Litigator Elliott McGraw Elevated to Partner


Bailey Glasser is pleased to announce that Washington, D.C. litigator Elliott McGraw has been elevated to partner effective January 2024.

“Congratulations to Elliott on her much-deserved promotion to partner at Bailey Glasser,” said Cary Joshi, Commercial & Environmental Litigation Practice Group Leader. “Elliott’s tenacity and strategic skills as a litigator are exceptionally valuable to our clients as she handles some of our most complicated matters.”

Elliott is a member of the Commercial & Environmental Litigation Practice Group, where she focuses her practice on complex commercial disputes in state and federal courts across the country and represents institutional investors and asset managers, as both plaintiffs and defendants, in contract and tort-based claims arising from financial fraud, accounting malpractice, and corporate malfeasance. Elliott has an extensive privacy and data protection background and was named a Best Lawyers Ones to Watch in Privacy and Data Security Law in Washington, D.C. in 2024.

Elliott commented: “I love practicing law with Bailey Glasser and I’m very excited about the additional opportunities to contribute to this world class group of litigators and our fantastic clients as a partner.”

Bailey Glasser’s Commercial & Environmental Litigation practice has a proven track record of successfully handling national high-stakes litigation in state and federal courts and before arbitrators and mediators across the country. We represent businesses in many industries and of all sizes from Fortune 500 companies to family offices, individuals, governmental entities, government servants, and even other law firms call upon us to lead bet-the-company litigation and parachute into cases and appeals when our deep experience and resources are necessary.

Elliott is a vital team member in some of our most complex matters. Notably, she was a member of the Bailey Glasser team that served as co-lead trial counsel representing the Official Committee of Talc Plaintiffs in its high-profile challenge against Johnson & Johnson’s “Texas Two Step” bankruptcy ploy to offset the liability of 38,000 lawsuits related to the company’s alleged cancer-causing baby powder. She has also contributed her time to litigating cases on behalf of women athletes in Title IX sex discrimination cases against universities across the country. Elliott’s experience also includes advising organizational and individual clients navigating government or internal investigations and has represented clients in front of Congressional committees, including the 2019 Impeachment Inquiry into then-President Donald Trump.

To learn more about Elliott’s experience please visit this link.

Federal Law Clerk Joins Morgantown, WV Office

Bailey & Glasser, LLP welcomes lawyer Gabrielle Marcum to our Morgantown, WV office. Gabrielle has joined our national Commercial & Environmental Litigation Practice Group, where she will represent a diverse range of business interests and industries – from solo entrepreneurs to multi-national corporations – in state and federal courts nationwide.

Gabrielle brings valuable courtroom and legal writing experience, having completed two prestigious federal court clerkships in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of West Virginia.

As a West Virginia University College of Law graduate, Gabrielle was an Executive Editor of the WVU Law Review and President of the Women’s Leadership Council. She was also a student clinician in the Child and Family Advocacy Clinic, providing vital legal services to children and families of limited income in custody matters, education advocacy, and accessing healthcare resources.

Gabrielle returns to Bailey Glasser after previously serving as a summer associate at the firm in 2019 and we are excited to welcome her back to our Morgantown office.

Learn more about Gabrielle Marcum here.

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BG Team Wins $19.96 Million Judgment on Behalf of Wildcat Coal, LLC

On October 12, 2023, Bailey Glasser prevailed in a lease royalty dispute on behalf of our client Wildcat Coal, LLC, obtaining a judgment of nearly $20 million. This dispute involved calculation of advance royalties in a coal mining lease. The judgment was issued by Judge Freudenthal of the United States District Court for the District of Wyoming.

The defendant, Bridger Coal Company, argued that it did not owe Wildcat any advance royalties despite a provision of the mining lease that obligated Bridger to mine at least 45% of its coal from Wildcat’s properties.

“We are glad that Wildcat will receive the advance royalties that Bridger agreed to pay under the lease,” said Bailey Glasser founding partner Brian Glasser, lead counsel in this case.

In addition to Mr. Glasser, the Bailey Glasser team included partners Leslie Brueckner, Jennifer Fahey, and Ben Schwartzman.

The Order granting judgment can be viewed here.

BG Victory in Sixth Circuit Stands as U.S. Supreme Court Denies Certiorari

On October 2, 2023, Joshua Hammack, Nick Johnson, and Chris Smith continued their string of litigation wins on behalf of Foresight Coal Sales. For years, Foresight has argued a Kentucky law—SB 257—violates the Constitution by discriminating against interstate commerce. In February 2023, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit ruled that Foresight’s constitutional claim was likely to succeed. Put simply, it held Kentucky could not “have its cake and eat it, too.”

Kentucky filed a petition for certiorari, asking the Supreme Court of the United States to review the Sixth Circuit’s decision. To show Kentucky’s arguments were wrong, the Bailey Glasser appellate team turned to a timeless classic: Animal Farm. (This one is worth a read!) On Monday, the Supreme Court denied Kentucky’s petition for certiorari.

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42 Bailey Glasser Lawyers Named To The Best Lawyers in America & Best Lawyers: Ones To Watch 2024 Guides

Today we announce that 42 Bailey Glasser lawyers have been recognized across various categories (including one as a “Lawyer of the Year”) in the 30th edition of The Best Lawyers in America® and the fourth edition of Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch in America®.

“Lawyer of the Year” honors are awarded annually to only one lawyer per practice area in each region with extremely high overall feedback from their peers, making it an exceptional distinction.

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Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals Upholds Ramaco Jury Verdict

The United States Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit has upheld a jury verdict and reinstated contract damages awarded by the jury after a three-week trial in July 2021.

Two years ago, Bailey & Glasser, LLP, on behalf of Ramaco Resources, Inc., won $7.6 million in contract damages in a lawsuit against insurance companies indirectly owned by Chubb INA Holdings, Inc. The lawsuit stemmed from Chubb’s denial of insurance coverage after the collapse of a coal storage silo, which occurred at Ramaco’s Elk Creek coal complex in West Virginia on November 5, 2018.

The case was litigated in the United States District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia. The verdict included $7.6 million in compensatory damages and an additional $25 million for aggravation and inconvenience. After the jury trial was concluded, however, the district court reduced the contract damages and award of prejudgment interest believing the evidence could not support a conclusion that the critical “Period of Restoration” – during which Ramaco’s expenses and lost income were covered – could extend beyond November 30, 2018. Indeed, the district court reduced the verdict to $1.8 million in contract damages and further held that, because of the reduction, Ramaco had not “substantially prevailed” on its insurance lawsuit. As a result, the district court held that Ramaco was not entitled to any damages for aggravation and inconvenience. T

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Citynet LLC and Frontier Resolve Federal Court Dispute for $17.750 Million

On behalf of our client Citynet LLC, Bailey Glasser eached a settlement with Frontier and other individual defendants, bringing the broadband whistleblower case to a final conclusion as to Citynet’s claims brought on behalf of the United States. As part of the $17,750,000 settlement with Frontier, the parties released the following statement:

“Citynet and Frontier Communications jointly announce that they have resolved their dispute regarding the State of West Virginia’s Obama-era BTOP grant funds, the subject of Civil Action No. 2: 14-cv-15947, which has been pending in the US District Court for the Southern District of West Virginia since 2014 and involves only matters occurring prior to that date. This settlement is comprehensive and marks an end to all the litigation and disputes involving these parties and other defendants, including claims for attorneys’ fees and costs.

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Bailey Glasser Awarded Top Rankings in Chambers USA 2023 and Achieves Nationwide Rankings in ERISA and Product Liability Litigation

Thank you to Chambers & Partners for our 2023 rankings, which includes two brand-new nationwide practice group rankings in the ERISA plaintiffs and Product Liability litigation categories. Having our lawyers and practice groups recognized by Chambers reflects how much we care about our clients and how hard we work to achieve successful outcomes for them.

We are grateful to all the clients and counsel (co-counsel as well as referring counsel) who took the time to participate in the process. Your time is valuable and we take that seriously. We appreciate you.

For a detailed overview of this year’s rankings, please visit here.

BG Team Receives “Litigator of the Week” “Shout Out” by American Lawyer Media

We appreciate getting an official “shout out” in ALM/Law.com’s “Litigator of the Week Runners-Up and Shout Outs” related to our $5 million win against My Pillow CEO Mike Lindell on April 20, 2023.

“Shout out to Bailey & Glasser, LLP Glasser founding partner Brian Glasser and his partners Cary Joshi and Lori Bullock for winning a $5 million arbitration award for cybersecurity expert Robert Zeidman against MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell. Last week a three-arbitrator panel held that Zeidman proved data Lindell had promoted as purported evidence of Chinese hacking switching presidential votes for Donald Trump to Joe Biden ‘unequivocally did not reflect November 2020 election data.’ The panel found Zeidman was due the $5 million Lindell had put up as part of the ‘Prove Mike Wrong Challenge’ launched during an August 2021 cyber symposium.”

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Brian Glasser Interviewed on the Hoppy Kercheval Talkline Radio Program

“People out there have to be super super super careful about glomming on to conspiracy theories” – Bailey & Glasser, LLP founding partner Brian Glasser, interviewed on the Hoppy Kercheval Talkline radio program on Friday, April 21. In this interview, Brian discusses winning the $5 million award against MyPillow CEO Mike Lindell by meeting Lindell’s own contest standard of proving his 2020 election “evidence” was “false data,” and how this kind of activity threatens our democracy.

Brian’s interview begins at 1:11:30. Link

For additional commentary by Hoppy Kercheval, visit here.

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