Scott B. Cockrum


Scott Cockrum is a partner in the Highland and Indianapolis offices of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the General Liability Practice. 

Mr. Cockrum joined Lewis Brisbois in January 2019 as a partner. He previously practiced at a Chicago-based national law firm since April 2003, and as a partner since 2006.

He served for five years as an adjunct professor in the Paralegal Program at Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting, Indiana.

Mr. Cockrum has extensive and varied litigation experience. He is frequently before Indiana state and federal courts in a variety of cases, handling declaratory judgment, bad faith, UIM, and breach of contract claims and other actions for insurers. He further represents defendants in a variety of litigation matters, including medical malpractice, legal malpractice, nursing home litigation, products liability, and other general and professional liability claims. He has tried multiple cases to jury or bench verdict, including week-long jury trials in 2016 and 2017, and bench trials for the Indiana Patient’s Compensation Fund in petitions for excess damages under Indiana's Medical Malpractice Act. He has handled over 50 appeals before Indiana's appellate courts, including oral arguments in several matters.

Mr. Cockrum lives in Munster, Indiana with his wife and four daughters.


Published Opinions

  • Estate of Staggs v. ADS Logistics,102 N.E. 3d 319 (Ind. Ct. App. 2018)
  • Admiral Ins. Co. v. Banasiak, 72 N.E.3d 1491 (Ind. Ct. App 2017)
  • Merrillville 2548, Inc. v. BMO Harris Bank, NA., 39 N.E.3d 382 (Ind. Ct. App. 2015)
  • Kapoor v. Dybwad, 49 N.E.3d 108 (Ind. Ct. App. 2015)
  • Wertz v. Asset Acceptance, 5 N.E.3d 1175 (Ind. Ct. App. 2014)
  • Chaffins v. Kauffman, 995 N.E.2d 707 (Ind. Ct. App. 2013)
  • Breeden v. Hoffmeister-Repp, 2010 WL 4925629 (Ind. App. 2010)
  • Estate of Mintz v. CGLIC,. 905 N.E.2d 994 (Ind. 2009)
  • Surfware, Inc v. Allied Specialty Precision, 876 N.E.2d 1156 (Ind. App. 2007)
  • Rood v. Saber, 844 N.E.2d 502 (Ind. Ct. App. 2006)
  • Brant v. Krilich, 835 N.E 2c1582 (Ind. Ct. App. 2005)
  • McGarrity v. Berlin Metals, 744 N.E.2d 71 (Ind. Ct App. 2002)
  • Loomis v. Ameritech Corp., 764 N.E.2d 658 (Ind. Ct. App. 2002)
  • Gallant Ins. Co. v. Oswalt, 762 N.E.2d 1254 (Ind Ct App. 2002)
  • Palmer & Sons Paving v. Northern Indiana Public Service Co, 758 N.E.2d 550 (Ind. Ct. App. 2001)
  • In Re: Estate of Meyer, 747 N.E.2d 1159 (Ind. Ct. App. 2001)

Professional Presentations

  • “Insurance Coverage Litigation”, National Business Institute, Merrillville, IN, December 2018
  • "The 5 W's of Defending the 30(B)(6) Deposition", 2015 DTCI Annual Conference, Bloomington, Indiana, November 2015


  • State Bar Admissions
    • Indiana
  • United States District Courts
    • United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
    • United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
  • United States Courts of Appeals
    • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit



U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana

U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana

United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit


Chair of Rules Committee for the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana.


University of Notre Dame Law School

Juris Doctor, 1998

Indiana State University

Master of Arts in English, 1995

University of Southern Indiana

Bachelor of Science, 1993

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