George M. Plews Who We Are
 

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George Plews has practiced for nearly forty years as a successful appellate and trial advocate.  He was lead counsel in the key cases (American States v. Kiger, Hartford v. Dana, Travelers v. Summit, Allstate v. Dan, Flexdar v. State Auto, FLM v. Cincinnati et al. and others) that have shaped Indiana insurance coverage law.  George’s environmental law practice spans a range of matters, including the prosecution and defense of claims involving state and federal environmental statutes, cost recovery claims, toxic torts and governmental enforcement actions.  Resulting decisions that made new law include IDNR v. United Refuse, IDEM v. Chemical Waste Management and Cooper v. City of South Bend.  George’s litigation practice includes a wide range of other complex cases, including products liability, finance, class actions, and personal injury cases.  He represented the State of Indiana in successful litigation against the tobacco companies, and was co-counsel in bringing some of the first class actions in the country challenging banks’ incorrect handling of adjustable rate mortgages.


His yearly listing by “Best Lawyers in America” commenced in 2001 and in Indiana “Super Lawyers” in 2004. He has received “Super Lawyers” designation in both environmental and insurance coverage law. In 2011, he was named to the Top 50 Indiana Super Lawyers list and in 2012 through 2016 to the Top 10 Indiana Super Lawyers List.  He was also named the Best Lawyers' 2014 Indianapolis Insurance Law "Lawyer of the Year" and is listed in both environmental and insurance coverage.  He was elected a fellow in the Litigation Counsel of American in 2010. In 2009, George was named a Distinguished Barrister by the Indiana Lawyer. He has an AV peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell.


George has authored over 50 articles, including five published law review articles.   He is a frequent speaker before legal, trade association & business groups, including ICLEF’s “Masters” seminar series.  George has taught sections of mediation and environmental law courses at the Indiana University School of Law- Indianapolis.


George holds or has held numerous leadership positions with a host of national, community and legal organizations.  He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the National Public Radio Foundation.  He serves as Chancellor of the Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis and Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes and has served on numerous corporate and civic boards of directors.  He is a distinguished fellow of the American, Indiana and Indianapolis Bar Foundations.  



Practice Areas

  • Environmental
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Complex Litigation

Significant Cases, Administrative Matters & Transactions

FLM, LLC v. The Cincinnati Ins. Co, 973 N.E.2d 1167 (Ind. App. 2012)

State Automobile Mutual Ins. Co. v. Flexdar, Inc. 964 N.E.2d 845 (Ind. 2012)

Cooper Industries, LLC v. City of South Bend, 899 N.E.2d 1274 (Ind. 2009)

Pflanz v. Foster, 888 N.E.2d 756 (Ind. 2008) (amicus curiae)

American Chemical Service Site RD/RA Agreement Members v. Admiral Ins. Co., 396 B.R. 14 (S.D. Ind. 2008)

Travelers Cas. and Sur. Co. v. U.S. Filter Corp., 870 N.E.2d 529 (Ind. Ct. App. 2007), rev'd., 895 N.E.2d 1172 (Ind. 2008) (amicus curiae)

The City of South Bend, Ind. v. Century Indem. Co., 821 N.E.2d 5 (Ind. Ct. App. 2005)

PSI Energy, Inc. v. Home Ins. Co., 801 N.E.2d 705 (Ind. Ct. App. 2004)

Allstate v. Dana Corp., 759 N.E.2d 1049 (Ind. 2001)

Employers Ins. of Wausau v. Recticel Foam Co., 716 N.E.2d 1015 (Ind. Ct. App. 1999)

Travelers Indem. Corp. v. Summit Corp. of Am., 715 N.E.2d 926 (Ind. Ct. App. 1999)

Hartford Accident. & Indem. Co. v. Dana Corp., 690 N.E.2d 285 (Ind. Ct. App. 1997)

Am. States Ins. Co. v. Kiger, 662 N.E.2d 945 (Ind. 1996)

Ind. Dept of Natural Res. v. United Refuse Co., Inc., 615 N.E.2d 100 (Ind. 1993)

Triple G Landfill, Inc. v. Bd. of Commr, 774 F. Supp. 528 (S.D. Ind. 1991), 977 F.2d 287 (7th Cir. 1992)

Ind. Dept of Envtl. Mgmt. v. Chem. Waste Mgmt. of Ind., Inc., 604 N.E.2d 1199 (Ind. Ct. App. 1992)

McCracken v. Eli Lilly & Co., 494 N.E.2d 1289 (Ind. Ct. App. 1986)

Publications & Speaking Engagements

2015
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker, Friends of Indiana Mental Health Centers, "Ensuring Effective CMHC Management"
 
2013
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker, "Mediating Complex Cases: Proven Tips and Strategies", Indianapolis Bar Association
 
2013
Publication
  Author, Pre-Tender Costs Should Be Recoverable Absent Prejudice, American Bar Association Environmental Litigation Winter Newsletter, 2013
 
2012
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker, "Advanced Environmental Law - Annual Masters Series", Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum
 
2011
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker, "2011 Environmental Law Legislative Update", Indiana State Bar Association
 
2011
Publication
  Author, "The Pollution Exclusion: Understanding the Limits of the Principal Barrier to Insurance Recovery in Contamination Cases", a Chapter in the ABA Book, Environmental Liability and Insurance Recovery
 
2010
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker, "Statutory Cost Recovery and Contribution", Indiana State Bar Association
 
2010
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Advanced Insurance Law
 
2009
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Environmental Law
 
2009
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker, Insurance Coverage:  A Master's Level Symposium, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum
 
2009
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Insurance Coverage, A Master's Level Symposium," Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum Masters Series
 
2008
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker, "Rules and Procedures for Federal Court Success", National Business Institute
 
2007
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Insurance Coverage Litigation," National Business Institute, Inc.
 
2006
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Mealey's Insurance Coverage Disputes Concerning Construction Defects" Conference
 
2006
Publication
  Author and Speaker, " Winning Your First Civil Trial," National Business Institute, Inc.
 
2005
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Clarifying The Policy's Intent: Keys to Litigation", National Business Institute, Inc.
 
2005
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "An In-Depth Analysis of Insurance Coverage", National Business Institute, Inc.
 
2005
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Strengthen Your Case Using Persuasive Writing", National Business Institute, Inc.
 
2005
Publication
  Co-Author, 2004 Survey of Recent Developments in Indiana Law, 38 Ind. L. Rev. 1035 (2005) 
 
2004
Publication
  Chair, Author and Speaker, "Toxic Tort Litigation in Indiana," Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum
 
2004
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Insurance Coverage for Environmental Liabilities," Central Indiana Technical and Environmental Society
 
2004
Publication
  Co-Author, Environmental Law Developments: Hope and Ambiguity in Achieving the Optimum Environment, 37 Ind. L. Rev. 1055 (2004)
 
2003
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Brownfields and Cost Recovery," Indiana Association of Cities and Towns
 
2002
Publication
  Chair, Author and Speaker, "Advanced Litigation: Court Issues and Cases in Environmental Law," Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum
 
2002
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Bad Faith Litigation in Indiana," National Business Institute, Inc.
 
2002
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Insurance Coverage Law," National Business Institute, Inc.
 
2001
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Insurance Law," Lorman Business Center, Inc.
 
2001
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Basic Environmental Law," Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum
 
1999
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Pollution Liability Coverage for Your Terminal - What Use Can You Make of Your Existing Coverage? What Other Coverages are Available?" Independent Liquid Terminals Association
 
1999
Publication
  Co-Author, First-Party Insurance and Inquiry Caused By Fumes: The Absolute-Pollution Exclusion Should Not Bar Coverage, 2 J. Ins. Coverage 43 (1999)
 
1998
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "How Insurance Can Contribute to Brownfields Solutions," Continuing Legal Education International
 
1998
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "The Latest Word: A Survey of Current Developments in Indiana Environmental Coverage Law," Environmental Quality Control, Inc.
 
1997
Publication
  Program Chair, Author and Speaker, "After Kiger: A Summary of Current Developments in Indiana Environmental Coverage Law," Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Environmental Law Update
 
1995
Publication
  Author, "Reflections on Dispositive Motions," Res Gestae, 1995, (selected as best article of 1995 by Res Gestae, the monthly journal of the Indiana State Bar Association)
 
1995
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Effective Appellate Practice in Indiana," National Business Institute, Inc.
 
1995
Publication
  Co-Author, "Environmental Issues" chapter of Indiana Real Estate Transactions, Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Company
 
1994
Publication
  Co-Author and Speaker, "The Drafting and Regulatory History of the Standard Pollution Exclusion," Environmental Insurance Coverage Claims and Litigation, Practicing Law Institute
 
1994
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Environmental Audits: An Overview," Indiana Manufacturers Association
 
1993
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Recent Constitutional Developments in Indiana Environmental Law," Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum
 
1991
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Obtaining Funds From Insurance Coverage for Environmental Clean Up Costs," Indiana Manufacturers Association
 
1991
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Avoiding Environmental Liability," National Business Institute, Inc.
 
1990
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker, Midwest Environmental Law Caucus, Valparaiso University Law School, Conference on RCRA and CERCLA Litigation
 
1990
Publication
  Co-Author, The Best Claim is No Claim: Selecting and Contracting with a Waste Hauler, 2 Envtl. Claims J. 449 (1990)
 
1990
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Hazardous Waste in Indiana," National Business Institute, Inc. 
 
1990
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Environmental Laws Affecting Real Estate Transactions," National Business Institute, Inc.
 
1989
Publication
  Co-Author, "The Indiana Responsible Property Law: New Environmental Information and Responsibilities," LXXIII Hoosier Banker 22
 
1989
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Hazardous Waste in Indiana," National Business Institute, Inc.
 
1988
Publication
  Co-Author, Who Pays for Environmental Damage: Recent Developments in CERCLA Liability and Insurance Coverage Litigation, 21 Ind. L. Rev. 109 (1988)
 
1988
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Hazardous Waste in Indiana," National Business Institute, Inc. 
 

Associations & Memberships

Founding Member, American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel

Member, Diversity Law Institute

Member, The Trial Law Institute

Chair, Indianapolis Bar Association's Nominating Committee

Member, Board of Trustees, National Public Radio Foundation

Member, Board of Directors, Indianapolis Bar Foundation, Executive Committee

Member, Board of Directors, Novia Care Clinics, Inc.

Member, Board of Editors, Journal of Insurance Coverage

Senior Fellow, Indianapolis Bar Foundation

Fellow, Indiana State Bar Foundation

Member, American Bar Association Committee on Insurance Litigation (Former Co-Chairman, Subcommittee on Environmental Coverage -- Insured Rights)

Honors

2017   Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers -- Insurance Coverage
 
2016   Listed in Best Lawyers in America®
 
2016   Ranked by Chambers USA 2016

 
2016   Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers -- Insurance Coverage
 
2016   Listed in Best Lawyers in America®
 
2015  
Ranked by Chambers USA 2015
 
2015   Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers -- Insurance Coverage
 
2015   Selected for inclusion in Top 10 Super Lawyers -- Indiana
 
2015   Listed in Best Lawyers in America®
 
2014   Best Lawyers' 2015 Indianapolis Environmental Law Lawyer of the Year
 
2014   Ranked by Chambers USA 2014
 
2014   Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers -- Insurance Coverage
 
2013   Named the Best Lawyers’ 2014 Indianapolis Insurance Law "Lawyer of the Year"
 
2013   Listed in Best Lawyers in America®
 
2013   Ranked by Chambers USA 2013
 
2013   Selected for inclusion in Top 10 Super Lawyers -- Indiana

 
2013   Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers -- Insurance Coverage

 
2012   Elected to The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
 
2012   Listed in Best Lawyers in America®
 
2012   Selected for inclusion in Top 10 Super Lawyers -- Indiana


 
2012   Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers -- Insurance Coverage

 
2011   Distinguished Senior Fellow, Indianapolis Bar Foundation
 
2011  

Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rating

 
2011   Listed in Best Lawyers in America®

 
2011   Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society
 
2011   Selected for inclusion in Top 50 Super Lawyers -- Indiana

Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers -- Insurance Coverage

 
2011   Chair, Nominating Committee, Indianapolis Bar Association 2011
 
2010  

Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers Magazine - National Corporate Counsel Edition - Insurance Coverage


 
2010  

Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers Magazine - Insurance Coverage 

 
2010   Listed in Best Lawyers in America®
 
2009   Recipient of the Indiana Lawyer's Distinguished Barrister Award
 
2009  

Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers Magazine - Insurance Coverage 

 
2009   Selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, A Trial Lawyer Honorary Society Limited to 3500 Laywers Nationwide.
 
2009   Distinguished Fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation
 
2008   Listed in Best Lawyers in America®
 
2008   Listed in Indiana Super Lawyers
 
2007   Listed in Best Lawyers in America®
 
2007   Listed in Indiana Super Lawyers
 
2006   Listed in Best Lawyers in America®
 
2006   Listed in Indiana Super Lawyers
 
2005   Listed in Best Lawyers in America®
 
2005   Listed in Indiana Super Lawyers
 
2004   Listed in Best Lawyers in America®
 
2004   Listed in Indiana Super Lawyers
 
2003   Listed in Best Lawyers in America®
 
2002   Listed in Best Lawyers in America®
 
2001   Listed in Best Lawyers in America®
 
1993   Indianapolis Monthly Magazine Top Environmental Lawyer
 
1978   Senior Articles Editor, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review
 
1974   Phi Beta Kappa
 
1974   Daniel Sachs Graduating Scholarship (for two years of study at Oxford University)
 

Employment History

1988 - present   Founding Partner, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP

1986 - 1988   Partner, Baker & Daniels, Indianapolis, Indiana

1979 - 1986   Associate, Baker & Daniels, Indianapolis, Indiana

Volunteer Activities

Board of Directors, Groundwork Indy, Inc. 

Board of Directors, Hanover College Parents Association

Vice President, Board of Directors, Indianapolis Rowing Center

Former Member, Board of Directors, Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic

Former Member, Board of Directors, Horizons Urban Student Enrichment Program

Indiana State Bar Association, Long Range Planning Committee

President, Board of Directors, St. Richard's School Foundation

Member and Treasurer, Board of Directors, Trustee Leadership Development, Inc.

Chancellor, Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis

Chancellor, Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes, Inc.

Member, Board of Directors, Indiana Interchurch Center Corporation (Member, Finance Committee)

President, Princeton University Indiana Alumni Association (Past Chairman, Schools Committee)

Former Member, Board of Directors, Waycross, Inc. (Episcopal Camp and Conference Center)

Former Member, Board of Directors, Indiana Civil Liberties Union (Former Vice President, Litigation)

Former Vestry Member, Trinity Episcopal Church, Indianapolis (Former Senior Warden)

Practice Areas

  • Environmental
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Complex Litigation

Significant Cases, Administrative Matters & Transactions

FLM, LLC v. The Cincinnati Ins. Co, 973 N.E.2d 1167 (Ind. App. 2012)

State Automobile Mutual Ins. Co. v. Flexdar, Inc. 964 N.E.2d 845 (Ind. 2012)

Cooper Industries, LLC v. City of South Bend, 899 N.E.2d 1274 (Ind. 2009)

Pflanz v. Foster, 888 N.E.2d 756 (Ind. 2008) (amicus curiae)

American Chemical Service Site RD/RA Agreement Members v. Admiral Ins. Co., 396 B.R. 14 (S.D. Ind. 2008)

Travelers Cas. and Sur. Co. v. U.S. Filter Corp., 870 N.E.2d 529 (Ind. Ct. App. 2007), rev'd., 895 N.E.2d 1172 (Ind. 2008) (amicus curiae)

The City of South Bend, Ind. v. Century Indem. Co., 821 N.E.2d 5 (Ind. Ct. App. 2005)

PSI Energy, Inc. v. Home Ins. Co., 801 N.E.2d 705 (Ind. Ct. App. 2004)

Allstate v. Dana Corp., 759 N.E.2d 1049 (Ind. 2001)

Employers Ins. of Wausau v. Recticel Foam Co., 716 N.E.2d 1015 (Ind. Ct. App. 1999)

Travelers Indem. Corp. v. Summit Corp. of Am., 715 N.E.2d 926 (Ind. Ct. App. 1999)

Hartford Accident. & Indem. Co. v. Dana Corp., 690 N.E.2d 285 (Ind. Ct. App. 1997)

Am. States Ins. Co. v. Kiger, 662 N.E.2d 945 (Ind. 1996)

Ind. Dept of Natural Res. v. United Refuse Co., Inc., 615 N.E.2d 100 (Ind. 1993)

Triple G Landfill, Inc. v. Bd. of Commr, 774 F. Supp. 528 (S.D. Ind. 1991), 977 F.2d 287 (7th Cir. 1992)

Ind. Dept of Envtl. Mgmt. v. Chem. Waste Mgmt. of Ind., Inc., 604 N.E.2d 1199 (Ind. Ct. App. 1992)

McCracken v. Eli Lilly & Co., 494 N.E.2d 1289 (Ind. Ct. App. 1986)


Publications & Speaking Engagements

2015
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker, Friends of Indiana Mental Health Centers, "Ensuring Effective CMHC Management"
 
2013
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker, "Mediating Complex Cases: Proven Tips and Strategies", Indianapolis Bar Association
 
2013
Publication
  Author, Pre-Tender Costs Should Be Recoverable Absent Prejudice, American Bar Association Environmental Litigation Winter Newsletter, 2013
 
2012
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker, "Advanced Environmental Law - Annual Masters Series", Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum
 
2011
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker, "2011 Environmental Law Legislative Update", Indiana State Bar Association
 
2011
Publication
  Author, "The Pollution Exclusion: Understanding the Limits of the Principal Barrier to Insurance Recovery in Contamination Cases", a Chapter in the ABA Book, Environmental Liability and Insurance Recovery
 
2010
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker, "Statutory Cost Recovery and Contribution", Indiana State Bar Association
 
2010
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Advanced Insurance Law
 
2009
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Environmental Law
 
2009
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker, Insurance Coverage:  A Master's Level Symposium, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum
 
2009
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Insurance Coverage, A Master's Level Symposium," Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum Masters Series
 
2008
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker, "Rules and Procedures for Federal Court Success", National Business Institute
 
2007
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Insurance Coverage Litigation," National Business Institute, Inc.
 
2006
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Mealey's Insurance Coverage Disputes Concerning Construction Defects" Conference
 
2006
Publication
  Author and Speaker, " Winning Your First Civil Trial," National Business Institute, Inc.
 
2005
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Clarifying The Policy's Intent: Keys to Litigation", National Business Institute, Inc.
 
2005
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "An In-Depth Analysis of Insurance Coverage", National Business Institute, Inc.
 
2005
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Strengthen Your Case Using Persuasive Writing", National Business Institute, Inc.
 
2005
Publication
  Co-Author, 2004 Survey of Recent Developments in Indiana Law, 38 Ind. L. Rev. 1035 (2005) 
 
2004
Publication
  Chair, Author and Speaker, "Toxic Tort Litigation in Indiana," Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum
 
2004
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Insurance Coverage for Environmental Liabilities," Central Indiana Technical and Environmental Society
 
2004
Publication
  Co-Author, Environmental Law Developments: Hope and Ambiguity in Achieving the Optimum Environment, 37 Ind. L. Rev. 1055 (2004)
 
2003
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Brownfields and Cost Recovery," Indiana Association of Cities and Towns
 
2002
Publication
  Chair, Author and Speaker, "Advanced Litigation: Court Issues and Cases in Environmental Law," Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum
 
2002
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Bad Faith Litigation in Indiana," National Business Institute, Inc.
 
2002
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Insurance Coverage Law," National Business Institute, Inc.
 
2001
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Insurance Law," Lorman Business Center, Inc.
 
2001
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Basic Environmental Law," Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum
 
1999
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Pollution Liability Coverage for Your Terminal - What Use Can You Make of Your Existing Coverage? What Other Coverages are Available?" Independent Liquid Terminals Association
 
1999
Publication
  Co-Author, First-Party Insurance and Inquiry Caused By Fumes: The Absolute-Pollution Exclusion Should Not Bar Coverage, 2 J. Ins. Coverage 43 (1999)
 
1998
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "How Insurance Can Contribute to Brownfields Solutions," Continuing Legal Education International
 
1998
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "The Latest Word: A Survey of Current Developments in Indiana Environmental Coverage Law," Environmental Quality Control, Inc.
 
1997
Publication
  Program Chair, Author and Speaker, "After Kiger: A Summary of Current Developments in Indiana Environmental Coverage Law," Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Environmental Law Update
 
1995
Publication
  Author, "Reflections on Dispositive Motions," Res Gestae, 1995, (selected as best article of 1995 by Res Gestae, the monthly journal of the Indiana State Bar Association)
 
1995
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Effective Appellate Practice in Indiana," National Business Institute, Inc.
 
1995
Publication
  Co-Author, "Environmental Issues" chapter of Indiana Real Estate Transactions, Lawyers Cooperative Publishing Company
 
1994
Publication
  Co-Author and Speaker, "The Drafting and Regulatory History of the Standard Pollution Exclusion," Environmental Insurance Coverage Claims and Litigation, Practicing Law Institute
 
1994
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Environmental Audits: An Overview," Indiana Manufacturers Association
 
1993
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Recent Constitutional Developments in Indiana Environmental Law," Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum
 
1991
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Obtaining Funds From Insurance Coverage for Environmental Clean Up Costs," Indiana Manufacturers Association
 
1991
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Avoiding Environmental Liability," National Business Institute, Inc.
 
1990
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker, Midwest Environmental Law Caucus, Valparaiso University Law School, Conference on RCRA and CERCLA Litigation
 
1990
Publication
  Co-Author, The Best Claim is No Claim: Selecting and Contracting with a Waste Hauler, 2 Envtl. Claims J. 449 (1990)
 
1990
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Hazardous Waste in Indiana," National Business Institute, Inc. 
 
1990
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Environmental Laws Affecting Real Estate Transactions," National Business Institute, Inc.
 
1989
Publication
  Co-Author, "The Indiana Responsible Property Law: New Environmental Information and Responsibilities," LXXIII Hoosier Banker 22
 
1989
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Hazardous Waste in Indiana," National Business Institute, Inc.
 
1988
Publication
  Co-Author, Who Pays for Environmental Damage: Recent Developments in CERCLA Liability and Insurance Coverage Litigation, 21 Ind. L. Rev. 109 (1988)
 
1988
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Hazardous Waste in Indiana," National Business Institute, Inc. 
 

Associations & Memberships

Founding Member, American College of Coverage and Extracontractual Counsel

Member, Diversity Law Institute

Member, The Trial Law Institute

Chair, Indianapolis Bar Association's Nominating Committee

Member, Board of Trustees, National Public Radio Foundation

Member, Board of Directors, Indianapolis Bar Foundation, Executive Committee

Member, Board of Directors, Novia Care Clinics, Inc.

Member, Board of Editors, Journal of Insurance Coverage

Senior Fellow, Indianapolis Bar Foundation

Fellow, Indiana State Bar Foundation

Member, American Bar Association Committee on Insurance Litigation (Former Co-Chairman, Subcommittee on Environmental Coverage -- Insured Rights)


Honors

2017   Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers -- Insurance Coverage
 
2016   Listed in Best Lawyers in America®
 
2016   Ranked by Chambers USA 2016

 
2016   Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers -- Insurance Coverage
 
2016   Listed in Best Lawyers in America®
 
2015  
Ranked by Chambers USA 2015
 
2015   Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers -- Insurance Coverage
 
2015   Selected for inclusion in Top 10 Super Lawyers -- Indiana
 
2015   Listed in Best Lawyers in America®
 
2014   Best Lawyers' 2015 Indianapolis Environmental Law Lawyer of the Year
 
2014   Ranked by Chambers USA 2014
 
2014   Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers -- Insurance Coverage
 
2013   Named the Best Lawyers’ 2014 Indianapolis Insurance Law "Lawyer of the Year"
 
2013   Listed in Best Lawyers in America®
 
2013   Ranked by Chambers USA 2013
 
2013   Selected for inclusion in Top 10 Super Lawyers -- Indiana

 
2013   Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers -- Insurance Coverage

 
2012   Elected to The Fellows of the American Bar Foundation
 
2012   Listed in Best Lawyers in America®
 
2012   Selected for inclusion in Top 10 Super Lawyers -- Indiana


 
2012   Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers -- Insurance Coverage

 
2011   Distinguished Senior Fellow, Indianapolis Bar Foundation
 
2011  

Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rating

 
2011   Listed in Best Lawyers in America®

 
2011   Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society
 
2011   Selected for inclusion in Top 50 Super Lawyers -- Indiana

Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers -- Insurance Coverage

 
2011   Chair, Nominating Committee, Indianapolis Bar Association 2011
 
2010  

Selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers Magazine - National Corporate Counsel Edition - Insurance Coverage


 
2010  

Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers Magazine - Insurance Coverage 

 
2010   Listed in Best Lawyers in America®
 
2009   Recipient of the Indiana Lawyer's Distinguished Barrister Award
 
2009  

Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers Magazine - Insurance Coverage 

 
2009   Selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, A Trial Lawyer Honorary Society Limited to 3500 Laywers Nationwide.
 
2009   Distinguished Fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation
 
2008   Listed in Best Lawyers in America®
 
2008   Listed in Indiana Super Lawyers
 
2007   Listed in Best Lawyers in America®
 
2007   Listed in Indiana Super Lawyers
 
2006   Listed in Best Lawyers in America®
 
2006   Listed in Indiana Super Lawyers
 
2005   Listed in Best Lawyers in America®
 
2005   Listed in Indiana Super Lawyers
 
2004   Listed in Best Lawyers in America®
 
2004   Listed in Indiana Super Lawyers
 
2003   Listed in Best Lawyers in America®
 
2002   Listed in Best Lawyers in America®
 
2001   Listed in Best Lawyers in America®
 
1993   Indianapolis Monthly Magazine Top Environmental Lawyer
 
1978   Senior Articles Editor, Harvard Civil Rights-Civil Liberties Law Review
 
1974   Phi Beta Kappa
 
1974   Daniel Sachs Graduating Scholarship (for two years of study at Oxford University)
 

Employment History

1988 - present   Founding Partner, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP

1986 - 1988   Partner, Baker & Daniels, Indianapolis, Indiana

1979 - 1986   Associate, Baker & Daniels, Indianapolis, Indiana


Volunteer Activities

Board of Directors, Groundwork Indy, Inc. 

Board of Directors, Hanover College Parents Association

Vice President, Board of Directors, Indianapolis Rowing Center

Former Member, Board of Directors, Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic

Former Member, Board of Directors, Horizons Urban Student Enrichment Program

Indiana State Bar Association, Long Range Planning Committee

President, Board of Directors, St. Richard's School Foundation

Member and Treasurer, Board of Directors, Trustee Leadership Development, Inc.

Chancellor, Episcopal Diocese of Indianapolis

Chancellor, Consortium of Endowed Episcopal Parishes, Inc.

Member, Board of Directors, Indiana Interchurch Center Corporation (Member, Finance Committee)

President, Princeton University Indiana Alumni Association (Past Chairman, Schools Committee)

Former Member, Board of Directors, Waycross, Inc. (Episcopal Camp and Conference Center)

Former Member, Board of Directors, Indiana Civil Liberties Union (Former Vice President, Litigation)

Former Vestry Member, Trinity Episcopal Church, Indianapolis (Former Senior Warden)


Client Alerts

August 15, 2017   Twelve PSRB Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© 2018, Emhardt Named “Lawyer of the Year” in Indianapolis for Insurance Law
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April 6, 2017   PSRB Attorneys to Assist Community at IndyBar Ask a Lawyer Event
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March 21, 2017   Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP tops 2017 Indiana Super Lawyers Magazine list with the most lawyers named in the Insurance and Environmental categories
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August 17, 2016   Twelve PSRB Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016
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May 31, 2016   Chambers USA 2016 Recognizes Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
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April 22, 2016   Important Summary Judgment Issued in Favor of Thomson Inc. Related to Personal Injury Coverage: Thomson, Inc. v. XL Ins. Am., Inc., 49D07-0807-PL-30746
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February 16, 2016   Eighteen PSRB Attorneys Selected for Inclusion on the 2016 Indiana Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists
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December 2, 2015   PSRB Attorneys Speak on Current Topics for Mental Health Center Managers
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
August 18, 2015   Thirteen PSRB Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
August 17, 2015   Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP Client Prevails at Social Security Disability Hearing
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
July 16, 2015   Known Loss Means Known Loss: Thomson Inc. v. XL Ins. Am., Inc., 22 N.E.3d 809 (Ind. Ct. App. 2014), transfer denied, — N.E.3d —; July 2, 2015, No. 49A02-1401-PL-9 (Ind. 2015).
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
July 16, 2015   Another Win for Policyholders!
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
July 15, 2015   Court Finds Criminal Acts Exclusion Does Not Bar Landlord's Coverage for Methamphetamine Contamination by Tenant
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
May 19, 2015   Chambers USA 2015 Recognizes Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
March 17, 2015   Indiana Supreme Court Remands Case for Determination of Agent's Responsibility in Underinsurance of Dental Practice
By Todd G. Relue, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
February 27, 2015   Two-Thirds of PSRB Lawyers are Super Lawyers
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
February 3, 2015   George Plews to Co-chair WFYI Capital Campaign
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
December 23, 2014   Important Victory by George M. Plews and Sean M. Hirschten for Policyholders on Known Loss
By Sean M. Hirschten, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
August 18, 2014   Plews Shadley Racher & Braun attorneys named Best Lawyers in America
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
June 23, 2014   Plews Shadley Racher & Braun Founding Partner receives Hoosier Heritage Lifetime Achievement Award
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
May 28, 2014   Chambers Names PSRB Leading Law Firm
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
May 27, 2014   George Plews Featured on WFYI Radio Show NO LIMITS
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
February 14, 2014   20 Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP attorneys have been recognized for their professional accomplishments as lawyers
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
January 16, 2014   Policyholder May Allocate ELTF Payments to Cover Pre-Tender Costs
By Colin E. Connor
 
December 20, 2013   Appeals Court Holds Agent Responsible for Underinsurance of Dental Practice
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
November 18, 2013   Plews Shadley Racher & Braun Named Top Medium Law Firm
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
October 25, 2013   PSRB “Highly Recommended”
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
October 18, 2013   PSRB Spells Support for Indy Reads
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
September 4, 2013   U.S. District Court Grants Partial Summary Judgment in Favor of Insurance Policyholder
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
August 15, 2013   PSRB Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America®
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
August 7, 2013   PSRB Partner Elected Founding Member of National Legal Organization
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
August 1, 2013   PSRB Celebrates 25th Anniversary
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
June 28, 2013   Indiana Appeals Court Rules in PSRB Insurance Case
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
May 24, 2013   Chambers Names PSRB Leading Law Firm
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
May 8, 2013   State’s High Court Allows Key Insurance Ruling to Stand
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
April 11, 2013   Marion Circuit Court Awards Summary Judgment in PSRB Meth Case
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
February 13, 2013   More Than One-Third of PSRB Lawyers Chosen for Top Honors
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
January 8, 2013   7th Circuit Reinstates CERCLA/ELA Claim Against Owners of Boone County Landfill and Their Insurers
By Frederick D. Emhardt
 
January 7, 2013   PSRB Wins Important Summary Judgment on Critical Coverage Issues
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
December 17, 2012   George Plews Selected as Fellow of American Bar Foundation
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
December 7, 2012   Plews Elected to Board of WFYI Foundation
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
December 7, 2012   George Plews Named Head of NPR Foundation Planned Giving Task Force
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
July 18, 2012   George Plews is Contributing Author for ABA Book "Environmental Liability and Insurance Recovery."
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
July 9, 2012   Benchmark Plaintiff recognizes Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP and its attorneys
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
March 23, 2012   Flexdar Decision Reaffirms Ambiguity of Absolute Pollution Exclusion
By Sean M. Hirschten
 
March 23, 2012   George M. Plews Named One of Top Ten Indiana Super Lawyers
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
February 16, 2012   16 PSRB Attorneys Recognized by Indiana Super Lawyers and Indiana Rising Stars for 2012
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
July 13, 2011   Win under Indiana's Environmental Legal Action Statute
By Karen B. Scheidler
 
May 12, 2011   Court Invalidates Medical Review Panel Opinion Regarding Nurse Panel Member's Medical Causation Opinion
By George M. Plews and Tonya J. Bond
 
February 11, 2011   12 PSRB Attorneys Recognized by Indiana Super Lawyers and Indiana Rising Stars for 2011
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
February 11, 2011   George Plews has been selected for inclusion in the 2011 Indiana Top 50 Super Lawyers
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
January 31, 2011   PSRB is pleased to be a supporting sponsor of the Regalia to raise funds for St. Richard’s Episcopal School
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
January 12, 2011   George Plews Concludes Decade of Service as Member of the Board of Directors of the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
January 12, 2011   George Plews Serves as Chairman of the Nominating Committee for the Indianapolis Bar Association
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
January 7, 2011   Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP Wins Coverage for Ammonia Release
By George M. Plews
 
January 5, 2011   George Plews has been elected to the Board of Trustees for the National Public Radio Foundation
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
September 16, 2010   US News & World Report Annual Ranking of Best Law Firms: Firm's Environmental and Insurance Practice Areas Ranked Tier 1
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
July 30, 2010   Court Enters Judgment in Maplehurst Farms
By George M. Plews
 
May 11, 2010   Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP Attorneys Recognized Leadership in Law Honorees
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
February 19, 2010   PSRB Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2010 Indiana Super Lawyers-Rising Stars Edition
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
February 15, 2009   Indiana Supreme Court Rules on Environmental Legal Action Statute and Environmental Liability for Corporate Successors
By George M. Plews, Jeffrey D. Featherstun
 
October 18, 2008   Court Rules a Covered Claim May Lose That Status as a Result of an Asset Sale
By Jeffrey D. Featherstun
 
October 3, 2008   Lawsuit Dismissed by Federal Court Regarding Transporting of Wastewater By U.S. Army From Indiana To Texas
By Peter M. Racher
 
October 1, 2008   Firm Sponsors Fundraising Luncheon for Horizons Student Enrichment Program
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
June 19, 2008   Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP an Amicus on Winning Side of Indiana Underground Storage Tank Ruling
By Jeffrey D. Featherstun
 
December 8, 2005   Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP Wins Summary Judgment for Policyholder on Damage Claim
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun
 
October 27, 2005   Attorneys Author Indiana Law Review Environmental Law Note
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
January 5, 2004   Another Landmark Insurance Case for Policyholders
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
January 5, 2004   IDEM’s PSD Action Against Foundry Barred by the Marion Superior Court
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
April 1, 2003   George Plews elected to the Board of Directors of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
April 1, 2003   George Plews elected president of the Princeton Alumni Association of Indiana
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
December 18, 2001   Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP Insurance Coverage Practice Profiled in the Indiana Lawyer
By Indiana Lawyer, Kelly Lucas
 
July 5, 2000   Reflections on Dispositive Motions
By George M. Plews
 
June 6, 2000   “Plews Shadley’s Formula Develops Better Lawyers”— Firm Profiled in the Indiana Lawyer
By Indiana Lawyer, Rebecca Collier
 
 
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