Brad A. Catlin

Member

Overview:

Brad Catlin, a member of Price Waicukauski Joven & Catlin, LLC, has a broad range of experience representing individuals and businesses seeking compensation in complex litigation. Most recently, Brad was a part of the trial team that obtained a $79 million federal jury verdict in a class action involving the unauthorized use of an existing right-of-way for commercial telecommunications purposes.

One of Brad’s primary practice areas is prosecuting legal malpractice claims. He has represented individuals, small businesses, and multinational corporations in situations where their prior attorneys make mistakes and must be held accountable. These cases can be complex and require an attorney who is well-informed about many areas of law. Brad does this by writing the Indiana Law Update, a blog devoted to providing up-to-date information about developments in Indiana law to Indiana lawyers.

Brad also represents businesses in other forms of litigation, pursuing antitrust claims, trade secret claims, property disputes, and claims of wrongful interference with contracts or business relationships. Brad’s technical proficiency and project management experience allows him to advise businesses, which are considering litigation about their obligations to preserve relevant information.

Brad’s individual clients have included people who have been injured in an accident, who have disputes with their insurance companies, and who have purchased defective products. Some of these cases have involved individual claims. However, Brad is also actively engaged in our class action practice. For example, Brad was appointed as Class Counsel in a lawsuit against State Farm for a breach of its duty to treat its insured with good faith in the wake of hail storms and is Class Counsel in an action by landowners against electric companies who operated a telecommunications business across the landowners’ land without permission. Other attorneys also regularly hire Brad to act as local counsel in their complex cases, to help guide them through Indiana law and procedure to achieve a favorable outcome for their clients.

In addition to representing clients in lawsuits, Brad teaches other attorneys both locally, state-wide, and nationally, about legal matters on a variety of topics. Brad is a regular speaker at the monthly meeting of the Indianapolis Law Club, has spoken on a number of occasions at classes hosted by the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association and the Indianapolis Bar Association, and has given presentations on legal technology in nation-wide webinars. Brad has also had a number of articles published by various legal publications.

Brad is a native of Westfield, Indiana and attended Wabash College as an Honor Scholar.  He graduated from Wabash cum laude with an A.B. in Political Science and obtained his law degree from the University of Notre Dame School of Law.  While in law school, Brad worked for Jones Obenchain, LLP, a law firm in South Bend, Indiana. Brad has also served as a law clerk to Hon. Mary DeGenaro of Ohio’s Seventh District Court of Appeals.  While working for Judge DeGenaro, Brad helped prepare material for the Ohio exam governing certification as a specialist in Appellate Law. In addition, Brad has been selected to Indiana Super Lawyers’ Rising Stars (2013), a designation that recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state.

Education

  • J.D., University of Notre Dame School of Law
  • A.B cum laude, Wabash College

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana, 1999
  • Northern District of Indiana
  • Southern District of Indiana
  • Northern District of Ohio
  • Ohio, 2008

Community

  • Brad provides legal advice to the Scottish Society of Indianapolis.

Publications

  • Surfing the Cloud: Using Online Resources in Your Practice, The Verdict, Vol. 32 No. 3
  • Technolawgical: RSS Feeds, The Verdict, Vol. 33, No. 1
  • Technolawgical: Case Analysis Software, The Verdict, Vol. 33, No. 2
  • Technolawgical: Goodreader, The Verdict, Vol. 33, No. 3
  • Technolawgical: Technology Risks and Benefits, The Verdict, Vol. 33, No. 4
  • Technolawgical: Taking Notes, The Verdict, Vol. 34, No. 1
  • Technolawgical: App Recommendations, The Verdict, Vol. 34, No. 3
  • Technolawgical: Protecting Your Data, The Verdict, Vol. 34, No. 4
  • Technolawgical: Virtual Server Hosting, The Verdict, Vol. 35, No. 1
  • Technolawgical: Typography and Fonts, The Verdict, Vol. 35, No. 2
  • Technolawgical: Risks and Reasonableness, The Verdict, Vol. 35, No. 3
  • Technolawgical: Password Management, The Verdict, Vol. 35, No. 4
  • Technolawgical: Tech in Litigation, The Verdict, Vol. 36, No. 1
  • Technolawgical: Your Phone Can Help Save Your Life, The Verdict, Vol. 36, No. 3
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Representative Cases

  • Hayes Lemmerz Intern., Inc. v. Law Firm (2012)—Represented plaintiff in legal malpractice case, resulting in judgment for substantial damages following bench trial; matter settled on appeal for confidential amount
  • Other Legal Malpractice Cases—Represented numerous other individual and corporate defendants on legal malpractice claims that have resulted in confidential settlements
  • Lite Machines Corp. v. Defendant (2011)—Represented business in business and trade secrets dispute with former employee and contractor; matter settled during trial for confidential amount
  • Other Business Cases—Represented numerous other businesses in business litigation matters that have resulted in confidential settlements
  • Barfield v. Sho-Me  Power Elec. Co-op (W.D.Mo. 2014)—Representing class of landowners in suit against power companies for trespass and unjust enrichment for using plaintiffs’ land for commercial fiber optic network exceeding scope of easements; obtained class certification, summary judgment on liability, and a jury verdict for $79 million (case is still pending)
  • State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. v. Radcliff (2011)—Represented contractor in defamation action against an insurance company; the case resulted in a $14.5 million jury verdict
  • Gumwood HP Shopping Partners, L.P., v. Simon Property Group, INC., Price Waicukauski Joven & Catlin, LLC is proud to represent Gumwood in the fight for fair competition against Simon Property Group.
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