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Robert R. Foos, Jr.

Partner

T: 317.453.8642 | Mobile: 317.418.9187
F: 317.630.2790
E: rfoos@lewiswagner.com

Legal Assistant

Claudia Estrada

T: 317.237.0500
E: cestrada@lewiswagner.com

Biography

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Rob focuses his practice on the representation of commercial carriers and commercial drivers in catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases.  He represents several national carriers and a host of local, inter and intra-state transportation companies.  A frequent speaker at national seminars, Rob also works closely with clients, insurers and reinsurers to provide case law updates and presentations on the latest tactics in defending trucking related claims.

Prior to joining Lewis Wagner, Rob served as In-House Counsel and acted as managing partner for a captive law firm in the insurance industry. His experience includes third party liability claims, complex coverage issues and first party litigation.

Rob is licensed to practice in both Indiana and Illinois, and has tried numerous cases in both venues. He feels most at ease in front of a jury, where his common sense approach and careful planning have proven to be a successful combination. Rob's experience as a trial lawyer and his reputation for aggressive representation allow him to resolve cases in a manner which is both fair and beneficial to his clients.

Experience

Published Appeals:

In both the Indiana and Illinois Courts, Robert has successfully tried more than forty (40) cases to jury verdict including:

  • Brittany Johnson v. Kimiel Horn and Sandberg Trucking, Inc.
  • Bradshaw v. Affirmative (Supreme Court of State of Indiana) – grant of summary judgment
  • Mattson v. Galich (Lake County Superior Court) - defense verdict at trial 
  • Pelak v. Pearson (Marion County) - summary judgment
  • Wallot v. Buchinsky (Harrison County Superior Court) - defense verdict at trial

Honors & Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated AV® Preeminent
  • The Best Lawyers in America® in the field of Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, 2016-2021
    • Inaugural Business Litigation Issue - Personal Injury Litigation, Summer 2019
  • Indiana Super Lawyers®, 2014-2020
  • 2014 Defense Counsel of Distinction, Quality Distribution, Inc., February 21, 2014
  • Inducted into the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA), 2007

Professional Associations

  • ALFA International
    • Contact Partner
    • Transportation Practice Group
      • Chair, 2019 
      • Vice Chair, 2019 Transportation Practice Group Seminar, Colorado Springs, Colorado, April 24-26, 2019.
  • American Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA)
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana
    • Former Chair, Construction Law Section
    • Former Chair, Insurance Coverage Section
  • Indiana Motor Truck Association 
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
    • Former Liaison for Editorial Board
  • Trucking Industry Defense Association (TIDA)

Publications

Presentations

  • Roundtable Discussion, ALFA Regional Seminar, St. Louis, MO, February 2019.
  • Why You Should Be Making More Data Q Challenges, ALFA Transportation Webinar, September 12, 2018.
  • How Not to Lose Your Case in Discovery, Arkansas Trucking Seminar, September 5, 2018.
  • Litigating Trucking Accident Claims, Stafford Webinar, May 2018.
  • Catastrophic Damages in a Traumatic Brain Injury Trial, ALFA International Transportation Practice Group Regional Seminar, St. Louis, MO, February 18, 2017.
  • Extreme Makeover Trucking Edition: Accentuating the Positive to Change Juror's Perceptions of the Trucking Industry, ALFA InternationalTransportation Practice Group Seminar, Key Biscayne, FL, May 5, 2016.
  • Litigating Trucking Accident Claims, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Indianapolis, IN, 2016.
  • Crash Avoidance Technology—Can you Afford (Not to Have) It? ALFA Transportation Practice Group Annual Seminar, May 1, 2015.
  • Rolling (Not Roadside) Inspections and Other Feats of Technology, ALFA Transportation Practice Group Webinar, March 26, 2015.
  • Yeoman’s Work or Just Busy Work: Evidence Preservation and Spoliation Issues, ALFA International Transportation Practice Group, May 8, 2013.
  • Litigating Trucking Accident Injury Claims for Plaintiffs and Defendants, Strafford Webinars and Publications, April 18, 2013.
  • Defense Concerns on In-Cab Technology / Active Safey Providers such as Rair, OnGuard and DriveCam, Indiana Motor Transport Underwriters Annual Risk Management Conference, 2012.
  • Trucking Litigation, Investigation, discovery, and pre-trial concerns of the defense in trucking litigation, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, 2012.
  • TIDA Advance Seminar, February 2012.
  • Truck Accident Litigation From Start to Finish, November 2011.
  • Safety & Claims Seminar, Motor Transport Underwriters, May 2011.
  • Advanced Trial Advocacy, Litigating to Win, December 2010.
  • Medical Evidence, Excluding Treating Physicians Opinions, August 2010.
  • TIDA Advance Seminar, Powerful Closing Arguments, February 2010.
  • Arkansas Trucking Seminar, September 2009.

Pro Bono Activity

  • Indianapolis Bar Association
    • Legal Lines volunteer, 2005 - 2007

In The News

    Media Mentions

  1. Nov 28, 2018

    Report: Law firms fail at collecting client satisfaction feedback

  2. Apr 04, 2018

    Autonomous vehicle regulation stalls out in statehouse

    Published Articles

  1. May 07, 2014

    Microsoft Surface Pro for the Mobile Attorney
    The Indiana Lawyer

        Seminars and Speaking Engagements

      1. Apr 24, 2019

        ALFA International Transportation Seminar

        Press Release

        1. Aug 20, 2020

          2021 The Best Lawyers in America®

        2. Feb 07, 2019

          Lewis Wagner Announces 2019 Indiana Super Lawyers & Rising Stars

        3. Aug 15, 2018

          10 lawyers from Lewis Wagner were recognized in The Best Lawyers in America© 2019

        4. Feb 20, 2018

          Lewis Wagner Announces 2018 Indiana Super Lawyers® & Rising Stars

        5. Aug 15, 2017

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

        6. Feb 15, 2017

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

        7. Aug 15, 2016

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

        8. Feb 12, 2016

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

        9. 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’

        10. Feb 13, 2015

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

        11. Mar 10, 2014

          Rob Foos Awarded Quality Distribution, Inc.'s 2014 Defense Counsel of Distinction

        12. Feb 12, 2014

          70% of Firm Partners named Indiana Super Lawyers®

        13. Jul 26, 2011

          Robert R. Foos, Jr. elected Equity Partner

        Practice Areas

        Bar Admissions

        • State of Illinois, 1997
        • State of Indiana, 1998

        Courts of Practice

        • State of Illinois Supreme Court, 1997
        • State of Indiana Supreme Court, 1998
        • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 1998
        • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 1998

        Education

        • The John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois, J.D., 1997
        • Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, B.A., 1994