Mary Feldhake is a partner at Bose McKinney & Evans LLP, who concentrates her practice primarily in medical malpractice defense and healthcare litigation. In her 30 plus years of practice, Mary has represented multiple organizations and individuals in the healthcare field throughout Indiana – hospitals, physicians and resident physicians. From her experience, Mary knows that every case is different and requires a unique combination of legal and interpersonal skills. She utilizes a detailed and thoughtful approach to each case, from reviewing the large volume of complex information to identifying key facts and witnesses. Whether a matter is resolved inside or outside a courtroom, Mary strongly advocates for the best interests of her clients.
Mary is an experienced trial attorney. She has been lead counsel in many medical malpractice cases, even winning a directed verdict in one. Mary also has been involved in a significant number of medical malpractice appellate cases. For example, Mary served as lead attorney in a significant default judgement win in the Indiana Supreme Court that is now used as a landmark case, not only in medical malpractice cases, but in all areas involving default judgments.
Mary’s accomplishments include several prestigious awards. She was named Best Lawyers 2020 Indianapolis Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants Lawyer of the Year. In addition, she has been named in The Best Lawyers in America®, Indiana Super Lawyers and Indiana Super Lawyers Top 25 Women Lawyers, all multiple times. Mary also has been recognized by Martindale-Hubbell for her work as a litigator.
Mary served as president of the Indiana Society for Healthcare Risk Managers and was presented the 2006 Glenn Troyer Award. She is also a member of the American Society for Healthcare Risk Managers, a professional membership group of the American Hospital Association that focuses on supporting its members through professional and educational opportunities in addition to promoting safety in healthcare.
Prior to practicing law, Mary served as a health care provider.
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law – Indianapolis (J.D., cum laude, 1989)
Indiana University School of Allied Health Science (B.S., 1984)
Indiana University School of Allied Health Science, (A.S., 1980)
Honors / Awards
Distinguished Barrister Award (Indiana Lawyer’s Leadership in Law, 2020); Best Lawyers® 2020 Indianapolis Medical Malpractice Law – Defendants Lawyer of the Year; Indiana Super Lawyers® Top 25 Women Lawyers, 2012-2021; Indiana Super Lawyers® 2007-2021; The Best Lawyers in America® 2013-2021; Litigation Counsel of America, Fellow (2015); AV® Peer Review rated by Martindale-Hubbell; Glenn Troyer Award from the Indiana Society for Healthcare Risk Managers 2006
Thompson v. Cope et al., 2018 WL 2244777
Thompson v. Cope et al., 2018 WL 1438258
Thompson v. Cope et al., 2018 WL 733970
Spaulding v. Harris, 914 N.E.2d 820; (Ind. Ct. App. 2009)
Jervis v. Mitcheff, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 83730 (N.D. Ind. 2006)
Henderson v. Wishard Memorial Hospital, 2006 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 21780 (S.D. Ind. 2006)
Wishard Memorial Hospital v. Kerr, 846 N.E.2d 1083 (Ind. Ct. App. 2006)
Chamberlain v. Walpole, 796 N.E.2d 818 (Ind. Ct. App. 2003)
Estate of Norris v. Putnam County Sheriff, 2002 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 19014 (S.D. Ind. 2002)
Estate of Norris v. Putnam County Sheriff, 2002 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 5102 (S.D. Ind. 2002)
Smith v. Johnston, 711 N.E.2d 1259 (Ind. 1999)
Southwood v. Carlson, 704 N.E.2d 163 (Ind. Ct. App. 1999)
Hughes v. Glaese, 637 N.E.2d 822 (Ind. Ct. App. 1994)
Appearances / Publications
Speaker: “Why Doing Everything Right Doesn’t Make You Immune From a Lawsuit” (Society of Hospital Medicine Indiana Chapter, 2012); “What Has Caused Lawsuits and Payouts in Bariatric Surgery” (American Society for Metabolism and Bariatric Surgery, 2012); “Loss Reserving Best Practice” (South Carolina Captive Insurance Association, Inc., 2010); “Preparing for Practice: Essentials for Residents and Fellows Entering the Job Market” (Indiana University School of Medicine, 2009); Clarian Radiology Technical and Continuing Education (2008); University of Indianapolis Nurse Practitioner Program (2006-2012); Wishard Emergency Medical Services (2002); Indianapolis Bar Association Bench Bar (2002); Indiana Society for Healthcare Risk Management Case Law Update (1999-2001); Indiana Society for Healthcare Risk Management in a Manager Care Environment (1999); 71st Annual Indiana Podiatric Medical Association Convention Risk Management Issues for Podiatrists (1996); Indiana University Radiologic Technology Associate Class (1996); 70th Annual Indiana Podiatric Medical Association Convention Risk Management Issues for Podiatrists (1995); Physicians Insurance Company of Indiana “Preferred Risk” Loss Prevention Seminar (1994)
Appointments / Memberships
Indianapolis Bar Association (Board Member on Health Care Law Section, 2009-2014); Indiana Bar Association (Indiana Conclave on Legal Education Committee, 2010; 2014; former Ethics Committee member); American Bar Association; American Academy of Trial Attorneys; Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana; Indiana Society for Healthcare Risk Management (former president); American Society for Healthcare Risk Management (managers member); Indianapolis Legal Aid Society (2012-2018); Defense Research Institute (former member); Child Advocates (former board member); Roncalli Lacrosse (former parent representative)