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Richard Samek

As a well-regarded civil litigator with more than 30 years of experience, Richard (Rick) focuses on insurance defense, commercial litigation, business and corporate law, products liability, real estate as well as estate planning administration and litigation.

His diverse practice is split between litigation and transactional or business law, so when a case goes to court, he’s a powerful ally.

Rick has been recognized as an Indiana Super Lawyer for his civil litigation-insurance defense. In business law, he represents a number of small- to medium-sized business clients, overseeing all manner of legal issues, including employer/employee matters, business agreements and transactions, change of control transactions and real estate deals.

His academic background in business finance enhances his expertise in estate planning and administration. He has litigated several estate, trust and guardianship issues in state court, and he most recently served as a court-appointed mediator in civil litigation cases.

Areas of Practice
  • Civil Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Corporate Law
  • Property Law
  • Business Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Products Liability
  • Real Estate
Litigation Percentage
  • Rick devotes 60 percent of his caseload to litigation.
Bar Admissions
  • Indiana, 1976
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1979
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 1976
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 1976
  • Indiana University Maurer School of Law, Bloomington, Indiana
    • J.D. summa cum laude – 1976
    • Law Review: Indiana, Associate Editor, 1975 – 1976
  • Indiana University
    • Bachelor of Science cum laude – 1973
Honors and Awards
  • Fort Wayne Women’s Bureau – Women’s Enterprise 2010 Business Mentor of the Year, 2010 – Present
  • Best Lawyers in America, 2006 – Present
  • Indiana Super Lawyer — Personal Injury and Litigation, 2005 – Present
  • Fort Wayne Monthly Top Lawyers – Mediation Services
  • Trial Practice-Personal & Wrongful Death
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow
Professional Associations and Memberships
  • Allen County, Indiana State and America Bar Associations
  • Indiana Defense Lawyers Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Inverse condemnation litigation
  • Products liability litigation
  • Insurance coverage disputes
  • Property and casualty (liability) litigation for numerous insurance companies
Pro Bono Activities
  • Commissioner, Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation, Board of Commissioners
  • President, Fort Wayne Parks & Recreation, 2006 – Present
  • Make-A-Wish of Northeast Indiana (now Make-A-Wish of Indiana)
  • Past-President, Original incorporator
  • City of Fort Wayne Economic Development Task Force
  • Co-Chairman, North River Plus, 2006 – 2007
  • Past Board Member, SCAN (Stop Child Abuse and Neglect)
  • Member, President, Orchard Ridge Country Club, 1996 – 1999
  • Member and Chairman of Various Committees, Allen County Bar Association
  • Board of Directors, Metro YMCA
  • Member of various social service and arts organizations in Allen County, Indiana