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Lesley A. Pfleging

Partner

T: 317.453.8661 | Mobile: 317.753.7069
F: 317.630.2790
E: lpfleging@lewiswagner.com

Legal Assistant

Claudia Estrada

T: 317.237.0500
E: cestrada@lewiswagner.com

Biography

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Lesley is a member of Lewis Wagner's Transportation Practice Group where she focuses primarily on representing commercial carriers and drivers in catastrophic injury and wrongful death cases in state and federal court, as well as 24/7 state-wide emergency accident investigation. Lesley prides herself on being flexible. She can delve into the weeds on a complex claim when necessary or break down complex claims into actionable solutions in accordance with the client's risk management objectives. Lesley understands when a claim needs to be moved early in the process and will not unduly lengthen that process. She provides excellent product on a value basis and produces a quality litigation result via mediation or trial. Lesley strives to be practical when communicating with clients, the judiciary, and opposing counsel. She remains actively involved in speaking on transportation related matters across the country and an active particpant in ALFA International's Transportation Practice Group.

Prior to her legal career, Lesley attended the Indiana University Kelley School of Business. Upon completion, she obtained her J.D. from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.
 

Experience

Filter Experience
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.

Representative Cases

  • Canterburys v. American Legion Post No. 507, Ridgeville, Indiana and Ridgeville, Indiana Post No. 507, Inc.
  • Crawfordsville Square LLC v. Monroe Guaranty Insurance Company, 906 N.E.2d 934 (Ind. Ct. App. 2009).
  • Hall v. Four M LLC, 2009, WL 5818164

Honors & Awards

  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated AV® Preeminent
  • Rising Stars, Indiana Super Lawyers®, 2013-2017
  • Top 40 Litigation Lawyers Under 40 for the State of Indiana, American Society of Legal Advocates 2013-2015
  • Up & Coming Lawyer, The Indiana Lawyer, 2014
  • Indiana Super Lawyers®, 2019

Professional Associations

  • ALFA International
    • Transportation Practice Group
    • Women Initiative Practice Group 
  • American Bar Association
  • American Society of Legal Advocates
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Indianapolis American Inns of Court
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
    • Legal Lines Volunteer
    • Member, Bar Leader Series XI, 2014

Publications

  • "Transportation Practice Group" ALFA International, Go Team Editor, 2017.
  • “Transportation Practice Group Seminar” ALFA International, Course Book Editor, 2013, 2014.
  • “A Look at Treating Physician Disclosures Under Federal Rule 26(a)(2) and Indiana Trial rule 26  (B)(4),” Indiana Civil Litigation Review, Volume VIII, 2011.

Presentations

  • Geographic Case Evaluation, Evaluation - The Intersection of Information and Risk, ALFA International Transportation Practice Group Seminar, White Sulphur Springs, WV, May 3, 2018.
  • Transportation Litigation, Regulations & Verdicts, Arkansas Trucking Seminar, Rogers, AR, September 14, 2017.
  • Strategies for Selecting a Reptile Proof Jury, ALFA International Transportation Seminar, Scottsdale, AZ, May 10 - 12, 2017, Panelist.
  • Effective Communication, Arkansas Trucking Seminar, Rogers, AR, September 13-15, 2016, Moderator.
  • Medicare Set-Asides and Liens 101, Personal Injury Claims: The Insurance Defense Perspective, National Business Institute, August 21, 2015. 
  • Resolving All Claims, ALFA International Transportation Practice Group Mini Seminar, November 20, 2013.
  • Common Problems in Resolving Transportation Claims; Managing Costs Intelligently, ALFA International Transportation Practice Group Mini Seminar, Chattanooga, TN, November 7, 2012.

Civic & Community Involvement

  • Giving Sum, Inc.
    • Member, 2008 – 2013
    • Member, Board of Directors 2012 - 2013
    • Vice President, 2010 - 2012
  • Young Professionals Central Indiana, November 2009 – 2013

In The News

    Media Mentions

  1. Jul 15, 2015

    Women Leading the Way in Law Firms
    The Indiana Lawyer

          Seminars and Speaking Engagements

        1. Sep 17, 2019

          ALFA International Arkansas Trucking Seminar

        2. Apr 24, 2019

          ALFA International Transportation Seminar

        3. May 03, 2018

          Geographic Case Evaluation, Evaluation - The Intersection of Information and Risk, White Sulphur Springs, WV
          ALFA International Transportation Practice Group Seminar

        4. Sep 14, 2017

          Transportation Litigation, Regulations & Verdicts, Arkansas Trucking Seminar, Rogers, AR

        5. May 10, 2017

          Strategies for Selecting a Reptile Proof Jury, ALFA International Transportation Seminar, Scottsdale, AZ

          Press Release

          1. Feb 07, 2019

            Lewis Wagner Announces 2019 Indiana Super Lawyers & Rising Stars

          2. Feb 15, 2017

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

          3. Feb 12, 2016

            Lewis Wagner Attorneys Named 2016 Rising Stars
            Indiana Super Lawyers Magazine

          4. Feb 13, 2015

            Nine Lewis Wagner Attorneys Named Indiana Rising Stars
            Indiana Super Lawyers Magazine

          5. Jan 01, 2015

            Lesley A. Pfleging Elected Partner

          6. Apr 23, 2014

            Lesley Pfleging recognized as an Up and Coming Lawyer

          Practice Areas

          Bar Admissions

          • State of Indiana, 2007

          Courts of Practice

          • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 2007

          Education

          • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, J.D., 2006
          • Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana, B.S., 2003