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Bruce is a partner of the firm and was born in Indianapolis, Indiana in 1950. He is a Registered Civil Mediator. He has over thirty years experience in resolving disputes using the variety of techniques offered by litigation avoidance, talking with the client and the opposing lawyer to determine the interests and issues of the dispute so as to reach an amicable resolution, alternative dispute resolution, mediation, arbitration, dispositive motion practice, trial to the bench or to jury, and appeal in state and federal courts. He is a member of the firm’s insurance, environmental and toxic tort practice groups. He is married and has two daughters.

Representative Experience

  • Litigated matters in two third’s of Indiana’s 92 counties

  • Argued more than 28 appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

  • Argued before the Indiana Supreme Court

  • Tried over 15 jury trials to verdict in both state and federal court

  • Deputy Attorney General of Indiana, 1978-1985

Civic Activities

  • Avid and award winning nature and wildlife photographer

  • Deacon and on-call photographer for Geist Christian Church, a Disciples of Christ Church

Bar Admissions

  • State of Indiana, 1977

  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, 1977

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, 1992

  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, 1979

  • U.S. Supreme Court, 1985


  • He has litigated complex commercial cases involving environmental pollution liability, asbestos, diacetyl, chemical exposure, toxic tort, products liability, construction defects, pharmaceuticals, fabric flammability, underground storage tank and reinsurance issues.

  • Represents national and regional property and casualty insurers, including the London Market, and reinsurers, as either lead counsel or local counsel for national law firms in all aspects of insurance coverage litigation, with emphasis on environmental and toxic tort claims.

  • Represents clients in relation to environmental law, including advising and defending clients in negotiations and litigation with U.S. EPA, U.S. Department of Justice, the Indiana Department of Environmental Management and related administrative, court and appellate proceedings.


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Practice areas


  1. Insurance: 30%
    31 years
  2. Environmental and Natural Resources: 30%
    31 years
  3. Litigation: 25%
    38 years
  4. Aviation: 5%
    3 years
  5. Other: 10%
  6. More 



Hourly ($185-250/hour)

Payment types:

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  • David Alan Temple

    I endorse this lawyer. I have known and worked on a variety of cases with Bruce for 16 years, including mass tort litigation, environmental, insurance coverage and construction defects. He is always prepared, a true gentleman while advocating for his clients, and an excellent role model for all attorneys, young and old alike.


    David Temple Construction & Development Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Norris Choplin & Schroeder, LLP

101 West Ohio Street
Ninth Floor
Indianapolis, IN, 46204-4213


INActive In Good Standing197710/31/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Super LawyerNamed Super Lawyer by Law & Politics magazine2013
Super LawyerNamed Super Lawyer by Law & Politics magazine2012
Super LawyerNamed Super Lawyer by Law & Politics magazine2011
Super LawyerNamed Super Lawyer by Law & Politics magazine2010
Super LawyerNamed Super Lawyer by Law & Politics magazine2009
Certfied Civil LitigatorNational Board of Trial Advocacy2008
Super LawyerNamed Super Lawyer by Law & Politics magazine2005
Honorary Attorney General and Advocate of the State of IndainaAttorney General of Indiana, Linley E. Pearson1987
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
PartnerNorris Choplin & Schroeder, LLP1986 - Present
Deputy Attorney GeneralOffice of the Attorney General of Indiana1978 - 1985
Association namePosition nameDuration
Defense Trial Counsel of Indianaformer chair of the Insurance Coverage Section1986 - Present
Defense Research InstituteMember1986 - Present
American Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
American Association for JusticeAssociate Member1986 - Present
Indiana State Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
Indianapolis Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
Indianapolis Law ClubMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Cunningham v. Masterwear CorporationDistrict Court affirmed on appeal.
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Indiana University School of Law, IndianapolisLawJD - Juris Doctor1977
Hanover CollegePolitical ScienceBA1973
American UniversityN/AHonors Program in Urban AffairsN/A