Claude E. Bailey is a Partner in Venable’s State and Local Government Practice Group, representing private sector clients whose business interests require interaction with District of Columbia government agencies. He draws from his rich experience as an attorney with the DC government to counsel major companies and nonproﬁts on high-proﬁle development projects, zoning and land use issues, and local legislative and regulatory matters, among others.
Prior to joining Venable, Bailey held a number of signiﬁcant legal positions within the District government. As General Counsel to the DC Sports and Entertainment Commission and Washington Convention Center Authority, he was responsible for the three largest projects undertaken by the District: the Verizon Center (now Capital One Arena), the Walter E. Washington Convention Center, and the Washington Nationals Ballpark.
Bailey is a member of the Board of Directors of the DC Chamber of Commerce and the Board of Governors of Howard University School of Law. He is also the founding chair of the DC Jazz Festival.
Bailey is an honors graduate of the Howard University School of Law and holds a B.A. in Political Science from Morehouse College.