Office Suites West
   2680 E. Main Street, Suite 216
   Plainfield, IN 46168-2828

   Phone:(317) 271-7879
   Fax: (317) 271-7497


Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating

For every year in the past 20 years, Bob Stommel has received a Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rating of BV Distinguished. The BV Distinguished rating denotes adherence to very high standards for professional ethics, diligence, and expertise in each of his practice areas.


Biographical Summary

Professional Experience:

Owner, Stommel Law Group, Plainfield, Indiana (1999-present)

  • litigated employment and commercial cases in state and federal courts

  • served as lead counsel in jury trials, bench trials, administrative hearings, and mediations

  • advised employers and individuals on a wide variety of employment matters, including issues relating to Title VII, ADA, ADAA, ADEA, FMLA, USERRA, FLSA, OSHA, GINA, social media use, workplace violence, and various state employment laws

  • represented employers and individuals in federal courts and before federal, state, and municipal agencies, including the EEOC, Indiana Civil Rights Commission, Indiana Department of Workforce Development, Indiana Department of Labor, and city human relations commissions

  • advised corporate senior management regarding risks and strategy in employment matters

  • developed human resources policies and procedures and employee handbooks for small, medium, and large employers

  • developed policies and advised employers on drug testing and background checks

  • advised employers on employment recordkeeping requirements and developed recordkeeping procedures

  • conducted internal employer investigations relating to claims of discrimination and harassment

  • conducted human resources training programs for small, medium, and large employers

  • advised employers on defense of unemployment benefits claims

  • negotiated, drafted, and litigated employment agreements, commissioned sales agreements, consulting agreements, non-compete agreements, non-solicitation agreements, and non-disclosure agreements

  • negotiated, drafted, and litigated confidentiality agreements, manufacturing agreements, purchasing and sales agreements, warranties, indemnity agreements, licenses, commercial and residential leases, construction contracts, software licensing agreements, intellectual property agreements, and other business contracts

  • created and advised Indiana corporations, limited liability companies, and not-for-profit organizations

  • negotiated directly with government agencies regarding contracts and licenses for Indiana businesses

  • represented professionals in license suspensions and revocations

  • registered and enforced trademarks for small businesses

  • selected and managed company witnesses and independent experts for litigation, including corporate executives, managers, economists, psychiatrists, psychologists, occupational medicine physicians, occupational therapists, and various other medical specialists

Partner, Medium-sized Law Firm, Indianapolis, Indiana (1988-1999)
  • litigated employment, product liability, and environmental cases in state and federal courts

  • served as lead counsel in jury trials, bench trials, and appeals

  • advised small, medium, and large employers on a variety of employment matters, including issues relating to Title VII, ADA, FMLA, FLSA, OSHA, and various state employment laws

  • represented employers in federal courts and before federal, state, and municipal agencies, including the EEOC, Indiana Civil Rights Commission, Indiana Department of Workforce Development, and Indiana Department of Labor

  • developed OSHA chemical hazard communication programs for small and medium businesses

  • served as regional trial counsel for Fortune 500 medical device manufacturer

  • served as Indiana trial counsel for medical device, pharmaceutical, and chemical manufacturers in product liability litigation

  • served as local and regional trial counsel for manufacturers in state and federal multi-district product liability litigation

  • selected and managed local counsel in multi-state litigation

  • created and managed case management and document databases for litigation

  • conducted product design and manufacturing assessments for potential product liability exposure

  • served as state trial counsel for all Indiana underground storage tank litigation for Fortune 500 petroleum company

  • defended PRPs in CERCLA litigation

  • selected and managed company witnesses and independent experts for litigation, including corporate executives, managers, economists, electrical and biomechanical engineers, chemists, metallurgists, toxicologists, industrial hygienists, neurologists, psychiatrists, psychologists, orthopedic surgeons, occupational medicine physicians, and various other medical specialists

  • equity partner and manager for law firm of 20 attorneys and 25 staff employees

  • directly supervised and evaluated associates, paralegals, and other support staff

  • managed all annual and quarterly law firm budgeting

Litigation Counsel, Fortune 500 Chemical Company, Midland, Michigan (1987-1988)
  • managed nationwide chemical exposure litigation

  • directed all activities of outside counsel

  • developed and implemented litigation plans, strategies, and budgets

  • selected and managed company witnesses for litigation, including chemists, toxicologists, industrial hygienists, health and safety managers, and product managers

  • selected and managed expert witnesses for litigation, including toxicologists, industrial hygienists, pulmonologists, neurologists, cardiologists, and occupational medicine physicians

  • managed insurance issues relating to litigated cases

  • conducted litigation risk assessments for new products

  • advised health and safety managers on chemical product warnings and safe handling and use instructions

  • directly supervised litigation paralegals

Associate, Small Law Firm, Indianapolis, Indiana (1982-1987)
  • litigated product liability and employment cases
  • defended manufacturers in federal multi-district product liability litigation

  • served as second-chair regional trial counsel for medical device manufacturer

  • served as Indiana counsel for manufacturers and suppliers of asbestos-containing products

  • represented unions in collective bargaining, arbitrations, injunctions, and unfair labor practices

  • served as Indiana state counsel for several national unions

  • defended workers compensation cases for multiple insurance carriers


Bar Admissions and Certifications

State of Indiana

State of Michigan (inactive status)

United States District Court, Northern District of Indiana

United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana

United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit

United States Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit

Registered Civil Mediator, State of Indiana

Admitted pro hac vice for specific cases: Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Ohio, Oklahoma, Michigan, Minnesota, Pennsylvania, South Dakota, New York, Wisconsin


Reported Cases:

Benford v. Richards Medical Company, 792 F.2d 1537 (11th Cir. 1986)

The Pantry, Inc. v. Stop-N-Go Foods, Inc., 777 F. Supp. 713 (S.D. Ind. 1991)

Todd v. Merrell Dow Pharmaceuticals, Inc., 942 F.2d 1173 (7th Cir. 1991)

Allied Resin Corporation v. Waltz, 574 N.E.2d 913 (Ind. 1991)

The Pantry, Inc. v. Stop-N-Go Foods, Inc., 796 F.Supp. 1164 (S.D. Ind. 1992)

The Pantry, Inc. v. Stop-N-Go Foods, Inc., 796 F.Supp. 1171 (S.D. Ind. 1992)

JKB, Sr. v. Armour Pharmaceutical Company, 660 N.E.2d 602 (Ind. App. 1996)


Publications:

Author, Product Liability, Survey of Recent Developments in Indiana Law, Indiana Law Review, Volume 27 (1994)

Co-author, Product Liability, Survey of Recent Developments in Indiana Law, Indiana Law Review, Volume 30 (1997)

Co-author, Product Liability, Survey of Recent Developments in Indiana Law, Indiana Law Review, Volume 31 (1998)

Co-author, Product Liability, Survey of Recent Developments in Indiana Law, Indiana Law Review, Volume 32 (1999)


Teaching and Lectures:

Advanced Toxic Torts, Environmental Law Symposium, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, 1990

Judge, Client Counseling Competition, Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis, 1992, 1997, 1998

Presenter, Medical Device Litigation: The Defendant's Perspective, Product Liability, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, 1993


Professional and Community Activities:

Board of Directors, Central Indiana Scholastic Art Awards, Inc. (not-for-profit), 1992-1994

Hardware/Software Committee, Bench/Bar Automation Program, United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana (1995-1997)

Counsel, Emergency and Rescue Services Support, Inc. (2002-2006)

Counsel, Tire Rack Street Survival, BMW CCA Foundation (2010-present)

SAR TECH II, National Association for Search and Rescue (2011-present)

Member, Indiana State Bar Association, Labor & Employment Law Section


Education:

University of Wisconsin-Madison (B.B.A., Personnel Management)
             Four-year Army ROTC Scholarship

Indiana University School of Law (J.D. cum laude)
            Note and Development Editor, Indiana Law Review

Graduate, National Institute for Trial Advocacy (Boulder, Colorado)

Graduate, ICLEF Civil Mediation Training (40-hour course)


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