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About Ice Miller LLP

Ice Miller LLP was founded in 1910 by Frederick Matson, a leading Indiana attorney. At the time, the Indianapolis firm was known as Henley Matson and Gates. A young attorney named Harry Ice graduated from Harvard Law School and joined the firm in 1929. From the beginning, Ice was a strong supporter of specialization. He believed that attorneys best served their clients when they became well-versed in core disciplines.
In the mid 1930s, Ice told a group of his colleagues that they needed "to follow their brethren in the medical profession and specialize." This was a challenge to the traditional thinking of attorneys as generalists. Ice observed that there was already a vast amount of information in the legal profession, and that clients would see the wisdom in working with experts in their particular field. Ice was right. Ice Miller's current division into five sections-business, labor and employment, litigation, public finance, and real estate - reflects Ice's progressive thinking and understanding of client needs.

Founder Frederick Matson served the firm until 1941. By that time, the firm's name had changed five times, reflecting new partners and new opportunities. During World War II, the firm faced a heavy workload and an ever-changing work force. Law school graduates came on board and were immediately drafted for service. The attorneys who remained spent long hours reviewing government contracts for materials and labor, essential responsibilities for supporting their clients and America's war effort.

In the early 1950s, two attorneys in the firm known as Ross McCord Ice and Miller were instrumental in the founding of the Indiana affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The actions of Merle Miller and Alan T. Nolan were controversial at the time - some in the Indianapolis community believed that the ACLU was linked to communism. Miller and Nolan were allowed to act on their convictions and the course that they believed would benefit the law profession and the citizens of Indiana. Legal controversy surrounding the ACLU continued for many years.

The firm changed its name to Ice Miller Donadio and Ryan in 1963. This was the same year that a fire in the Fairgrounds Coliseum killed 74 people and injured 350. Ice Miller attorneys were concerned that in the "race to the courthouse" to sue the responsible parties, the funds of their insurance clients would quickly deplete and those who filed lawsuits later would receive nothing. Ice Miller attorney Stan Lawton received approval to join all parties to the lawsuit and all claimants in a single action. This became a landmark in Indiana law, as it established an equitable method of compensating claimants. In Harry Ice's book, History of a Hoosier Law Firm, he said, "The case was destined to be much cited, discussed, followed and distinguished in subsequent decisions."

After 50 years of service, leadership and an intuitive understanding of the future of law, Harry Ice died in 1982.

In January 1997, Ice Miller Donadio and Ryan acquired the boutique bond firm of Carlson & Hug in Chicago, Ill. An Indianapolis partner relocated to Chicago to open the new office, which began the efforts to grow the firm. In the year 2000, the firm changed its name to Ice Miller. Expansion and growth efforts to better service its clients on a larger regional platform resulted in the addition of a DuPage County, Ill., office in 2007.

Additional info
Year of establishment 1910 Number of Partners 124
Number of offices 4 Partner:associate ratio 1.80
Biggest office Indianapolis Percentage of women attorneys 29.00
Number of attorneys 219 Percentage of minority attorneys 7.90
Number of associates 69 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 0.40
Area of practice

Ice Miller LLP practices law in the following areas and works with its clients to provide the best possible legal solutions.

  • 501(c)(3) Revenue Bonds
  • Advice To Directors And Officers
  • Affirmative Action
  • Government Contractor Compliance
  • Airports
  • Airport Revenue Bonds
  • America Invents Act
  • Antitrust And Competition Litigation
  • Antitrust Government Investigations
  • Appellate Practice
  • Business Litigation
  • Business Services
  • Certified Business Enterprises
  • Class Actions
  • Collective Bargaining
  • Compliance Programs
  • Conservancy Districts
  • Constitutional Law
  • Construction Project Feasibility
  • Copyright
  • Counties
  • Disclosure Counsel
  • Drug And Device
  • Economic Development
  • Economic Development & Redevelopment
  • Electronic Discovery
  • Eminent Domain
  • Employment And Independent Contractor Agreements
  • Employment And Pension Disputes
  • Employment Discrimination And Civil Rights Law
  • Employment Litigation And Disputes
  • Employment Policies & Training
  • Experience In Union-Avoidance Training
  • Export Compliance
  • False Claims Act And Qui Tam Litigation
  • Family Sponsored Immigration Benefits
  • Fda Practice
  • Federal And State Grand Jury Procedure
  • Federal Tax - Structuring Transactions Audits Rebate Post-Issuance Compliance
  • Finance Services For Higher Education ' Colleges & Universities
  • Financial Services
  • Fire Protection Districts
  • Fmla
  • Fund Formation And Operation
  • Gaming Pari-Mutuel And Alcoholic Beverages
  • General Trade Regulation
  • Government Law
  • Health Care Finance
  • Hotel
  • Housing - Multifamily Single Family Public Housing Authorities
  • I-9 Employment Verification Compliance And E-Verify
  • Illinois Lobbying
  • Immigration
  • Income Taxation
  • Independent And Charter Schools
  • Indiana Lobbying
  • Industrial Development Bonds - Manufacturing
  • Information Technology Law
  • Insurance Coverage And Recovery
  • International Assignments And Relocation
  • International Legal Services
  • International Tax
  • Internet Technology And Social Media
  • Ip Litigation
  • Issuers Counsel
  • K-12 Education
  • Labor And Employment Services For Colleges And Universities
  • Leasing
  • Libraries
  • Licensing
  • Lobbying Ethics And Campaign Finance Compliance
  • Media Law
  • Mergers And Acquisitions
  • Municipal Utilities And Sewage Works
  • Municipalities
  • New Markets Tax Credits
  • Nonprofit And Tax Exempt Services
  • Nonprofit Organizations Museums Cultural And Social Service Organizations
  • Occupational Safety And Health
  • Ohio Lobbying
  • Outsourced General Counsel
  • Patents
  • Petition-Remonstrance Races
  • Plant Closings And Reductions In Force
  • Pooled Financings
  • Portfolio Company Operations
  • Ports
  • Premerger Notifications And Investigations
  • Privacy And Information Law
  • Procurement
  • Products Liability
  • Property Tax
  • Public Company Governance
  • Public Power
  • Public-Private Partnerships
  • Real Estate Financing
  • Real Estate Litigation
  • Referendum Elections
  • Regional Sewer And Water Districts
  • Registered Securities Offerings
  • Risk And Crisis Management
  • Securities And Disclosure
  • Securities Litigation And Regulation
  • Senior Living Facilities Continuing Care Long-Term Care
  • Software Development And Licensing
  • Special Service Areas
  • Special Taxing Districts
  • State Agencies And State Authorities
  • State And Local Taxation
  • State Revolving Fund
  • Tax
  • Tax And Corporate Governance Services For Colleges And Universities
  • Tax Credit And Subsidy Bonds
  • Tax Litigation
  • Townships
  • Trademark
  • Transportation
  • Us Immigration
  • Us Immigration For Colleges And Universities
  • Us Immigration For Doctors And Other Healthcare Workers
  • Underwriter'S Counsel
  • Unfair Labor Practices
  • Union Activity And Organization Efforts
  • Usda
  • Wage And Hour
  • Flsa
  • White Collar Crime
  • Worker's Compensation
  • Wrongful Termination
  • Zoning And Land Use
  • Alternative Investments
  • Bankruptcy And Financial Restructuring
  • Corporate Finance
  • Data Security And Privacy
  • Employee Benefits
  • Entrepreneurial Company Services
  • Environmental
  • Natural Resources
  • Franchise Practice Group
  • Government Enforcement Internal Investigations And Corporate Compliance
  • Intellectual Property
  • Labor Employment And Immigration
  • Litigation
  • Private Equity & Venture Capital
  • Public & Municipal Finance And Law
  • Public Affairs And Lobbying
  • Real Estate
  • Securities And Capital Markets
  • Trusts And Estates
Awards and recognitions

Chambers USA 2014 ranked attorneys in each of the firm's markets
Recognized as 2014 Band 1 Indiana practices of Corporate/M&A and Real Estate
Selected as a 2014 Top Workplace by The Indianapolis Star
Best Lawyers selected 115 attorneys to the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®
Best Lawyers selected 10 attorneys to the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® "Lawyer of the Year"
76 attorneys named to Super Lawyers 2014 lists in Indiana, Ohio and Illinois and 27 were named Rising Stars
A top-ranked law firm in Indiana for work in Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions and Real Estate in 2013 per Chambers USA
Among the 2014 "50 Best Law Firms for Women" per Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyer
Received the 2013 United Way of Central Indiana's Spirit United award
Recognized the Private Equity and Venture Services Group as the 7th most active law firm in the nation by Private Equity Analyst (April 2013 issue)
36 attorneys and 10 practice areas were ranked by Chambers USA 2013
Had the third highest percentage of female equity partners among Am Law 200 firms in 2012 per The American Lawyer
Named A 2012 Top 100 Law Firm for Diversity in MultiCultural Law Magazine


At Ice Miller LLP, we believe diversity is recognizing that there is value and strength in the differences among us. Diversity of perspectives and experiences strengthens our ability to address our clients' legal and business needs in a global marketplace. Ice Miller is committed to fostering an inclusive work environment that respects, values and supports individuals of all backgrounds.

Summer associate program

Currently we offer summer clerkships in our Indianapolis, Indiana and Columbus, Ohio offices. The program is designed to provide broad exposure to a variety of practice areas. Clerks come away with a good understanding of a "day in the life" of an Ice Miller attorney, and they also gain a sense of how our clients are impacted by the work we do.

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Ice Miller LLP Headquarters

1 American Square ,
Suite 3100
Indianapolis, IN


Ice Miller LLP Office

200 West Madison ,
Suite 3500
Chicago, IL

312-726-1567 phone
312-726-7102 fax


Ice Miller LLP Office

1325 G Street N.W. ,
Suite 1025
Washington, DC

202-824-8666 phone
202-824-8667 fax


Ice Miller LLP Office

568 South Washington Street
Naperville, IL

630-527-2315 phone
630-527-2417 fax


Ice Miller LLP Office

2300 Cabot Drive ,
Suite 455
Lisle, IL

630-955-0555 phone
630-955-0662 fax

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