Michael Wukmer practices in Ice Miller's Litigation and Intellectual Property Groups. He advises clients concerning simple and complex disputes of all types and handles arbitration or court proceedings (including trials and appeals).

Michael also works closely with other Ice Miller practice groups such as Appellate, Corporate, Creditor's Rights, Government Services, Health Care, Municipal Finance and Real Estate.

Michael is best described as an no-nonsense litigator who helps clients work towards a quick and aggressive solution to a business problem. Much of his practice consists of emergency business disputes in which he is asked to help protect and preserve the company's assets or to prosecute or defend "bet the company" lawsuits with competitors. One significant area of his practice is advising clients concerning the protection of intellectual property, trade secrets and other confidential or proprietary information, restrictive employment covenants, non-solicitation agreements, unfair competition and corporate raiding. Another significant area of his practice is advising clients concerning disputes between business owners, such as shareholder or partnership disputes, breaches of fiduciary duty, etc. His litigation experience also includes a multitude of other areas of law such as intellectual property disputes, business torts, communications, general corporate and contract disputes, health care issues, state and municipal government, land use, professional liability, product liability, real estate, securities fraud, and technology.

Michael also provides general advice, risk management and guidance to clients in various industries and professions, such as technology and Internet companies, manufacturers, distributors, retailers, health care providers and networks, and other professionals such as accountants, attorneys, brokerage firms, etc. On one extreme, he has assisted clients in complex business transactions and has developed comprehensive, national and international restrictive covenant programs. On the other hand, he has quietly advised individuals concerning personal legal and ethical problems. Michael enjoys conducting informal and practical in-house seminars for clients to introduce or reacquaint them to important legal issues.

Although he prefers to practice law and to participate in events without a lot of public attention, he does write and speak regularly on various issues for clients and for members of the bar.

Michael is a native of Dayton, Ohio. He received a Bachelor of Arts in English literature from the University of Cincinnati in 1981 and his juris doctorate from the University of Cincinnati College of Law in 1984. While in law School, he served as executive editor and was a student contributor for the University of Cincinnati Law Review. He joined Ice Miller in 1984.

He has been very active in neighborhood, sports and school functions. When not working, he enjoys planting trees, riding his bike, writing, reading great books, viewing great movies and watching football, of course. Most of all, he likes winning!

He is admitted to practice law in the state of Indiana and in numerous federal courts.
Reported and Representative Cases
  • Australian Gold, Inc. v. Hatfield, 436 F.3d 1228 (10th Cir. 2006).
  • Belford v. McHale Cook & Welch, 648 N.E. 2d 1241 (Ind. App. 1995).
  • Board of Comm'rs of LaPorte Co. v. Town & Country Utilities, Inc., 791 N.E.2d 249 (2003).
  • Bd. of Tr. of Pub. Employees' Ret. Fund of Ind. v. Morley, 580 N.E.2d 371 (Ind. App. 1991).
  • Clear Creek Conservancy Dist. v. Kirkbride, 743 N.E. 2d 1116 (Ind. 2001).
  • Eaton Corp. v. Appliance Valves Corp., 790 F.2d 874 (Fed. Cir. 1986).
  • Freeman v. Sports Car Club of America, Inc., 51 F.3d 1358 (7th Cir. 1995).
  • Geiger & Peters, Inc. v. Berghoff, 854 N.E.2d 842 (Ind. App. 2006).
  • Harmony Health Plan of Ind., Inc. v. Ind. Dept. of Admin., 864 N.E.2d 1083 (Ind. App. 2007).
  • Indiana-American Water Co., Inc. v. Town of Seelyville, 698 N.E.2d 1255 (Ind. App. 1998).
  • Ind. Ins. Co. v. Plummer Power Mower & Tool Rental, Inc., 590 N.E.2d 1085 (Ind. App. 1992).
  • Indiana Port Comm'n v. Consol. Grain and Barge Co., 701 N.E.2d 882 (Ind. App. 1998).
  • Kamel v. Hill-Rom Co., Inc., 108 F.3d 799 (7th Cir. 1997).
  • Mayhue v. Sparkman, 653 N.E.2d 1384 (Ind. 1995).
  • Menard, Inc. v. Dage-MTI, Inc., 726 N.E.2d 1206 (Ind. 2000).
  • Norlund v. Faust, 678 N.E.2d 421 (Ind. App. 1997).
  • Norlund v. Faust, 675 N.E.2d 1142 (Ind. App. 1997).
  • Old Town Neighborhood Ass'n Inc. v. Kauffman, 333 F.3d 732 (7th Cir. 2003).
  • Overland Exp., Inc. v. Int'l Multifoods, 765 F.Supp. 1386 (S.D. Ind. 1990).
  • Prostyakov v. Masco Corp., 513 F.3d 716 (7th Cir. 2008).
  • Robert's Hair Designers, Inc. v. Pearson, 780 N.E.2d 858 (Ind. App. 2002).
  • 600 Land, Inc. v. Metropolitan Bd. of Zoning Appeals of Marion Co., 863 N.E.2d 339 (Ind. App. 2007).
  • Western Sales & Serv., Inc. v. Ford Motor Co., 576 N.E.2d 631 (Ind. App. 1991).
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