Todd A. Richardson

Todd A. Richardson


Practice Areas

Appeals; energy and utility law; intellectual property; civil litigation.

Todd Richardson has practiced for more than twenty years at Lewis & Kappes in the areas of energy and utility law, business litigation and appeals in state and federal courts. He has represented large volume energy consumers in a variety of regulatory and civil litigation contexts, and is a regular practitioner in the appellate courts on utility law and other issues. His litigation experience has concentrated on intellectual property and trade regulation matters, in particular patent and antitrust disputes. He has been recognized as a Super Lawyer and among the Best Lawyers in America in appellate practice, is a past recipient of the Trial Lawyer of the Year Award, and speaks regularly on subjects involving utility law, appellate practice and legal ethics. Before joining Lewis & Kappes, he practiced with a Boston firm handling complex litigation. He graduated with honors from the University of Michigan Law School, Harvard University and Bosse High School in Evansville, Indiana. While at Harvard, he wrote jokes for the Harvard Lampoon.


Harvard College, B.A., cum laude in general studies, 1983; University of Michigan, J.D., cum laude, 1986.

Bar Admissions

Indiana, 1992; Massachusetts, 1986; U.S. Supreme Court, 1997; U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit, 1991; U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 1995; U.S. Court of Appeals, District of Columbia Circuit, 1998; U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 1992; U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 1994; U.S. District Court, District of Massachusetts, 1987. U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Wisconsin, 2002.


Attorney, Willcox, Pirozzolo & McCarthy, Boston, 1986-91; Director, Lewis & Kappes, 1992-present.


Storytelling Arts of Indiana (Board, 2005-2011; Board President, 2009-2011)
Member, Indianapolis Bar Association (Grievance Committee, 1996-2001); Member, Indiana State Bar Association (District Council Representative, Appellate Practice Section, 1998-2000); Editorial board, Harvard Lampoon, 1981-83; University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, 1984-86.

Honors and Awards

Included in The Best Lawyers in America, Appellate Practice, (2013-2016)
Indiana Super Lawyer (Appellate, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010)
Co-Recipient, Indiana Trial Lawyer of the Year Award, 1994

Presentations and Speaking Engagements

Presenter, "What Happens Before Your Energy Bill Hits Your Bottom Line?," Indiana Chamber Energy Management Conference, August 13, 2014;
Presenter, "Getting a Utility Appeal Up and Running," Utility Law Section Fall Seminar, September 6, 2013;
Presenter, "Ethics in Administrative Proceedings: Headline News Ethics," December 8, 2011;
Breakout Session Instructor, Appellate Skills Institute, November 10, 2009;
Presenter, "Ethics in Administrative Proceedings: Confidence and Privilege with a Public Client," July 25, 2008;
Presenter, "Administrative Appeals," Appellate Practice Survey, October 24, 2007;
Presenter, "Ethics in Administrative Proceedings: When to Be a Tattletale," August 25, 2006;
Presenter, "Ethics in Administrative Proceedings: Keeping Toes Out of the Revolving Door," July 29, 2005;
Presenter, "Ethics in Administrative Proceedings: Pro Se Litigants," October, 2002;
Breakout Session Instructor, Appellate Skills Seminar, 2001;
Presenter, "Ethics in Administrative Proceedings: Philosophy of Ethics and Grievance Process," October, 2000;
Presenter, "New Appellate Rules," Utility Seminar, September, 2000;
Presenter, "Anticompetitive Conduct and Market Power Issues," Energy Conference, May 13, 1998

Areas of Experience

Utility regulation, state court appeals, federal court appeals, administrative appeals, antitrust, trade regulation, commercial litigation, internet disputes, intellectual property, patents, trademarks, copyrights, trade secrets, trade dress, electricity, natural gas, ratemaking, cost of service, rate design, rate contracts, cogeneration, bypass, private distribution, service quality, utility refunds, affiliate guidelines, deregulation, regulatory settlements, Sherman Act, tying arrangements, price fixing, market allocation, monopolization offenses, predatory pricing, unfair competition, breach of contract, patent infringement, patent mismarking, Lanham Act, domain names, defamation, website takedown, adverse possession, civil rights, and class actions.