Warren E. McGill


Maurer School of Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows (1993)
J.D. 1945


Warren McGill has been associated with the same Indiana firm, now known as Barnes & Thornburg, since his graduation from Indiana University School of Law in 1945. He began his law practice in South Bend, Indiana, where, as a young lawyer, he assisted in organizing the South Bend Junior Chamber of Commerce. As its president, he helped promote a drive to establish the first Juvenile Detention Home in St. Joseph County, to preclude juveniles from being detained with adults in the county jail.

Since then, his practice has covered many spheres, but is primarily devoted to estate planning and to corporate, tax, probate, and finance law. He chaired the Probate Code Study Commission of Indiana for several years and helped guide the formulation and adoption of statutes simplifying probate, trust, and related laws, and these have resulted in greater efficiency and economy in implementing the code.

Under the auspices of a committee appointed by the Indiana State Bar Association and Indiana Bar Foundation, he helped formulate a public service project for lawyers. It resulted in Legal Reference for Older Hoosiers, an informational book printed in easy-to-read type. Now in its 10th edition, more than 115,000 copies of the book have been distributed in Indiana.

McGill is a fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel, the American Bar Foundation, and the Indiana Bar Foundation. He is also active in several civic, philanthropic, and social organizations, including services as president of the Industrial Foundation, Inc., of South Bend; the Committee of 100; the South Bend Lions Club; and St. Joseph County Economic Development, Inc. He has held other offices with the Michiana Arts and Sciences Council, the Channel 34 Community Advisory Board, and the Parish council of St. Matthew's Cathedral. McGill has also been a Chancellor's Associate for Indiana University South Bend.

He was inducted in the Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 1993.