We are deeply saddened by the passing of Ronald Elberger, our friend and team member, who passed away on July 31. Ron was an amazing attorney whose career included decades of distinguished service to our clients and community. Our condolences and prayers are with Ron’s family. Read Ron’s obituary here. Services to be held on Thursday, August 4, at 11 a.m. at the Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation, located at 6501 N. Meridian Street, Indianapolis, IN 46260. Services will also be livestreamed for those who cannot attend in person.

Ron Elberger is of counsel in the Bose McKinney & Evans 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 Healthcare Group. He practices in the areas of litigation, constitutional/civil rights law, entertainment law, sports law, appellate law and professional responsibility/disciplinary law. Ron is a 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. Ron 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 20 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 top 100 “Indiana Super Lawyers®” (2004-2019); 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.


Colorado, District of Columbia, Indiana, Maryland, Nebraska, Supreme Court of the United States, The United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces, United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, US Tax Court