Joshua Bailey


Litigator Josh Bailey works with businesses and property owners to resolve disputes of all kinds, including shareholder disputes, breach of contract claims, quiet title actions, etc. He has significant experience in a wide array of real property issues, as well as environmental, water, land use, and public agency law issues. He has represented clients in all types of industries, and has particular expertise with agricultural clients and trade groups. Josh’s volunteer work in the region includes work with the Ronald McDonald House of Northern California.

“I enjoy learning about a client’s problem and responding quickly. It’s important to be a quick study and agile at adapting to challenges so a client’s business isn’t in limbo when problems come up.”

"Hiking, skiing, kayaking, camping, cycling—I take full advantage of being outdoors, and every summer I look forward to backpacking in the Sierra to unplug and recharge.”


Litigated on behalf of bank-lender against developer-debtor and HOA, securing court recognition that new development phase was never annexed into subdivision, allowing developer to proceed under revised development strategy and resume payments on construction financing.

Analyzed historical documents and performed analysis of water rights based on those documents to provide opinion to prominent Central Valley ranchers in advance of $31 million property purchase.

Defended historic cemetery association in easement dispute wherein neighboring property owner claimed ownership of entryway and attempted to close access to cemetery.

Litigated against bio-mass project to require more robust CEQA review due to fugitive dust created by project harming neighboring vineyards, securing favorable settlement and circumventing sovereign immunity.

Represented developers before city council in contentious rezone petition and in related negotiation of update to specific plan.

Represented ranch owners in litigation for neighbor’s interference with agricultural use of property by overburdening easement.

Provided agri-business owner opinion on Williamson Act contracts’ effects on land use in advance of purchase.

Represented trade group in litigation of proposed CARB rules regarding refrigerated trucks and electrification.

Represented advocacy group in litigation regarding proposed Forest Service amendments to fire road design requirements.

Advised public agency on Proposition 218 matters and election law relevant to passage of a new parcel tax.

Represented developer in suit against city for breach of development agreement resulting in settlement allowing development of property with gas station subject to certain design requirements.

Represented ranchers in Northern California in litigating CEQA review of new groundwater and water truck ordinances, as well as in defense against civil enforcement for alleged unlawful sale of groundwater.



Academic Tuition Scholarship, McGeorge School of Law

Elected to the Order of the Barristers at McGeorge School of Law, 2020


Contributor to ACWA’s 2021 and 2022 CEQA and NEPA annual case review

Presented 2022 CEQA Basics seminar for the Association of Environmental Professionals, Central Chapter


Volunteer, Special Events and Meal Service at the Ronald McDonald House of Northern California

Former Volunteer for Ronald McDonald House of the Central Valley. Established community service group to provide sponsorships and quarterly meal service

Volunteer work in other regions has included Special Olympics, Habitat for Humanity, Central California SPCA, and Fresno Bully Rescue.