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About Hearne & Bailey, P.A.

Attorneys Here to Help You With Your Legal Problems

Conveniently located in Downtown Salisbury, Maryland, Hearne & Bailey, P.A. is one of the Eastern Shore’s oldest law firms. Throughout the years, we have developed a storied reputation of employing some of the region’s most respected and experienced attorneys, including four Wicomico County State’s Attorneys and one Wicomico County Circuit Court Judge. It has always been our goal to provide you with high-quality counsel that you can depend on as well as the confidence of knowing that we’ll be there to see through your issue to the end.

Our attorneys have experience in many areas of law, including:

Should you find yourself in need of legal assistance with a matter in any of these areas, please feel free to call our office today at our number (410) 618-0903 to discuss your case with one of our attorneys.

Our Story

At Hearne & Bailey, P.A., our story begins with Mr. Levin Claude Bailey who commenced his law practice in 1914, prior to serving in the U.S. military during World War I. In 1944, Mr. Bailey was appointed Chief Judge of the First Judicial Circuit to fill the vacancy of Judge Benjamin A. Johnson, whose term expired that December. Attorney Ernest C. Clark, who had previously joined the firm, continued operating along with the addition of Charles E. Hearne, Jr. in 1945. In 1950, James P. Bailey, the son of Judge Bailey, also joined the firm.

Today, nearly a century after its inception, Hearne & Bailey’s commitment to the highest level of professionalism follows the tradition established by our founder, Mr. Levin Bailey. We maintain a general practice throughout the State of Maryland, including active practices in Dorchester, Somerset, Talbot, Wicomico, and Worcester Counties. That means if you have a legal matter you need assistance with, there’s a good chance we have an office located close to you that you can visit for help. We’re also available by phone, and pride ourselves on delivering a fantastic client experience.

Meet the Hearne & Bailey Team

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  • James L. Otway Photo
  • Amy L. Taylor Photo
  • Reena  Patel Photo
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    Kenneth L. Hooper


    Kenneth L. Hooper is an equity shareholder in Hearne & Bailey, P.A., where he is engaged in the general practice of law with ...
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    James L. Otway


    Year Joined Firm 1986 Areas Of Practice Personal Injury Wrongful Death Car Accidents Medical Malpractice Business Litigation ...
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    Amy L. Taylor

    Senior Associate

    Before attending law school, Ms. Taylor worked for Hyatt Hotels & Resorts and Wyndham Hotels & Resorts as Director of Sales ...
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    Reena Patel

    Senior Associate

    Ms. Patel, a New York City native, moved to Salisbury in 2014 with her husband, a Salisbury local, and has three sons. She ...
  • Kristin N. Gilbert Photo
    Kristin N. Gilbert

    Senior Associate

    Areas of Practice Business Litigation Business Transactions Commercial Litigation Banking Personal Injury/Car Accidents ...

Client Reviews

  • “I can count on their work to be accurate and timely. They are pleasant to work with I find them to be a reliable source of information .”

    - Marguerite C.
  • “I am so thankful that I contacted Hearne & Bailey for legal advice.”

    - Traci A.
  • “I have worked with R. Patel over the years and have been impressed with her professionalism, attentiveness, and attention to detail that she gives me every time we meet and/or correspond!”

    - Lauren G.
  • “So thankful we retained this group, especially Jim Otway, to represent us.”

    - Pati A.
  • “Our local guide.”

    - MD

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