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Gary Dankert's practice concentration is in construction law, including drafting and negotiating construction and design contracts, assisting on project delivery issues, including Public-Private Partnerships ("P3") Projects and handling construction disputes.

He has worked on a wide variety of large public and private projects, including Lucas Oil Stadium, the Indianapolis Mid-field Terminal, the Indiana Convention Center Expansion, Bankers Life Fieldhouse, the Ohio River Bridges Project, and the I-69, Section 5. He has served as general outside counsel to the Indiana Stadium and Convention Building Authority since its inception. Selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America©, Dankert has spoken locally, statewide and nationally on employee benefit disputes and construction law.

An Indianapolis native, Gary received his Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University in 1974 and his juris doctor from Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis in 1977. Gary joined Ice Miller in 1981. He is admitted to practice law in the state of Indiana.

Gary has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America©,  and was recognized by Best Lawyers® as 2016 “Lawyer of the Year” for Construction Law and as 2017 “Lawyer of the Year” for Construction Litigation.
Reported and Representative Cases
  • Huntington County Community School Corp. v. Indiana State Bd. Of Tax Com'rs, 757 N.E.2d 235, 158 Educ. L. Rep. 417 (Ind. Tax, 2001).
  • Fairfield Mfg. Co, Inc. v. Hartman, 132 F.Supp.2d 1142, 26 Employee Benefits Cas. 1471 (N.D. Ind., 2001).
  • Graber v. State Bd. Of Tax Com'rs, 727 N.E.2d 802, 143 Educ. L. Rep. 1016 (Ind. Tax, 2000).
  • Biomet, Inc. Health Ben. Plan v. Black, 51 F.Supp.2d 942 (N.D. Ind., 1999).
  • Lutheran Hospital v. Business Men's Assurance Co. of America, 51 F.3d 1308 (7th Cir. 1995).
  • Sallee v. Rexnord Corp., 985 F.2d 927, 16 Employee Benefits Cas. 1777 (7th Cir. 1993).
  • MacLauchlan v. Prudential Ins. Co. of America, 970 F.2d 357 (7th Cir. 1992).
  • Northern Indiana Public Service Co. v. East Chicago Sanitary Dist., 590 N.E.2d 1067 (Ind. App. 1992).
Firm Publications
Blog Posts
Published In
  • "Know SIR (Self-Insured Retention)," published in Building Excellence Magazine, May 2017
  • "A Contractor’s Liability for Injuries to a Subcontractor’s Employee," published in Building Excellence Magazine, April 2017
Speaking Engagements
  • Dankert has spoken locally, statewide, and nationally on employee benefit disputes and construction law, and includes:
  • Damages in Construction Litigation, ICLEF
  • Employee Benefits, Indiana Chamber of Commerce, ICLEF
  • Indiana Construction Law, National Business Institute
  • Construction Claims and Job Profitability, National Business Institute
  • Construction Site Safety, Conference of Invited Attorneys, MICCS
  • Architect Liability,Cambridge Institute
  • Mechanic's Liens and Bonding, Cambridge Institute
  • He has also spoken at various meetings of industry trade groups including the American Institute of Architects and the Construction Specifications Institute.
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