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For more than fourteen years, Michael Ray Smith was in-house counsel for Eli Lilly and Company. While in Lilly’s law division, Mike worked in the environmental legal department, in the office of the corporate secretary, and, for the last ten years, in the commercial transactions group. While in commercial transactions, Mike supported the Company’s global sourcing operations, writing and negotiating contracts for all manner of goods and services, including a $1.3 billion energy management outsourcing transaction. Mike, who retired from Lilly in 2008, is a member of Smith Rayl Law Office, LLC, in Fishers, Indiana, providing personal service and practical advice for businesses and nonprofit organizations.


Practice areas


  1. LLC: 30%
  2. Business: 20%
    2 years
  3. Estate Planning: 20%
    2 years
  4. Contracts: 20%
    2 years
  5. Corporate: 10%



Hourly ($245/hour), Fixed (sometimes)

Payment types:

Cash, Check, Credit card

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Contact info

Smith Rayl Law Office, LLC

11650 Lantern Rd.
Ste. 119
Fishers, IN, 46038


INActive In Good Standing199407/03/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Heartland Pro Bono AwardHeartland Pro Bono Council2004
American Jurisprudence Award -- Family LawLawyer's Cooperative1993
Note Development EditorIndiana Law Review1992
American Jurisprudence Award -- ContractsLawyer's Cooperative1989
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
MemberSmith Rayl Law Office, LLC2009 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorIndiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law2010 - 2012
Contract AttorneyCommunity Development Law Center2009 - 2009
Adjunct ProfessorIndiana University School of Law -- Indianapolis2009 - 2009
MemberMichael Smith Law Office, LLC2008 - 2009
CounselEli Lilly and Company1998 - 2008
AttorneyEli Lilly and Company1993 - 1998
Department Head - Biochemical EngineeringEli Lilly and Company1990 - 1993
Patent AssociateEli Lilly and Company1989 - 1990
Chemical EngineerEli Lilly and Company1982 - 1989
Research/Teaching AssistantPurdue University1980 - 1982
Chemical EngineerEli Lilly and Company1978 - 1980
Association namePosition nameDuration
Indiana State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Indianapolis Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Institute of Chemical EngineersMemberN/A
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Hamilton County Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Publication nameTitleDate
Indiana State Bar Association Business Law Section NewsletterCase Summary: In re Lester Lee2015
Indiana State Bar Association Business Law Section NewsletterThe Lights Are On but Nobody's Home: LLCs with No Members2014
Fishers Business InsiderYes, Your LLC Needs an Operating Agreement2011
Indiana Law ReviewLimiting the Discretion of the Administrator of Poor Relief in Indiana1993
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Indiana University School of Law, IndianapolisLawJD - Juris Doctor1993
Purdue UniversityChemical EngineeringMS - Master of Science1982
Vanderbilt UniversityChemical EngineeringOther - Bachelors1978
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Indiana State Bar Association Solo/Small Firm ConferenceMinority Ownership in Closely Held Companies2016
Solo & Small Firm ConferenceNuts and Bolts of Business Formation2015
LLC, S-Corp, C-corp, or PartnershipSingle and Multi Member LLC Top Mistakes to Avoid2015
LLC, S-Corp, C-Corp, or PartnershipLLC State Law Update2015
ISBA Annual MeetingWhat’s the Answer? Perspectives from Those Who Negotiate, Litigate & Decide (Panel discussion)2015
National Business Institute Continuing Legal EducationWhat Estate Planners Need to Know about LLC Formation2013
National Business Institute Continuing Legal EducationBusiness Contracts from A to Z2011
IUPUI Solution Center's Nonprofit Solutions Community/Campus PresentationsStrategic Alliances for Nonprofit Organizations2009