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Jeff Nickloy



Jeff Nickloy
Senior Partner


Jeff Nickloy was admitted to the bar in Indiana in 1973. Born in Toledo, Ohio, Mr. Nickloy graduated from Wabash College, cum laude, with a B.A. degree and received his law degree from Duke University. Martindale-Hubbell Law Directory recognizes him with its highest rating. Before joining a firm, Mr. Nickloy served for three years as a legal (JAG) officer in the United States Navy.

Mr. Nickloy has been a frequent faculty member at professional meetings and seminars dealing with legal ethics, business and employment law and has written numerous published papers and articles on these topics. Mr. Nickloy has served as Chairman of the Indiana State Bar Association’s organizations dealing with legal ethics (Chair 1999-2001), employment law (Chair, 2001-2003) and business law (2006-2008). In 2006, Mr. Nickloy was named Chair of the Special Committee on Lawyer Advertising created by the Indiana State Bar Association to re-write lawyer advertising rules and continues to chair that committee. He has twice been awarded Presidential Citations by the Indiana State Bar Association for his work on legal ethics.

Mr. Nickloy’s practice focuses on corporate law, business law and transactions, employment law, civil litigation and legal ethics. He regularly represents clients in both federal and state courts and before administrative agencies. His clients include businesses and individuals, including lawyers and law firms. He is a prior president of both the Carmel and Fishers Indiana Chambers of Commerce and the Hamilton County Bar Association and a current member of the Indiana State Bar Association Standing Committees on Legal Ethics and Lawyer Advertising.

Practice Areas: Corporate law, Business Law and Transactions, Employment Law, Business Litigation, Civil Litigation and Legal Ethics and Personal Injury

Bar/Court Admissions:

  • Federal – United States District Court – Southern District of Indiana
  • State – Indiana
  • Year Admitted to Practice Law: 1973


  • Wabash College (A.B., cum laude, 1970)
  • Duke University (J.D., 1973)

Distinctions and Honors:

  • AV® Peer Review Rating in Martindale-Hubbell
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  • "Leaving the Practice of Law: Exit Strategies," Hamilton County Bar Association, Noblesville, Indiana (August 30, 2017) (co-presenter)
  • “Legal Ethics in a Business Practice,” Advanced Business Law ICLEF Masters Series, French Lick, Indiana (July, 2016) (co-presenter)
  • “Professional Retirement Planning: Sell, Retire, Or…Closing or Selling a Law Practice,” Evansville Bar Association, Evansville, Indiana (April 8, 2016)
  • “Selling or Closing Your Firm – Making the Right Financial, Ethical and Liability Decisions,” panelist, Indiana State Bar Association CLE, French Lick, Indiana (October, 2015)
  • “Ethical Considerations When Representing Military Personnel,” Indiana State Bar Association, “Lawyers for Soldiers” CLE, Indianapolis, Indiana (September, 2015) (co-presenter)
  • “Sale of a Solo Practice,” Indiana State Bar Association, Senior Lawyers Section CLE, Conner Prairie, Noblesville, Indiana (August, 2015)
  • “Drafting Customer Agreements,” Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF) Seminar, Indianapolis, Indiana (March, 2013)
  • “How to Understand and Analyze Financial Statements: What Lawyers Need to Know”, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF) Seminar, Indianapolis, Indiana (May, 2010)
  • “Ten Rules of Ethics Every Business Lawyer Should Know,” Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF) Seminar, Indianapolis, Indiana (December 19, 2008)
  • “Disqualification of Corporate Counsel,” Indianapolis Bar Association Seminar, Indianapolis, Indiana (November 19, 2008)
  • “Non-Competition and Other Employment Agreements,” ICLEF Seminar, Indianapolis, Indiana (December 13-14, 2007)
  • “Ethical Exits From the Firm – When a Lawyer Leaves the Firm and Continues in Private Practice,” Legal Ethics Seminar, French Lick, Indiana (October 11, 2007)
  • “New Advertising Rules,” 2007 Solo and Small Firm Conference (June 2, 2007)
  • “Basic Business Agreements: Leases, Insurance and Employment Contracts,” ICLEF Seminar, Indianapolis, Indiana (July 26, 2004)
  • “Legal Duties of Owners in a Business Setting,” ICLEF Seminar, Indianapolis, Indiana (June 4, 2004)
  • “Attorney Ethics in a Modern Business Practice,” Indiana CPA Society Tax Institute, Indianapolis, Indiana (December 13, 2003)
  • “Buy-Sell Agreements: Issues of Design and Ethics,” ICLEF Seminar, Indianapolis, Indiana (December 2, 2003)
  • “Disqualification of Counsel in an Employment Law Dispute,” Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) Employment and Labor Law Section Seminar, Indianapolis, Indiana (October 24, 2003)
  • “Recent Developments in Legal Ethics,” ISBA Applied Professionalism Course for Newly Admitted Lawyers, Indianapolis, Indiana (November 21, 2000)
  • “Employment Law Seminar,” Fishers Chamber of Commerce, Fishers, Indiana (September 22, 1997)
  • “The Plaintiff’s Case: Representing Victims of Sexual Harassment,” National Education Network Seminar, Indianapolis, Indiana (November 9, 1994)


  • Hamilton County Business, “Protecting Your Competitive Edge: Trade Secrets,” February 2002
  • Hamilton County Business, “Non-Compete Covenants Essential to Business,” July 2001
  • Res Gestae, “Handling Employee Records – A Brief Guide,” February 1996
  • Res Gestae, “Non-Competition Clauses in Employment Contracts,” August 1983

Published Cases:

  • Hilliard v. Jacobs, 874 N.E.2d 1060 (Ind. Ct. App. 2007)
  • Jacobs v. Hillard, 829 N.E.2d 629 (Ind. Ct. App. 2005)
  • Gen-Cor, LLC v. Buckeye Corrugated, Inc., 111 F.Supp. 2d 1049 (S.D. Ind. 2000)
  • Xpert Automation Systems, Corp. v. Vibromatic Co., Inc., 569 N.E.2d 351 (Ind. Ct. App. 1991)
  • Vibromatic Co., Inc. v. Xpert Automation Systems Corp., 540 N.E.2d 659 (Ind Ct. App. 1989)

Published Opinions:

  • Indiana State Bar Association Standing Committee on Legal Ethics
  • Co-Author, Formal Opinion 3 of 2015; “Depositing Flat Fees into the Trust Account,” Res Gestae, September 2015
  • Author, Formal Opinion 2 of 2008; “Ex Parte Communications in Business Law Matters,” Res Gestae, September 2008
  • Author, Formal Opinion 2 of 2004; “Conflicts of Interest – Former Judges,” Res Gestae, October 2004
  • Author, Formal Opinion 1 of 2003; “Direct Notice to Represented Parties,” Res Gestae, May 2003
  • Author, Formal Opinion 1 of 2001; “Multi-Disciplinary Practice,” Res Gestae, June 2001
  • Author, Formal Opinion 1 of 1998; “Partnership – Non-Competition Clauses,” Res Gestae, February 1998

Professional and Civic Associations:

  • Kiwanis Club of Westfield Indiana
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Hamilton County Bar Association (President, 1990-1992)
  • Fishers Chamber of Commerce (President, 1997)
  • Carmel Chamber of Commerce (President, 1991)
  • Hamilton County SERTOMA Club (President, 1981-1982)
  • Riverview Hospital Foundation (Director and Member, Finance Committee)

United States Navy, 1973-1977