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Michael Wukmer is a partner in Ice Miller's Litigation Group. He advises clients concerning simple and complex disputes of all types and handles arbitration and court proceedings including trials and appeals.

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Michael also works closely with attorneys in other Ice Miller practice groups such as Corporate and Private Equity, Data Security and Privacy, Food and Agribusiness, Public Affairs, Intellectual Property, Municipal Finance and Real Estate.
Michael is best described as a 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 and breaches of fiduciary duty, among others. 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 and others. 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 them to or reacquaint them with important legal issues.
Although he prefers to practice law and to participate in events without a lot of public attention, Michael  does write and speak regularly on various issues for clients and for members of the bar. He is also an advocate in mentoring other attorneys at the Firm and helping them grow their own practices.
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 doctor 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. He enjoys attending and promoting charitable events and traveling around the world. He is an avid wine enthusiast.   
He is admitted to practice law in the state of Indiana and in numerous federal courts.
Representative Clients
  • Lenex Steel Company
  • Lucas Oil Products, Inc.
  • Menard, Inc.
  • National FFA Foundation, Incorporated
  • National FFA Organization
Reported and Representative Cases
  • Renal Care Group Indiana, LLC v. City of Fort Wayne, 2019 WL 2300626 (N.D.Ind. May 29, 2019)
  • Linkmeyer Development II, LLC v. City of Lawrenceburg, 2019 WL 1388482 (Ind.Ct.App. Mar. 28, 2019)
  • Am. Consulting, Inc. v. Hannum Wagle & Cline Eng'g, Inc., 104 N.E.3d 573 (Ind. Ct. App. 2018)
  • 21st Amendment, Inc. v. Indiana Alcohol & Tobacco Commission, 84 N.E.3d 691 (Ind. App. 2017)
  • Tipton County Board of Commissioners v. Prather, 75 N.E.3d 536 (Ind.Ct.App. 2017)
  • Sterett Crane and Rigging, LLC v. White Construction, Inc., 2017 WL 1197290 (S.D.Ind. Mar. 31, 2017)
  • American Bank v. City of Menasha, 627 F.3d 261 (7th Cir. 2010)
  • 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 (Ind. App. 2003)
  • Bd. of Tr. of Pub. Employees' Ret. Fund of Ind. v. Morley, 580 N.E.2d 371 (Ind. App. 1991)
  • Brenwick Associates, LLC v. Boone County Redevelopment Com’n, 870 N.E.2d 474 (Ind. App. 2007)
  • Clear Creek Conservancy Dist. v. Kirkbride, 743 N.E. 2d 1116 (Ind. 2001)
  • Cracker Barrel Old Country Store, Inc. v. Town of Plainfield ex rel. Plainfield Plan Com’n, 848 N.E.2d 285 (Ind. App. 2006)
  • 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)
  • Nightingale Home Healthcare, Inc. v. Anodyne Therapy, LLC, 626 F.958 (7th Cir. 2010)
  • Nightingale Home Healthcare, Inc. v. Anodyne Therapy, LLC, 627 F.3d 261 (7th Cir., 2009)
  • 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)
  • Polinsky v. Violi, 803 N.E.2d 684 (Ind. App. 2004)
  • 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)
  • Sanitary Dist. of City of Hammond v. Town of Griffith, 39 N.E.3d 400 (Ind. App. 2015)
  • Tipton County Board of Commissioners v. Prather, 75 N.E.3d 536 (Ind. App. 2017)
  • 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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