Lawyers who don’t practice personal injury law often need assistance on personal injury cases from lawyers who understand the intricacies of that field. And when county seat lawyers need assistance, they want a legal partner who understands the nuances of small community sensibility. Fortunately, Indiana lawyers don’t have to search long, because Parr Richey Frandsen Patterson Kruse LLP checks both boxes.
“Our personal injury practice started in smaller towns and smaller communities, so we understand local values,” says Paul Kruse, partner. The firm has established a reputation for being an aggressive defender of injury victims’ rights, representing people throughout Indiana. Kruse and Tony Patterson, with a combined 55 years of experience, lead the firm’s personal injury practice.
Kruse believes the firm’s “culture of trying cases” reassures referring lawyers that the firm will do whatever is necessary for each client.
“If you have the mentality that you will take the case to trial if your client receives an unfair settlement offer, you are in a better position to get the best result for them,” says Tony Patterson, partner.
With offices in Indianapolis and Lebanon, the firm assists residents of Indiana and the Midwest with a wide array of injury cases. Whether handling serious personal injury and wrongful death claims or representation for a product defect, Parr Richey works diligently to assist referring lawyers and their clients. This legal collaboration was highlighted when Parr Richey took the liaison role for attorneys representing victims in the Indiana State Fair Sugarland stage collapse case, in which seven people were killed and over 50 others were injured. The victims collectively received over $50,000,000.
“We’ve been working with lawyers around the state for nearly 50 years,” says John M. McLaughlin, the youngest partner. “We’ve grown those relationships because we’re open to leveraging new ideas.”
Clients and referring lawyers come to them because they expect top-shelf legal representation. In recognition of his trial skills, Kruse serves as an instructor in the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) skills program. He has been recognized by Best Lawyers® for his work in Personal Injury Litigation – Plaintiffs. Patterson has tried numerous cases obtaining significant verdicts, most recently an $18,500,000 jury verdict in a semi truck accident trial for a client referred by another attorney. Patterson has also been recognized by Super Lawyers and has been listed as one of the Top 50 lawyers in Indiana for the last six years.
The firm’s youngest partner, John McLaughlin, is quickly developing his own reputation, recognized by Indiana Super Lawyers as a Rising Star.