Blaire Bayliss is an Associate at Tyson & Mendes’ Denver office. Her practice focuses on personal injury defense, corporate liability, and general liability matters.
Ms. Bayliss has experience representing individuals, small businesses, and corporations in courts throughout Colorado. She participated in Tyson & Mendes’ clerkship program, where she expanded her knowledge and experience in drafting persuasive motions and oppositions, preparing compelling trial strategies, and successfully defending clients by engaging in all elements of a case.
Ms. Bayliss obtained her J.D. from the University of Colorado in 2020 and graduated with the distinction Order of Barristers. Ms. Bayliss demonstrated her talent for oral advocacy by winning numerous awards both locally and nationally as part of the University of Colorado’s Moot Court and Mock trial teams. She also furthered her passion for civil defense through her work as an intern for a Denver-based litigation boutique and as a teaching assistant in both Civil Procedure and Torts. Ms. Bayliss also served as an Associate Editor on the Colorado Law Review, where her student comment was published in Winter 2020. Prior to law school, Ms. Bayliss earned her B.A. in Economics and Business Analytics from Patrick Henry College.
As a Coloradan, Ms. Bayliss enjoys running, hiking, skiing, and visiting Colorado’s many breweries. In her free time, she loves playing tennis with her husband, cheering for the Colorado Rapids soccer team, and going to see as many Grateful Dead cover bands as she can find.
In September 2013, Joshua Patterson was driving his pickup truck on US Highway 259 near Ore City, Texas, when a tractor trailer operated by Bill Acker rear-ended Patterson’s truck. Acker was driving the truck in the course and scope of his employment as a driver for FTS International Manufacturing. Following the accident, Patterson reported no injuries, telling officers at the scene he “was unhurt, felt fine, and he had no cuts, abrasions, or other visible injuries.” Similarly, Patterson’s vehicle had minimal damage, and was still drivable. Immediately after the accident, Patterson drove his truck to a church luncheon, where he was headed prior to the accident.
On January 21, 2021, the Florida Supreme Court rendered its decision in Citizens Prop. Ins. Corp. v. Manor House, LLC, holding extra-contractual and consequential damages are not available in first-party breach of insurance contract actions. This ruling clarifies a historically vague area of contract law and reverses years of lower-court rulings within the state. This holding will carry significant consequences for insurance carriers and policy holders alike.
As we enter another snowy March in Colorado, businesses and homes throughout the state will continue to experience heavy snow, ice, and rain. Although the snow may be beneficial to those who prefer to hit the slopes in the last few weeks of the season, the heavy snow and ice may pose a liability to landlords. Recently, some landlords have even begun to include an explicit exculpatory agreement in residential lease agreements, in which the tenant explicitly…
ADA website accessibility lawsuits have skyrocketed over the past three years. In 2018, businesses across the United States experienced a sudden surge in ADA website accessibility lawsuits, with a 177% increase in ADA website accessibility lawsuits compared with 2017. This was not a one-time increase; ADA website accessibility lawsuits remained at high levels in 2019.  Although ADA website accessibility lawsuits initially decreased in March of 2020 as…
Colorado’s Workers Compensation Act is the “exclusive remedy” for obtaining compensation from employers for work injuries. Injured employees receiving worker’s compensation benefits are barred from suing employers or co-workers for additional damages.  This law, often referred to as the exclusive remedy defense, is intended to prevent employees from “double dipping” by claiming both worker’s compensation benefits as well as other…
Colorado employers, public and private, should prepare to comply with the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act (EPEWA), which will become law on January 1, 2021. The law, formerly Senate Bill SB19-085, contains significant regulations regarding salary requirements, job postings, allowable interview questions, and other aspects of employment. Due to the wide-ranging requirements and impacts of the EPEWA, even employers with equitable workplace practices should consider the requirements of the new law to ensure compliance.
Colorado employers, public and private, should prepare to comply with the Equal Pay for Equal Work Act (EPEWA), which will become law on January 1, 2021. The law, formerly Senate Bill SB19-085, contains significant regulations regarding salary requirements, job postings, allowable interview questions, and other aspects of employment. Due to the wide-ranging requirements and impacts of the EPEWA, even employers with equitable workplace practices ought to carefully consider the requirements of the new law to ensure compliance.