Jesse J. Bair

Partner | Insurance Trial Lawyer



Jesse J. Bair is a partner at Burns Bair LLP.  He represents a wide range of companies across multiple industries, as well as their directors and officers, in their most significant insurance disputes.

Before founding Burns Bair LLP, Jesse was Counsel in the insurance recovery practice at one of the nation’s largest law firms. In that role, Jesse handled cases at all stages of litigation, from pre-suit mediation, through trial, and on appeal. He successfully litigated cases in state and federal courts throughout the country. Over the past five years, Jesse has recovered hundreds of millions of dollars in insurance proceeds for clients.

Jesse earned his J.D. from the University of Wisconsin Law School, where he graduated first in his class, was elected to the Order of the Coif, and served as a Managing Editor on the Wisconsin Law Review. Jesse graduated summa cum laude from St. Norbert College.

  • Coverage Litigation
  • Domestic and International Insurance Arbitration
  • Bad Faith Litigation
  • Bankruptcy Trustee Litigation
  • Insurance Class Actions
  • Early Resolution of Insurance-Driven Liability Claims
  • B.A., St. Norbert College
    • Political Science
    • Graduated summa cum laude
  • J.D., University of Wisconsin Law School
    • Graduated summa cum laude
    • Order of the Coif
    • Managing Editor, Wisconsin Law Review
  • American Bar Association
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • Dane County Bar Association
  • State Bar of Wisconsin
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
  • United States District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • Stipulations and Insurance Assignments Offer Policyholders and Claimants Relief From Bankruptcy Delays, New York Law Journal, 2022
  • Who, Me, Unreasonable? Establishing ‘Reasonableness’ of Defense Counsel Fees in Insurance Coverage Litigation in the 7th Circuit, The Circuit Rider, Vol. 23, Nov. 2017, pp. 18-22
  • ‘The Silent Man’: From Lochner to Hammer v. Dagenhart, a Reevaluation of Justice William R. Day, Journal of Supreme Court History, vol. 40, no. 1, Mar. 2015, pp. 38-54
  • Introduction to American Law, University of Wisconsin Law School
  • Recognized in Commercial Litigation – Best Lawyers in America, 2023-2024
  • Lawdragon 500 Leading Bankruptcy & Restructuring Lawyers, 2023
  • Daniel H. Grady Award (top ranking student in the graduating class)