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Brian has 30 plus years of experience representing business and government clients in complex disputes. His experience includes a broad spectrum of businesses, their officers, directors and shareholders. He also regularly represents professional service providers, post-secondary schools and municipal utilities. Brian has also represented both plaintiffs and defendants in complex class action matters. Brian received his J.D. cum laude from Indiana University School of Law in 1978, and his undergraduate degree from DePauw University in 1973. Brian is a Distinguished Fellow in the Indianapolis Bar Foundation and is listed in Chambers USA as a leading lawyer for business in Indiana.

Career Highlights

Representative Cases and Achievements

  • Angelopoulos v. Angelopoulos, et al., 2 N.E.3d 688 (Ind. Ct. App. 2013) (dispute regarding sale of steel mill)
  • Town of Newburgh v. Town of Chandler, 2013 Ind. App. LEXIS 637 (Ind. Ct. App., Dec. 23, 2013) (service territory dispute regarding municipal utility service)
  • Komyatti v. Citizens Energy Group, et al., 987 N.E.2d 548 (Ind. Ct. App. 2013) (defense of severe personal injury action from bicycle accident)
  • Veolia Water Indianapolis LLC v. Nat'l Trust Ins. Co., 2012 Ind. App. LEXIS 367 (Ind. Ct. App. Aug. 3, 2012) (defense of municipal water utility in action seeking damages for fireloss)
  • National Wine & Spirits, Inc., et al. v. Ernst & Young LLP, 976 N.E.2d 699 (Ind. S. Ct. 2012) (defense of accounting firm regarding audit services)
  • Bond, et al. v. Veolia Water Indianapolis, LLC, et al., 978 N.E.2d 759 (Ind. Ct. App. 2012) (defense of municipal water utility in putative class action regarding billing practices)
  • Bridges v. Veolia Water Indianapolis, LLC, et al., 978 N.E.2d 447 (Ind. Ct. App. 2012) (defense of municipal water utility in putative class action regarding billing practices)
  • Stephen Harlow et al v. Gayle Parkevich, 868 N.E.2d 453 (Ind. Ct. App.2007) (defense of accounting firm regarding trust administration claims)
  • Utility Center v. City of Fort Wayne, 868 N.E.2d 453 (Ind.2007) (representation of municipal water utility in action challenging condemnation procedure used to condemn water utility assets)
  • Speedway SuperAmerica LLC v. Carol Anne Grube Buck, et al., No. 41A01-0509-CV-411, (Ind. Ct. App. 2006) (unpublished opinion) (specific enforcement of commercial real estate purchase agreement)
  • Bobrow v. Bobrow, 810 N.E.2d 726 (Ind. Ct. App. 2004) (intervention to protect confidential financial information from becoming public record)
  • Inlow, et al. v. Ernst & Young LLP, et al., 771 N.E.2d 1174 (Ind. Ct. App. 2002); 788 N.E.2d 1236 (Ind. 2003) (defense of accounting firm in complex probate estate)
  • Richards & O’Neil, LLP v. Conk, 774 N.E.2d 540 (Ind. Ct. App. 2002) (defense of law firm concerning opinion letter delivered in connection with stock transaction)

Awards

  • Recognized in Benchmark Litigation as a “Local Litigation Star,” 2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America®, Indianapolis Litigation – Municipal, "Lawyer of the Year", 2014
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America®, 2009-2019, in the fields of Commercial Litigation; Litigation – Municipal; Litigation – Real Estate
  • Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers® in the field of Business Litigation, 2005 - 2018
  • Selected for inclusion in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business in the area of Litigation: General Commercial, 2011, 2012

Affiliations

Professional Affiliations

  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Indianapolis Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Indianapolis Law Club
  • Indiana State Bar Association

Community Involvement

Professional Leadership

  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association, President, 2016-2017
  • WFYI Foundation
  • Indianapolis Legal Aid Society Board of Directors
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association, First Vice President

Civic and Charitable Involvement

  • Meridian Street United Methodist Church, Investment Committee
  • Member, The Hundred Club of Indianapolis, Inc.
  • Member, WFYI Foundation Board of Directors
  • Member, Indianapolis Legal Aid Board of Directors

Media

News

Events

Presentations

  • 65th Annual Meeting of the 7th Circuit Bar Association and the Judicial Conference of the 7th Circuit, Chicago, IL, May 2, 2016

Services

Industries

DePauw University, B.A., 1973
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1978

  • Indiana, 1978
    U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 1978
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1978
    U.S. Supreme Court, 1991
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