Timothy S. Baird

(804) 343-5249
Of Counsel
(804) 783-6192 Fax

Mr. Baird has represented clients in litigation and regulatory matters for more than 20 years. His clients have included brokerage firms, banks, thrifts, insurance companies, brokers and insurance agents. Mr. Baird also has litigated a range of business and commercial disputes outside of the financial services sector, including disputes involving energy contracts, close corporations/partnerships, and trademarks.

Mr. Baird’s practice includes:

  • Representing financial institutions in disputes involving the collection of defaulted commercial loans, lender liability, UCC transactions, business torts, government forfeitures and consumer protection statutes;
  • Counseling financial institutions with regard to regulatory investigations involving a range of operational, licensing, product-related, and sales-practice issues, including compensation, market timing, insider trading, market manipulation, privacy, trade reporting, and employee malfeasance (e.g., Ponzi schemes, fraud, selling away);
  • Defending brokerage firms and financial advisors in FINRA securities arbitrations brought by public customers or departing brokers; and
  • Directing complex internal investigations involving employee misconduct and supervisory lapses, some of which require interaction with state or federal law enforcement.

Mr. Baird has an AV Preeminent™ peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell®, its highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards.

Prior to joining Kutak Rock, Mr. Baird served as Senior Regulatory Counsel for a major brokerage firm, and he was a commercial litigation attorney with Troutman Sanders LLP. 

Mr. Baird's recent matters have included representation of:

  • A major consumer electronics firm defending preference and contract claims brought in bankruptcy court by the Circuit City Liquidating Trustee.
  • A monoline insurance company prosecuting claims in New York against a major bank for fraud and breach of representations and warranties with respect to billions of dollars of mortgage-backed securities insured by the client.
  • A national bank resolving claims against a developer for payment of defaulted commercial loans financing a large residential project in Virginia after the court granted motions dismissing all but the contract-based counterclaims of the developer and enforcing contractual waivers of punitive damages, consequential damages, and trial by jury.
  • A state bank obtaining summary judgment in Virginia state court with respect to a developer's lender liability claims and the bank's counterclaim against the developer.
  • The equipment finance affiliate of a national bank obtaining a favorable insurance coverage ruling, on a dispositive motion, which was upheld on appeal.
  • A retail brokerage firm defending a substantial FINRA arbitration claim related to the private resale of an unregistered security.