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OVERVIEW

Christopher J. Bayh
Partner

Indianapolis

11 S. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-3535

Washington, D.C.

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

11 S. Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-3535

Washington, D.C.

1717 Pennsylvania Avenue N.W.
Suite 500
Washington, D.C. 20006-4623

P 317-231-7449

F 317-231-7433

Chris Bayh concentrates in three areas of law: business litigation, government law, and higher education. He helps his clients address virtually all manner of challenges, including complex court cases, regulatory compliance issues, and relationship-building initiatives. Clients value Chris for his passionate advocacy and his use of plain language.

Chris Bayh concentrates in three areas of law: business litigation, government law, and higher education. He helps his clients address virtually all manner of challenges, including complex court cases, regulatory compliance issues, and relationship-building initiatives. Clients value Chris for his passionate advocacy and his use of plain language.

OVERVIEW

Chris Bayh concentrates in three areas of law: business litigation, government law, and higher education. He helps his clients address virtually all manner of challenges, including complex court cases, regulatory compliance issues, and relationship-building initiatives. Clients value Chris for his passionate advocacy and his use of plain language.

Chris represents clients in complex commercial disputes in federal court, state court, arbitration tribunals, and administrative proceedings. He focuses his representation in federal litigation and in appeals, where he brings the benefit of his experience as a federal appellate law clerk.

Chris practices in 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.

Chris serves as vice chair of the firm’s Higher Education Practice Group, where he advises institutions of all sizes. He represents and counsels higher ed clients in diverse areas of law, including civil defense, investigations, enforcement actions, financial responsibility, Title IV student financial aid, and Title IX litigation and compliance. A former Division I student-athlete, Chris also counsels colleges and universities on athletics compliance and best practices.

Professional and Community Involvement

Executive committee member, Indianapolis Bar Association's Appellate Practice Section

Board of Advisors, Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis

President’s National Advisory Board, Indiana State University

Board member, Horizon House

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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