Lucy R. Dollens


Lucy Dollens is the Indianapolis Office Managing Partner as well as the Commercial Litigation Office Chair for Indianapolis. She also serves as the Indianapolis Recruiting Chair. Lucy concentrates her practice in commercial litigation and handles all aspects of business litigation disputes, including advising clients on a broad range of contractual issues prior to the initiation of litigation. Her practice extends to federal and state trial and appellate courts, bankruptcy courts, proceedings involving governmental agencies and regulators, and class actions. Beyond complex commercial litigation matters, Lucy's practice also extends to product liability, premises liability, toxic torts, employment restrictive covenants, and trade secrets violations.

Licensed in both Indiana and West Virginia, Dollens also has extensive experience representing financial institutions, servicers, and consumer finance companies in both the consumer and commercial contexts. Lucy represents clients in matters involving breach of contract, breach of fiduciary duties, lender liability, commercial and residential contested foreclosures, lending workouts, statutory violations, consumer protection/fraud issues, condemnation and easement issues, violations of stay and discharge injunctions, and adversary proceedings in bankruptcy courts. Lucy has also worked closely with financial institutions, advising on internal processes and governance matters with respect to compliance and regulatory issues.

Lucy's practice also focuses on appellate litigation, where she represents individuals and corporate clients in both state and federal appellate courts on an expansive range of legal issues including but not limited to commercial litigation, labor and employment disputes, products liability claims, premises liability matters, and administrative and licensing issues. Finally, she represents amicus curiae parties regarding significant issues of Indiana law before Indiana’s Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.

Lucy also represents 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.

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 (Chair, Amicus Curiae Committee)
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
    • Appellate Practice Section (Executive Committee) and past President (2013)
    • Women in Law Division (Executive Committee)
  • Indiana Bar Association (Appellate Practice Section)
  • Indiana Bar Foundation (Development and Communications Committee)
  • American Bar Association (Council of Appellate Lawyers)
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association (Member)
  • Sagamore American Inn of Court (2007-2009)
  • Champ Camp, Inc., a nonprofit dedicated to children with tracheostomies and in need of respiratory assistance (Board of Directors since 2006)
  • 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)

Professional Recognition

  • Indiana Bar Foundation Life Fellow (inducted Dec. 10, 2017)
  • Quarles & Brady Star Mentor Award recipient (2016)
  • Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers® (Business Litigation) (2016-2018)
  • Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® (Appellate Practice) (2014-2018)
  • Indiana Defense Lawyer of the Year (DTCI) (2013)
  • Indianapolis Bar Foundation, Distinguished Fellow (Inducted 2012)
  • 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)