Stephen Bailey

Senior Lecturer of Real Estate and Legal Studies
Stephen Bailey
524 RBA
Academic Specialty
Real Estate and Legal Studies
J.D., Florida State University (2000)
B.S., Real Estate, Florida State University (1997)


Areas of Expertise

Eminent Domain
Alternative Dispute Resolution

Stephen Bailey is a senior lecturer of real estate and legal studies in the Department of Risk Management/Insurance, Real Estate and Legal Studies at Florida State University’s College of Business. Bailey teaches real estate law, real estate appraisal, real estate principles, Uniform Commerce Code (UCC) law for accounting and business law. 

Prior to teaching at FSU, Bailey worked as a trial attorney for a large state-wide law firm, representing owners in eminent domain cases against the government and other clients in various civil matters. He also worked as an eminent domain trial attorney for the Office of the 

Attorney General, representing the Department of Transportation in its acquisition of properties. Bailey's legal experiences have given him the opportunity to handle hundreds of eminent domain cases for both owners and condemning authorities. As a previously licensed Florida general appraisal instructor, Bailey is aware of many of the valuation issues and arguments made by appraisers in condemnation, real estate and family law cases. 

Bailey received his bachelor’s degree in real estate and his law degree from Florida State University.

Selected Published Research

Bailey, S. (2009). The New Frontier in Property Tax Challenges. The Florida Bar Journal. Vol. 83, No. 7, p. 30-38.

Bailey, S. (2009). Fooling Ourselves?: An Ethical and Constitutional Analysis of Lawyer-to-Lawyer Advertising. Florida Coastal Law Review. Vol. 10:385, 2009.

Bailey, S. & Murray, O. (2008). Ethics in Negotiation and Mediation for the Florida Attorney. Florida Bar Journal, Vol. 82, No. 5, p.10-15.

Bailey, S. (2008). Florida Case Law Review: Condemnation Blight in Florida. Florida Eminent Domain Newsletter, 40.

Interesting Facts

Before practicing law Dr. Bailey owned and managed several hundred rental properties.

Dr. Bailey started out serving his country in the U.S. Army as a Special Forces Green Beret before working in real estate and practicing law.

Honors and Awards
  • Twice nominated for Florida State University Teaching Award
  • Military Medals and Awards: U.S. Army and Florida National Guard Overseas Medals, Army Achievement Medal, Florida Meritorious Service Medal, Humanitarian Medal, Special Forces Tab, Airborne Wings, Expert Marksmanship Awards, Foreign Weapons Medal, et al.