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Thao T. Nguyen has helped organizations succeed for over a decade. She takes the time to learn your business and how you define success. Thao focuses her practice on commercial litigation, corporate counseling, insurance coverage, and business transactions.  As both a seasoned litigator and experienced transactional attorney, she brings a thoughtful, well-rounded approach to all her engagements.  Thao has represented companies, from Fortune 100 to small, family owned enterprises.  She has also worked with municipalities, citizens’ groups and individuals on a wide variety of matters.

Experience:

  • Defended a major pharmaceutical company in toxic tort cases related to pain medication
  • Negotiated and drafted development agreements, condominium declarations, purchase agreements, leases, and loan documents on behalf of a developer
  • Successfully prosecuted a toxic tort case on behalf of an elderly couple related to E-coli contamination
  • Helped a family-owned Indiana manufacturer secure coverage from its liability insurers for environmental contamination occurring over many years
  • Represented a municipality in a suit to recover dollars spent for historic environmental contamination
  • Assisted a manufacturer at a Superfund site, including negotiations with EPA and other PRPs, and securing insurance coverage  

Before joining the firm, Thao clerked for the Honorable Carr L. Darden of the Indiana Court of Appeals and the Honorable Terry A. Crone of the St. Joseph County Circuit Court.  She was an In-Court Translator for the Monroe County Superior Court and a Fellow of the Indiana Conference for Legal Education Opportunity.  Thao was named by the Indiana Lawyer (published by the Indiana Business Journal) as a 2009 “Up and Coming Lawyer.” Indiana Super Lawyers designated her a “Rising Star” from 2010 through 2015.  The Chamber of Commerce of St. Joseph County recognized Thao as one of its “Forty Under 40” winners in 2012. 
 
Thao received her B.A. degree in politics with minors in computer science, art history and women’s studies from Oberlin College in 2001.  She earned her J.D. from Indiana University Bloomington – Maurer School of Law in 2004.  Among other community activities, Thao is the immediate past chair of the Indiana State Bar Association Environmental Law Section.  She also chairs the Pro Bono Committee of the St. Joseph County Bar Association and serves on the Indiana Pro Bono Commission.  Thao is a member of the American Bar Association and the Robert A. Grant Inn of Court.  By appointment of Governor Mike Pence, Thao has served on the Board of Trustees of the Indiana State Museum and Historical Sites since 2014.

In her downtime, Thao is an avid reader, a reluctant runner, and a restaurant enthusiast.  She and her husband David are the proud parents of a beautiful toddler daughter.


Practice Areas

  • Insurance Coverage
  • Complex Litigation
  • Business Services
  • Environmental

Publications & Speaking Engagements

2009
Publication
  Indiana Perspective.  A summary of environmental legislation for 2009.  For more information, click here.  

 
2008
Publication
   Contributing Author, Indiana Perspective.  A summary of environmental legislation for 2008.  For more information, click here.  
 
2007
Publication
  Indiana Perspective.  A summary of environmental legislation for 2007.  For more information, click here.
 
2006
Publication
  Indiana Perspective.  A summary of environmental legislation for 2006.  For more information, click here.  
 
2005
Publication
  Indiana Perspective.  A summary of environmental legislation for 2005.  For more information, click here 
 

Associations & Memberships

Member, Indiana State Bar Association

Member, Oberlin College Alumni Association

Member, Indiana University Alumni Association

Member, St. Joseph County Bar Association (Director on Board 2009-2010), Pro Bono Committee

Honors

2017   Selected for inclusion in Indiana Rising Stars -- Insurance Coverage
 
2016   Selected for inclusion in Indiana Rising Stars -- Insurance Coverage
 
2015   Selected for inclusion in Indiana Rising Stars -- Insurance Coverage
 
2014   Selected for inclusion in Indiana Rising Stars -- Insurance Coverage
 
2013   Selected for inclusion in Indiana Rising Stars -- Insurance Coverage

 
2012  

Selected for inclusion in Indiana Rising Stars -- Insurance Coverage.


 
2011   Named in Indiana Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in Real Estate


 
2010  

Named in Indiana Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in Real Estate



 
2009   Recipient of the Indiana Lawyer's Up and Coming Lawyer Award
 

Employment History

2004- Associate, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun

2003-04 In-Court Translator, Monroe County Superior Court

2003 Law Clerk for Judge Terry A. Crone, St. Joseph County (Indiana) Circuit Court

2002 Law Clerk for Judge Carr L. Darden, Indiana Court of Appeals

Volunteer Activities

Mock Trial Coach, John Adams High School in South Bend, Indiana

Client Alerts

February 23, 2017   Insurer's Failure to pay Policyholder's Claim Results in Loss of Company and $6.5 Million Recovery Against Insurer
By Christopher J. Braun, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
February 15, 2017   Twenty PSRB Attorneys Selected for Inclusion on the 2017 Indiana Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
February 16, 2016   Eighteen PSRB Attorneys Selected for Inclusion on the 2016 Indiana Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
February 27, 2015   Two-Thirds of PSRB Lawyers are Super Lawyers
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
July 18, 2014   Thao T. Nguyen appointed to State Museum and Historic Sites Board by Gov. Pence
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 

Practice Areas

  • Insurance Coverage
  • Complex Litigation
  • Business Services
  • Environmental

Publications & Speaking Engagements

2009
Publication
  Indiana Perspective.  A summary of environmental legislation for 2009.  For more information, click here.  

 
2008
Publication
   Contributing Author, Indiana Perspective.  A summary of environmental legislation for 2008.  For more information, click here.  
 
2007
Publication
  Indiana Perspective.  A summary of environmental legislation for 2007.  For more information, click here.
 
2006
Publication
  Indiana Perspective.  A summary of environmental legislation for 2006.  For more information, click here.  
 
2005
Publication
  Indiana Perspective.  A summary of environmental legislation for 2005.  For more information, click here 
 

Associations & Memberships

Member, Indiana State Bar Association

Member, Oberlin College Alumni Association

Member, Indiana University Alumni Association

Member, St. Joseph County Bar Association (Director on Board 2009-2010), Pro Bono Committee


Honors

2017   Selected for inclusion in Indiana Rising Stars -- Insurance Coverage
 
2016   Selected for inclusion in Indiana Rising Stars -- Insurance Coverage
 
2015   Selected for inclusion in Indiana Rising Stars -- Insurance Coverage
 
2014   Selected for inclusion in Indiana Rising Stars -- Insurance Coverage
 
2013   Selected for inclusion in Indiana Rising Stars -- Insurance Coverage

 
2012  

Selected for inclusion in Indiana Rising Stars -- Insurance Coverage.


 
2011   Named in Indiana Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in Real Estate


 
2010  

Named in Indiana Super Lawyers as a Rising Star in Real Estate



 
2009   Recipient of the Indiana Lawyer's Up and Coming Lawyer Award
 

Employment History

2004- Associate, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun

2003-04 In-Court Translator, Monroe County Superior Court

2003 Law Clerk for Judge Terry A. Crone, St. Joseph County (Indiana) Circuit Court

2002 Law Clerk for Judge Carr L. Darden, Indiana Court of Appeals


Volunteer Activities

Mock Trial Coach, John Adams High School in South Bend, Indiana


Client Alerts

February 23, 2017   Insurer's Failure to pay Policyholder's Claim Results in Loss of Company and $6.5 Million Recovery Against Insurer
By Christopher J. Braun, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
February 15, 2017   Twenty PSRB Attorneys Selected for Inclusion on the 2017 Indiana Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
February 16, 2016   Eighteen PSRB Attorneys Selected for Inclusion on the 2016 Indiana Super Lawyers and Rising Stars Lists
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
February 27, 2015   Two-Thirds of PSRB Lawyers are Super Lawyers
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
July 18, 2014   Thao T. Nguyen appointed to State Museum and Historic Sites Board by Gov. Pence
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
 
October 28, 2013   PSRB Team Takes First Place
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
October 23, 2013   Two Attorneys Elected Officers
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
September 18, 2013   PSRB Partner Will be Practitioner-in-Residence
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
August 6, 2013   PSRB Partner Reappointed to State Commission
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
April 8, 2013   PSRB Partner Slated to Continue Leadership Role
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
 
February 16, 2012   16 PSRB Attorneys Recognized by Indiana Super Lawyers and Indiana Rising Stars for 2012
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
December 12, 2011   PSRB Announces new Partners
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
 
September 29, 2010   Thao Nguyen Appointed to the Indiana Pro Bono Commission
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 2, 2010   Indiana Supreme Court to Hear Standard Fusee
By Jeffrey D. Claflin
 
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 8, 2010   PSRB Hosts Top Ten Business Practices Seminar April 20, 2010
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
January 27, 2010   Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP Releases Summary of the 2009 Indiana Environmental Legislation
By Sue A. Shadley, Amy E. Romig
 
January 18, 2010   In Standard Fusee, PSRB Obtains Rulings Favorable to Policyholders
By Jeffrey D. Claflin
 
October 6, 2008   South Bend Tribune Publishes Profile on Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
By South Bend Tribune
 
October 1, 2008   Plews Shadley Racher & Braun Releases Summary of the 2008 Indiana Environmental Legislation
By Sue A. Shadley, Amy E. Romig
 
October 1, 2007   Plews Shadley Racher & Braun Releases Summary of the 2007 Indiana Environmental Legislation
By Sue A. Shadley
 
October 1, 2006   Plews Shadley Racher & Braun Releases Summary of the 2006 Indiana Environmental Legislation
By Sue A. Shadley
 
October 1, 2005   Plews Shadley Racher & Braun Releases Summary of the 2005 Indiana Environmental Legislation
By Sue A. Shadley
 
 
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