Erik Chickedantz joined Burt Blee in 2014. Erik graduated from the U.S. Military Academy, West Point, New York, in 1963. From 1963-1969, he served as an airborne ranger infantry officer in the U.S. Army, including duty tours with the 101st Airborne Division, Vietnamese Airborne Division, 82nd Airborne Division, U.S. Army Infantry School and Military Assistance Command – Vietnam. Following his graduation from the University of Michigan Law School in 1971, he began his law practice in 1972. Presently, his primary area of practice includes alternative dispute resolution processes involving mediation and arbitration. He also practiced in the area of civil litigation including personal injury litigation, insurance defense litigation, and commercial litigation involving construction and employment law.
During his years of practice, Erik has been actively involved in state and local bar associations as well as activities involving Fort Wayne and the surrounding community.
Erik served as President of the Indiana State Bar Association from 2011-2012. He had previously served as President of the Allen County Bar Association in 1994-1995, as well as President of the Benjamin Harrison American Inns of Court in 1999-2000. He also served on the Board of Directors for the Indiana Pro Bono Commission, the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, the Indiana Bar Foundation and the Allen County Bar Foundation. For many years, he served as chair of the Board of Directors for the Three Rivers Ambulance Authority and has served on the Board of the Fort Wayne Central YMCA. He is a past trustee and elder of the First Presbyterian Church.
Erik is a Fellow in the National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals. He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers in America – Indiana; and the Top Attorneys in Indiana per the Indianapolis Monthly Magazine. He also has been in the Indiana Super Lawyers since 2006 in the specialty of alternate dispute resolution procedures and has held a Martindale-Hubbell rating of “AV” since 1989.
Areas of Practice:
- Alternative Dispute Resolution
- Mediation & Arbitration
- Indiana State Bar Association
- Indiana Bar Foundation
- Allen County Bar Association
- Allen County Bar Foundation
- ADR and Litigation Sections of the Indiana State Bar Association
- ADR and Litigation Sections of the Allen County Bar Association
- Benjamin Harrison Chapter, American Inns of Court
- Fellow National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals
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