Christopher J. Bayh

Partner
  • 11 South Meridian Street
    Indianapolis, IN 46204-3535
    P:317-231-7449
    F:317-231-7433
  • 1717 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
    Suite 500
    Washington, D.C. 20006-4623

Christopher Bayh is a partner 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, government and constitutional litigation, and higher education law. Chris was named to the Indiana Super Lawyers “Rising Stars” list in 2017 for his work in business litigation.

Complex Commercial Litigation

Chris focuses his practice in representing clients in complex commercial business disputes, serving as trial counsel in federal court, state court, arbitration tribunals, and administrative proceedings. His experience in business litigation spans a wide range of claims, including breach of contract, construction, corporate fraud, and unfair competition.

Chris also has significant appellate experience, including a clerkship for Judge David F. Hamilton of the Seventh Circuit, and two Seventh Circuit oral arguments. Chris is a member of the firm’s Appellate and Critical Motions Practice Group, is active in the local appellate bar, and regularly lectures on appellate practice.

Government and Constitutional Litigation

Chris practices in many aspects of government litigation, on behalf of both private and public 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, full faith and credit, federal preemption, sovereign immunity, abstention, comity, habeas relief, and the First, Second, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Fourteenth Amendments, as well as related state constitutional provisions.

Higher Education

Chris represents higher education institutions in diverse areas of law. These include civil defense, Department of Education investigation and enforcement actions, and advising clients on Title IX and its promulgating regulations from the Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights.

Community Engagement

Chris serves on the Executive Committee for the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Appellate Practice Section. He serves on the Board of Directors of Horizon House, an agency that provides 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 matters.

Chris earned his J.D., cum laude, in 2009 from Washington University in St. Louis, and graduated with high distinction from Indiana University in 2004. While in college, Chris played football under Coach Cam Cameron (earning Academic All-Big Ten honors) and served as an assistant probation officer for Monroe County, Indiana.