Representative Clients & Representative Cases

In all cases and with all clients, Betz + Blevins strives to provide:

  • Realistic guidance in consultation concerning the merits and related issues of potential legal action, as well as creating the clearest possible picture so that the difficulty, length, and risk involved are well understood.
  • Aggressive advocacy from veteran, mission-driven attorneys who always attempt to put forth their best effort in information gathering, analysis, strategizing, and negotiation.
  • Sound counsel throughout the life of the legal dispute. Every dispute tends to have many unknowns, so as your legal matter unfolds we attempt to update you at each stage of the process.

Representative Clients

  • Verizon Wireless
  • The Hoosier State Press Association
  • The State Board of Law Examiners, an agency of The Indiana Supreme Court
  • The Indiana Hemophilia and Thrombosis Center
  • Former Indiana Supreme Court Justice, Jon Krahulik
  • Hubbard and Cravens Coffee Co.
  • Representative Cases
  • Employment Law

Anderson v. U.S.F. Logistics (IMC) Inc. 274 F.3d 470 (7th Cir. Ind. 2001)—Advocated in favor of employee to permit “Have A Blessed Day” as a religious practice.

Axelrod, M.D., v. Amgen, Inc., and Wellpoint, 49D03-0710-PL-042057 – Litigating on behalf of the high-level executive whose employment contract was unfairly terminated.

Bates v. Indiana Department of Correction, Cause No. 49D02-0202-CT-207 – Successfully represented plaintiff in first known FMLA case against State of Indiana. Settlement for over $40,000

Budden v. Board of School Com’rs of City of Indianapolis (IPS)698 N.E.2d 1157 (Ind. 1998) — Class action on behalf of IPS teachers who had their retirement funds stolen and established a new case law regarding class actions under Indiana’s Tort Claim Notice Statute- settled for $600,000.

Burton, et al. v. General Motors Corp., No. 95-1054 (S.D. Ind. Aug. 15, 2008)—Successfully advocated on behalf of General Motors employees and won a jury verdict of $3.1 Million.

Carter v. U.S. Army, Cause No. IP01-C-05750H/L- Successful ADA/Rehabilitation Act representation and settlement for over $100,000.

Castrillion v. St. Vincent, Cause No. 1:11-CV-0430-WTL-DML (S.D. Ind.) Litigating sexual harassment and gender discrimination claims on behalf of a medical resident.

Curry v. State of Indiana Cause No. 41C01-0307-PL-00032—Successfully advocated on behalf of a state employee to obtain full retirement benefits.

Doescher v. Raess Cause No. 49D01-0206-PL001116—Prevailed at jury trial to obtain $325,000 verdict in workplace assault.

Fain v. Wayne County Auditor’s Office 388 F.3d 257 (7th Cir. 2004)—Prevailed on appeal establishing FMLA rights against county auditor and represented in federal jury trial.

Indianapolis Star v. IU (Bob Knight Case), 787 N.E.2d 893 (2003) – Prevailed in part pm appeal of public records case seeking documents related to termination of employment of Bob Knight

Kaiser v. Rudicel, Cause No. 18D01-9804-CP-89 – Prevailed at jury trial in Delaware County regarding contract issues.

Marvel v. Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana Cause No. 99-C-0913-T/G—Represented eight occupational therapists in action for severance payments based on ERISA.

Miller, et al. v. Junior Achievement of Central Indiana, Inc., et al., Cause No. 49D07-1003-PL-014761 – Complex defamation case involving multiple defendants acting in concert.

Miller-Wiltz v. Bellwether, Inc. et. al., Cause No. 29D03-0312-PL-1103 – Prevailed at jury trial in Hamilton County regarding severance and non-compete issues.

Morgan v. Indiana State Police et. al., Cause No. 73D01-0112-CT-30 – Prevailed at jury trial in Shelby County regarding negligent lie detector test with $600,00 verdict.

Nayak v. St. Vincent, Cause No. 1:12-cv-00817-RLY-DML (S.D. Ind.) – Litigating claim for national origin and gender discrimination as well as FMLA violations on behalf of a medical resident.

Peek v. Clark-Pleasant Community School Corporation, Cause No. 41D01-00406-CT-00081 -Jury trial in Johnson County related to negligent mistreatment of student.

“Peirick vs. Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis Athletics Department; Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis, Cause No. 1:03-cv-1965 LJM-WTL – Prevailed at summary judgment stage in sex discrimination case against IUPUI.

Ross v. Indiana State Board of Nursing, 790 N.E.2d 110 Ind. App. 2003 – Prevailed in action representing nurse and recovered judgment of $80,000.

Sawyer v. St. Vincent, Cause No. 49D03-1208-PL-032513 – Litigating wrongful termination under employment agreement.

Schober v. SMC Pneumatics, Inc. 2000 WL 1231557 (S.D. Ind., Aug. 21 2000); 2000 WL1911684 (S.D. Ind., Dec. 04 2000); and 2000 WL 34027051 (S.D. Ind., Dec. 15 2000)—Jury trial verdict in favor of client under FMLA. First FMLA jury trial in U.S. Southern District of Indiana.

Sitar v. Indiana Department of Transportation 344 F.3d 720 (7th Cir. 2003)—Prevailed on appeal and settled retaliation case for $125,000.

Slick v. Ameritech Corporation (Arbitration)- Three-member arbitration panel trial on employee change in control provision payments.

Tarapore v. McNamara LLC 2004 WL 1629513 (S.D. Ind.), Slip copy, Feb 13 2004—Represented client in national origin case and prevailed at summary judgment. Confidential Settlement.

U.S. Medical Systems, LLC v. Ken Julian Cause No. 32D03-0310-CC-175—Defended individual in wage dispute.

Wheat v. IU Health, Cause No.49D04-0603-PL-0009827- Represented physician in litigation where his rights to the intellectual property he created while at IU Health were restored.

Vo v. Deaconess Hospital, Cause No., 3:05-CV-0086 RLY-WGH- Represented physician in peer review proceedings and federal discrimination litigation.

Professional Licensing & Discipline

Ross v. Indiana State Board of Nursing 790 N.E.2d 110 (Ind. App. 2003)—Prevailed in action representing nurse and recovered judgment of $80,000.

State Board of Examiners v. Anonymous Bar Applicant Supreme Court No. 94S00-03-1-BL-44—Represented State Board against Applicant to State Bar.

Martz et al. v. Vegler et al., Cause No. 49D03-0212-CT-02151- Represented individuals and corporate entity in legal malpractice claim in Allen County.

Civil Rights & Constitutional Law

Anderson v. U.S.F. Logistics (IMC) Inc., 274 F.3d 470 (7th Cir. Ind. 2001) – Advocated in favor of employee to permit “Have a Blessed Day” as a religious practice.

Curry v. State of Indiana, Cause No. 41C01-0307-PL-00032 – Successfully advocated on behalf of a state employee to obtain full retirement benefits.

Marvel v. Rehabilitation Hospital of Indiana, Cause No. 99-C-0913-T/G – Represented eight occupational therapists in action for severance payments based on ERISA.

Ross v. Indiana State Board of Nursing, 790 N.E.2d 110 (Ind. App. 2003) – Prevailed in action representing nurse and recovered judgment of $80,000.

Tarapore v. McNamara LLC, Cause No. IP 02-0850-C-T/K (S.D. Ind.) – Represented client in national origin case and prevailed at summary judgment. Confidential Settlement.

Carter v. U.S. Army, Cause No. IP01-C-05750H/L – Successful ADA/Rehabilitation Act representation and settlement of over $100,000.

Hart v. City of Indianapolis, Cause No. 1:10-cv-1691-WTL-DML (S.D. Ind) – Represent client who was wrongfully arrested for murder and imprisoned for two years.

Starks v. City of Indianapolis, Cause No. 1:12-cv-1008-WTL-DML (S.D. Ind) – Represent client who was wrongfully arrested for murder and imprisoned for one year.

Appellate Law

In re: Indiana Newspapers, Inc., 963 N.E.2d 534 (Ind.Ct.App. 2012)- Shield law held inapplicable for first time in Indiana judicial history and new precedent set for subpoena hearing of media entities.

Indianapolis Star v. Miller, 2013 Ind. App. LEXIS 18 (Ind.Ct.App. 2013- Star’s appeal dismissed for lack of jurisdiction.

Ind. Newspapers, Inc. v. Miller, 2012 Ind. App. LEXIS 610 (Ind.Ct.App. 2012)- Supreme Court affirms dismissal of Star’s appeal for lack of jurisdiction.

Anderson v. U.S.F. Logistics (IMC) Inc., 274 F.3d 470 (7th Cir. Ind. 2001) – Advocated in favor of employee to permit “Have a Blessed Day” as a religious practice.

Budden v. Board of School Com’rs of City of Indianapolis (IPS), 698 N.E.2d 1157 (Ind. 1998) – Class action on behalf of IPS teachers who had their retirement funds stolen and established new case law regarding class actions under Indiana’s Tort Claim Notice Statute with settlement for $600,000.

Fain v. Wayne County Auditor’s Office, 388 F.3d 257 (7th Cir. 2004) – Prevailed on appeal establishing FMLA rights against county auditor and represented in federal jury trial.

Midtown Chiropractic v. Illinois Farmers Insurance Company, 812 N.E. 2d 851 (Ind. Ct. App. 2004) – Co-counsel for appellate issues regarding Court of Appeals opinion and petition to Indiana Supreme Court as well as oral argument to Indiana Supreme Court.

Sitar v. Indiana Department of Transportation, 344 F.3d 720 (7th Cir. 2003) – Prevailed on appeal and settled retaliation case for $125,000.

The Indianapolis Star v. Trustees of Indiana University, 787 N.E.2d 893 (Ind. App. 2003) – Successfully represented on appeal of novel issues under the Indiana Access to Public Records Act.

Wittenberg Lutheran Village v. Lake Co. Property Tax Assessment Bd. of Appeals, 782 N.E.b2d 483 (Ind.Tax Ct. 2003) – Consulted with appellate counsel for appellate issues in petition to transfer and oral argument to Indiana Supreme Court.

Business & Commercial Law

CLC Services, Inc. v. Reedy & Peters, LLC, Johnson Circuit Court Cause No. 41C01-0307-PL-00032- Successfully advocated on behalf of employees resisting a covenant not to compete.

Dixon v. GIA, Incorporated, et al., Cause No. 49D12-0201-CT-00004 – Represented individual under purchase agreement of insurance business.

Scott v. Consolidated Insurance Services, Inc., Carlisle Insurance Agency Inc., Gregory P. Gennett, Rexford Early, David D. Schaffer, Cause No.: 49D10-0501-PL003559 – Represented individual in employment agreement and independent contractor agreement regarding his book of business rights.

Wheat v. IU Health, Cause No. 49D04-0603-PL-0009827- Represented physician in litigation where his contractual rights to the intellectual property he created while at IU Health were restored.

DeBoard et. al. v. Comfort Inn, 1:13-cv-509-SEB-DKL – Represented client on ADA case for public accommodations.

Sheets v. Pizarro, 29D02-1212-PL-12916 - Represent wrongfully terminated shareholder; breach of fiduciary duties of minority shareholder in closely held corporation.

Kucholick v. Main Street Financial, Inc. ICRC No. Hose10090422 – Represented Main Street Financial in case with the Indiana Civil Rights Commission.

Smith v. Hart Circle, LLC d/b/a Ideal Fitness, 4:10-CV-0050-RLY-TAB – Represented employer in federal court relating to claims of age discrimination and retaliation.

Lee v. Aaron’s Sales and Leasing and Circle City Rentals, LLC, 3:07-cv-0418-RL – Prevailed at summary judgment in race discrimination case on behalf of corporate client.

Class Actions

Budden v. Board of School Com’rs of City of Indianapolis (IPS), 698 N.E.2d 1157 (Ind. 1998) – Class action on behalf of IPS teachers who had their retirement funds stolen and established a new case law regarding class actions under Indiana’s Tort Claim Notice Statute with settlement for $600,000.

Secrest, et al. v. Newark Corporation, et al., Cause No. 1:04-cv-0828-JDT-TAB filed in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana – Successful ERISA class action.

Beaver, et al. v. Rick’s Café Boatyard, Cause No. 1:04-cv-1409-DFH-TAB, Indianapolis Division – Class action on behalf of hourly wage earners.

Randall et. al. v. Rolls-Royce Corporation, Cause No. 1:06-cv-0860-SEB-WGH - Sought class certification in gender wage discrimination case.

Bowman et. al. v. IBM, 1:11-cv-0593-RLY-TAB - Represented plaintiffs in putative class action involving wrongful termination of Medicaid benefits.

Environmental Law

Represented the State of Indiana in consent decree negotiations with Westinghouse/General Electric, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the Bloomington Office of the Mayor involving PCB contamination in Bloomington.

Kevin Betz served as Chief Counsel at IDEM during final settlement of a major negotiation with a large corporate polluter in northwest Indiana – approximately $100 million in fines and penalties were agreed to by corporate polluter.

Kevin Betz represented IDEM in an action before the State Employee Appeals Commission, prevailing in defending the commissioner’s decision to terminate the employment of an Administrative Law Judge.

Betz + Blevins provides Verizon Wireless legal counsel in assessing contamination risks and liability potential regarding land acquisition decisions for Verizon’s tower sites.

Represented property owner in Indiana against two major oil companies in contamination case resulting in payment of over $550,000 to client.

These prior cases in no way predict future success, but only show our past experience.