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Edward D. Thomas

Associate

T: 317.453.8694 | Mobile: 317.414.3677
F: 317.630.2790
E: ethomas@lewiswagner.com

Legal Assistant

Laura Uhls

T: 317.237.0500
E: luhls@lewiswagner.com

Biography

Edward is an associate in Lewis Wagner’s business services practice group where he concentrates his practice in complex business and commercial litigation in state and federal court, including UCC, shareholder, partnership and LLC disputes while also representing the Indiana Department of Insurance, Patient’s Compensation Fund, in tort and coverage cases.   

Edward prides himself in developing rapport with clients, while providing the development of a complete understanding of each case and effective, timely resolution of disputes.  His straight-forward, honest style has earned him the deserved respect of colleagues and clients, as well as a reputation for being a reliable and competent ally.

Prior to joining the Indiana Bar in 2010, Edward gained valuable legal experience while serving six years active duty as a paralegal with the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General Corps.  While deployed in support of Operation Enduring Freedom, Bagram, Afghanistan, Edward cleared a database backlog of international damage claims against the U.S. government dating back to 2001. Additionally, he ensured quick accessibility of opinions by interfacing seven years of legal files into an electronic database while deployed with NATO’s Stabilization Force Headquarters, Bosnia-Herzegovina.  Edward further expanded his legal knowledge by serving as a law clerk for the Honorable Cynthia Ayers, Marion County Superior Court Civil Division as well as the Public Defender of Indiana during law school, prior to joining Lewis Wagner as a summer law clerk in 2007.

Since 2012, Edward has served as a member of the Board of Managers for the YMCA Urban Mission Center where he serves on the Fund Development and Meadows Task Force committees.

Experience

Filter Experience
Court of Appeals affirms grant of summary judgment to employer who paid for drinks where employee was involved in an automobile accident.
32A05-1403-CT-131
Lewis Wagner, LLP’s client is an employer who had a holiday luncheon for its employees at a restaurant which began at 1:00 p.m.  One of the client’s employees had prior instances of incidents after the consumption of alcohol.  At the holiday party, the restaurant served two drinks to the employee which were paid for by the employer.  The party ended at around 3:00 p.m.
 
The employee left the restaurant and went to his home.  Later, the employee drove to a nearby liquor store and purchased beer and tequila.  He spent two hours consuming the alcohol that he had recently purchased.  At around 8:30 p.m., almost five and a half hours after he left the holiday party, he was involved in an automobile accident with the plaintiffs while driving his own vehicle on personal activities.
 
The plaintiffs filed a lawsuit against the employer and others alleging negligence.  The plaintiffs argued that the employer was responsible for the employee’s intoxication and actions by organizing and supervising the Christmas party.  Furthermore, the Plaintiffs contended the employer was responsible to exercise reasonable care with respect to the employee’s consumption of alcohol such that he would not sustain a “relapse” that lead to the chain of events because of his alcohol consumption.  However, the Court of Appeals found that the employer actually exercised ordinary reasonable care in the organization of the holiday party, by refusing to allow the employees to go into the bar at the restaurant, and allowing only two drinks to be purchased by the employees.  Furthermore, the Court found that the employee’s voluntary consumption almost six hours after the party ended represented an intervening cause of which the employer was not responsible. 
 
In this case, the employer was represented by Richard K. Shoultz and Edward Thomas. The Appellate decision can be found at Thompson v. Fields Gutter & Siding, Inc., 2014 Ind. App. Unpub. LEXIS 1006 (Ind. Ct. App. 2014).
 

Honors & Awards

  • Listed In Rising Stars, Indiana Super Lawyers©, 2016-2017
  • Up & Coming Lawyer, The Indiana Lawyer, 2015
  • Forty Under 40, Indianapolis Business Journal, 2014
  • Finalist, Achievement in Professions Award, Center for Leadership Development, 2014 

Professional Associations

  • Defense Research Institute
    • Committee Member, Diversity for Success Expo, 2011
  • Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana
    • Indiana Conference for Legal Education Opportunity 
    • Fellow, 2005
  • Indiana State Bar Association
    • Board of Governors, 2016
    • Business Law Section Council, 2014
    • Leadership Development Academy Class III, 2014
    • Military and Veterans’ Affairs Committee, 2014
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
    • Diversity Job Fair Committee, 2013 - present
    • Legal Lines Volunteer
  • Marion County Bar Association

Publications

Presentations

  • Indiana Legal Education Conclave, 2015, Panelist.
  • Find it Free and Fast on the Net: Strategies for Legal Research on the Web, National Business Institute, December 19, 2014. 

Pro Bono Activities

  • Protective Order Pro Bono Project of Greater Indianapolis, Inc.
    • Volunteer, 2006
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana
    • Mediation Assistance Program, 2010 - present

Civic & Community Involvement

  • Business Law Survey Commission, Gubernatorial Appointee, 2015
  • YMCA Urban Mission Center
    • Board of Managers, 2012-present
  • Just the Beginning Foundation’s Summer Legal Institute Oral Arguments
    • Judge, 2011
  • Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce – Common Goal Program
    • Volunteer Mentor, Pike High School, 2010

In The News

Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

  • State of Indiana, 2010

Courts of Practice

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 2010
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 2010

Education

  • Baker College, Center for Graduate Studies, M.B.A., Finance, 2011
  • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, J.D., 2009
    • Competitor, Intramural Moot Court Competition, 2006
    • Director of Finance, Black Law Student Association, 2008
    • Recipient, Benjamin F. Small Scholarship, 2008
    • Recipient, Cale J. Holder Merit Scholarship, 2008
    • Recipient, J. Patrick and Elanor L. Endsley Scholarship, 2009
    • Recipient, John J. Dillon Memorial Scholarship, 2009
  • Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, B.S., 1998