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Patrick concentrates his practice in litigation of plaintiffs' personal injury. He received his law degree, cum laude, from Indiana University in 1981 and his undergraduate degree from Ball State University, summa cum laude, in 1978. He was admitted to the Indiana Bar in 1981. Elward has routinely handled personal injury cases throughout his law career. Patrick provided co-counsel in a high-profile, injury case involving a paralyzed six-year-old girl against an amusement park (Hunt v. Old Indiana). In addition to handling paralysis cases, he has successfully prosecuted plaintiff personal injury claims for brain injuries, severe burn injuries, serious orthopedic injuries and wrongful death claims. Elward is also a published commentator, having co-authored, Discovery of Experts and Destructive Testing, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Practice Skills Book, 1981. Elward has been rated by Martindale Hubbell for 21 consecutive years as AV Preeminent which is the highest peer review rating in legal ability and Ethical Standards. Cases are handled on a contingency fee basis with an initial free consultation.


Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Indianapolis Bar Association

Former Employment

  • Bingham Summers Welch and Spilman, 1978-present

Community Involvement

Professional Leadership

  • American Association For Justice (AAJ), 2000-present
  • Indiana Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), 2000-present

Civic and Charitable Involvement

  • Anchorage Homeowners Association, 1995-present
  • Peoples Burn Foundation Advisory Board, 1998-present, Summer Ice Committee, Fundraising Committee
  • Holy Spirit Catholic Church, 1995-present


Contributions & Published Works

  • Co-Author, "Discovery of Experts and Destructive Testing," Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Practice Skills Book, 1981



Ball State University, Political Science, B.S., summa cum laude, 1978
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, J.D., cum laude, 1981

  • Indiana, 1981
    U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
    U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
    U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
    U.S. Court of Federal Claims
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