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Richard T. Freije



Dick Freije is a collaborative business partner and leader with more than 35 years of experience advising the insurance industry on strategic, corporate/regulatory, market conduct and troubled company matters.

Corporate/Regulatory Counsel

Dick provides strategic counsel on corporate structure and alternatives, transactions, investments, products, regulatory compliance, risk management, market conduct, and reinsurance. Dick also represents insurance companies of all types, health maintenance organizations, third-party administrators, agents, brokers, investment banks, individuals and others before state insurance departments on corporate and regulatory matters.


Dick also practices in the area of insurance company rehabilitations and liquidations, including representation of the National Organization of Life and Health Insurance Guaranty Associations in many multistate life, annuity and health company insolvencies. Dick also works with insurance companies and other entities concerning troubled companies.

In-House Counsel Experience

From March 1998 to December 1999, Dick served as the Interim General Counsel of Indianapolis Life Insurance Company. From January 1, 2000, to July 31, 2001, he served as Indianapolis Life Insurance Company's Senior Vice President, Chief Administrative and Legal Officer. At Indianapolis Life, Dick led Indianapolis Life's demutualization and combination with AmerUs Group Co. and acted as the CEO's chief-of-staff. Drawing on that experience, Dick has provided strategic counsel to insurance company management and boards of directors.

Personal Interests

  • Sports of all types
  • Politics
  • Travel and food experiences


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

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


Indiana University Maurer School of Law
J.D. magna cum laude, Order of the Coif, Indiana Law Journal (note editor) (1984)

Purdue University
B.S.E. (1981)

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association

Civic Activities

  • Lawrence Township School Board, 2015-present; Vice President 2017-19
  • Lawrence Township School Foundation Board Member, 2014-present
  • City of Lawrence Redevelopment Commission Board Member, 2017-present
  • Lawrence North High School Men's Soccer Boosters Club — Board Member and Secretary, 2014
  • Indianapolis Public School 58 Running Club — Co-founder and Leader, 2009-15
  • Lockerbie Central United Methodist Church — Church Council Chair, 2012; Finance Committee Chair, 2011-12
  • Lawrence Township Boys Basketball League — Board of Directors, 2003-10
  • St. Luke's United Methodist Church — Board of Trustees, 1990-93
  • Purdue Chapter of Acacia Fraternity — Building Association Board, Secretary, 1987-92

Firm Leadership

  • Deputy Leader, Insurance Practice Group
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Leader, Insurance Group, 2015-20


  • Best Lawyers® — Administrative/Regulatory Law, 2009-24 (Lawyer of the Year - 2016, 2019, 2024); Corporate Law, 2013-24; Insurance Law, 2013-24
  • Indiana University Business Law — Associate Instructor and Graduate Assistant for Professors Eric Richards and Michael Phillips
  • Mortar Board
  • Omicron Delta Kappa
  • Purdue Political Science — Research Assistant for Professor Kenneth Kofmehl
  • Purdue Chapter of Acacia Fraternity — President
  • Purdue College Republicans — President
Awards Methodology
No aspect of these recognitions has been approved by the highest court of any state.
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