Maggie L. Smith

T 317.237.3223
F 317.237.3900
201 North Illinois Street
Suite 1900
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-4236

Maggie has been recognized as one of the The Best Lawyers in America® in the field of appellate practice and has been named one the top 25 Women Attorneys in Indiana by Super Lawyers®

She has been involved in hundreds of appeals, and has represented businesses, individuals, and groups in all types of appellate proceeding at every level of the state and federal appellate courts, and also has significant experience representing amicus curiae parties before Indiana's appellate courts.  Maggie has been actively involved in drafting the Indiana Appellate Rules, is a leader in the state and national appellate practice communities, and is a frequent presenter on appellate topics.

Prior to entering private practice, she served as a judicial law clerk with the Indiana Supreme Court and was an Adjunct Professor of Law at Indiana University, teaching legal writing and reasoning and appellate advocacy.

The Indiana Supreme Court appointed Maggie to its Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure in 2009, and in this capacity she is engaged in the continuous study of all the Indiana Rules of Procedure (Trial Rules, Evidence Rules, Jury Rules, Appellate Rules, Professional Conduct Rules, etc.).   Maggie has been actively involved in the e-fling projects, Administrative Rule 9(G) overhaul, and the appellate rules.


Successfully defended the constitutionality of the original Indiana wine shipping statute on appeal in the federal courts

Successfully represented Dolby Laboratories on appeal in patent challenge to Dolby Surround Sound systems

Successfully prosecuted appeal resulting in long-dormant cause of action for Title by Acquiescence being recognized

Highlights & Recognitions

  • Chambers USA, Litigation: Appellate, 2017
  • AV® Rated, Martindale Hubbell® Highest level of "ethical standards and professional ability"
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, 2009–2018
  • Selected for inclusion in the Indiana Super Lawyers®, 2012–2017
  • Selected as one of The Top 25 Women Lawyers by Indiana Super Lawyers®, 2014
  • 2013 Indiana State Bar Association David Hamacher Public Service Award
  • Indiana Outstanding Young Attorney of the Year, 2000
  • Presidential Citation for Excellence, Indiana State Bar Association, 1999
  • Indiana Bar Foundations, Fellow

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Indiana Supreme Court Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure, 2009 to present.
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Appellate Practice Section, Section Chair, 2010-2011; Vice Chair, 2008-2009;  Appellate Rules Update Committee, Chairman, 2008, Bench/Bar and Special Projects Committee, Chair, Indiana Docs Appellate Drafting Committee, Chair, Evening with the Appellate Judges, Chair, Appellate Survey Seminar, Planning Committee, Appellate Skills Seminar, Planning Committee, Masters Level Appellate Practice CLE, Planning Committe,  Council Member for District 11; Committee on Judicial Improvements; Federal Judiciary Committee, former Chair; Committee on State Legislation; Long Range Planning Commission
  • American Bar Association, Council of Appellate Lawyers; Speakers Board, Indiana and Seventh Circuit representative
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Pro Bono Recognition Committee, Past Chair
  • Indianapolis Sagamore Inn of Court, Past Barrister

Civic & Charitable Organizations

  • Beacon of Hope Center for Women, Volunteer Grant Writer 
  • Indiana Department of Child Services, volunteer
  • Purchased, Inc., volunteer
  • Kids Games, group leader
  • Navajo Christian Foundation, team leader
  • Shepherd Community Center, coordinator for service outreach program
  • Traders Point Christian Academy, Parent Teacher Fellowship Executive Committee; Chair, Fundraiser Auctions 2009, 2010, 2011; Coordinator of Family Involvement Campout; Attorney Coordinator for Lincoln Days; Room Parent
  • Common Ground Christian Church, Sunday School Lead Teacher; Small Group Leader; Hospitality Committee
  • Indiana Appellate Pro Bono Project, Volunteer, 2008-present
  • Planning Committee for Statewide Gala honoring Chief Justice Shepard
  • "Why Lincoln Was A Lawyer" Program, TPCA School Coordinator, 2010, 2012
  • Indiana Chapter, University of Arizona Alumni Association, Board of Directors, President
  • Preserve at Eagle Creek Homeowners Association
  • Community Organization Legal Assistance Program, Community Coordinator
  • Care Center Women and Children’s Shelter
  • Neighborhood Fellowship Inner City Ministry, Board of Directors

Non-FBT Publications and Events

Chair and Moderator: An Insider's Guide to Appellate Practice, May 8, 2014

Presenter: Appellate Practice: Challenging and Defending Decisions of the Worker’s Compensation Board, Masters Roundtable Worker's Compensation, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Foundation, March 7, 2014

Presenter: Advanced Appellate Practice, ICLEF Masters Series Conference, July 20-21, 2012

Presenter: Survey of Recent Amendments to the Appellate Rules, ISBA Family and Juvenile Law Symposium, April 11, 2012

Presenter:  What You Need To Know About The Recent Amendments to the Indiana Appellate Rules, Indiana Continuing Legal Education, March 22, 2012

Moderator and Author: Making Your Case: The Art of Persuading Judges--Indiana Style, May 13, 2011

Presenter: Initiating The Appeal, Indiana Continuing Legal Education, May 13, 2011

Presenter: Mechanics and Strategies For Brief Writing In Indiana Appellate Courts, City of Indianapolis Office of Corporation Counsel, April 16, 2010

Presenter: Developing Appellate Skills, Indiana Continuing Legal Education, November 10, 2009

Presenter: Indiana Appellate Practice Legal Seminar, City of Indianapolis Office of Corporation Counsel, July 24, 2009

Presenter: Judicial Notice of Facts, Indiana Continuing Legal Education, October 27, 2008

Presenter: "Welcome to the 21st Century: An Appellate Perspective," ICLEF 2008

Presenter: "Advanced Appellate Practice," Masters Level Series, ICLEF 2008

Presenter: "Appellate Statistics," DTCI Annual Meeting, 2007

Presenter: "Survey of Indiana Appellate Practice," ICLEF 2007

Presenter: “Notice of Appeal Through Certification of the Decision,” Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, 2007

Presenter: “Arguing The Call: Key Practice Tips for Indiana’s Appellate Courts,” Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, 2007

Presenter: “Appellate Motions Practice,” Indiana Continuing Legal Education, 2006

Presenter: “Reading the Appellate Courts and Planning Your Appeal,” Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, 2006

Presenter: “State Court Appellate Practice, Top Ten Practice Tips for Young Lawyers and General Practitioners,” Indiana Continuing Legal Education, 2004, 2003, 1999

Presenter: “The Art of Oral Argument,” Indiana Continuing Education, 2003

Author: “Appellate Civil Case Law Update,” Res Gestae,ongoing contributing editor, 2003-present

Author: “Recent Cases on Appellate Practice,” The Appellate Advocate, ongoing contributing editor, 2002-present

Author: “Indiana Constitutional Law: What You Don’t Know Could Hurt You,” Indiana Lawyer, 1999

Other Contact Info


Christy Gray
T 317.237.3939