Ice Miller LLP
Ice Miller LLP

Ice Miller LLP

4 Star Rating     2 reviews 
Main Office:

1 American Square, Suite 3100 | Indianapolis | IN | 46282

Phone: 317-236-2100 | Fax: 317-236-2219

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Year of establishment 1910 Number of partners 171
Number of offices 7 Partner to associate ratio 2.10
Biggest office Indianapolis Percentage of women attorneys 31.90
Number of attorneys 298 Percentage of minority attorneys 11.70
Number of associates 82 Percentage of LGBT attorneys 1.30
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Ice Miller LLP Reviews

- Reviewed on December 18, 2017

Advice to law firm management: Stay on top of what is expected of you. Asking questions from the staff and your co-workers is key to being successful here.

Pros: This is a fast paced environment. At every turn you are being challenged as an employee and a member of the team. This is great because the skills and guidance that is to be had here resonates through your career as an attorney. Your experience working in a fast paced environment only benefits you and your career. I've met some wonderful members here who I learned much from and the experience was very rewarding.

Cons: Communication is hazy between employees and the staff here because of how large the firm is. The fast paced flow of this firm only hinders this communication.

Current or former employee?: Former Employee

- Reviewed on July 21, 2017

Advice to law firm management: Maybe the leadership team should slow things down a bit by adding some structure and routine to the schedules of new associates.

Pros: The environment here is very fast paced, which may not be for everyone. New associates quickly gain a lot of experience which makes this firm a great place to develop a career.

Cons: This is a very big firm, so it can sometimes seem easy to fall through the cracks. The fast paced environment doesn't help this problem, either.

Current or former employee?: Current Employee


Ice Miller LLP was founded in 1910 by Frederick Matson, a leading Indiana attorney. At the time, the Indianapolis firm was known as Henley Matson and Gates. A young attorney named Harry Ice graduated from Harvard Law School and joined the firm in 1929. From the beginning, Ice was a strong supporter of specialization. He believed that attorneys best served their clients when they became well-versed in core disciplines. In the mid 1930s, Ice told a group of his colleagues that they needed "to follow their brethren in the medical profession and specialize." This was a challenge to the traditional thinking of attorneys as generalists. Ice observed that there was already a vast amount of information in the legal profession, and that clients would see the wisdom in working with experts in their particular field. Ice was right. Ice Miller's current division into five sections-business, labor and employment, litigation, public finance, and real estate - reflects Ice's progressive thinking and understanding of client needs. Founder Frederick Matson served the firm until 1941. By that time, the firm's name had changed five times, reflecting new partners and new opportunities. During World War II, the firm faced a heavy workload and an ever-changing work force. Law school graduates came on board and were immediately drafted for service. The attorneys who remained spent long hours reviewing government contracts for materials and labor, essential responsibilities for supporting their clients and America's war effort. In the early 1950s, two attorneys in the firm known as Ross McCord Ice and Miller were instrumental in the founding of the Indiana affiliate of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU). The actions of Merle Miller and Alan T. Nolan were controversial at the time - some in the Indianapolis community believed that the ACLU was linked to communism. Miller and Nolan were allowed to act on their convictions and the course that they believed would benefit the law profession and the citizens of Indiana. Legal controversy surrounding the ACLU continued for many years. The firm changed its name to Ice Miller Donadio and Ryan in 1963. This was the same year that a fire in the Fairgrounds Coliseum killed 74 people and injured 350. Ice Miller attorneys were concerned that in the "race to the courthouse" to sue the responsible parties, the funds of their insurance clients would quickly deplete and those who filed lawsuits later would receive nothing. Ice Miller attorney Stan Lawton received approval to join all parties to the lawsuit and all claimants in a single action. This became a landmark in Indiana law, as it established an equitable method of compensating claimants. In Harry Ice's book, History of a Hoosier Law Firm, he said, "The case was destined to be much cited, discussed, followed and distinguished in subsequent decisions." After 50 years of service, leadership and an intuitive understanding of the future of law, Harry Ice died in 1982. In January 1997, Ice Miller Donadio and Ryan acquired the boutique bond firm of Carlson & Hug in Chicago, Ill. An Indianapolis partner relocated to Chicago to open the new office, which began the efforts to grow the firm. In the year 2000, the firm changed its name to Ice Miller. Expansion and growth efforts to better service its clients on a larger regional platform resulted in the addition of a DuPage County, Ill., office in 2007.

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Ice Miller LLP Awards and Recognitions

Chambers USA 2014 ranked attorneys in each of the firm's markets

Recognized as 2014 Band 1 Indiana practices of Corporate/M&A and Real Estate

Selected as a 2014 Top Workplace by The Indianapolis Star

Best Lawyers selected 115 attorneys to the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®

Best Lawyers selected 10 attorneys to the 2015 edition of The Best Lawyers in America® "Lawyer of the Year"

76 attorneys named to Super Lawyers 2014 lists in Indiana, Ohio and Illinois and 27 were named Rising Stars

A top-ranked law firm in Indiana for work in Corporate/Mergers & Acquisitions and Real Estate in 2013 per Chambers USA

Among the 2014 "50 Best Law Firms for Women" per Working Mother and Flex-Time Lawyer

Received the 2013 United Way of Central Indiana's Spirit United award

Recognized the Private Equity and Venture Services Group as the 7th most active law firm in the nation by Private Equity Analyst (April 2013 issue)

36 attorneys and 10 practice areas were ranked by Chambers USA 2013

Had the third highest percentage of female equity partners among Am Law 200 firms in 2012 per The American Lawyer

Named A 2012 Top 100 Law Firm for Diversity in MultiCultural Law Magazine


At Ice Miller LLP, we believe diversity is recognizing that there is value and strength in the differences among us. Diversity of perspectives and experiences strengthens our ability to address our clients' legal and business needs in a global marketplace. Ice Miller is committed to fostering an inclusive work environment that respects, values and supports individuals of all backgrounds.

Summer associate program

Currently we offer summer clerkships in our Indianapolis, Indiana and Columbus, Ohio offices. The program is designed to provide broad exposure to a variety of practice areas. Clerks come away with a good understanding of a "day in the life" of an Ice Miller attorney, and they also gain a sense of how our clients are impacted by the work we do.


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