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OVERVIEW

Christopher J. Bayh
Partner

Indianapolis, Washington, D.C.

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

P 317-231-7449

F 317-231-7433

OVERVIEW

Christopher J. Bayh
Partner

Indianapolis, Washington, D.C.

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

P 317-231-7449

F 317-231-7433

Christopher Bayh is a partner in Barnes & Thornburg's Indianapolis and Washington, D.C. offices. He is a member of the Litigation Department and the Government Services and Finance Department. Chris focuses his practice in business litigation, appeals, government law, and higher education.

OVERVIEW

Christopher J. Bayh Partner

Indianapolis

Washington, D.C.

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

P : 317-231-7449

Christopher Bayh is a partner in Barnes & Thornburg's Indianapolis and Washington, D.C. offices. He is a member of the Litigation Department and the Government Services and Finance Department. Chris focuses his practice in business litigation, appeals, government law, and higher education.

Since 2017, Chris has been named to the Indiana Super Lawyers 'Rising Stars' list for his work in business litigation. In 2018, he was honored with the Indiana Lawyer's 'Leadership In Law: Up and Coming Lawyer' award.

Business Litigation

Chris focuses his practice in representing clients in complex commercial 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, tortious interference, and unfair competition.

Appeals

Chris has significant appellate experience, including a federal appellate clerkship and cases before state and federal appellate courts. He is a member of the firm's Appellate and Critical Motions Practice Group, is active in the Central Indiana appellate bar, and regularly lectures on appellate practice.

Government and Constitutional Litigation

Chris practices in many aspects of government law on behalf of both private and public entities. He advises corporate clients in many areas of government business, such as contractual relationships, regulatory compliance, and investigation and enforcement actions. He also brings and defends 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, Fifth, Sixth, Eighth, Tenth, Eleventh, and Fourteenth Amendments, as well as related state constitutional provisions.

Higher Education

Chris works with colleges and universities of all sizes, ranging from small colleges with enrollment in the low hundreds to major state universities with enrollment over 40,000. He represents and counsels these clients in diverse areas of law. These include civil defense, investigation and enforcement actions, financial responsibility, Title IV student financial aid litigation and compliance, and Title IX litigation and compliance.

Community Engagement

Chris is active in the Central Indiana community. He sits on the executive committee for the Indianapolis Bar Association's Appellate Practice Section. He serves on the IUPUI Board of Advisors, a group composed of local government, business, and civic leaders appointed by the IU Board of Trustees.

Chris is also committed to battling homelessness. He serves on the board of directors of Horizon House, an agency that provides vital services for Indianapolis residents experiencing homelessness. He also works as a volunteer attorney with the Indianapolis Bar Association's Homeless Shelter Project.

Prior Experience and Education

Before joining the firm, Chris was an associate at a Vault top 20 law firm in Washington, D.C, where he handled complex litigation matters. Before entering private practice, Chris clerked for Judge David F. Hamilton of the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

Chris earned his J.D. cum laude in 2009 from Washington University in St. Louis and earned his bachelor's 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.

Experience

Trial Courts, Administrative Proceedings and Arbitration Tribunals

  • Represented manufacturing clients in helping the State of Indiana defend constitutional attacks on certain manufacturing regulations; helped to defeat plaintiffs’ motions for a preliminary injunction and for summary judgment; led briefing and presented oral argument (Marion Super.)
  • Defended a large, D.C.-based tourism trade association in breach-of-contract and fraud litigation against its former CEO (D.C. Super.)
  • Regularly represents a division of a Fortune 100 client in construction disputes, in arbitration and in federal and state courts across the country
  • Defended a large, national veterans organization in multi-jurisdiction litigation; to date the client has defeated all claims against it and has achieved substantial related money judgments and fee awards
  • Represented an Indianapolis-based international construction and consulting firm, in a suit for fraud and conversion against a former employee and his competing firm; the case reached a favorable settlement after the defendants’ attempts at dismissal and transfer were defeated (S.D. Ind.)
  • Defended a large university in litigation brought by a student who alleged the university unfairly disciplined him in its Title IX proceedings
  • Represented a large commercial real estate developer in a pre-litigation dispute with general contractors and downstream subcontractors, regarding the failure of certain glazing products; resulted in a full and favorable non-litigation resolution of the issue*
  • Defended an NFL quarterback against civil battery claims (M.D. Fla.)
  • Achieved a six-figure judgment for a large corporate client, in winning reversion of a class-action settlement remainder (S.D.N.Y.)*

Appeals

  • First-chair representation in a prisoners’ rights case; the panel unanimously ruled for the client, reversing the district court’s decision (7th Cir.)*
  • Represented business clients in litigation over the constitutionality of certain Indiana manufacturing and sale regulations (case decided on intervening precedent) (7th Cir.)
  • Represented a public-interest group in litigation of the constitutionality of Indiana’s auto-dialer statute (7th Cir.)
  • Helped win a multimillion-dollar reversal of the trial court’s adverse interpretation of the client’s postnuptial agreement (Ind. Ct. App.)
  • Earned reversal of the trial court’s denial of the client’s motion to compel arbitration (Tex. App.—Fort Worth)
  • Helped win affirmance of dismissal on behalf of the defendant-appellant client (Fla. 2d DCA)
  • Prepared amicus briefs on behalf of the Harvard Law School Immigration and Refugee Clinic, and in support of a Salvadoran petitioner fleeing gang violence (9th Cir.)
  • Drafted lead argument for a brief seeking habeas relief for a pro bono client, helping win reversal and a new trial (3d Cir.)*

Compliance and Investigations

  • Counseled higher-education institution on Title IX compliance matters, with focus on obligations of investigation and coordination with law enforcement
  • Counsels gaming clients on federal and state regulations

*These maters occurred prior to joining Barnes & Thornburg.

 

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