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Executive Committee Take Ten Q&A Series - Andrea Warren - Insurance Coverage

Insurance Coverage

Posted on: Apr 15, 2016

Meet members of the Insurance Coverage Section Executive Committee with the Take Ten Q&A Series!

Meet: Andrea Warren, Barnes & Thornburg LLP

Where do you currently practice and for how long have you practiced?
I’m a sixth-year associate at Barnes & Thornburg’s Indianapolis office, and I’ve practiced since September 2010.

What is your background as a coverage attorney?
Through random luck, my mentor when I joined B&T was a coverage attorney (Charlie Edwards who had some amazing coverage cases. I enjoyed working with him and he introduced me to the B&T coverage team. I enjoyed working with the entire team and we’ve been lucky enough to have really amazing cases during my time. I can’t say I planned to be a coverage attorney but I’m sold on the concept now.  

What are you most excited about for the Insurance Coverage Section?
I’m excited for the opportunity to meet and network with other coverage attorneys in Indy. I typically work with attorneys outside Indiana. After completing the Bar Leader Series, I wanted to expand on that sense of community in Indy. So, I discussed with Charlie the idea of starting and housing an Insurance Coverage Section within IndyBar. He was very supportive of the idea, IndyBar was very receptive to it, and it quickly came to fruition. I’m excited to see it come to life.

What has been the most surprising thing you’ve learned in your years as an attorney?
Some people are absolutely brilliant but, for the vast majority of us, it’s the hard work and diligence you put in that really makes the difference.  

What has been your proudest moment as an attorney?
Hearing the jury verdict read in August 2015. I worked on that particular case for five years (my entire time as an attorney) and lived in Nashville, Tennessee for the six-week jury trial. My life was that case and it was amazing.

What is your favorite piece of advice or quote from your years as an attorney?
I’m not sure that I have one. Maybe it’d just be the cliché concept that, in the end, being happy is all that matters. I think that translates into the law, as well as your entire life.  

What type of community service or philanthropy do you engage in?
I was part of the 2014-15 IndyBar Bar Leader Series, so that was a great introduction to the Indy community. I’m on the Associate Council for the Indianapolis Zoo and I was on the board for the American Indian Center of Indiana and the planning committee for the American Lung Association of Indiana’s Climb Event. I also was a Big Sister with Big Brothers Big Sisters and, now that I’m back in Indy, I plan to join again.

What would people be surprised to learn about you?
Maybe that I love boxing and I’ve played competitive dodgeball for over four years. I’d say those are the things with which my co-workers and clients have the most fun.  

Tell us about your favorite restaurant(s) in Indy?
That really depends on the day. I like Patachou/Napolese and appreciate the business model. I’ve been vegetarian for 20 years, so I love Broadripple Brewpub. I love tater tots at Average Joes after dodgeball games. I really enjoy eating, so it doesn’t matter much.     

Which experiences in Indy are on your bucket or to-do list this year?
I definitely want to go zip lining at Eagle Creek. Maybe if they have paddleboard yoga at Geist, I’d definitely want to try that. I enjoy doing anything outside—as long as it isn’t cold. I absolutely hate being cold.


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