Samuel R. Ardery

Primary Practice Areas


During his three decades of practicing law, Sam has been recognized multiple times by his peers, including being named one of the Top 10 lawyers in Indiana in 2014. He has consistently been chosen among the Top 50 lawyers in the state, and is routinely listed in Best Lawyers in America.

Sam has spent more than 30 years on both sides of cases doing complex commercial litigation, personal injury litigation, and dispute resolution. Whether it is a corporate client or a family that has suffered an unexpected personal tragedy, Sam is a problem solver of the highest order in state court, federal court, and jurisdictions throughout the United States.

Beyond being a versatile trial lawyer, Sam has mediated more than 3,000 cases. The combination of trial work and mediation allows him to have a unique problem solving perspective. The starting point is understanding what the client wants and then creating a custom-made solution that meets the client’s personal and financial needs—even if Sam thinks that there is better solution than a legal one. Clients and lawyers regularly consult Sam on strategy, settlement negotiations and conflict resolution.

The Maurer School of Law at Indiana University asked Sam to teach negotiation, which he continues to do. The law school awarded Sam the Outstanding Adjunct Teaching Award in 2010. He has served as a guest lecturer at the Kelley School of Business and the Indiana University School of Public and Environmental Affairs.  He has spoken before professional organizations about trial techniques, mediation, negotiation and alternative dispute resolution around the country.  He has been selected as a member of the National Association of Distinguished Neutrals.

Sam has graduated from intensive training that includes advanced courses and seminars at Harvard University, the Strauss School of Dispute Resolution at Pepperdine, the University of Wisconsin and other venues.

Interested in scheduling time for mediation with Sam? Book an appointment on our mediation calendar. 


  • National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • Monroe County Bar Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association


    • DePauw University, B.A., 1980, cum laude
    • Indiana University School of Law, J.D., 1983

Bar Admissions

    • Indiana, 1983
    • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, 1984
    • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, 1984