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James Burns is Senior Counsel with the Litigation Group of Ice Miller. He represents clients in a wide range of litigation matters, especially those related to pharmaceutical and medical device products. He also assists clients with matters of corporate compliance and risk management.

Jim retired as assistant general counsel of Eli Lilly and Company after nearly 28 years of service. While there, he managed company litigation on matters including product liability, intellectual property, antitrust, human resource and general commercial litigation. During his career at Lilly, he also served as general counsel to Elizabeth Arden Inc., in New York City, and Elanco Products Company in Indianapolis.

He has been active in the area of tort reform and served on the board of directors of the American Tort Reform Association and the Product Liability Advisory Counsel. He also played an active role in the formulation of the Restatement of Law-Third relating to pharmaceutical products.

Jim received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Indiana University. He earned his juris doctor from Indiana University McKinney School of Law where he currently serves as a member of the board of visitors.

He is admitted to practice in all Indiana state courts and in the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana.
Reported and Representative Cases
  • Successfully concluded several large insurance coverage matters
Representative Transactions
  • Helped negotiate the sale of a large consumer products company
Selected Experience
  • Negotiated to conclusion a large number of product liability lawsuits, in the United States and various countries outside of the United States
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