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Rebekah L. Bailey

Overview

Rebekah L. Bailey is a tireless advocate committed to civil rights and social justice.  She primarily represents large groups of employees and consumers across the country in complex class and collective action lawsuits, fighting against discrimination, government fraud, wage theft, and unfair business practices.  She also assists employees with individual disputes, defending professional clients with licensing issues or contract negotiations, and alleging claims of discrimination, sex harassment, and denial of benefits.  In both employment and consumer cases, through individual and class representation, Rebekah helps people find their voice through legal action.

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Biography

Rebekah has dedicated her practice to the representation of everyday people. Rebekah focuses primarily on complex litigation, including qui tam actions, as well as class and collective action litigation and vigorously advocates for large groups of employees and consumers throughout the country.  She has over a decade of experience litigating cases in court and arbitration, successfully first chairing a bench trial and defeating primary affirmative defenses through summary judgment on multiple cases.  She has spoken at national conferences on various topics such as electronic discovery, arbitration, equal pay, and various wage and hour issues.  Rebekah is a founding member of the firm’s Civil Rights and Impact team and Consumer Class Action Group, and she has also served as a member of the firm's National Wage and Hour Team.  She leads the firm's e-discovery committee. 

Rebekah has been committed to helping those in need throughout her career.  Rebekah volunteers through Mid-Minnesota Legal Aid’s Housing Court ERP Project, helping tenants remain in their homes and obtain expungements of eviction actions.  In law school, she served as the executive editor of the Journal of Law and Inequality. She previously volunteered with the Michigan Migrant Legal Assistance Project, a non-profit legal organization that provides legal services to indigent migrant farm workers while focusing on wage and hour and landlord/tenant disputes.  Rebekah also teaches practical lawyering skills to law students at the University of Minnesota. 

Admissions & Education

  • California Supreme Court
  • Minnesota Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
  • U.S. District Court – Central District of California
  • U.S. District Court – District of Minnesota
  • U.S. District Court – Eastern District of California
  • U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Michigan
  • U.S. District Court – Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of California
  • U.S. District Court – Southern District of California
  • U.S. District Court – Western District of Tennessee
  • U.S. District Court – Western District of Texas
  • U.S. District Court – Western District of Wisconsin
  • J.D. University of Minnesota Law School, 2008, magna cum laude
  • B.S. Grand Valley State University, 2004, magna cum laude

Speaking Engagements & Publications

  • "Crafting eDiscovery Requests with Specificity", The Sedona Conference Working Group 1 Midyear Meeting, Charlotte, North Carolina, 2019.
  • "The Big Impact of the New Amended Minnesota Rules of Civil Procedure - 7 Ways They are Changing Discovery Practice", MN-CLE’s Strategic Solutions for Solo & Small Firms Conference, Duluth, Minnesota, 2019.
  • "But I've Always Done It This Way: Tips for More Effective Documents Requests and Responses", Seminar for the Minnesota Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota 2019.
  • "So-Called 'Discovery on Discovery'", Complex Litigation eDiscovery Forum, Minneapolis, Minnesota 2019.
  • "How Do We Keep Women Practicing Law?", Hennepin County Bar Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota 2019.
  • "Anatomy of an Equal Pay Act Class and Collective Action." ABA/LEL FLSL Committee Midwinter Meeting, Playa del Carmen, Mexico 2019.
  • "A Practical Guide to Early Discovery." Minnesota CLE, Quick-Draw Litigation Seminar, Minneapolis, Minnesota 2019.
  • “Arbitration Strategy and Tactics.” Upper Midwest Employment Law Institute, St. Paul, Minnesota 2018.
  • “ESI & The Rule 26 Conference: Everything You Need to Know.” NELA’s Spring Conference, ESI & Technology for the Plaintiff’s Employment Lawyer, Vienna, Virginia 2018.
  • “Practical E-Discovery Strategies for the Plaintiff’s Lawyer.” NELA’s 8th Circuit Conference, Minneapolis, Minnesota 2018.
  • "The Changing Nature of Independent Contractor vs. Employee, and Who Is a Joint Employer in the Gig Economy?" Minnesota CLE’s Labor & Employment Institute 2017.
  • "Trump Administration's Wage and Hour Priorities -- The Fate of the Overtime Regulations, Administrator Interpretations and Opinion Letters, and Enforcement Priorities", Co-Presenter, Webinar, New York, New York, PLI 2017.
  • “The Scourge of Bankruptcy: Successful Strategies to Collect Judgments & Prevent Employers from Dissipating Assets.” NELA’s Litigating Wage & Hour Cases: Challenges and Opportunities Conference. Silver Spring, Maryland 2017.
  • “Effective Strategies for Equal Pay Litigation: Addressing the Recent Rapid Rise in Equal Pay Class Actions, Understanding and Mastering the Unique Nuances of These Cases and Mitigating Your Litigation Risks.” ACI’s 30th National Forum on Wage & Hour Claims and Class Actions. New York, New York 2017.
  • “The Do’s and Don’ts of Employment Arbitrations.” Hennepin County Bar Association. Minneapolis, Minnesota 2017.
  • “The Intersection of Wage & Hour and EPLI.” Employment Practices Liability Insurance National Conference, New York, New York 2016.
  • “Arbitration on the Wage & Hour Front: Tips, Strategies and Best Practices.” ACI’s National Forum on Wage & Hour Claims and Class Actions, San Francisco, California 2015.
  • "The Carrot and the Stick: How to Effectively Use Rule 68 Offers and When to Reject Them ." Federal Bar Association Annual Meeting and Convention, Salt Lake City, Utah 2015.
  • ​"Required Without Pay: Deconstructing Integrity Staffing v. Busk." Minnesota State Bar Association CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 2015.
  • "The New Lawyer Experience; Everything But the Kitchen Sink? Conducting Effective and Efficient Written Discovery." Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota 2015.
  • “Making it Rain: High Stakes Exotic Dancer Litigation in Federal Court.” Federal Bar Association Webinar CLE Series 2014.
  • "20 Tips to Make Litigation Practice Just a Little Easier." Strategic Solutions for Solo and Small Firms Conference, Duluth, Minnesota 2013.
  • "Your Boss Did What? Employment Law 101 and the ABC's of Finding a Good Case." Strategic Solutions for Solo and Small Firms Conference, Duluth, Minnesota 2012.
  • Panelist for "Dealing with Difficult Opposing Counsel: A panel of experienced practitioners share insights into this challenging aspect of your practice.” Strategic Solutions for Solo and Small Firms Conference, Duluth, Minnesota 2012.
  • “Class Action Waivers in Arbitration Agreements: The state of the law one year after AT&T Mobility v. Concepcion, 131 S. Ct. 1720 (2011).” Hennepin County Bar Association, Minneapolis, Minnesota 2012.
  • "Pressing Forward: Connecticut’s Approach to Embryonic Stem Cell Research", 26 LAW & INEQ. 13 (2008).

Titles, Awards, & Memberships

  • Named to the Super Lawyers list, Minnesota Super Lawyers, Minneapolis/St. Paul Magazine, and Twin Cities Business, 2014 to 2019
  • Named to The Top Women Attorneys in Minnesota List, 2014 to 2019
  • Named to Lawdragon 500 Leading Plaintiff Employment Lawyers list, 2018-2019
  • Award for Excellence in Labor and Employment Law, ABA-BNA, 2008
  • Practitioner Instructor for Law in Practice series, University of Minnesota School of Law, 2018 to present
  • Working Group 1 Committee Member, The Sedona Conference, 2017 to present
  • Vice Chair of the Treatise Committee for the ABA/LEL section, 2018 to present
  • ABA/LEL CLE Coordinating & Resources Committee Liaison to the FLSL Standing Committee, 2017 to present
  • Associate Chapter Editor for the ABA FLSA Annual Midwinter Report, 2014 to present
  • Contributor for the ABA FLSA Annual Midwinter Report, 2011 to 2014
  • Contributor for the ABA FMLA Annual Midwinter Report, 2009 to 2012
  • Alumni Advisory Journal of Law & Inequality Board Member, 2011 to 2014
  • American Bar Association Member
  • Federal Bar Association Member
  • National Employment Lawyers Association Minnesota Chapter Member
  • National Employment Lawyers Association Member
  • California State Bar Association Member
  • Minnesota State Bar Association Member

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