BJ offers clients a wealth of experience on a wide variety of business advice and litigation matters, representing individuals, closely-held companies and multi-national corporations with many of their legal and entrepreneurial needs.
He focuses his practice on business disputes, including employment matters such as restrictive covenants and trade secrets, as well as shareholder claims, director and officer liability and day-to-day business disputes. BJ also manages product liability matters, wrongful death and catastrophic injury defense, restaurant and retail liability, civil rights matters, contract disputes, insurance matters, personal injury and appeals.
Indiana has a vibrant startup community and BJ has been at the forefront, alongside his clients, working with entrepreneurs to address their unique concerns and challenges. BJ counsels small business owners and entrepreneurs to guide them through their legal issues including: negotiation of real estate disputes; franchising and intellectual property matters; issues between partners and founders and counseling business owners on how to avoid legal risks.
BJ also represents clients at all phases of litigation, such as initial post-loss investigation (including immediate response examinations and inspections), alternative dispute resolution, bench and jury trials and appeals. BJ brings a unique perspective to client’s disputes — he understands business, he understands litigation and most of all, he brings calm, thoughtful guidance to achieve outcomes that satisfy his clients’ goals.
Often times, the risks and costs of litigation can be intimidating, especially considering the uncertainty of how lawsuits will proceed. Applying the benefits of his litigation experience, BJ seeks to collaborate with clients and their in-house counsel, employees, insurers and others to minimize those risks and maximize his clients’ potential outcomes at each step along the way. Most importantly, BJ strives to work with those same clients to evaluate and develop methods to reduce the risk of future litigation.
Vanderbilt University, B.A. Political Science and U.S. History, 2000
Indiana University, Maurer School of Law, J.D., 2003
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
Super Lawyers 2019, 2020
Super Lawyers Rising Star 2014, 2018
Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana
Indianapolis Bar Foundation
Indiana State Bar Association
Indianapolis Bar Association
CIVIC ENGAGEMENT AND VOLUNTEERISM
President, National Junior Tennis & Learning (NJTL) of Indianapolis Board of Directors
Chairman, Business Ownership Initiative Board of Directors (part of Indy Chamber), 2019-20
Member, Second Presbyterian Church