Paula J. Bailey

Areas of Practice

  • Gasoline Franchise Law/Petroleum Marketing Practices Act
  • Antitrust
  • Business Litigation
  • Corporate Compliance
  • Americans with Disabilities Act Claims

Professional Background

Ms. Bailey is an experienced transactional and litigation attorney, with over sixteen years of corporate in-house experience at two Fortune 100 oil and gas companies (Atlantic Richfield Company and Chevron Products Company), and at one of the largest privately held, family-owned convenience store and motor fuel retailers in California (United Oil Co.), where she served as General Counsel. She currently serves as Marketing Counsel for a privately held, multi-site gasoline retailer and convenience store operator in Southern California.

In her thirty years of practice, Ms. Bailey has handled a wide variety of transactional matters, focusing on commercial and franchise matters, including formation and enforcement of franchise agreements for wholesaler relationships with independent retailers, vendor and service contracts, transportation agreements, purchase and sale agreements and lease agreements.  She also has had extensive experience and oversight for litigation and employment matters, Americans with Disability Act claims, bankruptcy matters, banking and loan matters, antitrust issues and corporate compliance.

Ms. Bailey began her legal career as a federal judicial law clerk for the Honorable A. Andrew Hauk and the Honorable Dickran Tevrizian. After her clerkship, she joined the Los Angeles office of the international law firm of Bryan Cave, LLP as an associate. From there, she began her in-house career as a Senior Attorney with ARCO Products Company, and following its acquisition by British Petroleum, Ms. Bailey then joined the law department of Chevron Products Company, where she served as a Senior Counsel. Thereafter, she became General Counsel for United Oil Company, a privately held company founded in 1955 and formerly ranked by the Los Angeles Business Journal as L.A.'s fifth-largest private company, with annual revenues of more than $3 billion. The company was sold to Fortress Investment Group in June of 2014. Most recently, Ms. Bailey has been asked to serve as Marketing Counsel for H&S Energy, LLC, and its affiliated companies, representing them on a variety of matters.


  • Middlebury Institute of International Studies, Monterey, CA,
  • BA, Political Science 1982
  • Loyola Law School, JD 1986

Admissions and Memberships

  • California State Bar
  • United States District Court
  • Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals