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Sipes, W. Russell
151 North Delaware Street Suite 1700 Indianapolis, IN
Phone: (317) 637-6071 / (888) 277-0500 (Toll Free)
Fax: (317) 637-6071


Current Employment Position(s)


Lawyer Overview

Russ Sipes never dreamed that his unique and unorthodox career path would lead to the exciting and cutting-edge litigation firm that he and partner Linda George have created at the firm of George & Sipes. Russ leads the office in the litigation of asbestos and other catastrophic personal injury cases. His competitive spirit and love of the courtroom make Russ a relentless advocate for those he represents.

Russ leads the firms litigation team in trial of numerous mesothelioma and asbestos-related injury cases. His leadership in landmark Indiana trials includes a multi-million dollar Plaintiff verdicts in the first premises liability and first contractor liability cases for Indiana mesothelioma and asbestos-related cancer victims.

Russ' commitment to victims of asbestos disease, catastrophic injury, and civil rights injustice extends beyond the courtroom. Russ has championed numerous legislative and grassroots outreach programs in an attempt to ensure equality and protection for the rights of the injured. Russ was Executive Director of Common Cause of Indiana from 1987-1993, and presently is the Vice-Chairman of the Citizens Action Coalition Educational Fund. Maintaining a watchful eye on the pulse of the legislature and the decisions impacting his clients provides Russ with a unique insight effecting for advocating and protecting the rights of the injured.

Russ spends his time away from the office with Linda and their grandchildren. Russ is an avid sailor and finds his second home on the sea. When firmly on land, Russ and Linda enjoy traveling on their motorcycle and have even been known to make client visits by motorbike.

Areas of Practice

  • Product Liability
  • Personal Injury
  • Civil Rights
  • General Practice
  • Class Actions
100% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

West Practice Categories

Litigation & Appeals, Class Actions, Complex Litigation, Multidistrict Litigation, State Trial Practice, Personal Injury -- Plaintiff, Aviation Accidents -- Plaintiff, Premises Liability -- Plaintiff, Wrongful Death -- Plaintiff, Products Liability Law, Asbestos, Chemicals & Cosmetics, Medical Products & Devices, Motor Vehicle Defects, Pharmaceutical Products, Toxic Torts, Pesticides


Bar Admissions

  • Indiana, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 1993
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 1993
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, 1993

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Indianapolis Bar Association (Member)
  • The American Association of Justice (Member)
  • Indiana State Bar Association (Member)
  • American Bar Association (Member)
  • Indiana Trial Lawyers Association (Member)
  • The American Trial Lawyers Association (Member)
  • Marion County Bar Association (Member)

Past Employment Positions

  • Common Cause of Indiana, Executive Director, 1987 - 1992
  • Citizens Action Coalition Education Fund, Director, 1992 - Present
  • U.S. Army, 1972 - 1975


  • Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, Indiana, 1992
  • Indiana University, 1981
    Major: Public Policy