Ronald E. Elberger
Mr. Elberger is a partner at Bose McKinney & Evans and chair of the Sports, Entertainment and Media Group. He is also a member and former chair of the Litigation Group, and a member of the Appellate Group and Health Group. He practices in the areas of litigation, constitutional/civil rights law, entertainment law, sports law, appellate law and professional responsibility/disciplinary law. Mr. Elberger is a ten year distinguished advisor to and former nine year member of the Board of Trustees for the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. He served for more than sixteen years as a member of the Medical Licensing Board of Indiana and on three occasions served as president of the Board. He received his law degree from American University, and has been a practicing attorney in Indiana since 1971, a member of the firm since 1972 and a partner since 1981. Mr. Elberger is a member of the Indianapolis, Maryland and District of Columbia Bar Associations, as well as the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers.
George Washington University (B.A., 1966; A.A., 1964)
American University (J.D., 1969)
Research Assistant, Justice Abe Fortas, Supreme Court of the United States (August 2, 1968 – May 14, 1969)
Reginald Heber Smith Community Lawyer Fellowship, University of Pennsylvania Law School (August, 1969 – August, 1971), assigned to Baltimore Legal Aid Bureau, Law Reform Unit (1970)
Legal Services Organization of Indianapolis, Inc. Director of Litigation, Chief Counsel (1971)
Honors / Awards
Included in The Best Lawyers in America® for more than twenty years in the areas of commercial litigation, sports, entertainment, television and motion pictures, legal malpractice and professional responsibility / ethics; College Mentors for Kids Inspire Award Finalist (2015); Outstanding Volunteer Award from the National Kidney Foundation of Indiana (2014); Distinguished Barrister, Indiana Lawyer 2013 Leadership in Law Award; Best Lawyers’® 2013 Indianapolis Professional Malpractice Law (Plaintiffs and Defendants) Lawyer of the Year Award; Best Lawyers’® 2019 Indianapolis Professional Malpractice Law (Defendants) Lawyer of the Year Award; Best Lawyers’® 2013 Indianapolis Legal Malpractice Law (Plaintiffs and Defendants) Lawyer of the Year Award; American Lawyer Media and Martindale-Hubbell “2013 Top Rated Lawyer in Healthcare”; 2001 and 2002 Indianapolis Business Journal’s “Who’s Who in Law”; Sagamore of the Wabash, awarded by Governor Evan Bayh; “Who’s Who in Midwest”; “Who’s Who of Emerging Leaders in America; “Who’s Who in American Law” (5th Ed.-13th Ed.); “Who’s Who in America”; “Who’s Who in the World”; Distinguished Advisor, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis; Chambers USA top ranking in litigation (2003-2011, 2013); Voted the “top point getter” in the 2004 Indiana Super Lawyers® balloting, and a top 50 “Indiana Super Lawyers®” (2004-2012); AV® Peer Review rated by Martindale-Hubbell; Robert G. Risk Award for Outstanding Service to the Indiana Civil Liberties Union (1977)
Appearances / Publications
Speaker: “Racing Attorney Conference 2012” (North Carolina Bar Foundation); “Computer Abuse and Fraud Act, Trade Secrets and Confidential Information”; “NCAA Ethics Seminar for Non-Practicing Attorneys” (2010, 2013); “There’s Money in That Paper – Some People Call It a Talent Contract (Indianapolis Bar Association); “Civil Litigation Strategies and Trial Tactics” (ICLEF); “Ethics: What’s New” (Indianapolis Bar Association, Bench – Bar Conference); “Professional Responsibility: Indiana Law Update” (ICLEF, 2000); “Ethics and the Trial Lawyer” (ITLA Annual Institute); “1st Amendment Ethics” (Indianapolis Bar Association, Bench-Bar Conference); Ethics Update (2005)
Appointments / Memberships
Member: Ball State University Digital Policy Institute (Board of Directors, 2011-present); Mackrell International Sports and Entertainment Practice Group (2018 – present); Indiana Civil Liberties Union, Inc. (president and chairperson, 1972-1977); National Council for the School of Media and Public Affairs of The George Washington University (2000-2011); Flanner House, Inc. (Board of Directors, 1999-2006); Flanner House of Indianapolis, Inc. (Advisory Board, 2007-present); Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers; Emmis Communications Corporation (vice president / general counsel, 1986-1998 and vice president – litigation and assistant secretary, 1999-2002); Cardboard Shoe Productions, Inc. (vice president, 1986-2002); Chip Ganassi Racing Teams, Inc. (IRL, IPS, Grand Am) (vice president, general counsel and assistant secretary, 2000-2011) (vice president and assistant secretary, 2010-present); American Civil Liberties Union (Board of Directors, 1972-1980); The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis (Board of Directors, 1994-2003; Distinguished Advisor to the Board of Trustees, 2003 – present); Indianapolis Bar Foundation (Fellow, 2000- ); Indianapolis Bar Association; Indiana State Bar Foundation (Fellow, 2002- ); Bar Association of the District of Columbia.