Rebecca S. Bailey
Associate

T:     (713) 554-6762
rbailey@thompsonhorton.com

Education
  • J.D., with honors, The University of Cincinnati College of Law, 2007
  • Bachelors Degree in Elementary Education and Bachelors Degree in French, Magna Cum Laude, Georgetown College, 2003

Bar Admissions

  • Texas

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of Texas
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit

Affiliations

  • State Bar of Texas, School Law Section
  • Texas Association of School Boards -- Council of School Attorneys
  • Houston Bar Association
  • Education Law Association
  • Houston Young Lawyers Association

 

 

 

Rebecca Bailey represents and counsels public school districts, junior and community colleges, universities and other governmental entities concerning all areas of education and government law including labor and employment matters, special education law, student discipline concerns, employee grievances and terminations, contracts and service agreements, governmental immunity, civil rights matters, and state and federal litigation. She advocates for her clients before the Texas Education Agency, the EEOC, the Office for Civil Rights, and other administrative and regulatory agencies. Ms. Bailey also handles employment discrimination and civil rights cases, including claims brought under the First and Fourteenth Amendments, Title VII, Title IX, the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA).


Prior to joining Thompson & Horton, Ms. Bailey litigated complex matters on behalf of corporations, individuals, and governmental entities, practicing in both state and federal court.  Her former supervisor is Filemon B. Vela, Jr., U.S. Congressman for the 34th District of Texas.  Before becoming an attorney, she taught fifth grade in Houston, Texas.

 

representative publications and Speeches

 

Texas Association of School Administrators/Texas Association of School Boards, Annual Convention, October 2015, “Reassignment: Basic Law and the Latest Court Challenge”

Region 4 Educational Service Center Seminar, September 2015, “How to Handle Bullying, Discipline and Other Student Issues in the World of Social Media”

Region 4 Educational Service Center Seminar, September 2014, “Update on Student First Amendment Issues”

representative CASES

 

Fort Bend Independent School District v. Alice Gayle; Cause No. 01-11-00788-CV; In the First Court of Appeals for the State of Texas (Texas Whistleblower Act)

Alanna Bridges v. Katy Independent School District., C.A. No. 4:13-cv-00033; In  the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division (race discrimination and retaliation under Title VII)

Romona Mayeaux v. Houston Independent School District et al,C.A. No. 3:11-cv-00242; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Galveston Division (military discrimination under USERRA)

Fort Bend Independent School District v. Alice Gayle, Cause No. 01-11-00788-CV; In the First Court of Appeals for the State of Texas

Julie Fairchild Rollins v. Liberty Independent School District, Cause No. CV1408784; In the 75th Judicial District Court of Liberty County, Texas (procedural and substantive due process)

Isaac Phillips v. Houston Independent School District, et al.; C.A. No. 4:13-cv-02935; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division (substantive due process/state created danger pursuant to § 1983)

Kmiya Ransom v. San Jacinto Junior College, et al,Cause No. 4:13-cv-01743; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas Houston Division (Title VII race discrimination; contract dispute; due process)

Jim Sadler v. Needville Independent School District; C.A. No. 12-DCV-198053; In the 434th Judicial District Court for Fort Bend County, Texas (gender discrimination; sexual harassment; hostile work environment under TCHRA)

Mary King-White, et al. v. Humble Independent School District, et al., Civil Action No. 14-20778; In the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (Title IX; due process; discrimination and harassment via § 1983)

Nita J. Criddle v. Houston Independent School District; Cause No. 4:13-cv-00558; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas; Houston Division  (age discrimination under ADEA; FMLA)

Thomas Churin, individually and Thomas Churin, as next friend of R.P. v. Huntsville Independent School District et al; Civil Action No. 4:15-CV-00220; In the United States District Court for the Southern District of Texas, Houston Division (free speech)

Carlos Gonzalez v. Abel Huerta, Case No. 15-20212; In the United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit (illegal detention; false arrest; excessive force; qualified immunity appeal)