Dirck H. Stahl

Partner

Posted on Apr 13, 2015

Dirck Stahl is a partner in the firm who focuses on Litigation, Appeals and Client Counseling in nearly every area of the firm’s practice, and in particular Municipal Law, Commercial Litigation, and other services in the areas of Business, Real Estate, Construction, Land Use and Zoning, Education, Employment, Insurance and Probate, and has extensive experience in general and professional Liability Insurance defense and Workers Compensation. He has been listed in Best Lawyers in America® since 2007 in the area of Construction Law and was listed in the 2015 Indiana SuperLawyers® for his work in Business Litigation, Real Estate and Construction Litigation. He also counsels clients on various probate topics as well as on business transactional, procedural and compliance matters.

Dirck is a native of Evansville, Indiana, and received his undergraduate education at Wabash College in 1990. He earned his law degree at Indiana University Bloomington in 1993, where he was an Associate Editor of the Adelphia Law Journal in 1992 and research assistant to Professor Terry Bethel in the area of Labor & Employment Law.

For well over a decade, Dirck has been an adjunct faculty member at the University of Evansville, where he teaches courses including Legal Research, Legal Writing, and Real Estate Law in the Department of Law, Politics and Society, and served for many years on the Advisory Board of the University’s Legal Studies program. He has also been a writer, speaker and moderator at various seminars for lawyers, educators, school administrators, human resource directors and business leaders throughout Indiana.

A leader at both the local and state levels of bar organizations, Dirck is a past President of the Evansville Bar Association, where he served as an officer at every level and on the Board of Directors from 1998 to 2006, and has been an active member of the association’s Editorial Board, which authors articles for publication in news media regarding various legal topics of general interest and concern to the public. He also served as a charter member of the Board of Directors of the Evansville Bar Foundation and as President of the Vanderburgh County Law Library Foundation.

Dirck is also active in the Indiana State Bar Association, having served two terms on the Board of Governors, and as Chair of both the Litigation Section and the Young Lawyers Section, where he developed the Young Lawyers Seminar for lawyers across Indiana, among other projects benefitting Indiana’s lawyers and citizens. He has served for several years on the Budget and Finance Committee for the ISBA, and has also served on the Legal Education Conclave Committee, the Committee on Improvements in the Judicial System, the Articles & Bylaws Committee, the Nominating Committees for both the Board of Governors and the House of Delegates, and was recently Parliamentarian for the House of Delegates Annual Meeting. Dirck has twice received one of the Association’s highest honors, the Presidential Citation for Exceptional Contributions to the Profession of Law. He has also served on the Boards of Directors of the Indiana Bar Foundation and the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum.

A lifelong resident of Evansville, Dirck contributes his time to various local civic and community groups, and has since before his professional career began. He recently served two terms as President of the Board of Directors of the Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana, and has served on the Board of Directors of Tri-State Public Media Teleplex, which operates WNIN TV-9 and FM 88.3, Evansville’s public television and radio stations (where he chaired its annual on-air and online auction, a major community fundraising event).

Dirck has provided both legal and leadership services to the poor, having represented Vanderburgh County CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) in juvenile abuse, neglect and custody cases, frequently providing pro bono legal assistance in various areas of the law to underprivileged clients through the Volunteer Lawyer Program of Southwestern Indiana, and having served on the Board of Directors of United Family Care Services, providing low-cost counseling services to the poor.

He served for many years as a member of the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of Center City Corporation and Downtown Evansville, Inc. which specializes in business and real estate development in, and promotion of, Evansville’s historic downtown area, and was an active volunteer and organizer of many of the major community events presented downtown.

Professional Associations

  • Indiana State Bar Association – Board of Governors; Chair, Litigation Section; Chair, Young Lawyers Section; Nominating Committee; Budget and Finance Committee; Legal Education Conclave Committee; Committee on Improvements in the Judicial System; Articles & Bylaws Committee
  • Evansville Bar Association – Past President, Officer and Director, member of Editorial Board
  • Brooks American Inn of Court – Master
  • Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana
  • Defense Research Institute

Bar Admissions

  • State of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • U.S. Supreme Court

Community Involvement

  • Volunteer Lawyer Program of Southwestern Indiana
  • Arts Council of Southwestern Indiana – President, Board of Directors
  • University of Evansville – Adjunct Professor of Law, Legal Studies Advisory Board
  • WNIN – Public television and radio – Board of Directors (Past)
  • Vanderburgh County Property Tax Assessment Board of Appeals (Past)
  • Downtown Evansville, Inc. – Board of Directors and Executive Committee (Past)
  • Center City Corporation – Board of Directors and Executive Committee (Past)
  • United Family Care Services – Board of Directors (Past)