Christopher A. Pearcy

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Phone: (317) 632-4402
Fax: (317) 632-5595
Email: cpearcy@humesmith.com

Chris maintains a diverse practice representing individuals, small businesses, and insurance companies in legal matters throughout Indiana and Illinois. He focuses much of his time on personal injury defense and insurance coverage disputes, but also handles a wide range of other legal matters. Call Chris today to discuss your legal problem or question.

 

Practice Areas:

  • Civil Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Personal Injury
  • First and Third Party Insurance Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Dram Shop (alcohol liability)
  • Complex Insurance Coverage
  • Bad Faith Insurance Defense
  • Premises and Auto liability
  • Construction Accidents
  • Environmental Claims/Toxic Torts
  • Fire Loss and Insurance Fraud
  • Business/Contract Disputes
  • Employment Law
  • Mass Tort/Disaster Litigation

Recent Decisions:

  • April 4, 2017: Chris Pearcy and Ted Blanford win Indiana State Fair Stage Collapse case at the Indiana Supreme Court.  Their client, ESG Security, Inc., was working at the Sugarland Concert on August 13, 2011 when a sudden gust of wind caused the stage to collapse onto the audience.  ESG was sued with several other Defendants.  While other Defendants settled, ESG did not.  After 135 depositions, and extensive discovery, Chris and Ted won summary judgment for ESG on September 15, 2015, dismissing ESG from the case.  You can read about this in the Indianapolis Star: Indiana State Fair Stage Collapse cases. An appeal followed, and ESG's dismissal was upheld by a unanimous panel of the Appellate Court on December 27, 2016.  Plaintiffs then appealed to the Indiana Supreme Court, where transfer was denied on April 4, 2017, and the Appellate Court's Opinion was upheld.  Polet v. ESG Sec., Inc., 66 N.E.3d 972 (Ind. Ct. App. Dec. 27, 2016).

Education:

  • Indiana University, Maurer School of Law, J.D., Bloomington, IN, 2004
  • Indiana University, School of Public and Environmental Affairs, B.S. in Public Affairs with distinction, Bloomington, IN, 2000

Bar Admissions:

  • State of Indiana, 2004
  • State of Illinois, 2005
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 2005
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 2007

Presentations and Publications:

Legal and Community Involvement:

  • Vice-Chairman: DTCI Trial Tactics Committee, 2014-2016
  • Member: DTCI Trial Tactics Committee, 2011-2016
  • Committee Member: IBA Bar Leader Series, Class XII, Steering Committee, 2014-2016
  • Legal Volunteer: Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB), 2011-2014
  • Member: DTCI Trial Tactics Committee, Responsible for publishing monthly Trial Tactics Newsletter, 2011-present - See more at: http://www.humesmith.com/our-people/attorneys/christopher-a-pearcy#sthash.ILjIr7Dh.dpuf
    Graduate: DTCI Trial Academy, 2009

Honors and Awards:

  • Volunteer of the Month: Keep Indianapolis Beautiful (KIB), August 2012
  • Bar Leader: 2012 Graduate of the Indianapolis Bar Association’s year long “Bar Leader Series” Class IX

Professional Associations:

  • Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA)
  • Indianapolis Bar Association (IBA)
  • Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana (DTCI)
  • Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)

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