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York, Robert W.

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Practice Areas:

  • Litigation
  • Estates/Trusts/Probate/Guardianships
  • Business
  • Contracts
  • Insurance
  • Injury

Biography

Robert W. York has been a practicing Indiana Attorney since 1973 having obtained his Doctor of Jurisprudence with honors from Indiana University School of Law. He is a former Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, a former Indiana Administrative Law Judge and, currently, a frequent Special Judge presiding over major felony criminal cases. He is the senior lawyer in a six member law firm in Indianapolis, Indiana and devotes his practice to participating in trials in courts throughout Indiana. He is admitted to the bar of the United States Supreme Court and all of the courts of Indiana. He has memberships in a number of trial lawyer associations and Bar Associations. He is a recognized author in a number of legal publications and was Editor of Verdict magazine for 12 years. He and his wife, Donna, have been married for 39 years and are the parents of two sons, ages 28 and 22. He has been certified by the United States Hockey Association as a Master Coach and has coached 40 youth hockey and baseball teams.

Education

  • Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, Indiana
    • Doctor of Jurisprudence - 1973
    • Honors: cum laude
  • Indiana University
    • Bachelor of Science - 1969

Bar Admission

  • Indiana, 1973
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 1973
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 1973
  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1991
  • U.S. Tax Court, 1984

Honors

  • Indiana Super Lawyer 2007, 2008, 2009, 2020
  • Indianapolis Bar Foundation Distinguished Fellow and Indianapolis Bar Foundation Senior Fellow
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, Trial Lawyer Honorary Society
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers, 1999-2020
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated (Denoting Highest Level of Skill and Integrity), 1999-2020
  • Indianapolis Bar Association Board of Manager's Award
  • Indianapolis Bar Association President's Award

Classes & Seminars

  • “Motion Practice – Oral Arguments,” IBA Seminar, Las Vegas, 2010
  • “Evidence in Probate/Trust Litigation,” ICLEF Seminar, Indianapolis, IN, November 18, 2011
  • “Five Key Cases of 2011: 120 Hot Tips in Estate Practice,” ICLEF Seminar, Indianapolis, IN, December 20, 2011
  • “New Marion County Local Probate Rules and Forms,” IBA Seminar, Indianapolis, IN, January 25, 2012
  • “Jury Trials in Will Contest Actions,” IBA Seminar, Sedona, AZ, November 16, 2012
  • “Claims Against Decedents’ Estates,” IBA Seminar, Sedona, AZ, November 16, 2012
  • “Five Key Cases of 2012: 120 Hot Tips in Estate Practice,” ICLEF Seminar, Indianapolis, IN, December 21, 2012
  • “Traps for the Non-Probate Practitioner,” IBA Seminar, Louisville, KY, June 14, 2013
  • “Estate & Trust Litigation,” ICLEF Seminar, Indianapolis, IN, July 16, 2013
  • “Pitfalls for the Non-Probate Practitioner,” IBA Seminar, Indianapolis, IN, December 5, 2013
  • “Five Key Cases of 2013: 120 Hot Tips in Estate Practice,” ICLEF Seminar, Indianapolis, IN, December 20, 2013
  • “Five Key Cases of 2014: 120 Hot Tips in Estate Practice,” ICLEF Seminar, Indianapolis, IN, December 22, 2014
  • “Five Key Cases of 2015: 120 Hot Tips in Estate Practice,” ICLEF Seminar, Indianapolis, IN, December 22, 2015
  • “York's Top Ten Probate Decisions - With Practice Pointers,” ICLEF Seminar, Indianapolis, IN, March 24, 2016
  • “Five Key Cases of 2016: 120 Hot Tips in Estate Practice,” ICLEF Seminar, Indianapolis, IN, December 21, 2016
  • “Evidentiary Problems in Probate Litigation: Probate & Trust Litigation,” ICLEF Seminar, August 22, 2017
  • “Five Key Cases of 2017: 120 Hot Tips in Estate Practice,” ICLEF Seminar, Indianapolis, IN, December 20, 2017
  • “Five Tips on Managing Abusive and Vexatious Litigation:” 120 Hot Tips in Estate Practice,” ICLEF Seminar, Indianapolis, IN, December 19, 2018

Past Positions

  • State of Indiana, Administrative Law Judge, 1974 to 1984
  • Intern, Attorney General, State of Indiana, 1970-1972
  • Intern, Marion County Prosecuting Attorney, 1972-1973
  • Marion County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, 1973-1974
  • Frequent Special Judge, major felony jury trials, 1992-2011, 2016-2018
  • Frequent Hearing Officer, attorney discipline matters, 2013-2020
  • Frequent court-appointed estate, guardian and trust fiduciary, Mediator

Professional Associations

  • Indiana Trial Lawyers Association Emeritus Director, 1999-2020, 1998 to 1998
  • Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, College of Fellows, 1993-2020, 1993
  • Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, President, 1998
  • Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, Officer, 1993
  • Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, Member, Board of Directors, 1983
  • American Association of Justice, Member
  • Civil Justice Foundation, Member
  • Head Injury Foundation of Indiana, Member
  • Trial Lawyers For Public Justice, Member
  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Member
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Member, Board of Directors
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Senior Chairman, Senior Counsel Division
  • Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow, 1983 to 1986
  • Hamilton County Bar Association, Member
  • State Chairman Law-Pac Fund Development Committee, 1983 to 1986
  • Citizen's Commission for the Future of Indiana Courts, 1997
  • Indian Lake Country Club, Inc., 2007, President