DeLaney & DeLaney provides legal services to a wide variety of clients in nearly all types of civil litigation, contract negotiations, and employment related matters. Together the firm's lawyers have more than 60 years of trial experience – including nearly two years of actual time in front of juries.

Our firm welcomes client referrals from colleagues in the legal community, co-counsel from around the state and the nation, coordinating national counsel for mass tort litigation, and in house attorneys.

The firm handles all types of litigation matters, including product liability defense, contract disputes, commercial disputes, and estate-related controversies.  

The work that we do matters not only to our clients, but also to our broader communities, where our attorneys, paralegals and staff volunteer for charitable, legal and industry organizations. Our attorneys are frequently recognized for achievements in law and in life.

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U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firms 2018

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DeLaney & DeLaney LLC was selected by the U.S.  News & World Report to be included in its Best Law Firms 2018 - Indiana.  Our firm was recognized in the Metropolitan Tier 1 practice areas of Commercial Litigation, Employment Law-Individuals, and Litigation - Banking & Finance. We were also recognized in the Metropolitan Tier 2 practice area of Litigation - Labor & Employment and the Metropolitan Tier 3 practice area of Litigation - ERISA.  

 

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24th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America

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Congratulations to Kathleen DeLaney for being selected for the 24th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for her high caliber of work in the practice areas of Commercial Litigation, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Employment Law – Individuals, Litigaiton – ERISA, and Litigation – Labor and Employment. 

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Indiana Super Lawyers 2017

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Congratulations to Kathleen DeLaney for being selected for inclusion on the 2017 Indiana Super Lawyers List for her work as an Employment & Labor Attorney. Kathleen has been consistently selected as an Indiana Super Lawyer for the past 12 years. A Super Lawyers selection is an honor reserved for attorneys who exhibit excellence in practice and Kathleen has continuously exhibited such excellence.

Congratulations to Edward DeLaney for being selected for inclusion on the 2017 Indiana Super Lawyers List for his work as a Business Litigation Attorney. A Super Lawyers selection is an honor reserved for attorneys who exhibit excellence in practice and Edward has exhibited this excellence for a 11th consecutive year.

Congratulations to Christopher Stake for being selected for inclusion on the 2017 Indiana Rising Stars List for his work as a Business Litigation Attorney. This will be Christopher’s 3rd consecutive year being selected for this list after previously being selected from 2010-2012. 


 

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23rd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America

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Congratulations to Kathleen DeLaney for being selected for the 23rd Edition of The Best Lawyers in America for her work in Commercial Litigation, Employment Law (Individuals), Litigation (ERISA), Litigation (Labor and Employment).

 

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2016 The Best Lawyers: Women in the Law

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Congratulations to Kathleen DeLaney for being nominated by The  Best Lawyers: Women in the  Law in  Indiana for the practice areas of Commercial Litigation, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, Employment Law-Individuals, and Labor and Employment. 

 


 

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Kathleen DeLaney Begins her Second Term on IU Law Alumni Board

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Kathleen DeLaney has begun serving her second term on the Indiana University Maurer School of Law's Alumni Board. Ms. DeLaney was elected to the Alumni Board in the fall of 2011, and began her service in January 2012. Her second and final term on the Law Alumni Board will conclude in 2017.
 

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2016 Super Lawyers

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Congratulations to Kathleen DeLaney, Ed DeLaney, and Christopher Stake for being recognized in the 2016 Indiana Super Lawyers Magazine.  Kathleen was included in the list of Top 25 Women by Super Lawyers in 2016, which is her ninth time to receive this recognition. Kathleen and Ed were selected as 2016 Super Lawyers in the categories of Employment & Labor and Business Litigation respectively.  Christopher Stake was recognized as a Rising Star in the category of Business Litigation. 

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U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firms 2016

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DeLaney & DeLaney LLC was selected by the U.S.  News & World Report to be included in its Best Law Firms 2016 - Indiana.  Our firm was recognized in the Metropolitan Tier 1 practice areas of Commercial Litigation and Litigation - Banking & Finance.  We were also recognized in the Metropolitan Tier 2 practice areas of Employment Law - Individuals and Litigation - Labor & Employment.

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Kathleen DeLaney recognized by Best Lawyers in America

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Congratulations to Kathleen DeLaney for being named The Best Lawyers® 2016 Indianapolis Litigation - Labor and Employment "Lawyer of the Year." Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each communicty is honored as the "Lawyer of the Year." This is the second consecutive year Kathleen was selected in this category. Additionally, Kathleen was recognized by Best Lawyers for 2016 in the practice areas of Commercial Litigation, Employment Law - Individuals, Litigation - ERISA, and Litigation - Labor and Employment. Kathleen has been selected as a Best Lawyer in America every year since 2007..

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U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firms - Indiana

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DeLaney & DeLaney was selected by the U.S. News & World Report to be included in its Best Law Firms 2015 - Indiana. Our firm was recognized in the Metropolitan Tier 1 practice areas of Commerical Litigation, Employment Law - Individuals, and Litigation - Banking & Finance. This is the second consecutive year DeLaney & DeLaney has been honored as a Best Law Firm in Indiana.

 

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2015 Indiana Best Lawyers

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Congratulations to Kathleen DeLaney and Ed DeLaney for their selection as 2015 Indiana Best Lawyers. Best Lawyers are selected through exhaustive peer-review suverys in which thousands of attorneys confidentially evaluate their peers. Kathleen was recognized in the categories of Labor and Employment Law - Individuals, Employee Benefits (ERISA) Law, and Commercial Litigation. Additionally, Kathleen was named as a 2015 Indiana Lawyer of the Year in the category of Employment Law - Individuals based on her particularly high level of peer recognition. Ed was recognized in the categories of Banking & Finance Law - Litigation and Commerical Litigation.

 

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2015 Indiana's Best Lawyers

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Congratulations to Kathleen DeLaney and Ed DeLaney for being selected to The Best Lawyers in America for 2015.  Kathleen was selected for the practice areas of Commercial Litigation, Employment Law- Individuals, Litigation - ERISA and Litigation - Labor and Employment.  Ed was selected for the practice areas of Commercial Litigation and Litigation - Banking and Finance. 

Kathleen DeLaney was named the Best Lawyers' 2015 Indianapolis Employment Law- Individuals "Lawyer of the Year."  Only a single lawyer in each practice area in each community is being honored as the "Lawyer of the Year." 

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Indiana Super Lawyers 2015

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Congratulations to Kathleen DeLaney, Ed DeLaney, and Christopher Stake for being recognized in the 2015 Indiana Super Lawyers Magazine. Kathleen was included in the list of Top 25 Women by Super Lawyers in 2015, which is her eighth time to receive this recognition. Kathleen and Ed were selected as 2015 Super Lawyers in the categories of Employment & Labor and Business Litigation respectively. Christopher Stake was recognized as a Rising Star in the category of Business Litigation.

 

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Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeiminent Women Lawyers

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Congratulations to Kathleen DeLaney, who was recognized as a Martindale-Hubbell Bar Register of Preeiminent Women Lawyers for 2014.

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2014 Super Lawyers Business Edition

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Congratulations to Kathleen DeLaney and Ed DeLaney for being selected for 2014 Super Lawyers Business Edition.  Kathleen has been selected for the practice area of Employment & Labor and Ed has been selected for the practice area of Business Litigation.  

 

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The Best Lawyers In America for 2014

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Ed DeLaney and Kathleen DeLaney were both selected by their peers for inclusion in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Ed has been selected for his specialty in Commercial Litigation-Banking and Finance and Kathleen has been selected in the specialties of Commercial Litigation and Labor, Employment Law -Individuals, Litigation-ERISA, and Litigation-Labor and Employment.

 

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Kathleen DeLaney Elected to The American Law Institute

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Kathleen DeLaney has been elected to The American Law Institute (ALI).  ALI is the leading independent organization in the United States that produces scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law.  The Institute drafts, discusses, revises, and publishes Restatements of the Law, model statutes, and principles of law that are influential in the courts and legislatures, as well as in legal scholarship and education.  Her election to the ALI was featured in an article "New Members of the American Law Institute Bring Engery and Diversity," which was published by the Indiana Lawyer on May 21, 2014.  Kathleen was quoted in the article, stating, "[I]f we can make the Restatements an accessible resource so that people can understand them when they read them and they're not full of acrane legalese, I think those are good aspirational goals to have which could have the added benefit of making the legal process more accessible and understandable."  The article was also featured on The American Law Institute's website at www.ali.org. Full copy of the article here.

 

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2014 Tier One Best Law Firm by U.S. News and Best Lawyers

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Congratulations to DeLaney & DeLaney LLC for being selected as a 2014 "Best Law Firm" by U.S. News and Best Lawyers. We ranked in Indianapolis Tier One in the practice areas of Employment Law - Individuals and Commercial Litigation. The "Best Law Firm" rankings are based on a combination of client feedback, information provided on the Law Firm Survey, and Best Lawyers® peer-review.

 

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Super Lawyers Top Law Firm - Litigation

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DeLaney & DeLaney LLC was recognized by Super Lawyers as a Top Litigation Law Firm for 2013 in the small firm category. The firms are chosen based on the number of firm attorneys who have been selected to a 2012 or 2013 Super Lawyers list in business practices areas, and a combination of metrics indicating the quality of those attorneys. Quality factors that were considered included the number of years selected to the list, inclusion on a top list, and average blue ribbon panel score.

 

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U.S. News & World Report Best Law Firms

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DeLaney & DeLaney was selected by the U.S. News & World Report in its selection of Best Law Firms 2014 - Indiana. Our firm was recognized in the practice areas of Commercial Litigation, Employment Law - Individuals, Litigation - Banking & Finance, Litigation - ERISA, and Litigation - Labor & Employment.

 

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Indiana Super Lawyers 2014

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Congratulations to Kathleen DeLaney and Ed DeLaney for being selected as Indiana Super Lawyers for 2014. Kathleen was also selected for the list of Top 25 Women by Super Lawyers Magazine for 2014.

 

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Full Participation in Maurer School of Law Fund

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Indiana University's Maurer School of Law gave special thanks to DeLaney & DeLaney LLC for achieving 100% participation in its annual Fund for Excellence solicitation. Our firm was one of only six organizations to reach this goal for the 2012-2013 fiscal year. DeLaney & DeLaney proudly employs five graduates from IU's Maurer School of Law.

 

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2013 Super Lawyers

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Congratulations to Kathleen and Ed DeLaney for being selected as Indiana Super Lawyers for 2013. Kathleen was also selected for the Top 25 Women Indiana Super Lawyer 2013.

 

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2013 Indiana's Best Lawyers

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Congratulations to Kathleen DeLaney and Ed DeLaney for being selected to Indiana's Best Lawyers® for 2013. Kathleen was selected for her work in commercial litigation, employee benefits (ERISA) litigation, and labor and employment law. Ed was selected for his work in banking and finance law and commercial litigation.

 

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Kathleen DeLaney Begins Second Term on IU Law Alumni Board

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Kathleen DeLaney has been invited to serve a second term on the Indiana University Maurer School of Law's Alumni Board. Ms. DeLaney was elected to the Alumni Board in the fall of 2011, and began her service in January 2012. Her second and final term on the Law Alumni Board will conclude in 2017.

 

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Kathleen DeLaney recognized in Ergo

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The July 2015 issue of Ergo, Indiana University Maurer School of Law's alumni publication, recognized Kathleen DeLaney for her recent feature in the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. The original article covered Kathleen's $2 million jury verdict in Emily Herx's case against the Fort Wayne-South Bend Roman Catholic Diocese and her practice at DeLaney & DeLaney. Kathleen earned her J.D. from IU's Maurer School of Law summa cum laude in 1995.

 

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Emily Herx mentioned in speech on the floor of the House of Representatives

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On April 30, 2015, Congresswoman Tammy Duckworth (IL-08) delivered remarks on the floor of the House of Representatives during a debate on House Joint Resolution 43. The resolution seeks to overturn a Washington, D.C. law which makes it illegal to fire an employee based on personal decisions regarding his or her own reproductive health. Duckworth cited the case of Emily Herx in her arguments against passing H.J. Res. 43, as a prime example of the type of workplace discrimination with the D.C. law prevents. In her floor speech Duckworth said, "Employees like Emily Herx should be judged at work based on their job performance, not on private decisions they make with their families and doctors." The video of Rep. Duckworth's remarks is available here.

 

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CLE Presentation

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Kathleen DeLaney was a co-presenter with Craig M. Borowski of "6 Things to Have on Your Radar Screen Before Starting a Federal Jury Trial" at the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, 54 Practical Issues, Tips, and Traps for Employment Lawyers in April 2014.  

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Kathleen DeLaney is featured in profile

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The Ft. Wayne Journal Gazette featured Kathleen DeLaney in a front page, Sunday profile piece on January 25, 2015.  The article details Kathleen’s legal practice and her work with client Emily Herx. Click here for the profile of Kathleen DeLaney, “Herx lawyer no stranger to complex, tough cases.”

 

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Kathleen DeLaney Highlighted in Class Note

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The Indiana University Maurer Shcol of Law's Ergo publication for Spring 2014 highlighted Kathleen DeLaney's recent election to the American Law Institute.  Click here to read the Class Note. 

 

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