Princeton, West Virginia Personal Injury and Employment Law Attorney
Kathryn (Kay) Reed Bayless is the founder and principal attorney at the Bayless Law Firm, PLLC, a Princeton law firm serving Charleston and southern West Virginia in the areas of personal injury, medical malpractice, nursing home neglect, social security disability and employment law.
Ms. Bayless began her legal career as Senior Law Clerk to U.S. District Judge William M. Kidd and later went on to become the first woman to open a private law practice in Princeton. In her over 35 years of legal practice, she has represented thousands of individuals, providing sound legal advice and counsel, and litigation representation when necessary.
Kay Bayless is the 2010 recipient of the Wiedeman and Wysocki service award from the American Association for Justice and was named Trial Lawyer of the Year in 2010 by the West Virginia Association for justice. She has been recognized by The National Trial Lawyers as a top trial attorney in West Virginia and has been named a “Super Lawyer” for seven consecutive years and a “Best Lawyer in West Virginia” for eight years running.
Kay is active in the legal community and is a frequent presenter and lecturer at legal seminars. She is also active in the broader Princeton community at large, serving on boards and supporting senior citizen organizations, the Salvation Army, and local athletic teams.
- J.D., West Virginia University College of Law (1979)
- B. S. (Business Administration), West Virginia University (1976)
- B.S. (Chemistry), Concord University (1972)
- West Virginia State Courts
- U. S. District Court, Northern District of West Virginia
- U. S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia
- U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit Court
- U. S. Supreme Court
- West Virginia State Bar (Member, Board of Governors, 1996-99, 2011-2014)
- West Virginia Association for Justice (Member, Board of Governors)
- American Association for Justice (Member, Board of Governors, 2005-2011)
- The National Trial Lawyers (Membership by invitation only)
- Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference (Permanent Member since 1983)
- Academy of Trial Advocacy
- Public Justice Foundation
- West Virginia Bar Foundation
- West Virginia Employment Lawyers Association
- National Employment Lawyers Association
- National Organization of Social Security Claimants Representatives