Kathy L. Osborn



Kathy Osborn helps clients limit and manage risk on multiple fronts. She is a commercial litigator and trial attorney who represents clients in complex antitrust, commercial contract, shareholder, corporate, class action, insurance, white collar, and high-wealth fiduciary/estate/probate matters. Kathy also is an active antitrust compliance counselor and co-chair of the firm’s antitrust and trade regulation practice. She uses creativity, strong advocacy and strategic thinking to resolve disputes and minimize risk for clients.
Kathy educates and aids executives by providing briefings on key antitrust trends and important compliance considerations. For an executive briefing, please contact Kathy. In addition to litigation and antitrust compliance counseling, Kathy helps businesses and organizations with child guests develop child protection policies to safeguard visitors, manage risk and comply with insurance policy requirements.


Kathy represents businesses and individuals in state and federal courts and before enforcement agencies in matters such as:

  • Antitrust and multidistrict litigation proceedings
  • Complex commercial and corporate litigation
  • Class actions
  • Grand jury investigations and civil investigative demands
  • Proceedings before the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Trade Commission and state Attorneys General
  • International and domestic cartel matters, both civil and criminal
  • Complex business contract dispute matters
  • Fiduciary/estate/probate/trust/guardianship litigation and arbitration
  • Insurance matters, including beneficiary and structured settlement disputes

Antitrust Compliance Counseling

Kathy counsels and trains businesses on competition law matters including practices to reduce risk under the Sherman, Clayton, FTC and Robinson-Patman Acts and state antitrust and competition laws. Clients rely on Kathy to advise them regarding:

  • Joint ventures, competitor collaborations, mergers and acquisitions
  • Competitor information exchanges during transaction planning, due diligence and in the context of business collaborations
  • Pre-merger notification/merger control filing
  • Advertising and marketing representations including Lanham Act compliance
  • Group purchasing
  • Exclusive dealing, tying, bundling and loyalty discounts
  • Joint bidding
  • Pricing, including resale price maintenance, minimum advertised pricing and price discrimination
  • Trade associations, standard setting, benchmarking and relationships between competitors

Kathy's industry experience in antitrust spans food and agribusiness, automotive, construction, education, pharmaceuticals, health care, orthopedic and other medical products, insurance, retail, energy, utilities, sports, manufacturing and construction.

Past Experience

Before becoming a lawyer, Kathy worked 11 years for Indiana University's Institute on Disability and Community. She secured grants, managed systems change efforts, conducted research and training on organizational change and inclusion, and supported schools and community organizations to include people with disabilities.

Personal Interests

Kathy loves art, travel, scuba diving, snorkeling, good food and the outdoors. She is an avid audible.com book “listener,” so ask her what she has read lately and share with her your favorites!


Bar Admissions


Court Admissions

U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana


Indiana Supreme Court, Hon. Frank Sullivan Jr., 1999-2000
Indiana Supreme Court, Hon. Myra C. Selby, 1999-1999


Indiana University Maurer School of Law
J.D. with a minor in Gender Studies, magna cum laude, Order of the Coif (1999)

Indiana University, Bloomington
B.S. in Biology, magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa (1987)

Indiana University, Bloomington
B.A. in Religious Studies, summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa (1987)

Insights & Events

Other Perspectives
  • Justice Department Remains Committed to Aggressive Antitrust Enforcement Against Employers and Their Employees  Even in the Wake of Recent Trial Defeats
    Republished in Employee Relations Law Journal, July 2022
  • Res Gestae Appellate Civil Case Law Update columnist
    Author or co-author of columns for the Indiana State Bar Association’s Res Gestae magazine since 2000. 
  • What Food Industry Can Expect After Biden Antitrust Order
    Law360, July 23, 2021 
  • Antitrust Compliance and Anti-Poaching Agreements
    Co-presenter, Advanced Corporate Counsel, ICLEF, French Lick, Indiana, October 2018
  • Effective Mediation of Complex Business Disputes — What, Besides Money, Might Close the Gap?
    Co-presenter, Advanced Business Litigation Summit, Indianapolis Bar Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, September 2018 
  • Antitrust Basics for General Practitioners: Understanding Risks to Accomplish Business Objectives
    Co-presenter, Indiana State Bar Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, July 2018 
  • Advanced Mergers & Acquisitions: Information Exchanges and Transaction Planning
    ICLEF, November 2017
  • A Breakout on Outbreaks: Lessons Learned and Preparation for the Next Avian Influenza or Other Agricultural Product Disease Outbreak
    Moderator, 2016 Food & Agriculture National Conference, Faegre Baker Daniels, Indianapolis, Indiana, May 2016
  • Negotiating a Complex Transaction — Legal Pitfalls Before the Deal Is Signed
    Co-presenter, Association of Corporate Counsel, Indiana Chapter, June 2015
  • Joint Defense, Joint Prosecution and Judgment Sharing Agreements
    Panelist and event planning committee, Fourth Annual Great Lakes Antitrust Institute Conference & Webinar, Columbus, Ohio, November 2012
  • Ethical Concerns for the Individual and the Company: Everything You Need to Know About Antitrust Ethics You Learned in Kindergarten
    Co-presenter, Energy Conference, Indiana Energy Association, October 2012
  • Antitrust Law for the General Practitioner: What You and Your Client Need to Know
    Co-presenter, Indianapolis Bar Association-Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, August 2012
  • Effective Communication and Representation Strategies for Clients With Mental Health Disabilities
    Co-presenter, District 10 Pro Bono Project: Pro Bono PotPourri 2, Bloomington, Indiana, November 2011
  • Twombly in the Courts
    o-presenter, Third Annual Great Lakes Antitrust Institute, Ohio State Bar Association, October 2011
  • Antitrust Risks — What They Are and How to Reduce Them
    Author, A High Price to Pay: Are You and Your Company at Risk for Violating Antitrust Laws? Part III, Inside Indiana Business, March 18, 2011
  • The Implications of Criminal and Civil Antitrust Proceedings
    Author, A High Price to Pay: Are You and Your Company at Risk for Violating Antitrust Laws? Part II, Inside Indiana Business, March 17, 2011
  • Illegal Competitor Collaborations
    Author, A High Price to Pay: Are You or Your Company at Risk for Violating Antitrust Laws? Part I, Inside Indiana Business, March 16, 2011
  • Indirect Purchaser Lawsuits: A State-by-State Survey
    Contributor to Indiana Chapter (Eric J. McCarthy, Gregory S. Seador, Charles R. Price, eds.), American Bar Association, 2010
  • Key Antitrust Laws & Counseling Issues for Health Care Transactions
    Co-presenter, Indianapolis Bar Association, October 2010
  • The Seven Deadly Sins of Appellate Practice
    Co-presenter with Honorable Margret G. Robb, Indiana Court of Appeals, and Karl Mulvaney, IndyBar Association's Bench Bar Conference, Louisville, Kentucky, June 2010

Firm Blog Contributions

  • LaborSphere – a resource providing coverage and insights on breaking cases, recently enacted legislation and a broad range of labor issues

Leadership & Community

Pro Bono

  • Indianapolis Bar Association — Practicing Attorney Aiding Individuals Pro Bono Award, 2011
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, each year, 2012-19, 2022; Charles L. Whistler Pro Bono Award, 2009

Professional Associations

  • Women's White Collar Defense Association, 2015-present
  • Indianapolis Bar Foundation — Fellow, 2018
  • Indianapolis Bar Association — Litigation Section and Appellate Practice Section (Chair, 2010; Vice-Chair, 2009; Treasurer, 2008; and Secretary, 2007)
  • Indiana State Bar Association — Appellate Practice & Litigation Sections
  • American Bar Association — Litigation Section & Antitrust Section (Agriculture and Food Committee, Vice-Chair, 2012-15)
  • Sagamore Inn of Court, 2007-12
  • Indianapolis Inn of Court, 2003-06

Civic Activities

  • Trinity Haven Campaign Cabinet — 2018-present
  • Indiana Legal Services, Inc. — Board of Directors, 2017-present
  • Indiana Protection and Advocacy Commission — Member, 2002-14
  • Day Nursery Association of Indianapolis, Inc. — Board of Directors, 2006-12 (Vice President of Leadership Development for Board of Directors and Executive Committee, 2009-12)
  • Youth Job Preparedness Program — Board Member and Past President, 2000-05
  • Executive Women's Leadership Program — Class XIII
  • Indiana Association for Persons in Supported Employment — Board Member and Past President, 1990-2000
  • Big Brothers/Big Sisters of South Central Indiana — Volunteer, 1988-2000, and Big Sister of the Year Award

Firm Leadership

  • Antitrust & Trade Regulation Practice — Co-chair
  • Indianapolis Office — Leader, 2018-present


  • Indiana Super Lawyers — Top 25: Women Indiana Super Lawyers Top List, 2023
  • Chambers USA — Indiana, Litigation: General Commercial, 2021-22
  • JD Supra — "Top 10 Antitrust & Trade Regulation Author," Readers' Choice Awards, 2022
  • Indianapolis Bar Foundation  Distinguished Fellow, 2019
  • Faegre Drinker — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2020-21
  • Faegre Baker Daniels — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2012-19
  • U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana — Pro Bono Honor Roll, 2016
  • Best Lawyers® — Antitrust Law, 2017-23 (Lawyer of the Year, 2020, 2023)
  • Indianapolis Business Journal — Woman of Influence, 2014
  • Indiana Super Lawyers — Antitrust Litigation, 2013-23; Business Litigation, 2011-12; Rising Star, Business Litigation, 2010
  • Benchmark Litigation — Future Star, 2009-20
  • Whirlpool Mother of Invention Grant — Second Prize Winner, 2006
  • Indiana University — Outstanding Religious Studies Major Award, 1987; Phi Beta Kappa, 1986; and Alpha Lambda Delta
Awards Methodology
No aspect of these recognitions has been approved by the highest court of any state.
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