David E. Wright, Partner
David E. Wright practices primarily in business-related litigation and has extensive litigation, trial and arbitration experience. Mr. Wright has served as lead counsel in litigating cases involving novel and complex issues relating to banking, corporations, partnerships, employment, professional liability, estates and fiduciary issues.
Among others, these representations include a $7.5 million trial judgment for minority shareholders resulting from a squeeze out merger and the enforcement of statutory dissenters rights for fair value, a Big 4 accounting firm defense on multi-million dollar class action claim, involving both traditional and novel theories; a professional liability defense of a law firm in seven figure claim relating to 25 or more underlying cases involving bank lending issues and bank regulatory issues, including federal administrative proceedings and federal tort claims; defense of bank against lender liability theories; international arbitration, defending damage claims seeking $10 Million plus in damages; New York arbitration of joint software development contract; defense of employment cases, including class actions involving federal and state law claims; and a divorce case establishing value and a property award judgment arising from complex and fractionalized ownership of multiple closely held businesses, with ownership spread over three generations.
Mr. Wright has been a speaker and author on arbitration, foreclosure, shareholder disputes, minority shareholder claims, and lender liability. He is a Distinguished Fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation, and is a civil mediator. A member of the Indianapolis, Indiana State and American Bar Associations; Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, The Association of Trial Lawyers of America and the Litigation Counsel of America Trial Lawyers Honor Society. He is President of the Board of the White Star Endowment, Inc.
- Geiger & Peters, Inc. v. Berghoff, 854 N.E.2d 842 (Ind. App. 2006)
- Clay Tp. of Hamilton County ex rel. Hagan v. Clay Tp. Regional Waste Dist., 838 N.E.2d 1054 (Ind. App. 2005)
- KPMG, Peat Marwick v. Carmel Financial Corp., Inc., 784 N.E.2d 1057 (Ind. App. 2003)
- DSI, et al. v. Natare Corp., 742 N.E.2d 15 (Ind. Ct. App. 2000)
- Hedrick, et al. v. Tabbert, et al., 722 N.E.2d 1269 (Ind. Ct. App. 2000)
- Fleming v. Int’l Pizza Supply, 676 N.E.2d 1051 (Ind. 1997)
- KPMG Peat Marwick v. Asher, 689 N.E.2d 1283 (Ind. Ct. App. 1997)
- Austin Lakes Joint Venture v. Avon Util., 648 N.E.2d 641 (Ind. 1995)
- Prall v. Indiana Nat’l Bank, 627 N.E.2d 1374 (Ind. Ct. App. 1994)
- Rosi v. Business Furniture Corp., 615 N.E.2d 431 (Ind. 1993)
- Cavazzi v. Cavazzi, 597 N.E.2d 1289 (Ind. Ct. App. 1992)
- Indianapolis v. Twin Lakes Enterprises, Inc., 568 N.E.2d 1073 (Ind. Ct. App. 1991)
Recent Cases of Interest:
- Lees Inns of America, Inc v. William E. Lee, Revocable Trust, et al. – Mr. Wright obtained a trial judgment exceeding $7.5 million for minority shareholders resulting from a squeeze out merger and the enforcement of statutory dissenters rights for fair value, including the exclusion from value of certain value reducing transactions by the majority shareholder.
- Indiana, 1977
- U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 1977
- U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 1977
- U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1988
In the News
- Town/Township Rights Enforced Under Indiana Government Modernization Act
- Minority Owner Claims Prevail
- Indiana Supreme Court: $7.5 Million Minority Value, Including Minority Owner Damages for Breach of Fiduciary Duty Sustained
- Politically Appointed Board Exceeds Authority
- Arbitrator Authority Issue Considered by Indiana Supreme Court
- “A Fractured Family Business” Indianapolis Star Article – Lees Inns of America, Inc. v. William E. Lee, Revocable Trust, et al.
- Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America
- Fellow, Indianapolis Bar Foundation
- Civil Mediator
- Directorship of Community Bank (past)
- Indianapolis Bar Association
- Indiana State Bar Association
- American Bar Association
- Indiana Trial Lawyers Association
- The Association of Trial Lawyers of America
- Indianapolis Ballet Theatre, Inc., d/b/a Ballet Internationale
Past President, Board of Directors
- President, Board of White Star Endowment, Inc.
- “Indiana Foreclosure Procedures”, Lorman Ed. Serv., October, 1990
- “Indiana Foreclosure Procedures”, Lorman Ed. Serv., December, 1991
- “Prevention, Avoidance and Resolution of Destructive Shareholder Disputes”, Lorman Ed. Serv., October, 1993
- “Class Action: Establishment of a Class and the Class Certification Process: The Defendant’s Perspective”, IN State Bar Assoc., ICLEF, April, 1995
- “Lending Liability Theories and Litigation Considerations”, Lorman Ed. Serv., September, 2011
Past Law Firm Associations
- Leagre Chandler & Millard, LLP, Litigation Chair, 1999 – 2003
- Johnson Smith Pence Densborn Wright & Heath, LLP, Litigation Chair, 1986 – 1999