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OVERVIEW

Edward M. Smid
Partner

Indianapolis

11 South Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-3535

P 317-261-7923

F 317-231-7433

OVERVIEW

Edward M. Smid
Partner

Indianapolis

11 South Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-3535

P 317-261-7923

F 317-231-7433

Edward M. Smid is a partner in the Indianapolis office of Barnes and Thornburg and a member of the firm's Litigation Department.

OVERVIEW

Edward M. Smid Partner

Indianapolis

11 South Meridian Street
Indianapolis, IN 46204-3535

P : 317-261-7923

Edward M. Smid is a partner in the Indianapolis office of Barnes and Thornburg and a member of the firm's Litigation Department.

Edward focuses his practice on commercial litigation, product liability defense, and toxic torts. Prior to joining the firm as an associate, he was a summer associate in the firm's Indianapolis office. During law school, Edward gained legal experience as a judicial extern for the Honorable Judge Sarah Evans Barker of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, as an intern for the United States Attorney's Office in Fort Wayne, Indiana, as an intern for the Indiana Court of Appeals, and as a certified legal intern in the Indiana University School of Law ' Indianapolis's Appellate Clinic.

Upon earning his undergraduate degree, Edward served in the United States Marine Corps for six years as an infantry officer. An Iraq war veteran, he is currently a major in the Marine Corps Reserve.

Professional and Community Involvement

Co-chairman, Indianapolis Marine Corps Scholarship Foundation
EXPERIENCE
  • The Indiana Supreme Court denied a petition to transfer jurisdiction in a class-action suit over medical records fees involving firm client HealthPort Technologies, LLC, a medical records company based in Georgia. In 2014, Garrison Law Firm, a personal injury firm in Indianapolis, requested copies of several of its clients' medical records from a health care provider, who outsourced the services to HealthPort. After conducting a search, HealthPort did not locate any records and thus had nothing to produce to Garrison. HealthPort sent Garrison a $20 invoice to cover the labor costs incurred responding to each request, which Garrison paid. In August 2014, Garrison filed a class-action complaint against HealthPort alleging that the $20 labor fees violated Indiana law as part of a coordinated effort by several plaintiffs' firms that filed multiple class-action complaints against HealthPort in numerous states under similar theories. After deciding to make a stand in Indiana, HealthPort prevailed at the Indiana Court of Appeals, which reversed the trial court and ordered it to enter judgment in HealthPort’s favor on all of Garrison’s claims. The Indiana Supreme Court then denied Garrison's petition to transfer jurisdiction, effectively closing the issue in Indiana. HealthPort Techs., LLC v. Garrison Law Firm, LLC, 51 N.E.3d 1236 (Ind. Ct. App. 2016).
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