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James Boyers
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211 North Pennsylvania Street
One Indiana Square, Suite 1800
Indianapolis, IN 46204
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Rhonda Britt
Rhonda.Britt@WoodenMcLaughlin.com
Education
Hanover College, B.A., English 1994
Indiana University School of Law – Bloomington, J.D. 1998
Personal
Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, 1972
Alzheimer’s Association of central Indiana, Board of Directors, Indianapolis Memory Walk Steering Committee Member and Memory Walk Team Captain
Former Member, Board of Conduct, International Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta,
Chairman, Board of Chapter Advisors, Tau Chapter, Phi Gamma Delta, Hanover College
Resides in Carmel, Indiana with wife, son, and daughter
Hobbies
Biking, hiking, and reading
Coaching in the Carmel Dads' Club
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James M. Boyers
Partner

Jim's trial and appellate practice focuses on commercial litigation.

His cases have involved:

  • Construction & Real Estate Disputes
  • Products Liability and Mass Torts
  • E-Discovery
  • Environmental Insurance Coverage
  • Secured Lender Rights & Liabilities

Jim represents clients in complex matters, often involving multiple parties, arising from construction, environmental and product liability claims.  Jim has worked extensively on E-Discovery issues, including negotiation of and court arguments regarding search terms, the format of data from complex databases, Standing Orders for Production and the proportionality of aspects of such discovery.  Jim has organized review teams including contract reviewers to reduce costs to his clients. 

He handles matters with focus on efficiency for his clients and with a dedication to prompt and effective service.  Jim’s litigation experience has included both bench and jury trials.  His trial work has primarily involved first chair responsibility.  Jim also has resolved many cases through alternative dispute resolution including both mediation and arbitration.  Finally, he has experience handling appeals before both the Indiana Supreme Court and the Indiana Court of Appeals.

Jim has also devoted himself to publishing several articles on issues of Indiana law.  He has co-authored three academic articles. One article provided a survey of Indiana Product Liability law and appeared in the Indiana Law Review, Vol. 34, No. 4, 2003. The other articles appeared in the Indiana Civil Litigation Review, Vol. I, No. 1, 2004 (evaluating an Indiana Supreme Court case on the Indiana Product Lability Act Stature of Repose) and Vol. II, No. 1, 2005 (evaluating the scope of certain defenses under the Indiana Product Liability Act).  He has also published articles in the Indiana Lawyer, including one on environmental insurance coverage issues in long tail contamination cases.

Representative Cases

Construction Disputes.  Jim resolved a significant dispute with a major regional construction project through pre-trial mediation in which he represented a General Contractor against the owner in direct negotiations and in mediation. 

Jim helped resolve a multi-party construction case arising from damages to an adjacent historical building during construction of a new municipal building.

E-Discovery – Lead Partner addressing E-Discovery issues in two Multi-District Litigation matters in Federal Court.  Developed strategy for handling large scale review of data under significant time pressure.  Participated in multiple meet-and-confer conferences, regular status conferences and Magistrate conferences to address a variety of discovery issues.

Motion Practice – Jim successfully opposed a summary judgment successfully arguing for an expansion of existing Indiana law regarding “de facto” merger.  Jim drafted Motions for Partial Summary Judgment in a multi-million dollar commercial dispute that led to orders which substantially limited the potential scope of damages and liability theories available to the plaintiff and led to the resolution of the case.

The Indiana Supreme Court.  Jim led a joint defense group effort to obtain direct transfer to the Supreme Court from the trial court and was heavily involved in briefing Defendants’ position in Allied Signal v. Ott, 785 N.E.2d 1068 (Ind. 2003) in which Indiana Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Indiana Product Liability Act Statute of Repose as applied in asbestos cases. 

Reducing Potential Liability by Strengthening the Non-Party Defense.  Drafted the joint brief of defendants/appellants by which the Indiana Court of Appeals recognized that Bankrupt entities are proper non-parties for purposes of fault allocation under the Comparable Fault Act.  Bondex International, Inc. v. Ott, 774 N.E.2d 82 (Ind.Ct.App. 2002).  The opinion reversed a trial court decision which had precluded defendants from identifying certain bankrupt entities as non-parties for purposes of fault allocation. 

Piercing the Corporate Veil.  Jim served as first chair in a bench trial where his client obtained a judgment piercing the corporate veil of an Indiana Limited Liability Company which resulted in a six figure recovery for his clients.  Jim also served as lead attorney on the appeal which resulted in an unpublished opinion which affirmed the judgment.

Complex Insurance Actions.  Jim regularly represents insurers in coverage actions related to environmental contamination from a variety of industries which involve many years and layers of insurance coverage.

Selected to Represent the Defense Bar.  The Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana has retained Jim to represent it as an amicus curiae participant in three separate appeals, two of which resulted in opinions which furthered the defense bar’s interpretation of the Indiana Product Liability Act Statute of Repose.

Defending Class Actions.  Jim serves as local counsel for a large telecommunications corporation in a Multi-District Litigation matter pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana which has involved the resolution of class action lawsuits in over forty states.

Defending Mortgage Servicers Borrower Claims.  Resolved multiple cases for Mortgage Servicers and Investors in which borrowers alleged violations of Truth for Lending Act, Fair Debt Collection Act, and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act and contractual claims. 

James M. Boyers - Partner

Practice Areas
  • Creditors' Rights & Liabilities
  • Environmental Insurance Coverage & Defense
  • General Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Medical Device Defense
  • Real Estate & Construction Disputes
Industries Served
  • Medical Devices
  • Real Estate Construction & Development
Professional Profile

Jim's trial and appellate practice focuses on commercial litigation.

His cases have involved:

  • Construction & Real Estate Disputes
  • Products Liability and Mass Torts
  • E-Discovery
  • Environmental Insurance Coverage
  • Secured Lender Rights & Liabilities

Jim represents clients in complex matters, often involving multiple parties, arising from construction, environmental and product liability claims.  Jim has worked extensively on E-Discovery issues, including negotiation of and court arguments regarding search terms, the format of data from complex databases, Standing Orders for Production and the proportionality of aspects of such discovery.  Jim has organized review teams including contract reviewers to reduce costs to his clients. 

He handles matters with focus on efficiency for his clients and with a dedication to prompt and effective service.  Jim’s litigation experience has included both bench and jury trials.  His trial work has primarily involved first chair responsibility.  Jim also has resolved many cases through alternative dispute resolution including both mediation and arbitration.  Finally, he has experience handling appeals before both the Indiana Supreme Court and the Indiana Court of Appeals.

Jim has also devoted himself to publishing several articles on issues of Indiana law.  He has co-authored three academic articles. One article provided a survey of Indiana Product Liability law and appeared in the Indiana Law Review, Vol. 34, No. 4, 2003. The other articles appeared in the Indiana Civil Litigation Review, Vol. I, No. 1, 2004 (evaluating an Indiana Supreme Court case on the Indiana Product Lability Act Stature of Repose) and Vol. II, No. 1, 2005 (evaluating the scope of certain defenses under the Indiana Product Liability Act).  He has also published articles in the Indiana Lawyer, including one on environmental insurance coverage issues in long tail contamination cases.

Bar and Court Admissions
  • Admitted to the Indiana Bar and U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of Indiana and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Education
  • Hanover College, B.A., English 1994
  • Indiana University School of Law – Bloomington, J.D. 1998
Professional Associations & Achievements
  • Attained AV® Peer Review Rating with High Ethical Standing by Martindale Hubbell®, 2017
  • Named an Indiana Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in 2011 and 2012
  • Passed the four hour examination of the Association of Certified Electronic Discovery Specialists (“ACEDS”), 2017
  • American and Indiana State Bar Associations
  • The Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana named Jim as its Outstanding Section Leader in 2004 for his efforts in leading its Product Liability Section.
  • Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana
  • Defense Research Institute

Representative Cases

Construction Disputes.  Jim resolved a significant dispute with a major regional construction project through pre-trial mediation in which he represented a General Contractor against the owner in direct negotiations and in mediation. 

Jim helped resolve a multi-party construction case arising from damages to an adjacent historical building during construction of a new municipal building.

E-Discovery – Lead Partner addressing E-Discovery issues in two Multi-District Litigation matters in Federal Court.  Developed strategy for handling large scale review of data under significant time pressure.  Participated in multiple meet-and-confer conferences, regular status conferences and Magistrate conferences to address a variety of discovery issues.

Motion Practice – Jim successfully opposed a summary judgment successfully arguing for an expansion of existing Indiana law regarding “de facto” merger.  Jim drafted Motions for Partial Summary Judgment in a multi-million dollar commercial dispute that led to orders which substantially limited the potential scope of damages and liability theories available to the plaintiff and led to the resolution of the case.

The Indiana Supreme Court.  Jim led a joint defense group effort to obtain direct transfer to the Supreme Court from the trial court and was heavily involved in briefing Defendants’ position in Allied Signal v. Ott, 785 N.E.2d 1068 (Ind. 2003) in which Indiana Supreme Court upheld the constitutionality of the Indiana Product Liability Act Statute of Repose as applied in asbestos cases. 

Reducing Potential Liability by Strengthening the Non-Party Defense.  Drafted the joint brief of defendants/appellants by which the Indiana Court of Appeals recognized that Bankrupt entities are proper non-parties for purposes of fault allocation under the Comparable Fault Act.  Bondex International, Inc. v. Ott, 774 N.E.2d 82 (Ind.Ct.App. 2002).  The opinion reversed a trial court decision which had precluded defendants from identifying certain bankrupt entities as non-parties for purposes of fault allocation. 

Piercing the Corporate Veil.  Jim served as first chair in a bench trial where his client obtained a judgment piercing the corporate veil of an Indiana Limited Liability Company which resulted in a six figure recovery for his clients.  Jim also served as lead attorney on the appeal which resulted in an unpublished opinion which affirmed the judgment.

Complex Insurance Actions.  Jim regularly represents insurers in coverage actions related to environmental contamination from a variety of industries which involve many years and layers of insurance coverage.

Selected to Represent the Defense Bar.  The Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana has retained Jim to represent it as an amicus curiae participant in three separate appeals, two of which resulted in opinions which furthered the defense bar’s interpretation of the Indiana Product Liability Act Statute of Repose.

Defending Class Actions.  Jim serves as local counsel for a large telecommunications corporation in a Multi-District Litigation matter pending in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana which has involved the resolution of class action lawsuits in over forty states.

Defending Mortgage Servicers Borrower Claims.  Resolved multiple cases for Mortgage Servicers and Investors in which borrowers alleged violations of Truth for Lending Act, Fair Debt Collection Act, and Real Estate Settlement Procedures Act and contractual claims. 

Personal
  • Born in Indianapolis, Indiana, 1972
  • Alzheimer’s Association of central Indiana, Board of Directors, Indianapolis Memory Walk Steering Committee Member and Memory Walk Team Captain
  • Former Member, Board of Conduct, International Fraternity of Phi Gamma Delta,
  • Chairman, Board of Chapter Advisors, Tau Chapter, Phi Gamma Delta, Hanover College
  • Resides in Carmel, Indiana with wife, son, and daughter
Hobbies
  • Biking, hiking, and reading
  • Coaching in the Carmel Dads' Club

Practice Areas
Creditors' Rights & Liabilities
Environmental Insurance Coverage & Defense
General Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Medical Device Defense
Real Estate & Construction Disputes
Industries Served
Medical Devices
Real Estate Construction & Development
Bar & Court Admissions
Admitted to the Indiana Bar and U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of Indiana and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Professional Associations & Achievements
Attained AV® Peer Review Rating with High Ethical Standing by Martindale Hubbell®, 2017
Named an Indiana Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in 2011 and 2012
Passed the four hour examination of the Association of Certified Electronic Discovery Specialists (“ACEDS”), 2017
American and Indiana State Bar Associations
The Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana named Jim as its Outstanding Section Leader in 2004 for his efforts in leading its Product Liability Section.
Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana
Defense Research Institute