Patrick S. McCarney


Assistant: Nikki L. Viau



Initially, Patrick became an attorney because he likes to solve problems. Along the way, he discovered that he has an insatiable curiosity for learning about the nuances and practical realities of every facet of the law, which informs both the scope and manner of his professional practice. As a motivated problem solver and life-long learner, Patrick represents and advises a variety of clients in diverse substantive areas, including both litigation matters and business transactions.

In his litigation practice, Patrick represents clients in state and federal courts across Indiana. He has represented businesses, individuals, insurance companies, and government entities in matters such as contract disputes, insurance coverage disputes, real property disputes, breach of fiduciary duty claims, labor trafficking claims, Title IX claims, and attorney malpractice claims and/or responses to disciplinary grievances.  Patrick has also litigated appeals before both the Indiana Court of Appeals and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

In addition to his robust litigation practice, Patrick also assists businesses, business owners, and financial institutions with loan transactions, real property transactions, mergers and acquisitions, general contractual matters, and general governance matters. Patrick has assisted his clients with transactions both big and small—from five figures to nine figures. Beyond his work for business and other commercial entities, Patrick has also assisted Indiana political subdivisions with a variety of municipal law issues, including by drafting legal opinions for elected officials and drafting ordinances.

While attending the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Patrick served as an Articles Editor for the Indiana Law Review and his Note on crowdfunding rules was selected for publication. Patrick also assisted first-year law students with legal writing by serving as a Dean’s Tutorial Society Fellow. Patrick was named to the Order of Barristers in the Moot Court Program and was also a Semi-Finalist in the 2017 Honorable Robert H. Staton Moot Court Competition. In addition, Patrick completed a legal externship with Cummins Inc. where he gained experience in cross-border transactions and intellectual property, including trademarks and trade secrets. Concurrently with his final two years of law school, Patrick completed his M.B.A. from Purdue University’s Krannert School of Management.

Prior to completing law school, Patrick worked for many years in the performing arts and as a manufacturer’s representative for architectural and entertainment lighting products.

When he is not at work, Patrick enjoys cooking (especially barbecue), spending time with his wife and daughter, and attending performing arts and sporting events.


False Start: Carving a Niche for Established Small Business Participation in Regulation Crowdfunding Rules Designed for Startups, Indiana Law Review, 51 Ind. L. Rev. 277 (2018)

Awards & Recognition

  • Best Lawyers: Ones to Watch — 2024
    • Business Organizations (including LLCs and Partnerships)
    • Commercial Litigation
  • Super Lawyers: Rising Stars — 2024
    • Business / Corporate Law
  • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, 2019
    • Chancellor’s Scholar — Awarded to the graduating student with the highest cumulative grade point average in each school at Indiana University Indianapolis
  • Purdue University Krannert School of Management, 2019
    • Krannert Scholar — Awarded to the top 5 percent of graduating students in each graduate cohort


  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Indianapolis Bar Association

Bar and Court Admissions

  • Indiana, 2019
  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, 2019
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, 2019
  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, 2020


  • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, JD, 2018, summa cum laude
    • Corporate and Commercial Law Graduate Certificate
    • Chancellor’s Scholar
  • Purdue University Krannert School of Management, MBA, 2019, Beta Gamma Sigma
    • Krannert Scholar
  • Butler University, BA, Theatre and Political Science, 2007
    • Departmental Honors in Theatre and Political Science

Industries Served


Practice Areas

Appellate Law
Business & Corporate Law
Business Litigation
Commercial Litigation
Government Law
Insurance Coverage
Insurance Defense