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Richard Hailey

Richard D. Hailey possesses more than 35 years of legal experience, and currently handles a wide variety of complex personal injury cases. Among the most respected trial attorneys in the nation, Mr. Hailey is a former president of the American Association for Justice, formerly the American Trial Lawyers of America, one of the country’s largest association of attorneys committed to ensuring anyone can obtain justice in America’s courtrooms.

Mr. Hailey has been invited to give presentations on legal issues to law schools and professional organizations throughout the United States. His legal expertise and skill as a trial lawyer have earned him an exceptional reputation outside of the legal community; he has appeared on such national media outlets as 60 Minutes and National Public Radio, and regularly testifies in front of state and federal hearings regarding the merits of various proposed legislation. Mr. Hailey is actively involved with several international trial lawyer associations, including the Australian Trial Lawyers. In 2000, Mr. Hailey traveled to South Africa to assist in the initial formation of the South African Trial Lawyers Association, which was the first organized bar in South Africa after it approved its new constitution under President Mandela. His local community involvement includes serving on the board of numerous non-profit organizations, including the Board of Trustees at Butler University.

Admissions

Education

Elected Positions

  • Board of Directors, Indiana Trial Lawyers Association (1988-present)
  • President, American Association for Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America), 1997-1998
  • Co-Chair, Organization and Review Committee, American Association for Justice, 1992
  • ALI Liason Committee for the Restatement of Torts (3rd), 1995
  • Keyperson Committee, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1989-1990
  • ATLA National College of Advocacy Faculty Training, ATLA Basic and Advanced Colleges and Seminars Committee, Association of Trial Lawyers of America, 1989-1990
  • Indiana Supreme Court Rules of Evidence Committee, 1992
  • Elections Committee, American Association for Justice, 1989-1990
  • Vice-Chair, Minority and Women Attorneys’ Outreach Committee, American Association for Justice, 1989-1990
  • Ambassadors Committee, American Association for Justice, 1989-1990
  • Keyperson Committee, American Association for Justice, 1987-1988
  • Section Chair, National Air Bag & Seat Belt Litigation, American Association for Justice, 1986-1987
  • Vice-President, Indiana Council On World Affairs (1986-1987)
  • President, Marion County Bar Association (1984)

Professional and Civic Awards

  • Kentucky Colonel – Appointed by Governor, State of Kentucky, 1995
  • Sagamore of the Wabash – Appointed by Governor Frank O’Bannon, State of Indiana, 1997
  • Outstanding Trial Lawyer of the Year – State of Ohio, 1997
  • Outstanding Butler Alumni Award – Butler University, 1998
  • Melvin Belli Trial Lawyer of the Year – Awarded by the Melvin Belli Society, 1998
  • Best Lawyers in America, 1998, 1999, 2001
  • Best Lawyers in Indianapolis, 2001
  • Mayor’s Key to the City – Awarded by Mayor – Birmingham, Alabama, 1999
  • Proclamation of Richard D. Hailey Day – Awarded by Washington D.C. City Council, July 1998
  • Marion County and Indianapolis Bar Association, Pro Bono Service Award, 1999
  • Marion County Pro Bono Charter Member, more than 20 years

Board Positions and Trusteeships

  • Butler University Board of Trustees – Appointed May 2000
  • Indiana University – Indianapolis Law School Board of Visitors – Appointed 2000
  • Aspen Arts Council – Appointed 1997
  • Board of Directors, Trial Lawyers for Public Justice – Appointed 1999
  • Trustee, Roscoe Pound Foundation – Appointed 1994
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America Foundation Trustee – Appointed 1998
  • Richard D. Hailey Endowment (Established 1999)
  • Board of Directors of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association – Appointed 1988
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