J. Mark McKinzie


Assistant: Annie Fisherafisher@rbelaw.com



From his law office in Indianapolis, attorney Mark McKinzie utilizes his more than 40 years of experience in the areas of:

  • First and third party insurance defense litigation;
  • insurance regulatory and coverage issues
  • commercial litigation
  • construction litigation;
  • business & corporate law;
  • business contract drafting and negotiating;
  • business entity selection;
  • contract disputes;
  • noncompetition agreements; and

to provide counsel to and advocacy on behalf of his clients. Mark understands the importance of cost effective representation of his clients’ interests. He identifies key issues and approaches resolving them with a view toward avoiding litigation which often can be more costly and time consuming for the litigants than initially anticipated.

Where reasonable resolution cannot be obtained, Mark aggressively protects and promotes his clients’ interests and goals. In pursuing a counterclaim for a business owner against a major insurance company in Hamilton County, Indiana, Mark and his co-counsel secured the largest jury verdict for defamation against an American corporation in United States history.

Mark joined Riley Bennett Egloff LLP as a Partner over 19 years ago, after a distinguished career in corporate insurance law, rising to be Senior VP, General Counsel, and Secretary for the Meridian Insurance Companies overseeing the claims and claim litigation functions, all 1st party litigation, including any allegation of bad faith by the company and serving in that position prior to the company’s sale and merger with State Auto Insurance of Columbus Ohio.

With his business and legal background and extensive and varied experience, having represented plaintiffs and defendants in a wide range of practice areas, Mark possesses and consistently demonstrates keen insight and pragmatic, resourceful solutions beneficial to the parties.

Community Activity

  • Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parishioner, Member (1988 – Present)
  • President of Valleybrook Homeowners’ Association, Member (2007 – Present)
  • Woodland Country Club, President (2006); Board Member (2004 – 2006)

Representative Matters

  • Mark has been lead counsel in over twenty-five (25) jury trials and has represented clients in numerous hearings in front of various regulatory bodies.
  • Defended gentlemen’s club in dram shop action involving multiple fatalities.
  • Defended insurance company’s interests in regulatory dispute over whether the Department of Insurance or the Department of Finance had primary regulatory jurisdiction in regulating the client’s product.
  • Developed innovative process for restoration contractor: sought and secured numerous Court Ordered Appraisal Process Orders, working with contractor and insurance company, when there was a failure to reach an agreed amount of damages for property claim where coverage and causation were not in dispute.
  • Guided an investor in publicly traded insurance company to receive necessary regulatory approvals in five (5) states.
  • Defended a municipal water company in personal injury action alleging tainted water supply.
  • Defended insurance company in targeted Insurance Department Market Conduct Examination and negotiated a significantly reduced Agreed Settlement from initial Order.
  • Defended insurance company in 1st party bad faith claim and secured Summary Judgment for client.



  • Weighing the Costs and Benefits of Insurance Litigation,” 60th Annual Central Indiana Chapter of the Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter Conferment Luncheon (October 2006)
  • “Potential Benefits of Self-Insurance,” Indiana Association of School Business Officials (IASBO) (2009)
  • Indianan Continuing Legal Education Forum, Indiana Insurance Law Symposium (2015)

Awards & Recognition

Best Lawyers in America – (2023)

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Indiana Super Lawyers (2022)

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Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated (Since 2012)

  • For more than 130 years, Martindale-Hubbell has been evaluating attorneys for their strong legal ability and high ethical standards through a Peer Review Rating system. Prior to the 1887 edition of Martindale’s American Law Directory, which was the first publication to provide such ratings to attorneys, there was no way of truly knowing if the lawyer you were considering to do business with was trustworthy, ethical, or skilled in the legal field.

Outstanding Support & Commitment to the Indiana Insurance Institute (2003)

Outstanding Leadership Award for four years as Chairman of Indiana Insurance Guaranty Association’s Board of Directors (1996 – 2000)

Leadership Award for serving as Chairman of Insurance Institute of Indiana Legislative Study Committee (1992 – 1994)

  • The IIGA, a non-profit, unincorporated entity created in 1971 and governed by IC 27-6-8-1 to 19, is the property and casualty insurance guaranty association for the State of Indiana. The association is composed of most insurance companies licensed to sell property and casualty insurance in Indiana.

Distinguished Fellow of the Indy Bar Foundation (2015)

  • Candidates to become an IndyBar Foundation Distinguished Fellow must have a long record of service, have an exemplary standing, and have made exceptional contributions to the Indianapolis legal community. Distinguished Life Fellows extend the commitment that they first made as Distinguished Fellows through the continued support of the IndyBar Foundation.


  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association, Tort and Insurance Practice and Business Law Sections
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana
  • Insurance Institute of Indiana Committees, including past Chairman of both Legislative Steering and Amicus Curiae Committees
  • Member Alliance of American Insurers Legal Committee
  • Member National Association of Mutual Insurance Companies Legal Committee
  • Member National Association of Independent Insurers Laws Committee
  • Founding Director of the Urban Insurance Partners Foundation
  • Member of the Indiana Insurance Guaranty Association Board of Directors, Chairman (1996-2000)

Bar Admission

  • Indiana (1989)
  • Illinois (1979)
  • U.S. District Courts, Southern Districts of Indiana
  • U.S. District Courts, Northern Districts of Indiana
  • United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit


  • Indiana University Maurer School of Law, J.D., cum laude (1978)
  • University of Illinois, B.S., Finance with high honors 1974; M.B.A. with highest honors(1976)

Industries Served


Practice Areas

Business & Corporate Law
Business Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Government Law
Business Contract Drafting & Negotiation
Business Entity Selection & Formation
Business Contract Disputes
Non-competition Covenants
Shareholder & Partnership Disputes
Construction Litigation & Dispute Resolution
Construction Contract Drafting & Negotiation
Insurance Defense / Insurance Coverage
Arbitration / Mediation / Alternative Dispute
Product Liability
Toxic Tort
Insurance Defense
Insurance Coverage
Insurance Regulation