Scott M. Kyrouac Memorial

In Memoriam: Scott M. Kyrouac


                The firm mourns the unexpected death of partner Scott M. Kyrouac, who died on April 18, 2022, following a brief illness.  He was 61.  Scott joined the firm in 1985 after being graduated from the Maurer School of Law at Indiana University-Bloomington and had been a partner since 1991.

                A native of Kankakee, Illinois, Scott grew up in Naperville and was graduated from Naperville High School in 1978.  He attended the University of Illinois and was graduated with high honors in 1982.

                Scott’s passion was working as a litigator and he handled a myriad cases over his long career in personal injury, insurance defense, employment law, products liability, medical malpractice, toxic torts, and trucking and transportation law.  He was a strong advocate for the defense trial bar and served for many years in leadership of the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana organization, including service as its president in 2011.  He was honored as Defense Trial Counsel of the Year in 2008.  He served in leadership positions on the Indiana Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates and also had served as Indiana representative for the Defense Research Institute (DRI) from 2012 to 2015.

                In recent years Scott had facilitated hundreds of civil and domestic relations mediations and was widely recognized for his talent in helping litigants resolve cases.  He was honored as a “distinguished neutral” and was a member of the Indiana Academy of Mediators and Arbitrators.

                Scott published articles frequently, including regular contributions to The Indiana Lawyer, and presented at multiple continuing legal education seminars during his career.

                He was active in St. Joseph University Parish and the Terre Haute South Rotary Club.  He also had served local units of Miss Softball America, the March of Dimes, and was a longtime supporter and advocate for both the Terre Haute Humane Society and the Clay County Humane Society.

                Our firm mourns Scott’s loss and extends condolences to his family:  his longtime companion, Judy Fendrick, and his four children:  Lauren Hart, Carmen Hull, Brooklyn Kyrouac, and Jaxon Kyrouac; three stepchildren, Tiffany Fendrick, Kylie Fendrick, and Megan Rehmel; and two grandchildren.

                Scott’s affiliation with our firm spanned nearly 37 years—it is the only place he ever practiced law.  He earned the respect of colleagues and adversaries for zealously representing his clients and skillfully presenting their cases in many courtrooms throughout Indiana.  We honor his career as we mourn a life that ended far too soon and with little warning.  We are grateful for the kind sentiments from many of Scott’s friends in legal circles who join with Scott’s family and the members of this firm in grief and with gratitude for his devoted and passionate career in the law.

Scott M. Kyrouac

(Civil & Domestic Mediator)
Direct Dial: (812) 917-2804
Mailing Address: 333 Ohio Street, Terre Haute, IN 47807

Practice areas

  • Personal injury, Accident, Wrongful Death
  • Medical malpractice and Health Care law
  • Trucking and transportation law
  • Products liability
  • Insurance defense
  • Municipal law
  • Asbestos and toxic tort
  • Employment law
  • Commercial, business and contract litigation
  • Family law (Adoption, Divorce and Custody)
  • Arbitration
  • Insurance Coverage Issues
  • Registered Civil Mediator
  • Registered Domestic Mediator


  • Indiana, all Indiana Federal District Courts and Illinois Central District


  • Indiana University School of Law – Bloomington, IN, J.D., 1985

Peer Recognition and Biographical Details

  • 2008              Indiana Defense Trial Counsel of the Year 2008
  • 2011               President Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana
  • 2012              Secretary American Board of Trial Advocates
  • 2013-2016   Client Distinction Award
  • 2013-2015   Indiana State Representative for Defense Research Institute (DRI)
  • 2011-2016    AVVO Recognition Conduct Experience “10.0 Superb”
  • 2014-2019   Indiana Super Lawyers
  • 2015             Top Indiana Attorneys, Indianapolis Monthly
  • 2015             President American Board of Trial Advocates (Indiana)
  • 2017             America’s Top 100 Attorneys Lifetime Achievement
  • 2019            The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
  • Martindale Hubbell “AV” Rating “Preeminent”
  • Who’s Who in American Law, Oxford’s Who‘s Who
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (Advocate Rank)
  • Registered Civil and Domestic Mediator
  • 1977 Naperville, Illinois Red And White Award Winner

Associations and Memberships

  • Terre Haute and Indiana State Bar Associations
  • Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana (Treasurer, 2006 – 2007; Secretary, 2007 – 2008; Vice President 2008 – 2009; President 2009 – 2010)
  • Defense Research Institute (Indiana State Representative (2012 to 2015)
  • American Board of Trial Advocates (Rank: Advocate; President 2016)
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys (Invited Active Member.)
  • Indiana Association of Mediators

Author: “Zoom Mediation Works in 2021” Google 2021: “Medical Malpractice: Conducting Discovery and Doctor Depositions” NBI 2018; “Mediation from the Mediator’s Point of View” NBI 2018;   “Mediation Ethics”  NBI 2017; “Defending Traumatic Brain Injury Claims” NBI 2017; “Mediation Preparation and Advisement (Do’s and Don’ts)” NBI 2016; “Authentication of Social Media and Email Evidence” NBI 2015; “Traumatic Brain Injury Litigation”  NBI 2014; “Mediation of Complex Cases” Thompson-Reuters 2014; “Understanding Hearsay” NBI 2013; “Handling EMail, Social Media and ESI”  NBI 2013; “The Evolution of the Attorney Image In The Media” NBI 2012; “Choosing an Indiana Attorney” L.B.; “Hearsay in the Court Room,  NBI 2011; “Dynamic Techniques For Using Expert Witnesses” NBI 2010; “Indiana Law Concerning Statute of Repose, Comparative Fault (Apportionment/Nonparty Defense) and Punitive Damages As It May Apply to Asbestos Claims,” “Indiana Civil Litigation Review Vol VI 2009; “Medical Malpractice Terminology” NBI 2009; “Ethics in Medical Malpractice” NBI 2009; “Ferreting Unreliable Expert Testimony From the Mosaic We Call Trial,” Indiana Lawyer 2008; “Spoliation of Evidence,” Indiana Lawyer 2005; “Subrogation & Civility,” Indiana Lawyer, 2004; “Bad Faith Litigation,” ICLE 2003; “Crashworthiness Revisited,” Indiana Lawyer, 1996; “The Art of Being Local Counsel,” Indiana Lawyer, 1999.

Panel Chair: “Implications of Stanley v. Walker – The New Collateral Source Rule” in 2009; 40th Annual Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana Seminar in French Lick, Indiana (2007).

IU Law School 25th Class Reunion Chair, 2010.

Reported Cases

McCullough v. Archbold, 605 N.E.2d 175 (Ind. 1993); Warner v. City of Terre Haute, Ind., 30 F.Supp 2d 1107 (S.D. Ind.1998); Harbour v. Arelco, Inc., 678 N.E.2d 381 (Ind. 1999); Shelton v. Wick, 715 N.E.2d 890 (1999); trans. denial 736 N.E.2d 219 (2000); City of Terre Haute v. Simpson, 746 N.E.2d 359, 367 (Ind.Ct.App. 2001), trans. denied; Laidlaw v. Fluor Corp., 2:15-CV-00227 (N.D. Ind. 2017).



Scott M. Kyrouac graduated from Indiana University School of Law -Bloomington. Scott blends his legal knowledge with the business judgment he gained at the University of Illinois, College of Commerce, where he graduated with “High Honors” with a B.S. in Business Administration. Scott’s practice includes alternative dispute resolution, commercial litigation, employment law, health law, personal injury, insurance defense, medical malpractice, products liability, asbestos litigation, toxic torts, trucking and transportation. Scott is also available for criminal and family law matters. Scott has served as primary counsel and as local counsel in hundreds of complex litigated matters in both State and Federal Courts. While Scott has extensive experience in trying bench and jury trials, he sees true benefit in helping others resolve disputes as a registered Civil and Domestic Mediator.

In 2015, Scott had the honor of serving as President of American Board of Trial Advocates (Indiana) after having served as Indiana’s State Representative for Defense Research Institute on the national level from 2012 to 2015. He also served as president of the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana in 2011 and has over 18 years of experience as a statewide director representing his clientele with compassion and professionalism. Recognized as Indiana Defense Lawyer of the Year in 2008 and to America’s Top 100 Attorneys Lifetime Achievement in 2018, Scott holds the rank of Advocate from the American Board of Trial Advocates, Scott has exemplified competency and civility on both a local and national level. Scott is a selected member of Association of Defense Trial Attorneys and has been recognized by Martindale Hubbell with their AV rating, by AVVO with their highest 10.0 ranking, and by Super Lawyers Excellence in Practice Award.  Scott is a member of the Terre Haute Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, ADTA, and Indiana State Bar Association. Locally, Scott was honored by being voted Terre Haute Tribune Star Readers as “Choice Platinum” and being selected as one of America’s Top 100 Attorneys Lifetime Achievement Award Winners in 2018.  America’s Top 100 Lifetime Achievement.  Scott became a member of  The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals in 2019.

 Scott has authored numerous articles for legal professionals and taught continuing education on topics including Mediation, Medical Malpractice, Traumatic Brain Injury, Crashworthiness, The Art of Being Local Counsel, Spoliation of Evidence, Civility and Evidence. Articles of notoriety include “Bad Faith Litigation” published by Indiana Continuing Legal Education in 2003, and “Medical Malpractice” and “Ethics” both published by National Business Institute in 2009. A law journal article authored by Scott, “Indiana Law Concerning Statute of Repose, Comparative Fault (Apportionment/Nonparty Defense) and Punitive Damages As It May Apply to Asbestos Claims” was published in the Indiana Civil Litigation Review in 2009.  Scott has chaired numerous Continuing Legal Education Seminars including “Implications of Stanley v. Walker – The New Collateral Source Rule” and “Expert Testimony.”   Scott regularly authors, lectures and teaches on attorneys concerning contemporary legal and evidence issues for NBI, DTCI, DRI and Thompson Reuters.

Scott was born in Kankakee, but grew up in the Chicago Area where he won the Naperville Red & White Award for outstanding leadership both on and off the athletic field in 1977. Since moving to Terre Haute in 1985, Scott calls Indiana home, staying active by coaching baseball, basketball, and soccer. He is active in St. Joseph University Parish, Miss Softball America, Muscular Dystrophy Association, Terre Haute South Rotary Club, Riley Baseball, Vigo County Youth Soccer Association, Terre Haute Boys and Girls Club and the Indiana University’s Moot Court Competition.

Scott chaired Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington (Maurer School of Law) 25th Class Reunion. While Scott is dedicated to his profession, he makes it a priority to spend quality time with his children. Scott shares his view of contemporary topics such as The Advantages and Disadvantages of Mediation  at 


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