Areas of Practice
  • The Catholic University of America, Columbus School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 2007
  • Illinois Wesleyan University, B.A., 1999
Judicial Clerkships
  • Hon. Janice Rogers Brown, US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, 2008-2009
Bar & Court Admissions
  • District of Columbia
  • Maryland
  • US District Court, District of Columbia
  • US District Court, District of Maryland
  • US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
  • US Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit

Linda C. Bailey

Of Counsel
1330 Connecticut Avenue, NW
Washington DC 20036
TEL: +1 202 429 3907
FAX: +1 202 429 3902

Linda C. Bailey is of counsel in Steptoe’s Washington office, where she is a member of the Litigation Department.  Ms. Bailey’s practice includes civil litigation (with a particular focus on National Defense and Foreign Relations litigation), white-collar criminal defense, appellate, and administrative law.

National Defense and Foreign Relations Litigation

Ms. Bailey was part of a Steptoe team that defended a defense contractor against common-law tort claims, as well as claims brought under the Alien Tort Statute and Racketeering Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act (RICO), arising out of the contractor’s provision of personnel to support US military operations in Iraq.  Successfully defended a defense contractor against whistleblower claims brought by a former employee who alleged that he was terminated for making allegations of violations of the False Claims Act.

White-Collar Criminal Defense

In 2014, Ms. Bailey assisted in the defense of Paul Slough, a former Blackwater security guard, in an 11-week, 75-witness trial relating to a 2007 shooting incident in Nisur Square in Baghdad, Iraq.  Ms. Bailey also assisted in the defense of United States Naval Academy quarterback Lamar Owens at a general court martial, and former Congressman Richard Renzi.  Ms. Bailey has also assisted in representations for individuals subject to criminal investigations for weapons, anti-trust, fraud, securities, FDA, and FCPA violations.


Ms. Bailey, who clerked for the Hon. Janice Rogers Brown on the District of Columbia Circuit, has worked on appeals in the Third, Fourth, Ninth, Federal, and DC Circuits.  Ms. Bailey successfully argued a Title VII case before the Fourth Circuit, winning reversal of summary judgment.  Ms. Bailey also successfully briefed a Prison Litigation Reform Act case before the Third Circuit, argued by co-counsel, winning reversal of summary judgment in favor of the prisoner plaintiff.  Ms. Bailey’s other federal appeals concerned issues of administrative law, patent law, immunity, and constitutional law.

Ms. Bailey has also worked on several petitions for certiorari and oppositions to certiorari before the Supreme Court.  These matters have involved the Speech or Debate Clause, Kastigar immunity, and bankruptcy issues.

Administrative Law

Ms. Bailey assisted with a challenge to rules issued by the Board of Governors for the Federal Reserve regulating debit card swipe fees.  Steptoe, representing a coalition of merchant trade associations and individual companies, won a ruling that the Federal Reserve had unlawfully inflated debit card transaction fees by billions of dollars and failed to provide merchants with multiple unaffiliated networks for each debit card transaction.  The case, NACS v. Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System, was widely covered in the media of for the impact that the ruling could have on banks and merchants alike.  Ms. Bailey has also worked on matters involving a variety of administrative agencies, including the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, the Environmental Protection Agency, the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, the Bureau of Land Management, and the Food and Drug Administration.