Bruce E. Bailey
  • Partner






The primary focus of my law practice involves municipal law in addition to estate planning and probate. I have more than thirty-five years’ experience in the preparation and administration of matters ranging from very basic wills to highly sophisticated wealth and family business transfers.
I also counsel clients on the formation and operation of closely held businesses, corporations, limited liability companies and partnerships. Such advice involves preparation of shareholder/owner agreements, buy-sell agreements, employment and compensation agreements, and business sales and acquisitions.

I currently serve as the Law Director for the City of Westerville and provide counsel to other municipal clients as well on a variety of topics. 

My wife and I reside in Westerville, Ohio, and have three children.  I am a member of the Westerville Sunrise Rotary and involved with many associations and activities within the city of Westerville. 

Areas of Practice

  • Municipal Law 65%
  • Estates Planning 10%
  • Probate & Trust Administration 15%
  • Non-Profit 10%
  • Non-Profit & Tax-Exempt Organizations
  • Government Construction Contracts
  • Public Law

Bar Admissions

  • Ohio, 1978


  • Capital University Law School, Columbus, Ohio
    • J.D. - 1978
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Honors: Order of Coif
  • Wittenberg University, Springfield, Ohio
    • B.A. - 1974
    • Honors: cum laude
    • Major: Geography/Urban Studies

Representative Clients

  • City of Westerville
  • National Middle School Association
  • Otterbein University


  • State Savings Bank
  • Bank One
  • BancOhio National Bank


  • Business Law Adjunct Professor, Otterbein University, 1978 to 1992

Honors and Awards

  • Martindale - Hubbell - AV Rating
  • Business First Best Lawyers in Central Ohio

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Ohio State Bar Association, 1978
  • Columbus Bar Association, 1978
  • Ohio Nursing Homes Association, President, 2006 to 2006

Past Employment Positions

  • Franklin County Prosecutor's Office, Intern, 1976 to 1978


  • English


  • Beta Theta Pi