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Patrick D. Murphy
Charles P. Rice
Attorney Patrick D. Murphy

Patrick D. Murphy was born December 24, 1962, in South Bend, Indiana. One of ten children, he received a B.B.A. in accounting from the University of Notre Dame in 1985. Pat earned a J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law in 1988, where he served as an associate editor of the Indiana Law Review. He received an LL.M. from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1995.

Pat is listed in "Best Lawyers in America®" (2007 to 2017) in the areas of Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Employment Law - Management, and Litigation - Labor and Employment, and was named "Lawyer of the Year" for South Bend for Bet-the-Company Litigation (2014 and 2017) and for Litigation - Labor and Employment (2012 and 2016). Pat also has been repeatedly recognized as one of "Indiana's Top Lawyers" by Indiana Business Magazine (2007 to 2017). Indianapolis Monthly magazine has repeatedly named Pat a "Super Lawyer" in the area of business litigation during its annual survey of the top 5% of lawyers in Indiana (2004 to 2006, 2008 to 2017). Pat is rated "AV Preeminent®" (the highest available rating) by Martindale-Hubbell, the leading attorney peer-review rating service.

Pat limits his practice to civil litigation and has litigated cases in at least 12 different states, including NY, MS, LA, TX, AZ, MI, and IL. His practice focuses primarily on the defense of complex business and tort lawsuits. Pat is a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation only trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers.

Pat was formerly a partner of Barnes & Thornburg, working in the Litigation Department of its South Bend Office. He has been in the private practice of law in South Bend since 1991.

Pat has a special interest in federal practice and procedure. Following law school, Pat served a two-year federal clerkship in Indianapolis with the Honorable James E. Noland of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. He has lectured and written on federal practice, including "A Federal Practitioner's Guide to Supplemental Jurisdiction Under 28 U.S.C. § 1367," which is published at 78 Marquette L. Rev. 973 (1995). From 1999 through 2008, Pat served on the Local Rules Advisory Committee for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana.

Pat served as an officer in the JAG Corps of the United States Army Reserve and was honorably discharged in 1994.  He has served as an adjunct professor at the Valparaiso University School of Law and as a Visiting Instructor at the University of Illinois College of Law. 

Pat and his wife, Tonia, have four children (Eileen, Maria, Emily, and Margaret) and reside in South Bend.

Appellate Decisions:
  • Gumwood HP Shopping Partners, L.P. v. Simon Property Group, Inc., 36 N.E.3d 2 (Ind. Ct. App. 2015), transfer denied 40 N.E.3d 856 (Ind. 2015).
  • Granite State Ins. Co. v. Lodholtz, 981 N.E.2d 563 (Ind. Ct. App. 2012), transfer denied 988 N.E.2d 267 (Ind. 2013).
  • BKCAP, LLC v. Captec Franchise Trust 2000-1, 688 F.3d 810 (7th Cir. 2012).
  • BKCAP, LLC v. Captec Franchise Trust 2000-1, 572 F.3d 353 (7th Cir. 2009).
  • B.C. v. L.L., 913 N.E.2d 1290 (Ind. Ct. App. 2009).
  • Aaron v. Mahl, 550 F.3d 659 (7th Cir. 2008).
  • O'Brien v. 1st Source Bank, 868 N.E.2d 903 (Ind. Ct. App. 2007).
  • Aaron v. Scott, 851 N.E.2d 309 (Ind. Ct. App. 2006).
  • Rhodes v. Wright, 805 N.E.2d 382 (Ind. 2004).
  • Title Search v. 1st Source Bank, 765 N.E.2d 167 (Ind. Ct. App. 2002).
  • Hochstedler v. St. Joseph County Solid Waste Management District, 770 N.E.2d 910 (Ind. Ct. App. 2002).
  • Beanstalk Group, Inc. v. A.M. General Corp., 283 F.3d 856 (7th Cir. 2002).
  • Feltner v. Title Search Co., 283 F.3d 838 (7th Cir. 2002).
  • Solon v. Gary Community School Corp., 180 F.3d 844 (7th Cir. 1999).
  • Henning v. Amsted Industries, Inc., 56 F.3d 29 (7th Cir. 1995).
  • Carbone v. Schwartz, 629 N.E.2d 1259 (Ind. Ct. App. 1994).
  • Adams v. Clean Air Systems, Inc., 586 N.E.2d 940 (Ind. Ct. App. 1992).
Bar Admissions:
  • All trial and appellate courts in Indiana
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
  • United States District Court for the Western District of Michigan
Professional Associations:
  • Red Mass Committee for the South Bend area for the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend (Member, 2003 to 2013)
  • St. Joseph County Bar Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association
Attorney Charles P. Rice

Charles P. Rice was born on Long Island, New York. One of ten children, Charlie attended grade school and high school in the South Bend area. In 1985, he was awarded a B.A. in government from the University of Notre Dame. Charlie graduated from Notre Dame Law School in 1988.

After working for several years as a trial attorney for an insurance defense firm, Charlie established a successful solo practice in South Bend in 1992. In 2001, Charlie joined forces with Pat Murphy to build a litigation practice which has received national recognition for its advocacy.

Charlie's practice is devoted to civil litigation.  His strong litigation skills and sound judgment have repeatedly earned him recognition from professional organizations.  For example, Charlie has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America© (2013 to 2016) in the field of Personal Injury Litigation—Plaintiffs. Even more significantly, individuals, corporations, and other law firms throughout the United States regularly turn to Charlie for his trusted legal advice and personal and professional skill in handling highly sensitive or complex civil litigation. 

Charlie served in the United States Army Reserve for eight years and was honorably discharged in 1992.  Charlie is an avid hockey player and enjoys playing competitively and for charity events.  He and his wife, Rachel, have three children and reside in Mishawaka, Indiana.

Professional Experience:
  • Admitted to practice in the state and federal courts in Indiana and Illinois, as well as before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
  • Recognized as an Indiana "Super Lawyer" in 2005, 2006, 2007, and 2010 in the area of plaintiff’s personal injury litigation.
  • Recognized as Indiana Best Lawyers “Lawyer of the Year, 2013" in the area of plaintiff’s personal injury litigation.
  • Has had courtroom verdicts and victories reported in numerous national media outlets, including the Washington Times, the National Verdict Reporter, ESPN, Chicago Tribune, and the Indianapolis Star.
  • Has handled numerous appeals, including on behalf of other law firms, and successfully argued cases before the Indiana Court of Appeals, the Indiana Supreme Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
  • Serves as an instructor for the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Foundation in the areas of contested adoptions and litigation.
Published Decisions:
  • Anderson v. Gulf Stream Coach, Inc., 662 F.3d 775 (7th Cir. 2011)
  • Eutsey v. Corizon, Inc., 2013 WL 550552 (N.D. Ind., 2013)
  • Capstone Intern., Inc. v. Univentures, Inc., 2011 WL 5408776 (N.D. Ind., 2011)
  • Capstone Intern., Inc. v. Univentures, Inc., 2011 WL 4529380 (N.D. Ind., 2011)
  • Capstone Intern., Inc. v. Univentures, Inc., 2011 WL 4529372 (N.D. Ind., 2011)
  • Fairmont Homes, Inc. v. Bluelinx Corp., 2011 WL 4729877 (N.D. Ind., 2011)
  • Alves v. Masters Entertainment Group, LLC, 2008 WL 4452145 (N.D. Ind., 2008)
  • Brett v. Goshen Community School Corp., 161 F. Supp. 2d 930 (N.D. Ind. 2001)
  • Tecnomatic, S.p.A. v. Remy, Inc., 2012 WL 2376066 (S.D. Ind., 2012)
  • Pollard v. University of Chicago, 2006 WL 681046 (N.D. Ill., 2006)
  • Kramer v. Catholic Charities of Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Inc., 6 N.E.3d 984 (Ind. App., 2014)
  • Granite State Ins. Co. v. Lodholtz, 981 N.E.2d 563 (Ind. App., 2012)
  • In re Adoption of M.L., 973 N.E.2d 1216 (Ind. App., 2012)
  • Estate of Penzenik v. Penz Products, Inc., 800 N.E.2d 1007 (Ind. Ct. App. 2004)
  • LTL Truck Service, LLC v. Safeguard, Inc., 817 N.E.2d 664 (Ind. Ct. App. 2004)
  • Adoption of Baxter, 778 N.E.2d 417 (Ind. Ct. App. 2002)
  • Wallar v. Osterloo, 758 N.E.2d 59 (Ind. Ct. App. 2001)
  • Estate of Penzenik v. Penz Products, Inc., 749 N.E.2d 61 (Ind. Ct. App. 2001)
  • Adoption of E.B., 733 N.E.2d 4 (Ind. Ct. App. 2000)
  • Ford v. Culp Custom Homes, Inc., 731 N.E.2d 1216 (Ind. Ct. App. 2000)
  • Kladis v. Nick's Patio, Inc., 735 N.E.2d 1216 (Ind. Ct. App. 2000)
  • Adoption of J.P., 713 N.E.2d 873 (Ind. Ct. App. 1999)
  • Right Reason Publications v. Silva, 691 N.E.2d 1347 (Ind. Ct. App. 1998)
  • Adoption of A.M.K., 698 N.E.2d 845 (Ind. Ct. App. 1998)
  • Boshart v. State Bd. Of Tax Comm'rs, 672 N.E.2d 499 (Ind. Tax. Ct. 1996)
  • Pence v. Indiana General Assembly, 652 N.E.2d 486 (Ind. 1995)