John C. Duffey

Transportation Group Co-Chair

John has been dedicated to the success of Stuart & Branigin clients for nearly 35 years.  A fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers, his practice spans accident, employment, product liability, and real estate litigation, with long-standing focus on representing national and regional railroads.

Railroads have turned to John for representation at trial, appeal and in mediation proceedings in a broad range of matters, including accident and injury cases, employment and real estate disputes, and legislative initiatives.  He regularly defends rail operators against Federal Employers’ Liability Act claims related to injury and toxic exposure in state and federal courts throughout the Midwest, and consults on cases in other regions.  He also defends rail operators in employment litigation cases across the country related to the Federal Railroad Safety Act, and represents railroads in non-employee injury as well as property damage claims related to grade crossing accidents and derailments.

John handles complex real estate disputes for rail operators related to eminent domain, condemnation, and quiet title matters in Indiana, Illinois, and Ohio, and provides counsel on select purchases and divestitures.  His support on legislative matters includes drafting provisions, providing commentary, and testifying on issues such as eminent domain, condemnation, and tort reform in Indiana.

In addition to his work with railroad clients, John handles accident and injury claims for trucking companies, and has significant experience defending industrial manufacturers in product liability cases in numerous states.  He has also resolved disputes for large nonprofit organizations, including the Roman Catholic Diocese of Lafayette.

John is an appointed member of the Indiana State Committee of the American College of Trial Lawyers, and has been selected to the Best Lawyers in America list in the field of railroad law for more than 10 consecutive years.  Born and raised in Indiana, he is an actively engaged alum of Franklin College.

  • Georgetown University, J.D.
  • Franklin College, B.A.
  • Indiana
  • Illinois
  • Ohio
  • Indiana Supreme Court
  • S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana
  • S. District Court – Central, Northern and Southern Districts of Illinois
  • S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • S. Supreme Court
  • National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
  • The Seventh Circuit Bar Association
  • American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • National Diocesan Attorneys Association
  • Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Appointee, Indiana State Committee for the American College of Trial Lawyers
  • Selected to the Best Lawyers list in the field of Railroad Law (2006-2017)
  • to the Indiana Super Lawyers list (2007-2017)
  • Rated as AV “Preeminent” in Martindale-Hubbell, a leading peer review survey

John and his wife have been longtime sponsors of special projects at alma mater Franklin College, including the Honorable Roger Douglas Branigin Archives.