Skip Whaley's primary areas of practice are litigation and appellate practice. He concentrates particularly in the areas of health and hospital law, long term care, e-discovery and privacy issues, product liability, administrative and regulatory practice and professional liability defense.

His practice involves representing clients in court and before administrative agencies. The subjects of these proceedings range widely, from general issues of health and hospital, product liability, and confidentiality and privacy law to regulatory and reimbursement issues and professional liability defense. His appellate experience has also encompassed many issues, including product liability, health care, probate, civil rights, insurance, and procedural standards.

Skip also counsels health care clients frequently on such topics as risk management issues, proper handling of medical and other confidential records, sentinel events and other regulatory issues, licensing, peer review matters, issues facing long term care facilities and mental health care providers, matters related to infectious disease, and medico-legal ethical issues. He was an author of an amicus curiae brief before the Indiana Supreme Court in In the Matter of Sue Ann Lawrance, which dealt with the ability of surrogate decision-makers to withhold artificial nutrition and hydration. He has also authored many other appellate briefs on significant issues in the health law, product liability, professional liability and probate areas, both for direct litigants and as amicus curiae.

Skip regularly serves on the faculty of the Indiana Trial Advocacy Skills College, presented annually by the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, and has also taught and presented demonstrations at ICLEF's Appellate Practice seminars. He has also spoken at the national meeting of the American Health Lawyers Association.

Before joining Ice Miller in 1983, Skip served as law clerk for the Honorable S. Hugh Dillin, United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, for two years.

Skip earned a Bachelor of Science, with high honors, in music and social sciences from Indiana University in 1977. He also received a Master of Music, with high honors, from Indiana University, Bloomington, in 1979 and his juris doctorate, with honors, from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 1981.

While in law school, he was president of the Moot Court Board, a semifinalist in the National Moot Court competition, and a staff member of the Indiana Law Journal.

Skip is admitted to practice law in the state of Indiana. In his appellate practice, he is admitted to the bars of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit and the Supreme Court of the United States.
Reported and Representative Cases
  • Ritchie v. Cmty. Howard Reg’l Health, 51 N.E.3d 1212 (Ind. Ct. App. 2016), reh’g denied (July 13, 2016), trans. denied
    • Graves v. Indiana University Health, 32 N.E.3d 1196 (Ind. Ct. App. 2015)
    • Graves v. Kovacs, 990 N.E.2d 972 (Ind. Ct. App. 2013)
    • Green v. Ford Motor Co., 942 N.E.2d 791 (Ind. 2011) (amicus curiae)
    • Williams v. Riverside Community Corrections Corp., 846 N.E.2d 738 (Ind. Ct. App. 2006), trans. denied, 860 N.E.2d 597 (Ind. 2006) (amicus curiae)
    • Schultz v. Ford Motor Co., 857 N.E.2d 977 (Ind. 2006) (amicus curiae)
    • In re Commitment of M.Z. v. Clarian Health Partners, 829 N.E.2d 634 (Ind. Ct. App. 2005)
    • Longa v. Vicory, 829 N.E.2d 546 (Ind. Ct. App. 2005)
    • In re Commitment of M.M. v. Clarian Health Partners, 826 N.E.2d 90 (Ind. Ct. App. 2005)
    • Goodwine v. Goodwine, 819 N.E.2d 824 (Ind. Ct. App. 2004)
    • Monroe Guaranty Ins. v. Langreck, 816 N.E.2d 485 (Ind. Ct. App. 2004)
    • The Osler Institute v. Forde, 333 F.3d 832 (7th Cir. 2003), cert. denied, 540 U.S. 1177, 124 S.Ct. 1407, 158 L.Ed.2d 78 (2004)
    • Ziliak v. AstraZeneca, 324 F.3d 518 (7th Cir. 2003)
    • Hearn v. Hinshaw, 762 N.E.2d 791 (Ind. Ct. App. 2001), trans. denied , 783 N.E.2d 690 (Ind. 2002), cert. denied, 538 U.S. 922, 123 S.Ct. 1573, 155 L.Ed.2d 312 (2003)
    • Hopster v. Burgeson, 750 N.E.2d 841 (Ind. Ct. App. 2001)
    • Butler ex rel. Estate of Butler v. Kokomo Rehabilitation Hospital, 744 N.E.2d 1041 (Ind. Ct. App. 2001)
    • Narducci v. Tedrow, 736 N.E.2d 1288 (Ind. Ct. App. 2000)
    • Etienne v. Caputi, 679 N.E.2d 922 (Ind. Ct. App. 1997)
    • In the Matter of Sue Ann Lawrance , 579 N.E.2d 32 (Ind. 1991) (amicus curiae)
    • Rodenbeck v. Marathon Petroleum Co. , 742 F. Supp. 148 (N.D. Ind. 1990)
    • Hockett v. Breunig, 526 N.E.2d 995 (Ind. Ct. App. 1988)
    • Sloan v. Metropolitan Health Council of Indianapolis, 516 N.E.2d 1104 (Ind. Ct. App. 1987)
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