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Katherine S. Strawbridge

Partner

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

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Claudia Estrada

T: 317.237.0500
E: cestrada@lewiswagner.com

Biography

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Katie is a member of Lewis Wagner’s Transportation Practice Group where she devotes a substantial amount of her practice to representing commercial carriers and drivers in litigation involving wrongful death, catastrophic injury and property damage claims. She frequently litigates in both state and federal court and also assists clients in pre-suit investigation, including 24/7 state-wide emergency accident investigation. Katie is actively involved in all phases of the litigation process to protect the interests of motor carriers and their drivers; she zealously advocates on their behalf to reach the best possible outcome, whether it be through alternative dispute resolution or trial. Katie employs a professional, common-sense approach to litigation which results in favorable results for her clients and respect from her peers in the legal community on both sides of the bar.

The transportation industry is ever-changing, and Katie stays up-to-date on new developments as an active member of several transportation-related associations including ALFA International’s Transportation Practice Group, the Trucking Industry Defense Association (“TIDA”), and the Defense Research Institute (“DRI”) Trucking Law Committee, where she serves as the Public Service Liaison.

Honors & Awards

  • The Best Lawyers in America® - Ones to Watch - Transportation Litigation, 2021
  • Indianapolis Bar Foundation Distinguished Fellow
  • Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated AV® Preeminent
  • Rising Stars, Indiana Super Lawyers®, 2014-2020
  • Indiana Intern of the Year, Indiana Chamber of Commerce, 2007

Representative Cases

  • Linda Waldon v. Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., 2019 WL 699139 (S.D. Ind. 2019), aff'd, 943 F.3d 818 (7th Cir. 2019) (obtained summary judgment for premises owner in slip and fall lawsuit)
  • Cook v. Prime Trucking, Inc. et al. (Boone County Superior Court, 2018) (defense verdict following jury trial)
  • Williams v. Wal-Mart Stores East, LP, 2017 WL 6997731 (S.D. Ind. 2017) (summary judgment for premises owner in slip and fall lawsuit)
  • Bormann v. Asplundh Tree Expert Co. et al. (LaPorte Superior Court, 2014) (summary judgment granted on trespass and negligence claims concerning an easement)
  • Macek v. Town of Danville et al. (Hendricks County Superior Court, 2014) (summary judgment granted for property owner in negligence case involving common enemy doctrine)
  • Hollis v. Metropolitan School Dist. Of Pike Township, 2013 WL 5656088 (S.D. Ind. 2013) (summary judgment on Indiana Crime Victim’s Relief Act claims)
  • Huntine v. Whitley County Sheriff’s Department et al. (Whitley County Circuit Court, 2013) (summary judgment for defendants on claims involving alleged wrongful arrest)
  • Gillock v. City of New Castle, 999 N.E.2d 1043 (Ind. Ct. App. 2013) (affirming award of attorney fees against Plaintiffs)

Presentations

  • Depositions: Preparing, Taking & Defending, Indianapolis Bar Association (Indianapolis, IN), May 20, 2020.
  • Don't Bogart that Liability - Medical Marijuana Legalization and the Transportation Industry, ALFA International Transportation Practice Group Regional Seminar(Nashville, TN), November 6, 2019.
  • The Reptile Theory in Trucking Cases, ALFA International Transportation Practice Group Regional Seminar (Atlanta, GA), August 15, 2018.
  • The Mediation Process: What Happens in the Other Room? ALFA International Transportation Practice Group Regional Seminar (St. Louis, MO), February 21, 2018.
  • Beyond the Numbers: A Discussion on the Finer Points of Mediation, Indianapolis Bar Association (Indianapolis, IN), July 25, 2017.
  • Defending the Traumatic Brain Injury, ALFA International Transportation Practice Group Regional Seminar (St. Louis, MO), February 18, 2017.

Professional Associations

  • ALFA International
    • Transportation Practice Group
  • Defense Research Institute
    • Trucking Law Committee, Public Service Committee Liaison, 2015-2018
  • Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
    • Legal Lines Volunteer
  • Sagamore Inn of Court
    • Associate Member, 2016-2018

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
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 2019

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