Christina Fugate is a partner in the Firm’s litigation group, providing risk management and litigation services for a wide range of commercial matters and clients.  Christina has represented companies and individuals in several types of litigation involving franchise disputes, product liability claims, real estate matters, securities litigation, bankruptcy and creditor’s rights issues, and general competitive business litigation. 
Christina’s franchising and distribution practice provides clients with counseling and litigation services, from initial negotiation of the franchise relationship through dispute resolution. Christina has represented franchisors and franchisees in a variety of commercial disputes including breach of contract claims, vicarious liability claims, collection issues, trademark claims, and trade secret claims.  On the transactional side, Christina has helped a number of clients negotiate, purchase and implement franchises.  Christina is an active member of the ABA Forum on Franchise.  She has written several articles for the ABA Franchise Journal and was a speaker at the ABA Forum on Franchise's annual meeting in October 2015.
Additionally, Christina has extensive experience defending manufacturers, distributors, and retailers against product liability, warranty, and indemnification claims.  Christina has represented global and regional manufacturers in numerous state and federal courts.  In doing so, Christina has defended a variety of products including industrial machinery and agricultural equipment.
Originally from Kiel, Wisconsin, Christina earned her Bachelors of Science, magna cum laude, from Butler University in 2004.  Christina received her juris doctorate, cum laude, from Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis.  While in law school, Christina was an editor for the Indiana International and Comparative Law Review.
Outside of Ice Miller, Christina is a very active member of the Butler University Alumni Association.  She currently serves as the President of the Central Indiana Alumni Chapter and is the former President of the Young Alumni Board of Directors.  In May 2014, Christina received the Joseph Irwin Sweeney Alumni Service Award for her commitment and outstanding service to Butler University.
Reported and Representative Cases
  • Pearman v. Jackson, 25 N.E.3d 772 (Ind. Ct. App. 2015)
  • Chupp v. Wyndham Vacation Ownership, Inc., 990 N.E.2d 993 (Ind. Ct. App. 2013)
  • USIC Locating Servs. v. One Call Locators, Ltd., 2013 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 29031 (S.D. Ind. Mar. 1, 2013)
  • Throgmartin v. Gregg Appliances, Inc., 969 N.E.2d 633 (Ind. Ct. App. 2012)
  • Sonnenberg v. A.N. Real Estate Servs., 944 N.E.2d 993 (Ind. Ct. App. 2011)
Published In
  • Co-Authored (with Art Kaufman, Peter Silverman), “Stop the Bleeding:  Affirmative Injunctive Relief and Other Non-Traditional Remedies” (Winter 2015)
  • Co-Authored Article, "Specific Performance: A Maverick Remedy Post E-Bay and Winter," ABA Franchise Law Journal, 34, 2 (Fall 2014)
  • Co-Authored, 2012 Indiana Section, in Covenants Against Competition in Franchise Agreements, 3rd Ed.: Indiana, 2012 A.B.A. FORUM ON FRANCHISING (2012)
  • Co-Authored, 2011 Supplement in Indiana Section, in FRANCHISE DESK BOOK SECOND EDITION (W. Michael Garner ed., 2012)
  • Co-Authored, "Survey of Daubert Challenges in the Context of Franchise Liability Experts" ABA Forum on Franchising, 17, 23 (Summer 2010)
  • Assisted With the Article, "Survey of Recent Developments in Indiana Product Liability Law," Indiana L. Rev. 2009
  • Assisted With, "Attorney's Guide to Commercial Evictions," National Business Institute, 2009
  • "SEC Charges Three Investment Advisory Firms with False Filings to Avoid State Registration", 2015
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