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.

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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.  

Lawyer of the Year: Employment Law - Individual award for Kathleen DeLaney, Indianapolis, Indiana

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.

  • Best Law Firms 2020
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  • Playground Committee Chairperson
    Fall Creek Place Foundation (2014 – present)
  • Member
    Historical Society of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana (2012-2014)
  • Indianapolis Police Merit Board
    Member of the Indianapolis Police Merit Board (2004-2006)
  • "Woman of the Year"
    "Woman of the Year," The Indianapolis Star, 1984
  • Appointee
    Appointed by Former U.S. President William J. Clinton to serve as Standing Trustee for Chapter 13 Bankruptcy in the Southern District of Indiana
  • Lawyer of The Year 2015
    Inclusion in Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer-review. It is designed to capture the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.
  • Served as Executive Director
    Served as Executive Director of the Julian Center, a United Way Agency, from 1996-2011
  • Member of Board of Directors
    Member of Board of Directors, Dress for Success Indianapolis (2006-2008)
  • Democratic Candidate
    Democratic Candidate for Lieutenant Governor of Indiana, 1984
  • Distinguished Fellow
    Distinguished Fellow, Indianapolis Bar Foundation
  • Treasurer
    Served on the Board of Directors for the Fall Creek Place Homeowners’ Association (2010-2013), Treasurer (2011-2012)
  • Honoree
    Heritage Place Hoosier Heritage Night Honoree
  • International Republican Institute
    Served as an election monitor in Russia for the International Republican Institute
  • Served on the Committee
    Served on Executive Committee of Indianapolis Bar Association’s Commercial and Bankruptcy Section (2011-2014) and Served on the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Professionalism (2010-2013)
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
    Member, Indianapolis Bar Association
  • American Constitution Society
    Past member, American Constitution Society
  • Adjunct Professor of Law
    Adjunct Professor of Law, Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington (Former)
  • Affiliated
    Affiliations – Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Certified Women Business Enterprise
    To achieve WBENC Certification, women owned businesses complete a formal documentation and site visit process which is administered by one of WBENC's 14 Regional Partner Organizations.
  • Committee Member
    Served on Local Rules Committee for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana (2012-2014)
  • Sagamore of the Wabash
    Sagamore of the Wabash, 1990, 1996, and 2000
  • Member of Law Alumni Board
    Member of Law Alumni Board, Indiana University Maurer School of Law (October 2011 to October 2017)
  • Volunteer Moot Court Judge
    Volunteer Moot Court Judge for Indiana University Maurer School of Law - Bloomington
  • Federation of Bosnia & Herzegovina
    Counsel, Federation of Bosnia & Herzegovina (1996-99)
  • Member
    7th Circuit Bar Association (2009-2014)
  • Indianapolis Bar Association Green Legal Member
    The IndyBar's Go Green committee operates as a sub-committee of the Young Lawyers Division.
  • Former Member and Secretary
    Former Member and Secretary, Greenways Commission, City of Indianapolis
  • Volunteer
    Volunteer, Heartland Pro Bono (2015)
  • Lawyer of the Year 2012
    Inclusion in Best Lawyers is based entirely on peer-review. It is designed to capture the consensus opinion of leading lawyers about the professional abilities of their colleagues within the same geographical area and legal practice area.
  • Forty under 40
    Criteria for selection include the level of success a nominee has achieved in his or her chosen field, their accomplishments in the community, and the likelihood the nominee will stay in Indianapolis and build on those achievements.
  • Mediation Assistance Program
    Volunteer, Mediation Assistance Program in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
  • Indiana House Representatives
    Elected Representative, Indiana House Representatives District 86 (January 2009 to present), serving on Courts & Criminal Code, Judiciary, Ways and Means Committees
  • Member of Indiana State, Seventh Circuit, and Indianapolis Bar Associations
    Member of Indiana State, Seventh Circuit, and Indianapolis Bar Associations
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
    Member, Indiana State Bar Association
  • Member, Board of Directors
    Member, Board of Directors, Elements Financial Federal Credit Union (June 2011 to August 2018)
  • U.S. State Department
    U.S. Department of State Assignment in Kosovo (2001)
  • 7th Circuit Bar Association
    7th Circuit Bar Association Member, 2009-2011
  • Alumni Interview Program
    Georgetown University Alumni Interview Program (1996 to 2013)
  • One of "Indianapolis' Most Influential Women"
    One of "Indianapolis' Most Influential Women," The Indianapolis Business Journal, 1996
  • Member
    Indianapolis Bar Association Membership Committee member (2015-present)
  • Former President
    Indiana University Maurer School of Law-Bloomington’s Board of Visitors
  • An Elected Member
    Elected as a Member of the American Law Institute April 2014

Ann DeLaney:

Authored Politics for Dummies, published by IDG Books Worldwide

Panelist on the political roundtable television show, Indiana Week in Review

IndyBar Women & the Law Division Presents: Women's Legal History: Major Movements and Local Impact Co-Presenter with Kathleen DeLaney, "Our Own Bootstraps" in October 2012

Christopher Stake:

"Decision provides protection from ERISA retaliation" published in Indiana Lawyer, November 6, 2013.

Assisted in the preparation of a CLE presentation on United States Supreme Court decisions from 2007-2008 term affecting labor & employment law

Kathleen DeLaney:

"Highly decorated 'traffic cop' to retire from federal bench" by Kathleen A. DeLaney, Res Gestae, September 2006

"Requesting Counsel for Pro-Se Litigants - The view from both sides of the bench" by the Hon. John Daniel Tinder and Kathleen A. DeLaney, The Indiana Lawyer, Nov. 7, 2001, p. 16-17

“Response to Nannygate:  Untangling U.S. Immigration Law,” published in the  INDIANA LAW JOURNAL (Winter 1994)

September 17, 2014:  Presenter, “Employment & Social Media,” The Alumni Association of the Indiana Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, Indiana.

April 30, 2014: Co-Presenter with Craig M. Borowski, “6 Things to Have on Your Radar Screen Before Starting a Federal Jury Trial,” Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, 54 Practical Issues, Tips, and Traps for Employment Lawyers Program, Indianapolis, Indiana.

October 2012:  Co-Presenter with Ann M. DeLaney, “Our Own Bootstraps,” Indianapolis Bar Association, Women & the Law Division Presents: Women’s Legal History: Major Movements and Local Impact, Indianapolis, Indiana.

November 2011:  Presenter, “Legal Writing in Federal Court,” United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana, Advanced Legal Writing Seminar Presenter, Indianapolis, Indiana.

Edward DeLaney:

Faculty Presenter, National Institute of Trial Advocacy

Faculty Presenter, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum