Jeffrey M. Baill

Jeffrey M. Baill

Partner

Tel: 612-244-2905

Fax: 612-344-1689

Email: jbaill@yostbaill.com

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Assistant: Mary Brewer

Tel: 612-244-2921

Fax: 612-344-1689

Email: mbrewer@yostbaill.com

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Jeff Baill is one of the leading authorities on Subrogation in the world. Yost & Baill’s clients routinely consult with Jeff to evaluate the subrogation potential of various loss scenarios and to plan a course of action to proceed forward on handling the loss. He has 35 years’ experience in the subrogation industry trying cases, supervising lawyers, and advising and consulting with many of the largest insurance companies and self-insured entities in the country on strategies and practices to improve their subrogation results. Jeff’s practice focuses on complex losses such as the 35W bridge collapse where he was designated by the court as the lead Subrogation Counsel

Jeff not only founded the National Association of Subrogation Professionals, but has served on its Board of Directors since its inception. He has spoken all over the country on virtually every area of Subrogation. In addition, Jeff is the Managing Partner at Yost & Baill responsible for setting the direction of the firm and implementing the policies set by the Partners.

Jeff is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Hamline University School of Law where he served on the Law Review. He has an extensive history of serving on not for profit boards, including being elected the President of three organizations. His leadership skills have been recognized in every organization he has been involved in. Jeff was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for changing the Subrogation Industry Forever by a prominent trade association, in recognition of his tireless efforts and dedication to the subrogation community. In addition, Jeff has been approved as a Mediator and serves in that function at the request of various litigants. He has also been recognized as a Super Lawyer by Minneapolis St. Paul Magazine, Law & Politics Magazine and Twin Cities Business.

Outside of his practice, Jeff is very involved in the United State Tennis Association where he has served in many roles, including the Executive Committee and Chair of the Presidents’ Committee. Jeff is also an active member of the Hennepin County Bar Association, and is currently serving on the HCBA Board of Directors, on the executive committee, and was recently appointed as the HCBA Secretary, beginning a five-year leadership track which will have him serve as president for the 2019-2010 bar year.

Education

  • J.D., Hamline University School of Law
  • B.G.S. (with distinction), University of Michigan

Admission to Practice

  • Minnesota State Courts and United States District Court, District of Minnesota

Honors & Awards

  • 2016 recipient of inaugural United States Tennis Association Volunteer Exceptional Service Award
  • 2015 recipient of the Westfield Insurance OARS Award for Resolution Through Innovation
  • Awarded Don Kramer Award from the National Association of Retail Collection Attorneys for longstanding impact on the legal profession, and for work as founder of the National Association of Subrogation Professionals that “changed our industry and community forever”
  • Awarded Certified Recovery and Subrogation Professional designation by NASP
  • Named Super Lawyer by Minneapolis-St. Paul Magazine, Law & Politics Magazine and Twin Cities Business
  • 2014 recipient of United States Tennis Association Northern President’s Award

Leadership

  • Founder, National Association of Subrogation Professionals (NASP)
  • Lifetime member, NASP Board of Directors
  • Past President of NASP
  • Current Hennepin County Bar Association Secretary
  • Current member, Hennepin County Bar Association Board of Directors
  • United States Tennis Association (USTA) Board of Directors 2017-2018. The USTA consists of 750,000 members, and it owns and operates the U.S. Open.
  • USTA Northern General Counsel 2015 and 2016
  • Elected to the USTA Nominating Committee for the 2013-2014 term. The Nominating Committee selects the board of directors, including officers and the President.
  • Past member of the Executive Committee of the USTA
  • Past Chair of the Presidents Committee of the United States Tennis Association. The committee consists of the Presidents of the seventeen sections of the USTA
  • Past President United States Tennis Association Northern Section
  • Past Vice Chair, Institute of Forensic Investigation
  • Past President of Jewish Community Center

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • National Association of Subrogation Professionals
  • Hennepin County Bar Association
  • Minnesota State and Federal Bar Associations

Presentations

2016

-NASP Annual Conference – Colorado Springs, CO. “Being a Leader: Leadership Skills for Subrogators”
-Insurance Company Presentation – Cottonwood, MN. “Subrogation Trends and Best Practices”
-Insurance Company Presentation – Appleton, WI. “Subrogation: Hot Topics”
-Minnesota Association for Justice – Brainerd, MN. “Subrogation: Friend or Foe”
-Minnesota Continuing Legal Education – St. Paul, MN. “Growing Your Law Practice”
-Insurance Company Presentation – Fond Du Lac, WI. Workers Compensation Subrogation Training Program

2015

-Minnesota State Bar Association – Minneapolis, MN. “Becoming a Valuable Asset to Your Firm: Above and Beyond Being Just a Good Lawyer”

-NASP Annual Conference – Reno, NV. “What I’ve Learned,” Panel Discussion of Past Presidents
-Minnesota Continuing Legal Education – Minneapolis, MN. “The Business of Law: Managing & Growing Your Law Practice”
-Hennepin County Bar Association – Minneapolis, MN. “Law Firm Leadership”
-Minnesota Continuing Legal Education – Minneapolis, MN. “Positioning Yourself as a Subject Matter Expert”
-PLRB Conference – Anaheim, CA. Subrogation Mediation Workshop
-NASP Executive Forum – Napa, CA. Subrogation and Class Actions

2014
-Insurance Company Presentation – Des Moines, IA. Workers Compensation Subrogation Workshop
-NASP Annual Conference – Orlando, FL. “The Modern Subrogation Attorneys: Going From Good to Great!”
-NASP Annual Conference – Orlando, FL. “Work Site Safety: How the Mighty Could Fall? Potential Pitfalls and Interpretations of Workplace Safety Based Upon OSHA Guidelines (the Multi-Employer Work Site Policy)
-NASP Annual Conference – Orlando, FL. “Work Site Safety Explored: Real World Site Safety Examples Focusing on Keeping Our Industry Professionals Safe”
-Insurance Company Presentation – Birmingham, AL. “Subro College 100”
-Insurance Company Presentation – Murfreesboro, TN. “Subro College 100”
-CPCU Presentation – Minneapolis, MN. Subrogation Overview
-Insurance Company Presentation – Minneapolis, MN. “Workers Compensation Subrogation Issues”
-Minnesota Continuing Legal Education – Minneapolis, MN. “The Business of Law: Managing & Growing Your Law Practice”
-Hennepin County Bar Association – Minneapolis, Minnesota – “Becoming a Valuable Asset to Your Firm: Above and Beyond Being Just a Good Lawyer”
-Insurance Company Presentation – St. Charles, IL – “Workers Compensation Subrogation Issues”
-Hennepin County Bar Association – Minneapolis, MN – “Fund Raising Issues On a Non-Profit Board”
-NASP Executive Forum- Amelia Island, FL- “Safety Issues at Loss Sites”
-Hennepin County Bar Association – Minneapolis, MN. “Serving on a Non-Profit Board”
-Professional Liability Defense Federation – Phoenix, AZ. “Building a Thriving Trade Association”

2013
-NASP Annual Conference – San Diego, CA. “Subrogation Ethics”
-NASP Annual Conference – San Diego, CA. “Managing a Subrogation Law Firm”
-Orlando, FL. Moderator; “Subrogation Management Issues”
-Insurance Company Presentation – Sheboygan Falls, WI. “Insurance Subrogation Investigation”
-National Association of Independent Insurance Adjusters – Hilton Head, SC. “The Changing World of Subrogation: Opportunities and Pitfalls”
-Insurance Company Presentation – Cleveland, OH. “Work Comp Subro: A Multi-State Analysis”
-NASP Executive Forum – Austin, TX. “Reflections On The Last Fifteen Years of Subrogation”

2012
-NASP Webinar – “Beds are Burning: The MN Supreme Court’s New Permission to Subrogate Against Negligent Tenants”
-NASP Chapter Meeting- Madison, Wisconsin- “Managing Subrogation Teams”

2011
-NASP Annual Conference – Orlando, FL. Moderator; “Subrogation Management Issues”
-NASP Annual Conference – Orlando, FL. Subro College 100 Series
-Institute of Forensic Investigation – Chicago, IL. “Large Loss Investigations”
-Insurance Company Presentation – Columbus, OH. “Comparative Fault Training”
-Institute of Forensic Investigation – Minneapolis, MN. “Need for Forensic Trade Association”

2010
-NASP Annual Conference – Dallas, TX. Subro College 100 Series
-Minnesota Fire Seminar- Prior Lake, MN. “Fire Subrogation Pitfalls”
-USTA Semi-Annual Meeting- New York, NY. “Best Practices in the Lifecycle of a Volunteer”
-Insurance Company Presentation- Middleton, WI. “Work Comp Subro Identification and Investigation”
-Insurance Company Presentation- Eden Prairie, MN. “Subrogation Workshop for Claims People”
-NASP Chapter Meeting – National Webinar. “Toyota Defect Claims”
-PLRB Conference – San Antonio, TX. “Helping Property Managers Navigate the Subrogation Maze”
-Insurance Company Presentation- Alpharetta, GA. “Work Comp Subro Investigation Training”
-Insurance Company Presentation – Sacramento, CA. “Work Comp Subro Investigation Training”

2009
-Insurance Company Presentation – St. Charles, IL. “Select Work Comp Subro Issues”
-NASP Annual Conference – Colorado Springs, CO. Panelist; “How to Effectively Deal with Media Issues on High Profile Subrogation Claims”
-NASP Annual Conference – Colorado Springs, CO. Subro College 100 Series
-NASP Annual Conference – Colorado Springs, CO. Subro College 200 Series; Product Liability
-CPCU Presentation – Bloomington, MN. “Auto Fire Litigation”
-Insurance Company Presentation – Owatonna, MN. “Work Comp Subro Recognition”
-Insurance Company Presentation – Bloomington, MN. “Solving the Work Comp Subro Puzzle”
-NASP Chapter Meeting – National Teleconference. “GM/Chrysler Bankruptcy Program”
-Insurance Company Presentation – Cleveland, OH. “Navigating the Subrogation Maze”
-Insurance Company Presentation- Bloomington, MN. “Identifying and Investigating Work Comp Subro Opportunities”
-Minnesota Fire Seminar – Prior Lake, MN. “Vehicle and Heavy Equipment Fires”
-PLRB Conference – Seattle, WA. “Navigating the Subrogation Maze”
-Insurance Company Presentation – Atlanta, GA. “Solving the Work Comp Subro Puzzle”
-Insurance Company Presentation – Sacramento, CA. “Solving the Work Comp Subro Puzzle”

2008
-Insurance Company Presentation – Minneapolis, MN. Subro College
-Insurance Company Presentation – Algona, IA. Spoliation Seminar
-Minnesota Fire Seminar – Prior Lake, MN. “A New Revolution; Vehicle Fires in Litigation”
-PLRB Conference – Boston, MA. “Comparative Fault Training”
-NASP Executive Forum – Las Vegas, NV. Group Discussion Leader on Subrogation Scenario
-NASP Subrogation Litigation: Skills and Management Conference – Las Vegas, NV. Participant in Health Care Mock Trial
-Insurance Company Presentation – Appleton, WI- Work Comp Subrogation Workshop
-Insurance Company Presentation – Appleton, WI. “Subrogating Work Comp”
-USTA Northern Workshop – Minneapolis, MN. “What Remarkable Organizations Do That Others Don’t”
-NASP Annual Conference – Hollywood, FL. Moderator; Executive Forum Roundtable
-NASP Annual Conference – Hollywood, FL. Panelist; “How to Effectively Resolve Your Subrogation Lien in the Court of Media Publicity”
-NASP Annual Conference – Hollywood, FL. Subro College
-NASP Annual Conference – Hollywood, FL. Moderator; “War for Talent”
-USTA Northern Board Meeting – Minneapolis, MN. “’Seven Measures of Success’ for Remarkable Associations”
-Insurance Company Presentation – St. Louis, MO. “Solving the Work Comp Subro Puzzle”
-Insurance Company Presentation – Exton, PA. Continuing Legal Education Program on Subrogation and Ethics
-NASP Minnesota Chapter Meeting – Edina, MN. Subro College
-Minnesota Association of Farm Mutual Insurance Companies – St. Cloud, MN. “Subrogation: Trends and Opportunities”

2007
-Insurance Company Presentation – Chicago, IL. “Subrogation; Past and Future”
-NASP Annual Conference – New Orleans, LA. Subro College
-Insurance Company Presentation – Grinnell, IA. “Work Comp Subrogation”

-Farm Bureau Claims & Legal Conference – Albuquerque, NM. “The Future of Subrogation”
-Insurance Company Presentation – Madison, WI. “Modern History of Subrogation”
-Insurance Company Presentation – Algona, IA. “Subrogation Recognition Training”
-NASP Subrogation Litigation: Skills and Management Conference – Las Vegas, NV. Conference Chair; Organize and Moderate Conference
-PLRB Conference – Orlando, FL. “Comparative Fault Training”

2006
-NASP Annual Conference – Orlando, FL. Subro College
-The Iowa Chapter of The CPCU Society – Des Moines, IA. “Subrogation History and Comparative Fault Workshop”
-Insurance Company Presentation – Chicago, IL. “Product Liability Litigation”
-NASP Florida Chapter Meeting – Jacksonville, FL. “Comparative Fault Training”
-Workforce Safety and Insurance – Bismarck, ND. “Half Day Workers Compensation Subrogation Workshop”
-NASP Missouri Chapter Meeting – St. Louis, MO. “Trends in Subrogation”
-Minnesota Self-Insurers Association – Minneapolis, MN. “Subrogation Practices and Procedures for All Risk”
-PLRB Conference – Nashville, TN. “Comparative Fault Training”
-NASP Subrogation Litigation: Skills and Management Conference – San Diego, CA. Organize and Moderate Conference
-NASP Executive Planning Session – San Diego, CA. “Trends in Subrogation”

2005
-NASP Annual Conference – Austin, TX. Subro College
-Execusummit – New York – Keynote Speech – “Trends in Auto Subro”
-NASP Florida Chapter Meeting – Jacksonville, FL. “Trends in Property Subrogation”
-NASP Iowa Chapter Meeting – Des Moines, IA. ‘Maximizing Work Comp Recoveries”
-PLRB – San Antonio, TX. “Subrogation Fundamentals”
-USAA – San Antonio, TX. “Maximizing Subrogation Recoveries”
-West Bend Insurance – West Bend, WI – “Organizing a Subrogation Department”

2004
-PLRB – Chicago, IL. “The Marriage of the Subrogation Unit with the Field Claims Office”
-Farm Bureau-Iowa – “Work Comp Subro”
-State Farm – Bloomington, IL. Speech to New Subrogation Liaisons
-NASP Annual Conference – Atlanta, GA. “Gator-Aide What Works – Management Open Forum”

2003
-ANPAC – Springfield, MO. “Subrogation Fundamentals”
-NASP Chapter Meeting – Minneapolis, MN. “Subrogation Principals”
-NASP Annual Conference – Reno, NV. “Subrogation Litigation”
-NASP WI Chapter Meeting – Appleton, WI. “Workers’ Compensation Subrogation”
-General Casualty – Minneapolis, MN. Workers’ Compensation Subrogation
-State Farm Keynote speaker – Bloomington, IL. “Subrogation Beyond the Dollars”
-St. Paul Companies – Minneapolis, MN. “Workers’ Compensation Subrogation”

Prior
-NASP Annual Conference – Tampa, FL
-MetLife – Providence, RI
-Crum and Forster – Milwaukee, WI
-Travelers – Milwaukee, WI
-NASP Annual Conference – Las Vegas, NV
-NASP Annual Conference – Orlando, FL
-NASP Annual Conference – Reno, NV
-NAMIC Claims Conference – Biloxi, MS
-Milbank State Auto – Milbank, SD
-Guide One – Des Moines, IA
-Northwest Property Adjusters – Minneapolis, MN
-State Farm – Minneapolis, MN
-Liberty Mutual – Minneapolis, MN
-Farmers Insurance – Chicago, IL
-Travelers Insurance – Minneapolis, MN
-Secura Insurance – Minneapolis, MN
-Minnesota Claims Association – Duluth, MN
-Farm Bureau – Rochester, MN
-Cigna – Minneapolis, MN
-RTW – Minneapolis, MN
-Medtronic – Memphis, TN
-Medtronic – Minneapolis, MN
-General Casualty – Minneapolis, MN
-Farmers Insurance – Minneapolis, MN
-Home Insurance – Minneapolis, MN
-Minneapolis CLE

 

Publications

January 16, 2016, Claims Management, “Inextricable Ties Between Claims and Subrogation Departments

November 2013, The Hennepin Lawyer, “Confessions of an Insurance Subrogation Attorney

Founder’s Forum Articles from the National Association of Subrogation Professionals Subrogator Magazine:

Networking to Overcome Impediments” – Fall 2016
The Real Experts” – Spring/Summer 2016
False Assumptions” – Winter 2016
Do Your Homework” – Fall 2015
Leadership vs. Management” – Spring/Summer 2015
Work-Life Balance” – Winter 2015
The Best and the Brightest” – Fall 2014
Behind the Curtain – Spring/Summer 2014
What We Do” – Winter 2013
Managing Safety” – Fall 2013
Subrogation Law Firm Management: Controlled Chaos” – Summer 2013
Jobs” – Winter 2012
A Partnership for Efficiency” – Fall 2012
Mythology” – Spring/Summer 2012
Bridge to the Future” – Winter 2011
Managing Contingencies” – Fall 2011
Private Parts” – Spring/Summer 2011
Elevated Speech” – Winter 2010
Need for Speed” – Fall 2010
Talking Points” – Spring/Summer 2010
Subro Advocate” – Winter 2009
Present Tense” – Fall 2009
Technological Prisoners” – Spring/Summer 2009
Ten Years After” – Winter 2008
Breakfast With Nino” – Fall 2008
Expert Advice” – Spring/Summer 2008
Behind the Scenes” – Winter 2006
Resource Allocation” – Fall 2005
Consorting With the Enemy
“Crime and Questions”
Damages – Flying Under the Radar

Kudos

  • “Jeff, you are on the approved list [of law firms], no you are the list.” -Scott, Vice President and Manager, Property Claims
  • “This morning Jeff Baill, Esq. from the Minneapolis firm of Yost & Baill was here…and gave an outstanding three hour presentation on Subrogation to our Casualty Claim teams…I recommend him to you without qualification or hesitation – I don’t think you have ever heard me say that about a lawyer before.” -Randy, Subrogation Manager
  • “Jeff and Anamarie: Congrats to both of you for a job well done! So happy to have you in “our corner” of the Subro world.” – Ranae, Subrogation Senior Adjuster
  • “Hi Jeff & Steve: Nice work on presenting the new information on Ram v. Rohde in last Thursday’s webinar! You made it very interesting and informative.” – Ranae, Subrogation Senior Adjuster
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