Ken Nunn and his law firm have won millions of dollars for their clients including what is believed to be the largest jury verdict in a wrongful death case in the history of the state of Indiana.
Personal injury attorney, Ken Nunn, is the founder and sole owner of the Ken Nunn Law Office, a leading law firm in the state of Indiana. Located in Bloomington, Indiana, Nunn’s firm consists of eighty-one employees including fourteen lawyers and six retired state troopers who work as investigators. Over the past forty-five years the firm has represented approximately 23,000 injury and wrongful death clients. Ken Nunn has been rated with the “highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standard and has been listed as an AV Pre-eminent of Professional Excellence earned through a strenuous peer review rating process that is managed and monitored by the world’s most trusted legal source, Martindale & Hubbell.
Nunn received his Bachelor of Science degree in business in 1964, from the Indiana University School of Business, and his law degree in 1967 from the Indiana University School of Law. At that time, he was admitted to practice law in all State and Federal Courts in Indiana. Nunn is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum, the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, has been listed as an Indiana Super Lawyer, and is a member of the American Association for Justice, the Indiana State Bar Association, and the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association. He is on the National Advisory Board of the Association of Plaintiff Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America (APITLA), and has been a guest lecturer at Indiana University, both to undergraduates as well as students at the Indiana University School of Law. Nunn has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, The Indianapolis Star, Newsweek, National Leaders in Auto Accident Showcase, National Law Journal and The American Lawyer. Ken Nunn has also appeared on CBS, NBC, ABC, and FOX Television stations. Additionally, He was listed in the 2012 edition of “Who’s Who of America” and was also commissioned a Kentucky Colonel by the Governor of the State of Kentucky.
Nunn began practicing law during a period of time when lawyers were not allowed to advertise. This made it difficult for many attorneys and Nunn was no exception. In 1978 laws changed to allow lawyers to advertise, yet it took a long time for lawyers across the country to subscribe to the new advertising mindset. However, the lawyers that did embrace the newly opened advertising opportunities saw dramatic increases in their business. This was a game changer for Nunn. Advertising began giving Nunn the cases in which he was interested.
Nunn humorously describes a conversation with an attorney friend who told him, “Ken, you’re not the smartest lawyer in Bloomington, in fact, you’re not the smartest lawyer in your building, but you are the most organized lawyer I have ever met.” With laughter, Nunn says, “My attorney friend was right.” And therein lies Nunn’s strength. He believes in being organized and outworking his opponent. It is common for him to work on Saturdays and Sundays and in the evenings if necessary.
Nunn continues, “Another strength that I also have came out of one of my weaknesses in that I am a terrible speller. As a result, I’ve had to learn to paraphrase. I put things in very simple terms. That has enabled me to be very ‘down to earth’ when I speak with my clients. I use words that they understand. The fact that I’m a bad speller and that I wasn’t really good in school, actually makes me a good communicator today. I’ve learned to turn a weakness into a strength.”
Developing a staff of 81 employees with 14 attorneys has been an evolutionary process. Nunn began with just one other lawyer coming in to help him with the increase in business that he experienced many years ago. As the law firm retained more and more new clients, he hired more staff and lawyers to help.
Nunn’s story is literally a rags to riches type tale. Raised by a single parent, Nunn was a high school dropout who returned to school at the prompting of his friends in a new community to which he moved with his mother. While in high school he met a girl (who he eventually married) whose father was a state trooper. He graduated from high school at the age of 19 as the oldest student in his class. He then enrolled at Indiana University just so he could say that he attended, never thinking he would graduate from college. Being inspired by the movie, To Kill a Mockingbird, Nunn determined he wanted to be a lawyer. He began to believe he could do it, yet always battled doubts of the possibility of really achieving that goal. He eventually graduated from law school ranking 123rd out of 127 graduates. Nunn was very proud of his degree and wasn’t bothered at all by his placement in the class because his degree looked just like everyone else’s degree. Upon Law School graduation he had nothing going for him at all. He was in debt, married with two children, and had no money. Determined, he opened his office with a card table and four folding chairs. That small, meager office has now grown to a multi-million dollar firm today. While Nunn was filled with doubts during college and law school, he admits that as he progressed through college and law school he began to believe that he could be a successful lawyer. Today the Ken Nunn Law Office is one of the most respected law firms in the State of Indiana and has been setting records in the state of Indiana for the past decade.
Nunn states, “We take cases other law firms will not take. We had a case referred to us by MADD that had been turned down by seven other law firms. We sued the defendant drunk driver and obtained justice for our client.” In Lafayette, Indiana, Ken Nunn Law Office also received what is believed to be the largest jury verdict in the history of Indiana for a wrongful death case. In fact, it was the 6th largest in the nation. Nunn says, “There is satisfaction in knowing we are helping individuals and families.”
Nunn’s role in his office today is to coach, train and manage the lawyers in his firm who will be litigating cases. They have a system of round tables before mediation or before trial. Nunn says, “We have brought in some top trial lawyers in the State of Indiana as part of our management team to train our litigation lawyers. Much like a basketball team, I have a lot of assistant coaches. Eight out of the fourteen staff attorneys actually litigate cases. The other lawyers function in a coaching and management capacity. I learned on the playground when I was twelve years old that it’s better to fight than not to fight. It’s humiliating to walk away from a fight. I would rather stand my ground and get beat up. I was probably in over 100 fights as a teenager and I would always stand up to the bully or the older kid and let them know they were in a fight. That has carried over to my law practice. The big bully in my life right now is the insurance companies. They are not fair and they will run over you if you let them, but we fight back and we’re proud of that. We have been able to settle 98% of our cases for our clients without going to court. For the cases that we do litigate, we are very proud of our home-runs. We are also proud that we only represent the injured, working men and women of Indiana. We do not represent insurance companies or big businesses. We love representing the “little guy” against big, powerful, insurance companies.”
Nunn continues, “Our uniqueness is that we not only talk the talk, but we walk the walk.” In the field of personal injury, Ken Nunn Law Firm is ranked number 1 in the state of Indiana for doing the most jury trials and has been ranked number 1 in that category for the past 12 years in a row. He adds, “The concept of ‘stand your ground’ is our motivation.”
Nunn elaborates, “Our staff is absolutely amazing. We get a steady flow of compliments and thank you letters from our clients. Our staff works hard. My staff is polite, very kind, always caring and always professional. We have staff members in our office who have been with us more than 30 years. Turnover is almost non-existent in our office. We look out for our employees and help them all we can. We feel the same way about our clients. It is important for this law office to look out for our employees and to also look out for our clients. We treat our clients like family. On a personal note, I look forward every day to coming to the office. I’m having the time of my life.”
Nunn and his firm make it a regular practice to give back to others and to their community in many ways including going to bat for people who were rejected by other lawyers and in some instances they have represented clients without requesting a fee for their services. Recently, Nunn made a contribution of $250,000 to his alma mater to have hand rails installed in the Indiana University Assembly Hall to make it safer for all those that come to enjoy Indiana University basketball games. Navigating the stadium’s steep stairs and aisles will be much easier now that the 350 new handrails are installed. The new rails will provide fans with a safer way to go up and down the steep stairs in Assembly Hall. Additionally, Nunn has supported Riley Children’s Hospital, Heart Rehab, as well as numerous other charitable organizations.
Nunn is part of a prestigious Master Marketing Group, a select gathering of highly successful personal injury lawyers from around the country that meets two times every year. He is a sought after speaker at various attorney conferences on the topics of being organized and advertising. Additionally, he has been quoted in numerous news articles, is a bestselling co-author and contributing author to the bestselling book, Protect and Defend, published in 2012.
Because of his contribution to his industry and his outstanding business success, Nunn is being featured as one of the nation’s Legal Elite in USA Today. Additional information about Nunn and the Ken Nunn Law Office can be found at www.kennunn.com.