Steven J. Strawbridge

T 317.237.3832
F 317.237.3900
201 North Illinois Street
Suite 1900
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-4236

As a member at Frost Brown Todd, Steve Strawbridge practices construction, business and general litigation. He represents businesses, fraternal organizations, manufacturers, general contractors, owners, subcontractors, design professionals and sureties. Steve is involved in construction contract drafting, claims, negotiation and issue resolution for numerous large-scale projects, including power plants, hospitals, stadiums, university buildings, state and federal buildings, and a wide range of commercial structures.  Additionally, he defends businesses, fraternal organizations, employers and premises owners concerning a wide range of personal injury claims.


Represented large public utility and successfully resolved multi-million dollar lawsuit filed by a Chicago subcontractor in reference to an electrical power plant

Successfully represented subcontractor sued by a university in reference to alleged stadium deficiencies and actively participated in a mediation involving over 20 parties

Successfully defended a national restaurant chain and secured a defense verdict after a two-week trial for the local franchisee concerning multiple claims filed by five plaintiffs in litigation alleging defective security, negligent hiring, negligent retention and principal/agent liability

Helped contractors recover unpaid funds from owners on school projects, stadiums, hospitals, and a wide range of commercial projects

Successfully resolved claims against an orphanage filed by a former occupant alleging negligent security which allowed multiple acts of sexual abuse to occur over several years

Represented a surety and, after a contractor default, successfully completed over 15 large construction projects including schools, a hotel, jail, and university structures

Successfully resolved claims against a hotel alleging premises liability, lack of security, negligent hiring, negligent retention and principal/agent liability concerning injuries to a hotel guest caused by an employee criminal assault

Resolved through mediation claims against a landowner alleging lack of security, premises liability, and principal/agent liability arising from a criminal assault

Successfully defended a general contractor against claims asserted by a university concerning construction of a multi-story student dormitory

Defended contractors in a wide range of lawsuits, including wrongful death claims and commercial disputes

Highlights & Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America®, 2005 - 2015
  • Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers®  2007, 2010-2014

Memberships & Affiliations

  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • International Association of Defense Counsel, Construction Law Committee, Past Chair; Fidelity and Surety Committee, Past Chair; Served on Faculty Trial Academy, 2003
  • Associated General Contractors of Indiana, General Counsel, 2000- present
  • American Bar Association, Fidelity and SUrety Committee, Vice Chair
  • Defense Research Institute, Fidelity and Surety Committee, Past Chair

Civic & Charitable Organizations

  • Boy Scouts of America, Panel Counsel, 2000- present

Non-FBT Publications and Events

“Defending the Catastrophic Case,” Indianapolis Bar Association, 2007

Forum on Advanced Litigation Strategies, IADC, 2007

Comparison of Advocacy Options (United States, United Kingdom, Spain, Australia, Bermuda)

“I Followed the Plans and Specifications Defense. Myth or Reality?,” IADC, 2000

“Pandora’s Box Opens In Ohio, Can Indiana Be Far Behind?,” Indiana Constructor (Association of General Contractors of Indiana), 2000

Bi-monthly articles for Constructor magazine, AGC/I, 2000-present

Catastrophic Building Failures, IADC/Defense Counsel Journal, 2002

Other Contact Info


Michalin Sowers
T 317.237.3804