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The first thing you’ll notice when you meet attorney Gayle Gerling Pettinga is her energy and her focus. You’ll notice that she really listens to you, listens to your story and connects with you on a personal level. She has a gift for understanding exactly what you and your family are going through, understanding the pain you may have experienced due to the negligence or recklessness of others.

You might not be looking for a friend, but you’ll know this right away – Gayle Gerling will be on your side, at your side, every step of the way. And isn’t this really what matters? Knowing that your attorney is at your side – fully prepared, experienced, knowledgeable, and ready to aggressively protect your legal rights and get you the compensation you deserve?

Gayle’s compassion for those in need extends beyond her personal injury clients at Gerling Law. Just ask the over 6,500 area children who have received free bicycle helmets as part of the Gerling Law Great Helmet Giveaway that Gayle launched in 2006. Or the victims of abuse who have sought refuge at Holly’s House or the cancer patients who receive support from Gilda’s Club of Evansville, two local non-profit organizations on whose boards of directors Gayle has served. In fact, the list of charitable and non-profit organizations in Evansville that benefit from the generosity of Gayle and her colleagues at Gerling Law now includes more than 100 organizations.

Born and raised in Evansville, Gayle is a respected, experienced lawyer and a valued community leader. She graduated near the top of her class at IU’s prestigious Maurer School of Law. She’s practiced law with one of the largest firms in Indianapolis as well as one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. And that means she knows how big law firms and big companies think and how they operate – and she will put that knowledge to work for you. When Gayle’s father, distinguished personal injury attorney Gary Gerling, decided that it was time to step down from leading the firm he founded in 1963, he didn’t have to look far to find a talented, energetic and compassionate attorney to take over the practice. He looked to his daughter, Gayle Gerling Pettinga, and now she leads an experienced group of results-oriented personal injury attorneys with offices in Evansville and Louisville.


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Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 20%
  2. Car Accident: 20%
  3. Spinal Cord Injury: 20%
  4. Wrongful Death: 20%
  5. Medical Malpractice: 20%



Contingent (33-40%), Free consultation (30 minutes)

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  • Mark S. Samila

    Gayle is an outstanding attorney who genuinely cares about her clients and achieves outstanding results for them.


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Contact info

Gerling Law

PO Box 3203
519 Main Street
Evansville, IN, 47731-3203


INActive In Good Standing198707/03/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2016
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2015
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2014
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2013
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2012
100 Years, 100 Women HonoreeYWCA Evansville, Indiana2011
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2011
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2010
Court AdmissionU.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana2010
Court AdmissionU.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana2010
Court AdmissionU.S. Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit2010
Finalist, Spirit of Giving AwardVanderburgh Community Foundation2010
Lifetime MemberCambridge Who's Who2010
Multi-Million Dollar AdvocateMulti-Million Dollar Advocates Forum2010
Court AdmissionU.S. Supreme Court2010
Finalist, Spirit of Giving AwardVanderburgh Community Foundation2009
Finalist, Celebration of Leadership AwardLeadership Evansvilee2009
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2009
Top 100 Trial LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2008
National Trial Lawyers Top 100 LawyersNational Trial Lawyers Association2007
Trial Advocacy Skills CertificateNational Institute for Trial Advocacy1990
Senior Note EditorIndiana Law Journal Editorial Board1986
Congressional Internship AwardJean Picker Program1982
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Owner and Managing AttorneyGerling Law1994 - Present
AttorneyEli Lilly & Company1991 - 1994
AttorneyFaegre Baker & Daniels1987 - 1991
Law ClerkWinston & Strawn, LLP1986 - 1986
Research Assistant for ProfessorIndiana University Maurer School Of Law1985 - 1985
Law ClerkGerling Law1984 - 1984
Staff AssistantRobert Pyle & Associates1984 - 1984
Congressional InternshipUnited States Congress1982 - 1982
Association namePosition nameDuration
Multi-Million Dollar Advocates ForumMember2010 - Present
Evansville Bar FoundationBarristers Circle2009 - Present
Women's Fund Vanderburgh CountyMember2007 - Present
National Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2007 - Present
National Trial Lawyers AssociationMember2007 - Present
Brain Injury Association of IndianaMember2007 - Present
Children's Museum of EvansvilleAdvisory Board Member2006 - Present
Women's Fund of Vanderburgh CountyMember2006 - Present
Better Business BureauMember2005 - Present
Juvenile Guidance FoundationBoard Member2003 - Present
Juvenile Guidance FoundationFounding Member2003 - Present
Indiana Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Directors2002 - Present
Evansville Chamber of CommerceMember2002 - Present
American Association for JusticeMember1994 - Present
Evansville Bar AssociationMember1994 - Present
Indiana Trial Lawyers AssociationMemer1994 - Present
Smith College Alumnae AssociationMember1987 - Present
Smith College Alumnae AssociationPast Member Board of Directors2015 - 2016
Gilda's Club of EvansvillePast Member of Finance Committee2012 - 2013
Gilda's Club of EvansvilleFounding Board Member and Past Board Member2011 - 2015
Gilda's Club of EvansvillePast Chair of Building Committee2011 - 2012
Holly's HouseFormer Board Member2010 - 2012
Women's Fund Vanderburgh CountyPast Member of Grants Committee2009 - 2010
Women's Fund of Vanderburgh CountyPast Co-Chair and Past Vice Chair of Advisory Board2009 - 2011
Culver Academies Parent BoardFormer Member2008 - 2013
Evansville Bar FoundationPast Board Member2006 - 2008
Indiana University Maurer School of LawPast Member of Alumni Advisory Board2006 - 2008
Children's Museum of EvansvillePast Member of Capital Campaign Committee2004 - 2006
Indiana Trial Attorneys, Law Pac CommitteePast Member2003 - 2004
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, Paralegal Training CommitteePast Member2003 - 2004
Juvenile Guidance FoundationFormer President2003 - 2006
Evansville Bar Association, Law Day CommitteePast Chair2001 - 2002
Evansville Bar Association, Court Action CommitteePast Member2000 - 2001
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, Amicus Curiae CommitteePast Member2000 - 2003
Indianapolis Bar AssociationBoard of Managers1993 - 1994
Indianapolis Bar Association, Women and the Law DivisionPast Chair1992 - 1993
Indianapolis Bar AssociationPast Member, Board of Managers1992 - 1993
Indiana State Bar AssociationMember1987 - 2015
Indianapolis Bar AssociationMember1987 - 1994
Publication nameTitleDate
639 N.E.2d 259 (Ind. 1994)Schrader v. Eli Lilly and Co., 639 N.E.2d 258 (Ind. 1994).1994
62 Indiana Law Journal"Rational Basis With Bite: Intermediate Scruitny By Any Other Name1986
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Indiana University School of Law, BloomingtonLawJD - Juris Doctor1987
Smith CollegeGovernmentBA - Bachelor of Arts1984