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Contact Information

scott.himsel@FaegreBD.com300 N. Meridian Street, Suite 2700
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-1750
T: +1 317 237 1252
F: +1 317 237 8452

Education

Northwestern University School of Law
J.D., cum laude, The Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology (coordinating articles editor) (1988)
Wabash College
A.B., summa cum laude (1985)

Bar Admissions

Indiana

Court Admissions

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 U.S. Tax Court

Scott D. Himsel

Partner

Scott Himsel devotes his practice primarily to the firm's exempt organization clients. He provides advice and counsel to faith-based institutions of all kinds: sororities, fraternities and their supporting foundations; colleges and universities; student membership organizations; amateur sports organizations; and charities and other exempt organization clients. Scott provides advice and counsel to these clients on a wide variety of legal issues, including internal governance counsel and preparation of related documents and policies; risk management counsel and training; tax advice; constitutional issues; faculty and student discipline; insurance coverage and disputes; accreditation disputes; open door and open record counseling; and clergy misconduct, intra-denominational disputes and canon law issues.

Scott also provides his litigation services primarily to the firm's exempt organization clients and its trust, estate and individual clients. His litigation practice has included defending the right of churches freely to exercise their religious beliefs, including in respect to employment and property disputes. Scott has defended litigation under open door and open record statutes in the area of higher education. And he has provided litigation counsel to other exempt organization clients, including, sororities, fraternities, amateur sports organizations and student membership organizations. Scott also has extensive wealth transfer litigation experience (often on behalf of the firm's exempt organization clients), including will contests, trust disputes, claims for and against decedent's estates, and guardianships of minors and elders. His business litigation practice has included claims by insolvent insurance companies; contract and tort disputes involving business entities, including defense against consumer class actions; and securities fraud.  Scott has practiced extensively in state and federal trial and appellate courts as well as in out-of-court mediations and settlement negotiations.

Since 2003, Scott has also served as a part-time professor at Wabash College, teaching about constitutional law and the judiciary to upperclassmen and teaching a freshman tutorial about the Founding Fathers. He has also chaired the prelaw committee of the faculty and in that capacity has helped lead the college's extensive prelaw program. Scott's ongoing work with students, faculty and administration help him understand the particular needs of Faegre Baker Daniels' many exempt organization clients that provide educational opportunities to students both in the classroom and beyond.

Faculty Positions

  • Wabash College — Visiting Associate Professor of Political Science and Chair, Prelaw Committee, 2003-present

Selected Published Decisions

  • McEnroy v. Saint Meinrad School of Theology, 713 N.E. 2d 334 (Ind. Ct. App. 1999) — Seminary employment and constitutional law
  • Bridgeforth v. Thornton, 847 N.E. 2d 1015 (Ind. Ct. App. 2006) — Church property and constitutional law
  • Dillman v. Trusteess of Indiana University, 848 N.E. 2d 348 (Ind. Ct. App. 2006) — Open door law
  • Indiana Newspapers, Inc. v. Trustees of Indiana University, 787 N.E. 2d 893 (Ind. Ct. App. 2003) — Open record law
  • Lutz v. Fortune, 758 N.E. 2d 77 (Ind. Ct. App. 2001) — Trust dispute

Honors

  • Indiana Super Lawyers — Nonprofit Law and General Litigation
  • Alpha Chi Omega — Vision Award, 2012
  • USA Gymnastics — Educational Services Award, 2009
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Wabash College — David W. Peck Medal, Richard O. Ristine Award for Service to the Prelaw Program

Professional Associations

  • National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA)
  • American Bar Association
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association

Civic Activities

  • National Association of Wabash Men, National Alumni Board — Board of Directors
  • North American Interfraternity Conference Foundation — Director
  • Wabash College, Class Agents — Executive Committee, Co-Chair
  • Indianapolis Association of Wabash Men — Moot Court Committee (undergraduate moot court competition)
  • North United Methodist Church — Strategic Planning Committee

Clerkships

  • Judge S. Hugh Dillin, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, 1988-90

Presentations

  • Working Together to Protect Kids
    USA Gymnastics National Congress, San Jose, California, June 2012
  • Preventing the "Great Train Robbery" — Protecting Gifts to Charity From Interference by Family Members
    Faegre Baker Daniels Nonprofit Law Forum, Summer 1998
  • Is Ohio's State Motto ("With God All Things Are Possible") Unconstitutional and Should the Church Try to Win This Battle?
    Saint Meinrad School of Theology, Spring 2000
  • Rule Yourself or Someone Else Will — Internal Discipline as the Best Risk Management
    Emerging Leaders Institute, Phi Delta Theta, Oxford, Ohio, Summer 2008
  • Academic Leadership and the Pledge Class
    Emerging Leaders Institute, Phi Delta Theta, Oxford, Ohio, Summer 2008
  • Understanding the New Form 990
    Co-presenter with Katherine Ruhl, THE Foundations Seminar, NICF, August 2008