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Ryan J. Vershay

Partner

T: 317.453.8705 | Mobile: 317.627.7740
F: 317.630.2790
E: rvershay@lewiswagner.com

Legal Assistant

Sue Benson

T: 317.237.0500
E: sbenson@lewiswagner.com

Biography

Ryan represents businesses and individuals in state and federal court in all aspects of real estate and business litigation, including cases involving: 

  • Commercial landlord/tenant disputes and evictions
  • Contract and lease disputes
  • Mortgage foreclosure and banking litigation
  • Easement and right-of-way disputes
  • Eminent domain, tax sales and quiet title
  • Breach of implied and express warranties
  • Non-compete and trade secrets

Clients appreciate his direct approach to helping them resolve complex issues in a practical and cost-effective manner. Ryan’s hard work and determination has helped the Firm develop its real estate litigation practice. Since 2013, Ryan has been Indiana counsel for a national bank in statewide residential mortgage foreclosure and quiet title litigation, with responsibility for more than 150 cases to date. Ryan has assumed the role of lead counsel for a national pipeline transmission company in right-of-way and eminent domain litigation in state and federal court, handling more than 50 matters in both Indiana and Illinois. Ryan has also developed a business relationship with one the largest privately held real estate management and development firms in the country, assisting them with various real estate related matters. Ryan has also litigated various commercial disputes and served as temporary outside general counsel for a local grocery chain.

Ryan has become a respected leader within the Firm and was elected Partner in 2016. He is chair of the Firm’s Best Practices Committee and a member of the Personal Development Committee.

Prior to joining the Firm, Ryan was an associate at a large Indianapolis law firm where he assisted clients in the acquisition and disposition of commercial real estate.

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.

The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment issued by the Putnam Circuit Court that Jo Ann Hacker is liable for the debt secured by a mortgage on real estate
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The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment issued by the Putnam Circuit Court that Jo Ann Hacker is liable for the debt secured by a mortgage on real estate she owned as a joint tenant on the date she and her son refinanced the existing loan on the property.

Representative Cases

  • Bank of America, N.A. v. Hacker et al., Cause No. 67C01-1208-MF-1402014 (Obtained summary judgment for client Bank of America, N.A. against a co-borrower who asserted lack of ownership, failure of consideration, and guarantor status in an effort to avoid liability in a mortgage foreclosure lawsuit.  The trial court held the co-borrower breached the promissory note, at a minimum, as an accommodation party.  The Court of Appeals affirmed on the further basis that the co-borrower was directly liable as a maker and a borrower in Hacker v. Bank of America, N.A., 21 N.E.3d 897 (Ind. Ct. App., 2014), reh’g denied. 
  • Preferred Professional Insurance Co. v. West, et at., Cause No. 49D12-1209-CT-037783 (Obtained summary judgment for client Indiana Patient’s Compensation Fund in case involving question of first impression regarding whether a claimant having no prior or existing physician/patient relationship can pursue claims (and recover damages) against physician for medical malpractice under Indiana Medical Malpractice Act.  The Court of Appeals affirmed in Preferred Prof’l Ins. Co. v. West, 23 N.E.2d 716 (Ind. Ct. App. 2014).  The Indiana Supreme Court unanimously denied transfer in Preferred Prof’l Ins. Co. v. West, 2015 Ind. LEXIS 377 (Ind., May 7, 2015).
  • U.S. Bank, as Trustee v. Mainscape Leasing, LLC, et al., Cause No. 49D13-1701-MF-2030 (Litigated and resolved complex commercial mortgage foreclosure lawsuit involving multi-million dollar securitized senior mortgage and multi-million dollar leasehold mortgage).
  • Marsh Supermarkets, LLC v. Roche Diagnostic Operations, Inc., Cause No. 29D03-0812-PL-1481 (Member of litigation team that obtained $19,563,933 judgment on behalf of client Marsh Supermarkets, LLC following a 7-day trial on Marsh’s claim for breach of an 18-year lease.  The Court of Appeals affirmed at Roche Diagnostic Operations, Inc. v. Marsh Supermarkets, LLC, 987 N.E.2d 72 (Ind. Ct. App. 2013), trans. denied. 
  • SSI Properties, LLC v. Richhart, Cause No. 73D01-1209-PL-43 (Obtained summary judgment against Johnson County Auditor for Auditor’s failure to comply with tax sale notice statute).
  • Franciscan Alliance, Inc. v. South Emerson Surgery Center, et al., Cause No. 41D01-1308-PL-00107 (Successfully defended a petition to vacate an arbitration award for client South Emerson Surgery Center in a medical billing case).
  • Medical Assurance Co., Inc. v. Weinberger, et al., Cause No. 4:06-CV-00117-JD-APR (Member of a litigation team representing client Indiana Patient’s Compensation Fund in a complex insurance coverage dispute in federal court which involved more than 350 individual claimants).  
  • Litigating numerous federal lawsuits on behalf of client Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Company, L.P., including Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Company, L.P. v. Kunz, et al., Cause No. 1:15-cv-01049-SEB-DML; Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Company, L.P. v. Kiley, Cause No. 1:15-cv-01059-RLY-DKL; Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Company, L.P. v. Busenbark, et al., Cause No. 1:13-cv-1663-WTL-MJD; Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Company, L.P. v. Benson, Cause No. 1:11-cv-01209-WTL-MJD; and Panhandle Eastern Pipe Line Company, L.P. v. Johnson, et al., Cause No. 2:16-cv-02063-CSB-EIL.

Honors & Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated AV® Preeminent
  • Rising Stars, Indiana Super Lawyers®, 2015-2017

Professional Associations

  • ALFA International
    • Business Litigation Practice Group
    • Oil, Gas, and Energy Working Group
  • American Bar Association
    • Young Lawyers Division
  • Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana
    • Business Litigation Section, Legislative Liaison, 2016
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
    • Networking Section
    • Young Lawyers Division

Civic & Community Involvement

  • Notre Dame Club of Indianapolis
    • ND Lawyer Committee, Advisory Counsel, 2016- present
  • The Penrod SocietyTM
    • Member, 2013 - present
  • Eagle Crossing Homeowners’ Association Board
    • Member, 2014 - 2016
  • IndyHub, Inc.
    • Founding Chair,  Mosaic Initiative, 2012-present
    • Founder and Organizer, Indy Hub Young Professionals Happy Hour, 2009 - 2014
    • Member, 2008-present

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Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

  • State of Indiana, 2008
  • State of Illinois, 2018

Courts of Practice

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 2008
  • U.S. District Court, Central District of Illinois , 2013

Education

  • University of Notre Dame School of Law, Notre Dame, Indiana, J.D., cum laude, 2008
    • Member, Vice President of NDLS Business Law Forum
  • Ave Maria School of Law, Ann Arbor, Michigan
    • Best Appellate Brief Finalist
  • Ave Maria College, Ypsilanti, Michigan, B.P., cum laude, 2005
    • Frederic Bastiat Excellence in Economics Award Recipient, 2005
    • National Dean’s List, 2003-2005