Mr. Bailey concentrates his practice in the areas of estate taxation and planning, asset protection planning, charitable gift planning, business succession planning and elder law.
Mr. Bailey received his B.A. with high honors from Millsaps College, Jackson, Mississippi, in 1986 and his J.D. from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1989. He is an alumnus of the Institute for Comparative Political and Economic Systems at Georgetown University, in Washington, D.C., and the London School of Economics, in London, England.
Mr. Bailey's professional associations include the American Bar Association (Real Property, Probate & Trust Section), Mississippi Bar Association, Memphis Estate Planning Council, Planned Giving Council of Greater Memphis and the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Mr. Bailey is an active participant in community affairs. While a resident of Jackson, Mississippi, he was a mayoral appointee to the City of Jackson Planning Board serving as Chairperson of the Zoning Committee and of the Capital Improvements Plan Committee from 1991 to 1994. He was a member of the Millsaps College Alumni Council, served on the Board of Trustees of the National Kidney Foundation of Mississippi, and was selected to serve on the Board of Directors of the Fondren Civitan Club. Mr. Bailey served on the Board and was elected President of his neighborhood association, Fondren-Cherokee Heights Neighborhood Association, Inc. After his relocation to Memphis, Mr. Bailey was elected to serve as a member of the Board of Directors of the West Tennessee Branch and the Tennessee Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. In 1998, he was appointed as Chairperson of the Planned Giving/Major Gifts Committee for the Tennessee Chapter. For 5 years, he represented the TN Chapter at the National Arthritis Foundation's Annual Planned Giving Conferences. In 1999, he was appointed to serve for a two (2) year term as Chairperson of the West Tennessee Branch Board of Directors of the Arthritis Foundation. Mr. Bailey served as the 2002-2003 President of the East Memphis Exchange Club and was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Exchange Club Family Center. He also was elected to serve as a member of, and provide charitable giving advice to, the Board of Directors of the Bird Dog Foundation.
In 2001, Mr. Bailey was selected by the Memphis Business Journal as one of the Mid-South's Top 40 Under 40. He has written articles for, and his advice has appeared in, the Commercial Appeal, the Memphis Business Journal, the Best Times, and the American Bar Association Probate & Property Journal. He is a frequent lecturer and presenter on estate planning issues to attorneys, accountants, financial planners and other professionals and to individuals in need of estate planning services.
Mr. Rhoads concentrates his practice in comprehensive elder care planning and estate planning, with a focus on Veterans benefits. Mr. Rhoads is an accredited attorney with the Department of Veterans Affairs. Mr. Rhoads received his B.A. with honors from Mississippi State University in 2003 and his J.D. from Texas Wesleyan University School of Law, Fort Worth, in 2007. Mr. Rhoads was a national finalist in the 2007 ABA National Moot Court Competition, having authored his team's appellate brief, which placed second in the nation. He was awarded Order of the Barristers in May of 2007. Active in sports, Mr. Rhoads enjoys recreational soccer, basketball, running, and lifting weights. He and his wife attend First Evangelical Church. Mr. Rhoads is admitted to practice in Tennessee and is a member ofthe Tennessee and Memphis Bar Associations.
Mrs. Bailey serves as the Firm Administrator and as such handles accounts receivable, accounts payable, banking, benefits, payroll and strategic planning for the firm. Prior to this, she worked as a Litigation Paralegal for over a decade at both private practice law firms and corporate legal departments.
Mrs. Bailey received her B.A. in Political Science from Millsaps College in 1994 and her MBA from Union University in 2011.
Mrs. Bailey’s professional associations include Society for Human Resource Management, Memphis SHRM and the National Notary Association.
Presently, Mrs. Bailey serves on the Alumni Board for Millsaps College (www.millsaps.edu) as Vice-President and the Chapter Development Chair. In addition, she is the current President of the Memphis Alumni Chapter of Millsaps College. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Leadership Empowerment Center (www.lecmemphis.org) in Frayser, formerly known as Youth Visions, Inc. She and her husband, Mac Bailey, serve on the President's Board for Harding Academy and she personally serves on the Parent Board of Harding Academy at White Station where she is also a Home Room Mother.
Past service includes Treasurer of the Sea Isle Park Neighborhood Association and President of the Memphis Alumnae Chapter of Delta Delta Delta.
When she is not working, Mrs. Bailey enjoys spending time with her husband and son, riding bikes on the Greenline and having fun in the sun at Greers Ferry lake.
Diana L. Beyersdorf, Estate & Business Planning Paralegal
Mrs. Beyersdorf joined The Bailey Law Firm in March 2008 as an Estate & Business Planning Paralegal. With over 20 years experience as a legal assistant concentrating in the areas of estate planning, taxation and estate administration. Mrs. Beyersdorf attends New Hope Christian Church in Bartlett, Tennessee, with her husband and is an avid supporter of St. Jude Children's Research Hospital. She enjoys spending her free time with her family.
Patricia J. Faulkner, Office Manager & Legal Administrative Assistant
Mrs. Faulkner's duties include client communication, calendaring, contact database maintenance, document generation, and general office management. Mrs. Faulkner's past employment history includes various administrative assistant positions with several local corporations in the areas of research and development, and marketing. Mrs. Faulkner has attended numerous legal assistant classes and seminars in the areas of estate planning and probate, and is proficient in most computer software applications. Mrs. Faulkner devotes much of her personal time to her family and to her church.
Chris M. Knudsen, Aging Consultant & Marketing Director
Mrs. Knudsen joined The Bailey Law Firm in August of 2011 as an Elder Law Paralegal. Currently, she is the firm's Aging Consultant & Marketing Director.
Prior to her employment at The Bailey Law Firm, Mrs. Knudsen worked as a legal contractor for 12 years in a corporate legal department as well as municipal court.
Mrs. Knudsen presently serves on the Advisory Council for Alzheimer's Day Services of Memphis, and is an Advisory Board Member for the Semmes-Murphey Foundation. She and her family are active in their church, East Side Baptist.
Celia A. Strang, Probate Paralegal and Litigation Coordinator
Ms. Strang earned her B.S.Ed. from The University of Memphis in 1998, with high honors. Ms. Strang brings a strong history of legal and administrative experience to The Bailey Law Firm, including over twenty years as a legal assistant and paralegal for private law firms with practice areas including litigation, banking, real estate, estate planning, and probate work.
Ms. Strang’s paralegal duties encompass the administration of decedents’ estates and trusts, adult conservatorships, and minor guardianships. She also serves as litigation coordinator.