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Michael R. Giordano

Associate

T: 317.453.8670 | Mobile: 317.650.2092
F: 317.630.2790
E: mgiordano@lewiswagner.com

Legal Assistant

Rachelle Cole

T: 317.237.0500
E: rcole@lewiswagner.com

Biography

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Michael is an associate in Lewis Wagner’s litigation group where he concentrates his practice in insurance coverage defense and bad-faith litigation. Michael evaluates first- and third-party insurance claims in order to assist insurers in resolving coverage-related matters in a prompt and efficient manner. He also defends insurers against bad-faith claims arising under both personal lines and commercial lines policies. Michael graduated magna cum laude from the University of South Carolina in 2010 with a Bachelor of Arts in criminal justice. He earned his Juris Doctor from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Michael is admitted to practice in the State of Indiana and before the United States District Courts for Northern Indiana and Southern Indiana.

Honors & Awards

  • Rising Stars, Indiana Super Lawyers®, 2017-2019

Professional Associations

  • American Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Indianapolis Bar Association 
    • Member of Executive Committee of Insurance Coverage Section
    • Legal Lines Volunteer
  • Legal Lines Volunteer
    • 2014 - present
       

Publications

  • "Additional insured coverage - get what you're bargaining for," The Indiana Lawyer, February 20, 2019.
  • "Indiana Court of Appeals Holds That Landlord's Insurer Could Not Pursue Subrogation Claim Against Tenant For Damage To Leased Property," Lewis Wagner Insurance Law Alert, January 25, 2019.
  • "A Federal Court In California Addresses Whether Coverage Is Available To Drone Operator After It Strikes Wedding Attendee," Lewis Wagner Insurance Law Alert, January 9, 2019.
  • "Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals Determines That TV Satellite Provider Lawsuit Against Insured That Did Not Pay Proper Subscription Rate Was Not Covered As a Defamation Claim," Lewis Wagner Insurance Law Alert, December 19, 2018.
  • "Court of Appeals Affirms Evidentiary Privilege Protection of Insured-Insurer In Bad Faith Litigation," Lewis Wagner Insurance Law Alert, November 27, 2018.
  • "Florida Supreme Court Reinstates Bad Faith Verdict Against Insurer Despite Its Offer of Insured Policy Limits Within Nine (9) Days of Accident," Lewis Wagner Insurance Law Alert, November 20, 2018.
  • "Indiana Court of Appeals Holds That Insured's Two Wrongs Were One Occurence," Lewis Wagner Insurance Law Alert, November 14, 2018.
  • "Federal District Court Addresses Whether Liability Insurance Coverage Existed For College Student's Sexual Assault Claims Against Fellow Student," Lewis Wagner Insurance Law Alert, November 9, 2018.
  • "Indiana Court of Appeals Determines That Insured's Delay of At Least Nine Years In Giving Notice To Insurer of Environmental Liability Claim Resulted In Prejudice To The Insurance Company," Lewis Wagner Insurance Law Alert, November 2, 2018.
  • "Indiana Court of Appeals Determines That Named Insured Cannot Recover Uninsured Motorist Coverage While Riding As A Passanger," Lewis Wagner Insurance Law Alert, October 19, 2018.
  • "Indiana Court of Appeals Holds Insurer's Effort To Collect Subrogation Lien From Insured's Attorney Subject to Two-Year Statute of Limitations," Lewis Wagner Insurance Law Alert, September 20, 2018.
  • "Court Of Appeals Determines That Insurance Agent Lacked Legal Duty To Motorist Injured In Automobile Accident With Customer Who Sought Insurance Coverage From The Agent," Lewis Wagner Insurance Law Alert, August 10, 2018.
  • "Indiana Court of Appeals Refuses To Apply Business Use Exclusion To Auto Policy For Home Healthcare Worker Traveling Between Jobs," Lews Wagner Insurance Law Alert, June 1, 2018.
  • "Indiana Court of Appeals' Decision Holds That Injured Mortorist's Release With One Alleged Tortfeasor Barred Claims Against All Alleged Tortfeasors," Lewis Wagner Insurance Law Alert, June 1, 2018.
  • "Indiana Court of Appeals Remands Case For Trial Court To Determine If Landlord's Insurer Has Viable Subrogation Claim Against Tenant," Lewis Wagner Insurance Law Alert, March 23, 2018.
  • "Federal Court Outlines Characteristics of Proper Insurance Company Reservation of Rights Letter," Lewis Wagner Insurance Law Alert, March 2, 2018.
  • "Seventh Circuit Affirms Jury Determination That Insured Resided In Home Destroyed By Fire And Was Properly Awarded Home's Actual Cash Value Damages," Lewis Wagner Insurance Law Alert, February 27, 2018.
  • “Indiana Court Of Appeals Requires Health Insurer To Pay Medical Expenses Incurred During Grace Period For Late Premiums,” Lewis Wagner Insurance Law Alert, January 25, 2018.
  • “Indiana Supreme Court Denies Transfer of Case Holding That Insurer Has No Duty to Defend Additional Insured Until Named Insured Satisfies Self-Insured Retention,” Lewis Wagner Insurance Law Alert, November 13, 2017.
  • “Where tortfeasor's insurer denied coverage because of his breach of cooperation clause, the tortfeasor was considered "uninsured motorist" to allow plaintiff to recover uninsured motorist benefits,” Lewis Wagner Insurance Law Alert, October 9, 2017.
  • "In an unpublished decision, Court of Appeals enforces property policy language limiting insurer coverage obligation to actual cash value of destroyed home," Lewis Wagner Insurance Law Alert, June 13, 2017.
  • "Court holds that death resulting from road-rage incident did not arise out of the use of the insured's auto," Lewis Wagner Insurance Law Alert, April 27, 2017.

Civic & Community Involvement

  • Indianapolis 500 Parade Committee, Member
    • 2013, 2015

In The News

      Published Articles

    1. Feb 20, 2019

      Additional insured coverage - get what you're bargaining for

    2. Jan 25, 2019

      Insurance Law Alert: INDIANA COURT OF APPEALS HOLDS THAT LANDLORD'S INSURER COULD NOT PURSUE SUBROGATION CLAIM AGAINST TENANT FOR DAMAGE TO LEASED PROPERTY

    3. Jan 09, 2019

      Insurance Law Alert: A FEDERAL COURT IN CALIFORNIA ADDRESSES WHETHER COVERAGE IS AVAILABLE TO DRONE OPERATOR AFTER IT STRIKES WEDDING ATTENDEE

    4. Dec 19, 2018

      Insurance Law Alert: SEVENTH CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS DETERMINES THAT TV SATELLITE PROVIDER LAWSUIT AGAINST INSURED THAT DID NOT PAY PROPER SUBSCRIPTION RATE WAS NOT COVERED AS A DEFAMATION CLAIM

    5. Nov 27, 2018

      Insurance Law Alert: COURT OF APPEALS AFFIRMS EVIDENTIARY PRIVILEGE PROTECTION OF INSURED-INSURER IN BAD FAITH LITIGATION

    6. Nov 20, 2018

      Insurance Law Alert: FLORIDA SUPREME COURT REINSTATES BAD FAITH VERDICT AGAINST INSURER DESPITE ITS OFFER OF INSURED POLICY LIMITS WITHIN NINE (9) DAYS OF ACCIDENT

    7. Nov 14, 2018

      Insurance Law Alert: INDIANA COURT OF APPEALS HOLDS THAT INSURED'S TWO WRONGS WERE ONE "OCCURENCE"

    8. Nov 09, 2018

      Insurance Law Alert: FEDERAL DISTRICT COURT ADDRESSES WHETHER LIABILITY INSURANCE COVERAGE EXISTED FOR COLLEGE STUDENT'S SEXUAL ASSAULT CLAIMS AGAINST FELLOW STUDENT

    9. Nov 02, 2018

      Insurance Law Alert: INDIANA COURT OF APPEALS DETERMINES THAT INSURED'S DELAY OF AT LEAST NINE YEARS IN GIVING NOTICE TO INSURER OF ENVIRONMENTAL LIABILITY CLAIM RESULTED IN PREJUDICE TO THE...

    10. Oct 19, 2018

      Insurance Law Alert: INDIANA COURT OF APPEALS DETERMINES THAT NAMED INSURED CANNOT RECOVER UNINSURED MOTORIST COVERAGE WHILE RIDING AS A PASSENGER IN HIS OWN VEHICLE

    11. Aug 13, 2018

      Court of Appeals Determines That Insurance Agent Lacked Legal Duty to Motorist Injured in Automobile Accident With Customer Who Sought Insurance Coverage From the Agent

    12. Aug 02, 2018

      DRI's Unfair Claims Settlement Practices Act Compendium

    13. Jun 01, 2018

      Insurance Law Alert: INDIANA COURT OF APPEALS REFUSES TO APPLY BUSINESS USE EXCLUSION TO AUTO POLICY FOR HOME HEALTHCARE WORKER TRAVELING BETWEEN JOBS

    14. Jun 01, 2018

      Insurance Law Alert: Indiana Court Of Appeals' Decision Holds That Injured Motorist's Release With One Alleged Tortfeasor Barred Claims Against All Alleged Tortfeasors

    15. Mar 23, 2018

      INDIANA COURT OF APPEALS REMANDS CASE FOR TRIAL COURT TO DETERMINE IF LANDLORD'S INSURER HAS VIABLE SUBROGATION CLAIM AGAINST TENANT
      Lewis Wagner, LLP

    16. Mar 02, 2018

      FEDERAL COURT OUTLINES CHARACTERISTICS OF PROPER INSURANCE COMPANY RESERVATION OF RIGHTS LETTER
      Lewis Wagner, LLP

    17. Feb 27, 2018

      SEVENTH CIRCUIT AFFIRMS JURY DETERMINATION THAT INSURED RESIDED IN HOME DESTROYED BY FIRE AND WAS PROPERLY AWARDED HOME'S ACTUAL CASH VALUE DAMAGES
      Lewis Wagner, LLP

    18. Sep 12, 2016

      DRI Uninsured Motorist and Underinsured Motorist Coverage Compendium, 2016

          Seminars and Speaking Engagements

        1. Mar 19, 2019

          Back to the Basics: Practice Pointers for Understanding Insurance Coverage

          Press Release

          1. Feb 07, 2019

            Lewis Wagner Announces 2019 Indiana Super Lawyers & Rising Stars

          2. Feb 20, 2018

            Lewis Wagner Announces 2018 Indiana Super Lawyers® & Rising Stars

          3. Feb 15, 2017

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

          4. Aug 11, 2015

            Lewis Wagner Attorneys Offer Free Legal Advice

          5. Feb 18, 2014

            Michael R. Giordano and Keenan M. Jones Join Lewis Wagner

          Practice Areas

          Bar Admissions

          • Indiana, 2013

          Courts of Practice

          • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 2014
          • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 2014

          Education

          • Indiana University Maurer School of Law, J.D., 2013
            • Michael and Janie Maurer Scholarship
            • Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition
          • University of South Carolina, Columbia, South Carolina, B.A., magna cum laude, 2010
            • Phi Beta Kappa Honor Society