Matthew L. Hinkle

Matthew L. Hinkle: Attorney with Coots, Henke & Wheeler Attorneys at Law, P.C.


Matthew L. Hinkle was admitted to the Bar in 1996 and is a partner with Coots Henke & Wheeler. He is licensed to practice in the Indiana and U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. He received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University and a Doctor of Jurisprudence from Indiana University (summa cum laude).

Mr. Hinkle is a member of the Indianapolis, Hamilton County, Indiana State and American Bar Associations. He is a member of the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, the Indiana Municipal Lawyers Association, and the Defense Research Institute.

Mr. Hinkle concentrates his practice in litigation in both federal and state courts. His litigation practice involves diverse areas of law including civil rights, employment disputes, general tort liability, governmental defense, police liability, premises liability, trucking accidents, real estate and zoning disputes.

Mr. Hinkle has experience handling employment matters including complex Title VII claims. The subject matter of these proceedings has included diverse issues like sexual harassment, race discrimination, wrongful discharge, retaliation claims, wage and hour violations, covenants not to compete, and trade secrets. He has defended numerous governmental entities, police departments and police officers in cases involving false arrest and excessive force claims, police action shootings, police pursuits, and jail condition claims.

Mr. Hinkle represents cities, towns, townships and counties throughout the State of Indiana and works closely with local municipal and government officials to defend their interests. He has counseled and provided seminar presentations to public officials, government employees and their insurers to educate them about State and Federal laws and specific legal issues that they may encounter in an effort to prevent disputes from arising.

In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Hinkle represents small businesses. He also represents individuals with estate planning, real estate and contract matters. Mr. Hinkle is committed to the representation of clients, not only in the trial courts, but also through the appellate process. He has argued cases before the United States Court of Appeals and the Indiana Supreme Court.

While the concentration of Mr. Hinkle's practice is defense oriented, Mr. Hinkle recognizes the rights and needs of injured parties. Mr. Hinkle finds it rewarding to help individuals who have been injured in auto accidents, work related accidents and other personal injury accidents. Mr. Hinkle believes that his experience handling a variety of cases from a defense perspective provides him with a broad perspective that is beneficial when handling personal injury claims.

Litigation Percentage: 90% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Representative Cases:

Kincade v. MAC Corporation, Et. Al., 773 N.E.2d 909 (Ind. Ct. App. 2002)

City of Crown Point v. Misty Woods Properties, LLC, 864 N.E.2d 1069 (Ind. Ct. App. 2007)

Marion v. City of Corydon, 559 F.3d 700 (7th Cir. 2009)

Kroger Co. v. Plonski, 930 N.E.2d 1 (Ind. 2010)

Kolozsvari v. Hook Super X, N.E.2d 2011 WL 461626 (2011)

Honors and Awards:

F. Emerson Boyd Trial Advocate Award

Indiana Super Lawyer, 2010

Indiana Super Lawyer, 2011

Professional Associations and Memberships:

Indianapolis Bar Association


Hamilton County Bar Association


Lake County Bar Association

Former Member

Indiana State Bar Association


American Bar Association


Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana


Defense Research Institute


Indiana Municipal Lawyers Association

Pro Bono Activities:

Member, Sertoma Club

Member, Knights of Columbus

Areas of Practice (7)

  • Civil Rights
  • Employment Law
  • General Litigation
  • Insurance Defense
  • Land Use & Zoning
  • Municipal Defense
  • Personal Injury

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
317-643-5354  Phone
317-573-5385  Fax
University Attended:
Indiana University, B.A., 1993
Law School Attended:
Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, Indiana, J.D., summa cum laude, 1996
Year of First Admission:
U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana; U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana; 1996, Indiana; U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit; U.S. Supreme Court
Payment Information:
  • Credit cards accepted
  • Accepts Visa, MasterCard, American Express and Discover
  • Free Initial Consultation
  • Fixed Hourly Rates
  • Fixed Fees Available

Peer Reviews

  • 4.4/5.0
  • A Martindale-Hubbell Peer Rating reflects a combination of achieving a Very High General Ethical Standards rating and a Legal Ability numerical rating.

*Peer Reviews provided before April 15, 2008 are not displayed.

Client Reviews

  • 4.3/5.0 (1 review)
  • 100% (1 recommendation)
  • Communication

  • Responsiveness

  • Quality of Service

  • Value for Money

  • Recommended 4.3/5.0 Rated on 03/30/10 in Personal Injury.

    He is fairly young, but he worked very hard on my case. He has a good working knowledge of spine injuries and related medical information that helped tremendously when negotiating with the defendant.

    He is fairly young, but he worked very hard on my case. He has a good working knowledge of spine injuries and related medical information that helped tremendously when negotiating with the defendant. Read less

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