Ronald J. Waicukauski

Principal Member

Overview:

Ron is a principal member and an active trial lawyer at the Indianapolis-based plaintiffs’ litigation firm, Price Waicukauski Joven & Catlin, LLC. His practice focuses on plaintiffs’ complex litigation including matters involving business disputes, property rights, professional malpractice, and class actions. He has tried more than seventy jury cases to verdict as lead counsel in both state and federal courts. He has also argued numerous appellate cases in the Indiana Court of Appeals, the Indiana Supreme Court and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Ron formerly served as a JAG and Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps and as the elected Prosecuting Attorney in Monroe County, Indiana. He graduated with a B.S in Coummunication, cum laude, from Northwestern University in 1970, a J.D. from Harvard University in 1973 and a LL.M. degree, summa cum laude, from George Washington University in 1976.

He has taught trial and appellate advocacy at the Indiana University Schools of Law in Bloomington and Indianapolis, and served on the faculty of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and the Defense Counsel Trial Academy.

Since 2004, Ron has been a regular speaker to the Indianapolis Law Club on recent developments in Indiana law. In addition, Ron has made numerous CLE presentations at meetings of the American Bar Association, the Indiana State Bar Association and many other legal organizations.

Community

Ron has taught trial and appellate advocacy at the Indiana University Schools of Law in Bloomington and Indianapolis, and has served on the faculties of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and the Defense Counsel Trial Academy. He has also served as Chair of the Continuing Legal Education Board of the International Association of Defense Counsel, as President of the Indianapolis American Inn of Court and as Co-chair of the Training the Advocate Committee, Litigation Section, American Bar Association. He formerly was a lawyer and Captain in the U.S. Marine Corps and served as the elected Prosecuting Attorney in Monroe County, Indiana.

Education

  • J.D., Harvard University
  • LL.M. summa cum laude, George Washington University
  • B.S., cum laude, Northwestern University

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana, 1973
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1977
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 1977
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Publications

  • Alternatives to the Billable Hour, Primerus Paradigm (Winter 2011) – http://www.price-law.com/home/alternative-to-the-billable-hour
  • The Twelve Secrets of Persuasive Argument (2009 ABA), Co-Author
  • The Winning Argument (2001 ABA), Co-Author
  • Classical Rhetoric and the Modern Trial Lawyer, Litigation (Winter 2010), Co-Author
  • Ethos and the Art of Argument, Litigation (Fall 1999), Co-Author
  • Learning the Craft, Litigation (Spring 1998)
  • Law and Amateur Sports (Ind. Univ. Press 1982), Editor and Contributing Author
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Representative Cases

  • Finnegan v. Myers (2015)—Represented five family members in federal civil rights case against Indiana Department of Child Services officials and others who had abused their power, causing enormous harm; after a three-week trial, jury returned a $31,350,000 verdict for the Finnegan family.
  • Barfield v. Sho-Me Power Electric Cooperative (2015)—Represented class of landowners against power company on a claim of unjust enrichment for using class members’ land for commercial telecommunications without proper easements; $79 million verdict for 3,500 class members after summary judgment on liability and jury trial on damages.
  • Wine & Canvas v. Muylle (2014)—Represented defendant/counterclaimant in trademark infringement case and obtained jury verdict of no liability on plaintiff’s trademark claims and won judgment of $446,000 on counterclaim for abuse of process.
  • Zimmer v. Masters, 2014 WL1317090 (N.D. Ind. 2014)—Represented orthopedic sales reps; successfully resisted preliminary injunction sought by manufacturer to enforce noncompetition agreement.
  • Wabash Center v. Accounting Firm (2012) —Represented nonprofit agency for the developmentally disabled in accounting malpractice claim; after lengthy litigation, matter was settled for confidential amount.
  • Armour v. City of Indianapolis, 132 S.Ct. 2073 (2012)—Represented plaintiff homeowners in Section 1983 claim against the City of Indianapolis for violating Equal Protection Clause with respect to unequal forgiveness of sewer assessment.
  • Hayes Lemmerz Intern., Inc. v. Law Firm (2011)—Represented plaintiff in legal malpractice case, resulting in judgment for substantial damages following bench trial; matter settled on appeal for confidential amount.
  • Zukerman v. Montgomery, 945 ZN.E.2d 813 (Ind.Ct.App. 2011)—Represented real estate investor in dispute with business partner; obtained reversal of trial court ruling that erroneously enforced a settlement contract , the terms of which were not reasonably certain.
  • Arlton v. Schraut. 936 N.E.2d 831 (Ind. Ct. App. 2010)—Represented plaintiff in medical malpractice case; after obtaining appellate reversal of initial trial court decision, obtained settlement of over $1,000,000.
  • Lite Machines v. Clary (2006)—Represented plaintiff in legal malpractice case, resulting in jury verdict of $3.6 million, affirmed on appeal.
  • Viastar Energy v. Motorola, 2006WL3197449 (S.D. Ind. 2006)—Represented plaintiff on claims for breach of express and implied contract involving product development; case settled for confidential amount.
  • Fisher v. Virginia Elec. and Power Co., 217 F.R.D. 201 (E.D.Va. 2003)—Represented class of landowners in suit against power company for exceeding scope of easements by using land for commercial fiber optic network; after class was certified, matter was settled for $20 million.
  • Minority Shareholder Representation—Represented minority shareholders in several matters involving disputes with majority shareholders for claims of breach of fiduciary duty and freeze outs, which have resulted in settlements by corporate divorce.
  • Other Legal Malpractice Cases—Represented numerous other individual and corporate defendants on legal malpractice claims that have resulted in confidential settlements.
  • 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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