Seth Thomas serves as a partner in Ice Miller's Environmental Group. He primarily practices commercial litigation, environmental litigation, and insurance coverage litigation.

Seth focuses his practice on environmental litigation and insurance coverage litigation. He has litigated several cases for both public and private clients involving complex issues regarding environmental clean-ups. He has also litigated several insurance coverage cases. In addition, his litigation experience includes class action, contract, constitutional violations under Sec. 1983, RICO and various tort cases. Seth has also participated in litigating appeals arising from commercial litigation.

He received his Bachelor of Science, with highest distinction, in business administration with a concentration in finance and a minor in economics from Indiana University's Kelley School of Business at Indianapolis in 2001. He earned his juris doctorate, summa cum laude, from the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis in 2005 where he was editor-in-chief of Volume 38 of the Indiana Law Review and a member of the Moot Court's Order of the Barristers. He also tutored civil procedure for the Dean's Tutorial Society.

Prior to joining Ice Miller, Seth worked for Judge Kenneth H. Johnson as a bailiff and court reporter in Marion Superior Court, Civil Division Room 2. While in law school, he interned for United States Magistrate Judge Tim A. Baker in the Southern District of Indiana. In 2006, he clerked for the Chief Judge of the Southern District of Indiana, Judge Larry McKinney.

Seth is admitted to practice law in the state of Indiana and the United States District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana.

Reported and Representative Cases
  • City of Indianapolis v. Titan Industries., Cause No. 49F12-1002-PL-007087, slip op. (Marion Co. Sup. Ct. Mar. 27, 2013) - successfully defended City's cost recovery action against statute of limitations arguments asserted under Indiana's Environmental Legal Action Statute; obtained order striking expert testimony regarding ELA allocation
  • McDonald v. Wright-Way, Cause No. 33C01-1106-CT-0021, slip op. (Henry Co. Cir. Ct. Aug. 28, 2012) obtained $285,000 attorneys' fee judgment under Indiana's Environmental Legal Action Statute for displaced homeowners against fuel oil company liable for wrongful delivery
  • Illiana Surgery v. Hartford, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 99322 - affirming sanctions against insurer for discovery abuses related to production of claim file
  • Illiana Surgery v. Hartford, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 122827 rejecting insurer's attempt to preclude deposition of outside attorney who performed claims adjustment tasks for insurer during pendency of the insured's claim
  • McManaway v. KBR, Inc., 695 F. Supp. 2d 883; 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 17185 court awarded dismissal of claims brought against multinational corporation finding plaintiffs argument that defendants knowledge that plaintiffs would return to Indiana after alleged chemical exposure in Iraq was too tenuous to support jurisdiction in Indiana.
  • City of Indianapolis v. Ertel Manuf. Corp., Cause No. 49F12-0807-PL-033638, slip op. (Marion Co. Sup. Ct. Aug. 20, 2009) - successfully obtained liability judgment under Indiana's Environmental Legal Action Statute against defendant corporation for historic operations
  • Martin Marietta Materials, Inc. v. Brainard, 2007 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 88922 - successfully argued that mining company's inverse condemnation claim presented triable issues of fact precluding summary judgment
  • Ctr. Townhouse Corp. v. City of Mishawaka, 882 N.E.2d 762 - successfully represented amici opposing expansion of riparian rights under Indiana law, supported local government regarding zoning decisions and rights to a view
Firm Publications
Published In
  • "2011-2012 Environmental Law Survey," Indiana Law Review, Vol. 46, pending 2013
  • "2010-2011 Environmental Law Survey," Indiana Law Review, Vol. 45, 2012
  • "2009-2010 Environmental Law Survey," Indiana Law Review, Vol. 44, 2011
  • "2008-2009 Environmental Law Survey," Indiana Law Review, Vol. 43, No. 3, 2010
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