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Crystal Wildeman
Crystal Wildeman
 
Email Crystal S. Wildeman
Phone: 812.759.5918 vcard
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Crystal.Wildeman@WoodenMcLaughlin.com
(812) 759-5918 (Direct)
(812) 401-6444 (Fax)

21 South East 3rd Street
Suite 900
Evansville, IN 47708
Legal Secretary
Kylie Unfried
Kylie.Unfried@WoodenMcLaughlin.com
Education
Indiana University (B.A. and B.S., 2003)
DePaul College of Law (J.D., 2006)
Personal
A native of Evansville and graduate of Mater Dei High School
Board Member Youth First, Inc. 2008 - present
Parishioner, Annunciation Parish
Member of ANEW (A Network of Evansville Women)
Rotary Club of Evansville
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Crystal S. Wildeman
Partner

Commercial Defense Counsel
Crystal’s litigation practice is regionally-focused, as she appears frequently in federal and state courts in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.  She represents businesses and individuals in resolving disputes through arbitration, mediation, trial, appellate and motion practice.  Her experience includes:

  • Opposing certification of both class actions and collective actions in wage and hour disputes
  • Defending manufacturers in complicated products liability cases necessitating technical understanding of machines and devices
  • Defending defending manufacturers, premises owners, and contractors in complex, multi-party toxic tort litigation, including asbestos
  • Pleading dismissals and summary dispositions of manufacturers and businesses in products liability and toxic tort cases
  • Managing complex case discovery of hundreds of thousands of documents, including solving discovery disputes involving electronically stored information (“ESI”) and modes of production
  • Enforcing creditors’ rights in compliance with the Federal Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) in a variety of matters, including commercial and residential foreclosure matters; landlord recovery for back rent and damages; and secured creditors’ situations involving the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC)

Outside Counsel
Crystal leverages her experience as a litigator to serve as outside general counsel for privately-held businesses.  She represents businesses across a wide array of industries including manufacturing and transportation.  This service helps proactive business owners identify and understand legal issues that face them every day to help minimize exposure and risk of litigation.  Her practice includes providing services in conjunction with contracts, employment issues, and insurance coverage and claims.  Crystal leverages her knowledge of the industry, the organization and people to form long-term relationships with her business clients and working in a partnership with them to advise on how the law can help them achieve their business objectives.  As outside counsel, Crystal:

  •  Fields day-to-day employment issues, such as those involving employee benefits, reductions-in-force, discrimination and harassment and worker’s compensation 
  • Advises on insurance coverage and claims
  • Negotiates service contracts, commercial leases, and resolution of disputes arising during ongoing contracts 
    Represents businesses in unemployment hearings
  • Conducts training of management personnel on various employment-related topics such as drug testing, FMLA, ADA, FLSA, worker’s compensation, and employee handbooks
  • Serves as an advisor to non-profit organizations

Appellate Cases

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    Tillman v. Tillman, 87 A05 - 012120 - DR - 619 (Ind. Ct. App. July 3, 2013) trans. denied.  Bench trial and appellate case upholding trial court’s judgment in favor of incapacitated wife whose guardian sought divorce on behalf of incapacitated husband.  The Supreme Court of Indiana denied transfer and as a direct result of the decision, the Indiana legislature amended IC 29-3-6-3(a)(5) governing guardian’s rights. 
  • Wagner v. Finney, 82A05-1207-GU-375 (Ind. Ct. App. June 13, 2013).  Sought and was awarded attorney’s fees after establishing guardian in direct contempt of court for failure to comply with an order to pay support.
  • Harper v. Hippensteel, 994 NE 2nd 1233 (Ind. Ct. App. 2013).  Drafted appellate brief persuading court to affirm summary judgment to physician in medical malpractice claim due to lack of a duty
  • Jean v. Kentucky Unemployment Ins. Comm. et al., No. 2010 - CA - 001623 - MR (Ky. Ct. App. July 13, 2012).  Represented employer in affirming the denial of unemployment benefits 
  • Young v. Kentucky Unemployment Ins. Comm. et al., No. 2012 - CA - 002009 - MR (Ky. Ct. App. June 6, 2014).  Represented employer in affirming the denial of unemployment benefits
  • Hughes v. Evansville State Hospital et al., 82 A01-1009-CT-00492.  Represented hospital in interlocutory appeal concerning discovery dispute
  • Felsher v. University of Evansville, 880 N.E.2d 335 (Ind. Ct. App. 2008) trans. denied.  Defended university in defamation suit

 

Crystal S. Wildeman - Partner

Practice Areas
  • Business Disputes
  • Catastrophic Injury Defense
  • Employment & Labor Law
  • General Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Toxic Tort Defense
Industries Served
  • Family & Closely Held Businesses
  • Financial Institutions & Services
  • Medical Devices
Professional Profile

Commercial Defense Counsel
Crystal’s litigation practice is regionally-focused, as she appears frequently in federal and state courts in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky.  She represents businesses and individuals in resolving disputes through arbitration, mediation, trial, appellate and motion practice.  Her experience includes:

  • Opposing certification of both class actions and collective actions in wage and hour disputes
  • Defending manufacturers in complicated products liability cases necessitating technical understanding of machines and devices
  • Defending defending manufacturers, premises owners, and contractors in complex, multi-party toxic tort litigation, including asbestos
  • Pleading dismissals and summary dispositions of manufacturers and businesses in products liability and toxic tort cases
  • Managing complex case discovery of hundreds of thousands of documents, including solving discovery disputes involving electronically stored information (“ESI”) and modes of production
  • Enforcing creditors’ rights in compliance with the Federal Debt Collection Practices Act (FDCPA) in a variety of matters, including commercial and residential foreclosure matters; landlord recovery for back rent and damages; and secured creditors’ situations involving the Uniform Commercial Code (UCC)

Outside Counsel
Crystal leverages her experience as a litigator to serve as outside general counsel for privately-held businesses.  She represents businesses across a wide array of industries including manufacturing and transportation.  This service helps proactive business owners identify and understand legal issues that face them every day to help minimize exposure and risk of litigation.  Her practice includes providing services in conjunction with contracts, employment issues, and insurance coverage and claims.  Crystal leverages her knowledge of the industry, the organization and people to form long-term relationships with her business clients and working in a partnership with them to advise on how the law can help them achieve their business objectives.  As outside counsel, Crystal:

  •  Fields day-to-day employment issues, such as those involving employee benefits, reductions-in-force, discrimination and harassment and worker’s compensation 
  • Advises on insurance coverage and claims
  • Negotiates service contracts, commercial leases, and resolution of disputes arising during ongoing contracts 
    Represents businesses in unemployment hearings
  • Conducts training of management personnel on various employment-related topics such as drug testing, FMLA, ADA, FLSA, worker’s compensation, and employee handbooks
  • Serves as an advisor to non-profit organizations
Bar and Court Admissions
  • Admitted to the Indiana Bar and U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of Indiana
  • Admitted to the Illinois Bar and U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of Illinois
  • Admitted to the Commonwealth of Kentucky Bar and U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky
Education
  • Indiana University (B.A. and B.S., 2003)
  • DePaul College of Law (J.D., 2006)
Professional Associations & Achievements
  • Evansville and Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky State Bar Associations
  • Defense Trial Counsel Of Indiana
  • Named an Indiana Super Lawyer Rising Star 2012-2016
  • The Outstanding Young Lawyer, DTCI, 2013
  • Leadership in the Law 2014: Up and Coming Lawyer

Appellate Cases

  •  

    Tillman v. Tillman, 87 A05 - 012120 - DR - 619 (Ind. Ct. App. July 3, 2013) trans. denied.  Bench trial and appellate case upholding trial court’s judgment in favor of incapacitated wife whose guardian sought divorce on behalf of incapacitated husband.  The Supreme Court of Indiana denied transfer and as a direct result of the decision, the Indiana legislature amended IC 29-3-6-3(a)(5) governing guardian’s rights. 
  • Wagner v. Finney, 82A05-1207-GU-375 (Ind. Ct. App. June 13, 2013).  Sought and was awarded attorney’s fees after establishing guardian in direct contempt of court for failure to comply with an order to pay support.
  • Harper v. Hippensteel, 994 NE 2nd 1233 (Ind. Ct. App. 2013).  Drafted appellate brief persuading court to affirm summary judgment to physician in medical malpractice claim due to lack of a duty
  • Jean v. Kentucky Unemployment Ins. Comm. et al., No. 2010 - CA - 001623 - MR (Ky. Ct. App. July 13, 2012).  Represented employer in affirming the denial of unemployment benefits 
  • Young v. Kentucky Unemployment Ins. Comm. et al., No. 2012 - CA - 002009 - MR (Ky. Ct. App. June 6, 2014).  Represented employer in affirming the denial of unemployment benefits
  • Hughes v. Evansville State Hospital et al., 82 A01-1009-CT-00492.  Represented hospital in interlocutory appeal concerning discovery dispute
  • Felsher v. University of Evansville, 880 N.E.2d 335 (Ind. Ct. App. 2008) trans. denied.  Defended university in defamation suit

 

Personal
  • A native of Evansville and graduate of Mater Dei High School
  • Board Member Youth First, Inc. 2008 - present
  • Parishioner, Annunciation Parish
  • Member of ANEW (A Network of Evansville Women)
  • Rotary Club of Evansville

Practice Areas
Business Disputes
Catastrophic Injury Defense
Employment & Labor Law
General Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Toxic Tort Defense
Industries Served
Family & Closely Held Businesses
Financial Institutions & Services
Medical Devices
Bar & Court Admissions
Admitted to the Indiana Bar and U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of Indiana
Admitted to the Illinois Bar and U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of Illinois
Admitted to the Commonwealth of Kentucky Bar and U.S. District Courts for the Eastern and Western Districts of Kentucky
Professional Associations & Achievements
Evansville and Indiana, Illinois, and Kentucky State Bar Associations
Defense Trial Counsel Of Indiana
Named an Indiana Super Lawyer Rising Star 2012-2016
The Outstanding Young Lawyer, DTCI, 2013
Leadership in the Law 2014: Up and Coming Lawyer