sabSHERI BRADTKE MCNEIL
Partner
Crown Point, IN
P: 219.794.1888
F: 219.794.1892
sbmcneil@kopkalaw.com
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Sheri Bradtke McNeil has practiced law since 1996, focusing her practice on complex litigation in both federal and state courts. Her cases involve diverse areas of law including employment disputes, transportation, aviation, municipal defense, premises and general tort liability, as well as construction and fire litigation.  Sheri has had great success defending numerous national auto/transportation insurance companies in cases involving both personal and commercial policies.

Sheri often represents municipalities and major corporations in all facets of civil liability. She has defended numerous governmental/school entities, police departments and police officers in cases involving municipal issues, Title VII claims, false arrest, use of force, and pursuits. Her trial successes feature million dollar demand cases against well-known corporations. Sheri holds the distinction of having defended several of the firm’s largest matters to date.

Sheri has also defended serious cases brought against medical care facilities, airline entities, vendors and contractors. She has a special affection for appellate advocacy and first party fraud claims involving fire, homeowners and auto policies. In addition to representing clients in court, she has been honored to have had the opportunity to speak on topics of interest at seminars or for clients looking to be trained in various aspects of civil rights, litigation and employment law.

Sheri joined the firm in 1997. Since that time, she also served as a public defender on a part-time basis for almost 15 years. Additionally, she spent one year as the Director of Research and Development at DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar, where she regularly attended national legal seminars and authored updates on developing case law of significance to the civil defense bar.

Sheri enjoys the ever-changing landscape of the law and the challenge of learning a new expertise with every unique case. She has developed the reputation of being creative in her approach to each claim. Clients appreciate her personal touches and dedication to keeping them informed and involved.

TRIAL AND CASE HIGHLIGHTS

  • Indiana Sheri tried a case that had a $35,000,000 demand and resulted in a verdict of less than $40,000.  In that case, the plaintiff alleged catastrophic injuries and a permanent inability to hold gainful employment as a result of an accident involving a corporate vehicle.  Sheri uncovered pre-existing related complaints and an unrelated condition that developed which independently rendered the individual unable to perform his job.  The plaintiff’s experts insisted the accident in question solely caused his significant disability and damages.  The jury awarded the plaintiff only $3,000 more than the undisputed medical bills.  University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, J.D
  • Among her other successes, Sheri defended a claim involving in excess of 30 experts and a high profile physical abuse case against a bus company brought by three disabled children which resulted in nominal settlements.
  • Sheri prevailed on appeal in a recent case involving a plaintiff (an employee of a subcontractor roofing company) who filed a complaint alleging that the general contractor was negligent in failing to provide a safe worksite, to establish and implement a safety protocol, to inspect the worksite for hazards and safety code violations, to correct hazards and safety code violations, and to provide safety devices proximately causing plaintiff’s injuries after he fell off a roof and sustained a broken pelvis. Summary Judgment was granted on behalf of the general contractor after the trial court ruled that it did not owe any duty of care to plaintiff under either a contractual or assumption of duty theory. The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed Summary Judgment finding that the designated evidence did not disclose an exception to the general rule that the principal is not responsible for the negligence of an independent contractor

MEMBERSHIPS
Claims & Litigation Management Alliance (CLM)
Defense Research Institute (DRI)

ADMISSIONS
Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals

EDUCATION
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, J.D
University of Notre Dame, B.A., Government and International Relations