Hon. Mark B. Bailus is a longtime resident of Las Vegas, Nevada. He is a graduate of Valley High School in Las Vegas and the University of Nevada, Las Vegas where he earned his Bachelor of Arts in political science in 1976. Mr. Bailus then went on to receive his Juris Doctor from Pepperdine University School of Law. After graduating from law school in 1979, Mr. Bailus returned to Las Vegas where he currently resides with his wife of 33 years, Stephanie Bailus. Mr. Bailus and his wife, Stephanie, have two adult children. Their daughter, Brittni Bailus, is an attorney at law in Las Vegas while their son, Blake Bailus, is attending Columbia University School of Law.
Initially, Mr. Bailus was an associate for Michael A. Cherry in the law firm of Manos & Cherry, Ltd. from 1980 to 1987. Thereafter, Mr. Bailus was a sole practitioner from 1987 to 1990. In January, 1991, Mr. Bailus and Mr. Cherry formed the law firm of Cherry & Bailus. In January, 1993, George P. Kelesis joined the firm of Cherry & Bailus to form Cherry, Bailus & Kelesis. Mr. Bailus was a partner in the law firm of Cherry & Bailus from 1991 through 1992 and then later a partner in Cherry, Bailus & Kelesis from 1993 to 1997. Mr. Bailus practiced primarily in the areas of personal injury, family law, probate, gaming, bankruptcy and administrative law, civil and criminal litigation and appeals (state and federal). Mr. Bailus, along with Mr. Cherry, were lead counsel for the personal injury plaintiffs (except for one), in the mass tort litigation known as the “Pepcon Explosion Litigation” resulting in a multi-million dollar settlement for the plaintiffs.
In June, 1997, Mr. Bailus accepted a position as a Deputy for the Clark County Special Public Defender’s Office. Under Nevada Supreme Court Rule 250, Mr. Bailus readily qualified for representation of defendants in capital murder cases. As an experienced litigator and appellate practitioner, Mr. Bailus was responsible for all appeals of capital murder cases to the Nevada Supreme Court as well as maintaining a criminal trial practice while at the Special Public Defender’s Office.
Then in November, 1998, Mr. Bailus left the employment of the Clark County Special Public Defenders Office and accepted a position as Associate General Counsel, and was later General Counsel, for Nevada Beverage Company, an Anhauser-Busch wholesalership. Mr. Bailus practiced primarily in the areas of corporate, business, commercial, administrative and employment law as well as civil litigation.
Mr. Bailus left his former employment in July, 2004, and with Mr. Kelesis, formed the law firm of Bailus Kelesis, Ltd. In August, 2005, Bailus Kelesis, Ltd. merged with the law firm of Marc P. Cook & Associates, to form Bailus Cook & Kelesis, Ltd. Although the firm maintained a general law practice with emphasis on taxation and commercial litigation, business, corporate, criminal tax law and “white collar” crimes, Mr. Bailus practiced primarily in the areas of complex civil and criminal litigation and appeals (state and federal). While at Bailus Cook & Kelesis, Mr. Bailus was appointed by the Clark County Commissioners to the Ombudsperson Panel to represent the deceased family and public at the Police Fatality Public Fact-Finding Review hearings.
Mr. Bailus was admitted to practice in all Courts for the State of Nevada in 1980; in the United States District Court, District of Nevada in 1980; United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit in 1982; United States Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit in 1991; and the United States Supreme Court in 1985.
Mr. Bailus’ professional affiliations have included the State Bar of Nevada; American Bar Association; Clark County Bar Association; Association of Trial Lawyers of America; Nevada Justice Association; Nevada Attorneys for Criminal Justice; and Association of Corporate Counsel. Mr. Bailus also was a panel member of the Southern Nevada Disciplinary Board for the State Bar of Nevada.
Having demonstrated a high degree of peer recognition and professional competence, placing him in the top 10% of all attorneys in the United States, Mr. Bailus has been accepted as a member of “Lawyers of Distinction” for criminal defense. Mr. Bailus has been rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards. He has also been rated 10 out of 10 (highest rating) by AVVO. Further, Mr. Bailus has been rated as one of the “10 Best Attorneys” in Nevada by the American Institute of Criminal Law Attorneys. Mr. Bailus has also been recognized as one of “America’s Most Honored Professionals” (top 5% of American professionals) by the American Registry.
In April, 2017, Governor Brian Sandoval appointed Mr. Bailus as a District Court Judge to fill the vacancy in Department 18 of the Eighth Judicial District Court. “I am pleased to appoint Mark Bailus to Department 18 of the Eighth Judicial District Court. He is an experienced criminal law attorney with broad trial experience,” said Governor Sandoval. “His trial and appellate experience in both civil and criminal law makes him well-suited for this appointment. I know he will be well respected in the courtroom and prepared to make informed judicial opinions.” Mr. Bailus, now Judge Bailus, has recently been accepted as a Master of the Bench by the Howard D. McKibben Chapter of the American Inns of Court. Further, Judge Bailus is an alumnus of the National Judicial College for General Jurisdiction. Judge Bailus has presided over both civil and criminal matters for Department 18 of the Eighth Judicial District Court.