Donald M. Snemis is a partner in Ice Miller’s Environmental, Natural Resources and Toxic Tort group.
 
From 1988 through 2013, Don practiced law with Ice Miller LLP and concentrated on litigation, environmental law and product liability. He represented companies, municipalities and citizens in state and federal courts across the country on various business and environmental issues including the cleanup of historical water and soil contamination, accidental releases of contamination, property transfers, leaking underground storage tanks, cost recovery actions, brownfields redevelopment and toxic torts. He also handled numerous complex lawsuits involving business disputes, including cases involving breach of contract, fraud and other types of business disputes.
 
Don has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America and as an “Indiana Super Lawyer.” He holds an “AV-Preeminent” peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell.
 
Don left the Firm and entered public service in 2014. He first served as commissioner of the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles and then as special counsel for the Indiana Family and Social Services Administration. He joined the Indiana Department of Environmental Management (IDEM) as general counsel in June of 2015, and assumed the additional duties of deputy chief of staff a few months later. While at IDEM, Don served as the agency’s chief legal counsel and managed the Office of Legal Counsel, including its 15 staff attorneys. In addition, Don managed the Rules Branch, Office of Criminal Investigations and Office of Records Management.
 
In January of 2017, Don rejoined Ice Miller as a partner in the firm’s Environmental Practice Group.
Reported and Representative Cases
  • Dillon v. Combs, 895 F.2d 1175 (7th Cir. 1990)
  • Loos v. Farmer's Tractor and Implement Company, 738 F.Supp. 323 (S.D. Ind. 1990)
  • Allied Resin Corporation v. Waltz, 574 N.E.2d 913 (Ind. 1991)
  • CSL Utilities, Inc. v. Jennings Water, Inc., 16 F.3d 130 (7th Cir. 1993)
  • Shewmaker v. Etter, 644 N.E.2d 922 (Ind. Ct. App. 1994)
  • Hammes v. Brumley, 659 N.E.2d 1021 (Ind. 1995)
  • Belford v. McHale, Cook & Welch, 648 N.E.2d 1241 (Ind. Ct. App. 1995) In re Commercial Explosives Litigation, 1996 WL 795270 (D. Utah 1996) Holtz v. Hilliard, 1 F.Supp.2d 887 (S.D. Ind. 1998)
  • Lenhardt Tool & Die Company, Inc. v. Lumpe, 722 N.E.2d 824 (Ind. 2000)
  • Zurich­American Ins. Group v. Wynkoop, 746 N.E.2d 985 (Ind. Ct. App. 2001)
  • United Consulting Engineers v. Board of Commissioners of Hancock  County,
  • 810 N.E.2d 351 (Ind. Ct. App. 2004)
  • Energy Plus Consulting, LLC v. Illinois Fuel Company, LLC and Appalachian Fuels, LLC, 371 F.3d 907 (7th Cir. 2004)
  • RWJ Companies, Inc. v. Equilon Enterprises, LLC, 2005 WL 3544295 (S.D. Ind. 2005)
  • Moran Foods, Inc. v. Mid­Atlantic Market Development Co., LLC, 2005 WL 2136363 (N.D. Ind. 2005), reversed by 476 F.3d 436 (7th Cir. 2007)
  • Hartford Fire Ins. Co. v. Guide Corp., 2005 WL 675406 (S.D. Ind. 2005)
  • Al Perry Enterprises, Inc. v. Appalachian Fuels, LLC, 2006 WL 3138720 (E.D. Ky. 2006), affirmed by 503 F.3d 538 (6th Cir. 2007)
  • Riehle v. JDM Infrastructure, LLC, 2006 WL 1043991 (N.D. Ind. 2006)
  • Moran Foods, Inc. v. Mid­Atlantic Market Development Co., LLC, 2007 WL 1662668 (N.D. Ind. 2007)
  • Illiana Surgery and Medical Center LLC v. Harford Fire Ins. Co., 2008 WL 4976211 (N.D. Ind. 2008)
  • Illiana Surgery and Medical Center LLC v. Harford Fire Ins. Co., 2008 WL 2622803 (N.D. Ind. 2008)
  • McManaway v. KBR, Inc., 2009 WL 807641 (S.D. Ind. 2009)
  • McManaway v. KBR, Inc., 2009 WL 724599 (S.D. Ind. 2009)
  • Illiana Surgery & Med. Ctr. LLC v. Hartford Fire Ins. Co., 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 122827 (N.D. Ind. 2010)
  • Illiana Surgery & Med. Ctr. LLC v. Hartford Fire Ins. Co., 2011 U.S. Dist LEXIS 26167 (N.D. Ind. 2011)
  • Illiana Surgery & Med. Ctr. LLC v. Hartford Fire Ins. Co., 2011 U.S. Dist LEXIS 26169 (N.D. Ind. 2011)
  • Illiana Surgery & Med. Ctr. LLC v. Hartford Fire Ins. Co., 2011 U.S. Dist LEXIS 99322 (N.D. Ind. 2011)
  • Illiana Surgery & Med. Ctr. LLC v. Hartford Fire Ins. Co., 2011 U.S. Dist LEXIS 99330 (N.D. Ind. 2011)
  • Smith Barney v. StoneMor Operating, LLC, 953 N.E.2d 554 (Ind. Ct. App. 2011), clarified on reconsideration by 959 N.E.2d 309 (Ind. Ct. App. 2011), transferred denied, 967 N.E.2d 1036 (Ind. 2012), cert. denied 133 S.Ct. 758
  • (2012)
  • Goldberg v. Farno, 953 N.E.2d 1244 (Ind. Ct. App. 2011)
  • Farno v. Ansure Mortuaries of Indiana, LLC, 953 N.E.2d 1253 (Ind. Ct. App. 2011)
  • Illiana Surgery & Med. Ctr. LLC v. Hartford Fire Ins. Co., 2012 U.S. Dist LEXIS 30128 (N.D. Ind. 2012)
  • Illiana Surgery & Med. Ctr. LLC v. Hartford Fire Ins. Co., 2012 U.S. Dist LEXIS 112015 (N.D. Ind. 2012)
  • Illiana Surgery & Med. Ctr. LLC v. Hartford Fire Ins. Co., 2012 U.S. Dist LEXIS 133899 (N.D. Ind. 2012)
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