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 2021) 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.
- 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.
- 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)