313 N. Mulberry Street, Muncie, IN 47305         765-288-6185

Serving Delaware County
and the State of Indiana
Since 1985.


RALPH E. DOWLING graduated summa cum laude from the University of Indiana School of Law in Indianapolis, where he was a member of the Indiana Law Review, a member of the winning team and named top advocate in the law school’s moot court competition. Before law school, Ralph received his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from the University of Northern Colorado and doctoral degree from the University of Denver. His practice focuses on personal injury litigation and civil appeals in state and federal courts in Indiana. Ralph has worked on cases in state and federal trial and appellate courts in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Missouri, Texas, California, Virginia, New Hampshire, and several other states.

Scholarly and Legal Publications
The Morals of the Story; Narrativity & Legal Ethics, 27 INDIANA LAW REVIEW 191 (1993)
Wrongful Death in Indiana, THE INDIANA LAWYER (1998)
Major Victory for Victims of Negligent Police, TRIAL LAWYERS OF COUNSEL (1994)

Bar Admissions
Indiana, since 1994
United States District Courts for the Southern District of Indiana, since 1994
United States District Courts for the Northern District of Indiana, since 1994
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, since 1996
Admitted pro hac vice in numerous other federal and state courts

Bar Activities
Member, Indiana State Bar (Appellate and Litigation Sections)
Member, American Bar Association (Litigation Section)
Former President, officer, board member, and member, Muncie Bar Association
Member, Indiana Trial Lawyers Association

Selected Published Appellate Decisions
Griffin v. Acker, 659 N.E.2d 659 (Ind. Ct. App. 1995), trans. den. (1996)
Snyder v. Cobb, 638 N.E.2d 442 (Ind. Ct. App. 1994), trans. den. (1996)
Necessary v. Inter-State, 697 N.E.2d 73 (Ind. Ct. App. 1998)
Shebel v. Yaksawa et al, 713 N.E.2d 275 (Ind. 1999) (amicus brief)
Indiana Farmers v. Richie, 694 NE2d 1220 (Ind. Ct. App. 1998), rev. 707 NE2d 992 (1999)
Phillips v. Cricket, 2001 PA Super 109, 2001 Pa. Super. LEXIS 427 (2000) (amicus brief)
Harris v. Traini, 759 NE2d 215 (Ind. Ct. App. 2001), rehg. den., trans. den. (2002)
State v. Evans, 790 N.E.2d 558 (Ind. Ct. App. 2003), 810 N.E.2d 335 (Ind. 2004)
Rector v. Joe’s Video, 809 NE2d 887 (Ind. Ct. App. 2004)
Pelak v. Prentice-Hall, 831 N.E.2d 765 (Ind. Ct. App. 2005); trans. den.
Monroe Guaranty v Magwerks, 796 NE2d 326 (Ind. Ct. App. 2003), aff’d in part 829 NE2d 968 (Ind. 2005)
Griffin v. Griffin, 872 N.E.2d 653 (Ind. Ct. App. 2007)
Kennedy v. Town of Gaston, 923 N.E.2d 988 (Ind. Ct. App. 2010)
Anderson v. Ivy, 955 N.E.2d 795 (Ind. Ct. App. 2011)

Selected Unpublished Appellate Decisions
Stamper v. Fayette County, (Ind. Ct. App. 1997) trans. den. (1997)
Forte v. Tradewinds Rest., (Ind. Ct. App. 1998) rehg. den., trans. den. (1999)
McCombs v. Scripto-Tokai, (Ca. Ct. App. 1999)
McCombs v. Scripto-Tokai, (Ca. Ct. App. 2000)
Pate v. State Farm, (7th Cir. 2001)
Wiley v. Consolidated Medical Transport, (Ind. Ct. App. 2001) trans. den. (2001)
Vendramin v. Strain, (Ind. Ct. App. 2003)
Baker v Mercer, (Ind. Ct. App. 2006)
Hicks v. Hicks, (Ind. Ct. App. 2004), trans. den., 831 N.E.2d 740 (Ind. 2005)
Farrell v. Farrell, 900 N.E.2d 509, 2008 WL 5401412 (Ind. Ct. App. 2008)
Farrell v. Farrell, 927 N.E.2d 431, 2010 WL 2145495 (Ind. Ct. App. 2010), trans. den.
Walburn v. Walburn, (Ind. Ct. App. 2007)
Ankney v. Ankney, 873 N.E.2d 208 (Ind. Ct. App. 2007)
Solek v. Solek, 885 N.E.2d 768 (Ind. Ct. App. 2008)
Harrold v. Thornburg, 941 N.E.2d 571 (Ind. Ct. App. 2011)
Hardin v. Hardin, 964 N.E.2d 247 (Ind. Ct. App. 2012)
Lane v. Lane, 965 N.E.2d 773 (Ind.App. 2012)
R.B. v. M.B., 952 N.E.2d 889 (Ind. Ct. App. 2011)
Reed v. St. Gobain, 953 N.E.2d 675 (Ind. Ct. App. 2011)
Ricketts v. Ricketts, 945 N.E.2d 826 (Ind. Ct. App. 2011)

Academic Career Highlights
Before entering the practice of law, Ralph Dowling taught at the University of Northern Colorado, University of Denver, Ball State University, and the University of Indiana, and authored or co-authored several book chapters and articles in national and international journals, including POLITICAL COMMUNICATION & PERSUASION (1989, 1990), COMMUNICATION STUDIES (1990), CONFLICT QUARTERLY (1989), WESTERN JOURNAL OF SPEECH COMMUNICATION (1986), JOURNAL OF COMMUNICATION (1986), COMMUNICATION EDUCATION (1983), and JOURNAL OF THE AMERICAN FORENSIC ASSOCIATION (1981). Mr. Dowling also authored or co-authored over a dozen papers presented at professional conventions, several of which won awards.