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John F. Kautzman - Indianapolis, IN

135 North Pennsylvania StreetSuite 1600 Indianapolis, IN 46204

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Updated: 05/03/2022

Indianapolis Civil Litigation Lawyer


John F. Kautzman is a lifelong Indianapolis resident and attended North Central High School. John graduated from Indiana University in 1981 and the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 1984. He joined the Ruckelshaus law firm in 1985 and also served as a Circuit Court Commissioner for several years.

Mr. Kautzman was elected as the 2005 President of the Indianapolis Bar Association and remains on the IBA Board of Directors...

About John F. Kautzman

Current Employment Position(s)

  • Partner

Practice Areas

  • Civil Litigation
  • Personal Injury & Wrongful Death
  • Police & Fire Representation
  • Criminal Defense
  • Administrative & Disciplinary Hearings
  • Business Transactions
  • Appellate Practice

Representative Cases

  • Served as lead counsel in more than 100 State and Federal Jury Trials including 1st televised Federal Court Jury Trial in State history; a $42 Million class action trial court judgment; and several other high profile civil & criminal trials and administrative disciplinary hearings, including Barnett v. Haslar; McKinney v. Duplain; and In Re: Dinnsen & Howard
  • Reported appellate cases include more than 50 decisions & opinions, including Criswell v. State of Indiana, Littleton v. State of Indiana, State of Indiana v. Fettig, Ingram v. City of Indianapolis, Arden v. State Employees Appeals Commission, and City of Indianapolis v. Fields.


Bar Admissions

  • Indiana, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 1985
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 1985
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1985

Other Affiliations

  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Past President 2005; Current Member of Board of Directors
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, President’s Award for Service to the Profession, 2013
  • Indianapolis Bar Association Bar Leader Series, Chairman/Moderator, 2010
  • Indianapolis Bar Association Justice Center Task Force, Current Chair
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Judicial Selection Task Force, Past Chair
  • Indianapolis Bar Foundation, Distinguished Fellow
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association
  • National Conference of Bar Presidents, Executive Council
  • Metropolitan Bar Caucus, President 2015 & 2016
  • IU Student Foundation Board of Associates, Past President
  • IU Foundation, President’s Award, 2003
  • IU Alumni Association, Life Member
  • American College of Trial Lawyers – Elected/Inducted 2012
  • Listed In: Best Lawyers in America; Super Lawyers; Who’s Who in America

Classes and Seminars

  • ICLEF Trial Advocacy College, Faculty, Annual Instructor
  • ICLEF Top 10 Practical Tips for State and Federal Litigators
  • Trial Advocacy Skills College Lectures, including “Examining the Expert Witness at Trial”, “Closing Arguments”, “Mechanics and Foundations of Introducing Exhibits”, “Basics of Cross Examination”, “Controlling the Difficult Witness”
  • Numerous Officer and Attorney "Police Liability," "Crisis Intervention Training," and "Critical Incident" Presentations
  • Indianapolis Bar Association CLE Presentations, including “Winning Strategies for Direct and Cross Examination”; and “Dealing with the Unexpected at Trial”
  • Professional Firefighters Conference Seminar Presenter, 2013 Protecting your Rights in Civil and Criminal Investigations, 2012 Public Employee Freedom of Speech


  • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1984
  • Indiana University, 1981


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Office Information


135 North Pennsylvania StreetSuite 1600 Indianapolis, IN 46204


  • (317) 634-8635

Office Hours

Monday-Friday: 8:30am - 5:00pm, Saturday-Sunday: Closed


Other Sources of Feedback About John F. Kautzman

Included on the 2024 Indiana list

Past Lists

  • 2023 Indiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2022 Indiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2021 Indiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2020 Indiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2019 Indiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2018 Indiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2017 Indiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2016 Indiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2015 Indiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2014 Indiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2013 Indiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2012 Indiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2011 Indiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2010 Indiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2009 Indiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2008 Indiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2006 Indiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2005 Indiana Super Lawyers list
  • 2004 Indiana Super Lawyers list

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