Kenneth H. Bayliss

Kenneth H. Bayliss III

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A CLOSER LOOK

  • BIRTHPLACE: St. Paul, Minnesota
  • HOMETOWN: Rochester, Minnesota
  • FAVORITE ACTIVITY: Bicycling
  • SECRET TALENT: Ken was the State Amateur Chess Champion in 1984
  • AREAS OF FOCUS: Business Litigation, Governmental Liability (work for cities, counties, and townships), Appeals, and General Litigation
  • FAVORITE CONTEMPORARY MUSIC ARTISTS: The B-52s, Low, Vampire Weekend
  • RECENT BOOK FAVORITE: “Experience” – by Martin Amis, “Enlightenment Now” – by Steven Pinker, and “Dead Wake” and “Devil in the White City” – by Erik Larson

Biography

Ken is an experienced trial attorney who has tried cases throughout Minnesota. He is also an accomplished appellate advocate, having argued more than 70 appellate cases in state and federal courts. Much of his practice includes the defense of governmental entities, including counties, townships, and cities, but he also represents individuals and businesses in a wide range of disputes, including cases involving professional liability, land use planning, auto liability, premises liability, personal injury, construction defects, property damage, and business disputes.

He has been active in professional organizations and has served on Minnesota Supreme Court Rules Committees and State Bar Section Governing Councils (Civil and Appellate). He is a regular speaker at professional conferences and has spoken to lawyers and the business community about many different areas of the law, including: Government Immunities, Evidence, Legal Writing, Construction Litigation, Insurance Coverage, and Land Use Planning.

Education

  • University of Minnesota Law School, Minneapolis, Minnesota
    • J.D. - 1984
  • St. Olaf College, Northfield, Minnesota
    • B.A. - 1981
    • Honors: cum laude

Bar Admissions

  • Minnesota, 1984
  • U.S. District Court District of Minnesota, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 8th Circuit, 1995
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 2001

Professional Associations

  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, Member
  • Minnesota Supreme Court Committee on Civil Rules, Member
  • MSBA Appellate Practice Governing Council, Member
  • Seventh District Bar Association, Member
  • Stearns/Benton County Bar Association, Member
  • Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association, Member, Committee on Products Liability
  • Minnesota State Bar, Member, Section of Civil Litigation

Classes & Seminars

  • HANDLING DIFFICULT GOVERNMENTAL CLIENTS, League of Minnesota Cities, 2016
  • EVIDENCE REFRESHER, Stearns/Benton Bar Association, 2016