Jonathan M. Bye

Partner

byej@ballardspahr.com
Tel 612.371.3259
Fax 612.371.3207
Minneapolis

For more than 30 years, Jonathan Bye has focused on helping clients successfully resolve breach-of-contract disputes. Although he has litigated a wide range of contracts, Jon has particular experience with insurance coverage disputes, Uniform Commercial Code issues, real estate and construction litigation, federal healthcare reimbursement, and False Claims Act cases. Whether through negotiation, mediation, arbitration, administrative hearing, motion practice, trial, appeal or providing behind-the-scenes advice, Jon helps his clients resolve their contract disputes as effectively and economically as possible.

Jon excels at quickly grasping the unique aspects of their situation, applying the complexities of the law to it, and presenting the case in common-sense terms that result in favorable decisions by the judge, jury, or arbitrator.

Representative Matters

  • Obtaining two summary judgments in Minnesota U.S. District Court on behalf of a manufacturer against an insurer. One judgment declared that the insurer had a duty to defend the client from a breach-of-contract claim; the other that the insurer had to reimburse the client both for the settlement that Jon helped the client negotiate and for the client's attorneys' fees
  • Obtaining summary judgment in Minnesota U.S. District Court on behalf of a medical device manufacturer declaring that a $50 million excess liability insurer had a duty to indemnify the manufacturer for its settlements of various product liability claims, arguing a summary judgment motion as to the insurer's duty to pay for the defense of those suits, and negotiating a final settlement with the insurer
  • Obtaining a summary judgment in Minnesota U.S. District Court that dismissed a $2 million claim for indemnification against a client. The dispute arose out of a settlement agreement the client had signed with an insurer without consulting counsel
  • Representing various financial institutions and other entities in recovering millions of dollars of losses under their fidelity bonds
  • Representing a provider of Medicare-covered services in two actions against the federal government for reimbursement in Pennsylvania U.S. District Court. One action tried to a conclusion and the other then settled, resulting in a total of recovery of nearly $10 million. In awarding attorneys' fees, the federal judge stated: "Plaintiff relies on Mr. Bye's significant expertise in a very complex area of the law. We find that he has such expertise. We find that he is an extremely able lawyer with a mastery of the arcane world of Medicare law and its regulations. He made our job easier."
  • Representing a provider of Medicare-covered services in convincing the Texas U.S. District Court and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals to hold that the Medicare Act's requirement of exhaustion of administrative remedies did not preclude the court's mandamus jurisdiction over the provider's claims
  • Representing relators in various False Claims Act qui tam cases alleging millions of dollars of fraudulent billing of the United States Government
  • Obtaining summary judgment in Minnesota U.S. District Court rejecting a supplier's claim that its liability for the million dollars in damage caused by its selling of defective products was limited to the $960 price of those products
  • Representing a Minnesota corporation in the Ohio Court of Appeals in obtaining a decision rejecting a seller's contention that its terms and conditions of sale applied to the parties' transaction
  • Assisting a major Twin Cities commercial property owner in successfully negotiating resolution of several million-dollar construction disputes without resorting to litigation
  • In an American Arbitration Association proceeding on behalf of condominium purchasers, obtaining class certification and then a class decision that declared unconscionable a buy-back option in owners' purchase agreements
  • Representing numerous individual homeowners in various Minnesota state courts in claims against contractors relating to mold and/or moisture-intrusion issues in houses. Many of the claims were settled in pre-trial mediation
  • Representing a client in Illinois U.S. District Court, in Hennepin County (Minnesota) state court and ultimately in the Minnesota Court of Appeals to successfully reduce a $1 million breach-of-contract claim to no more than $34,000, based on a contractual limitation of liability and obtaining an award of attorneys' fees

Professional Activities

American Bar Association, Member

Federal Bar Association, Member

Minnesota Bar Association, Member

Hennepin County Bar Association, Member

Ramsey County Bar Association, Member

Dartmouth Lawyers Association, Member

Recognitions and Accomplishments

Hennepin County Bar Association, Pro Bono Publico Award of Excellence for a Private Attorney, 2017

Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2011-2017

North Star Lawyer, Minnesota State Bar Association, 2013-2016

Community Activities

Volunteer Lawyers Network, Board Member

Volunteer Lawyers Network Benefactors, Board Member

Hennepin County Bar Foundation, Board Member

Hennepin County Civil Counsel Project, Member

Dakota County Conciliation Court, Referee

University of Minnesota Law School (J.D., 1983, cum laude)

Dartmouth College (B.A., 1980, cum laude)

Minnesota

U.S. District Court for the District of Minnesota

U.S. District Court for the District of Colorado

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit

U.S. District Court for the District of North Dakota