Jill Bracken-Emerson

2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 named as one of the Top 100 civil attorneys in the State of Indiana by the National Trial Lawyers Association.

Jill Bracken-Emerson

2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 named as one of the Top 100 civil attorneys in the State of Indiana by the National Trial Lawyers Association.

I am a Partner with Emerson Law LLC. I have spent my legal career helping people and businesses deal with the legal issues they face -- whether it is a severe injury or death of a loved one because of someone else's negligence or a risk management or human resources issue faced by a company.  I routinely represent people who have been injured because of auto accidents, falls, nursing home neglect, birth injuries, medical malpractice, and dental malpractice.  I also regularly represent families who have lost a loved one because of wrongful death.

I have extensive jury trial experience, having tried seven medical malpractice jury trials to verdict either as first- or second-chair.  I have significant experience representing clients in both civil and criminal appeals to the Indiana Court of Appeals, the Indiana Supreme Court, and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.  I routinely represent clients in state courts around the State of Indiana, and comfortably represent clients in the federal court of the Southern District of Indiana.

I am honored to have been selected to become a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Membership is limited to attorneys who served as principal counsel in at least one case in which their client has received a verdict, award or settlement in the amount of one million dollars or more. The organization was founded in 1993 and fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members. Forum membership acknowledges excellence in advocacy, and provides members with a national network of experienced colleagues for professional referral and information exchange in major cases.

I am also honored to have been named as one of the Top 100 Trial Lawyers in the State of Indiana by the National Trial Lawyers Association.  The National Trial Lawyers Top 100 is an invitation-only organization composed of the premier trial lawyers from each state in the nation who meet stringent qualifications as civil plaintiff and/or criminal defense trial lawyers. Selection is based on a thorough multi-phase process which includes peer nominations combined with third-party research. Membership is extended solely to the select few of the most qualified attorneys who demonstrate superior qualifications of leadership, reputation, influence, stature, and public profile.

I am further honored to have been selected as a barrister in the Sagamore Inn of Court.  The Sagamore Inn of Court is an invitation only group of civil and criminal attorneys and judges practicing in the metropolitan Indianapolis area.

When I'm not practicing law, I am at home spending time with my teenage kids.  I grew up on a farm near Crawfordsville, Indiana where I learned the value of hard work and doing the right thing.  After high school, I graduated from Purdue University. In 1995, I graduated from the Indiana University McKinney School of Law with honors.  My family and I live in Carmel now.  My kids play a lot of sports, so you can often find me at a basketball game.  My oldest daughter excels in the arts, so you may find us attending the school drama club performance or viewing her artwork.  My kids are also involved in 4-H, where they have shown our family dogs in dog obedience at the Boone County Fair and the Indiana State Fair.  My husband is an avid golfer - me, not so much - but I like being outside during the summer so I often tag along to drive the cart.

Thank you for taking the time to learn more about me and how I can help you and your family with your legal problems.  I look forward to talking to you, and would be honored to have the opportunity to help you.

Following is a listing of the particulars of my education, background, and experience:


  • Purdue University, B.A., political science, 1990
  • Robert H. McKinney School of Law - Indianapolis, J.D., cum laude, 1995
  • Indiana Trial Advocacy College, 2000

Bar Admission

  • Indiana Bar, 1995

Court Admissions

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
  • Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals
  • U.S. Court of Federal Claims

Professional Associations

  • Sagamore Inn of Court, Barrister
  • Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, Sustaining Member
  • American Association of Justice (formerly Association of Trial Lawyers of America)
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Hamilton County Bar Association


  • Million Dollar Advocates Forum
  • Top 100 Best Plaintiff Attorneys in Indiana, National Trial Lawyers Association 2013, 2014, 2015
  • Indiana Comparative Law Review, member, 1994-1995
  • Dean's List, Robert H. McKinney School of Law
  • Dean's Tutorial Society, Robert H. McKinney School of Law
  • Dean's List, Purdue University

Reported Cases

  • Mooney v. Anonymous M.D. 4, 991 N.E.2d 465 (Ind. Ct. App. 2013), trans. denied
  • Doe Corp. v. Honore, 950 N.E.2d 722 (Ind. Ct. App. 2011)
  • Hightshue v. AIG Life Ins. Co., 135 F.3d 1144 (7th Cir. 1998)
  • Baley v. Fox, 671 N.E.2d 133, (Ind. Ct. App. 1996)

Seminars and Lectures

  • Wrongful Death when the Surviving Spouse Passes Shortly after the Decedent, Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, Lifetime Achievement Seminar, 2015
  • Interplay between the Peer Review Statute and a Claim for Negligent Credentialing, Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, Lifetime Achievement Seminar, 2012
  • How Defense Firm Finances Drive Your Medical Malpractice Cases, Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, 2011
  • The Personal Injury Case: Mastering the Mountain of Medical Records, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Foundation, 2009
  • Presenting a Case to the Medical Review Panel, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Foundation, 2008
  • What's It Like to be a Medical Malpractice Attorney?, Southmont Jr. High School Career Fair, 2006


  • Small Business Franchising, 2 Ind. Civ.Lit.Rev 89, 2005
  • Respecting Human Rights in Population Policies: An International Customary Right to Reproductive Choice, 6 Ind. Int'l & Comp. L. Rev. 197, 1995

Civic Activity

  • National High School Mock Trial Competition, Judge, 2013
  • Founding Member of the Board of Directors, Mountie Mission, July 2006 to 2010
  • Zeta Tau Alpha Sorority, 1987 - Present
  • Making Strides Breast Cancer Walk, American Cancer Society, Lawyer Spokesperson, 2009
  • Parent Volunteer, Zionsville Community School Corporation, 2007 - Present
  • Coach, Zionsville Youth Soccer League, 2007, 2008
  • Coach, Zionsville Basketball League, 2008, 2009
  • Ladoga Elementary Parent Advisory Committee, 2006, 2007
  • 4-H Ten-Year Member, 1976-1987

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