Judy Okenfuss is a Managing Partner of Ice Miller who practices in the Firm's Litigation and Intellectual Property Group. Judy focuses her practice in defending manufacturers, distributers, and retailers against all types of litigation, including class actions, traditional product liability matters, warranty cases, and indemnification claims. She also works with companies before litigation occurs to help them transfer risk through appropriate contracts and insurance.

Judy has defended cases in product liability, warranty and class actions in more than 30 jurisdictions around the United States. She has defended companies in a variety of national class actions and multi-district litigation cases, including cases relating to Bisphenol-A in baby bottles; lead in children's products, including wooden trains; Medicaid benefits; insurance; medical devices; and other consumer products.

She has broad experience in the representation of manufacturers, distributors and retailers including work beyond the traditional product liability cases. Judy also represents these companies in warranty matters; corporate/asset acquisition issues; gray market goods, supplier and distributor issues; recalls; and multi district litigation, among other things. Frequently, Judy calls upon her engineering degree and work experience in her defense of these cases.

As part of her risk management work, Judy believes in the education of corporate employees. She regularly presents seminars related to risk management in-house to various companies and trade associations such as the Manufacturers Association for Plastic Processors and the Indiana Manufacturer's Association. She has a wealth of knowledge pertaining to crisis and risk management for companies to utilize. Judy leads national and regional early case investigation and assessment efforts by various companies.

Judy graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., with a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. Upon graduation, she was employed by Dow Corning Corporation as a technical service and development engineer where she developed products for use in the aerospace industry. Following Dow Corning, she was employed as a materials and process engineer at McDonnell Douglas Corporation where she participated in the development of advanced fighter aircraft.

She then earned her juris doctorate from Washington University in 1991, where she graduated Order of the Coif. Currently, she serves on the National Council for the Washington University School of Law. She is admitted to practice law in the state of Indiana.
Reported and Representative Cases
  • Coffey v. Xerox Corp., WL 2338550 (S.D. Ind. 2015)
  • Fritzinger v. Angie's List, Inc., WL 4680898 (S.D. Ind. 2014)
  • Fritzinger v. Angie's List, Inc., WL 772864 (S.D. Ind. 2013)
  • Bowman v. International Business Mach. Corp., WL 1857192 (S.D. Ind. 2013)
  • Fritzinger v. Angie's List, Inc., WL 5701456 (S.D. Ind. 2013)
  • Bowman v. International Business Mach. Corp., WL 5285919 (S.D. Ind. 2012)
  • Bowman v. International Business Mach. Corp., WL 6596933 (S.D. Ind. 2012)
  • HDNet LLC v. North American Boxing Council, 972 N.E.2d 920; 2012 Ind. App. LEXIS 382
  • In re Bisphenol-A (BPA) Polycarbonate Plastics Product Liability Litigation,276 F.R.D. 336 (W.D. Mo. 2011)
  • In re Bisphenol-A (BPA) Polycarbonate Plastics Product Liability Litigation,687 F.Supp.2d 897 (W.D. Mo. 2009)
  • Ramos v. Playtex Products, Inc. et al., WL 4066250 (N.D.Ill. 2008)
  • In re Shoulder Pain Pump-Chondrolysis Products Liability Litigation, WL 3820706 (J.P.M.L., 2008)
  • In re RC2 Corp. Toy Lead Paint Products Liability Litigation, WL 548772 (N.D.Ill. 2008)
  • In re RC2 Corp. Toy Lead Paint Products Liability Litigation, 528 F.Supp. 2d 1374 (2007)
  • Danielewicz v. CLASS KGaA mbH, WL 23350121 (W.D.N.Y., 2003)
  • R.L. McCoy, Inc. v. Jack, WL 1721791 (Ind., 2002)
  • R.L. McCoy, Inc. v. Jack, WL 771717 (Ind., 2001)
  • Gagne v. Trustees of Indiana University, WL 102938 (Ind.App., 1998)
  • Gulley v. Winter, WL 661806 (Ind.App., 1997)
  • Sears v. Blubaugh, WL 158499 (Ind.App., 1993)
Firm Publications
Published In
  • "State-Of-The-Art Defense And The Internet Of Things," published in Law360, August 2, 2016
  • Adam Arceneaux, Judy Okenfuss & Ryan Poor, Crisis Management: Preparing for the Unexpected (2012).
  • Judy Okenfuss, Agritourism Providers: New Steps to Protect Yourself from Liability (2011).
  • Judy Okenfuss & Julianna Plawecki, Emerging Trends In Class Action Lawsuits Against Food Manufacturers (2011).
  • Judy Okenfuss & Julianna Plawecki, 2011 Brings Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice to Food Companies Defending Class Actions (2011). 
  • Judy Okenfuss & Jenny Buchheit, Food Safety Accountability Act: Additional Consequences for Knowingly Violating Prohibitions (2010).
  • Judy Okenfuss & Drew Miroff, Managing Risks Through Releases (2010).
  • Judy Okenfuss & Jenny Buchheit, Food Safety Modernization Act Passed in Senate (2010).
  • Judy Okenfuss, Current Update on Bisphenol-A Cases (2009).
  • Drew Miroff & Judy Okenfuss, Planning for the Next Tremor: Risk Management Steps to Consider for Protecting Your Business (2008).
  • Judy Okenfuss, Protecting Yourself from Legal Malpractice Claims , NAT'L BUS. INST. (2006).
  • Judy Okenfuss, Attorney Client Privilege and the Work-Product Doctrine ,, NAT'L BUS. INST. (2006).
  • Judy Okenfuss, Managing Attorney-Client Privilege, Confidentiality and Work-Product Doctrine in Indiana: The Attorney-Client Privilege , NAT'L BUS. INST. (2004).
  • Judy Okenfuss, Practical Legal Ethics in Indiana: Issues and Answers: Planning Ahead to Avoid Legal Malpractice, NAT'L BUS. INST. (2003).
  • Cory Brundage & Judy Okenfuss, To The Rescue: Successful Defenses to Design Based Lawsuits, INNOVATION (2001).
  • Cory Brundage & Judy Okenfuss, Avoiding Litigation: Self Defense Against The Smoking Gun, IMANET (2001).
  • Cory Brundage & Judy Okenfuss, Specifications May be Costly, SPE NEWSLETTER (1999).
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