William E. Emerick

Partner
Personal Injury Group Co-Chair
765.423.1561

A trial lawyer with over 30 years of experience, Bill is a skilled and passionate advocate for individuals harmed due to another’s negligence.  Responsible for sophisticated litigation early in his career – both as a public prosecutor and as counsel to businesses and universities – Bill’s background has helped him to secure numerous multi-million dollar awards on behalf of individual clients in courts in Indiana and beyond.

While many personal injury attorneys take on a high volume of cases, employ a “one size fits all” approach, and rarely communicate directly with clients, Bill’s approach is different.  Focused on personal attention, compassionate service, and smart advocacy, he selects cases carefully and develops strategies tailored to each client’s specific circumstances.  When trial is warranted, Bill is a trusted resource, having handled more than 70 bench and jury trials in state and federal court.

A diverse group of clients have come to rely on Bill’s strong capabilities – and Stuart & Branigin’s resources and reputation – in a variety of difficult circumstances, including traumatic brain injury and wrongful death.  He has particular experience in the following areas:

  • Roadway accidents – auto, trucking, motorcycle, and bicycle crashes
  • Premises liability – slip and falls, trip and falls, negligent security
  • Products liability – medical devices, prescription drugs, machinery, and home appliances
  • Workplace accidents – industrial, agricultural and construction injuries; exposure cases
  • Electrical injury and explosion accidents – in-home, industrial and other circumstances
  • Insurance disputes – fire losses, uninsured and underinsured motorist claims

Bill is an elected member of the American Board of Trial Advocates, a recipient of the Indiana Bar Foundation’s President’s Award, and former president of the Tippecanoe County Bar Association.  A longtime resident of Lafayette, he has served on the board of directors of numerous nonprofits in the region, and also served as adjunct professor of law at Purdue University.

  • University of San Fernando Valley, J.D.
  • University of Illinois, A.B.
  • Indiana
  • Illinois
  • California
  • S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana
  • S. District Court, Central District of California
  • S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
  • President, Tippecanoe County Bar Association (2015-2016)
  • Adjunct instructor, Purdue University (1992-1995)
  • Chief deputy prosecuting attorney, Tippecanoe County (1980-1981)
  • Deputy prosecuting attorney, Tippecanoe County (1978-1980)
  • American Association for Justice
  • American Bar Association
  • American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • Indiana Bar Foundation
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Los Angeles County Bar Association
  • National Association of College and University Attorneys
  • Roscoe Pound Civil Justice Institute
  • Tippecanoe County Bar Association

Speaker, “Demonstrative Evidence at Trial,” American Association of Legal Nurse Consultants, 2015.

  • Elected member, American Board of Trial Advocates
  • Recipient, Indiana Bar Foundation’s President’s Award (2000)
  • Master fellow, Indiana Bar Foundation
  • Rated as AV “Preeminent” in Martindale-Hubbell, a leading peer review survey

Bill has served on the board of directors of the following organizations:

  • Home with Hope
  • Lyn Treece Boys & Girls Club of Tippecanoe County
  • United Way Campaign Budget
  • West Lafayette Little League
  • West Lafayette Pony League

He has also been involved with mock trial programs at Purdue University and Indiana High School.