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Maggie is recognized as one of the top appellate attorneys in the country.  In addition to being named by Super Lawyers® as one the top 25 Women Attorneys in the state of Indiana, Maggie has been selected as one of The Best Lawyers in America® in the field of appellate practice, identified as an Indiana Super Lawyers® appellate attorney, listed as a Chambers USA® Top Tier Appellate Litigator, and recently was celebrated for fifteen years as a Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated Lawyer with the “Highest Possible Peer Review Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical Standards.”

Maggie has been involved in hundreds of appeals, and has represented businesses, individuals, and groups in all types of appellate proceeding at every level of the state and federal appellate courts.  She also has significant experience representing amicus curiae parties before Indiana’s appellate courts.

Her clients say that her appellate “writing skills are great” and she also has “fantastic” oral advocacy skills arguing before appellate courts—a combination that makes Maggie “the complete package.”

In addition to representing parties on appeal, Maggie has been actively involved in drafting the Indiana Appellate Rules, is a leader in the state and national appellate practice communities, and is a regular presenter and author on appellate topics.

Prior to entering private practice, she served as a judicial law clerk with the Indiana Supreme Court and was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Indiana University, teaching legal writing and reasoning and appellate advocacy.

The Indiana Supreme Court appointed Maggie to an eight-year term on its Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure in 2009, and in this capacity, she was engaged in the continuous study of all the Indiana Rules of Procedure (Trial Rules, Evidence Rules, Jury Rules, Appellate Rules, Professional Conduct Rules, etc.).   Maggie was actively involved in the e-fling projects, Administrative Rule 9(G) overhaul, and the appellate rules.

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Experience

Successfully defended the constitutionality of the original Indiana wine shipping statute on appeal in the federal courts.

Successfully represented Dolby Laboratories on appeal in patent challenge to Dolby Surround Sound systems.

Successfully prosecuted appeal resulting in long-dormant cause of action for Title by Acquiescence being recognized.

Education

Law School

Indiana University Maurer School of Law, visiting student, 1995-1996

University of Arizona, James E. Rogers College of Law, J.D., 1994, magna cum laude

Undergrad

University of Arizona, B.A., 1991, cum laude

Clerkship

Judicial Law Clerk, Indiana Supreme Court

Bar Membership

Indiana

Recognition

The Best Lawyers in America©, 2009-2019

Selected for inclusion in the Indiana Super Lawyers®, 2012-2018

Selected as one of The Top 25 Women Lawyers by Indiana Super Lawyers®, 2014

Chambers USA, Litigation: Appellate, 2017-2018

AV® Preeminent Rated, Martindale Hubbell® “Highest Possible Peer Review Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical Standards.”

2013 Indiana State Bar Association David Hamacher Public Service Award

Indiana Outstanding Young Attorney of the Year, 2000

Presidential Citation for Excellence, Indiana State Bar Association, 1999

Indiana Bar Foundations, Fellow

Professional Affiliations

Indiana Supreme Court Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, 2009 to present.

Indiana State Bar Association, Appellate Practice Section, Section Chair; Section Vice Chair;  Appellate Rules Update Committee, Chairman, Bench/Bar and Special Projects Committee, Chair, Indiana Docs Appellate Drafting Committee, Chair, Evening with the Appellate Judges, Chair, Appellate Survey Seminar, Planning Committee, Appellate Skills Seminar, Planning Committee, Masters Level Appellate Practice CLE, Planning Committee, Council Member for District 11; Committee on Judicial Improvements, Judicial Merit Selection Committee, Chair; Federal Judiciary Committee, former Chair, Vice Chair; Committee on State Legislation; Long Range Planning Commission; Indiana Appellate Pro Bono Project, Member and Provider of Pro Bono Representation, Co-Author, Indiana Pro Se Appellate Manual

American Bar Association, Council of Appellate Lawyers; Speakers Board, Indiana and Seventh Circuit representative

Indianapolis Bar Association, Pro Bono Recognition Committee, Past Chair

Indianapolis Sagamore Inn of Court, Past Barrister

Indiana Bar Foundation Fellow Nominee

Civic Activities

Judge, Championship Round, 2017 Robert H. Staton Intramural Moot Court Competition, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

The Master’s Study Tutelage Program, Adjunct Professor in Dual Credit College-High School course on Aristotle’s Rhetoric: The Art of Persuasive Argument

Mercy Road, Lead Sunday School Teacher (3rd-5th grade)

Eagle Creek Extreme Softball Travel Team, Volunteer Team Administrator

Eagle Creek Little League Softball and Baseball Programs, Volunteer Team Administrator

Otino Waa Orphanage, Uganda Africa, Volunteer and Supporter

Legacy Christian School: Fundraising Auction Committee; PTA Volunteer; Guest Lecturer

Million Meal Movement, Volunteer and Supporter

“Why Lincoln Was A Lawyer” Program, TPCA School Coordinator, 2010, 2012

University of Arizona Alumni Association, Indiana Chapter, Board of Directors, President

Preserve at Eagle Creek Homeowners Association

New Song, Volunteer for non-profit organization serving orphaned, fatherless, and impoverished children of Indiana.

Beacon of Hope Center for Women, Volunteer Grant Writer

Safe Families For Children, Indiana Department of Child Services, volunteer

Purchased, Inc., volunteer

Kids Games, group leader

Navajo Christian Foundation, team leader

Shepherd Community Center, coordinator for service outreach program

Traders Point Christian Academy, Parent Teacher Fellowship Executive Committee; Chair, Fundraiser Auctions 2009, 2010, 2011; Coordinator of Family Involvement Campout; Attorney Coordinator for Lincoln Days; Room Parent

Common Ground Christian Church, Sunday School Lead Teacher; Small Group Leader; Hospitality Committee

Planning Committee for Statewide Gala honoring Chief Justice Shepard

Community Organization Legal Assistance Program, Community Coordinator

Care Center Women and Children’s Shelter

Neighborhood Fellowship Inner City Ministry, Board of Directors