People who haven’t seen famous lawyer F. Lee Bailey in action for a while are asking where he is now. He’s currently a consultant at his firm in Yarmouth, Maine, and sometimes advises clients as his girlfriend, Debbie Elliot, styles their hair. He is 84 years old and has a small net worth estimated at $50,000.
People who saw the O.J. Simpson defense “dream team” in action during the controversial trial might remember one of his lawyers, F. Lee Bailey, vehemently defending him. Bailey is a former criminal defense attorney, who became famous for several high profile cases like the Boston Strangler case and the Patty Hearst trial.
But Bailey has not been seen for a while, leading many to wonder; is F. Lee Bailey still alive? They are also interested in knowing F. Lee Bailey’s net worth, as he used to be a big-time lawyer who willingly took on many controversial (and high profile) cases. So, where is F. Lee Bailey now?
Now a Consultant in Maine
Lee Bailey is 84 years old. He currently lives in Yarmouth, Maine with a hair stylist named Debbie Elliot, who is his girlfriend of seven years.
According to sources, Bailey is “broke,” and working as a consultant in an office above his girlfriend’s hair salon.
Filing for Bankruptcy, Twice
Bailey was disbarred for handling stock owned by a drug smuggler client, and he filed for bankruptcy in 2016. He reportedly filed for bankruptcy again in June 2017 to create a payment plan for debts he couldn’t discharge the first time around.
Offering a Variety of Services
Bailey’s consulting business, Bailey & Elliot, has services that include advice on starting a new company, raising funds, evaluating corporate operations, and troubleshooting problems. They also give guidance on polygraph testing.
Clients Get a Double Benefit
It was reported that Bailey often gives his clients advice when they are getting their hair cut by Elliot. Bailey even told Town & Country that “it’s very convenient.”
Some of his former colleagues believe that he’s suffering because of O.J.Simpson’s acquittal, something Bailey agrees with.
A Dwindled Net Worth
Bailey said, “I don’t think that [O.J. Simpson] got fairly treated, and I don’t think I got fairly treated. If that’s not a level of kinship, it’s certainly a level of identity. We have the O.J. Curse in common, to a degree.”
Unfortunately, F. Lee Bailey’s net worth has reportedly dwindled down to approximately $50,000.
Saving Clients from the Death Penalty
One of Bailey’s most high profile cases was his defense of Patty Hearst, a newspaper heiress who committed armed bank robberies after being kidnapped by, and subsequently joining, the Symbionese Liberation Army (SLA).
Even though he lost the case, Bailey managed to protect Hearst from the death penalty.
Celebrity Client Gets Immunity
Bailey negotiated with prosecutors to arrange for Hearst’s immunity in exchange for her testimony in the Carmichael robbery and protected her from a possible death sentence.
Hearst was convicted and sentenced to seven years in prison, of which she served only 22 months before it was commuted by then-President Jimmy Carter in 1977.
The Mark of a Man
Bailey’s friends still talk in glowing terms about his character.
One of them said, “If F. Lee Bailey’s your lawyer, you’re his friend, you’re his client, and you’re innocent. He’s the only lawyer who does that.”
That’s strong affirmation for a man who spent decades defending clients nobody else wanted to.
To this day, F. Lee Bailey is still fighting for his clients with passion and determination.