Kent M. FrandsenPartner
KENT FRANDSEN has practiced with the firm since 1977, concentrating in civil litigation, electric utility, zoning and land use, and education law. Following graduation from law school, Mr. Frandsen served as a law clerk to The Honorable James E. Noland, Judge of the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.
Mr. Frandsen has tried nearly 100 civil jury trials in state and federal courts, representing both plaintiffs and defendants. He has pursued or defended appeals in over forty cases in state and federal courts. On three occasions he has persuaded the Indiana Supreme Court to reverse decisions of the Court of Appeals.
He has also served as the panel chair in over 300 medical malpractice panel proceedings administered by the Indiana Department of Insurance. Mr. Frandsen is a certified civil mediator and has conducted over 200 civil mediations. He has also served as an arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association in both construction and tort disputes.
He currently serves as general counsel for the Lebanon and Western Boone school districts, the Indiana CPA Society, Home National Bank, and Boone REMC.
J.D., Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis, 1975
summa cum laude
B.S., Indiana University, 1972
magna cum laude
Mr. Frandsen has made numerous presentations on topics of education, electric utility, insurance and tort law to attorneys and other professionals through the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, National Business Institute, Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, Indiana School Boards Association, and National Rural Electric Cooperatives Association.
Reported Appellate Decisions of Interest
· SCI Propane v. Frederick, 15 N.E.3d 1015 (Ind. 2015) [reversing a multi-million dollar award of attorney’s fees in a wrongful death action]
· Pope v. Central Indiana Power, 937 N.E.2d 1242 (Ind. App. 2010) [affirming directed verdict for electric utility in negligence case]
· Deiss v. Greenhouse Dev., 926 N.E.2d 63 (Ind. App. 2010) [affirming zoning board’s construction of term “drive-through” facilities under zoning ordinance]
· Porter Dev. v. First Nat’l Bank, Valparaiso, 866 N.E.2d 775 (Ind. 2007) [mandating award of attorney fees to bank which initiated interpleader action]
· Babyback’s Int’l v. Coca-Cola Enterprises, 841 N.E.2d 557 (Ind. 2006) [rejecting part performance and promissory estoppel as exceptions to Indiana’s statute of frauds in multi-year contract setting]
· Biomet v. Barnes & Thornburg, 791 N.E.2d 760 (Ind. App. 2003) [adopting the “continuous representation” rule to toll statute of limitations in legal malpractice actions]
· Jay County REMC v. Wabash Valley Power Assn., 692 N.E.2d 905 (Ind. App. 1998) [affirming injunction prohibiting electric distribution cooperative from withdrawing from generation and transmission cooperative]
· Lueder v. NIPSCO, 633 N.E.2d 1340 (Ind. App. 1997) [reversing defense verdict based on incorrect jury instructions in negligence action under comparative fault act]
· Bradley v. Eagle-Union Schools, 647 N.E.2d 672 (Ind. App. 1995) [rejecting landowners’ challenge to school’s right to perform pre-eminent domain testing of land]
· Lantis v. Astec Industries, 648 F.2d 1118 (7th Cir. 1981) [reversing defense verdict based on incorrect jury instructions in products liability case]
Professional and Community Associations
Active in community affairs, he is a founding director of The Community Foundation of Boone County, and past president of Ulen Country Club, Crooked Stick Golf Club, the Boone County Economic Development Corporation, Greater Lebanon Community Vision Committee, and Boone County Chamber of Commerce.
Mr. Frandsen is a member of the American Association for Justice and the American Board of Trial Advocates. He has served on the ethics and land use committees of the Indiana State Bar Association. He has also served on the board of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association and is now a member of the Defense Research Institute and the National Council of School Board Attorneys. Between 1999 and 2002, he was one of two non-CPAs on the board of the Indiana CPA Society.
Mr. Frandsen has been named an Indiana SuperLawyer each year since 2005.
In 2002, Mr. Frandsen was presented with the Chairman’s Award for outstanding service to the Indiana CPA Society. That same year he and his wife Charlotte received the Philanthropists of the Year award by The Community Foundation of Boone County. In 2007, he received the Isaac Grainger award for volunteer service to the United States Golf Association.
An avid golfer, Mr. Frandsen was captain of the Indiana University golf team in college. He has been the Indiana State Amateur champion three times and was inducted into the Indiana Golf Hall of Fame in 1990.