What We Do
 


Overview

Environmental, Insurance, Business & Health Care Lawyers

“What we do—We do well.”

Our attorneys focus on complex - often highly technical and/or highly regulated - legal matters. Our major practice areas include:

 

Environmental Law

Insurance Law

Complex Litigation Services

Business Services

Health Care & Life Sciences Law

 

Additionally, we have attorneys with experience in many other areas of law including employment law, agricultural law, education law and church law.


We are not a full service firm. However, what we do - we do well. This is why our firm has seen rapid growth from its early roots in environmental law and has emerged as the multi-service firm we are today. Our growth over the past two decades is a direct result of the quality, cost-effective services we have provided our clients. Over the years, clients have returned to us with new challenges. These opportunities led to the development of new areas of knowledge and understanding. Bring us your challenges. Let us help you make them opportunities.

Key Published Decisions

Nat’l Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, Pa. v. Standard Fusee Corp., 917 N.E.2d 170 (Ind. Ct. App. 2009) (choice of law, “absolute” pollution exclusion, and participation in “voluntary remediation program” as a “suit”).

Cooper Indus., LLC v. City of South Bend, Ind., 899 N.E.2d 1274 (Ind. 2009) (statute of limitations under Indiana Environmental Legal Action Statute and environmental liability for corporate successors)
 
City of South Bend v. Century Indem. Co., 821 N.E.2d 5 (Ind. Ct. App. 2005) (declaratory action against insurers of polluter not a "direct action")
 
PSI Energy, Inc. v. Home Ins. Co., 801 N.E. 2d 705 (Ind. Ct. App. 2004) (ability to pursue future cleanup claims against excess insurers, late notice, lost policies, subjective "expected and intended" to cause pollution standard, "injury-in-fact" trigger)

Allstate Ins. Co. v. Dana Corp., 759 N.E.2d 1049 (Ind. 2001) ("all sums" allocation of environmental damage spanning multiple policy periods, inapplicability of owned property exclusion to cleanup claims, "injury-in-fact" trigger)

Shell Oil Co. v. Meyer, 684 N.E.2d 504 (Ind. Ct. App. 1997), trans. granted, Shell Oil Co. v. Meyer, 705 N.E.2d 962 (Ind. 1998) (liability of owners and operators under Indiana Underground Storage Tank Act)

Hartford Accident & Indem. Co. v. Dana Corp., 690 N.E.2d 285 (Ind. Ct. App. 1997) (environmental regulators’ demands as "suits," cleanup costs as "damages")

Am. States Ins. Co. v. Kiger, 662 N.E.2d 945 (Ind. 1996) (inapplicability of "sudden and accidental" and "absolute" pollution exclusions)

Ind. Dep’t of Nat. Ret. v. United Refuse Co., Inc., 615 N.E.2d 100 (Ind. 1993) (standard for administrative review of agency actions)

Ind. Dep't of Envtl. Mgt. v. Chem. Waste Mgt. of Ind., Inc., 604 N.E.2d 1199 (Ind. Ct. App. 1992), trans. den., 1993 (restraints on retroactive application of new environmental legal requirements)

Triple G Landfill, Inc. v. Board of Comm’rs, 724 F. Supp. 529 (S.D. 1991), 977 F.2d 287 (7th Cir. 1992) (scope of preemption of local rules by federal or state regulations)

EPA v. Envt’l Waste Control, Inc., 710 F. Supp. 1172, 1186 (N.D. Ind. 1989), aff’d, 917 F.2d  327 (7th Cir. 1990), cert. denied, 499 U.S. 975 (1991) (RCRA claims against landfill)

Legislative Summaries

2012
Publication
  Indiana Perspective. A summary of environmental legislation for 2012. For more information, click here.
 
2011
Publication
  Indiana Perspective.  A summary of environmental legislation for 2011.  For more information, click here.
 
2010
Publication
  Indiana Perspective.  A summary of environmental legislation for 2010.  For more information, click here.
 
2009
Publication
   Indiana Perspective.  A summary of environmental legislation for 2009.  For more information, click here.
 
2008
Publication
  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.  
 
2004
Publication
   Indiana Perspective.  A summary of environmental legislation for 2004.  For more information, click here.  
 
2003
Publication
   Indiana Perspective.  A summary of environmental legislation for 2003.  For more information, click here.  
 
2002
Publication
   Indiana Perspective.  A summary of environmental legislation for 2002.  For more information, click here.  
 
2000
Publication
  Indiana Perspective.  A summary of environmental legislation for 2000.  For more information, click here.  
 
1999
Publication
   Indiana Perspective.  A summary of environmental legislation for 1999.  For more information, click here.  
 
1998
Publication
  Indiana Perspective.  A summary of environmental legislation for 1998.  For more information, click here.
 
1997
Publication
   Indiana Perspective.  A summary of environmental legislation for 1997.  For more information, click here.
 
1996
Publication
  Indiana Perspective.  A summary of environmental legislation for 1996.  For more information, click here.  
 
1995
Publication
  Indiana Perspective.  A summary of environmental legislation for 1995.  For more information click here.  
 
1994
Publication
   Indiana Perspective.  A summary of environmental legislation for 1994.  For more information click here.
 

Key Published Decisions

Nat’l Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, Pa. v. Standard Fusee Corp., 917 N.E.2d 170 (Ind. Ct. App. 2009) (choice of law, “absolute” pollution exclusion, and participation in “voluntary remediation program” as a “suit”).

Cooper Indus., LLC v. City of South Bend, Ind., 899 N.E.2d 1274 (Ind. 2009) (statute of limitations under Indiana Environmental Legal Action Statute and environmental liability for corporate successors)
 
City of South Bend v. Century Indem. Co., 821 N.E.2d 5 (Ind. Ct. App. 2005) (declaratory action against insurers of polluter not a "direct action")
 
PSI Energy, Inc. v. Home Ins. Co., 801 N.E. 2d 705 (Ind. Ct. App. 2004) (ability to pursue future cleanup claims against excess insurers, late notice, lost policies, subjective "expected and intended" to cause pollution standard, "injury-in-fact" trigger)

Allstate Ins. Co. v. Dana Corp., 759 N.E.2d 1049 (Ind. 2001) ("all sums" allocation of environmental damage spanning multiple policy periods, inapplicability of owned property exclusion to cleanup claims, "injury-in-fact" trigger)

Shell Oil Co. v. Meyer, 684 N.E.2d 504 (Ind. Ct. App. 1997), trans. granted, Shell Oil Co. v. Meyer, 705 N.E.2d 962 (Ind. 1998) (liability of owners and operators under Indiana Underground Storage Tank Act)

Hartford Accident & Indem. Co. v. Dana Corp., 690 N.E.2d 285 (Ind. Ct. App. 1997) (environmental regulators’ demands as "suits," cleanup costs as "damages")

Am. States Ins. Co. v. Kiger, 662 N.E.2d 945 (Ind. 1996) (inapplicability of "sudden and accidental" and "absolute" pollution exclusions)

Ind. Dep’t of Nat. Ret. v. United Refuse Co., Inc., 615 N.E.2d 100 (Ind. 1993) (standard for administrative review of agency actions)

Ind. Dep't of Envtl. Mgt. v. Chem. Waste Mgt. of Ind., Inc., 604 N.E.2d 1199 (Ind. Ct. App. 1992), trans. den., 1993 (restraints on retroactive application of new environmental legal requirements)

Triple G Landfill, Inc. v. Board of Comm’rs, 724 F. Supp. 529 (S.D. 1991), 977 F.2d 287 (7th Cir. 1992) (scope of preemption of local rules by federal or state regulations)

EPA v. Envt’l Waste Control, Inc., 710 F. Supp. 1172, 1186 (N.D. Ind. 1989), aff’d, 917 F.2d  327 (7th Cir. 1990), cert. denied, 499 U.S. 975 (1991) (RCRA claims against landfill)

 
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