Rori L. Goldman

Rori practices law at both the trial and appellate levels, focusing on premises liability, professional licensing defense, veterinary malpractice, and worker’s compensation. She is a frequent speaker on professional licensing matters. Rori has also earned a reputation for excellence in legal writing and has served as appellate counsel in over 50 appeals.

Rori enjoys a broad practice ranging from defending professionals in licensing and malpractice matters to representing small and large business against premises and worker’s compensation claims. Regardless of the practice area, Rori enjoys a reputation as a thorough and aggressive opponent, while always maintaining a level of professionalism. She regularly educates her clients with a focus on proactive risk management and limiting exposures. In addition to her trial practice, Rori continues to excel in her appellate practice. She has participated in over 50 appeals before the Indiana Court of Appeals, Indiana Supreme Court and United States District Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Educational Background

Indiana University – Bloomington, B.A., Sociology and Criminal Justice, 1992
Hofstra University School of Law, J.D., 1995
Judicial Clerk to the Honorable John T. Sharpnack of the Court of Appeals of Indiana, 1995-97

Legal & Professional Organizations

  • Indiana State Bar Association; Appellate Practice Section
  • ISBA Clients Financial Assistance Fund Committee (2013-present)
  • Indianapolis Bar Association; Appellate Practice Section; Women and Law Division
    (Chairperson 2010); Women and the Law Mentoring Committee (Co-Chair
    2012-present); Animal Practice Section
  • Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana; Worker’s Compensation Section
  • Defense Research Institute
  • Included in Indiana Super Lawyers® (2011 – 2016), Rising Stars® (2010)

Civic Involvement

  • Member, Congregation Beth-El Zedeck
  • Secretary, The Trees Homeowners Association Board (2003-05)
  • Committee, Architectural Review Board, Lincolnshire Homeowners Association (2013-present)

Legal Articles and Decisions

  • Weigle v. Spx Corp., 729 F.3d 724 (7th Cir. 2013)
  • Adams v. Wishard Health Services, 940 N.E.2d 823 (Ind. 2010)
  • Spaulding v. Harris, 914 N.E.2d 820 (Ind. Ct. App. 2009), trans. denied
  • Smith v. Champion Trucking Co., 901 N.E.2d 620 (Ind. Ct. App. 2009), trans. granted
  • Atterholt v. Herbst, 907 N.E.2d 528 (Ind. 2009)
  • McCord v. Kimble Glass, 903 N.E.2d 1067 (Ind. Ct. App. 2009)
  • Edwards v. Groff, 900 N.E.2d 86 (Ind. Ct. App. 2008)
  • Martin v. Banfield Pet Hospital of Castleton, 891 N.E.2d 182 (Ind. Ct. App. 2008)
  • Gregory & Appel Ins. Agency v. Philadelphia Indem. Ins. Co., 835 N.E.2d 1053 (Ind. Ct. App. 2005), trans. denied
  • Buck v. Grube, 833 N.E.2d 110 (Ind. Ct. App. 2005)
  • Cox v. Paul, 828 N.E.2d 907 (Ind. 2005)
  • Smith v. Cincinnati Ins. Co., 790 N.E.2d 460 (Ind. 2003)
  • Reeder v. Harper, 788 N.E.2d 1236 (Ind. 2003)
  • Monico v. Kenley’s Supermarket, 778 N.E.2d 503 (Ind. Ct. App. 2002), trans. denied
  • Dreiling v. Custom Builders, 756 N.E.2d 1087 (Ind. Ct. App. 2001)
  • Robertson v. Wittenmeyer, 736 N.E.2d 804 (Ind. Ct. App. 2000)
  • Nickels v. Miller, 712 N.E.2d 44 (Ind. Ct. App. 1999)
  • Sample v. Kinser Ins. Agency, Inc., 700 N.E.2d 802 (Ind. Ct. App. 1998)


  • Overview of Veterinary Malpractice
  • Veterinary Licensing Complaints
  • Indiana Worker’s Compensation: Coverage and Compensability
  • Advertising Injury and Personal Injury Coverage
  • Practicing in Small Claims Court
  • Temporary Admissions