tryouts, Fall 2007-Spring 2008

Moot Court Board First Year Competition Committee Member, co-authored a bench brief which was used in the First Year Legal Methods curriculum, Summer
2007-Spring 2008

Moot Court Board Member, selected to serve based on past performance in intramural competitions and acted as a student judge in intramural moot court and
mock trial competitions, Spring 2007-Spring 2008

Advanced Moot Court Competition, Third Place Finalist out of thirty-five teams, Fall 2006

Dean’s Award for Excellence, Best Oral Advocate Legal Methods Adjunct, Spring 2006


Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Cum Laude, December 2003



Associate Attorney
December 2011-present

Manage 90-110 active personal injury cases in lead attorney role

Ensure compliance with Medicare, Medicaid, ERISA and workers’ compensation reimbursement statute, regulations, and case law

Advise clients about litigation process and use a pragmatic approach to solve clients’ real-world problems such as obtaining medical treatment, returning
to work, and understanding effects of settlements on supplemental disability benefits, social security benefits and tax liability

Prepare cases for trial including engaging expert witnesses, obtaining medical proof, and arguing pre-trial motions


Jackson, TN

Associate Attorney
October 2008- December 2011

Authored winning appellate brief in Gerdau Ameristeel, Inc. v. Steven Ratliff, 368 S.W. 3d 503

(Tenn. 2012)(en banc) (holding that the discovery rule applies to toll statute of limitations prescribed by the Tennessee Workers’ Compensation Act after
the legislature amended the Act calling into question whether an accident or an injury triggered the running of the statute of limitations)

Participated as third chair in five-week medical malpractice trial resulting in confidential settlement

Authored successful Rule 11 motion for interlocutory review and winning appellate brief in Elliott v. Cobb, 320 S.W.3d 246 (Tenn. 2010)(holding
that section 29-26-117 of the Tennessee Medical Malpractice Act permits the suggestion of the value of non-economic damages to the jury)

Drafted winning appellate brief and argued case for supervising attorney, who was unable to attend oral argument, in a negligence case against governmental
entity, Currie v. Haywood County, 2011 WL 86805, No. W2010-004530-COA-R3CV, (March 10, 2011 Tenn. Ct. App.)

Provided strategic and tactical direction to partners and associates based on the current status of the law

Simultaneously managed attorney-legal assistant teams to accomplish time sensitive case project work by coordinating accurate time lines and delegating

Drafted appellate briefs, pleadings, motions, memoranda and responses to dispositive motions, discovery motions, and motions in limine in personal injury cases, including medical malpractice, product liability, premises liability, and workers’ compensation cases

Researched and analyzed complex issues of law including:

use of stipulated discovery deposition in federal court after death of surgeon expert in medical malpractice case, distinction between ordinary negligence and medical malpractice before the Tennessee

Supreme Court’s decision in Estate of French v. Stratford House legal issues associated with filing under 2008 and 2009 notice and good faith provisions of Tennessee Medical Malpractice Act


Memphis, TN

Westlaw Student Account Representative
May 2006-September 2008

Led and trained co-workers on research skills and teaching techniques

Conducted individual and student group training sessions with up to 150 students on research/user skills including database research methods

Answered student and faculty research, technical, and user questions

Promoted Westlaw use among students and faculty by coordinating and hosting events and programs that resulted in 20% increase in student preference for Westlaw


Memphis, TN

Merchant Approval Representative
April 2004-August 2005

Analyzed and evaluated creditworthiness of merchant applicants based on credit history, application accuracy, and community ties to meet daily deadlines

Supervised sales representatives’ revisions of perspective merchant applications to increase approval rates

Researched merchant settlement inquires to resolve disputes

Negotiated approval of Visa/MasterCard merchants with American Express and Discover Card merchant services

Advised development team on transition from paper to electronic application processing


Pro bono representation of developmentally disabled adult to protect TennCare benefits

Secretary for Medical Malpractice and State Constitutional Challenge litigation groups of the

Tennessee Association for Justice, 2008- May 2012

Board Member at large for Madison County Young Lawyers Division, May 2011- Dec. 2012

Secretary for Madison County Young Lawyers Division, May 2010-May 2011

Coached Sacred Heart of Jesus High School mock trial team, 2009 & 2010