THE BAIRD LAW FIRM

Personal Injury & Business Law

 The Baird Law Firm 

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The Baird Law Firm is managed by Kenneth R. Baird who graduated from the University of Texas School of Law in May of 2002.  Since 2002, Kenneth has handled and tried different types of cases including automobile, trucking, products liability, wrongful death and premises liability as well as various types of commercial litigation.  Kenneth has also formed hundreds of limited liability companies and helped a number of small business owners with contracts, indemnity and hold harmless agreements, employment disputes, operating agreements, debt collections, commercial lease agreements, and other legal needs.


As a former partner at a large insurance defense firm, Kenneth has valuable insight into how insurance companies evaluate, assess, and defend personal injury matters and brings this unique perspective to the representation of injured plaintiffs.  In a large victory, Kenneth secured the dismissal of a safety equipment manufacturer from a wrongful death claim on the basis that the Canadian company which distributed part of the decedent's fall protection equipment was not subject to personal jurisdiction in the Texas courts.  The dismissal was later upheld by the Dallas Court of Appeals and became final after the Texas Supreme Court elected not to review the case.  Kenneth also gained extensive experience as a defense lawyer with indemnity and hold harmless agreements as well as insurance policies, including the best manner in which to draft and enforce indemnity agreements so that they promote the client's interests and confirm with the applicable law.


In addition to servicing a number of other business clients, The Baird Law Firm is outside counsel for a new and growing Mexican restaurant chain in the Houston area which recently opened its second location.  The Baird Law Firm also serves as outside counsel for a local title company as well as a real estate developer who operates in Harris and Fort Bend Counties.


The Baird Law Firm applies a "think outside the box" philosophy in order to evaluate and fulfill the unique needs of each client.  When combined with diligent preparation and knowledge of the law, this approach leads to favorable outcomes.


EDUCATION

The University of Texas School of Law, Austin, Texas

Juris Doctorate, with Honors, May 2002

Top 25% of Graduating 2002 Graduating Class

Phi Alpha Delta Legal Fraternity

Senior Editor, The Review of Litigation


Texas Christian University, Fort Worth, Texas

Bachelor of Arts, Summa Cum Laude, Economics & Political Science, May 1999

Phi Beta Kappa

Economics Department Graduate of the Year for 1999


ADMISSIONS

State Bar of Texas (2002)

United States District Courts for Eastern District of Texas
United States District Court for Southern District of Texas

Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals

 

PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION

Selected as a Texas Rising Star in by Thomson Reuters and published in Texas Monthly Magazine for 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016.


REPORTED DECISIONS

Henderson v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 2015 WL 970673 (E.D. Tex. 2015)

Texas Cypress Creek Hospital, L.P. v. Anderson, 2013 WL 160433 (Tex App. --- Houston [14th Dist.] 2013)

Bolua v. BP Exploration & Production, Inc., 2008 WL 4681985 (S.D. Tex. 2008)

Brock v. Baker Hughes Oilfield Operations, Inc., 2008 WL 447502 (S.D. Tex. 2008)

Elk River, Inc. vs. Garrison Tool & Die, Ltd., 222 S.W.3d 772 (Tex. App.---Dallas 2007, Pet. Denied)

Lexington Insurance Co. v. S.H.R.M. Catering Services, Inc., 567 F.3d 182 (5th Cir. 2009)

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

The Baird Law Firm, Houston, Texas, Managing Shareholder (2014 to Present)

Brown Sims, P.C., Houston, Texas, Shareholder (2005 – 2013)

Stepp & Sullivan, Houston, Texas, Associate Attorney (2002 to 2005)

 

PUBLICATIONS/PRESENTATIONS

The Federal Tort Claims Act

The Texas Tort Claims Act

Nursing Home Litigation

Evidentiary Issues

Texas Venue

Back Injury Claims

Evaluating Contractual Tenders of Defense and Indemnity

Legal Ethics

Ethical Issues Related to Claims Management

Bad Faith insurance principles

Compliance with Medicare statutes in the context of third-party litigation and workers’ compensation claims

Little Hanger of Horrors, An Overview of Bad Faith Insurance Litigation in the Aviation Industry

 

PERSONAL

Kenneth was born in Findlay, Ohio in 1977.  He is married to his wonderful wife, Tiffany.  Kenneth enjoys serving as a football referee in his spare time and hopes to one day officiate a college football game.  Kenneth also is an avid golfer and enjoys attending Houston Rockets games.  Kenneth and The Baird Law Firm support a number of charities, including Star of Hope, The Warm Place, and Sunshine Kids.