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Indianapolis, IN 46204
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Cathleen Fox
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Education
Indiana University, B.A.
Murray State University, M.A., summa cum laude, 1992
University of Louisville School of Law, cum laude, 1992
Personal
Born in Sullivan, Indiana
Son, Andrew, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2003. In May 2014, he graduated from the Uniformed Services University for the Health Sciences School of Medicine. He presently is in his internship year at Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego, California.
Son, Matt, graduated summa cum laude from Wabash College in 2005 with a double major in history and Spanish. He returned to Wabash and obtained his teaching certification in 2009. He teaches Spanish at St. Louis de Montfort Catholic School in Fishers, Indiana.
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Maureen E. Ward
Of Counsel

Maureen focuses her practice in civil litigation and appellate advocacy.  She has experience in a wide range of matters, including employment law, health care law, family law, contract law, constitutional law, and federal jurisdictional and procedural law.  In the health care area, Maureen concentrates her efforts in risk management.  Maureen has significant appellate experience in both state and federal courts.

Maureen has years of experience representing individuals with family law issues, including divorce, legal separation, child custody and child support, parenting time, name change, guardianship, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, grandparent visitation, and emancipation.

 Representative Cases

  •  Trespass and Prior Restraint.  Maureen co-wrote the brief by which the Indiana Court of Appeals reversed the trial court’s decision and found appropriate the issuance of a preliminary injunction in favor of plaintiff apartment communities and against the defendant, which had been littering the apartment communities with copies of its free publication, “The Reader’s Gazette.”  In this issue of first impression, the appellate court found that a landlord has a sufficient possessory interest in the common areas of its apartment community to bring an action for trespass and that the apartment communities had established a prima facie case of possession and of defendant’s entry of their land without right.  The Court of Appeals furthermore held that the trial court erred in holding that the injunction the apartment communities sought would constitute prior restraint and that a preliminary injunction would be constitutionally invalid.  Because the defendant had various other outlets for distribution of its publication, the preliminary injunction the apartment communities sought was not an impermissible prior restraint under the First Amendment or the Indiana Constitution.
  • Statutory Bar.  Maureen drafted the brief by which the Indiana Court of Appeals found that the trial court should have granted summary judgment in defendants’ favor.  The court confirmed defendants’ position that Indiana Code § 32-30-5-1 et seq. statutorily barred plaintiff Bank One from pursuing a conversion claim when it failed to object to the receiver’s final report, which report omitted any reference to the disputed funds.
  • Personal Jurisdiction.  Maureen drafted the brief by which the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division, found that plaintiff Novelty had not established personal jurisdiction over defendant RCB.  Granting dismissal for RCB and refusing Novelty’s request for transfer, the District Court concluded, as defendants argued, that application of the effects test required a showing of intentional harm to a plaintiff in the forum state.  The court held that constructive knowledge of a copyright is not an adequate substitute for actual intent in the effects test.
  • Statute of Limitations.  Maureen wrote the brief by which the Indiana Court of Appeals found that the trial court erred in dismissing Irwin Mortgage’s complaint.  The appellate court held that the Indiana Journey’s Account Statute, Indiana Code § 34-11-8-1, saved Irwin Mortgage’s federal claims from the applicable statute of limitations.
  • Employment Law.  In this discrimination case filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division, Maureen wrote the brief that led plaintiff to settle with defendant for a nominal sum.  Earlier in the case, Maureen had obtained from the EEOC a no-cause finding on plaintiff’s race and constructive discharge claims
  • Employment Law.  Maureen co-wrote the brief prompting the US District Court for the Southern District of Indiana to enter summary judgment in favor of defendant employer on plaintiff's claims of hostile environment and retaliation.

Maureen E. Ward - Of Counsel

Practice Areas
  • Business Disputes
  • Employment & Labor Law
  • General Litigation & Dispute Resolution
  • Health Care
  • Insurance Coverage
Industries Served
  • Health Care
Professional Profile

Maureen focuses her practice in civil litigation and appellate advocacy.  She has experience in a wide range of matters, including employment law, health care law, family law, contract law, constitutional law, and federal jurisdictional and procedural law.  In the health care area, Maureen concentrates her efforts in risk management.  Maureen has significant appellate experience in both state and federal courts.

Maureen has years of experience representing individuals with family law issues, including divorce, legal separation, child custody and child support, parenting time, name change, guardianship, pre- and post-nuptial agreements, grandparent visitation, and emancipation.

Bar and Court Admissions
  • Admitted to the Indiana Bar and U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of Indiana , The Northern District of Illinois, and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Education
  • Indiana University, B.A.
  • Murray State University, M.A., summa cum laude, 1992
  • University of Louisville School of Law, cum laude, 1992
Professional Associations & Achievements
  • Law Clerk to the Honorable S. Hugh Dillin (1992-2002)
  • Indianapolis and Indiana State Bar Associations
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana
  • Kentucky Colonel

 Representative Cases

  •  Trespass and Prior Restraint.  Maureen co-wrote the brief by which the Indiana Court of Appeals reversed the trial court’s decision and found appropriate the issuance of a preliminary injunction in favor of plaintiff apartment communities and against the defendant, which had been littering the apartment communities with copies of its free publication, “The Reader’s Gazette.”  In this issue of first impression, the appellate court found that a landlord has a sufficient possessory interest in the common areas of its apartment community to bring an action for trespass and that the apartment communities had established a prima facie case of possession and of defendant’s entry of their land without right.  The Court of Appeals furthermore held that the trial court erred in holding that the injunction the apartment communities sought would constitute prior restraint and that a preliminary injunction would be constitutionally invalid.  Because the defendant had various other outlets for distribution of its publication, the preliminary injunction the apartment communities sought was not an impermissible prior restraint under the First Amendment or the Indiana Constitution.
  • Statutory Bar.  Maureen drafted the brief by which the Indiana Court of Appeals found that the trial court should have granted summary judgment in defendants’ favor.  The court confirmed defendants’ position that Indiana Code § 32-30-5-1 et seq. statutorily barred plaintiff Bank One from pursuing a conversion claim when it failed to object to the receiver’s final report, which report omitted any reference to the disputed funds.
  • Personal Jurisdiction.  Maureen drafted the brief by which the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division, found that plaintiff Novelty had not established personal jurisdiction over defendant RCB.  Granting dismissal for RCB and refusing Novelty’s request for transfer, the District Court concluded, as defendants argued, that application of the effects test required a showing of intentional harm to a plaintiff in the forum state.  The court held that constructive knowledge of a copyright is not an adequate substitute for actual intent in the effects test.
  • Statute of Limitations.  Maureen wrote the brief by which the Indiana Court of Appeals found that the trial court erred in dismissing Irwin Mortgage’s complaint.  The appellate court held that the Indiana Journey’s Account Statute, Indiana Code § 34-11-8-1, saved Irwin Mortgage’s federal claims from the applicable statute of limitations.
  • Employment Law.  In this discrimination case filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Indianapolis Division, Maureen wrote the brief that led plaintiff to settle with defendant for a nominal sum.  Earlier in the case, Maureen had obtained from the EEOC a no-cause finding on plaintiff’s race and constructive discharge claims
  • Employment Law.  Maureen co-wrote the brief prompting the US District Court for the Southern District of Indiana to enter summary judgment in favor of defendant employer on plaintiff's claims of hostile environment and retaliation.
Personal
  • Born in Sullivan, Indiana
  • Son, Andrew, graduated from the United States Naval Academy in 2003. In May 2014, he graduated from the Uniformed Services University for the Health Sciences School of Medicine. He presently is in his internship year at Balboa Naval Hospital in San Diego, California.
  • Son, Matt, graduated summa cum laude from Wabash College in 2005 with a double major in history and Spanish. He returned to Wabash and obtained his teaching certification in 2009. He teaches Spanish at St. Louis de Montfort Catholic School in Fishers, Indiana.

Practice Areas
Business Disputes
Employment & Labor Law
General Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Health Care
Insurance Coverage
Industries Served
Health Care
Bar & Court Admissions
Admitted to the Indiana Bar and U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of Indiana , The Northern District of Illinois, and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
Professional Associations & Achievements
Law Clerk to the Honorable S. Hugh Dillin (1992-2002)
Indianapolis and Indiana State Bar Associations
Defense Research Institute
Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana
Kentucky Colonel