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Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP

C. Bailey King

C. Bailey King



  • Antitrust and Competition
  • Class Actions
  • Appellate

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Bradley Arant Boult Cummings LLP
North Carolina, U.S.A.

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Antitrust Group
Dispute Resolution Group
Intellectual Property Group
Trade and Investment Group

Recognized as one of the Top 25 Lawyers in Charlotte by Super Lawyers, Bailey King is a partner and trial attorney with over 15 years of experience representing businesses and individuals in complex commercial litigation. He has tried numerous bet-the-company and other high-profile matters to verdict on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants. With the benefit of his trial and litigation experience, Bailey is also able to effectively counsel his clients on strategies to avoid potential litigation and to negotiate favorable settlements before trial. In recent years, he has focused his practice in the areas of intellectual property litigation (including trade secrets, trademarks, copyrights, and patents), securities and investment disputes, and complex contractual disputes. 

Over the course of his career, Bailey has handled a wide variety of matters in state and federal courts across North Carolina, including significant experience in the North Carolina Business Court, as well as the Business Courts in Georgia and Connecticut. He has also represented clients in courts throughout the country, including in California, Florida, Iowa, New York, and South Carolina.

Bailey’s recent experience includes:

  • Representing a supplier of safety equipment to the utility industry in a trade secret misappropriation case in the North Carolina Business Court after the company hired a competitor’s salespeople, resulting in a complete defense verdict at trial.
  • Representing the City of St. Petersburg, Florida, in obtaining a jury verdict of $10.4 million arising out of investment losses suffered after Lehman Brothers collapsed during the financial crisis of 2008.
  • Representing the family of Jeffrey Williams, an 11-year-old boy who died of carbon monoxide poisoning in a hotel, in a wrongful death lawsuit settled shortly before trial for $12.1 million.

Bailey is recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® in the areas of commercial litigation and intellectual property litigation and in North Carolina Super Lawyers as one of the Top 100 Lawyers in North Carolina for business litigation and one of the Top 25 Lawyers in Charlotte. In 2015, he was selected as one of Business North Carolina’s “Legal Elite” in litigation. He is a past chair of the Antitrust and Complex Business Dispute Section of the North Carolina Bar Association and is currently serving as vice-chair of the North Carolina Association of Defense Attorneys Commercial Litigation Section. In 2019, Bailey was inducted into the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel, an organization comprised of peer-reviewed, premier defense and corporate counsel. Bailey is also a frequent author and presenter on issues related to trade secrets, securities law, and other litigation-related topics.

In the community, Bailey is an elder at Selwyn Presbyterian Church, where he chairs the Personnel Committee. He has also served on the Board of Directors for the Wofford College Terrier Club, which raises scholarship funds for student-athletes. He is the chair of the Selection Committee and a member of the Executive Committee for the Charlotte Sports Foundation “Leatherheads” volunteer arm, which is responsible for bringing and hosting sporting events in Charlotte, including the “Duke’s Mayo Bowl” and the ACC Football Championship.

Bar Admissions

  • North Carolina, 2005

Court Admissions
  • United States Supreme Court
  • United States Court of Appeals, 4th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 8th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals, 11th Circuit
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
  • United States District Court, Middle District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of North Carolina
  • United States District Court, Western District of North Carolina


  • University of North Carolina School of Law, J.D., 2005, with high honors; Order of the Coif
  • Wofford College, B.A., Finance, 2002, summa cum laude; Phi Beta Kappa
Areas of Practice

Antitrust and Competition | Appellate | Class Actions | Commercial Leasing | Complex Business Litigation | Copyrights | Corporate and Securities | Employee Benefits and Executive Compensation | Financial Services Litigation | Financial Services Litigaton | Food, Beverage and Hospitality | Franchise and Distribution | Intellectual Property | Intellectual Property and Competitive Practices Litigation | International and Cross Border | Life, Health and Disability Litigation | Litigation | Mergers and Acquisitions | Patents and Patent Litigation | Private Companies | Retail | Securities and Shareholder Litigation | Trade Secrets | Trademarks

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