Overview

Theresa Willard is an attorney and registered mediator in PSRB’s Indianapolis office. She represents corporate and individual clients in complex litigation and insurance coverage, environmental, and health care matters. She also devotes part of her practice specifically to helping seniors and individuals with special needs successfully navigate the areas of insurance coverage, estate planning, and education.

Theresa is a former judicial clerk for Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Patricia A. Riley. She has written extensively on the Indiana Rules of Trial Procedure, working with the late William F. Harvey on his Indiana Practice volumes, the foremost treatise on Indiana Trial Rules. In 2014, then Governor Mike Pence appointed Theresa to the Indiana Protection and Advocacy Services Commission, which governs the state agency charged with protecting the rights of individuals with disabilities.

Before practicing law, Theresa spent time as a preschool teacher, a private music instructor, and a homeschool educator.

Education

  • J.D., magna cum laude, 1998, Indiana University Indianapolis – Robert H. McKinney School of Law
  • B.A., 1986, Sociology, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana

Bar Admissions

  • United States Supreme Court, 2016
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, 1998
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, 1998
  • State of Indiana, 1998
  • Registered Civil Mediator
Experience
  • Steinberger v. Cont’l Cas. Co., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 1337 (S.D. Ind. Jan. 4, 2013)
Affiliations

Professional Affiliations

  • Member, National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys (NAELA)
  • Member, Indiana State Bar Association
  • Member, Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Member, Hamilton County Bar Association

Community Affiliations

  • Vice Chairperson, Indiana Protection and Advocacy Commission
  • Member, Joseph Maley Foundation JMFamily Support Committee
  • Former Member, Board of Directors, Carmel Community Players, Carmel, Indiana
  • Former Member, Indiana State Advisory Council on Children with Disabilities
Articles & Events

2017  |  Co-Author

Pointers from the ‘presentice and the practiced, Indiana Lawyer

2017  |  Speaking Engagement

Presenter, “Special Education Laws: A Primer for Indiana Attorneys.”

2016  |  Speaking Engagement

Presenter, “Fueling Successful Employment Relationships: Understanding EEOC Policies and Priorities,” Indiana Petroleum Marketers and Convenience Store Association.

2016  |  Speaking Engagement

Presenter, “New Rule and New Reality: Unpacking the New Overtime Rule,” National Association of Regional Councils’ Executive Director Annual Conference.

2015  |  Speaking Engagement

Panelist, “Celebrating the 40th Anniversary of the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act,” Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, Indiana.

2015  |  Speaking Engagement

Presenter, “What IndyBar Attorneys Need to Know to Assist Families in IEP Litigation.” Sponsored by the Joseph Maley Foundation and the Indianapolis Bar Foundation.

2010  |  Speaking Engagement

Speaker, “Access to Justice.” Co-sponsored by ISBA’s Diversity Committee, International Law Section, and the Women in the Law Committee.

2003  |  Publication

Co-Author, William F. Harvey, Indiana Practice: Rules of Procedure Annotated (Supp. 1999-2003).

1997  |  Publication

Author, “Economics and the Individuals With Disabilities Education Act: The Influence of Funding Formulas on the Identification and Placement of Disabled Students,” 31 Ind. L. Rev. 1167 (1997).

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