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Theresa Laughlin Silver

Of Counsel
765.428.7055

With more than eight years in practice and background as a civil engineer, Theresa is a trusted member of the Stuart & Branigin team. Valued both for her broad skill set and specific knowledge of construction law, she serves a wide range of clients, including privately held businesses, large nonprofit institutions, and railroad companies.

Theresa brings unusual perspective and technical understanding to helping clients move forward on construction and engineering-related matters.  A Purdue engineering graduate, she has worked as civil engineer at two Indiana firms, and as partner in a construction law firm.  Clients have turned to Theresa for resolution of stormwater drainage disputes, representation in construction delay and defect litigation, handling of significant mechanics’ lien and payment matters, and formation of regional utility districts.  She has represented both public and private entities, including property owners, engineers, contractors and subcontractors.

Theresa brings unusual perspective and technical understanding to helping clients move forward on construction and engineering-related matters. 

Clients also rely on Theresa for sound counsel in other areas, including supplier contracts and negotiations, employment policies, and compliance matters.  With substantial prior experience handling litigation, including bench trials and appeals, arbitration, and mediation, she routinely advises on litigation avoidance techniques.

Theresa presents to companies, builders’ associations, and attorney groups on construction law topics.  She volunteers with an array of nonprofits in the Lafayette area, including St. Thomas Aquinas and the Purdue Master Gardener program.

Valparaiso University School of Law, J.D. – Accelerated Study Program

  • Giles Sutherland Rich Moot Court Competition
  • Clerkship, Hon. Lorenzo Arredondo
  • Juvenile Legal Clinic
  • Teaching Assistant, Legal Research and Writing

Purdue University, B.S. – Civil Engineering

  • Indiana
  • U.S. District Court – Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana
  • Fellow, Indiana Conference for Legal Education Opportunity
  • Selected to the Indiana list of Rising Star Super Lawyers (2009)
  • ABA Forum on the Construction Industry
  • American Bar Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Tippecanoe County Bar Association

Theresa’s wide-ranging involvement in the Lafayette community has included the following roles:

  • St. Thomas Aquinas – The Catholic Center at Purdue
    • Catechist
    • Director of family life
  • Roman Catholic Diocese of Lafayette-in-Indiana
    • Youth Ministry Task Force
    • Home School Task Force
  • Coach, West Lafayette Little League
  • Cub scout den leader, Boy Scouts of America
  • Purdue Master Gardener Program
    • Member and community garden project leader
    • Volunteer coordinator, 2017 Master Gardener State Conference
  • Leadership development as CliftonStrengths coach
  • Purdue Women in Engineering Program mentor
  • Presented and prevailed at oral argument to Indiana Court of Appeals enforcing claim against Indiana’s personal liability statute for supplier to subcontractor on private project (Gibson Lewis v. Teachers Credit Union)
  • Former North American regional counsel to Scotland based pump company, advising on representative sales agreements
  • Successfully defended developer from condemnation claim when private owner argued flooding from development caused home to be uninhabitable
  • Negotiated settlement of hazardous waste cleanup plan with IDEM on property purchased with undisclosed underground storage tank
  • Successfully negotiated settlement of claim by major Indiana city against highway contractor and surveyor when new road was constructed 12’ off center