Patrick Olmstead

Top rated professional liability attorney in Greenwood, Indiana

Patrick Olmstead Law LLC
Patrick Olmstead
Patrick Olmstead Law LLC

Practice Areas: Professional liability, Business litigation, Insurance coverage; view more

Licensed in Indiana since: 2005

Education: Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2023 Selected to Rising Stars: 2009

Patrick Olmstead Law LLC

PO Box 1067
Greenwood, IN 46142 Visit website


Patrick Olmstead represents clients throughout Indiana in a wide range of legal issues, including personal injury litigation, insurance claim and coverage disputes, and business litigation. Mr. Olmstead believes that trust and  communication are key ingredients to a successful working relationship, whether he is defending a client against allegations of professional malpractice or representing a patient whose insurance coverage claim has been wrongfully denied.

Mr. Olmstead is a native of Center Grove, where he still resides today. He attended the University of Notre Dame.  He is the President of the Notre Dame Class of 1990. He earned his law degree from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis.  He was a member of the Indiana Law Review and graduated second in his class.  

Mr. Olmstead gained valuable experience and insight in numerous positions. He interned for Judge John Tinder of the Southern District of Indiana, the Marion County Prosecutor's Office and the National Labor Relations Board. He was an attorneyat Thompson Coburn LLP in St. Louis, where he practiced in labor and employment, tobacco litigation, toxic tort litigation. He also worked at Hoover Hull LLP, at which he developed broad-ranging multidisciplinary skills, before starting his own firm.

Mr. Olmstead is active in several professional and community organizations. He has served in leadership positions for the Notre Dame Club of Indianapolis, the Notre Dame Lawyers Committee, the St. Thomas More Society, the ethics hotline for the Indiana State Bar Association, the Wernle Youth & Family Treatment Center, Veterans of Valor and the Knights of Columbus.

Practice areas

Professional liability: defense, Business litigation, Insurance coverage

Focus areas

Legal malpractice, Ethics & professional responsibility, Insurance, Bad faith insurance, Insurance defense

  • 60% Professional liability: defense
  • 20% Business litigation
  • 20% Insurance coverage

First Admitted: 2001, Missouri

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Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Charter Member and Chairman of the Board, Veterans of Valor, 2007 - 2008
  • Member, Conference Planning Committee, Indiana State Bar Association, 2007 - 2011, 2014-present
  • Numerous Committees, Indiana State Bar Association
  • Chair, Ethics Hotline for Indiana State Bar Association, 2006 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Indiana Law Review member
  • James Lawrence Miller Fellowship
  • Salutatorian, graduated summa cum laude, Indiana University School of Law, 2001
Educational Background:
  • University of Notre Dame, B.A., NROTC Scholarship, 1990
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • Treasurer, Solo & Small Firm Section of the Indiana State Bar Association, 2006-present
  • Knights of Columbus, 2001 – Present
  • President, St. Thomas More Society, 2011 - Present
  • Wernle Youth & Family Treatment Center, 2009 – 2012
  • President, Notre Dame Class of 1990
  • Director, Notre Dame Club of Indianapolis, 2010 - Present
  • Golf Outing Co-Chair, Notre Dame Club of Indianapolis
Representative Clients:
  • Patrick represents attorneys throughout Indiana.  Patrick prosecutes and defends breach of contract and bad faith actions involving insurance coverage.  He also represents small and medium sized businesses in litigation and provides general business and risk management advice.  
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Regular presenter regarding legal ethics.  CLEs presented in 2015:  Applied Professionalism Course, Cyber Liability and Legal Ethics, Avoiding and Defending Malpractice Complaints and Grievances, Ethics in Advertising and Social Media Use,. CLEs presented in 2014:  Applied Professionalism Course, Intersection of First Amendment and Rules of Professional Conduct.  CLEs presented in 2012 & 2013:  Applied Professionalism Course, Avoiding and Defending Malpractice Complaints and Grievances, Indiana's Attorney Surrogate Rule, ICLEF's Advanced Business Law CLE, NBI Legal Ethics: Top 10 Challenges, Business Contract Litigation, and the Indianapolis Bar Association Survive and Thrive CLE for the Solo & Small Firm Section.  CLEs presented in 2011:  Alternative Fee Agreements, and Avoiding Malpractice at the Indpls. Bar Survive & Thrive.  CLEs presented in 2010:  Alternative Fee Agreements at the ISBA Annual Meeting, NBI Seminar on Ethics, Ethics for Employment Lawyers at "Fast Friday" CLE, and Avoiding Malpractice at the Indpls. Bar Survive & Thrive.  CLEs presented in 2009:  ethical billing practices, presented to the Indiana State Bar Association in November of 2009, panel discussion with Don Lundberg and Ted Waggoner re drafting fee agreements at the 2009 Solo & Small Firm Conference.  Patrick also lectured at the 2007 and 2008 Solo & Small Firm Conferences (Practical tips and tricks for avoiding malpractice complaints and grievances, and Formation and representation of non-profit corporations)., Speaker, Ethics of drafting fee agreements, ISBA Solo & Small Firm Conference, 2009
  • Tri-Etch, Inc. v. Cincinnati Ins. Co., 909 N.E.2d 997 (Ind. 2009), reh’g denied (contractor’s failure to call liquor store after closing was not an “occurrence” under the commercial general liability and umbrella policies, umbrella policy’s “alarm services” exclusion was unambiguous and barred coverage, and insurer’s denial of coverage on other grounds does not rebut the presumption that insurer was also prejudiced by the insured’s untimely notice of the claim)., 2009
  • Nesbitt v. Jackel, 2008 WL 427655 (Ind. Ct. App. Feb. 19, 2008) (successfully moved to exclude expert testimony, thus negating plaintiff's ability to maintain a legal malpractice suit), 2008
  • National Union Fire Ins. Co. of Pittsburgh, PA v. Standard Fusee Corp., 940 N.E.2d 810 (Ind. 2010), reh’g denied (uniform-contract-interpretation approach, not site-specific approach, applied to determine choice of law issue, reversing trial court and finding that Maryland law applied to insurance coverage dispute which precluded coverage for defense of underlying proceedings arising from alleged perchlorate contamination at insured’s sites in Indiana and California)., 2010
  • Medical Assurance v. Hellman, et al., 610 F.3d 371 (7th Cir. 2010) (vacating stay of declaratory judgment action concerning breach of cooperation clause by insured physician)., 2010
  • Flatow v. Ingalls, 932 N.E.2d 726 (Ind. Ct. App. 2010) (reversing trial court and entering summary judgment in favor of attorney regarding limited scope of representation and lack of proximate cause of plaintiff's damages), trans denied., 2010
  • Medical Assurance Co., Inc. v. Miller, 779 F.Supp.2d 902 (S.D. Ind. 2011) (granting summary judgment to medical malpractice insurer and finding that insured’s breach of cooperation clause relieved insurer of duty to defend or indemnify physician in underlying medical malpractice suit)., 2011
  • Walton v. Hyatt & Rosenbaum, P.A., 2010 WL 379417 (S.D. Ind. Jan. 25, 2010) (dismissing FDCPA claim against an attorney and awarding sanctions for fees and costs of defense against the plaintiffs)., 2010
Industry Groups:
  • Association Of Professional Responsibility Lawyers

Office location for Patrick Olmstead

PO Box 1067
Greenwood, IN 46142

Phone: 317-884-8524


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  • Super Lawyers: 2014 - 2023
  • Rising Stars: 2009

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