Julia Blackwell Gelinas

T 317.237.3845
F 317.237.3900
201 North Illinois Street
Suite 1900
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-4236

Julia chairs the Firm's appellate practice group and is the former chair of the Locke Reynolds appellate practice group. She continues to practice in appellate, construction, fidelity and surety, and other commercial matters. She also represents lawyers before the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission. Julia served as chair of the management committee of the former Locke Reynolds law firm from 2000 to 2005, one of very few women to hold that title in Indianapolis. A well-respected national leader in the profession, she is a frequently requested speaker.

Highlights & Recognitions

  • Indiana Women of Achievement Award, Ball State University College of Science and Humanities, 2016
  • Indiana Lawyer, Leadership in Law Awards, Distinguished Barrister, 2016
  • American Academy of Appellate Lawyers, Fellow
  • Recipient of the Antoinette Dakin Leach Award, 2010
  • Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers® and the Top 25 Female Super Lawyers, 2004–2018
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, 2007–2019
  • The Best Lawyers in America©, Indianapolis Construction Lawyer of the Year, 2012
  • “Women to Watch,” Indianapolis Business Journal and Indiana Lawyer, 2000
  • Chambers USA® America's Leading Business Lawyers, 2018
  • The American Bar Foundation, Fellow
  • Indianapolis Bar Foundation, Distinguished Fellow
  • AV® Preeminent™ Peer Review Rated, Bar Register of Women Lawyers, Martindale Hubbell Inaugural Edition®, 2011

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Torts and Insurance Practice Section; Fidelity and Surety Committee, Vice-Chair, 1990-1995 and 1997-2002; Professional Issues Committee
  • American Bar Association, Forum on the Construction Industry Committee
  • Council of Appellate Lawyers
  • Indianapolis American Inns of Court, Founding Member, Master of the Bench
  • Indianapolis and Indiana State Bar Associations
  • Legal Advisory Committee to the Indiana Legal Foundation
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association, Committee on Membership & Programs, Indiana Chair
  • Indiana State Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission, Former Chair, 1999-2001, Executive Committee Member, 1991-2001
  • Surety Claims Institute
  • The Lawyers Club
  • Fidelity Law Association
  • IU School of Law - Indianapolis, Board of Directors, President 1992-1994

Press Releases

Civic & Charitable Organizations

  • Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis Alumni Association, Past President, 1992-1994
  • St. Elizabeth’s Home, Board Member, 1990-1995
  • Cathedral Arts Midsummer Festival

Non-FBT Publications and Events

"Conflicts of Interest," Applied Professionalism Conference, Indiana Continuing Education Forum, October 21, 2016

"Ethics," The Alumni Association of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, Indiana, September, 2016

"Recent Supreme Court Cases and Trends in Attorney Discipline," Notre Dame Lawyers Committee of the Notre Dame Club of Indianapolis, October, 2015

"Ethics," The Alumni Association of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, Indiana, September 16, 2015

Panel Discussion with Judge Heather Welch, Marion Superior Court, Women in Law, Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, Indianapolis, Indiana, April 17, 2014

"Ethical and Effective Ways to Communicate With Former, Current and Future Clients," Forum on the Construction Industry, American Bar Association, 2013 Annual Meeting, Dana Point, California, April 27, 2013

"Safely Steering Your Practice Through the Orange Cones - Ethics Tips," ICLEF, Merrillville, Indiana, October 24, 2012

"Advanced Appellate Practice," ICLEF, French Lick, Indiana, July 20, 2012

“Defenses Available to Surety,” American Bar Association, 2012 Mid-Winter Meeting, New York, New York, January 27, 2012

“Ethical Issues Pitfalls and Update for Family Lawyers,” ICLEF, Fort Wayne, Indiana, December 9, 2011

"Civil Issues Percolating in Courts of Appeal" Appellate Judges Education Institute, American Bar Association, 2010 Summit, Dallas, Texas, November 18, 2010

"Legal Ethics Issues in Federal Construction Contracting" Forum on the Construction Industry, American Bar Association, 2010 Midwinter Meeting, San Francisco, California, January 28, 2010

"Defenses Available to the Surety" The Law of Performance Bonds (2d Ed.), American Bar Association, 2009

Ethics and Family Law, ICLEF, November 21, 2008

Ethics Presentation, IBA Business Section Ethics and Transactions, November 14, 2007

Appellate Presentation, IBA, March 4, 2007

“Indiana Ethics: The Top 5”  ICLEF, 2007

“Commercial Surety Indemnity Agreement Issues” Commercial Surety, Chapter 10, Co-Author, American Bar Association, 2007

Payment Bond Manual, Indiana Chapter, 2006

“Ethics in Transactions”  Indianapolis Bar Association, 2006

“Criminal and Civil Appellate Practice”  Lorman Education Services, 2006

Advanced Ethics, ICLEF, May 2006

Appellate Skills Institute, November 2006

“Outreach Back to Basics: Contract Surety Bond Claims”  Tort Trial and Insurance Practice, American Bar Association, 2004

“Human Resources"  Women in Law Conference, 2002

“How do you Define a Final Judgment in Federal Appeals? When is Enough Enough?”
Advanced Federal Practice, 2002

“Defenses Available to the Surety” The Law of Suretyship (2d Ed.), American Bar Association, 2000

“Annotated Banker’s Blanket Bond” American Bar Association

“Financial Institutions Bond – Annotated” American Bar Association

Other Contact Info


Michalin Sowers
T 317.237.3804