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Harmony A. Mappes



Harmony Mappes litigates complex commercial and intellectual property disputes. She focuses her work on trade secret and restrictive covenant litigation and counseling, and co-leads the firm’s trade secret and non-compete practice. She also has experience with finance litigation, including bankruptcy adversary proceedings. She has first-chair experience representing plaintiffs and defendants in state and federal courts. Harmony is a sharp, highly technical litigator, whose approach to client service is driven by a practical mindset. This uncommon combination results in a sophisticated legal strategy that is laser-focused on her clients’ ultimate objectives.

Trade-Secret Litigation and Counseling

Whether it be customized software or critical business learnings, clients across industries have valuable trade secrets and are vulnerable to trade-secret misappropriation. Sometimes employees leave and improperly take trade secrets with them to a competitor. Other times, a business deal has gone bad and trade secrets are wrongfully exposed. For both plaintiffs and defendants, Harmony has experience litigating trade-secret disputes across these and other scenarios. Clients trust her to lead them through rapid-paced, intense, high-stakes injunction litigation. In addition to litigation, Harmony advises clients on their trade-secret protection policies and clean-room procedures.

Non-compete and Restrictive Covenant Litigation and Counseling

Harmony regularly represents employers in restrictive covenant disputes, including disputes over the enforceability and scope of non-compete and non-solicitation agreements. She has experience on both sides — seeking to enforce restrictive covenants and defending against claims that a covenant was violated. Harmony also represents clients in pre-suit investigations, and making and responding to pre-suit demands. In addition to litigation, Harmony counsels employers on their restrictive covenants and non-disclosure agreements to help them protect some of their most critical assets — talented employees, important intellectual property and key customer relationships. 

Finance Litigation

She litigates disputes between debtors and creditors and represents members of the financial services industry. Her litigation experience includes complex banking disputes, guaranty claims, fraudulent transfer claims, fraud claims, breach-of-fiduciary-duty claims and breach-of-contract claims. Harmony also has extensive experience litigating within bankruptcy proceedings — especially adversary proceedings and contested matters — where she represents financial institutions, creditors, creditor committees, trustees and corporate debtors.

Pro Bono

Harmony maintains an active pro bono practice. Recent representations include:

  • Co-led a team of lawyers representing voters in a voting rights case, where Harmony successfully first-chaired the summary judgment hearing, fending off the dispositive motion before a three-judge panel in the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.
  • Prevailed in a bench trial in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, representing a prisoner in claims against the federal government under the Federal Tort Claims Act. Following trial, the court entered judgment in our client's favor on three counts of battery and awarded damages.
  • Volunteered for Wills for Heroes, to prepare simple wills and other advance health care documents for Indianapolis first responders.

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Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan


U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Hon. John D. Tinder, 2007-2008
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Hon. John D. Tinder, 2007-2008


University of Iowa College of Law
J.D. with highest distinction, Order of the Coif, Iowa Law Review (managing editor) (2007)

Indiana University, Bloomington
B.S. in Biology, with highest distinction, Phi Beta Kappa (2004)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Seventh Circuit Civil Appeals: Appellant’s Brief and Appendix
    Co-author with Jane Dall Wilson, Practical Law, Thomson Reuters, March 2015
  • Responding to Discovery Subpoenas: Indiana
    Co-author with Angela Hall, Practical Law, Thomson Reuters, January 14, 2015
  • Litigation Overview: Indiana
    Co-author with April Sellers, Practical Law, Thomson Reuters, December 10, 2014
  • Drafting and Issuing Discovery Subpoenas: Indiana
    Co-author with Angela Hall, Practical Law, Thomson Reuters, December 7, 2014
  • Appellate Civil Case Law Update
    Co-author with D. Lucetta Pope, Res Gestae, December 2010
  • National Parks: For Use and "Enjoyment" or for "Preservation"? and the Role of the National Park Service Management Policies in That Determination
    92 Iowa Law Rev. 166, 2007

Leadership & Community

Professional Associations

  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association
  • Indianapolis American Inn of Court — Former Barrister Member

Civic Activities

  • The Indianapolis Cultural Trail — Board Member, 2016-20
  • Faegre Baker Daniels United Way Campaign — Co-chair, 2014 and 2015
  • Indianapolis 2012 Super Bowl Host Committee — Environmental Programs Subcommittee
  • Indy Reads — Literacy Advocates Committee and Volunteer, 2009-11
  • Indiana High School Mock Trial — Volunteer Judge, 2009 and 2010
  • Indiana Voter Protection — Legal Volunteer, 2008


  • Best Lawyers® — 2024
  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2022-23
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2014-16, 2018-19
  • Indiana Super Lawyers — Rising Star, Business Litigation, 2015-17
  • Indianapolis Bar Association — Bar Leader Series, 2014-15
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