Overview

Jeff Claflin is a 20 year veteran of the firm, becoming a law clerk in 1988, an associate in 1990, and a partner in 1996. He has worked in the Indianapolis office most of this time, twice serving as the managing partner, until moving to South Bend in 2008 to manage the firm’s South Bend office. Jeff’s practice initially focused on environmental law, having come to the firm from the Office of Policy and Regulatory Analysis at the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. Since the early ‘90s, Jeff has worked primarily on insurance coverage cases, representing policyholders in complex disputes involving multiple cleanup sites and insurers, as well as non-environmental matters. He has represented several policyholders, large and small, in various coverage actions, including: Eli Lilly & Company, Vectren, Raybestos, the City of Angola, Guidant Corp., PSI Energy, the City of Warsaw and Standard Fusee Corporation.

Awards

  • 2009: Selected as Fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Association Foundation
  • 2012-2016: Listed in Best Lawyers in America®
  • 2015-2017: Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers – Insurance Coverage

Education

  • J.D., 1990, Indiana University Indianapolis – Robert H. McKinney School of Law
  • B.A., 1981, Business Administration & American History, Anderson University

Bar Admissions

  • State of Indiana, 1990
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, 1990
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, 1990
Experience
  • PSI Energy, Inc. v. Home Ins. Co., 801 N.E.2d 705 (Ind. Ct. App. 2004)
  • Gen. Housewares Corp. v. Nat’l Sur. Corp., 741 N.E.2d 408 (Ind. Ct. App. 2000)
  • Ind. Glass Co. v. Ind. Mich. Power Co., 682 N.E.2d 886 (Ind. Ct. App. 1998)
  • Governmental Interinsurance Exchange v. City of Angola, 8 F. Supp. 2d 1120 (N.D. Ind. 1998)
  • Hartford Accident & Indem. (Dana I) v. Dana Corp., 690 N.E.2d 285 (Ind. Ct. App. 1997)
  • Town of Montezuma v. Downs, 685 N.E.2d 108 (Ind. Ct. App. 1997)
  • Nat. Gas Odorizing, Inc. v. Downs, 685 N.E.2d 155 (Ind. App. 1997)
  • Kiger v. Am. States Ins. Co., 662 N.E.2d 945 (Ind. 1996)
  • Ind. Dep’t of Envtl. Mgmt. v. Chem. Waste Mgmt. of Indiana, Inc., 604 N.E.2d 1199 (Ind. Ct. App. 1992)
Affiliations

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, American Bar Association
  • Member, Indiana State Bar Association
  • Member, St. Joseph County Bar Association

Community Affiliations

  • Board Member, Eisenhower Memorial Scholarship Foundation
  • Board Member, Horizons Urban Student Enrichment Program
Articles & Events

2009  |  Speaking Engagement

Speaker, “The Legal Side of Green,” WNIT-FM Green Expo, South Bend, Indiana

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