Bailey K.F. Means began concentrating on criminal defense practice during her 1L year at Loyola Law School, Los Angeles. During her three years at Loyola, she interned at two public defender’s offices, and the ACLU, in addition to working as a research assistant for three criminal-focused professors.
Since graduating from Loyola, she worked as a Deputy Public Defender in Ventura County for 3 years. In the 3 years she was there, Bailey took more cases to trial than anyone else in the public defender’s office. (Todd Means tried the second-most cases in those 3 years). Though she’s an aggressive and experienced litigator, Bailey knows that every case is unique; the best option for each client differs, and depends on their unique situation.
Bailey has handled over one thousand criminal cases ranging from code violation infractions to felony gang cases. In her practice, she is a firm believer in motion practice. She has litigated hundreds of criminal motions, and is especially passionate about fourth amendment jurisprudence and motions to suppress. Recently, two of Bailey’s motions to suppress that were initially denied have been overturned on appeal, when the District Attorney conceded that the judge had erred.
In 2016, the Ventura County Criminal Defense Bar Association awarded Bailey for her Outstanding Performance by a New Attorney.
Bailey holds two bachelor’s degrees from the University of California, Irvine; in Political Science, and Criminology, Law & Society. UCI’s nationally renowned criminology program “focuses on the problem of crime and on understanding the social, cultural, political, and economic forces that interact with the law.” Bailey’s background in criminology contributes heavily to her firm belief in the client-centered approach, and holistic practice goals.
In her free time, Bailey enjoys spending time with her two rescue pit bulls and her husband. She also enjoys running, NFL football, craft beer, and all things historic