Carrie G. Doehrmann

T 317.237.3947
F 317.237.3900
201 North Illinois Street
Suite 1900
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-4236

Carrie is a member at Frost Brown Todd LLC, and concentrates her practice in civil and administrative litigation involving environmental and insurance coverage issues.

She has represented both public and private clients in complex matters regarding investigation and clean-up of contaminated sites in the Indiana State Clean-up Program, the Voluntary Remediation Program and the Independent Clean-up Program.  She has defended clients in litigation brought by private entities pursuant to the Comprehensive Environmental Response and Liability Act (CERCLA), the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), Indiana’s Underground Storage Tank Act (USTA), Indiana’s Environmental Legal Action Act (ELA), and the Indiana Flood Control Act.

Carrie represents clients in state and federal court and before a broad range of administrative boards, including the Office of Environmental Adjudication and the Indiana Natural Resources Commission.  She has successfully negotiated administrative agreed orders on behalf of clients.

Carrie has advised buyers, sellers and lenders in transactions involving the sale and acquisition of environmentally contaminated parcels and has assisted her clients in obtaining brownfields designations and comfort status letters.

She also advises insurance companies on such matters as coverage for claimed environmental contamination, including Superfund and brownfields sites.

Prior to joining Frost Brown Todd, Carrie served as the Environmental Policy Director to Indiana Governor Joe Kernan, providing technical and legal direction and consultation on matters involving environmental law to the Governor and staff.  In addition, she previously served as Chief Legal Counsel to the Indiana Department of Natural Resources and was appointed by Indiana Governor Frank O'Bannon as a trustee for Natural Resource Damages in federal litigation involving the Clean Water Act (CWA).  She has been named a Sagamore of the Wabash by both Governors.


Defense of private cost recovery actions involving gasoline service stations and dry cleaning facilities.

Defense of mineral and aggregate corporation in litigation involving floodway construction.

Assisted clients in acquisition, sale and financing of manufacturing facilities with recognized environmental conditions.

Represented insurers in state and federal litigation involving insurance coverage issues at manufactured gas plant sites, PCE/TCE contaminated locations, PCB and metals contaminated sites with a variety of prior industrial uses.  

Represented former manufacturing owners of property in litigation involving redevelopment of urban brownfields property.

Advised manufacturers and developers regarding obtaining brownfields funding and comfort letters through direct work with the Indiana Finance Authority and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management.

Represented clients in obtaining site closure through use of recorded property use restrictions such as Environmental Restrictive Covenants and similar deed restrictions.

Highlights & Recognitions

  • Selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers® 2018
  • Chambers USA, Environmental, 2013-2018
  • Sagamore of the Wabash, 2003 and 2005

Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Section of Environment, Energy and Natural Resources
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Environmental Section, Co-chair Legislative Subcommittee, 2010-2012
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Air and Waste Management Institute
  • IndyCREW, Indianapolis Chapter, Commercial Real Estate Women
  • Indiana Association of Cities and Towns

Civic & Charitable Organizations

  • Gleaners Food Bank of Indiana, Gala Committee, 2008-present
  •      Sponsorship Chair, 2012
  •      Gala Co-Chair, 2009-2011
  •      Table Sales Chair, 2008
  • Town of Speedway, Stormwater Management Board, 2010-present

Non-FBT Publications and Events

"Land Use Law: Current Issues in Subdivision, Annexation and Zoning; Environmental Considerations in Land Use Law" National Business Institute, Speaker, December 2017

"Vendor Solutions Workshop: Infrastructure Improvement Projects from Vision to Reality" AIM, October 2017

"Transforming Communities with Development and Redevelopment" Indiana Park and Recreation Association Fall Retreat, September 2017

"Addressing Park Construction Projects Full Circle: Consider the Operational, Legal, Community, Construction and Political Aspects" Indiana Park and Recreation Association Conference, January 2017

"Advanced Legal Issues Affecting Local Governments and Municipalities: The Ultimate Guide; RLUIPA Defense, Selling Public Land, Handling Abandoned Property, and Redevelopment Issues" National Business Institute, Speaker, December 2016

"Vendor Solutions Workshop:  Considering the Legal, Practical and Political Aspects of Community Development" IACT/AIM, October 2016

"Environmental Liabilities in Commercial Leases" National Business Institute, Speaker, August 2013

Indiana State Bar Association Newsletter – 2012, Legislative Update

“Legislative Perspective” Indiana State Bar Association panel moderator – December 8, 2011

“2011 Environmental Legislative Update” Indiana State Bar Association, Speaker – June 29, 2011

Indiana State Bar Association Newsletter – 2011, Legislative Update

“An Environment of Care: Environmental Compliance and Practices in the Healthcare Industry” Health Law Symposium – February, 2010

“Is Your Client’s Rule 5 Construction Plan Everything It Should Be?” – Indiana State Bar Association, Newsletter of the Construction and Surety Law Section, Vol. 5, Issue No. 1, Summer, 2009

Other Contact Info


Karen Thompson
T 317.237.3956