Damon R. Leichty, a partner in the Litigation Department of Barnes & Thornburg, has represented clients in commercial and product litigation in more than 25 federal and state jurisdictions across the United States. With broad experience in all manner of legal proceedings, he regularly counsels manufacturers on product liability, litigation avoidance, non-competition and other contracts, public relations, marketing, warranties, and various strategies to manage business risk and to develop and defend good products. Mr. Leichty's engagements, both regional and national, have spanned publicly traded Fortune 500/Global 500 companies to private businesses, and clients in the United States, Great Britain, the Netherlands, and Germany.
Mr. Leichty also has represented businesses, shareholders, partnerships, governmental institutions, and universities on a full range of corporate and business litigation. Having worked for the University Counsel’s Office at Indiana University, Mr. Leichty has counseled universities in litigation, employment, student affairs, public records, construction, and other higher education issues. He is a member of the firm's Higher Education Practice Group.
A regular practitioner in federal court, Mr. Leichty routinely advises on federal practice and procedure and has presented on this subject. He served as law clerk to the Honorable Robert L. Miller, Jr. of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. He currently sits on the Federal Local Rules Advisory Committee for the Northern District of Indiana. In 2014, he was recognized by Super Lawyers® magazine as an Indiana Super Lawyer, having been named Rising Star twice before by the publication.
Mr. Leichty received his J.D. cum laude from Indiana University Maurer School of Law. While there, he won the school’s Sherman Minton Moot Court competition and served as a law journal editor. Mr. Leichty also had the privilege to argue before U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and others in “The Court-Martial of Lt. Col. George Armstrong Custer,” a mock trial broadcast on C-SPAN and later memorialized in a book published by Indiana University.
Mr. Leichty received his A.B. summa cum laude from Wabash College and later his M.Litt. from King's College, University of Aberdeen, Scotland, studying Medieval Scottish literature and law and serving as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar.
Mr. Leichty currently serves as a director on the boards of the Boys and Girls Club and South Bend Civic Theatre. He served for nine years as a trustee of the Northern Indiana Center for History. He is president of the Ronald A. Leichty Scholarship Foundation, Inc. and vice-president of the St. Joseph Valley Association of Wabash Men. Mr. Leichty has been inducted into the Order of the Barristers and as a fellow of the Indiana Bar Foundation. His professional memberships include the Robert A. Grant Inn of Court, an association of trial attorneys dedicated to fostering civility, skill, and ethics in litigation practice.
Mr. Leichty is a proud husband and father of two children.