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 a former practicing architect and an attorney. Ms. Ringle has 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-Present
  • 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 – est. 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)