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Biography

Katie Osborne concentrates her practice in civil litigation. Katie skillfully defends hospitals, physicians, nurses, and long-term care facilities against medical malpractice claims. She represents health care providers at all stages of litigation, from the Indiana Medical Malpractice Act’s medical review panel process through subsequent state court actions, and has successfully obtained dismissals of medical malpractice complaints improperly filed in state court for lack of subject matter jurisdiction.

Katie also practices in commercial litigation, capably representing businesses in various matters including premises liability claims, contract disputes and employment-related issues such as non-compete disagreements and actions for wrongful termination and discrimination claims. Katie engages in client-focused representation and uses a hands-on approach to managing actions with complex factual and legal issues.

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Community Activity

  • Indiana State Bar Association’s Leadership Development Academy, Committee Member (2017-Present)
    • Organize and develop programming for the Leadership Development Academy, servant-driven leadership development program targeted toward attorneys who have practiced for less than five years.
  • Indiana State Bar Association Leadership Development Academy, Class 6 (2017)
    • Attended servant-driven leadership development programming aimed at promoting civility and leadership within the legal community.
  • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Civil Practice Clinic, Supervising Attorney (2014 - 2016)
    • Provided guidance, support and supervision of law students in providing pro bono legal services including child support modifications and protective orders.

Representative Matters

Medical Malpractice

  • Defended dozens of healthcare providers against medical malpractice claims before the Indiana Department of Insurance. Successfully obtained favorable medical review panel opinions which have led to the dismissal or abandonment of state court action.
  • Defended healthcare provider against untimely medical malpractice claim where the family brought the claim after the statute of limitations had retired.
  • Filed a motion for summary judgment against plaintiff for lack of standing to bring medical malpractice claim on behalf of a deceased friend when the plaintiff had not been named personal representative, resulting in voluntary dismissal of complaint.
  • Obtained summary judgment on behalf of healthcare providers who have obtained favorable opinions from medical review panels.

Business

  • Represented manufacturing company on breach of contract action for negligent construction of facility. Case settled favorably to client.

Employment

  • Defended employer against age discrimination claim where employee was terminated for failing to report an accident which resulted in damage to a customer’s property. Case settled favorably for client prior to trial.
  • Defended employer against race discrimination claim where employee was terminated for violation of attendance policy. Case settled favorably for client.
  • Filed motion for summary judgment on plaintiff’s discrimination and wrongful termination claims, after which plaintiff’s counsel withdrew and the action was dismissed for failure to prosecute.

Publications & Presentations

Publications

Medical malpractice or ordinary negligence? A primer for understanding the scope and impact of the Medical Malpractice Act, RBE Blog (2018)

  • A patient suffers an injury while receiving treatment from a health care provider. The patient alleges that the injury was the result of the provider’s negligence and the provider is qualified pursuant to the Medical Malpractice Act (the “Act”). Does an action filed by the patient against the qualified provider as a result of the injury-causing incident fall within the scope of the Act? Not necessarily. This article provides guidance for determining whether the Act applies and explains the importance of assessing this issue when defending actions brought by patients against health care providers. READ ARTICLE

What Makes a Plaintiff Whole? Patchett v. Lee’s Impact on Medical Special Valuation, RBE Blog (2016)

  • One of the purposes of tort law is to “make injured parties whole.” This is typically accomplished when a person whose negligent conduct caused injury to another party compensates the injured party for his injury. Understanding the Indiana Courts’ treatment of the method by which parties may introduce evidence of damages is necessary to adequately assess the value of a personal injury claim. The process by which defendants may introduce evidence for purposes of calculating the reasonable value of a plaintiff’s medical treatment was recently clarified by the Indiana Supreme Court in Patchett v. Lee, 60 N.E.3d 1025 (Ind. 2016). READ ARTICLE


News

RBE attorney Katie Osborne recently accepted to participate in the Indiana State Bar Association’s Leadership Development Academy for 2017

  • The Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) today announced the Class of 2017 of its Leadership Development Academy, now entering its sixth year. The lawyers are accomplished legal practitioners who have been admitted to practice for less than 15 years. The Academy is a statewide leadership program established to empower and develop lawyers to be informed, committed and involved so that they may fill significant leadership roles in local and state bar associations, local communities and organizations and to serve as role models in matters of ethics and professionalism. READ MORE

Associations

  • Indianapolis Bar Association
    • Networking Executive Committee (2014-2016)
    • Health Law Section (2015-Present)
    • Women and the Law Division (2016-Present)
  • Indiana State Bar Association (2015-Present)
  • Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana
    • Women in Law Division (2014-Present)
  • Defense Research Institute
    • (2016-Present)

Education

  • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, J.D., cum laude (2014)
  • Indiana University, B.S., with distinction (2010)

Bar Admission

  • Indiana (2014)
  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana (2015)
  • United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana (2015)