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Bryan Lee Ciyou

Bryan Lee Ciyou

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Attorney Bryan L. Ciyou, an Eagle Scout, lives each day on the bedrock principle of the Boy Scout Motto, “Be Prepared.” This way of life – his mantra – was then forged on the anvil of hardships endured during his significant humanitarian aid work in places like Haiti and Central America. In these countries, making a plan and executing it, and always being prepared, was not a choice but a necessity in order to survive daily life.A few years later, Mr. Ciyou attended Indiana University, Indianapolis, completing the honors program and graduating with a bachelor of arts, with distinction, in 1991; and from its law school with a doctor of jurisprudence, cum laude, in 1994. Mr. Ciyou then entered the private practice of law in 1994.

With his diverse life experiences and academic successes, Mr. Ciyou brings to the table, in every legal matter he handles, deft organizational and leadership skills. And he has a strong moral compass, personal values, and integrity, along with relentless drive – the keys to his success as a lawyer.

Professionally, Mr. Ciyou has extensive civil trial and appellate practice experience, having briefed and orally argued cases before the Indiana Court of Appeals and Indiana Supreme Court. Further, Mr. Ciyou has researched, drafted, and filed Certiorari Petitions with the United States Supreme Court. Other professional interests include complex domestic relations, litigation, and business law.

Mr. Ciyou is also a prolific writer, publishing a number of professional articles each year; and he is sought after as a frequent presenter and lecturer for continuing education for other lawyers and other professionals. Mr. Ciyou’s written works and speaking topics range from the legal aspects of safety and security in the workplace, alternative dispute resolution, and complex domestic relations.

Practice Areas
  • Divorce
  • Family Law
  • Appeals & Appellate
  • Criminal Law
  • Intellectual Property
Fees
  • Credit Cards Accepted
Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Indiana Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana
U.S. Supreme Court
U.S. Tax Court
Languages
  • English: Spoken, Written
Professional Experience
General Counsel (Outside)
Indy 1500 Gun & Knife Show
- Current
GC for the the oldest and one of the largest events of its kind in the United States
Attorney
Ciyou & Dixon, P.C.
- Current
Practice Concentrations: Appellate, Domestic Relations, Criminal, Complex Litigation
Expert Witness
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
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United States v. Rafael Oscar Valdes, et al., Case No. 12-80234. Qualified as expert in firearms and firearms parts identification
Contract Criminal Appellate Attorney
Marion County Public Defender Agency, Appellate Division
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Adjunct Professor
Indiana University, Kelly School of Business
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Adjunct Professor, Columbus, IN, Course: Commercial Law I
Teacher of Law to Gifted and Talented High School Students
Indiana University - Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis
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Honors Program, Faculty. Taught during Summer of 1997.
Teacher of Law to Gifted and Talented High School Students
Indiana University - Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis
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Honors Program, Faculty. Taught during Summer of 1996
Law Clerk and Associate for Judith Stimson
Buck, Berry, Landau & Breunig
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Indiana Practice Concentration: Family Law
Teacher of Law to Gifted and Talented High School Students
Indiana University - Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis
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Honors Program, Faculty. Taught during Summer of 1993
Law Clerk
Johnson County Prosecutor's Office
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Sex Crimes
Law Clerk
Newby, Lewis, Kaminski & Jones
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Insurance Defense
Education
Indiana University - Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis
J.D. (1994) | Doctor of Jurisprudence
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1992 Honor Paper, Torts I, 1991
Honors: Cum Laude
Activities: Phi Delta Phi, Norris Inn (Legal Fraternity)
Indiana University - Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis
B.A. (1991)
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Honors: Deans List Spring 88 - Spring 91. Honors Program Completed, with Distinction, 1991
Activities: Delta Sigma Rho-Tau Kappa Alpha (Oratory Honors Fraternity), 1990; Vice President of the Student Body, 1989-90; Student Representative, Indiana University Board of Trustees, 1989-90; Student Representative, IUPUI Faculty Counsel, 1989-90; Vice President of the Intercollegiate Debate Team, 1989-90; Research Grant: “The Application of Information Theory to Communication Theory”, 1989
Professional Associations
Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
Current
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association
Member
Current
Indiana State Bar Association # 17906-49
Member
Current
Indianapolis Bar Association
Member
Current
Martindale-Hubbell, BV Rated
Current
Second Amendment Foundation
Life Member
Current
Gun Owners of America
Life Member
Current
National Rifle Association
Life Member
Current
Safari Club International
Life Member
Current
MyLawCLE
Advisory Board Member
- Current
Mill No. 9
Board of Directors, President
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Activities: Mill No. 9 is a large Indianapolis condominium redevelopment complex
Humanitarian Aid
Humanitarian Aid Worker
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Activities: Building Medical Building in Honduras, San Pedro Sula, February 9th to 16th, 1998.
Humanitarian Aid
Humanitarian Aid Worker
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Activities: Building community center/church. in Honduras, San Pedro Sula June 7th to 14th, 1991
Humanitarian Aid
Humanitarian Aid Worker
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Activities: Continuing building onto compound for school, hospital, living quarters and church in Haiti, Grand Goave, January 1st to 16th, 1990.
Humanitarian Aid
Humanitarian Aid Worker
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Activities: Building facilities compound for school, hospital, living quarters and church in Haiti, Grande Goave, May 5th thru 12th, 1987
Mill No. 9
Board of Directors, Secretary
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Activities: Mill No. 9 is a large Indianapolis condominium redevelopment complex
Greenwood Christian Church
Missions Committee Director
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Humanitarian Aid
Humanitarian Aid Worker
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Activities: Building medical facility and community center in Haiti, Cap Haitian, June 8th thru 29th, 1985.
Humanitarian Aid
Humanitarian Aid Worker
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Activities: Building school in Haiti, Grande Goave, September 11th to 21st, 1984
Greenwood Christian Church
Missions Committee Member
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Publications
Articles & Publications
2018 Edition, Gun Laws by State: Reciprocity and Gun Laws Quick Reference Guide
Peritus Holdings
2017 Edition, Gun Laws by State: Reciprocity and Gun Laws Quick Reference Guide
Peritus Holdings
2016 Edition, Gun Laws by State: Reciprocity and Gun Laws Quick Reference Guide
Peritus Holdings
R.E. v. M.S., 43 N.E.3d 1276
Indiana Supreme Court
Title 1 Firearms and Their Regulation
National Business Institute, St. Louis, MO
Key Firearms Laws to Understand
National Business Institute, Little Rock, AR
2015 Edition, Gun Laws by State: Reciprocity and Gun Laws Quick Reference Guide
Peritus Holdings
The Citizen’s Guide to Self-Defense, Deadly Force 101: Murder or Self- Defense?
Peritus Holdings
Indianapolis Under the Gun
Indianapolis Monthly
Title 1 Firearms and Their Regulation, Gun Law in North Carolina
National Business Institute, North Carolina
2014 Edition, Gun Laws by State: Reciprocity and Gun Laws Quick Reference Guide
Peritus Holdings
In re Adoption of B.C.H., 22 N.E.3d 580 (oral argument)
Indiana Supreme Court
United States of America v. Hargis, 747 F.3d 917
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
2013 Edition, Gun Laws by State: Reciprocity and Gun Laws Quick Reference Guide
Peritus Holdings
Inside the Minds: Strategies for Defending Firearms Offense Charges
Aspatore Books, Thomson Reuters
2012 Edition, Gun Laws by State: Reciprocity and Gun Laws Quick Reference Guide
Peritus Holdings
Electing to Carry
Indiana Lawyer
Two cities face gun-compliance lawsuits
Indiana Lawyer
Quoted in 'Gun toting man at Mesker Zoo causes commotion'
Evansville Courier & Press
Indiana Firearms Law Reference Manual: 3rd Edition
CDPC
Cooper v. State, 917 N.E.2d 667 (oral argument)
Indiana Supreme Court
Indiana Handgun Law: 2nd Edition
MPI
Fuchs v. Martin, 845 N.E.2d 1038
Indiana Supreme Court
MacLafferty v. MacLafferty, 829 N.E.2d 938 (oral argument)
Indiana Supreme Court
Penwell v. Indiana, 546 U.S. 888 (denying certiorari)
United States Supreme Court
Child Custody and Joint or Shared Parenting in Alabama
National Business Institute, Alabama
Indiana Handgun Law: 2005
CDPC
Cohoon v. Cohoon, 784 N.E.2d 904
Indiana Supreme Court
“Workplace Emergencies: Are You Ready for Disaster or Violence in the Workplace?”
American Survival Guide
“When to Advise Your Client to Consult a Bankruptcy Attorney”
10 American Journal of Family Law 167
“Representing the Abused Spouse in Child Custody Litigation”
9 American Journal of Family Law 113
“Divorce Law in the 1990s”
ICLEF
Speaking Engagements
Child Custody and Visitation in Indiana, Indianapolis, IN
NBI
Family Law in Indiana, Indianapolis, IN
NBI
Complex Divorce Issues for the Indiana Practitioner, Indianapolis, IN
NBI
Child Custody and Shared Parenting in Indiana, Indianapolis, IN
NBI
Paralegals in Family Law Practice in Indiana, Indianapolis, IN
NBI
Complex Issues in Divorce for the Indiana Practitioner, Indianapolis, IN
NBI
Indiana Handgun Law: 2005, CDPC (2004), The Greg Garrison Show, Indianapolis, IN
WIBC, 1070 AM
Guest on the radio talk show “The Greg Garrison Show” 9:30 a.m.
Complex Issues in Divorce for the Indiana Practitioner, Indianapolis, IN
NBI
The Art of Settlement in Indiana: How to Get the Results You Want, Indianapolis, IN
NBI
Materials only used for mirror seminar in Merrillville, IN, December 17, 2004
Child Custody and Shared Parenting in Indiana, Indianapolis, IN
NBI
An Indiana Law Enforcement Officer’s Reference Guide to H.R. 218, Franklin, IN
Johnson County Sheriff’s Office
Child Custody and Shared Parenting in Indiana, Indianapolis, IN
NBI
Indiana gun law issues, Fort Wayne, IN
WPTA-TV and WISE-TV
Featured on WPTA-TV and WISE-TV, television segment
Virginia Tech Shootings, The Greg Garrison Show, Indianapolis, IN
WIBC, 1070 AM
Guest on the radio talk show “The Greg Garrison Show” 9:30 to 10:30 a.m.
Family Law: Helping Your Clients Through Difficult Cases, Indianapolis, IN
NBI
Divorce Fundamentals from A-Z: Working Toward a Reasonable Settlement, Indianapolis, IN
NBI
The New Litigator’s Guide to Trial Practice, Indianapolis, IN
NBI
Child Custody and Shared Parenting, Merrillville, IN
NBI
Family Law: Helping Your Clients Through Difficult Cases, Indianapolis, IN
NBI
Your Family Law Practice in the 21st Century, Indianapolis, IN
NBI
Advanced Issues in Divorce, Indianapolis, IN
NBI
Advanced Issues in Divorce, Merrillville, IN
NBI
Current Events for Family Lawyers: Legislative and Case Law Update, Indianapolis, IN
NBI
Indiana Firearms Law Current Topics, The Abdul Show, Indianapolis, IN
WXNT, 1430 AM
Guest on radio talk show “The Abdul Show” 8:00 to 9:00 a.m.
Financial Settlements and Support Issues in Divorce, Indianapolis, IN
NBI
Effective ADR Strategies for Indiana Attorneys, Indianapolis, IN
NBI
Child Custody Procedures: Form by Form, Indianapolis, IN
NBI
Essential Law Practice Management, Indianapolis, IN
NBI
Is There a Gun Show Loophole?, The Abdul Show, Indianapolis, IN
WXNT, 1430 AM
Guest on “The Abdul Show” 8 a.m.
Testified before the Indiana General Assembly and Senate Policy Committee about State Firearms Pre-Emption under SB 292, Indianapolis, IN
State of Indiana Legislature
Testified before the Indiana General Assembly House and Senate Conference Committee, attempting to harmonize SB 292 with the House version, Indianapolis, IN
State of Indiana Legislature
Handling Divorce Cases from Start to Finish, Indianapolis, IN
NBI
Your Family Law Practice in the 21st Century, Indianapolis, IN
NBI
Current Topics in Gun Law, The Garrison Show, Indianapolis, IN
WIBC Indy’s News Center, 93.1 FM
Guest on radio talk show. 10:00 to 11:30 a.m.
Low-Cost Legal Tech for Your Law Practice, Indianapolis, IN
NBI
Indiana cities facing changes in state gun laws, Indianapolis, IN
WTHR
Television interview
Effective ADR Strategies for Indiana Attorneys, Indianapolis, IN
NBI
Effective Use of Custody Evaluations in Divorce, Indianapolis, IN
NBI
Family Law from A to Z, Indianapolis, IN
NBI
Current Political Issues With President Obama’s Directives, The Garrison Show, Indianapolis, IN
WIBC, 93.1 FM
Ciyou, Bryan Lee with Ashley Varner as guests on “The Garrison Show” 11 a.m.
Politically Speaking: Covering Presidential Directives, Indianapolis, IN
95.9 FM
Co Speaking with Abdul Hakim-Shabazz. 8 a.m.
Politically Speaking: Covering Presidential Directives, Bloomington, IN
WGCL, 1370 AM & 95.9 FM
Co Speaking with Abdul Hakim-Shabazz. 1 p.m.
Politically Speaking: Covering Presidential Directives, Indianapolis, IN
WITT, 91.9 FM
Co Speaking with Abdul Hakim-Shabazz. 9 a.m.
Politically Speaking: Covering Presidential Directives, Brownsburg, IN
WXRB, 1610 AM
Co Speaking with Abdul Hakim-Shabazz. 11 a.m.
Politically Speaking: Covering Presidential Directives, Marion, IN
WBAT, 1400 AM
Co Speaking with Abdul Hakim-Shabazz. 7 p.m.
Politically Speaking: Covering Presidential Directives, Indianapolis, IN
IndianaTalks.Com
Co Speaking with Abdul Hakim-Shabazz. January 26th -27th, 2012.
The Gun Frenzy Post the Obama Presidential Directives, Indianapolis, IN
Indiana Outdoors
Guest on “Indiana Outdoors”, Network Indiana. 5 a.m.
What Family Court Judges Want You to Know, Indianapolis, IN
NBI
Deadly Force Scenarios, The Garrison Show, Indianapolis, IN
WIBC, 93.1 FM
Guest on radio talk show. 10:30 to 11:00 a.m.
Current Firearms Issues, The Garrison Show, Indianapolis, IN
WIBC, 93.1 FM
Ciyou, Bryan Lee, with Ashley Varner and ISP Media Trooper David Burstin on radio talk show. 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Covering Current Crime Statistics, Youth Access to Guns, On-Line Ammunition Sales, The Abdul Show, Indianapolis, IN
blogtalkradio.com
Firearms Law: Nuts and Bolts, NBI’s National Webinar
NBI
Gun Laws by State, National
NRA Radio
Guest on NRA Radio
Guns Talk, Tampa, FL
WHNZ, 1250 AM
Senior Voice Radio on Gun Topics
Domestic Torts in Indiana, Indianapolis, IN
NBI
DOD Sends Veterans Letters Barring Them From Gun Ownership, Tuscon, AZ
Talking Guns
Guest on radio talk show with Kate Kruger. 12:00 noon MST
The Wild, Wild West of Changing Firearms Laws: What Attorneys Need to Know Today, Nashville, TN
MyLaw
Deadly Force Topics and Current Firearms Trends, Indianapolis, IN
WIBC, 93.1 FM
Guest on “The Greg Garrison Show” from 11:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Deadly Force: When Doing the Right Thing at the Wrong Time Earns You Prison Time, Peritus Holdings’ National Webinar, Indianapolis, IN
Peritus Holdings
Quoted in “Noblesville teen faces reckless homicide charge in pellet gun death”, Indianapolis, IN
IndyStar.com
Firearms in the Workplace: Employer Rights, Park Avenue Presentations’ National Webinar, Indianapolis, IN
Park Avenue
Firearms Law for Attorneys, Indianapolis, IN
NBI
Estate Planning Oddities and Challenges: Gun Trusts, Indianapolis, IN
NBI
The 17th Annual National Firearms Law Seminar, National Rifle Association Annual Convention, Indianapolis, IN
National Rifle Association
Co presenter with Hon. Steven David
Workplace Violence: Employer Legal Rights, Indianapolis, IN
Medical Group Management Association of Indiana
Confidentiality, Secure Communications, Secure Computing, Use of Employer Email and Telephones, ISBA Solo & Small Firm Conference, French Lick, IN
ISBA
Mental Health, ‘the Gun Show Loophole’ and Gun Ownership, Radio talk show appearance with Abdul Hakim-Shabazz, Indianapolis, IN
WXNT, 1430 AM
Employee Safety and Safe Patient Handling, The Healthcare Forum, Indianapolis, IN
Conner Insurance and CliftonLarsonAllen
referenced in feature “Expert warns against kids using pellet guns”, Indianapolis, IN
WTHR
Firearms Law Today: Gun Trust Demise, Interstate Travel, Domestic Violence Disqualifications, License Issues, Restoration of Rights, and Enforcement Trends, New Orleans, LA
MyLaw
Gun Law in Indiana: Liability Concerns for Gun Dealers and Owners, Indianapolis, IN
NBI
Current Trends in Gun Laws, Handgun Afternoon Talkers, Terre Haute, IN
Wabash Valley Shooting Group
Firearms Law 102, Miami, FL
MyLaw
Gun Law: Navigating the Minefield of Change and Legal Chaos, Orlando, FL
MyLaw
Resurrection of NFA Gun Trusts, San Juan, PR
MyLaw
Workplace Violence: An Emerging Risk for Employers, Prevention and Preparation!, MGMA IN & IL Joint Conference and 30th Anniversary Celebration, Indianapolis, IN
Illinois MGMA and Indiana MGMA
Indiana Gun Law: Changes You Need to Know, Indianapolis, IN
NBI
9 Ancillary Issues in Personal Injury Litigation, Indianapolis, IN
ICLEF
Complex Assets in Divorce, Indianapolis, IN
NBI
Advanced Trial Tactics, Indianapolis, IN
NBI
Complex Assets in Divorce, Indianapolis, IN
NBI
Gun Law Update”, Survive & Thrive: Essentials for Starting or Improving Your Solo/Small Practice
Concealed Carry Law, Indianapolis, IN
NBI
Indiana Firearms Laws, Rochester, IN
Massad F. Ayoob’s Lethal Force Institute, LFI I
Indiana Firearms Law, Rochester, IN
John S. Farnam’s Defense Training International, Inc.
Indiana Firearms Law and Trends, Indianapolis, IN
American Society of Industrial Security
Indiana Firearms Law and Trends, Greenwood, IN
Hoosier Ravens (Gunsite Alumnae)
Summary of Indiana Firearms Law, Rochester, IN
Massad F. Ayoob’s Lethal Force Institute, LFI I
Senate Bill 11 (allowing firearms lawfully possessed to be maintained by an employee in his/her vehicle locked at work), Indianapolis, IN
American Society of Industrial Security
Guest Speaker on Indiana’s pending legislation of Senate Bill 11
Indiana’s Current and Developing State of Firearms Law, Atlanta, IN
Atlanta Conversation Club
Understanding Indiana’s statute Ind.Code § 34-28-7, Indianapolis, IN
American Society of Industrial Security
Indiana Firearms Laws and Trends, Indianapolis, IN
American Society of Industrial Security
Indiana Firearms Laws and Trends, Greenwood, IN
Hoosier Ravens (Gunsite Alumnae)
Deadly Force: Concepts and Recent Legislation (SB 292 and 506), Indianapolis, IN
Indy Gun Safety and Indy Gun Owners Members
Deadly Force Concepts, SB 292 (preemption) and 506 (license exceptions), ISC Barnes case (no right to resist unlawful entry by law enforcement into dwelling), Atlanta, IN
Atlanta Conservation Club
National Gun Trends Plus the U.N. Small Arms Treaty, Deadly Force (Indiana), and Indiana Law Post-passage of SB 292 (Indiana pre-emption), Rochester, IN
Massad Ayoob Group, MAG/40
Firearms Law Summary, Evansville, IN
Second Amendment Patriots
Trends in State and Federal Law, Deadly Force and Constitutional Developments, Indiana State Rifle and Pistol Association Annual Meeting, Greenfield, IN
Indiana State Rifle and Pistol Association
The Travelers Guide to Firearms Transportation and Reciprocity: An Open Forum Seminar Specific to RV and Firearms Owners, Club–Ramblin’ Pusher Chapter 419, Annual Multi-Day Conference, Goshen, IN
Holiday Rambler Recreational Club
Two day conference. May 5th and 6th
Legal Aspects of Personal Safety, Legal Aspect of Self Defense, Churubusco, IN
National Gun Laws, Deadly Force, and Pre-emption, Rochester, IN
Massad Ayoob Group, MAG/40
The Future Implications of Health Care Decision on Firearms Law
Second Amendment Patriots Group, South Bend Chapter
The Application of Gun Laws by State, Gun Bloggers Rendezvous, Reno, NV
What I Would Want to Know About Gun Law If I Were You, Lebanon, IN
Indiana Rotary Club
Legal Aspects of Personal Safety, Boone County, IN
Panel Members: Bryan Ciyou, Attorney, Sen. Jim Tomes (Indiana State District 49), Ken Campbell, Boone County Sheriff, and Vernon Lorenz, Defense Attorney
Summary of State and Federal Law Updates Post-Sandy Hook, Mental Illness in Mass Shootings, and Components of Deadly Force, Avon, IN
Rotary Club
Current State and Federal Firearms Trends and Deadly Force, Avon, IN
The Well Armed Woman
Lecture on Gun Law, Greencastle, IN
Greencastle Defenders of Liberty
Certifications
Active Counter-Measures Handgun Training
Steve Tarani
Tactical Management of Acute Trauma
Active Trauma Management
Defensive Pistol 150
Gunsite Academy, Inc.
Carbine 123
Gunsite Academy, Inc.
Tactical Treatment of Gunshot Wounds
Doc Gunn, Inc.
Social Media
Contact & Map
50 E. 91st St.
Suite 200
Indianapolis City (Balance), IN 46240
USA
Telephone: (317) 972-8000
Fax: (317) 955-7100