About Lucy

Litigation success, industry-leading client service 

Lucy Dollens concentrates on complex commercial litigation, representing both large and small business clients. She works with clients in the manufacturing, medical device, higher education, financial services, technology and real estate industries, among others. Lucy advises on:

  • Contract and corporate disputes and business torts
  • Warranty and supply chain issues
  • Trade secret and restrictive covenant claims
  • Commercial real estate disputes
  • Premises liability issues
  • Appellate matters

Nationally recognized for client service, she makes clients’ business objectives and risk tolerance levels a meaningful part of the legal strategies she delivers. Lucy establishes trusted, working relationships not only with her clients within corporate legal departments but also with individuals on her clients’ senior leadership teams and in their business departments. This enables her to proactively support clients in assessing and managing risk and in achieving creative business solutions to their issues. A skilled litigator, Lucy partners with her clients when litigation ensues to ensure their interests are vigorously protected and advanced.

Experience in Action

  • Representing clients in both state and federal trial and appellate courts on a range of legal issues, including contracts and commercial litigation, labor and employment disputes, products liability cases, premises liability matters, and administrative and licensing issues.
  • Defending landlords and tenants in disputes involving commercial leases and real estate developments.
  • Representing financial institutions and other entities in claims arising under Indiana’s False Claims Act, against allegations of fraud and breach of fiduciary duties, on lender liability claims and in petitioning for trust dissolutions.
  • Counseling clients on preserving issues for appeal during trial court litigation and in post-judgment proceedings, including post-trial motions.

Successes

  • Defended and provided pre-suit advice and counseling to manufacturers involving vendor, supply chain and warranty disputes, including with respect to standardizing and updating warranties and standard terms and conditions.
  • Defended national medical device manufacturers, franchisors, beverage companies and other entities against breach of contract, breach of employment restrictive covenants, intentional interference claims and alleged trade secret violations (both federal and state).
  • Obtained temporary restraining orders and preliminary injunctions on behalf of business clients in state and federal courts.
  • Appeared as counsel of record and/or on the briefs in more than 100 appeals, including in the Indiana Supreme Court, Indiana Court of Appeals and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
  • Represented amicus curiae parties in cases involving significant issues before Indiana’s Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.
  • Represented 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.

Professional Recognitions

  • Indiana Super Lawyers®, Business Litigation, 2016-present
    • Top 25: 2022 Women Indiana Super Lawyers®
    • 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
  • BTI Consulting Group “Client Service All-Star," 2021, 2022

Professional & Civic Activities

  • JDRF Indiana and Kentucky Chapter, board of directors
  • Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana
    • Board of Directors
    • Chair, Amicus Committee
  • 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
    • Board of Directors
    • Development and Communications Committee, member
    • Finance Committee, member
  • American Bar Association, Council of Appellate Lawyers, member
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association, member
  • Champ Camp – Board of Directors, 2006 -2021
  • 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

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