Edward F. Harney Jr.
phone (317) 632-4402
fax (317) 632-5595
Originally hailing from the Region, Edd joined the Firm in 1993 after receiving his Juris Doctor degree, magna cum laude, from Valparaiso University and a Bachelor of Arts degree from Purdue University in 1990. Edd has been a partner at Hume Smith Geddes Green & Simmons, LLP since 1998, and became Managing Partner in 2014. Edd has achieved an “AV Preeminent” rating by Martindale-Hubbell, a widely-known and nationally recognized publication which polls the performance of attorneys throughout the United States. Edd has also been selected by his peers as an Indiana “Super-Lawyer”, an honor awarded to only 5% of the practicing attorneys in Indiana and was named a Distinguished Fellow of the Indiana Bar Foundation.
Edd focuses his legal practice on civil trial work and small business law. In his trial work, Edd has represented clients in a wide array of civil tort matters including automobile collisions, premises and products liability, liquor liability, environmental issues, mass tort litigation and business transactions. Edd is also actively involved with numerous first party and third party insurance disputes and routinely provides coverage opinions to insurers and businesses. For his small business clients, Edd assists in selecting and forming their corporate entities as well as in their general business needs, including business counseling, contracts, leasing and employment issues and litigation.
In addition to work at the trial level, Edd has represented numerous clients before the Indiana Court of Appeals and the Indiana Supreme Court. Of note, Edd has successfully participated in the many reported decisions including Standard Fusee v. GAN North America Ins. Co. (pollution exclusion applicable under Maryland law and no coverage under Coverage B), Argabright v. R.H. Marlin, Inc. (construction law), Hale v. Nautilus Ins. Co. (abuse/scrivener's error), Smock v. American Equity Insurance Company (assault and battery exclusion upheld), Arnold v. FJ Hab, Inc. (premises liability), Johnson v. Colip, (securities law) and Irvine v. Schaffer (wild animal liability). Edd also successfully argued the previously oft cited decision of Bagley v. Insight Communications (general contractor liability) before the Indiana Supreme Court.
Edd is a member of the of the Sagamore American Inn of Court as well as the Indiana State Bar Association, the Indianapolis Bar Association and the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana.
Edd and his wife, Christina, are also members of Emmanuel Church of Greenwood. Edd coaches basketball and is a former Board Member of the Center Grove Basketball League. Edd was a proud member of the former Indianapolis Athletic Club where he sat on the Board of Directors and was an avid, albeit not incredibly talented, basketball player. Edd is also an Eagle Scout and a Vigil member of the Order of the Arrow.
While in law school, Edd participated in both law review and moot court. Edd's Giles Sutherland Rich moot court team advanced to the national competition in Washington D.C. after winning the regional competition where he was named best oral advocate while the two person team's briefs were awarded top appellate brief awards.
In the warmer months, Edd drives an alcohol injected big block dragster in NHRA Super Pro competition when he is not satisfying his crew chief duties for his son, Trey, and his daughter, Gabrielle, who drive their own NHRA junior dragsters.
Ride along with Edd down the famed US Nationals dragstrip in Indianapolis