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Katherine S. Strawbridge

Associate

T: 317.453.8688 | Mobile: 317.441.5174
F: 317.630.2790
E: kstrawbridge@lewiswagner.com

Legal Assistant Assistant

Claudia Estrada

T: 317.237.0500
E: cestrada@lewiswagner.com

Biography

Katie is an associate in Lewis Wagner’s litigation practice group where she primarily focuses on representing commercial carriers and drivers in litigation involving wrongful death, catastrophic injury and property damage. She also defends clients in premises liability actions and litigation involving motor vehicle accidents. Katie earned her J.D. from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law where she was named to the Order of the Barristers and served as a member of the Executive Board for the Honorable Robert H. Staton Moot Court Competition. She was also selected to serve on the Executive Board of the Dean’s Tutorial Society. Prior to law school, Katie attended the Indiana University Kelley School of Business.

Katie is a member of the Indianapolis and Indiana State Bar Associations.

Experience

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Defense of trespass, conversion and fraud claims against utility company regarding scope of utility easements
Plaintiff is the owner of property subject to two utility easements held by defendant Utility Company. Utility Company contracted with defendant Tree Company to trim and remove trees on Plaintiff’s property that were interfering with the electrical lines. After several trees were trimmed and/or removed, Plaintiff filed this lawsuit alleging trespass, conversion and fraud on the part of the defendants as a result of the work performed on the property. Plaintiff argued the Defendants’ actions were done without Plaintiff’s consent and exceeded the authority granted by the easements.
 
Lewis Wagner, LLP represented both Defendants and moved for summary judgment, contending that the Defendants had the legal right to maintain the electrical line on Plaintiff’s property pursuant to the easements. The defense further maintained that Plaintiff’s consent was not required for the services performed on his property. The Court agreed, and found that the Defendants had lawfully entered Plaintiff’s property and acted in accordance with the easements in performing tree maintenance for the preservation of the electrical line. The Court granted summary judgment for the Defendants as to all Counts of Plaintiff’s Complaint. Plaintiff did not appeal.
Obtained summary judgment on behalf of private landowner following allegations from a neighboring property owner.
The plaintiff owned property across the street and downhill from our client’s property in Danville, IN. Our client undertook construction activities on his property, including the addition of commercial buildings and paved parking lots. Sometime after construction began, the plaintiff alleged that her property began to flood when it rained and that the flooding caused structural damage to her home. Plaintiff attributed this flooding and the resulting damage to her property, in part, to our client’s construction, and argued that he was liable under a theory of negligence.  On summary judgment, we argued that the common enemy doctrine, which protects those who erect obstructions that affect surface water,  precluded the plaintiff’s claims. Plaintiff responded by filing her own motion for summary judgment, alleging a series of purported issues of fact.  Following oral arguments, the Court agreed that the common enemy doctrine applied. In doing so, the Court denied plaintiff’s motion for summary judgment, and granted summary judgment for our client.

Honors & Awards

  • Listed In Rising Stars, Indiana Super Lawyers®, 2014-2017
  • Indiana Intern of the Year, Indiana Chamber of Commerce, 2007

Professional Associations

  • ALFA International
    • Transportation Practice Group
  • Defense Research Institute
    • Trucking Law Committee, Public Service Committee Liaison, 2015 
  • Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
    • Legal Lines Volunteer
  • Sagamore Inn of Court
    • Associate Member, 2016 

Presentations

  • Beyond the Numbers: A Discussion on the Finer Points of Mediation, Indianapolis Bar Association, July 25, 2017.
  • Defending the Traumatic Brain Injury, ALFA International Transportation Practice Group Mini Seminar, February 18, 2017.

In The News

Practice Areas

Bar Admissions

  • State of Indiana, 2011

Courts of Practice

  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 2011
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 2011

Education

  • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, J.D. , 2011
    • Order of the Barristers
    • Executive Board for the Honorable Robert H. Staton Moot Court Competition
    • Executive Board, Dean’s Tutorial Society
    • Benjamin F. Small Scholarship Recipient, 2010-2011
  • Indiana University Kelley School of Business, Bloomington, B.S., 2008
    • Dean's List