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Joseph M. Leone
Practice Areas
Construction Law & Litigation
Public Construction Law
Education
Purdue University, B.S., Civil Engineering, 1989
Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis, J.D., 1995
Bar Admissions
Indiana Supreme Court, 1995
United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 1995

Joseph M. Leone is an attorney at Drewry Simmons Vornehm, LLP, where he practices Construction Law and Public Construction Law. With over twenty attorneys practicing in construction law, Drewry Simmons Vornehm, LLP is recognized as one of the most experienced and preeminent construction law firms in Indiana and throughout the Midwest. Mr. Leone earned his B.S. in Civil Engineering from Purdue University, his J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis, and was admitted to the Indiana bar in 1995.

Mr. Leone is a frequent author and lecturer on construction law topics and has recently achieved accreditation as a LEED, AP. He is a member of the American Bar Association Forum on the Construction Industry and Public Contract Law Section and the Indiana Bar Association where he is currently the Chairman-elect of the Construction and Surety Law Section.

Presentations and Publications
Author & Presenter, “Avoiding OSHA Citations and Liability in Indiana,” Lorman Educational Series, 2014
Moderator, “New Construction Manager as Constructor Law”, Hagerman Institute of Learning, 2014
Lecturer, “Construction Law” Construction Advancement Foundation, Superintendent Academy, 2013
Author & Lecturer, “Engineering Liability”, American Society of Civil Engineers, Indiana Section Annual Meeting, 2013
Author & Lecturer, Construction Defects”, National Business Institute, 2013
Lecturer, “The Impact of Limitation of Liability Clauses: Point-Counter Point”, Indiana State Bar Association, Construction & Surety Law Section, 2013
Panel Moderator, “University Owners”, Indiana Construction Association, 2013
Author & Lecturer, “Indemnification Seminar/Webinar,” American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC), 2012
Moderator, “Integrated Project Delivery Panel Discussion,” National Association of Women in Construction (NAWIC), 2012
Panelist, “Innovative Arbitration for Advocates & Arbitrators,” Indiana State Bar Association, ADR, Construction & Surety Law Section, 2012
Lecturer, “Legal Considerations of BIM,” Construction Specification Institute, Indiana Chapter, 2012
Author & Lecturer, “Minimizing Engineering Liability Exposure,” HalfMoon Education, 2012
Author & Lecturer, “A Practical Guide to Construction Liens,” National Business Institute, 2012
Author & Lecturer, “Law of Construction Defects and Failures,” HalfMoon Education, 2012
Author & Lecturer, “Contract Risks on Collaborative Design Projects,” Indiana State Bar Association, Construction & Surety Law Section Annual Meeting, 2011
Moderator, “Project Delivery Panel Discussion,” Indiana Construction Association, Annual Membership Meeting, 2011
Author & Lecturer, “Engineer Licensing Law,” Half Moon, LLC Seminars, 2011
Author & Lecturer, “Contractual Risk Allocation for Construction Managers,” Construction Management Association (CMAA), 2010
Lecturer, “Preventing a Green Project From Making you Black and Blue: Understanding Contractual and Legal Risks of Green Building, Drewry Simmons Vornehm, LLP, 2010
Lecturer, “Construction Contacts- Protections & Pitfalls,” Construction Advancement Foundation, 2010
Lecturer, “A Legal Perspective on Green Building: Contract, Liability, and Legislation,” ILA/AIA Indiana Joint Cooperative Committee, 2010
Author & Lecturer, “Federal Acquisition Regulations (FAR),” Design-Build Institute of America Indiana Chapter, 2010
Presenter, “Legal Considerations of BIM,” Construction Specifications Institute, Indiana Chapter, 2012
Author & Lecturer, “A Practical Guide to Construction Liens,” National Business Institute, 2010
Author & Lecturer, “Getting Paid for Construction Work,” National Business Institute, 2008, 2009
Author & Lecturer, “Indiana Mechanic’s Lien Law,” National Business Institute, 2009
Author & Lecturer, “Professional Liability in Design & Construction Contracts,” National Business Institute, 2008
Lecturer, “The New 2007 AIA Documents,” Drewry Simmons Vornehm, LLP, 2008
Author & Lecturer, “It’s Not Easy Being Green: Understanding the Legal Risks of Green Building, Drewry Simmons Vornehm, LLP, 2008
Author & Lecturer, “Indiana False Claims Act,” Indiana Construction Industry Conference, 2008
Author & Lecturer, “Construction Law for Architects, Engineers & Contractors,” HalfMoon, LLC, 2008, 2011
Lecturer “Supervisor Seminar,” Associated Builders & Contractors Indianapolis Chapter, 2008
Author & Lecturer, “How to Get Paid in Tough Times,” Indiana Construction Association, 2008
Author & Lecturer, “Managing Construction Risk with AIA Forms,” National Business Institute, 2008
Author, “Limiting the Contractor’s Duty to Defend the Owner in Injury Cases,” Indiana Constructor, Summer 2007
Author & Presenter, “Managing Complex Construction Law Issues,” National Business Institute, 2007
Author & Lecturer, “Priority of Mechanic’s Liens v. Other Liens,” ICLEF – Annual Real Estate Institute, 2007
Author & Lecturer, “Using a Mechanic’s Lien to Get Your Money,” National Business Institute, 2006-2010
Author & Lecturer, “Design Law in Indiana,” HalfMoon, LLC, 2007
Author & Lecturer, “Constructive Changes on Construction Projects,” Drewry Simmons Vornehm, LLP, 2007
Author & Lecturer, “Construction Contracting and Lien Enforcement,” National Business Institute, 2006
Author & Lecturer, “Managing Construction Projects,” Lorman Education Services, 2006, 2007, 2008
Author & Lecturer, “Performance and Payment Bond Claims,” The Associated General Contractors of America, 2006
Author & Lecturer, “Delay and Impact Claims on Construction Projects,” The Associated General Contractors of Indiana, 2006
Author & Lecturer, “Mechanics Lien Law,” The Associated General Contractors of Indiana, 2006
Lecturer, “Mechanic’s Lien Priority In Light of Provident Bank v. Tri-County Southside Asphalt,” Indiana State Bar Association, Construction and Surety Law Section, 2006
Author & Lecturer, “Subcontract Agreements,” Associated General Contractors of Indiana Construction Institute, 2006
Moderator, “The Risks of Contractual Indemnification,” Associated General Contractors of Indiana Construction Institute, 2006
Co-Author, “Rewriting a Builder’s Risk Policy,” Indiana State Bar Association, Civil Litigation Section, 2005
Lecturer, “P.L. 74-2005 Design-Build on Indiana Public Works Projects,” Indiana State Bar Association/AIA, Indiana Joint Cooperation Committee, 2005
Lecturer, “Designing and Building Public Projects,” Indiana State Bar Association, Construction and Surety Law Section, 2005
Author & Lecturer, “Mechanic’s Lien Law,” National Business Institute, 2000-2005, 2010-2011
Lecturer, “Indiana Mechanic’s Lien Law,” Lorman, 1998-2005
Co-Author, “Mechanic’s Lien Law in Indiana,” BKD Institute, Association of General Contractors of Indiana, 2005
Author & Lecturer, “Construction Management/Design Build in Indiana,” Lorman, 1999-2001, 2005
Author & Lecturer, “Creative Strategies for Project Completion and Litigation Avoidance,” Lorman, 1999-2004
Author & Lecturer, “Residential Construction Law,” ICLEF, 2004
Lecturer, “Indiana Bidding Statutes & Limitations,” Indiana Association of Cities and Towns Municipal Management, Institute Workshop, 2004
Author & Lecturer, “Managing Risk in Business,” ICLEF, 2004
Author & Lecturer, “Indiana Construction Law: What do you do when...,” Lorman, 2004
Author & Lecturer, “Sewer and Water Construction-Inspector Training,” Indiana Water Pollution Control Association, 2000-2003
Author & Lecturer, “Indiana Construction Law,” Lorman, 1999-2001
Author & Lecturer, “Construction Issues,” Lorman, 2001
Author & Lecturer, “Construction Litigation,” Lorman, 2001
Author & Lecturer, “Construction Contracting for Public Entities,” Lorman, 2001
Author & Lecturer, “Purchasing and Procurement Law in Indiana,” Lorman, 2000
Co-Author, “Indiana Chapter of State by State Guide to Architect, Engineer, and Contractor Licensing,” Aspen Law & Business©, 1999
Lecturer, “AIA Document A201 1997 Changes,” ASPE, 1998
Lecturer, “Contractor’s Liability for Jobsite Injuries,” Evansville Contractors Association, 1998
Memberships
Indiana State Bar Association
- Construction and Surety Law Section, Past Chair
American Bar Association
- Forum on the Construction Industry
- Public Contract Law Section
ACE Mentor Program of Indiana, Inc.
- Board of Directors
Associated General Contractors of America
- Project Delivery Forum, Steering Committee member
- Contract Documents Forum, Consensus Docs Multi Party Agreement for Integrated Project Delivery; Land Survey Agreement, Testing Lab Agreement, and Alternative Forms Contract Drafting Committees
Indiana Construction Association
-Program Committee
American Council of Engineering Companies (ACEC) of Indiana
-Education Committee
Honors and Recognitions
Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Accredited Professional (LEED, AP)
Outstanding Service Award, City of Indianapolis, 1995
Martindale–Hubell® Peer Review Rating, AV
Indiana Super Lawyers® in Practice Area of Construction/Law, 2013-2014