Firm History

Parr Richey Frandsen Patterson Kruse LLP has a rich tradition of vigorously representing its clients' interests before courts, administrative agencies, and other tribunals in Indiana and throughout the United States. The firm's clients include corporations and other organizations in the fields of utilities, schools, healthcare, real estate, and other fields, as well as individuals for personal needs and personal injury claims.

The firm was founded in Lebanon, Indiana, by W. H. Parr, Sr. when he opened his office as a sole practitioner in 1899. By 1909, Mr. Parr was elected Boone Circuit Court Judge, and served two six-year terms before returning to the practice of law with his two sons, W. H. Parr, Jr. and A. A. Parr. In the 1930s, W. H. Parr, Jr. championed the fledging rural electric cooperative movement, organizing the first electric cooperative in the world. The Parrs organized, developed, and vigorously assisted in the organization and development of rural electric cooperatives throughout Indiana bringing electric service for the first time to the homes and businesses in rural Indiana. This tireless dedication to utilities and other businesses has brought the firm regional and national recognition for its innovative and effective legal services for public utilities.

David S. Richey joined the firm in 1960 and enjoyed a long and distinguished career practicing in the areas of civil litigation, utility law, corporate law, probate, and estate planning. Mr. Richey was the recipient of the 1996 Indiana State Bar Association Centennial Service Award; the 1997 Distinguished Alumni Service Award from Indiana University School of Law; Phi Delta Phi Outstanding Law Student Award (1960); Boone County Distinguished Service Award (1965), and Indianapolis Bar Association's Pro Bono Award (2006). Additionally, he is listed in "The Best Lawyers in America." Mr. Richey retired from the practice of law in December of 2008.

Parr Richey Frandsen Patterson Kruse LLP has extended the scope of its representation of utilities to new entrants providing competitive electric, gas, telephone, and other services. Never forgetting its responsibility to the communities it serves and to private citizens who need assistance, Parr Richey Frandsen Patterson Kruse LLP's attorneys are also very active in the firm's personal injury, probate, and general practices. The firm also represents schools and is involved in other governmental units. Parr Richey Frandsen Patterson Kruse LLP serves a wide variety of clients, providing a broad range of legal services, throughout Indiana and the United States from both offices in Lebanon and Indianapolis, Indiana.

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