Jerry A. Garau

Top rated Medical Malpractice attorney in Indianapolis, Indiana

Garau Germano P.C.
Jerry A. Garau
Garau Germano P.C.

Practice Areas: Medical Malpractice, Personal Injury; view more

Licensed in Indiana since: 1986

Education: Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2024

Garau Germano P.C.

3710 Washington Boulevard
Indianapolis, IN 46205 Visit website


Jerry Garau represents individuals in medical malpractice and serious personal injury claims. He was named Indiana Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association in 2019 after securing a $15 million verdict in a medical malpractice action and having that verdict affirmed by the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Webster v. CDI Ind., LLC, 917 F3d 574 (7th Cir. 2019). He is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, an invitation-only fellowship of exemplary trial lawyers from the U.S. and Canada. Membership in ACTL is limited to 1% of the total lawyer population in the U.S. and Canada. He is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, and has been named an Indiana Super Lawyer every year since 2012.   Jerry began his career in 1986 after graduating with honors from the Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis. He has secured verdicts for individuals throughout the state of Indiana, and has argued before the Indiana Court of Appeals, the Indiana Supreme Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. He has served on the executive committee of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association and is currently secretary of the organization.   In 1997, Jerry and four other attorneys started a firm focused on representing victims of medical malpractice. That firm, now known as Garau Germano, P.C., has its offices in Indianapolis and represents individuals throughout the state. In addition to the firm's work in medical malpractice, the firm also represents individuals in claims involving serious personal injury, sexual abuse, and nursing home negligence.

Practice areas

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff, Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

Focus areas

Birth Injury, Brain Injury, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Medical Malpractice, Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Wrongful Death

  • 90% Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff
  • 10% Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff

First Admitted: 1986, Indiana

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Verdicts/Settlements (Case Results):
  • Anonymous Hosp. v. Spencer, 158 N.E.3d 380 (Ind. Ct. App. 2020) (Amicus counsel)
  • Clemans v. Wishard Memorial Hospital, 727 N.E.2d 1084, 2000 (Ind. Ct. App. 2000)
  • In re Estate of Wade, 768 N.E.2d 957, 2002 (Ind. Ct. App. 2002)
  • Ellenwine v. Fairley, 818 N.E.2d 961 (Ind. 2006)
  • Lasley v. Moss, 500 F.3d 586 (7th Cir. 2007)
  • Morse v. Davis, 965 N.E.2d 148 (Ind. Ct. App. 2012)
  • Helms v. Rudicel, 986 N.E.2d 302 (Ind. Ct. App. 2013)
  • Sharpsville Cmty. Ambulance, Inc. v. Gilbert, 47 N.E.3d 1265 (Ind. Ct. App. 2015)
  • Sharpsville Cmty. Ambulance, Inc. v. Gilbert, 47 N.E.3d 1265 (Ind. Ct. App. 2015)
  • Collip v. Ratts, 49 N.E.3d 607 (Ind. Ct. App. 2015)
  • Oaks v. Chamberlain, 76 N.E.3d 941 (Ind. Ct. App. 2017) (Amicus counsel)
  • McKeen v. Turner, 71 N.E.3d 833 (Ind. 2017) (Amicus counsel)
  • Webster v. CDI, Ind., LLC, 917 F.3d 574 (7th Cir. 2019)
  • Indiana Super Lawyers, 2012-2022
  • Indiana State Bar Association Civility Award, 2011
  • Indiana Trial Lawyers Association Trial Lawyer of the Year, 2019
  • Top 50 Indiana Super Lawyers, 2021-2022
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Indiana, 1986
  • Indiana Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • American College of Trial Lawyers, Fellow
  • Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, Executive Committee
  • American Association for Justice
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Member, 1986
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1987
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 1987
Educational Background:
  • Franklin College, Franklin, Indiana, B.A. - 1983, Honors: summa cum laude
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Speaker, Masters of Med-Mal Advocacy, ITLA Seminar, 2020
  • The Effect of NCAA v. Board of Regents on the NCAA's Power, 18 Indiana Law Review 937, 1987
  • Should Juries Know Whether the Medical Expert Practices What He Preaches, ITLA Verdict, Vol. 30, No. 1, 2008
  • Evaluating and Settling Personal Injury and Death Claims, PESI Seminar, 2006
  • Litigating to Win Through Advanced Trial Advocacy, NBI Seminar, 2010
  • Speaker, Illustrated Ethics: Case Studies to Avoid Legal Malpractice, NBI Seminar, 2013
  • Speaker, Legal Ethics: Attorney Fees and Client Funds, NBI Seminar, 2017

Office location for Jerry A. Garau

3710 Washington Boulevard
Indianapolis, IN 46205

Phone: 317-978-9973


13 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2012 - 2024

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