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Vernon J. Petri has always been a risk-taker - that's why he was once described by a respected colleague as an "alchemist" who turns the base metal of an improbable personal injury matter into the gold of a significant verdict for the injured.  Petri is one of only 69 lawyers to be awarded the certification of Diplomate in Trial Advocacy by the 60,000-member Association of Trial Lawyers of America.


Mr. Petri has always been willing to take cases on principle, not precedence.  He has fought to expand the rights of those injured in Indiana by exploring new theories of negligence, and in many cases, appealing them all the way to the Indiana Supreme Court.


Mr. Petri and his team of lawyers handle virtually all types of personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and products liability cases.  He has also been heavily involved in cases against pharmaceutical companies for producing and marketing dangerous and defective drugs.  Mr. Petri and his team will work tirelessly on your case, and work to get you the best result you deserve.


Languages spoken: English, Italian, Spanish

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Practice areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 50%
  2. Personal Injury: 50%



Contingent (30-33%), Free consultation (60 minutes)

Attorney endorsements

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  • Michael S. Waddington

    I endorse Vernon. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community.


    Michael Waddington Military law Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

  • Joseph H. Saunders

    I have worked as co-counsel with Vern on several complex cases and have been impressed with his skill as a litigator and a negotiator. I highly recommend Vern.


    Joseph Saunders Personal injury Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

Contact info

Vernon J. Petri and Associates

2124 East Hanna Ave.
Indianapolis, IN, 46227-3314


INActive In Good Standing196607/03/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
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Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Certified Diplomat in Trial AdvocacyAmerican Association of JusticeN/A
Indiana Super LawyerSuper LawyersN/A
Top 100 LawyersThe American Trial Lawyers AssociationN/A
MemberMillion Dollar Advocates ForumN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner & PartnerVernon J. Petri & Associates1966 - Present
Prosecuting AttorneyOwen County Prosecutor's Office1966 - 1974
Strategic Intelligence AgentCenter Intelligence Agency1963 - 1966
Counter Intelligence AgentCenter Intelligence Agency1959 - 1963
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Trial Lawyers Association, Breast Implant Litigation GroupBoard of DirectorsN/A
The Civil Justice FoundationMemberN/A
American Association of Former Intelligence OfficersMemberN/A
American Association for JusticeChairmanN/A
Indiana Trial Lawyers AssociationMemberN/A
Non-Steroidal Drugs Nationwide LitigationChairN/A
American College of BarristersSenior CounselN/A
Million Dollar Advocates ForumMemberN/A
Indiana Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Directors1982 - 1982
Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys AssociationPresident1974 - 1974
Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys AssociationBoard Member1970 - 1975
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
"Killer Curve" on I-70Judgment for Plaintiff
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Publication nameTitleDate
Northstar Media, LLCTuscany al Verano, The Culinary Journey from Lucca2012
American Plumbing AssociationWhy Are Water Heaters Scalding People and How Can We Eliminate the Hazard1999
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaEvaluation, Investigation and Preparation of a Burn Case due to Unexpected Scalding Tap Water from a Defective Water HeaterN/A
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Indiana University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1966
Indiana UniversityN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1959
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaTort Law2008
Association of Trial Lawyers of AmericaEvaluation and Preparation of a Case Involving Misdiagnosed Breast Cancer in Women2001
Assocation of Trial Lawyers of AmericaPreparing your Case for a Daubert ChallengeN/A