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Jeff Townsend has more than two decades of trial and appellate experience.  He represents plaintiffs and defendants in a host of litigation matters involving securities fraud, contract disputes and environmental matters, to name just a few.  Jeff represents policyholders in insurance coverage disputes, including a natural gas utility’s claims to its insurers for periods dating back to the early 1900s for the cost of performing environmental cleanups in the tens of millions of dollars.    

 

Jeff earned his B.A. (English) from Indiana University, Bloomington in 1980.  He earned his J.D., cum laude, from Indiana University Indianapolis - Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 1988.  Jeff was an associate at Baker & Daniels, Fort Wayne from 1988 to 1997.  He joined Plews Shadley Racher & Braun in 1997 and was made a partner 2000.


Practice Areas

  • Insurance Coverage
  • Complex Litigation
  • Environmental

Significant Cases, Administrative Matters & Transactions

Allen v. Great American Reserve Ins. Co., 766 N.E.2d 1157 (Ind. 2002)

American Home Assur. Co. v. Allen, 814 N.E.2d 662 (Ind. Ct. App. 2004)

Arnold v. City of Terre Haute, 725 N.E.2d 869 (Ind. 2000)

Bloemker v. Detroit Diesel Corp., 687 N.E.2d 358 (Ind. 1997)

Gerrard v. A.J. Gerrard & Co., 285 F.Supp.2d 1331 (S.D. Ga. 2003)

Governmental Interinsurance Exchange v. City of Angola, 8 F.Supp.2d 1120 (N.D. Ind. 1998)

In re Remonstrance Appealing Ordinance Nos. 98-004, 98-005, 98-006, 98-007 and 98-008, of Town of Lizton, 769 N.E.2d 622 (Ind. App. 2002)

OEC - Diasonics, Inc. v. Major, 674 N.E.2d 1312 (Ind. 1996)

Reed v. Central Soya Co., Inc., 644 N.E.2d 84 (Ind. 1994)

United Capitol Ins. Co. v. Special Trucks, Inc., 918 F.Supp. 1250 (N.D. Ind. 1996)

Publications & Speaking Engagements

1987
Publication
  Author, "The Model Dormant Mineral Interest Act: Limited Practicability," 8 Eastern Min. L. Inst. Page (1987)
 

Associations & Memberships

Member, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation

Member, Indiana State Bar Association

Former Member, Allen County Bar Association

Former Advisory Committee Member and Legal Counsel for Allen County

Barrister of the Benjamin Harrison Chapter of the American Inns of Court

Honors

2009   Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society
 
1994   Graduate of Leadership Fort Wayne Program
 
1987   Associate Editor, Indiana Law Review
 
1987   First Place Winner of the National Legal Writing Competition
 
1986   Recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award in Torts, Constitutional Law and Business Associations
 

Employment History

2000- present Partner, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP (Managing Partner 2008)

1997- 1999 Associate, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun

1988- 1997 Associate, Baker & Daniels, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Volunteer Activities

Member, CH.A.D.D. (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder), Strategic Planning Committee (1995- 1997)

Member, Fort Wayne Community Schools (1996)

Member, Board of Directors, FAME (Foundation for Arts and Music in Elementary Schools) (1995- 1997)

Member, Board of Directors, Fox Island Alliance (Allen County Parks) (1995)

President, Walden Community Homeowners Association (1994-96)

Client Alerts

Practice Areas

  • Insurance Coverage
  • Complex Litigation
  • Environmental

Significant Cases, Administrative Matters & Transactions

Allen v. Great American Reserve Ins. Co., 766 N.E.2d 1157 (Ind. 2002)

American Home Assur. Co. v. Allen, 814 N.E.2d 662 (Ind. Ct. App. 2004)

Arnold v. City of Terre Haute, 725 N.E.2d 869 (Ind. 2000)

Bloemker v. Detroit Diesel Corp., 687 N.E.2d 358 (Ind. 1997)

Gerrard v. A.J. Gerrard & Co., 285 F.Supp.2d 1331 (S.D. Ga. 2003)

Governmental Interinsurance Exchange v. City of Angola, 8 F.Supp.2d 1120 (N.D. Ind. 1998)

In re Remonstrance Appealing Ordinance Nos. 98-004, 98-005, 98-006, 98-007 and 98-008, of Town of Lizton, 769 N.E.2d 622 (Ind. App. 2002)

OEC - Diasonics, Inc. v. Major, 674 N.E.2d 1312 (Ind. 1996)

Reed v. Central Soya Co., Inc., 644 N.E.2d 84 (Ind. 1994)

United Capitol Ins. Co. v. Special Trucks, Inc., 918 F.Supp. 1250 (N.D. Ind. 1996)

Publications & Speaking Engagements

1987
Publication
  Author, "The Model Dormant Mineral Interest Act: Limited Practicability," 8 Eastern Min. L. Inst. Page (1987)
 

Associations & Memberships

Member, American Bar Association, Section of Litigation

Member, Indiana State Bar Association

Former Member, Allen County Bar Association

Former Advisory Committee Member and Legal Counsel for Allen County

Barrister of the Benjamin Harrison Chapter of the American Inns of Court


Honors

2009   Phi Eta Sigma Honor Society
 
1994   Graduate of Leadership Fort Wayne Program
 
1987   Associate Editor, Indiana Law Review
 
1987   First Place Winner of the National Legal Writing Competition
 
1986   Recipient of the American Jurisprudence Award in Torts, Constitutional Law and Business Associations
 

Employment History

2000- present Partner, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP (Managing Partner 2008)

1997- 1999 Associate, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun

1988- 1997 Associate, Baker & Daniels, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Volunteer Activities

Member, CH.A.D.D. (Children and Adults with Attention Deficit Disorder), Strategic Planning Committee (1995- 1997)

Member, Fort Wayne Community Schools (1996)

Member, Board of Directors, FAME (Foundation for Arts and Music in Elementary Schools) (1995- 1997)

Member, Board of Directors, Fox Island Alliance (Allen County Parks) (1995)

President, Walden Community Homeowners Association (1994-96)

Client Alerts

March 24, 2011   PSRB Sponsors Holliday Park Trial Run for 7th Straight Year
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
 
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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