Lucy R. Dollens, Partner


Lucy Dollens concentrates her practice in complex commercial litigation, representing clients in all aspects of business litigation disputes. Lucy helps her clients meet their business objectives, minimize risk, and aggressively move forward in handling contractual issues prior to the initiation of litigation and throughout the course of litigation. In addition to her commercial litigation practice, Lucy regularly advises clients in the automotive industry. She has experience regarding distribution and dealership disputes and warranty issues, including for large manufacturing clients, as well as employment restrictive covenants and trade secrets litigation. Lucy also has extensive experience representing financial institutions, servicers, consumer finance companies, landlords and tenants in both the consumer and commercial contexts, including commercial leasing disputes. Her practice extends to federal and state trial and appellate courts, bankruptcy courts, proceedings involving governmental agencies and regulators, and class actions.

In the appellate arena, Lucy represents individuals and corporate clients in both state and federal appellate courts in a range of legal issues including commercial litigation, labor and employment disputes, products liability cases, premises liability matters, and administrative and licensing issues. She also represents amicus curiae parties in cases involving significant issues before Indiana’s Court of Appeals and Supreme Court and pro bono clients (through court appointment) in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

She also serves as Recruiting Chair for the Indianapolis Office.

Legal Services

Education and Honors

  • Northwestern University, Kellogg School of Management, Certificate, Quarles & Brady Leadership Program (2016)
  • Indiana University – Robert H. McKinney School of Law (J.D., summa cum laude, 2002)
    • Indiana Law Review (Note Development Editor)
  • Butler University (B.A., cum laude, 1998)
    • Top Ten Female Student (1997, 1998)

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana
  • West Virginia

Court Admissions

  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of West Virginia
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 6th Circuit

Professional and Civic Activities

  • Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, board of directors; Amicus Curiae Committee, chair
  • International Association of Defense Counsel, member, since 2018
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
    • Women in Law Division, executive committee, present, and past chair, 2018
    • Appellate Practice Section, executive committee, present, and past chair, 2013
  • Indiana Bar Association, Appellate Practice Section, member
  • Indiana Bar Foundation, Development and Communications Committee, member
  • American Bar Association, Council of Appellate Lawyers, member
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association, member
  • Champ Camp, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to children with tracheostomies and in need of respiratory assistance, member, board of directors, 2006 - present
  • Butler University, “Count It! For Cat” annual SIDS awareness and fundraising event, volunteer
  • Indianapolis Bar Association Ask A Lawyer Program, volunteer
  • ZWIN - Zionsville Women in Network, member
  • Sagamore American Inn of Court, 2007-2009

Professional Recognition

  • Indiana Super Lawyers®, Business Litigation, 2016-present
    • Top 25: 2021 Women Indiana Super Lawyers®
    • Top 25: 2020 Women Indiana Super Lawyers®
    • Top 50: 2020 Indiana Super Lawyers®
  • Listed in The Best Lawyers in America®, Appellate Practice, Commercial Litigation, 2014–present
  • Indiana Defense Lawyer of the Year (DTCI), 2013
  • Indiana Bar Foundation Life Fellow, inducted
    Dec. 10, 2017
  • Indianapolis Bar Foundation, Distinguished Fellow, inducted 2012
  • Quarles & Brady Star Mentor Award recipient, 2016
  • Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers-Rising Stars®, 2010-2012
  • Lacy Leadership Association’s Leadership & Educ.
    Dev. Program, 2010
  • IADC Trial Academy, Stanford Law School, 2008
  • Indiana Bar Association’s Bar Leader Series III, graduate, 2006