John R. Maley

Top rated Employment Litigation attorney in Indianapolis, Indiana

Barnes & Thornburg LLP
John R. Maley
Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Practice Areas: Employment Litigation, Business Litigation, Products Liability view more

Licensed in Indiana since: 1988

Education: Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

Selected to Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2024

Barnes & Thornburg LLP

11 S. Meridian St
Indianapolis, IN 46204 Phone: 317-231-7464 Email: John R. Maley Visit website


John R. Maley, a partner in Barnes & Thornburg LLP's Indianapolis, Indiana office, past-president of the Indianapolis Bar Association, a Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, listed in Best Lawyers in America®, the top-ranked attorney in the 2009 Indiana SuperLawyers® survey of all Indiana attorneys, and named by Best Lawyers as the 2009 "Lawyer of the Year" for Bet-the-Company Litigation in Indiana, concentrates on litigation, employment law, and appellate practice. Mr. Maley regularly represents publicly traded and private companies in regional and national litigation. He has extensive trial experience in multiple jurisdictions, including as a pro bono deputy prosecutor and as court appointed trial counsel. He has also served as lead counsel in appeals in the United States Supreme Court, Indiana Supreme Court, Indiana Court of Appeals, Arizona Court of Appeals, Michigan Court of Appeals, Ohio Court of Appeals, Ohio Supreme Court, Pennsylvania Appellate Courts, and the 3rd, 6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, and 11th Circuits. Mr. Maley is also admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Northern and South District of Indiana, the Central District of Illinois, and the Northern District of Ohio. Mr. Maley received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and M.B.A. from Indiana University. In 1988 he received his J.D. summa cum laude from the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis, where he was executive editor of the Indiana Law Review. From 1988 to 1990 he served as law clerk to the Honorable Larry J. McKinney in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis.Mr. Maley has served as an adjunct lecturer at the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis and lectures for the Indiana Bar Review. He has published numerous articles on federal practice, is the author of the Appellate Handbook for Indiana Lawyers, and lectures frequently on federal civil practice, noncompete, and employment matters. His many civic activities include service as chair of the Local Rules Committee, S.D. of Indiana, member of the Local Rules Committee, N.D. of Indiana, past-chair of the Marion County Local Rules Committee, member of the Seventh Circuit's Pattern Civil Jury Instruction Committee, president of the Indianapolis Chapter of the Federal Bar Association, president of his law school's alumni association, and chair of the Indiana State Bar Association's Appellate Practice Section. Mr. Maley has also chaired Barnes & Thornburg's Appellate Practice Group and Library & Technology Committee, and had led the firm's Pro Bono Committee for 20 years. He is listed in Who's Who in American Law, Who's Who in Indianapolis Law, and is a fellow of the Indianapolis and Indiana Bar Associations. He is married and has five boys.

Practice areas

Employment Litigation: Defense, Business Litigation, Personal Injury - Products: Defense, Appellate, Intellectual Property Litigation

First Admitted: 1988, Indiana

Professional Webpage:

Representative Clients:
  • Genesys, Toyota Material Handling USA, Purdue University, AXON, Hillenbrand, Inc., Batesville Casket Company,  Crew CarWash, State of Indiana, City of Carmel, Jeco Plastics, Search Pros, GE Healthcare, Campers Inn RV, Lippert Products, CenterPoint Energy, Taco Bell, DISH Network, Hill-Rom, Kayak Pools Midwest, Quanex, Wellness Pet
  • , Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Best Lawyers Indiana Appellate Lawyer of the Year, 2013
  • Top-ranked Indiana SuperLawyer, SuperLaywers, 2009
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • BestLawyers Bet-the-Company Litigator, Indiana, BestLawyers, 2009
Bar/Professional Activity:
  • Founder and President, Former Federal Law Clerks Society
  • Member, N.D. Indiana Local Rules Committee
  • Member, 7th Circuit Civil Pattern Jury Instructions Committee, 2014
  • Chair, IndyBar Review, 2000
  • Chair, Marion County Local Rules Committee
  • Treasurer, Indiana State Bar Association, 2008
  • Chair, Local Rules Committee, S.D. of Indiana
  • President, Indianapolis Bar Foundation, 2010
  • President, Indianapolis Bar Association, 2002
Scholarly Lectures/Writings:
  • Frequent author on federal civil practice, appellate practice, employment, and litigation matters
Educational Background:
  • B.A., University of Notre Dame, 1985
  • M.B.A., Indiana University, 1994
  • J.D., summa cum laude, Indiana Unviversity School of Law - Indianapolis, 1988
Pro bono/Community Service:
  • President, Handi-Capable Hands, Inc., 2008
  • Board of Directors, USATF Indiana
  • President, Whitewater Valley Pro Bono Commission, Indiana
  • Director and Counsel, Joseph Maley Foundation
  • President, Robert Maley Pro Bono Foundation
  • Chair, Pro Bono Committee, Barnes & Thornburg, 2002-present
Industry Groups:
  • Financial Services
  • Health Care
  • Higher Education
  • Manufacturing
  • Recreational Vehicles
  • Technology

Office location for John R. Maley

11 S. Meridian St
Indianapolis, IN 46204


21 Years Super Lawyers
  • Super Lawyers: 2004 - 2024

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