Stephen J. Peters

Stephen J. Peters

Shareholder and Managing Partner, Plunkett Cooney

Contact Info

Plunkett Cooney
300 N. Meridian, Ste. 990
Indianapolis, IN 46204
Tel: (317) 974–5744
Fax: (317) 964–2744


Mr. Peters served on the CGL Reporter Editorial Board 2007–2012, and contributed case summaries on a variety of coverage topics.

Mr. Peters is a shareholder and managing partner with the Indianapolis law firm Plunkett Cooney. Prior to that, he worked for Harrison & Moberly, LLP, where he chaired his firm's appellate practice group and also served as co-chair of its litigation group. He concentrates his practice to trials and appeals in state and federal courts involving insurance coverage/bad faith claims, business litigation, and employment/civil rights law. Since 2009, Law & Politics and Indianapolis Monthly have included him on their annual list of "Indiana Super Lawyers" in the area of appellate practice. This recognition is limited to only 5 percent of the total lawyers in Indiana.

In 2011, Mr. Peters was elected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA). The LCA is a national trial lawyer honorary society composed of only one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellows are selected based upon excellence and accomplishments in litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, and superior ethical reputation.

Mr. Peters was a speaker at the ABA TIPS ICLC's mid-year CLE program in February 2007, on venue and choice of law disputes in insurance coverage litigation. He is a frequent speaker on insurance and employment litigation related issues. He was a speaker at the 2006 DRI Insurance Coverage & Claims Institute on the drafting history of the "occurrence" definition in CGL insurance policy and recent case law interpreting that key coverage term. He served as coeditor/co-contributor of the DRI's Bad Faith Compendium (Indiana) (Spring 2004), Bad Faith Compendium Update (Indiana) (Summer 2006). He is also coeditor/co-contributor on the chapters involving judgments, declaratory judgments, and summary judgment practice under Indiana law that appear in Indiana Practice (West Publishing). He is coauthor of a chapter on "business risks" exclusions in The Reference Handbook on the Comprehensive General Liability Policy published by the ABA TIPS ICLC in 2010. Since 2004, Mr. Peters has served as a panelist on masters level CLE seminars on Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith issues offered bi-annually by the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum.

In 2010, Mr. Peters served as the chair of the Litigation section of the Indianapolis Bar Association (IBA), and he currently serves as vice chair of the IBA’s Appellate Practices section. He also serves on the board of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation. Since 2005, he has served as the secretary of the Lawyers Club of Indianapolis.

Mr. Peters received his BA degree cum laude from Amherst College with a double major in English and economics. He received his juris doctor degree from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law at Bloomington, Indiana.