Maggie L. Smith

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

Maggie is recognized as one of the top appellate attorneys in the country.  In addition to being named by Super Lawyers® as one the top 25 Women Attorneys in the state of Indiana, Maggie has been selected as one of The Best Lawyers in America® in the field of appellate practice, identified as an Indiana Super Lawyers® appellate attorney, listed as a Chambers USA® Top Tier Appellate Litigator, and recently was celebrated for fifteen years as a Martindale Hubbell AV Preeminent Rated Lawyer with the “Highest Possible Peer Review Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical Standards.”  

Maggie 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.  She also has significant experience representing amicus curiae parties before Indiana's appellate courts.   

Her clients say that her appellate “writing skills are great” and she also has “fantastic” oral advocacy skills arguing before appellate courts—a combination that makes Maggie “the complete package.”

In addition to representing parties on appeal, 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 regular presenter and author 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 an eight-year term on its Committee on Rules of Practice and Procedure in 2009, and in this capacity, she was 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 was 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

  • The Best Lawyers in America©, 2009-2019
  • Selected for inclusion in the Indiana Super Lawyers®, 2012-2018
  • Selected as one of The Top 25 Women Lawyers by Indiana Super Lawyers®, 2014
  • Chambers USA, Litigation: Appellate, 2017-2018
  • AV® Preeminent Rated, Martindale Hubbell® “Highest Possible Peer Review Rating in Legal Ability & Ethical Standards.”  
  • 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; Section Vice Chair;  Appellate Rules Update Committee, Chairman, 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 Committee, Council Member for District 11; Committee on Judicial Improvements, Judicial Merit Selection Committee, Chair; Federal Judiciary Committee, former Chair, Vice Chair; Committee on State Legislation; Long Range Planning Commission; Indiana Appellate Pro Bono Project, Member and Provider of Pro Bono Representation, Co-Author, Indiana Pro Se Appellate Manual
  • 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
  • Indiana Bar Foundation Fellow Nominee

Press Releases

Civic & Charitable Organizations

  • Judge, Championship Round, 2017 Robert H. Staton Intramural Moot Court Competition, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
  • The Master’s Study Tutelage Program, Adjunct Professor in Dual Credit College-High School course on Aristotle’s Rhetoric: The Art of Persuasive Argument
  • Mercy Road, Lead Sunday School Teacher (3rd-5th grade)
  • Eagle Creek Extreme Softball Travel Team, Volunteer Team Administrator
  • Eagle Creek Little League Softball and Baseball Programs, Volunteer Team Administrator
  • Otino Waa Orphanage, Uganda Africa, Volunteer and Supporter
  • Legacy Christian School: Fundraising Auction Committee; PTA Volunteer; Guest Lecturer
  • Million Meal Movement, Volunteer and Supporter
  • "Why Lincoln Was A Lawyer" Program, TPCA School Coordinator, 2010, 2012
  • University of Arizona Alumni Association, Indiana Chapter, Board of Directors, President
  • Preserve at Eagle Creek Homeowners Association
  • New Song, Volunteer for non-profit organization serving orphaned, fatherless, and impoverished children of Indiana.
  • Beacon of Hope Center for Women, Volunteer Grant Writer
  • Safe Families For Children, 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
  • Planning Committee for Statewide Gala honoring Chief Justice Shepard
  • 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

Author:  Maggie Smith, Justice Dickson Civil Tort Law Jurisprudence, 50 Ind.L.Rev. 103 (2017).

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

Author: "Recent Cases on Appellate Practice," The Appellate Advocate, 2002-2017

Presenter: A Look at Indiana’s Appellate Courts: Statistics, Trends & Amicus Practice, Annual Meeting Indiana State Bar Association, September 27, 2017

Presenter: Appellate Skills Seminar: Ethical Issues in Appellate Practice, Indiana State Bar Association, June 13, 2016

Presenter: A Tribute to Justice Brent. Dickson's Contributions to Indiana Law, Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Symposium, March 29, 2016

Presenter: Indiana Paralegal Association, Sealing and Excluding Records in Indiana Courts, November 18, 2015

Presenter: Public Access Law In The Digital Age, ICLEF, August 18, 2015

Presenter: Indiana Court of Appeals and Supreme Court Judicial Clerks and Staff Attorneys CLE on AR 9(G), May 11, 2015

Presenter: Indiana Public Defenders Council Appellate Advocacy Seminar, May 8, 2015      

Presenter: Evening with the Appellate Judges, Filing Confidential Information Under Seal, Revised Administrative Rule 9(G), and the Appellate Courts, Indiana State Bar Association, May 4, 2015.

Presenter: What the Bench Needs to Know about Sealing and Excluding Court Records, Spring Judicial College Indiana Judicial Center, April 30, 2015

Presenter: Monroe County Bench Bar, Sealing and Excluding Records in Indiana Courts: Administrative Rule 9(G), February 11, 2015

Presenter: Administrative Rule 9(G) & Indiana Courts, ICLEF January 11, 2015

Presenter: Sealing and Excluding Records in Indiana Courts: Administrative Rule 9(G), Indiana State Bar Association, December 28, 2014

Presenter: Appellate Practice Primer: Interlocutory Appeals & Final Judgments, Indiana Continuing Legal Education, November 18, 2014

Presenter: Annual Meeting of the Judicial Conference of Indiana: Administrative Rule 9(G), September 1, 2014

Moderator and Author: Top 10 Mistakes Made by Appellate Lawyers, November 20, 2014

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

Presenter: Appellate Practice: Challenging and Defending Decisions of the Worker's Compensation Board, Masters Roundtable Worker's Compensation, ICLEF, March 7, 2014

Presenter: Appellate Practice, Defense Trial Council of Indiana Rookie Seminar, April 19, 2013       

Presenter: When and How to Appeal under the 2012 Changes to the Indiana Rules of Appellate Procedure, Indiana State Bar Association Annual Meeting, October 26, 2012

Presenter: Recent Amendments to the Appellate Rules, Annual Meeting of the Judicial Conference, September 12, 2012

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, ICLEF, March 22, 2012

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

Presenter: Initiating The Appeal, ICLEF, 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, ICLEF, November 10, 2009

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

Presenter: Judicial Notice of Facts, ICLEF, 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, ICLEF, 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, ICLEF, 2004, 2003, 1999

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

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

Other Contact Info


Julianne Stickle
T 317.237.3958