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Peter Racher has, for more than two decades, represented plaintiffs and defendants in highly complex litigation matters.  The caliber of this work is reflected by published decisions that include Lindsey v. DeGroot, 898 N.E.2d 1251 (Ind. Ct. App. 2009) and Shell Oil Co. v. Meyer, 705 N.E.2d 962 (Ind. 1998).  Both decisions established important principles of law that favored our clients.  Peter was named Environmental Litigator of the Year by the Hoosier Environmental Council for the Shell Oil win.  Recent trial court successes include The Sierra Club v. Gates, 499 F.Supp.2d 1101 (S.D. Ind. 2008).  After a lengthy bench trial, the U.S. District Court ruled against efforts by environmental groups that sought to prevent the transportation of nerve gas constituents to an out-of-state facility for their destruction and disposal. 

 

Peter earned his B.A. (Biology) from Oberlin College in 1978.  From 1978 to 1983, Peter was a Journalist for The Des Moines Register, the Tallahassee Democrat and the Charlotte Observer.  He earned his J.D., magna cum laude, from Indiana University  Bloomington -Maurer School of Law in 1986.  Peter clerked for the Honorable James M. Dixon, Monroe County Circuit Court from 1984-1986.  He was an associate at Bose, McKinney & Evans, Indianapolis from 1986 to 1989.  Peter joined PSRB in 1989, was made a partner in 1992 and became a named partner in 1994.  

 

Peter writes and lectures extensively, having participated in numerous trade association, client and continuing education seminars.  He has been listed as an Indiana Super Lawyer every year since 2004.  He received an AV peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell.  Peter is a Fellow of the Indiana State Bar Association and the Indianapolis Bar Association.

 

Since 2002, Peter has represented, on a pro-bono basis, an inmate on Alabama’s death row in his post-conviction appeals. 


Practice Areas

  • Environmental
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Complex Litigation
  • Business Services

Significant Cases, Administrative Matters & Transactions

Lindsey v. DeGroot, 898 N.E.2d 1251 (Ind. Ct. App. 2009)

 

Sierra Club v. Gates, Cause No. 2:07-cv-0101-LJM-WGH, 2008 WL 4368531, slip op.  (S.D. Ind. September 22, 2008)

 

Sierra Club v. Gates, 499 F. Supp. 2d 1101 (S.D. Ind. 2007)

 

Barnett v. Alcoa, Inc., Cause No. 3:06-cv-184-RLY-WGH, 2007 WL 1183823, slip op. (S.D. Ind. April 18, 2007)

 

Ind. Dep’t of Envtl. Mgmt. v. DeGroot, Cause No. 35D01-0704-MI-00013, slip op. (Huntington County Superior Court April 19, 2007)

 

Metaldyne Co., LLC v. Intermet Corp., Cause No. 33D01-0607-PL-0015, slip op. (Henry County Superior Court July 31, 2006)

 

Pflum v. Visteon Sys. LLC, Cause No. Case No.: 1:04-CV-00170-DFH-VSS (S.D. Ind. Oct. 21, 2005) (settled)

 

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

 

Hubbard v. Fid. Fed. Bank, 91 F.3d 75 (9th Cir. 1996)

 

Shell Oil Co. v. Meyer, 705 N.E.2d 962 (Ind. 1998)

Publications & Speaking Engagements

2009
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Downpours Deluges & Floods: Litigation After the Cataclysm," Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum Seminar, Indianapolis, Indiana
 
2008
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker, "Significant Environmental Cases Affecting Land Use," National Business Institute, Inc.
 
2008
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker, “Deposition Skills Workshop," Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum
 
2007
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker, “Deposition Skills Workshop," Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum
 
2007
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker, “Criminal Law Enforcement," Advanced Environmental Law, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum
 
2004
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker, “Land Use Law in Indiana," National Business Institute, Inc.
 
2004
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker, “Recovering Environmental Investigation and Clean-Up Costs from Liability Insurance," American Foundry Society
 
2003
Publication
  Author, “Toxic Tort Litigation in Indiana: Daubert and the Admissibility of Expert Witness Testimony," Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum
 
2002
Publication
  Author and Speaker, “Legal Ethics," American Agricultural Law Association Convention, Indianapolis, Indiana
 
2002
Publication
  Author and Speaker, “Recent Developments in Environmental Law in Indiana," part of Cutting Edge Complex Environmental and Real Estate Development Issues in Indiana, sponsored by Lorman Education Services
 
2002
Speaking Engagement
  Panel chair, “2002 Legislative Developments Affecting Environmental Law," Part of Innovations in Environmental Law, sponsored by Environmental Law Section, Indiana State Bar Association
 
2001
Publication
  Author and Speaker, “Daubert and the Admissibility of Expert Witness Testimony in Indiana," Part of Basic Environmental Law seminar, sponsored by Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum
 
2001
Publication
  Author and Speaker, “Complying With Environmental and Special Use Regulations," Part of Land Use Law Seminar sponsored by National Business Institute
 
2000
Speaking Engagement
  Co-Author, “Developing the Indiana Landscape: How a ‘Greenfield’ Can Become a Minefield, and How to Avoid the Environmental and Zoning Pitfalls," sponsored by Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum
 

Associations & Memberships

Member, American Bar Association, Section on Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law

Fellow, Indiana State Bar Association

Member, Indiana State Bar Association, Environmental Law Section (Chair 1998- 1999)

Member, Indiana State Bar Association, Agricultural Law Section Council

Fellow, Indianapolis Bar Association

Member, Indianapolis Bar Association, Environmental Law Section

Associate Member, American Association for Justice

Honors

2013   Listed in Best Lawyers in America®
 
2013   Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers -- Environmental

 
2012   Listed in Best Lawyers in America®
 
2012   Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers -- Environmental Law


 
2011  

Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rating

 
2011   Listed in Best Lawyers in America®

 
2011   Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers -- Environmental


 
2010  

Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers Magazine - Environmental

 
2010   Listed in Best Lawyers in America®
 
2009  


Selected for inclusion by Indiana Super Lawyers Magazine - Environmental

 
2009   Listed in Best Lawyers in America®
 
2008   Selected as Fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Association 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®
 
1995   “Litigator of the Year” for The Hoosier Environmental Council
 
1986   Order of the Coif
 
1985   American Jurisprudence Award in Labor Law Associate, Indiana Law Journal
 

Employment History

1992- present  Partner, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP

1989- 1991 Associate, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun

Spring 2007 Adjunct Professor, Environmental Law, Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis

1986-1989 Associate, Bose, McKinney & Evans, Indianapolis, Indiana

1984- 1986  Law Clerk, Hon. James M. Dixon, Monroe County Circuit Court, Bloomington, Indiana

1978- 1983 Journalist, The Des Moines Register, The Tallahassee Democrat, and The Charlotte Observer

Volunteer Activities

Board of Directors, Central Indiana Land Trust

Member, Tocqueville Society of the United Way of Central Indiana

Past President and Current Board Member, Kaleidoscope Youth Center

Client Alerts

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
 
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
 
August 15, 2013   PSRB Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America®
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
August 1, 2013   PSRB Celebrates 25th Anniversary
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 

Practice Areas

  • Environmental
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Complex Litigation
  • Business Services

Significant Cases, Administrative Matters & Transactions

Lindsey v. DeGroot, 898 N.E.2d 1251 (Ind. Ct. App. 2009)

 

Sierra Club v. Gates, Cause No. 2:07-cv-0101-LJM-WGH, 2008 WL 4368531, slip op.  (S.D. Ind. September 22, 2008)

 

Sierra Club v. Gates, 499 F. Supp. 2d 1101 (S.D. Ind. 2007)

 

Barnett v. Alcoa, Inc., Cause No. 3:06-cv-184-RLY-WGH, 2007 WL 1183823, slip op. (S.D. Ind. April 18, 2007)

 

Ind. Dep’t of Envtl. Mgmt. v. DeGroot, Cause No. 35D01-0704-MI-00013, slip op. (Huntington County Superior Court April 19, 2007)

 

Metaldyne Co., LLC v. Intermet Corp., Cause No. 33D01-0607-PL-0015, slip op. (Henry County Superior Court July 31, 2006)

 

Pflum v. Visteon Sys. LLC, Cause No. Case No.: 1:04-CV-00170-DFH-VSS (S.D. Ind. Oct. 21, 2005) (settled)

 

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

 

Hubbard v. Fid. Fed. Bank, 91 F.3d 75 (9th Cir. 1996)

 

Shell Oil Co. v. Meyer, 705 N.E.2d 962 (Ind. 1998)


Publications & Speaking Engagements

2009
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Downpours Deluges & Floods: Litigation After the Cataclysm," Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum Seminar, Indianapolis, Indiana
 
2008
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker, "Significant Environmental Cases Affecting Land Use," National Business Institute, Inc.
 
2008
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker, “Deposition Skills Workshop," Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum
 
2007
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker, “Deposition Skills Workshop," Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum
 
2007
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker, “Criminal Law Enforcement," Advanced Environmental Law, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum
 
2004
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker, “Land Use Law in Indiana," National Business Institute, Inc.
 
2004
Speaking Engagement
  Speaker, “Recovering Environmental Investigation and Clean-Up Costs from Liability Insurance," American Foundry Society
 
2003
Publication
  Author, “Toxic Tort Litigation in Indiana: Daubert and the Admissibility of Expert Witness Testimony," Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum
 
2002
Publication
  Author and Speaker, “Legal Ethics," American Agricultural Law Association Convention, Indianapolis, Indiana
 
2002
Publication
  Author and Speaker, “Recent Developments in Environmental Law in Indiana," part of Cutting Edge Complex Environmental and Real Estate Development Issues in Indiana, sponsored by Lorman Education Services
 
2002
Speaking Engagement
  Panel chair, “2002 Legislative Developments Affecting Environmental Law," Part of Innovations in Environmental Law, sponsored by Environmental Law Section, Indiana State Bar Association
 
2001
Publication
  Author and Speaker, “Daubert and the Admissibility of Expert Witness Testimony in Indiana," Part of Basic Environmental Law seminar, sponsored by Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum
 
2001
Publication
  Author and Speaker, “Complying With Environmental and Special Use Regulations," Part of Land Use Law Seminar sponsored by National Business Institute
 
2000
Speaking Engagement
  Co-Author, “Developing the Indiana Landscape: How a ‘Greenfield’ Can Become a Minefield, and How to Avoid the Environmental and Zoning Pitfalls," sponsored by Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum
 

Associations & Memberships

Member, American Bar Association, Section on Natural Resources, Energy, and Environmental Law

Fellow, Indiana State Bar Association

Member, Indiana State Bar Association, Environmental Law Section (Chair 1998- 1999)

Member, Indiana State Bar Association, Agricultural Law Section Council

Fellow, Indianapolis Bar Association

Member, Indianapolis Bar Association, Environmental Law Section

Associate Member, American Association for Justice


Honors

2013   Listed in Best Lawyers in America®
 
2013   Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers -- Environmental

 
2012   Listed in Best Lawyers in America®
 
2012   Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers -- Environmental Law


 
2011  

Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rating

 
2011   Listed in Best Lawyers in America®

 
2011   Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers -- Environmental


 
2010  

Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers Magazine - Environmental

 
2010   Listed in Best Lawyers in America®
 
2009  


Selected for inclusion by Indiana Super Lawyers Magazine - Environmental

 
2009   Listed in Best Lawyers in America®
 
2008   Selected as Fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Association 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®
 
1995   “Litigator of the Year” for The Hoosier Environmental Council
 
1986   Order of the Coif
 
1985   American Jurisprudence Award in Labor Law Associate, Indiana Law Journal
 

Employment History

1992- present  Partner, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP

1989- 1991 Associate, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun

Spring 2007 Adjunct Professor, Environmental Law, Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis

1986-1989 Associate, Bose, McKinney & Evans, Indianapolis, Indiana

1984- 1986  Law Clerk, Hon. James M. Dixon, Monroe County Circuit Court, Bloomington, Indiana

1978- 1983 Journalist, The Des Moines Register, The Tallahassee Democrat, and The Charlotte Observer


Volunteer Activities

Board of Directors, Central Indiana Land Trust

Member, Tocqueville Society of the United Way of Central Indiana

Past President and Current Board Member, Kaleidoscope Youth Center


Client Alerts

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
 
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
 
August 15, 2013   PSRB Attorneys Included in The Best Lawyers in America®
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
August 1, 2013   PSRB Celebrates 25th Anniversary
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
April 25, 2013   PSRB Challenge Raises Funds for WFYI
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
 
July 9, 2012   Benchmark Plaintiff recognizes Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP and its attorneys
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
 
February 11, 2011   12 PSRB Attorneys Recognized by Indiana Super Lawyers and Indiana Rising Stars for 2011
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
January 25, 2011   Candlelight Evening on Delaware Street
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
 
April 7, 2010   Natural Resources Commission Orders Alcoa Entity to Investigate and Address Buried Toxic Wastes
By Stephanie T. Eckerle and Peter M. Racher
 
February 19, 2010   PSRB Attorneys Selected for Inclusion in 2010 Indiana Super Lawyers-Rising Stars Edition
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
June 15, 2009   Special Agricultural Law Update
By Todd J. Janzen
 
January 31, 2009   Peter Racher Publishes Article on Significant Environmental Cases Affecting Land Use
By Peter M. Racher
 
October 3, 2008   Lawsuit Dismissed by Federal Court Regarding Transporting of Wastewater By U.S. Army From Indiana To Texas
By Peter M. Racher
 
September 1, 2006   Plews Shadley Racher & Braun Lawyers Appeal Death Sentence for Alabama Inmate
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
December 8, 2005   Attorneys Provide On-Air for WFYI-FM Marathon
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
August 16, 2004   Toxic Tort Litigation in Indiana: Daubert and the Admissibility of Expert Witness Testimony
By Peter M. Racher
 
December 1, 2003   Racher invited to join the Environmental Alumni Advisory Board of the Indiana University School of Law
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
 
 
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