Smith Rayl Law Office, LLC.

Firm Overview

My practice focuses on two groups of clients - small businesses and nonprofit organizations. In serving small businesses, I draw from my in-house experience, which was primarily in commercial transactions. In serving nonprofit organizations, I am building on ten years experience doing pro bono work with the Community Development Law Center, an organization in Indianapolis that provides legal services to nonprofit organizations that work with low income communities.

I started my own law practice in Fishers, Indiana in 2008 after I elected early retirement from a job as in-house counsel for a major pharmaceutical company. I chose Fishers as the location for my practice because it is a strong, vibrant, growing community of families, businesses and other organizations.

Example cases

One of the most challenging transactions I've worked on was a $1.3 billion outsourcing of energy services. The deal involved the purchase of natural gas and electricity, the operation and maintenance of energy infrastructure (boilers, chillers, etc.), and the design and installation of energy saving projects.

Main Office
11650 Lantern Rd.
Suite 119
Fishers  IN  46038
  • (317) 576-8542
  • (888) 519-0727


Free Initial Consultation?
No. Initial consultations lasting about one hour are $125.
Services Offered For Fixed Fees?
Fixed fees are available for some, but not all, types of services.
Hourly Rates
My standard hourly rate is $245.

Office Information

Office Hours
Monday through Friday
9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Others by appointment.
Emergency After Hours
We provide personal service and practical advice to small businesses and nonprofit organizations.
We can help you:

* Start a new business or buy an existing one
* Put in place a succession plan for your family business
* Draft and negotiate a contract
* Resolve a dispute
* Pick the best business form to protect your assets
* Pick the best business form to reduce your taxes
* Create a nonprofit, tax exempt organization
* Update your nonprofit organizations articles and bylaws
* Sell your business
* Buy a franchise
* Write an employee manual for your business or nonprofit
* Update your nonprofit's policies and procedures
* Protect your information with confidentiality agreements

and much more.

How did your firm decide on the primary area of practice(s)?

I enjoy the variety of legal issues, businesses, and organizations that I encounter in my practice areas.

What is your firm's point of view regarding clients educating themselves on legal issues?

I love to help clients understand the legal issues that affect their businesses and organizations.

Is your firm willing to review documents prepared by clients?

I am willing to review documents such as contracts, articles of incorporation, and bylaws that have been prepared by my clients. In some cases, I can simply make revisions to the client's documents. In others, I use the information in the client's documents to prepare new documents myself.

Is your firm willing to coach clients who want to represent themselves?

I do not advise clients who want to represent themselves in court. I sometimes advise clients who want to represent themselves in contract negotiations.

Michael Smith

I was in-house counsel at Eli Lilly and Company for more than fourteen years, practicing in the environmental group, the securities group, and the commercial transactions group. As a commercial lawyer I worked on a wide spectrum of transactions, including strategic sourcing initiatives, outsourcing transactions, joint ventures, and procurement contracts for goods and services ranging from advertising and market research, to laboratory research, to construction, to professional and consulting services. While at Lilly, I organized the Company's first pro bono legal program to provide legal services to low income individuals and to nonprofit organizations that work with low income communities.

For thirteen years before I became a lawyer, I worked for the same company as a chemical engineer and as a department head of biochemical engineering.

My experiences as an engineer and as a lawyer within a company give me a better understanding of the issues my clients face everyday in the operation of their businesses and nonprofit organizations.

I enjoy getting to know my clients and their businesses and organizations so I can give solid, practical, useful legal advice. Problem-solving is a common thread that runs throughout my career, and I enjoy helping my clients avoid the problems they avoid and solve the problems they can't.

Personal interests:

Backpacking. Two of my favorite places to backpack are the Hoosier National Forest and the Knobstone Trail, both in southern Indiana.

Gardening. I particularly enjoy growing wildflowers and other plants that are native to Indiana.

Woodworking. I use no power tools, only hand tools, mostly old tools -- 50, 75, 100 years old or more -- that I've reconditioned to be put back in use.

  • Bar Number: 17562-49
    Indiana , 1994
  • Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis
    J.D. , 1993
    Indianapolis, IN
    Note Development Editor, Indiana Law Review.
  • Purdue University
    M.S. , 1982
    West Lafayette, IN
    Chemical Engineering. Research topic: Using mixed-bed ion exchange as a method of regenerating dialysate in portable artificial kidneys.
  • Vanderibilt University
    B.E. , 1978
    Nashville, TN
    Chemical Engineering.

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