TMRTheresa M. Ringle
Senior Attorney
Indianapolis, IN
P: 317.818.1360
F: 317.818.1390
tmringle@kopkalaw.com
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Theresa M. Ringle is an attorney and a former practicing architect with over twenty years of combined experience. As an attorney, Ms. Ringle possesses substantial experience working on a variety of complex insurance, risk management and litigation matters (including jury trial and bench trial verdicts). Although primarily a litigator with a focus on construction law and insurance coverage matters, Ms. Ringle’s experience has touched on a variety of areas ranging from failed business transactions and acquisitions, mortgage fraud, director/officer claims, shareholder/ownership disputes, environmental contamination claims, products liability matters, securities claims, employment discrimination claims, breach of warranty disputes, UCC related claims, and the defense administrative appeals involving special education disputes pending in district courts. Ms. Ringle is also listed on the roster of construction law arbitrators for the American Arbitration Association.

Ms. Ringle’s construction law practice includes contract drafting and negotiation, litigation and general construction law counsel services for individuals serving as in-house or general counsel for various entities, as well services for contractors, designers, private owners, public entities, insurance carriers, bond companies, and other law firms. Ms. Ringle’s practice also includes services related to green building, risk management, professional liability and commercial general liability insurance topics, as well as the prosecution and defense of professional errors and omissions claims involving architects, engineers or construction managers. Ms. Ringle also has experience with defective workmanship claims; concealed, differing site condition and extra work claims; delay and impact claims; surety bond disputes; payment claims; mold litigation; public bidding disputes; building code violations; contractor default issues; takeover agreement negotiations; development impact fee and plat approval matters; mechanic’s liens; environmental contamination claims; breach of warranty and UCC claims and other construction, and real estate and other design related disputes.

LICENSES
Registered Architect in Indiana, 1996 (Certificate 9600159, presently inactive)

MEMBERSHIPS
American Arbitration Association Arbitrator, 2007-Present

American Bar Association member, 2000-Present

  • Minority/Woman fellowship recipient, 2011
  • Forum on the Construction Industry, member, 2000-Present, Division 3 steering committee, 2012-Present
  • Construction Litigation Subcommittee on Design Professional Liability, co-chair, 2010-2012

ALFA International (Global Legal Network) Construction Practice Group, member, 2007-2009
American Institute of Architects, individual member, 1993-1997, allied member, 2010-2012
The Jefferson Society, Inc., organized to establish a forum for architect lawyers, member 2012-Present
Indiana State Bar Association & Indianapolis Bar Association, member 2000-Present

  • Diversity Task Force member, 2007-2010, Women and Law Division executive committee, 2010-2014
  • Bar Leader Series Class IV, 2008

Indianapolis Bar Association, member, 2000-Present
National Institute for Trial Advocacy, member, 2000-2009
Indianapolis Women in Architecture, co-chair, 1996

BAR ADMISSIONS
Indiana

EDUCATION
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, J.D.
Ball State University College of Architecture, B. Arch. and B.S. Env. Design

PUBLICATIONS AND SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS

Ms. Ringle is also a frequent author, speaker, or panel moderator on various construction and insurance coverage related issues including:

  • Green Building and the Construction Lawyer – Energy and Water Performance Chapter Co-Author (ABA Book – Oct. 2014)
  • Construction Subcontracting: A Comprehensive Practical and Legal Guide – Design Contracts and Design Issues Chapter Co-Author (ABA Book 2014)
  • Who Holds the Bag? Risk and Liability in Design Firm Mergers and Acquisitions (Oct. 2013); ABA CLE Metcalf Construction v. U.S.: How the Duty of Independent Site Investigation Negated Owner’s Duty to Pay (July 2013
  • The Increasing Trend of Specifications Leading to Risky Performance Guarantees (February 2013)
  • ABA CLE Construction Statutes of Limitation and Repose: Crumbling Under Legislation and Immunity (January 2013)
  • My Design-Build Concept is Creative! Can The Owner Direct The Successful Design-Build Team To Use It? (October 2012)
  • The Crumbling Statute of Repose? (June 2012)
  • Construction Law Viewpoint; Under Construction Vol. 14 No. 3: Minnesota Determines That Victim Compensation Fund Legislation May Be Used To Revive Claims Barred By The Statute Of Repose (Sept. 2012)
  • Legal Issues for Professional Engineers; the Law of Engineering Malpractice; Professional Liability Insurance for Engineers; Professional Conduct of Engineers (2011, 2012)
  • Fifty State Compendium of Construction Law Issues – Indiana Chapter (Chapter Co-Author, 2008, 2009)
  • Green Building Construction: A Practical Guide to Transactional and Litigation Issues (Chapter Co-Author, 2014)

EXAMPLES OF SUCCESS STORIES

  • Provided contract review and modification services for a designer that helped remove significant risks outside of the scope of typical professional liability coverage.
  • Resolved complex insurance coverage dispute triggering the appointment of Cumis counsel in response to insurer’s reservation of rights as to its indemnity obligations in the underlying litigation.
  • Defended public entity in parallel proceeding pending in the federal district court and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Prepared al legal briefs that successfully prompted the plaintiff’s global settlement of all litigation for 10% of the plaintiff’s last demand at mediation.
  • Represented regional design firm faced with potential negligence and malpractice claims and advised the client regarding interpretation of its professional malpractice and commercial general liability insurance policies. Legal advice enabled the client to amicably resolve potential claim issues prior to litigation and avoid potential liability for construction delays.
  • Represented public entity in the prosecuting and successful settlement of claims against the project participants including claims that the HVAC system design failed to comply with the applicable standard of care.
  • Represented national commercial real estate management company in litigation asserting third-party beneficiary breach of contract claims against a subcontractor for a defectively installed roof. Negotiated successful settlement after early disclosure of the client’s expert witness report and prior to incurring costs to litigate.
  • Represented multiple defendants in the United States Federal District Court and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in a commercial dispute involving a credit default swap as part of a $120 million financing transaction.
  • Defended a national engineering firm and one of its professional engineers in litigation asserting that personal injuries were caused by the defendants’ negligent design and their failure to comply with the applicable standard of care. Litigation was resolved favorable to client.
  • Represented private property owner with defective product and construction claims against the project’s contractor and product manufacturer. Negotiated successful settlement including monetary payment and the replacement of the defectively manufactured product and construction prior to initiating formal litigation.
  • Successfully defended taxpayer’s preliminary injunction claims seeking to enjoin school corporation client’s award of public works project to low bidder based on allegations that the project’s plans and specifications unfairly prohibited competition and allegations that the low bid was unresponsive.
  • Successfully defended client in United States Federal District Court in litigation seeking injunctive relief and damages. Injunctive relief was denied and the litigation was settled in the client’s favor.
  • Served as lead litigation counsel in a matter of upholding a favorable underlying administrative hearing decision appealed to the United States Federal District Court after a bench trial on plaintiff’s additional evidence.  Service as lead counsel continued in the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.  The Seventh Circuit issued a ruling in the client’s favor finding that the plaintiff’s claims were rendered moot as a result of the plaintiff’s actions pending appeal and the plaintiff’s failure to properly plead her damages claim.