Fred Schultz

Mr. Schultz began his legal career as a deputy prosecuting attorney with the Greene County Prosecutor's Office from 1996 to 1998. He joined Nunn & Greene Law Office as an associate attorney until he left in May of 2005 to form the law firm of Greene & Schultz with Betsy Greene. Mr. Schultz's primary area of practice since 1998 has been representing individuals and families who have suffered serious injuries or wrongful death. Mr. Schultz has tried numerous jury trials in both State and Federal Courts in Indiana, and has written and spoken at a number of Continuing Legal Education programs, both in Indiana and across the country.

In November 2009, Mr. Schultz was chairperson of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) Annual Institute. In 2010 and 2011, he co-chaired ITLA's Professional Responsibility Seminar. In 2011, he was asked to speak at the Annual Convention for the American Association for Justice. Mr. Schultz is a Board Certified Civil Trial Advocate, meaning he has undergone a rigorous independent Peer Review process which included independent evaluations of his legal skills by both judges and opposing counsel, and by members of the National Board of Trial Advocacy. During his career as a trial lawyer, Fred has received numerous awards and recognitions. He is AV Preeminent Peer Review Rated by Martindale-Hubbell. In 2005, Fred received the top award for a lawyer in practice less than ten years from both the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association and the Association for Justice. He received the Max Goodwin Award from the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association. The Max Goodwin Award is named after a former President of ITLA and is given each year to an Indiana Trial Lawyer in practice less than ten years who has achieved either a great verdict on behalf of a client, advanced Indiana law in a positive direction for Indiana Consumers, or provided a great deal of community service.

Fred also received the F. Scott Baldwin Award from the American Association for Justice. The award is named after Scott Baldwin from Marshall, Texas, one of the greatest Trial Lawyers in America. The award is given each year to "the most outstanding young trial lawyer in America." Both awards are great honors and demonstrate Fred's dedication to his clients and to the legal profession. They are also indicative of the level of respect given to both Fred Schultz and his partner, Betsy Greene by attorneys in the State of Indiana, and across America.

Fred is very active in the legal profession locally, statewide, and nationally. He is frequently asked to serve in leadership positions in the various organizations which he is involved. For example, Fred is a past president of the Monroe County Bar Association. He is also a member of the Indiana State Bar Association, where he serves on the Board of Directors (2004-present) and the Executive Committee (2011-present). In 2011, Fred was voted by his peers to serve on the Executive Committee of ITLA. Fred is also a member of the American Association for Justice, where he is a past member of the Board of Governors, and still serves on several committees. Mr. Schultz is also a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and is board certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.

Most recently, Fred has been named a Super Lawyer for 2008, 2009, 2010, and 2011 by Law & Politics Magazine, and the publishers of Indianapolis Monthly. The Super Lawyer award is given out only after an extensive peer review and screening process of all the lawyers in Indiana and is bestowed upon those attorneys who are considered to be among the top five percent of all lawyers in Indiana.

Recent Posts By Fred Schultz

Death of Child Prompts Recall of Window Blinds by Blind Xpress

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Blind Xpress of Livonia, Mich. is announcing the recall of about 139,000 custom-made vertical and 315,000 horizontal blinds. In 2009, a 2-year-old girl from Commerce Township, Mich. reportedly strangled in the loop of a vertical blind cord that was not attached to the wall or floor. Blind Xpress custom vertical blinds have an adjustment cord that forms a loop that is not attached to the wall or floor. In some instances, this loop has a weighted device at the bottom. The custom horizontal blinds do not have inner cord stop …

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New Medical Malpractice Rates Are Completely Unacceptable!

I am simply blown away by the new study regarding malpractice rates that was just published in the New England Journal of Medicine!  A six-year study in 10 North Carolina hospitals (published November 25, 2010 in the New England Journal of Medicine) has found that efforts to make hospitals safer for patients are falling short.  It “found that harm to patients was common and that the number of incidents did not decrease over time.  The most common problems were complications from procedures or drugs and hospital-acquired infections.”  This study has been billed as one of the most rigorous efforts to …

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Ways to Reform the Tort System That Do Not Further Harm Victims

There’s been a lot of discussion recently about medical liability tort reform.  President Obama even mentioned he’d be willing to consider medical liability reform to stop “frivolous lawsuits.”  So let’s start this discussion with these indisputable facts: 1) the Institute of Medicine confirmed that nearly 100,000 people die every year of preventable medical errors; 2) second study found that 1 in 5 patients admitted to hospitals suffer some degree of preventable medical error.  Also, I cannot discuss this topic without also asking when we will begin a serious discussion on ending and preventing malpractice, instead of focusing on stopping litigation …

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Proper Colon Cancer Screening Saves Lives

Despite Katie Couric’s best efforts, we don’t much talk about colon cancer, especially not in polite company.  It makes us uncomfortable for many reasons.  For one thing, we don’t like to even think about cancer happening to anyone we know (especially ourselves).  Likewise, the screening process generally involves, well, sticking a long slender video camera in a certain orifice in our body.  And then, the signs and symptoms of the need for screening outside the recommended age guidelines are also things we don’t want to talk about, like blood in our stools (there, I said it).  However, not talking about colon cancer may …

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“Tort Reform” Hurts People We All Want to Help – Not the People We Don’t

I recently read a statement by a physician who was the tragic victim of medical malpractice.  He was enraged by the fact that a very preventable form a cancer had not been detected by a physician he was treating with.  The doctor was furious that he is going to die unnecessarily because another doctor made such a mistake.  The negligent doctor who missed his cancer had a history of committing malpractice, but had been allowed to continue practicing medicine.  Worse yet, this man has come to understand that  Indiana’s arbitrary cap on medical malpractice damages is going to leave his …

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