Bette J. Dodd


Bette J. Dodd | Director

Practice Areas

Energy and utility law; municipal law; civil litigation; appeals.

Bette Dodd is a Director with the law firm of Lewis Kappes and currently serves as the Executive Director of the Indiana Industrial Energy Consumers, Inc. ("INDIEC"), an organization consisting of large-volume energy users from all over the state of Indiana. She has concentrated her practice in the areas of municipal and public utility law litigation, both regulated and unregulated, local government litigation and municipal finance. Ms. Dodd has represented municipal and not-for-profit utilities in all aspects related to utility services. She also has represented various customer classes in utility rate cases, cost of service issues and rate design issues in proceedings before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission and Indiana trial and appellate courts. Ms. Dodd has defended engineers and contractors regarding the design and construction of water and wastewater facilities and municipalities regarding challenges to water, sewer and stormwater projects and rates. She also has represented municipalities in territorial disputes, including appeals at the Indiana Court of Appeals and Indiana Supreme Court. Ms. Dodd has represented numerous entities in utility contract litigation and negotiations.


Indiana University, B.A., 1975; Indiana University, J.D., magna cum laude, 1983.

Bar Admissions

Admitted to Indiana State Bar, 1983; U.S. Supreme Court, 1991; U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1984; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit, 1986; U.S. Court of Appeals, Eighth Circuit, 1990; U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 1983; U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 1983.

Publications & Presentations

Speaker, Indiana Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA) Annual Municipal Law Seminar, Trade Secrets and the Access to Public Records Act, 2014;
Speaker, National Business Institute Seminar, Local Government and the Law, 2007;
Speaker, Indiana Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA) Annual Municipal Law Seminar, Utility Jurisdiction and Home Rule Issues, 2006;
Speaker, National Business Institute Seminar, Zoning Concerns and Land Use and Planning Issues, 2005;
Speaker, Indiana State Bar Utility Law Section Seminar, Electric Update, 2002 and Consumer Update, 1999;
Speaker, IMLA Annual Municipal Law Seminar, Cell Tower Siting and Leasing, 1999;
Speaker, Annual Indiana Rural Water Association Conference on Water Utility Issues;
Author: "The Surrogate Mother Contract in Indiana," 15 Indiana Law Review 807, 1982.


Director, Lewis & Kappes, 1995-present; Attorney, Ice Miller, 1986-1995; Law Clerk, Hon. William E. Steckler, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 1983-1986; Law Clerk, Hon. Justice Donald H. Hunter, Indiana Supreme Court, 1983.


Former Board Member, Salt Creek Services, Inc.
Fellow, Indianapolis Bar Association;
Member, Indiana State Bar Association, Former Chair Government Practice Section, Former Chair Utility Law Section, Former Chair Electricity Division and Former Chair Utility Services/Consumer Division of Utility Law Section;
Member, American Bar Association;
National Association of Bond Lawyers;
Indiana Municipal Lawyers Association;
Past Volunteer Judge for Moot Court Competition and Client Counseling Competition at IU School of Law-Indianapolis

Honors and Awards

Indiana Super Lawyer (Utilities) 2004, 2005, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 
Outstanding Alumna of the Year, 2011, Indiana University, Robert H. McKinney School of Law