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A. Richard M. Blaiklock

Partner

T: 317.453.8635 | Mobile: 317.418.9181
F: 317.630.2790
E: rblaiklock@lewiswagner.com

Legal Assistant

Laura Uhls

T: 317.237.0500
E: luhls@lewiswagner.com

Biography

A. Richard (“Rich”) M. Blaiklock practices primarily in commercial litigation, representing individuals and businesses in commercial disputes. Rich’s diverse experience includes contract disputes, shareholder/owner disputes, trade secret and non-competes, supply chain issues, land use litigation, regulatory matters, and various types of commercial litigation. Rich has lead trial and appellate experience in multi-million dollar commercial and complex cases. He has represented manufacturers in supply chain disputes and stop-ship situations; including successfully obtaining injunction orders preventing suppliers from terminating ongoing product supply. Rich has extensively practiced and written about stakeholder disputes, especially in closely-held companies. Rich has also served as lead counsel on mass-tort cases for the Indiana Department of Insurance, Patients Compensation Fund.

Rich has written and published a wide variety of law review articles on corporate law, appellate practice, and constitutional issues, and has taught and chaired seminars on commercial litigation topics.

Rich has been selected as an Indiana Super Lawyers®; he is consistently listed as one of Indiana’s top 50 Indiana Super Lawyers; he was selected as a 2018 top 25 Indiana Super Lawyer. From 2012-2018, Rich has been recognized by the Best Lawyers in America® and is Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated AV® Preeminent.

In 2009, Rich was honored as a co-recipient of the Defense Lawyer of the Year Award by the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana. In 2011, Rich was awarded the Indiana State Bar Association, Litigation Section's Civility Award.

In his spare time, Rich enjoys spending time with his family, watching racing, and playing golf and hockey. Philanthropically, Rich is deeply committed to the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society; in 2017, he raised over $265,000 in a ten-week period. In doing so, Rich was honored as the 2017 “Man of the Year” for the Indianapolis chapter of the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Experience

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The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment issued by the Marion Superior Court that the claims asserted by Plaintiffs Crystal and William West are not claims for medical malpractice
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The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment issued by the Marion Superior Court that the claims asserted by Plaintiffs Crystal and William West are not claims for medical malpractice and, as such, are outside the purview of the Indiana Medical Malpractice Act.

Trials:
  • Marsh Supermarkets, LLC v. Roche Diagnostic Operations, Inc., 987 N.E.2d 72 (Ind. Ct. App. 2013), trans den (Lead trial and appellate counsel; Breach of long-term lease case in which judgment of $19,563,933 was entered in favor of Marsh after a 7 day trial. Judgment included pre-trial interest and attorney fees incurred by Marsh. Presented oral argument to the Indiana Court of Appeals, which affirmed the trial court award. Marsh was awarded the present value of its damages for an 18-year lease, prevailing party attorney fees through entry of judgment, and post-judgment interest, for a total recovery of $22,496,918).
  • Sofaer Global Hedge Fund v. Brightpoint, Inc., et. al., 2011WL2413831, June 10, 2011 (S.D. Ind.)(Summary judgment in fraud and promissory estoppel case).
  • Freudenberg - NOK General Partnership v. Allison Transmission, Inc., 934 N.E.2d 972, 2010 WL3706573 (Ind. Ct. App. 2010) (Lead trial and appellate counsel; Preliminary injunction on behalf of transmission manufacturer against supplier, upheld on appeal).
  • Brown v. Automotive Components Holding, LLC, 2009 WL425005 (S.D. Ind. 2009) (Obtained summary judgment for automobile manufacturer in discrimination suit).
  • Butler v. Indiana Department of Insurance, 904 N.E.2d 198 (Ind. 2009) (Successfully argued issue of statutory first impression to Indiana Supreme Court).
  • U.S. Specialty Insurance Co. v. Harley Davidson Credit Corp., 1:09-cv-475, December 2, 2009 (S.D. Ind.) (Partial summary judgment against insurer on behalf of note-holder for plane crashed by Marcus Schrenker).
  • Randles v. Indiana Patient’s Compensation Fund, 860 N.E.2d 1212 (Ind. Ct. App. 2007) (Trial counsel, and argued to Indiana Court of Appeals, which affirmed trial court ruling regarding status of plaintiff’s inability to obtain damages, and the amount of damages awarded in wrongful death case).
  • Northstar Partners v. Marsh Supermarkets, 2005WL3429251 (Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals 2005). (Oral argument to 7th Circuit, summary judgment on lease dispute).
  • Medical Assurance of Indiana v. Indiana Patient’s Compensation Fund, 808 N.E. 2d 737 (Ind. Ct. App. 2004) (Summary judgment affirmed on statutory interpretation issue).
  • Emmert Industrial Corp, et al. v. Kennedy Tank & Mfg. Co, 49D04-1501-CT-002052 (Marion County, IN) (Argued transportation contract dispute before Indiana Supreme Court for third-party defendant).
  • WESCO Distribution, Inc. v. ArcelorMittal Indiana Harbor, LLC, 23 N.E. 2d 682 (Ind. Ct. App. 2014) (Lead appellate counsel seeking to overturn $36,134,477 judgment rendered against supplier in case involving steel mill fire).
  • Mark Weinberger Litigation (Lead counsel for Indiana Department of Insurance in defense of over 300 individual claims against Dr. Mark Weinberger, the “nose doctor” from Merrillville who disappeared right before the bulk of the unnecessary procedure lawsuits were filed).
  • Geft v. City of Indianapolis, 1:15-cv-01568, 2017 (S.D. Ind.) (Preliminary Injunction dispute involving, among other things, Geft’s First Amendment Rights and its right to install digital signage on billboards).

Honors & Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated AV® Preeminent
  • The Best Lawyers in America® in the fields of Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships); Commercial Litigation; and Corporate Law, 2013-2018
    • Best Lawyers’ 2016 Indianapolis Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships) - Lawyer of the Year
  • Indiana Super Lawyers®, 2009-2018
    • Top 50,  Indiana Super Lawyers®, 2010, 2013-2017
    • Top 25,  Indiana Super Lawyers®, 2018
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Litigation Section's Civility Award, 2011
  • Co-Recipient, Defense Lawyer of the Year Award by the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, 2009

Professional Associations

  • ALFA International
    • Contact Partner
    • Business Litigation Practice Group
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana
    • Business Litigation Section Executive Committee, 2015
  • Defense Trial Lawyer Honorary Society, Litigation Counsel of America Fellow
  • Federal Bar Association
  • Historical Society of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
    • Steering Committee
  • Indiana State Bar Association 
    • American Citizenship Committee, 2014
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
    • Professionalism Committee, 2010-present
  • Indianapolis Bar Foundation
    • Fellow, 2005

Publications

  • “Trade Secrets and Agreements Not to Compete: A State by State Compendium – Trade Secrets, Indiana,”
  • The DRI Defense Library Series, 2009-present.
  • “Enhancing the Spectrum: Media Power, Democracy, and the Marketplace of Ideas,” 3 Ill. Law Rev. 813 (co-author with Ronald J. Krotoszynski, Jr.), 2000.
  • “Indiana Appellate Procedure in 1998,” 32 Ind. L. Rev., 873 (co-author with Michael A. Wilkins), 1998.
  • “Fiduciary Duties Owed by Frozen out Minority Shareholders in Close Corporations,” 30 Ind. L. Rev., 763, 1997. 
  • "Indiana Appellate Procedure in 1997,” 31 Ind. L. Rev., 667 (co-author with Michael A. Wilkins), 1997.

Presentations

  • BUSINESS LITIGATION: It’s A Team Sport!, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, February 24, 2017, Program Chair.
  • Buy-Sell Agreements: Anticipating Issues with Scope, Enforcement and Valuation Methodology, Business Valuation Conference, Indiana CPA Society, September 18, 2015.
  • Center for Business Preparation, Hanover College, 2005, 2006, guest lecturer.
  • Tortious Interference, Business Litigation Seminar, 2005.
  • Technology in the Courtroom, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Foundation, 2004.
  • Shareholder Disputes, Indiana Hot Topics in Business Litigation, PESI, 2003.
  • Tortious Interference, Shareholder Disputes, Indiana Hot Topics in Business Litigation, PESI, 2002.

Civic & Community Involvement

  • Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana, Management Board, 2002-2004
  • Big Sisters of Central Indiana, Board of Directors, 1996-2002
  • Camptown, Board of Directors, 2009-2012
  • CARA Charities, Honorary Advisory Board, 2008-2010
  • Heritage Place, Board of Directors, 2004-2010
  • Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s 2017 Indianapolis Man of the Year
  • Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series, Class XXIX, 2004-2005
  • Storytelling Arts of Indiana, Board of Directors, 2001-2003 

In The News

    Media Mentions

  1. Jan 11, 2017

    Rich Blaiklock & the Business Litigation team represent local sign company in suit against the City of Indianapolis.

  2. Oct 09, 2015

    Billboard Company Suing City Over Digital Sign
    Indianapolis Business Journal

  3. Mar 12, 2014

    Hockey offers lawyers camaraderie and stress relief
    The Indiana Lawyer

          Seminars and Speaking Engagements

        1. Feb 24, 2017

          BUSINESS LITIGATION: It’s A Team Sport!, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Indianapolis, IN

          Press Release

          1. Aug 15, 2017

            Lewis Wagner Attorneys Selected For Inclusion In The Best Lawyers In America® 2018

          2. May 13, 2017

            Rich Blaiklock named 2017 Indianapolis Man of the Year

          3. Feb 15, 2017

            Twenty Lewis Wagner, LLP Attorneys Named on 2017 List of Indiana Super Lawyers and Rising Stars

          4. Aug 15, 2016

            Lewis Wagner attorneys selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2017

          5. Feb 12, 2016

            Lewis Wagner Attorneys Selected by Indiana Super Lawyers as Top Attorneys
            Indiana Super Lawyers Magazine

          6. Aug 17, 2015

            90% of Lewis Wagner, LLP’s Equity Partners Selected For Inclusion in The Best Lawyers In America 2016; Four Named ‘Lawyer Of The Year’

          7. Feb 13, 2015

            100% of Lewis Wagner's Equity Partners Named Indiana Super Lawyers

          8. Aug 18, 2014

            80% of Lewis Wagner’s Equity Partners Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers In America 2015; Three Named ‘Lawyer Of The Year’

          9. Feb 12, 2014

            70% of Firm Partners named Indiana Super Lawyers®

          10. Aug 15, 2013

            Robert Wagner, Tom Hays, John Trimble, Jerry Hammond, Rick Shoultz, Susan Cline, Dina Cox, Rich Blaiklock & Kyle Lansberry Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers In America 2014

          11. Oct 20, 2011

            Rich Blaiklock has received the Indiana State Bar Association Litigation Section’s Civility Award

          12. Aug 05, 2008

            Blaiklock Appointed to CARA Charities Honorary Advisory Board
            Lewis Wagner is pleased to announce that Rich Blaiklock was appointed to the CARA Charities Honorary Advisory Board.

          Practice Areas

          Bar Admissions

          • State of Indiana, 1997

          Courts of Practice

          • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 1997
          • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 2002
          • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

          Education

          • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, J.D., summa cum laude, 1997
            • Executive Notes Editor of the Indiana Law Review, 1996 - 1997
            • Fellowships & Scholarships:  the John J. Dillon Memorial Fellowship in 1994 and 1995; the Indiana University Alumni Scholarship in 1995; the Indianapolis Bar Foundation Scholarship in 1995; Law School Scholarship in 1994 and 1995.
            • Honors: Dean’s List in 1994, 1995, 1996 and 1997; National Dean's List in 1994 and 1996; American Jurisprudence Award on Civil Procedure; American Jurisprudence Award on Contracts; “Top Papers” awards for Contracts I, Civil Procedure l & ll, Employment Discrimination, Family Law and Juvenile Law.  
          • Hanover College, Hanover, Indiana, B.A., 1990