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John B. Bridge, Senior Counsel Back to Attorney List
   

John Bridge is a retired partner and is the founder and the original Chair of the law firm's Healthcare and Life Sciences Practice Group.  While a partner at the firm, he also was a founder and an Executive Vice President and General Counsel of a leading Midwest healthcare management company that merged into and became part of a larger national healthcare management company.

 

John's other work at the law firm has focused on corporate transactions, including real estate sales and purchases, financings, leases, contracts, and negotiations.  John has guided and effected the acquisition or sale of property and other assets and business interests in diverse fields including petroleum marketing, health services, insurance, alternative energy and environmental consulting.

 

John’s distinguished legal career spans more than three decades.  John received his A.B, magna cum laude, from Wabash College in 1972.  He received his J.D. from Columbia University Law School in 1975.  After law school John practiced in New York City as an associate at Shearman & Sterling in New York City from 1975 to 1978, then at Baker & Daniels, Indianapolis from 1978 to 1981.   For the next 15 years John served as in-house counsel at several companies.  He was Associate Corporate Counsel for Inland Container Corporation from 1981 to 1983, Corporate Counsel and Secretary for Resort Condominiums International, Inc. from 1983 to 1984, and Executive Vice President and General Counsel for Brougher Insurance Group, Inc., and its successors, VASA North America Inc. and Seaboard North American Holdings, Inc., from 1984 to 1996.  John joined this firm as of counsel in 1996 and became a partner in 1999.  He served as Managing Partner of the firm in 2004-2005 and currently serves in that role.  John has an AV Preeminent peer review rating by Martindale-Hubbell.


Practice Areas

  • Business Services
  • Health Care

Significant Cases, Administrative Matters & Transactions

Acquisition by Astbury Environmental Engineering, Inc. of Air Analysis, Inc., 2009

Acquisition of Astbury Environmental Engineering, Inc., 2004

 

Formation of Horizon Properties I, LLC and Horizon Properties II, LLC, 2003

 

Sale of Assets of Bruce Miller Oil Co., Inc., 2002

 

Acquisition of business from, and issuance of convertible notes to, The Centris Group, Inc., by Novia Underwriters, Inc., 1998–1999

 

Formation and Capitalization of Novia Underwriters, Inc., an Indiana managing general underwriter, 1997.

 

Formation of Seaboard North American Holdings, Inc., a Canadian insurance holding company with consolidated assets of $1,000,000,000, 1995–1996

 

Sale of VASA Life Insurance Company to Eureko B.V. and by Eureko B.V. to Seaboard Life Insurance Company of Canada, 1993

 

Acquisition of VASA North America, Inc. by Eureko B.V. of The Netherlands, 1992

 

Sale by WASA Insurance Group of Neptunus CRC Ltd., a British insurance broker, 1991

 

Acquisition of VASA Life Insurance Company, an Indiana life insurance company, 1990

 

Acquisition of Brougher Insurance Group, Inc. by VASA North America, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of WASA Insurance Group of Sweden, 1988–1989

 

Sale of interest in Kansa International, Inc., an Indiana insurance holding company, to Kansa Insurance Group of Finland, 1987–1988

 

Initial public offering by Brougher Insurance Group, Inc., 1986

 

Formation of Intercontinental Corporation, an Indiana third party administrator, and sale of minority interest to three European insurance companies, 1986

 

Acquisition of VASA North Atlantic Insurance Company, an Indiana property and casualty insurance company, and sale of minority interest to Vegete Insurance Group of Sweden, 1985

 

Acquisition of Sterling Investors Life Insurance Company, a Florida life insurance company, 1985

Publications & Speaking Engagements

2004
Publication
  Author and Speaker, “The Purchase-Sale Agreement and Representations and Warranties,” Real Estate Purchase and Sale Transactions, How to Do Them Right, Sterling Education Services
 
2004
Publication
  Author and Speaker, “Drafting Asset Purchase Agreements," Buying and Selling A Business: Mastering the Basics, Sterling Education Services
 
1999
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Basic Insurance Law for Paralegals," National Business Institute
 
1999
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Current Issues in Commercial Real Estate in Indiana," Lorman Educational Services
 
1998
Publication
  Speaker and Author, "Insurance Law: Third Party Coverage in Indiana," National Business Institute
 

Associations & Memberships

Member, International Bar Association

Member, American Bar Association

Member, Indiana State Bar Association

Member, Indianapolis Bar Association

Honors

2011  

Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rating

 
1974   Associate Editor, Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problem
 
1972   Phi Beta Kappa
 
1968   General Motors Scholarship
 
1968   Wabash College Honors Scholarship
 

Employment History

2014-present Senior Counsel, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun, Indianapolis, Indiana

1999-2014 Partner, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun, Indianapolis, Indiana

1996 - 1998 Of Counsel, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun, Indianapolis, Indiana

1984-1996 Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Brougher Insurance Group, Inc., and its successors, VASA North America Inc. and Seaboard North American Holdings, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana

1983-1984  Corporate Counsel and Secretary, Resort Condominiums International, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana

1981-1983 Associate Corporate Counsel, Inland Container Corporation, Indianapolis, Indiana

1978-1981 Associate, Baker & Daniels, Indianapolis, Indiana

1975-1978 Associate, Shearman & Sterling, New York, New York

Volunteer Activities

Senior Warden, Trinity Episcopal Church

Member, Board of Directors, Peoga Lakes Association, Inc. (former President)

Charities Committee, Trinity Episcopal Church

Commissioner of Cycling, Pan American Games, 1985-1987

Deputy Commissioner of Cycling, National Sports Festival, 1981-1983

President, Central Indiana Bicycling Association, 1984-1985

Client Alerts

October 9, 2013   PSRB Client Novia CareClinics to Merge
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
April 25, 2013   PSRB Challenge Raises Funds for WFYI
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
September 16, 2010   US News & World Report Annual Ranking of Best Law Firms: Firm's Environmental and Insurance Practice Areas Ranked Tier 1
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
February 9, 2010   PSRB Supports Project Home Indy
By Stephanie T. Eckerle
 
January 4, 2010   Firm Helps Client Acquire Air Emissions Testing and Monitoring Company
By John B. Bridge and Stephanie T. Eckerle
 

Practice Areas

  • Business Services
  • Health Care

Significant Cases, Administrative Matters & Transactions

Acquisition by Astbury Environmental Engineering, Inc. of Air Analysis, Inc., 2009

Acquisition of Astbury Environmental Engineering, Inc., 2004

 

Formation of Horizon Properties I, LLC and Horizon Properties II, LLC, 2003

 

Sale of Assets of Bruce Miller Oil Co., Inc., 2002

 

Acquisition of business from, and issuance of convertible notes to, The Centris Group, Inc., by Novia Underwriters, Inc., 1998–1999

 

Formation and Capitalization of Novia Underwriters, Inc., an Indiana managing general underwriter, 1997.

 

Formation of Seaboard North American Holdings, Inc., a Canadian insurance holding company with consolidated assets of $1,000,000,000, 1995–1996

 

Sale of VASA Life Insurance Company to Eureko B.V. and by Eureko B.V. to Seaboard Life Insurance Company of Canada, 1993

 

Acquisition of VASA North America, Inc. by Eureko B.V. of The Netherlands, 1992

 

Sale by WASA Insurance Group of Neptunus CRC Ltd., a British insurance broker, 1991

 

Acquisition of VASA Life Insurance Company, an Indiana life insurance company, 1990

 

Acquisition of Brougher Insurance Group, Inc. by VASA North America, Inc., the U.S. subsidiary of WASA Insurance Group of Sweden, 1988–1989

 

Sale of interest in Kansa International, Inc., an Indiana insurance holding company, to Kansa Insurance Group of Finland, 1987–1988

 

Initial public offering by Brougher Insurance Group, Inc., 1986

 

Formation of Intercontinental Corporation, an Indiana third party administrator, and sale of minority interest to three European insurance companies, 1986

 

Acquisition of VASA North Atlantic Insurance Company, an Indiana property and casualty insurance company, and sale of minority interest to Vegete Insurance Group of Sweden, 1985

 

Acquisition of Sterling Investors Life Insurance Company, a Florida life insurance company, 1985


Publications & Speaking Engagements

2004
Publication
  Author and Speaker, “The Purchase-Sale Agreement and Representations and Warranties,” Real Estate Purchase and Sale Transactions, How to Do Them Right, Sterling Education Services
 
2004
Publication
  Author and Speaker, “Drafting Asset Purchase Agreements," Buying and Selling A Business: Mastering the Basics, Sterling Education Services
 
1999
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Basic Insurance Law for Paralegals," National Business Institute
 
1999
Publication
  Author and Speaker, "Current Issues in Commercial Real Estate in Indiana," Lorman Educational Services
 
1998
Publication
  Speaker and Author, "Insurance Law: Third Party Coverage in Indiana," National Business Institute
 

Associations & Memberships

Member, International Bar Association

Member, American Bar Association

Member, Indiana State Bar Association

Member, Indianapolis Bar Association


Honors

2011  

Martindale-Hubbell AV Peer Review Rating

 
1974   Associate Editor, Columbia Journal of Law and Social Problem
 
1972   Phi Beta Kappa
 
1968   General Motors Scholarship
 
1968   Wabash College Honors Scholarship
 

Employment History

2014-present Senior Counsel, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun, Indianapolis, Indiana

1999-2014 Partner, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun, Indianapolis, Indiana

1996 - 1998 Of Counsel, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun, Indianapolis, Indiana

1984-1996 Executive Vice President and General Counsel, Brougher Insurance Group, Inc., and its successors, VASA North America Inc. and Seaboard North American Holdings, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana

1983-1984  Corporate Counsel and Secretary, Resort Condominiums International, Inc., Indianapolis, Indiana

1981-1983 Associate Corporate Counsel, Inland Container Corporation, Indianapolis, Indiana

1978-1981 Associate, Baker & Daniels, Indianapolis, Indiana

1975-1978 Associate, Shearman & Sterling, New York, New York


Volunteer Activities

Senior Warden, Trinity Episcopal Church

Member, Board of Directors, Peoga Lakes Association, Inc. (former President)

Charities Committee, Trinity Episcopal Church

Commissioner of Cycling, Pan American Games, 1985-1987

Deputy Commissioner of Cycling, National Sports Festival, 1981-1983

President, Central Indiana Bicycling Association, 1984-1985

Client Alerts

October 9, 2013   PSRB Client Novia CareClinics to Merge
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
April 25, 2013   PSRB Challenge Raises Funds for WFYI
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
September 16, 2010   US News & World Report Annual Ranking of Best Law Firms: Firm's Environmental and Insurance Practice Areas Ranked Tier 1
By Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP
 
February 9, 2010   PSRB Supports Project Home Indy
By Stephanie T. Eckerle
 
January 4, 2010   Firm Helps Client Acquire Air Emissions Testing and Monitoring Company
By John B. Bridge and Stephanie T. Eckerle
 
October 1, 2008   Novia CareClinics: The Doctor is “In” — Health Clinics at the Worksite
By John B. Bridge
 
November 11, 2006   Novia Underwriters: A Client from A to Z
By John Bridge
 
 
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