Christopher J. Bayh

  • 11 South Meridian Street
    Indianapolis, IN 46204-3535
  • 1717 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
    Suite 500
    Washington, D.C. 20006-4623

Christopher Bayh is an associate in Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Indianapolis and Washington, D.C., offices, and is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department. Chris focuses his practice in complex commercial disputes, and government and constitutional litigation. Chris was named to the Indiana Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list in 2017 for his work in business litigation.

Complex Commercial Litigation and Investigations

Chris focuses his practice in representing clients in complex commercial business disputes, serving as trial counsel in a wide range of subject areas in federal court, state court, and arbitration tribunals. He also has significant state and federal appellate experience, including arguing twice before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Chris also helps companies and institutions of all sizes—from small businesses to Fortune 100 corporations—navigate government-led, internal, and employee investigations. His experience in this regard includes the fields of construction, corporate fraud, finance, mass tort, national security, and professional and college sports.

Government and Constitutional Litigation

Chris practices in many aspects of government litigation, on behalf of both private and governmental entities, in particular in bringing and defending constitutional challenges to federal, state, and local laws and regulations. His constitutional experience includes litigation of the Commerce Clause, due process, equal protection, federal preemption, sovereign immunity, abstention, habeas relief, and the First, Second, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Fourteenth Amendments as well as related state constitutional provisions.

Chris also helps businesses to comply with federal, state, and local regulations to ensure smooth and effective implementation of new business ventures. He also advises clients on Title IX and promulgating regulations from the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.

Community Engagement

Active in the community, Chris serves on the executive committee for the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Appellate Section, and on the board of directors of Horizon House, an agency that provides a safe place and vital services for Indianapolis’ homeless. He is also a member of St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in Indianapolis.

Prior Experience and Education

Prior to joining the firm, Chris was an associate at a ‘Vault Top 25’ law firm in Washington, D.C., where he handled complex litigation and investigation matters. He previously served as a law clerk to Judge David F. Hamilton of the Seventh Circuit, and as a research assistant to former Indiana Congressman Lee H. Hamilton at the Woodrow Wilson International Center for Scholars.

Chris earned his J.D., cum laude, in 2009 from Washington University in St. Louis, where he received multiple awards, including the Excellence in Oral Advocacy award and the American Society of Law, Medicine, & Ethics’ Health Law Student Award. He earned his B.A. with high distinction in economics and Spanish from Indiana University in 2004, where he graduated from the school’s Liberal Arts and Management Program. While in college, Chris played football under Coach Cam Cameron and served as an assistant probation officer for Monroe County, Indiana.

Chris is admitted to practice in Indiana, Illinois, and the District of Columbia, and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the U.S. District Courts for the District of Columbia and the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana.