Leo Blackwell

Leo T. Blackwell has been a partner with Ruckelshaus, Kautzman, Blackwell, & Bemis since 1994.

Leo is a retired member of the Indianapolis Police Department and focuses much of his practice on representing public safety officers.

He is an Indiana Fraternal Order of Police Legal Defense Fund attorney and represents Indiana police officers from FOP Lodges across Indiana on administrative, criminal, and critical incident matters. He serves as General Counsel to the Indiana Fraternal Order of Police, the Professional Fire Fighters Union of Indiana and many local police and fire unions. He serves as a legal advisor and critical incident response attorney for the Indiana State Police Alliance.

Mr. Blackwell practices in the following areas: Labor and Administration Law, Legislative Matters & Government Affairs, Public Sector Pensions, and Public Safety.


  • Indiana University – Bloomington, B.S., Science, 1976
  • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, J.D., 1984


  • State of Indiana, 1985
  • United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana, 1985
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Indiana, 1985

Professional Associations/Honors

  • Lifelong member of the Indiana State Fraternal Order of Police
  • President of Fraternal Order of Police Lodge No. 86 (4 years)
  • Professional Police Officers Credit Union, Member, Board of Directors
  • Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Motorcycle Drill Team, Member, Board of Directors
  • Indianapolis Bar Association

Presentation Topics

  • Critical Incident Response
  • Police Use of Force
  • The Rights of Law Enforcement Officers
  • Mandatory Polygraph Examinations
  • 1977 Police and Fire Pension and Disability System
  • Family Medical Leave Act
  • Body Worn Cameras: Concerns for Police Officers
  • Legislation affecting Public Safety Officers