Brent Huber is a partner in the Firm's Indianapolis office.  His primary areas of practice are insurance coverage, risk management, environmental law, cost recovery litigation, toxic torts, and other complex litigation.  He founded the Firm's insurance recovery practice group for policyholders.  He has tried cases in state and federal court, and also helps clients achieve their objectives outside the courtroom, counseling clients about risk management, cost recovery, indemnity, and risk transfer tools. 

In addition to representing parties in the state and federal courts in Indiana, Brent has represented clients in litigated matters on a pro hac vice basis in Alabama, Florida, Illinois, Michigan, North Carolina, Nebraska, New York and Ohio.

He is originally from Francesville, Indiana, and received his Bachelor of Science, with distinction, from Purdue University. He graduated cum laude from Indiana University Maurer School of Law, where he served as an articles editor of the Indiana Law Journal and was a Sherman Minton Moot Court semifinalist and recipient of the Sherman Minton Moot Court "Best Brief" award. He also authored a note titled, "Target Corporations, Hostile Horizontal Takeovers and Antitrust Injury Under Section 16 of the Clayton Act After Cargill," 66 Ind. L.J. 625, 1991.

Brent is a frequent speaker at seminars on insurance coverage and civil litigation in federal court. Brent has authored several articles and publications regarding civil procedure, insurance coverage and environmental law. He has taught sessions on the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act, the Hazardous Materials Transportation Act, and the Comprehensive Environmental Response, Compensation and Liability Act in a graduate level course at Purdue University.

Brent's hobbies and interests include spending time with his wife and two children, sports cars, basketball, working out, and theology and church history.

He has been a member of the Indiana Bar since 1991.
Reported and Representative Cases
  • Hired to assist the Ohio Development Services Agency pursue cost recovery and reimbursement in Brownfields projects
  • In the matter of: Objection to the Denial of Application to Voluntary Remediation Program for IDEM State Clean-up, site #201232030, Plymate, Inc., Shelbyville, Shelby County, Indiana, Cause No. 14-S-J-4696, Before the Indiana Office of Environmental Adjudication (State lacked grounds for denying application to VRP because "special notice letter" was not substantially equivalent to special notice letter issued under 42 U.S.C. § 9622(e)) (October 30, 2014)
  • Philadelphia Indemnity Ins. Co. v. WE Pebble Point, 2014 WL 4390944 (Sept. 3, 2014) (dismissal in policyholder's favor because property insurer failed to participate in requested appraisal)
  • McDonald v. Wright-Way, Cause No. 33C01-1106-CT-0021, slip op. (Henry Co. Cir. Ct. Aug. 28, 2012) (obtained $285,000 attorneys' fee judgment under Indiana's Environmental Legal Action Statute for displaced homeowners against fuel oil company liable for wrongful delivery)
  • City of Indianapolis v. Ertel Mfg. Corp., Cause No. 49F12-0807-PL-033638, slip op. (Marion Co. Sup. Ct. Aug. 20, 2009) (successfully obtained liability judgment under Indiana's Environmental Legal Action Statute against defendant corporation for historic operations)
  • Cooper Industries v. City of South Bend, 899 N.E.2d 1274 (Ind. 2009)(statute of limitations applicable to claims under Indiana's Environmental Legal Action statute)
  • Travelers Casualty and Surety Co. v. United States Filter Corp., 895 N.E.2d 1172 (Ind. 2008) (liability insurance coverage rights for reported liabilities may be assigned despite insurer's consent to assignment clause)
  • Pflanz v. Foster, 888 N.E.2d 756 (Ind. 2008)(statute of limitations for claims under Indiana's Underground Storage Tank Act)
  • Irving Materials, Inc. v. Zurich American Ins., 2007 WL 1035098 (S.D. Ind. 2007) (coverage for liabilities arising out of defective coarse aggregate incorporated into concrete at 592 sites in Kentucky)
  • Westfield Ins. v. Sheehan Constr., 575 F. Supp.2d 956 (S.D. Ind. 2006) (insurer may not litigate duty to indemnify over insured's objections when underlying liability case has not yet been resolved)
  • Allgood v. Meridian Security Ins., 836 N.E.2d 243 (Ind. 2005) (no coverage for "diminished value" under collision coverage part of auto policy)
  • Dunn v. Meridian Mutual Ins., 836 N.E.2d 249 (Ind. 2005) (reversal of order dismissing claim for diminished value by uninsured motorist under Tennessee law)
  • Hartford Fire Ins. v. Guide Corporation et al., Case No. IP 01-572-C-Y/F (S.D. Ind. 2005), Mealey's Litigation Report, Vol. 19, Issue No. 20, pp. 5 - 6 (March 22, 2005) (fines and penalties recoverable under liability policies if management not responsible)
  • Hartford Fire v. Guide Corp., 2005 WL 675406 (S.D. Ind. Feb. 14, 2005) (summary judgment in Guide's favor on notice and cooperation issues)
  • Hartford Fire Ins. v. Guide Corp., 206 F.R.D. 249 (S.D. Ind. 2001)
  • Spangler, Jennings & Dougherty v. Indiana Ins., 729 N.E.2d 117 (Ind. 2000)
  • McFarland Foods Corp., et al. v. Chevron U.S.A., Inc., et al., 2000 WL 684265 (S.D. Ind. 2000) (Judge Hamilton)
  • Spolnik v. Guardian Life, 94 F. Supp. 2d 998 (S.D. Ind. 2000) (Judge Tinder)
  • United States Auto Club v. Smith, 717 N.E.2d 919 (Ind. Ct. App. 1999), trans. denied
  • Sans v. Monticello Ins., 718 N.E.2d 814 (Ind. Ct. App. 1999), trans. denied
  • K&S Co., et al. v. Sexton Investment Co., et al., 1999 WL 92284 (S.D.N.Y.) (Judge Koeltl)
  • McGlothlin v. M&U Trucking, 688 N.E.2d 1243 (Ind. 1997)
  • Wolf v. Kajima, Int'l, 629 N.E.2d 1237 (Ind. 1994)
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Speaking Engagements
  • Panelist and speaker, "Resolving Multi-Party Environmental Coverage Claims," Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, CLE Seminar, Tucson, Arizona, March 3, 2017
  • Moderator, 2016 Ports of Indiana Logistics Summit, Indiana Convention Center, November 16-17, 2016
  • Panelist, "The Appraisal Clause in Property Policies, a Sword and a Shield," Section of Litigation, 2016 Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar, American Bar Association, March 5, 2016, Tucson, Arizona
  • Speaker, "Getting the Most Bang for Your Insurance Buck," Ice Miller CLE Forum for In-House Counsel, Columbus, Ohio - Dec. 1, 2015
  • Speaker, “Environmental Insurance Coverage Update: The “Known Loss” Defense,” Indianapolis Bar Association Continuing Legal Education, Monday, November 2, 2015, Indy Bar Education Center, 135 North Pennsylvania Street, Suite 1500, Indianapolis, IN
  • Moderator, 2015 Indiana Logistics Summit, Indiana Convention Center, September 21-22, 2015
  • Speaker, "Municipalities Are Policyholders Too:  A Review of Unique Insurance Coverage Issues Faced by Cities and Towns", Section of Litigation, 2015 Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee CLE Seminar, American Bar Association, March 7, 2015, Tucson, Arizona
  • Speaker, "Responding to a Cyber Attack" and " Insuring Cyber-Risk", Cyber-Security Seminar, Indiana Chamber of Commerce, February 4, 2015, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Moderator, 2014 Indiana Logistics Summit, Indiana Convention Center, "Solving the National Transportation Crisis," October 7-8, 2014
  • Speaker, "Solving the Brownfields Problem," Indiana Municipal Lawyers Association Seminar, June 26, 2014, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Moderator, 2013 Indiana Logistics Summit, Indiana Convention Center, October 9, 2013
  • Moderator, 2012 Indiana Logistics Summit, Indiana Convention Center, Oct. 17, 2012
  • Speaker and panelist - "Liability Insurance and Environmental Cost Recovery Claims in Indiana," Spring Technical Meeting, Indiana Chapter of the Air & Waste Management Association, April 12, 2012
  • "Recent Indiana Decisions that Impact Your Environmental Practice," Environmental Section, Indianapolis Bar Association, Sept. 18, 2008
  • Panelist, "Vapor Intrusion Costs In Environmental Insurance Coverage Cases: Is There Coverage or Just Hot Air?" Section of Litigation, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, American Bar Association, March 1, 2008
  • Panelist, "Bad Faith Coverage Litigation: The Insurer's Covenant of Good Faith and Fair Dealing in Coverage Litigation with its Policyholder," Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, American Bar Association Mid-Year Meeting, Feb. 18, 2006
  • Panelist, "Why do Insurers Sue Each Other and What Happens When They Do? Inter-carrier Disputes, Theory and Practice," Tort Trial and Insurance Practice Section, Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee, American Bar Association Annual Meeting, Aug. 6, 2005 (presentation regarding Federated Rural Electric Insurance Exchange v. National Farmers Union, 805 N.E.2d 456 [Ind. Ct. App. 2004], vacated)
  • "Finding Coverage, Avoiding Coverage and Acting as 'Cumis' Counsel," Lorman Education Services, April 12, 2005
  • "Audits and Privileges: How to Protect Sensitive Reports," Cornerstone Environmental, April 24, 2003
  • "Insurance Coverage for Environmental Claims: How to Protect Your Rights," Keramida Environmental, April 11, 2003
  • "Litigating Insurance Coverage Disputes in Indiana," Lorman Education Services, Feb. 12, 2003
  • "Federal Civil Litigation in Indiana," Lorman Education Services, July 11, 2001
  • "Federal Civil Litigation in Indiana," Lorman Education Services, June 9, 2000
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