John F. Kautzman

John F. Kautzman

Attorney Profile

Top Rated General Litigation Attorney in Indianapolis, IN

Ruckelshaus, Kautzman, Blackwell & Bemis, LLP
 | 135 North Pennsylvania Street, Suite 1600
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Phone: 317-634-4356
Fax: 317-634-8635
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2006, 2008 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1985
Practice Areas:
  • General Litigation (50%),
  • Civil Litigation: Defense (30%),
  • Criminal Defense (20%)
Attorney Profile

John F. Kautzman represents individuals and organizations in a broad range of legal matters. He has served as lead counsel on several high-profile state and federal jury trials, and  successfully argued before the Indiana Appellate and Supreme Courts. He maintains membership in several professional affiliations, and he served as the 2005 President of the Indianapolis Bar Association. Mr. Kautzman is a Life Member of the IU Alumni Association, Past President of the Indiana University Foundation Board of Associates, and is a former chairman of the Indiana University Robert H McKinney School Of Law Board of Visitors. He previously served as President of the Metropolitan Bar Caucus, and was recently named to the Executive Council of the National Conference of Bar Presidents. Listed in Who’s Who, and several years as a Superlawyer, he is a frequent seminar speaker and taught as a faculty member of the Trial Advocacy Skills College. John is listed in The Best Lawyers in America, and has been elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, an invitation-only honor limited to one percent of the lawyers in any state.

Certificates and Credentials

About John Kautzman

Admitted: 1985, Indiana

Professional Webpage: http://rucklaw.com/#/john-kautzman/

Honors/Awards:

  • Selected for several consecutive years as an Indiana Super Lawyer; Named to The Best Lawyers in America, 2015, 2016;   Elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, 2012; Indianapolis Bar Association Presidents Award 2014,2013; Indianapolis Bar Foundation Distiguished Fellow, 1993; Indiana University Foundation Presidents Award, 2003;
  • Received numerous awards and honors from several Bar association amd professional excellence organizations...including but not limited to Superlawyers; Best Lawyers in America; American College of Trial Lawyers; America's Top 100 Attorneys Lifetime Achievement; Marquis Who's Who; Metropolitan Bar Caucus/National Conference of Bar Presidents; and the Indianapolis Bar Association

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Elected as a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, an invitation-only honor limited to one percent of the lawyers in any state., 2012
  • Named to Executive Council of the National Conference of Bar Presidents (3Year Term), 2019
  • Elected President of the Indianapolis Bar Association., 2005
  • Elected as President of the Metropolitan Bar Caucus of the National Conference of Bar Presidents., 2015
  • Elected to serve as the IBA Representative to the American Bar Association House of Delegates., 2007
  • Named to The Best Lawyers in America, 2015
  • Past President of the Metropolitan Bar Caucus of the National Conference of Bar Presidents ; Indianapolis Bar Assn. Board of Directors; Past Chair and Board Member of the IU McKinney School of Law Board of Visitors; Faculty Instructor - ITASC Trial Advocacy College;

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Lawyer/Volunteer in several Indianapolis Bar Association community outreach efforts.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Served as both a Presenter and a Moderator in several litigation, trial skills, and other continuing legal education and legal related seminars.

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • Numerous  succesful defense verdicts in high profile Federal,  State, and Administrative law enforcement liability/civil rights jury and bench trials...
  • Obtained a Class Action Judgment as one of the Plaintiff's attorneys in the amount of 42 Million dollars against the State of Indiana in 2009 (amount later reduced on appeal), believed to be as of that date the largest single trial judgment ever rendered against the State; Numerous trial court verdicts and reported appellate decisions. 

Representative Clients:

  • Long time General Counsel and litigation counsel for the Indiana State Fraternal Order of Police and several FOP organizations...

Educational Background:

  • Graduate, JD degree. Indiana University McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, IN, 1984
  • Indiana University, Bachelor of Arts - 1981; Indiana University McKinney School of Law, Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1984., 1981

Industry Groups

  • American Bar Assn
  • Indiana State Bar Assn
  • Indianapolis Bar Assn
  • IU McKinney School Of Law Board Of Visitors
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Office Location for John F. Kautzman

135 North Pennsylvania Street
Suite 1600
Indianapolis, IN 46204

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Last Updated: 9/24/2019

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