Tony Paganelli, Attorney and Principal
Tony Paganelli has been a lawyer for more than 20 years. In 2013 he resigned his position as a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister, one of the largest law firms in the United States, to build a firm of his own.
Tony has represented people and companies of all sizes in courtrooms across the United States, usually as lead counsel. He also advises businesses on a wide range of issues, including employee relations, contracts and transactions, regulatory compliance, and intellectual property issues. His clients have included Fortune 500 companies, telecommunications providers, banks and other financial institutions, bankruptcy trustees, real estate and construction companies, domestic and international manufacturers, computer hardware and software companies, and a variety of other businesses.
In 2012, Tony was chairman of the Litigation Section of the Indianapolis Bar Association, and he is a Distinguished Fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation. He was recognized by Law & Politics Magazine in 2009 and 2010 as an “Indiana Rising Star” (the top 5% of Indiana lawyers under 40), and as an “Indiana SuperLawyer” (the top 5% of all Indiana lawyers) every year since 2010. He has also been included in every edition of “The Best Lawyers in America” since 2013.
In 1999, Tony completed the intensive Indiana Trial Advocacy Skills College, and in 2007 he was the first student ever invited back to serve as an instructor. Since 2015 he has been one of the trial college's program chairs. He is a frequent writer and speaker on trial techniques and business law topics.
Tony is admitted to practice before the Indiana Supreme Court, the Indiana Court of Appeals, the Indiana Tax Court, and all trial courts in Indiana. He is also admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the United States Court of Federal Claims, and United States District Courts in Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, and Ohio.
He is the chairman emeritus of the board of the Children’s Organ Transplant Association (COTA), a national charity that raises millions of dollars annually to provide children with life-saving organ transplants.
Tony graduated in 1992 from the University of Notre Dame, and in 1995 from the Indiana University School of Law—Bloomington, where he was managing editor of the Indiana Law Journal.