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Clifford K. Bailey, III
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Clifford K. (Ford) Bailey, III

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Ford Bailey has a general civil litigation practice with an emphasis primarily in the defense of direct actions against insurance companies. Ford has represented insurance carriers at the trial and appellate level for over 40 years in a wide variety of insurance disputes involving all lines of insurance, including life, health, disability, property, casualty, automobile, and workers’ compensation policies. These include claims involving ERISA, misrepresentation in the procurement of various types of policies, disability, conditional receipts, accidental death, suicide, interpleaders, annuities, health insurance disputes, coverage disputes, uninsured motorist, hurricane, fire and other property/casualty claims, assigned risk coverage, employers’ liability, and workers’ compensation.

Ford has extensive experience at the trial and appellate level defending bad faith actions filed against insurers arising out of all types of insurance claims. Through his practice, Ford has developed a wide-ranging knowledge of the internal operations of insurance companies and has conducted in house training on the good faith handling of insurance claims and how to avoid bad faith. His clients are major national and international carriers and third party administrators. Ford also has twenty years of experience defending railroads in actions involving crossing accidents, FELA, derailments, and flood claims

Areas of Practice
  • Bad faith claims (all lines of insurance)
  • Life, health and disability insurance
  • Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA)
  • Automobile and uninsured motorist insurance
  • Property/casualty insurance
  • Coverage opinions and coverage actions
  • Railroad defense
  • Drainage/flood claims
  • Civil litigation in state and federal trial & appellate courts
Bar Admissions
  • Mississippi, 1979
  • U.S. District Court – Northern District of Mississippi, 1979
  • U.S. District Court – Southern District of Mississippi, 1979
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit, 1979
  • U.S. Supreme Court
Education
  • J.D., University of Mississippi School of Law
    • Mississippi Law Journal, 1977 – 1978, Articles Editor
  • B.B.A., University of Mississippi
    • With Distinction
    • Major: Economics
Honors and Awards
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rating
  • Best Lawyers in America (Insurance Law, Litigation- ERISA) – 2013- 2022
  • Best Lawyers in America “Lawyer of the Year” 2021- Litigation-ERISA
  • Mid-South Super Lawyer – 2006- 2020 and is recognized as a 10 year+ Mid-South Super Lawyer
  • The Top 50 Mississippi Super Lawyers List for 2011-2020
  • Benchmark Litigation “Local Litigation Star”- 2013- 2020
  • American Board of Trial Advocates- 2020
Reported Cases

Appellate Court Decisions

  • Samson v. Unum Life Ins. Co. of America, 300 So.2d 930 (Miss. 2020)
  • Liberty Insurance Corp. v. Tutor, — So.3d —, 2019 WL 5566235 (Miss. Ct. App. 2019)
  • Liberty Mutual Ins. Co. v. State ex rel. Hood, 277 So.3d 542 (Miss. 2019)
  • Safeco Insurance Co. of America v. State ex. rel. Hood, — So.3d —, 2019 WL 3955084 (Miss. 2019)
  • Williams v. Liberty Mutual Fire Ins. Co., — So.3d —, 2018 WL 6061017 (Miss. Ct. App. 2018)
    Williams v. Liberty Mutual Fire Ins. Co., 187 So.3d 166 (Miss. Ct. App. 2015)
  • Walls v. Franklin Corp., 177 So.3d 1156 (Miss. Ct. App. 2015)
  • Knights Marine & Indus. Services, Inc. v. Lee, 110 So.3d 795 (Miss. Ct. App. 2012)
  • Casey v. Liberty Mut. Ins. Co., 308 F. App’x. 743 (5th Cir. 2009)
  • Essinger v. Liberty Mut. Fire Ins. Co., 534 F.3d 450 (5th Cir. 2008)
  • Essinger v. Liberty Mut. Fire Ins. Co., 529 F.3d 264 (5th Cir. 2008)
  • McCord v. Healthcare Recoveries, Inc., 960 So. 2d 399 (Miss. 2007)
  • Confer v. UNUM Life Ins. Co. of Am., 221 F. App’x 304 (5th Cir. 2007)
  • Hand v. UNUM Provident Corp., 202 F. App’x 689 (5th Cir. 2006)
  • McDonald v. Entergy Operations, Inc., 167 F. App’x 373 (5th Cir. 2006)
  • Lynch v. Liberty Mut. Ins. Co., 909 So. 2d 1289 (Miss. Ct. App. 2005)
  • Means v. UNUM Life Ins. Co. of Am., 115 F. App’x 301 (5th Cir. 2004)
  • Woodmen of the World Life Ins. Co. v. Lewis, 118 F. App’x 826 (5th Cir. 2004
  • Pulmonary Advisory Servs., Inc. v. Aetna Life & Cas. Co., 58 F. App’x 597 (5th Cir. 2003)
  • Keszenheimer v. United Servs. Auto. Ass’n, 78 F. App’x 333 (5th Cir. 2003)
  • Green v. Wausau Ins. Co., 31 F. App’x 836 (5th Cir. 2002)
  • Provident Life & Accident Ins. Co. v. Goel, 274 F.3d 984 (5th Cir. 2001)
  • Hollis v. Provident Life & Accident Ins. Co., 259 F.3d 410 (5th Cir. 2001)
  • Bigelow v. United Healthcare of Miss., Inc., 220 F.3d 339 (5th Cir. 2000)
  • USAA Life Ins. Co. v. Keszenheimer, 209 F.3d 719 (5th Cir. 2000)
  • Brien v. Equitable Assurance Soc’y of the U.S., 211 F.3d 593 (5th Cir. 2000)
  • West v. First Allmerica Fin. Life Ins. Co., 167 F.3d 538 (5th Cir. 1998)
  • Delta Pride Catfish, Inc. v. Home Ins. Co., 697 So. 2d 400 (Miss. 1997)
  • Bailey Mortgage Co. v. Minn. Mut. Life Ins. Co., 723 So. 2d 1247 (Miss. Ct. App. 1996)
  • McPherson v. UNUM Life Ins. Co. of Am., 68 F.3d 469 (5th Cir. 1995)
  • Ill. Cent. R.R. Co. v. White, 610 So. 2d 308 (Miss. 1992)
  • Davis v. Ill. Cent. R.R. Co., 921 F.2d 616 (5th Cir. 1991)
  • CFC Fabrication, Inc. v. Dunn Constr. Co., 917 F.2d 1385 (5th Cir. 1990) (split decision)
  • Gladney v. Paul Revere Life Ins. Co., 895 F.2d 238 (5th Cir. 1990)
  • Mitcham v. Ill. Cent. Gulf R.R. Co., 513 So. 2d 880 (Miss. 1987)
  • Ford v. Lamar Life Ins. Co., 513 So. 2d 880 (Miss. 1987)
  • Lamar Life Ins. Co. v. Shaw, 502 So. 2d 323 (Miss. 1987)

District Court Opinions (excluding above cases)

  • Palmer v. Liberty Mut. Ins. Co., 2011 WL 284495 (S.D. Miss Jan. 25, 2011)
  • Lowery v. UNUM Life Ins. Co. of Am., No. 2:07cv254-KS-MTP, 2008 WL 1805747 (S.D. Miss.Apr. 18, 2008)
  • Kilgore v. Peoples Bank and Trust Co., No. 1:04CV374, 2006 WL 1984603 (N.D. Miss.July 12, 2006)
  • Sansone v. Liberty Mut. Ins. Co., No. 3:04CV-886BN, 2006 WL 286779 (S.D. Miss. Feb. 3, 2006)
  • McArthur v. Provident Life & Accident Ins. Co., No. 4:04CV186LN, 2005 WL 3502057 (S.D. Miss.Dec. 20, 2005)
  • Toney v. Lowery Woodyards, 278 F. Supp. 2d 786 (S.D. Miss. 2003)
  • Blue Diamond, Inc. v. Liberty Mut. Ins. Co., 21 F. Supp. 2d 631 (S.D. Miss. 1998)
  • Employers Reinsurance Corp. v. Martin, Gordon & Jones, Inc., 767 F. Supp. 1355 (S.D. Miss. 1991)
  • Freeman v. Mowdy, 743 F. Supp. 475 (S.D. Miss. 1990)
Associations and Memberships
  • The Mississippi Bar
  • Bench Bar Relations Committee
    • Former Member and Chairman
  • Task Force on Judicial Discipline (2005-06), Chairman
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Mississippi Defense Lawyers Association
  • Bar Association of the Fifth Federal Circuit
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
Past Employment Positions
  • Wells Marble & Hurst, PLLC- Attorney/Partner, 1979 – 1989
  • Wise Carter Child & Caraway, Attorney/Shareholder, 1989 – 2003
  • Wells Marble & Hurst, PLLC- Attorney/Member, 2003- Present
Fraternities / Sororities
  • Phi Delta Phi
  • Phi Kappa Phi
Birth Information
  • 1954, Grenada, Mississippi
Other
  • First Baptist Church Madison
    • Member
  • Madison Ridgeland Academy
    • Board Member (1990-1996, 1999-present)
    • Chairman (1993-1996, 2009-2011)
  • Metro Jackson Young Life
    • Former Board Member, Chairman
  • Madison-Ridgeland Youth Club
    • Former Board Member
  • Madison MS Airport Commission
    • Former Board Member
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