Matt Bailey grew up in Hickory Valley, graduating from White County High School in 2000. While there, he had the opportunity to be a member of two state championship basketball teams and serve as Student Council President.
After high school, Matt attended the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, where he majored in Education and minored in Religious Studies. He then went on to teach special education and social sciences to middle and high school students at Van Buren County High School. In addition to teaching, he also coached middle school girls basketball, leading his team to the state tournament.
Matt then earned a Master’s degree in History at Middle Tennessee State University. There, he met his future wife, Katie, who was in the same program. While finishing his master’s degree, he taught both as a graduate assistant at MTSU and as a teacher at Maplewood High School.
Deciding on a career change, Matt studied at Belmont University College of Law. At Belmont, he graduated second in his class, earned best performance awards in eight courses, and served as both the President of the Criminal Law Society and the Executive Notes Editor of the Belmont Law Review. Determined to be “practice ready,” he interned with Public Defender and District Attorney Offices during the summer and the school year.
Matt spends his free time with his wife, their two children, and their cat, Peepers. He enjoys reading nonfiction, discussing religion and philosophy, and traveling to historic sites and parks.
Admitted in: Tennessee and U.S. District Court for Middle Tennessee
Counties Served: Putnam, Overton, and Clay
Practice: Trust & Estates, Probate, Criminal Law, Real Property, Appellate Law, Bankruptcy, General Civil Litigation, and Landlord-Tenant Law