Brandi A. Gibson
Attorney and Managing Partner
Brandi A. Gibson concentrates her practice in family law, public entity/government defense, and civil litigation. Brandi has a wide range of courtroom and trial experience, which she utilizes as a Registered Civil Mediator and Family Law Mediator.
Brandi has experience in all areas of family law, including divorce, legal separation, custody, parenting time, child support, paternity, emancipation, post-decree modifications and enforcement (including contempt actions), relocation, education orders, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, contested adoptions, protective orders and restraining orders. Brandi frequently serves as a Family Law Mediator and is also a Parenting Coordinator.
Brandi’s litigation practice involves diverse areas of law including insurance defense, premises liability, motor vehicles accidents, civil rights, school liability, construction litigation, real estate disputes, and employment disputes and discrimination.
Brandi has experience handling employment matters including complex Title VII claims. The subject matter of these proceedings includes issues such as sexual harassment, sex discrimination, race discrimination, disability discrimination, wrongful discharge, and retaliation claims. Brandi represents employers, beginning with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (E.E.O.C.) process and investigation, and continuing through litigation, if necessary. She helps clients resolve issues in the state trial courts and federal district courts, as well as through the appellate process. She has argued before the Seven Circuit Court of Appeals.
Brandi represents cities, towns, townships and counties throughout the State of Indiana and works closely with local municipal and governmental officials to defend their interests. She has defended numerous governmental entities, police departments and police officers in cases involving false arrest and excessive force claims, police action shootings, police pursuits, jail conditions, and premises liability claims. She counsels and presents seminars to public officials, government employees and their insurers to educate them about State and Federal Law and specific legal issues that they may encounter in an effort to prevent disputes from arising.
Estate of Wojcik v. City of Michigan City, et. al., 2012 WL 426584: The estate of an innocent bystander sued the city police department (Client) and police officers (Client) after a fleeing suspect struck and killed an innocent bystander during a police pursuit. The federal district court entered summary judgment in favor of the police department and officers on the estate’s Section 1983 action alleging constitutional violations under the Fourth and Fourteenth Amendments.
Walsh v. Valparaiso, 921 N.E.2d 56 (Ind. Ct. App. 2010): The plaintiffs, whose home was serviced by an antiquated sewage system, filed a negligence action against the city (Client) after they experienced flooding and water damage to their property following a sewer backup. The city filed a motion for summary judgment asserting discretionary function immunity under the Indiana Tort Claims Act. The trial court entered summary judgment for the defendant, which the Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed.
Burton v. City of Franklin, et. al., 2011 WL 2938029 (S.D. Ind. 2011): Plaintiff filed a lawsuit against the city and various police officers (Client was one of the police officers) alleging that the defendants violated his rights under the Fourth, Fifth, and Fourteenth Amendments during the plaintiff’s arrest and incarceration pending trial for felony drug charges. The court granted a motion to dismiss with prejudice.
Scott v. Walden, 946 N.E.2d 656 (Ind. Ct. App. 2011): A person cohabitated with a partner for several years (Client). The cohabitating couple never married but accumulated a significant amount of assets. When the couple’s relationship ended, client petitioned the court to divide the couple’s property based upon the theory of unjust enrichment. The trial court found that the client had proven that her ex-partner had been unjustly enriched and the trial court entered an order dividing the couple’s property. The trial court’s order was affirmed by the Indiana Court of Appeals.
Cain v. City of Muncie, 626 Fed. Appx. 647 (7th Cir. 2015): Plaintiff filed a lawsuit against the city (Client) alleging sex discrimination and retaliation. Summary judgment was granted for the city.
In Re: Adoption of R.J.B and S.B.B., 94 N.E.3d 757 (Ind. Ct. App. 2017): A stepfather (Client) petitioned to adopt his stepchildren. The children’s biological father contested the adoption, and later filed an objection to venue in Hamilton County. The trial court denied the biological father’s objection to venue, and the Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment of the trial court.
In Re: Adoption of A.S.C., 98 N.E.3d 138 (Ind. Ct. App. 2018): The grandparents (Clients) petitioned to adopt their granddaughter. The biological mother objected, but the trial court concluded that the biological mother’s consent was not required. The trial court issued a decree of adoption. The Indiana Court of Appeals affirmed the judgment of the trial court.
Areas of Emphasis
- Cities and Towns
- Municipalities and Political Subdivisions
- Law Enforcement
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law - Indianapolis, Indiana (J.D., 2006)
Indiana University (B.A., High Distinction, 2003)
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
Awards & Recognition
- Indiana Super Lawyers® Rising Star (2010-present)
- Registered Family Law Mediator, 2012
- Registered Civil Mediator, 2014
- Indiana Bar Association
- Hamilton County Bar Association
- Indiana State Bar Association
- Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana (DTCI)
- Defense Research Institute (DRI)