Robert B. Thornburg

Indianapolis
T 317.237.3826
F 317.237.3900
201 North Illinois Street
Suite 1900
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-4236

Rob is a member of Frost Brown Todd and a trial attorney who concentrates his practice in the areas of product liability, commercial litigation, breach of warranty, lemon law and tort litigation. Rob has experience in Indiana State and Federal courts and routinely represents product manufacturers against product liability and product performance claims throughout Indiana and the Midwest, having handled cases in Indiana as well as 15 other states. Rob has first-chair jury trial experience in more than 25 cases tried to verdict, including product liability, breach of warranty, lemon law and tort claims. He has also tried well over 30 bench trials and arbitrations.

Highlights & Recognitions

  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Personal Injury Litigation - Defendants, 2016-2018
  • Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers® 2011–2018
  • Outstanding Young Lawyer, Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, 2005

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association
  • Association for Corporate Growth
  • Defense Research Institute, Products Liability Sub-Committee
  • Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, Secretary and Board Member

Civic & Charitable Organizations

  • Indy Premier Soccer Club, Board of Directors, 2015-present
  • St. Louis de Montfort Catholic Church, Fall Festival Committee and Shannon Smiles 5k run/walk race director, Father's Ministry and Welcome Committee
  • St. Louis de Montfort Catholic Church, CYO basketball, football and soccer coach
  • Knights of Columbus, Father Thomas J. Kelley Council No. 6923
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Homeless Legal Project, 2011–2015
  • Indianapolis Monumental Marathon, Board of Directors, 2009–2011

Non-FBT Publications and Events

Survey of Recent Developments in Indiana Product Liability Law, 50 Ind. L. Rev 1305 (2017)

Survey of Recent Developments in Indiana Product Liability Law, 49 Ind. L. Rev 1125 (2016)

"Cars of the Future: Product Liability Implications and Solutions", Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana Annual Civil Litigation Review, 2015

Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, Annual Meeting and Seminar Chair, November 20-21, 2014

Survey of Recent Developments in Indiana Product Liability Law, 47 Ind. L. Rev 1129 (2014)

Survey of Recent Developments in Indiana Product Liability Law, 46 Ind. L. Rev 1151 (2013)

“Thanking the Academy, Voir Dire”, Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, Rookie Seminar, April 10, 2013

Survey of Recent Developments in Indiana Product Liability Law, 45 Ind. L. Rev. 1279 (2012)

Survey of Recent Developments in Indiana Product Liability Law, 44 Ind. L. Rev. 1377 (2011)

"Consumer Product Safety Information: Problems Ahead for the Unwary", Trial.com, Litigation Management Driving Great Results Supercourse, May12-15, 2011

“Voir Dire Basics”, Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, Rookie Seminar, April 15, 2011

Survey of Recent Developments in Indiana Product Liability Law, 43 Ind. L. Rev. 873 (2010)

Survey of Recent Developments in Indiana Product Liability Law, 42 Ind. L. Rev. 1093 (2009)

“Electronic Discovery -- Document Retention and Responding to Discovery Demands,” Harmonie Group, 2008

“Issues Affecting the Trucking Industry,” multiple Harmonie Group presentations, Chicago, St. Louis and Toronto, 2008

"Daubert in Indiana, Fifteen Years Later-Still Reliable and Still Inconclusive," Indiana Civil Litigation Review, Volume V, No. 2 (2008)

Survey of Recent Developments in Indiana Product Liability Law, 41 Ind. L. Rev. 1165 (2008)

"Rebuttable Presumption Affirmed," The Indiana Lawyer, 2007

“Challenges to Expert Witness Testimony,” Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana annual meeting, 2007

“Mouse Clicks Instead of Paper Cuts: The Electronic Courtroom & The Paperless Trial,” Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys, 2007

“Opening Statements and Closing Arguments,” Indianapolis Bar Association, 2005

“Economic Loss Doctrine and Warranty Litigation,” Defense Research Institute, 2005

“Old Tricks, New Dogs, Voir Dire Basics,” Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, 2005

"Indiana's Rebuttable Presumption in Product Liability Jury Trials," The Indiana Lawyer, 2004

"Electronic Discovery: Suggestions for Resisting Inappropriate Intrusions," For The Defense, 2004

Other Contact Info

Mobile

317.696.5556

Assistant

Lynn Selan
Email
T 317.237.3982
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