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Judy Okenfuss is a Managing Partner of Ice Miller and the Chair of the Firm's Internet of Things industry group. She practices in the Firm's Litigation Group. Judy focuses her practice in defending and advising manufacturers, distributers, and retailers in a variety of matters including, litigation, such as class actions, traditional product liability matters, warranty matters, indemnification claims, and supply chain issues. She also works with companies to identify potential risks and develop solutions to address these risks, through contractual methods, insurance, risk assessments, and other approaches.

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As Chair of the Internet of Things industry group, Judy is committed to ensuring that the Firm is prepared to assist clients involved in any aspect of these connected products. To this end, the Internet of Things industry group is comprised of lawyers from all legal areas of the Firm. Judy focuses on studying how interconnected products will change traditional law relating to products, including design of state-of-the-art products, supply-chain litigation, and recalls.  

Judy has defended cases in product liability, warranty and class actions in more than 30 jurisdictions around the United States. She has defended companies in a variety of national class actions and multi-district litigation cases, including cases relating to food labeling claims; Bisphenol-A in baby bottles; lead in children's products, including wooden trains; Medicaid benefits; insurance; medical devices; and other consumer products.


She has broad experience in the representation of manufacturers, distributors and retailers including work beyond the traditional product liability cases. Judy also represents these companies in warranty matters; corporate/asset acquisition issues; gray market goods, supplier and distributor issues; recalls; and multi district litigation, among other things. Frequently, Judy calls upon her engineering degree and work experience in her defense of these cases.

As part of her risk management work, Judy believes in the education of corporate employees. She regularly presents seminars related to risk management in-house to various companies and trade associations such as the Manufacturers Association for Plastic Processors and the Indiana Manufacturer's Association. She has a wealth of knowledge pertaining to crisis and risk management for companies to utilize. Judy leads national and regional early case investigation and assessment efforts by various companies.

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Judy graduated from Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, with a Bachelor of Science in chemical engineering and Bachelor of Arts in Spanish. Upon graduation, she was employed by Dow Corning Corporation as a technical service and development engineer where she developed products for use in the aerospace industry. Following Dow Corning, she was employed as a materials and process engineer at McDonnell Douglas Corporation where she participated in the development of advanced fighter aircraft.

She then earned her juris doctor from Washington University in 1991, where she graduated Order of the Coif. Currently, she serves on the Washington University School of Law Board of Advisors. She is admitted to practice law in the state of Indiana.

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Reported and Representative Cases
  • Linares v. El Tacarajo, 119 N.E.3d 591 (Ind.Ct.App. Feb. 8, 2019)
  • Butts v. OMG, Inc., No. 1:11-CV-918, 2014 WL 4628496 (S.D. Ohio Sept. 11, 2014), aff'd, 612 F. App'x 260 (6th Cir. 2015)
  • Coffey v. Xerox Corp., 2015 WL 2338550 (S.D. Ind. 2015)
  • Fritzinger v. Angie's List, Inc., 2014 WL 4680898 (S.D. Ind. 2014)
  • Fritzinger v. Angie's List, Inc., 2013 WL 772864 (S.D. Ind. 2013)
  • Bowman v. Int'l Bus. Mach. Corp., 2013 WL 1857192 (S.D. Ind. May 2, 2013)
  • Fritzinger v. Angie's List, Inc., 2013 WL 5701456 (S.D. Ind. 2013)
  • Bowman v. Int'l Bus. Mach. Corp., 2012 WL 6596933 (S.D. Ind. Dec. 18, 2012)
  • Bowman v. Int'l Bus. Machines Corp., 2012 WL 5285919 (S.D. Ind. Oct. 23, 2012)
  • HDNet LLC v. North American Boxing Council, 972 N.E.2d 920; 2012 Ind. App. LEXIS 382
  • In re Bisphenol-A (BPA) Polycarbonate Plastics Product Liability Litigation, 276 F.R.D. 336 (W.D. Mo. 2011)
  • In re Bisphenol-A (BPA) Polycarbonate Plastics Product Liability Litigation, 687 F.Supp.2d 897 (W.D. Mo. 2009)
  • Ramos v. Playtex Products, Inc. et al., 2008 WL 4066250 (N.D.Ill. 2008)
  • In re Shoulder Pain Pump-Chondrolysis Products Liability Litigation, 2008 WL 3820706 (J.P.M.L., 2008)
  • In re RC2 Corp. Toy Lead Paint Products Liability Litigation, 2008 WL 548772 (N.D.Ill. 2008)
  • In re RC2 Corp. Toy Lead Paint Products Liability Litigation, 528 F.Supp. 2d 1374 (2007)
  • Danielewicz v. CLASS KGaA mbH, 2003 WL 23350121 (W.D.N.Y., 2003)
  • R.L. McCoy, Inc. v. Jack, 2002 WL 1721791 (Ind., 2002)
  • R.L. McCoy, Inc. v. Jack, 2001 WL 771717 (Ind., 2001)
  • Gagne v. Trustees of Indiana University, 1998 WL 102938 (Ind.App., 1998)
  • Gulley v. Winter, 686 N.E.2d 176 (Ind.App., 1997)
  • Sears v. Blubaugh, 1993 WL 158499 (Ind.App., 1993)
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Firm Publications
Blog Posts
Published In
  • "Moving IoT Forward with Wabash National CIO and VP of IT Jamie Lee" (2017)
  • "Recent Indiana Court of Appeals’ Ruling May Benefit Data Breach, Class Action Defendants," published in DRI For the Defense, October 2016 issue
  • "State-Of-The-Art Defense And The Internet Of Things," published in Law360, August 2, 2016
  • Adam Arceneaux, Judy Okenfuss & Ryan Poor, Crisis Management: Preparing for the Unexpected (2012).
  • Judy Okenfuss, Agritourism Providers: New Steps to Protect Yourself from Liability (2011).
  • Judy Okenfuss & Julianna Plawecki, Emerging Trends In Class Action Lawsuits Against Food Manufacturers (2011).
  • Judy Okenfuss & Julianna Plawecki, 2011 Brings Sugar, Spice and Everything Nice to Food Companies Defending Class Actions (2011). 
  • Judy Okenfuss & Jenny Buchheit, Food Safety Accountability Act: Additional Consequences for Knowingly Violating Prohibitions (2010).
  • Judy Okenfuss & Drew Miroff, Managing Risks Through Releases (2010).
  • Judy Okenfuss & Jenny Buchheit, Food Safety Modernization Act Passed in Senate (2010).
  • Judy Okenfuss, Current Update on Bisphenol-A Cases (2009).
  • Drew Miroff & Judy Okenfuss, Planning for the Next Tremor: Risk Management Steps to Consider for Protecting Your Business (2008).
  • Judy Okenfuss, Protecting Yourself from Legal Malpractice Claims , NAT'L BUS. INST. (2006).
  • Judy Okenfuss, Attorney Client Privilege and the Work-Product Doctrine ,, NAT'L BUS. INST. (2006).
  • Judy Okenfuss, Managing Attorney-Client Privilege, Confidentiality and Work-Product Doctrine in Indiana: The Attorney-Client Privilege , NAT'L BUS. INST. (2004).
  • Judy Okenfuss, Practical Legal Ethics in Indiana: Issues and Answers: Planning Ahead to Avoid Legal Malpractice, NAT'L BUS. INST. (2003).
  • Cory Brundage & Judy Okenfuss, To The Rescue: Successful Defenses to Design Based Lawsuits, INNOVATION (2001).
  • Cory Brundage & Judy Okenfuss, Avoiding Litigation: Self Defense Against The Smoking Gun, IMANET (2001).
  • Cory Brundage & Judy Okenfuss, Specifications May be Costly, SPE NEWSLETTER (1999).
Speaking Engagements
  • “Reducing Risk in Your Business: A Discussion on the Effective Use of Indemnification, Insurance, and Early Incident Response,” Ice Miller CLE Forum for In-House Counsel, Columbus, Ohio - Dec. 4, 2014
  • “General Counsel Roundtable: How Lawyers Can Be Valuable Business Partners and Maintain Ethical Duties of Candor and Independent Judgment,” Ice Miller CLE Forum for In-House Counsel, Columbus, Ohio - Dec. 4, 2014
  • Okenfuss has presented seminars relating to risk management in-house to different companies and, also, to several engineering organizations including the Manufacturers Association for Plastic Processors and the Society of Plastic Engineers. Last year, she presented a three-part webinar for the Indiana Manufacturer's Association on Risk Management. She has also been a speaker at several different seminars relating to ethics, including "Practical Legal Ethics in Indiana: Issues and Answers," "Attorney Client Privilege and the Work Product Doctrine" and "Avoiding Legal Malpractice."
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