Justice Boehm was appointed by then Governor (now U.S. Senator) Evan Bayh as the 104th Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court on August 7, 1996. In addition to the customary duties of a Justice, he led the judiciary’s expansion of jury lists to include substantially greater cross section of the citizenry and the relocation of the facilities of the court’s several support and administrative agencies to their present quarters. He is the author of 477 majority opinions of the court and 78 separate concurring or dissenting opinions.
EDUCATION AND LEGAL EXPERIENCE
Justice Boehm is a product of the Indianapolis public schools. He received his undergraduate degree from Brown University in 1960, summa cum laude, and graduated magna cum laude in 1963 from Harvard Law School. He was an editor of the Harvard Law Review and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Earl Warren and retired Justices Stanley Reed and Harold Burton during the 1963 term of the United States Supreme Court. In 1964 he joined the Indianapolis law firm of Baker & Daniels where he became a partner in 1970 and managing partner in 1980. While in private practice he was principally engaged in business litigation, including securities, antitrust, insurance coverage and corporate control disputes. He appeared primarily in federal courts in Indiana and elsewhere, including two arguments in the United States Supreme Court. He has published on securities litigation and related topics and has spoken on panels sponsored by American Bar Association-American Law Institute, Seventh Federal Circuit Bar, and legal education organizations in several states. He is a member of the American Law Institute.
In 1988 Justice Boehm joined General Electric as General Counsel of GE Appliances in Louisville and in 1989 became Vice President and General Counsel of GE Aircraft Engines in Cincinnati. These two businesses are respectively the largest appliance manufacturer in the United States and the largest manufacturer of aircraft engines in the world. In 1991 he joined Eli Lilly and Company in Indianapolis as Deputy General Counsel. He returned to Baker & Daniels in 1995.
In addition to his legal experience, Justice Boehm has been active in a variety of civic and charitable organizations. He served as Chairman and CEO of the organizing committee for the 1987 Pan American Games in Indianapolis, and was the first President and CEO of Indiana Sports Corporation, which staged the 1982 Olympic Festival and is widely regarded as a national leader among community sports development organizations. He also served as President of the Penrod Society, which supports the arts in central Indiana, and was one of the principal organizers of the Economic Club of Indianapolis. He is a Trustee Emeritus of Brown University, a director of Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting, Inc. and Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association, Inc., and a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee of the United States Olympic Committee. He was Co-Chair of the Organizing Committee for the World Basketball Championships held in 2002 in Indianapolis and currently serves as Chair of the Cultural Development Commission established by the Indianapolis Capital Improvement Board.
Justice Boehm is married to Peggy Boehm, a CPA by training. She has held a number of senior positions in Indiana state government, including State Budget Director, Chair of the State Tax Board, Executive Director of the White River State Park Commission, and Utility Regulatory Commissioner. He has four daughters and six grandchildren.
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