The Koch Law Firm, PC – Law Firm in Bloomington & Bedford, IN

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Eric Koch

Contact Information

Email

812-337-3120

Education

Admitted to Bar, 1989, Indiana

Court Admissions

 

The firm is led by Eric A. Koch, who brings over 29 years of experience to his clients.

An 8th generation Hoosier, Eric grew up on a grain and livestock farm, where he learned the value of hard work and experienced the risk and rewards of the commodity markets.

He earned a Bachelor’s Degree in Finance from Georgetown University and worked on President Ronald Reagan’s re-election campaign in the Office of Political Affairs at the Reagan-Bush ’84 Committee.

While earning his Juris Doctorate at the Indiana University School of Law, he clerked at the Bloomington law firm of McDonald, Barrett & Dakich.

He has been engaged in the private practice of law with offices in Bloomington since 1989 and Bedford since 2003. He is a member of the Monroe and Lawrence County Bar Associations, the Indiana State Bar Association, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, and founded and served as the first President of the Indiana Creditors Bar Association.

In 2002, he was elected to the Indiana House of Representatives, where he served until being elected to the Indiana State Senate in 2016. His legislative service has been recognized by, among others, the Indiana Judges Association (Champion of Justice Award), the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association (Legislator of the Year 2008 and 2015), the Indiana Pro Bono Commission (Randall T. Shepard Award), Kentucky Governor Ernie Fletcher (Kentucky Colonel), and Indiana Governor Mike Pence (Sagamore of the Wabash).

A nationally-recognized leader in energy policy, he serves a co-chairman of the Energy Supply Task Force of the National Conference of State Legislatures and holds a graduate certificate in Energy Policy Planning from the University of Idaho. He focuses on energy, telecommunications, and water policy interactions in Indiana and nationally.

He has served as a member of the Indiana Commission on Courts (2007-2011), the Indiana Probate Code Study Commission (2005-2007; 2013-2014), the Indiana Military Base Planning Council (2005 – present), the Board of Trustees of the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute (2006 – 2011), and the Indiana Public Defenders Commission (2017 – present). He represents Indiana as a Commissioner on The National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws (2018 – present).

Eric frequently serves as a faculty member teaching continuing legal education courses, including for the Indiana State Bar Association and the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum. He enjoys teaching lawyers about new developments in the law and sharing his insights into the legislative process.

He is a registered civil mediator, having earned a civil mediation certificate from the Indiana University McKinney School of Law, studying under ADR expert John Krauss. Eric enjoys using the combination of his mediation skills and litigation experience to help parties settle cases and resolve disputes.

Eric is frequently appointed by judges to serve as a court-appointed fiduciary with responsibilities such as a trustee, federal multidistrict litigation plaintiffs’ steering committee member, special administrator, and personal representative.

A licensed Indiana title insurance producer, he founded Koch Title Insurance Company in 2015 and serves as its President. His business experience also includes real estate, as President of White River Properties, Inc.; agriculture, as a partner in Koch Farms; and healthcare, as a former board member and Chairman of the Board of Dunn Memorial Hospital and St. Vincent Dunn Hospital.

His leadership in the non-profit sector includes service as a member of the Board of Governors of the Society of Indiana Pioneers, as a member of the Executive Board of the Hoosier Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America, as a member of the Mitchell Urban Enterprise Association Board, and as a member of the Georgetown University Alumni Admissions Committee.

Honors and Awards

  • Named a Sagamore of the Wabash by Governor Mike Pence
  • Named a Kentucky Colonel by Governor Ernie Fletcher
  • Champion of Justice Award from the Indiana Judges Association (2016)
  • Randall T. Shepard Award from the Indiana Pro Bono Commission (2012)
  • Legislator of the Year, Mothers Against Drunk Driving (2017)
  • Legislator of the Year, Indiana Chapter National Association of Water Companies (2018)
  • Legislative Service Award, Indiana Municipal Power Agency (2017)
  • National Active & Retired Federal Employees Association (2016)
  • Outstanding Achievement in State Tax Reform Award, Tax Foundation (2015)
  • Legislator of the Year, Indiana Volunteer Firefighters Association (2015)
  • Champion of Indiana’s Electric Cooperatives (2015)
  • Legislator of the Year, Indiana Trial Lawyers Association (2008 & 2015)
  • Legislator of the Year, Indiana Telecommunications Association (2011)
  • Cordry-Sweetwater Conservancy District (2010)
  • President's Award, Southern Indiana Center for Independent Living (2006 & 2008)
  • Legislative Leadership Award, Indiana Rural Health Association (2006)
  • Government Leadership Award, Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce (2005)
  • Indiana Speech - Language - Hearing Association (2005)
  • Corporation for Educational Technology (2004)
  • Southern Indiana Drug Task Force (2004)

Public Service:

  • Commissioner, National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, 2018- present
  • Member, Indiana Public Defenders Commission, 2017 – present
  • Board Member, Mitchell Urban Enterprise Association, 2017 – present
  • Member, Indiana Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative Statewide Steering Committee
  • Member, Indiana Military Base Planning Council, 2005 – present
  • Member, Indiana Commission on Courts, 2007 - 2011
  • Member, Indiana Probate Code Study Commission, 2005-2007, 2013 - 2014
  • Trustee, Indiana Criminal Justice Institute, 2006 - 2011
  • Member, Board of Advisors, Oakland City University – Bedford, 2008 - 2011

Faculty:

  • Collection Law in Indiana, Lorman Education Seminars, 1998
  • Service of Lawyer-Legislators in the Indiana General Assembly, Indianapolis Bar Association, 2007 - 2016, 2018
  • State Law and Energy Policy, Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Indiana University, 2009
  • Legislative Update, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, 2012-2018 (Chair, 2017, 2018)
  • Law of Bullying in Indiana, Indiana State Bar Association, 2012
  • Advanced Communications Law and Policy Institute Summit, New York Law School, 2012
  • Leadership Development Academy, Indiana State Bar Association, 2013, 2014, 2016
  • Legislative Update, Indiana State Bar Association, 2013 - 2017
  • Bench- Bar Conference, Monroe County Bar Association, 2013, 2018
  • Energy Challenges and Opportunities, Indiana Industrial Energy Consumers, 2013
  • Patent Trolling, Indiana State Bar Association Solo & Small Firm Conference, 2016

Governing Board Service

  • Member, Board of Governors, Society of Indiana Pioneers, 2014 – present
  • Member, Executive Board, Hoosier Trails Council of the Boy Scouts of America, 2016 – present
  • Chairman, Board of Directors, St. Vincent Dunn Hospital, 2010 - 2014
  • Member, Board of Governors, Dunn Memorial Hospital, 1999 - 2010 (Chairman, 2001 - 2010)
  • Member, Board of Directors, National Legal Center for the Medically Dependent and Disabled, 1993 - 2013
  • Member, Board of Directors, Indiana Heritage Arts, Inc., 1999 - 01
  • Chairman, Monroe County Republican Party, 1991 - 93

Professional Memberships