A trusted adviser and passionate advocate, John Maley is skilled in advocating before trial and appellate judges, juries and mediators who rely upon his assessment of the case at hand. Whether on attack or defense, John’s understanding of diverse industries and the sophisticated legal issues that permeate complex disputes is at the core of his success as a litigator and trial attorney.
John regularly represents publicly traded and private companies in regional and national litigation, trials and on appeal, and advises and represents leading universities in higher education issues and dispute resolution. He also frequently serves as special litigation counsel to the state of Indiana and advises local governments.
He has deep trial experience in multiple jurisdictions, including as a pro bono deputy prosecutor and as court-appointed trial counsel.
John has served as lead counsel in appeals in the U.S. Supreme Court, Indiana Supreme Court, Indiana Court of Appeals, Ohio Court of Appeals, Ohio Supreme Court, Michigan Court of Appeals, Arizona Court of Appeals and Arizona Supreme Court, and in Pennsylvania appellate courts. He also has handled appeals in several federal courts of appeals, including in the Third, Fourth, Sixth, Seventh, Eighth, Ninth and Eleventh circuits. John has successfully concluded multiple complex trials and appeals, including prosecuting and defending cases with nine-figure damages and appearing in more than 25 jurisdictions as lead counsel.
John has published numerous articles on federal practice and is the author of the Appellate Handbook for Indiana Lawyers. He lectures frequently on federal civil practice, noncompete and employment matters.
John is married to Vivian Maley, CEO of the Joseph Maley Foundation, named in honor of their son, Joseph, who passed in 2008; they have four other boys.
Professional and Community Involvement
Chair, Southern District of Indiana Local Rules Committee (25 years)
Past president, Indianapolis Bar Association
Past president, Indianapolis Bar Foundation
Co-chair and lecturer, Indiana Bar Review
Member, Northern District of Indiana Local Rules Committee (20 years)
Past chair, Marion County Local Rules Committee
Past president, Indianapolis Chapter, Federal Bar Association
Past president, Indiana University Law School Alumni Association
Past chair, Indiana State Bar Association's Appellate Practice Section
Chair, Barnes & Thornburg Library and Technology Committee
Chair, Barnes & Thornburg Pro Bono Committee
President, Whitewater Valley Pro Bono Commission
Board member, USA Track & Field (USATF) Indiana
Member, Black Robe Running Club
Assistant coach, Brebeuf Jesuit cross country and track
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
Fellow, Indiana Bar Foundation
Fellow, Indianapolis Bar Foundation
Indiana Super Lawyers, 2004-2019
The Best Lawyers in America, 2007-2020; Lawyer of the Year, 2009, 2012-2015, 2018 and 2019
Chambers USA, 2009-2019
Benchmark Litigation, Indiana Litigation Stars
Who’s Who in American Law
Who’s Who in Indianapolis Law