Daniel J. Lueders

Fiberglass and Friendship—A Winning Team

November 30, 2017

A team from two Indianapolis law firms recently won a two-week jury trial in a trade secret lawsuit tried in U.S. District Court of Colorado, securing a defense verdict for a mutual client facing a claim of over $200 million in damages.

The team of lawyers from Woodard, Emhardt, Moriarty, McNett & Henry LLP (Woodard) and Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP (BGD) capitalized on the respective strengths of the two firms to create an efficient, highly-focused and diverse team that took the case through massive ESI, other discovery and to trial. The lead defense attorneys were Spiro Bereveskos and Dan Lueders from Woodard and Rusty Denton and Bri Clark from BGD.

The team represented Knauf Insulation, Inc. (Knauf), a fiberglass insulation manufacturer headquartered in Shelbyville, Indiana. The lawsuit was filed by a Knauf competitor, Denver-based Johns Manville Corporation (JM). The lawsuit centered on technology relative to super-alloy spinner discs used to make insulation and began primarily as a patent case. JM claimed infringement of its “unique, novel and nonobvious spinner disc alloy.” JM also claimed misappropriation of alleged spinner disc trade secret information. The District Court dismissed JM’s patent claim with prejudice before trial. At trial in Denver, only three of JM’s alleged trade secret claims were presented to the jury over nine days of trial ending on November 9.
After less than three hours of deliberations, the jury returned a verdict that, in view of Knauf’s defense, JM failed to prove its claims of misappropriation. The verdict represented a complete exoneration of Knauf. Bereveskos said, “I am proud of the talented team we assembled and grateful the jury was able to see that Knauf was correct.”

The firms credit their unique collaboration to the personal relationship between two of the lead attorneys, Rusty Denton and Dan Lueders. Denton said, “I have known and worked with Dan for almost twenty years. I have the highest respect for him and his firm, and I knew that together, we could tap into the unique skills of our two firms.” The team combined Woodard’s specialized technical resources, BGD’s deep litigation support and the trial skills and experience of both firms to create a winning team. “It was classic team play. Everyone contributed and subordinated themselves to the good of the client and the cause,” said Lueders.


Woodard Emhardt Attorneys Recognized by 2017 Indiana Super Lawyers

February 22, 2017

We are pleased to announce that Woodard, Emhardt partners Thomas Henry, Spiro Bereveskos and Daniel Lueders have been named Super Lawyers for 2017. Additionally, Woodard, Emhardt partner Bill McKenna has been named as a Rising Star for 2017. Congratulations to all!


Woodard Attorneys Selected IP Stars for 2016

March 31, 2016

Woodard Emhardt Moriarty McNett & Henry LLP is pleased to announce that partners Spiro Bereveskos, Daniel J. Lueders, and Charles P. Schmal have been selected to appear in the 2016 edition of IP Stars from Managing Intellectual Property (MIP) magazine. IP Stars identifies and analyzes the leading IP firms and attorneys in all 50 US states and Washington DC to provide deeper insights to the complex US IP legal market for in-house counsel at Fortune 500 companies. Professionals selected for IP Stars are highly-regarded by their peers for the work they do both in and outside their organizations.


Indiana Super Lawyers

February 22, 2016

Congratulations to Woodard, Emhardt partners Spiro Bereveskos, Thomas Henry, and Daniel Lueders for being named Super Lawyers in The Super Lawyers Magazine, Indiana / 2016.


2015 Indiana Super Lawyers

February 13, 2015

We are pleased to announce that Woodard, Emhardt partners Tom Henry, Spiro Bereveskos, and Dan Lueders have been named Super Lawyers in the 2015 edition of Indiana Super Lawyers. Woodard, Emhardt partner Bill McKenna and associate Jim Blaufuss have been named Rising Stars for 2015. Congratulations! Super Lawyers recognizes outstanding lawyers through a rigorous ratings and selection process.


Indiana Super Lawyers

July 22, 2014

Congratulations to Woodard, Emhardt partners Thomas Henry, Daniel Lueders and Spiro Berveskos for being named Super Lawyers in 2014 The Super Lawyers Business Edition, November 2014.


Woodard Emhardt Attorneys Recognized in Indiana Super Lawyers 2014 Edition

February 27, 2014

We are pleased to announce that Woodard, Emhardt partners Tom Henry, Spiro Bereveskos, and Dan Lueders have been named Super Lawyers in the 2014 edition of Indiana Super Lawyers. Woodard, Emhardt partner Bill McKenna and associate Jim Blaufuss have been named Rising Stars for 2014. Congratulations! Super Lawyers recognizes outstanding lawyers through a rigorous ratings and selection process.


Woodard Honored in Managing Intellectual Property IP Handbook

May 15, 2013

Woodard Emhardt Moriarty McNett & Henry LLP is pleased to announce that it has distinguished itself by earning an honored placement in Indiana as a Highly Recommended Intellectual Property Law Firm in the Managing Intellectual Property IP Handbook.  In addition, partners Spiro Bereveskos, Daniel J. Lueders, and Charles P. Schmal are ranked as IP Stars in Indiana.  The rankings are based on comprehensive surveys conducted during 2012 by a team of researches who sought responses from thousands of practitioners by phone, fax, email, and in face-to-face meetings.


Dan Lueders Visits the Home of Gatorade®

April 15, 2013

Firm client, the University of Florida, is the birthplace of Gatorade ® sports drink. It was proven via the Florida Gators football team. Its history back to its invention in 1965 is summarized in this historic marker on the U of F Gators campus:

Partner, Dan Lueders, represents the University of Florida and is shown here at the Cade Museum exhibit which includes the actual med-school lab benches where Gatorade ® sports drink was invented:

 

Our law firm secured the original Gatorade ®  trademark registrations and various patents around the world for the product. Gatorade ® is a multi-billion dollar success story and is an ongoing part of our firm’s history.

 


Firm Supports Eagle Scouts

March 5, 2013

The firm sponsored at table at the March 4th Gathering of Eagles Dinner, an annual awards and fellowship banquet bringing together Eagle Scouts from around the Central Indiana Counsel of the Boy Scouts of America. The event was held on the campus of the University of Indianapolis.

Attending on behalf of the firm were firm Eagle Scouts Dan Lueders, Charlie Meyer and Mike Morris.

Partner Charlie Meyer was the presenter of the prestigious Friend of Eagles award to this years recipient, Dustin O’Brien. The award is recognition for an adult who is not an Eagle Scout, but who has substantially contributed to assisting Scouts achieve the rank of Eagle Scout. Charlie Meyer has also served many years on the local Eagle Scout Review Boards, including six years as a chairman of that board.

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