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Paul Vink is a partner in the Litigation Group, assisting clients in complex business and commercial litigation matters in state and federal courts and arbitration.  Mr. Vink has broad experience in disputes involving breach of contract, fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, partnership disputes, shareholder actions, director and officer liability claims, defense of class actions, products liability, aviation, and real estate litigation.  In addition, Mr. Vink has extensive experience in securities-related matters, including regulatory proceedings, enforcement actions, FINRA arbitrations involving registered representatives or broker-dealers, or litigation or arbitration involving registered investment advisors (RIAs and IARs).  Although Mr. Vink employs a practical approach to resolve cases when appropriate, he has extensive trial experience and has handled numerous bench and jury trials, as well as arbitrations.  Mr. Vink also is a member of the Appellate Group, successfully handling numerous appeals before the Indiana Court of Appeals and Indiana Supreme Court.

Education

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law – Indianapolis (J.D., summa cum laude, 2002)
Northwestern College (B.A., cum laude, 1998)

Honors / Awards

The Best Lawyers in America® 2015-2020;  Indiana Super Lawyers® 2018, 2019; Indiana Super Lawyers® – Rising Stars Edition 2009-2015 (Business Litigation); Distinguished Fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Association (2012); Graduate, Indianapolis Bar Association Bar Leader Series III (2006); Note Development Editor – Indiana Law Review (2001-02); Intramural Moot Court – Order of the Barristers (2000); Captain – Northwestern College Football Program (1998)

Representative Matters

Representative Litigation Matters:

  • Represented directors and officers of bankrupt company in fiduciary duty litigation;
  • Represented large aerospace company in product liability helicopter litigation;
  • Represented majority LLC member in derivative suit and freeze out claim by minority member;
  • Represented outside directors of an insolvent insurance company against breach of fiduciary duty claims;
  • Represented national conglomerate in defense of class action for RICO, breach of contract and tortious interference claims;
  • Represented a publicly traded company in the successful defense of a shareholder class action challenging merger plans;
  • Represented directors of a company sued for violating fiduciary duties in a shareholder derivative action;
  • Represented a large hospital in a multi-million dollar claim for breach of fiduciary duty and breach of contract against a physician group member of a limited liability company formed as part of a joint venture;
  • Represented a municipality in the dismissal of a $362 million dollar breach of contract claim;
  • Represented a municipality in defense of an ordinance regulating the withdrawal of groundwater pursuant to a municipality’s powers under the Indiana Home Rule Act, including oral argument before the Indiana Court of Appeals and Indiana Supreme Court (to view the oral argument in the Indiana Supreme Court, click here);
  • Represented a municipality in defense of a comprehensive mining ordinance enacted pursuant to municipal authority under the Indiana Home Rule Act, including oral argument before the Indiana Court of Appeals and Indiana Supreme Court (to view the oral argument in the Indiana Supreme Court, click here);
  • Represented a multi-national corporation in obtaining the dismissal of fraud, fraudulent transfer, conversion, and federal and state racketeering claims presenting potential exposure in excess of $50 million;
  • Represented a developer in a six-day jury trial seeking damages for breach of contract against a municipality for failing to provide sewer service required by a contract;
  • Represented a purchaser of defective packaging equipment against the seller asserting breach of express and implied warranties and breach of contract.

Representative Securities-Related Matters:

  • Represented a registered investment advisor in aribitration regarding the sale of alternative investments;
  • Represented a registered representative in fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and partnership claims in a FINRA arbitration;
  • Represented a broker-dealer and investment advisor against suitability and fraud claims in a FINRA arbitration;
  • Represented two registered representatives in a FINRA arbitration brought by their former employer for breach of contract;
  • Represented several parties in FINRA enforcement proceedings for alleged violations of FINRA or SEC regulations;
  • Represented a broker-dealer in federal court litigation and threatened arbitration involving the sale of non-traditional securities;
  • Represented claimants in FINRA arbitration for Know Your Customer claims and failure to safeguard assets;
  • Represented a registered investment advisor against allegations of breach of fiduciary duty, fraud, securities fraud, and negligence from the sale of non-traditional notes;
  • Represented a registered representative in successful expungement proceedings regarding his CRD report.

Representative Appellate Matters:

  • City of Washington v. Daviess Cty. Rural Water Sys., Inc., No. 14A01-1702-PL-316, 2017 WL 6503893 (Ind. Ct. App. Dec. 20, 2017) (transfer denied after oral argument);
  • Watson Water Co., Inc. v. Indiana-Am. Water Co., Inc., 85 N.E.3d 840 (Ind. Ct. App. 2017) (transfer denied);
  • Branham Corp. v. Newland Resources, LLC et. al., 17 N.E.3d 979 (Ind. Ct. App. 2014);
  • The Town of Avon v. West Central Conservancy District, et. al., 957 N.E.2d 598 (Ind. 2011);
  • The Town of Avon v. West Central Conservancy District, et. al., 937 N.E.2d 366 (Ind. Ct. App. 2010) (transfer granted);
  • Tru-Cal, Inc. v. Conrad Kacsik Instrument Systems, Inc., 905 N.E.2d 40 (Ind. Ct. App. 2009);
  • City of Carmel v. Martin Marietta Materials, Inc., 883 N.E.2d 781 (Ind. 2008);
  • LHT Capital, LLC v. Indiana Horse Racing Commission, 891 N.E.2d 646 (Ind. Ct. App. 2008);
  • Lauth Indiana Resort & Casino, LLC v. Lost River Development, LLC, 889 N.E.2d 915 (Ind. Ct. App. 2008);
  • GPI at Danville Crossing, LP v. West Central Conservancy District, 867 N.E.2d 645 (Ind. Ct. App. 2007) (transfer denied);
  • City of Carmel v. Martin Marietta Materials, Inc., 849 N.E.2d 1197 (Ind. Ct. App. 2006) (transfer granted);
  • Metro. Dev. Comm’n of Marion County v. Pinnacle Media, LLC, 846 N.E.2d 654 (Ind. 2006) (on rehearing);
  • Metro. Dev. Comm’n of Marion County v. Pinnacle Media, LLC, 836 N.E.2d 422 (Ind. 2005) (rehearing granted);
  • Metro. Dev. Comm’n of Marion County v. Pinnacle Media, LLC, 811 N.E.2d 404 (Ind. Ct. App. 2004);
  • Wilson v. Lincoln Fed. Sav. Bank, 790 N.E.2d 1042 (Ind. Ct. App. 2003);
  • Van Vactor Farms, Inc. v. Marshall County Plan Comm’n, 793 N.E.2d 1136 (Ind. Ct. App. 2003);
  • Johnson v. Heritage Lake Property Owners Assoc., 67A01-0506-CV-00276 (Ind. Ct. App. 2006) (unpublished opinion);
  • Indiana Dept. of Ins. v. Employer’s Protective Ins. Co., 49A05-0208-CV-403 (Ind. Ct. App. 2004) (participating as amici curiae) (unpublished opinion).

In the majority of these cases, Mr. Vink represented these clients in the trial court as well.

Appearances / Publications

Speaker: “Direct and Cross Exam” (Indianapolis Bar Association’s Litigation Skills Series, April 2013); “E-Discovery: Ethical Considerations For In-House Counsel and Their Advisors” (Bose McKinney & Evans CLE Seminar, September 2012); “Business of Motorsports” Series (Indiana Motorsports Association, Brickyard Crossing, June 2012); “Summary Judgment Practice” (Federal Civil Procedure, ICLEF, May 2010)

Author: “Selling Across State Lines: Offering your product online may expose your company to lawsuits in distant states,” (Smart Business Indianapolis, 2004); “Appellate Civil Case Law Update,” (Res Gestae, 2003);”The Emergence of Divergence: The Federal Courts’ Struggle to Apply Heck v. Humphrey to 1983 Claims for Illegal Searches,” (35 Indiana Law Review 1085, 2002).

Appointments / Memberships

Member: Indianapolis and Indiana State Bar Associations;
Chapel Rock Christian Church (board member)

 

Outside the Office

Mr. Vink and his wife are the proud parents of a daughter and son. When not spending time with his family, Mr. Vink enjoys watching and playing sports, spending time outdoors and reading.

Admissions

Illinois, Indiana, Indiana Supreme Court, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana