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James Forest Ludlow

Personal injury Attorney at Indianapolis, IN

5.0   18 reviews
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  • State Years
    Indiana - IN 36 years
    Illinois - IL Licensed
  • Licensed for 36 years
    State IN
    Acquired 1987
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found
  • Licensed
    State IL
    Acquired N/A
    Active Out of State Lawyer - Permitted to Practice No misconduct found

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James F. Ludlow is an Indianapolis based attorney who is dedicated to helping injured people throughout Indiana and the United States. He offers clients an appropriate balance of aggressive but compassionate representation. His goal is to provide excellent service and to obtain the maximum financial recovery that is reasonable and fair for the particular injury that a client has sustained. 

The vast majority of his clients have never been involved in a personal injury claim or have ever hired an attorney. In fact, they have no desire to do so now, but the severity of their injuries makes them realize that they really need legal representation. He brings over 33 years experience in representing personal injury clients and those who have lost loved ones because of someone’s carelessness or negligence. In each case, James strives to understand the precise nature and extent of a client's injury. By having an in-depth understanding of the specific injury, he can better assess how this injury may affect the client, both now and in the future. This understanding is critical in determining the amount of compensation that a client rightfully deserves.

Financial compensation can never take the place of a loved one who was killed, nor can it eliminate the pain or disability that your accident has caused. However, a successful personal injury or wrongful death claim can ease the financial impact of your loss or serious injury. James will work hard for fair and just compensation that can enable you to get on with your life.


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Why Hire James Ludlow, Attorney at Law
James Ludlow discusses common auto accident injuries: Neck Injuries
James Ludlow discusses common auto accident injuries: Shoulder Injuries
James Ludlow discusses common auto accident injuries: Tibial Plateau Fractures
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James Ludlow, Attorney at Law, PC
Main Office
9520 East Washington Street
Indianapolis, IN, 46229
James Ludlow, Attorney at Law, PC
Southside Location by Appointment Only
435 E. Main Street, Suite 125
Greenwood, IN, 46143
James Ludlow, Attorney at Law, PC
Northside Location by Appointment Only
I-69 & 96th Street
Indianapolis, IN, 46229
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Posted by Tracey | April 27, 2012
Life changing experience!
After my accident I immediately began receiving mail from every attorney in and out of town. We had so many decisions and arrangements to make because we knew I would be off work for a long time. My husband and I decided to weed through the letters and pick out the ones that did not send a bunch of promises and propaganda. After about 6 calls I contacted Jay Ludlow. Almost immediately I knew we would chose him. He didn't seem desperate for our business, he gave us an opportunity to ask questions, he made no assumptions as to what we were seeking. Our first meeting, was at our home. Jay was polite and not pushy. He made us feel very comfortable. He made sure we understood the urgency of some things, and other things that could be handled over time. One of the things that really stood out for me was the fact that he never tried to force me to see doctors that I didn't need or want to see. Jay was thorough and detailed and kept us informed every step of the way. Jay truly "worked" for us! There was never a moment that I doubted choosing him to represent us. It was obvious and clear that my case was not just about money but about making sure I received the best treatment in order to get back to my way of life prior to the accident. I didn't have to worry about medical bills or people calling and harassing me. Jay in my opinion went above and beyond what we ever expected. Although I know we were not his only case at the time, it never showed. I felt as though he dedicated all of his time on my case. There was "never" a time that we did not know what was going on or what was coming up. Jay was able to provide us with more information about my injuries than we received from the physicians, which was phenomenal. Jay is compassionate yet very aggressive when it comes to getting things done. He let us know his goals and expectations and encouraged us to set our own. My accident changed my life. Having Jay Ludlow as an attorney made the changes so much easier to deal with. His representation and knowledge relieved us of so much stress. I am truly grateful. I have since referred several people to Jay and will continue to do so.
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Posted by Don | October 21, 2021
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Field service engineer
Mr. Ludlow was very helpful always made sure to keep me updated worked hard at getting me what I deserved. Thank you Sir
Posted by anonymous | August 19, 2021
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Grateful Clients
Mr James Ludlow was/is very personable and very good at keeping us updated on what was going on with our case. Mr Ludlow was very concerned with our injuries and wanted to make sure that before trying to settle our case, we were truly doing better. We would highly recommend Ludlow Law Office to our family, friends and strangers!
Posted by anonymous | April 3, 2021
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Recommended attorney
I had my very first auto accident and needed help with my claim. I had never hired a lawyer before, and I found Mr Ludlow by online search and hired him based on his highly rated reviews. I am very grateful for his assistance. Throughout the process, he was kind, reassuring and professional as was all of his staff. He helped me with my case and I was very satisfied with the outcome. I would highly recommend Mr Ludlow to anyone that needs an excellent lawyer to handle an accident claim.
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Posted by Dennis | July 9, 2018
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Great Lawyer! No Tricks or Gimmicks
Mr. Ludlow came recommended, after I was in a major semi accident. After a met & greet, I hired Mr. Ludlow and his team. The accident will cause me to have problems the rest of my life. I was very fortunate to have Mr. Ludlow explain the process to me, since I was nervous and naive about the process. Since I had ongoing issues, my case lasted a little bit longer. But Mr. Ludlow and his team kept me informed and promptly answered any questions that I had. We had a lot of meetings and Mr. Ludlow would always accommodate my schedule. There were several mediations and Mr. Ludlow never made me feel rushed, to settle. He always gave me the pro's & con's, but it was always my decision. Although we did settle prior to trial, I feel very confident that Mr. Ludlow and his team were well prepare to litigate the case. If anyone I know ever has to go through something like I did, your firm (Mr. Ludlow) will be who I recommend. Thank You
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Posted by anonymous | April 6, 2018
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Intelligent and determined lawyer
I was the passenger in a head-on collision and was severely injured. My medical bills had been piling up long before I decided to contact an attorney, and by that time the statute of limitations was close to ending. I found Mr. Ludlow on Avvo and chose him based on his ratings/reviews. I’m so glad that I did, because I’m not sure another attorney would have been as thorough and attentive as he was. There were times that he called me later in the evenings, and even on weekends, so I have no doubt he was doing his best work. While the case took about a year and a half to come to a close, he stayed in contact with me every step of the way, always explained what was going on, and assured me that he was taking care of things. My medical bills are finally taken care of because of the work Mr. Ludlow and his team put into my case. From the very beginning, being up against the statute of limitations deadline, he was efficient but still paid attention to all the details, and I have no doubt that’s why he had so many great reviews from others. Mr. Ludlow and his team are worth it, and I am 100% a satisfied client who will recommend him to anyone in the future.
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Posted by Bob | December 12, 2016
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Great blog and a great follow up
I found James' blog while I was searching an insurance problem. His blog provided enough information to begin to ask the right questions. I emailed James with short statement of the facts as I saw them and to my surprise he emailed me back and them followed up with a phone call. James gave me enough information and encouraged me to try to get a resolution through the Indiana Department of Insurance first before engaging a lawyer. Short story is spot on advice and a positive outcome. Truly a lawyer that puts people and their problems first.
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Posted by Jeremy | August 19, 2016
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James and his team are great.
James and his team worked very hard to fight for my interests and kept me informed throughout the entire process. His team was super fast to respond to any of my questions, which were many and varied. Even though I live all the way on the west coast James was willing and eager to help me fight for what was owed to me. His office always made sure that I had a realistic idea of how my case was going to play out. He wasn't afraid to tell me when he thought I was making a mistake either, which was a real breath of fresh air. I would recommend James Ludlow and his team to anyone, and I will continue to use his office in legal matters.
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Posted by Ron | June 30, 2016
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Review for James Ludlow
Having never gone through a personal injury law suit and a wrongful death suit as well, Mr. Ludlow was guiding and informing us all the way through. His experience and expertise in every matter that surfaced really put my sister and I at rest. I would not hesitate for a second to recommend Mr. Ludlow to anyone because of his honest and fair treatment we received from him and also his staff.
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Posted by ALC | June 9, 2016
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The Attorney Who Cares about his Client
Mr. Ludlow represented me as I was involved in a motor vehicle accident which resulted in my rotator cuff being torn and subsequent surgery and physical therapy. From the start of conversation to the very end James and his staff ensured that I was knowledgeable and educated as to the status of my case. His primary concern was for me to recover from my injuries and get healthy again. He is diligent and fought on my behalf for over a year with two stubborn Insurance companies. My case should have been textbook, however the insured and his insurance company made it difficult. James Ludlow never faltered, his faith in my case and genuine concern of the well-being of myself and family not only resulted in a settlement but reflects his expertise and experience. Should you ever be in a situation to which you have deal with multiple insurance companies, James Ludlow is definely the attorney to seek out. I am truly thankful that I followed my heart and retained him.
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Posted by Weylin | July 3, 2015
Very satisfied!
I was in a car accident. I found Mr. James Ludlow online. I had never dealt with a lawyer before, so this was all new to me. He was an great Lawyer. He kept me well informed the whole time, and made everything so easy for me. I would highly recommend him to anyone. I was not wanting any money, just wanted it all settled with the insurance company and enough to cover his fees, but I walked away with all that and extra!
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Posted by Avi | May 12, 2015
So very helpful.
I was so confused about what my options were after being unjustly accused of being at fault during a motor vehicle accident and being asked to pay a large sum of money. The other party was/is wrongly claiming damages contradicting the police crash report and pictures but I'm still scared because I've never been in this situation. Attorney Ludlow openly received my call and gave me a full on free consultation over the phone. He gave me options and guided me toward what my next step should be. Not to mention, I could not receive any advise from numerous other attorneys I called. I'm so glad I came across his information and look forward to working with him.
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Posted by anonymous | March 12, 2015
Best lawyer in town
Mr Ludlow is the most caring, trustworthy person I know. He is a great attorney and he is genuine!!!! He helped me tremendously so don't hesitate to hire this wonderful person!!
Posted by Nicole | June 23, 2014
James Ludlow was able to accomplish more in just a few months than other lawyers were able to do in almost two years. He consistently kept me informed on the happenings in my case as well as potential outcomes. I was very pleased with James Ludlow's responsiveness to the case as well as the overall outcome.
Posted by anonymous | June 17, 2014
James Ludlow, Indianapolis, IN.
Mr. Ludlow helped me in litigation with Progressive Auto Insurance. One thing that Mr. Ludlow did, that Progressive did not, was treat me like a person! Someone valuable who's life had been changed by the reckless driving of others. Insurance companies like Progressive could absolutely care less about their customers and how their lives are affected following an accident. Mr. Ludow demonstrated compassion and did everything he could to help me get my life back on track.
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Posted by Casey | January 14, 2013
"Highly Recommend!"
I just can't say enough good things about James Ludlow, his staff, his professionalism, how well I was treated and how diligently my case was handled. After my accident I was nervous and embarassed about having to get an attorney for my injuries but James was my friend first throughout the entire process. He made me feel comfortable and was more concerned about helping me "live" again before anything else. He always kept me well informed. Anytime I had a question he was always available. There was not one detail of my case that he missed, he was very thorough in his work and always updated me. To this day he is still a good friend and I am forever thankful for everything he did for me. I would highly recommend him to anyone! Amazing attorney and outstanding person!
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Posted by Mark | October 17, 2012
Mark S. McCormick Survey Results
James Ludlow impressed me from the very start of our relationship through the final resolution of my lawsuit. Although he didn't know me he returned my first call within an hour and remained highly responsive during my case. His advice was absolutely the best and he even recommended the best neurosurgeon in the area. I have recommended him on several occasions and will continue to do so in the future.
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Posted by Jody | September 19, 2012
"Best of the Best"
A few years ago I was involved in an automobile accident that left me with a spinal injury and two surgeries. JAMES was the absolute best choice I could have made for an attorney! His attention to detail, his follow thru, and his follow up were all more than I could have hoped for. He met with my doctor to get a first hand feel for the exact extent of my injuries, and he kept me well informed throughout the entire legal process. In the end, he was able to secure an out of court settlement that was both fair and just. My husband and I not only know JAMES as our attorney, he has become our friend. Don't hire anyone else!
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  • Contingency 33%-33%


AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Attorney
  • James F. Ludlow, Attorney at Law
  • 1987 - Present


  • Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1987
  • Indiana State University
  • M.B.A.
  • 1984
  • Indiana State University
  • B.S.
  • 1982

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Truck Accident Case
  • Case settled for payment of $1,750,000.00
  • Delivery Van Accident Case
  • Case settled prior to trial for $1,625,000.
  • Trucking Accident Case
  • Case settled prior to trial for $1,250,000.
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  • Indiana Trial Lawyers Association
  • Board of Directors
  • 2007 - Present
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • N/A
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • N/A
  • American Association for Justice
  • N/A
  • Rotary Club
  • Vice President
  • 2010 - 2011
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyer 2020
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2020
  • Best Lawyer 2019
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2019
  • Best Lawyer 2018
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2018
  • Best Lawyer 2017
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2017
  • Best Lawyer 2016
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2016
  • Best Lawyer 2015
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2015
  • Best Lawyer 2014
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2014
  • Best Lawyer 2013
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2013
  • Best Lawyer 2012
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2012
  • Best Lawyer 2011
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2011
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  • The Indiana Lawyer
  • Admissibility of the Existence of Liability Insurance Via the Defendant's Expert Witness
  • 1995
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Speaking Engagements

  • ITLA Lifetime Achievement Seminar Honoring David V. Scott
  • Indiana’s Tort Prejudgment Interest Statute: How to Make It Work For Your Client
  • 2008

Attorney endorsements

Received (6)
Given (5)
Endorse James
Car accident Attorney | Dec 12
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I have had the pleasure of working with Jay on a number of cases and am always impressed by his knowledge and experience. In the vast sea of attorneys, I can say first hand that Jay Ludlow is the real deal."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 16
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I have worked with Jay on numerous cases and have always been impressed with his attention to detail and advocacy on behalf of his clients."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 14
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Jay is a great attorney, compassionate, smart and hardworking. I highly recommend Jay."
Personal injury Attorney | May 25
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse James. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Personal injury Attorney | Jan 26
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Apr 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Jay Ludlow. He is an excellent attorney who represents his injury clients in an effective and caring manner."
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Indianapolis Personal injury Lawyer James Forest Ludlow
James Forest Ludlow
Personal injury Attorney
Indianapolis, IN
Licensed for 36 years
Virtual consultation available