Attorney Profile

RWY Photo 2008 002Robert W. York

Indianapolis, Indiana

phone (317) 842-8000

fax (317) 577-7321

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Robert W. York has been a practicing Indiana Attorney since 1973 having obtained his Doctor of Jurisprudence with honors from Indiana University School of Law. He is a former Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, a former Indiana Administrative Law Judge and, currently, a frequent Special Judge presiding over major felony criminal cases. He is the senior lawyer of Robert W. York & Associates in Indianapolis, Indiana and devotes his practice to participating in trials in courts throughout Indiana. He is admitted to the bar of the United States Supreme Court and all of the courts of Indiana. He has memberships in a number of trial lawyer associations and Bar Associations. He is a recognized author in a number of legal publications and was Editor of Verdict magazine for 12 years. He and his wife, Donna, have been married for 46 years and are the parents of two sons, ages 36 and 29. He has been certified by the United States Hockey Association as a Master Coach and has coached 40 youth hockey and baseball teams.

Areas of Practice: 

  • Wrongful Death
  • Estate Litigation
  • Probate
  • Wills & Trusts
  • Automobile Accidents and Injuries
  • Personal Injury
  • Negligence
  • Business Law
  • Products Liability
  • Trial Practice
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Insurance
  • Family Law
  • Divorce

Litigation Percentage:

85% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions:

  • Indiana
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Tax Court


Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1973
Doctor of Jurisprudence
Honors: Cum Laude

Indiana University, 1969
Bachelor of Science

Honors and Awards:

  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, Trial Lawyer Honorary Society
  • Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers
  • Martindale-Hubbell AV Rated (Denoting Highest Level of Skill and Integrity)
  • Indianapolis Bar Association Board of Manager’s Award
  • Indianapolis Bar Association President’s Award

Professional Associations and Memberships:

Marion County Local Probate Rules Committee, 2009-2011

Indiana Trial Lawyers Association
President, 1998, Officer, 1993 -1998
Board of Directors, 1980-Current

Verdict Magazine, 1986 – 1998

U.S.A. Master Hockey Coach certification – 1992

American Association of Justice

Civil Justice Foundation

Head Injury Foundation of Indiana

Trial Lawyers For Public Justice

American Bar Association

Indiana State Bar Association

Indianapolis Bar Association
Member, Board of Directors

Indianapolis Bar Association
Vice-President, 2008, 2014

Indianapolis Bar Foundation Senior Fellow

Litigation Counsel of America

Hamilton County Bar Association

State Chairman Law-Pac Fund Development Committee, 1983 – 1986

Citizen’s Commission for the Future of Indiana Courts, 1997 –

Indian Lake Country Club, Inc., 2007

Recent Publications/Presentations:

Rod Avery, et al. v. Trina Avery – Oral Arguments (Podcast) 
Indiana Supreme Court, March 30, 2011

Motion Practice – Oral Arguments
IBA Seminar, Las Vegas, 2010

Top Ten Rules To Follow In First Probate Case
ISBA Women in the Law Bench/Bar Retreat, Culver, Indiana, March 5, 2011

Evidence in Probate/Trust Litigation
ICLEF Seminar, November 18, 2011

FIVE KEY CASES OF 2011: 120 Hot Tips in Estate Practice
ICLEF Seminar, December 20, 2011

New Marion County Local Probate Rules and Forms
IBA Seminar, January 25, 2012

Past Employment Positions:

State of Indiana, Administrative Law Judge, 1974-84

Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Marion County, 1973-74

Intern to Prosecuting Attorney, Marion County, 1972-73

Intern to Attorney General, State of Indiana, 1970-72