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Miriam E. Bailey, 35

Counsel, Graves Garrett, Kansas City

Practice areas: Litigation, appeals

Law school: University of Missouri-Kansas City


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When the Federal Trade Commission pursued a preliminary injunction against a Bitcoin mining equipment client, attorneys knew they wanted Miriam Bailey on the defense team.

Bailey, then with Polsinelli and now with Graves Garrett, was the primary drafting attorney for the preliminary-injunction defense of Butterfly Labs. In December, a federal judge denied the FTC’s intended injunction against the Overland Park, Kansas-based company, though the case remains ongoing.

Bailey’s other legal victories since graduating magna cum laude from both her undergraduate college, William Jewell, and law school, include winning, as a solo chair in a bench trial, a complete defense judgment for a national restaurant chain in a commercial lease dispute.

Working pro bono through Legal Aid of Western Missouri’s Volunteer Attorney Project, Bailey, the mother of three boys, also helped a woman obtain guardianship of a boy whom the client had cared for since he was abandoned as a baby.

What is your greatest accomplishment to date?

Being a mom.

Who is your legal hero?

Abraham Lincoln. He masterfully used lawyering skills in everything he did: He read people, appealed to their temperaments and prejudices, and wrote and spoke clearly and persuasively.

What was your least favorite law school class?

Secured Transactions.

What has been your favorite moment as an attorney so far?

The moment I received a call informing me that a complete defense judgment had been entered in my client’s favor in my first solo-tried case.

If you hadn’t become a lawyer, what profession would you have chosen?

History teacher

What do you do for fun?

Play with my three boys, read nonfiction, pursue good food, and cheer for the Royals, Sporting, and Chiefs.

What is something that would surprise people about you?

I’m afraid of heights (but not of flying).

What simple piece of advice do you have for young lawyers?

Write concisely.