Overview

Shawna Eikenberry provides strategic counsel and legal support to help construction industry stakeholders advance their goals in a cost-effective manner. Shawna works with each client to develop strategies tailored to the specific needs of each matter, as well as the client's business concerns and goals.

Construction

Shawna has represented a variety of construction project participants, including owners, general contractors and subcontractors. She advises on contract drafting and negotiations and risk assessment on the front end of construction projects, with particular expertise on the unique risks associated with automation construction and related disputes. She also handles disputes related to mechanic’s lien rights and defective work, delay and cost overrun claims.

Real Estate Litigation

Shawna has extensive experience litigating and advising clients concerning real estate disputes, including:
  • Title insurance coverage disputes and title defense litigation.
  • Tenant-landlord disputes and related litigation.
  • Eminent domain proceedings. 

Financial Litigation

Shawna has a growing practice representing clients in litigation involving complex financial transactions, including loan disputes, commercial foreclosures and breach of contract. Her experience includes:

  • Representing lenders in disputed commercial foreclosures.
  • Representing clients in cases involving commercial loans and related agreements.
  • Representing corporate trustees in foreclosures and related matters.
  • Involvement in various bankruptcy litigation matters.

General Commercial Litigation

In addition to the specialized areas above, Shawna has also handled general commercial litigation cases, including:

  • Successfully prosecuting a claim to pierce the corporate veil.
  • Representing parties in business dissolution disputes. 
  • Prosecution and defense of commercial breach-of-contract cases.

Credentials

Bar Admissions

Indiana

Court Admissions

U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana

Education

Indiana University Maurer School of Law
J.D. magna cum laude, Dean's Honors, Indiana Law Journal (notes editor, associate) (1999)

Butler University
B.A. magna cum laude (1996)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • The Basics of Indiana Mechanic's Lien Law
    Indiana Heating and Air Conditioning Alliance, Winter 2010
  • Choosing the Best Design-Build Contract: A Comparison of DBIA, AIA and ConsensusDOCS Design-Build Contracts
    DBIA Great Lakes Region, Spring 2010
  • You Promised What??!! Warranties: The Guarantees You Never Even Knew You Made
    Webinar, Control Systems Integrators Association, Summer 2010
  • Cutting Edge Design and Construction Risks (IPD, BIM and Green)
    Construction Specifications Institute, Indianapolis Annual Trade Show, Fall 2008
  • Legal Issues in a BIM Project
    Construction Specifications Institute, Indianapolis Chapter, Spring 2008
  • The Construction Project, Law and Claims
    Indianapolis Chapter of the Construction Specifications Institute Seminar, Indianapolis, 2007
  • The Case for a New Kind of Lawyer: The Technology Construction Lawyer
    World Batch Forum, North American Conference, Atlanta, 2006
  • The Case for a New Kind of Lawyer: The Technology Construction Lawyer (Co-author with Mark A. Voigtmann)
    Paper for World Batch Forum, North American Conference, 2006
  • Thou Shalt Not Sue the Church: Denying Court Access to Ministerial Employees
    74 Indiana Law Journal 269

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association

Honors

  • Indiana Super Lawyers — Rising Star, Construction Litigation, 2012-14; Rising Star, Construction/Surety, 2010-11
  • Charles L. Whistler Pro Bono Award — Faegre Baker Daniels, 2009
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2015
  • Shermon Minton Moot Court Board, 1998-99
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