Drewry SImmons Vornehm, LLP

Drewry SImmons Vornehm, LLP

Our firm foundation is Construction and we build in other ways.

Firm Overview

Drewry Simmons Vornehm, LLP (DSV) was originally founded as a construction boutique law firm in Indianapolis. The focus of DSV's practice was exclusively on providing legal services to all aspects of the construction industry, including public and private owners, design professionals, general and trade contractors, construction managers, material suppliers, insurers and sureties. DSV has developed a depth of understanding of the legal and business issues that can arise on construction projects, allowing our attorneys to provide practical advice from the contracting stage through project completion and claim resolution.

As the firm expanded, so too did the practice areas of DSV. Our attorneys provide legal representation and counsel to individuals, business and public entities on a wide range of issues from business formation, corporate governance, real estate transactions, employment matters, civil litigation, insurance coverage, alternative dispute resolution, estate planning, adoption, and health care services. Our firm was founded on construction, but we build in other ways. Give us a call and let us demonstrate how we can help you.

Main Office

Main Office
736 Hanover Place, Suite 200
Carmel IN 46032




The DSV Business Services Group provides practical advice on a wide range of business law matters, including business entity formation, corporate governance concerns, director and officer responsibilities.

Consultation is available on a wide range of tax planning issues that affect the operations of business entities, including structuring the formation, purchase, sale, or reorganization of a business to provide the maximum tax benefits.

Succession planning for the transfer of personal assets and businesses to beneficiaries within the framework of the complex and ever evolving transfer tax system is an area where DSV attorneys provide aid and security to their clients. They can also assist with lifetime planning, which may include gifting programs, prenuptial agreements and family wealth preservation techniques.

In partnership with the DSV construction and corporate lawyers, the Business Services Group is able to provide legal counsel throughout the real estate development process and in the ownership and management of buildings and facilities. DSV real estate clients include landowners, developers, builders, municipalities, and individuals.

Michael F. Drewry

Drewry SImmons Vornehm, LLP

Practice Focus
Construction contract negotiations and drafting on design-bid-build, construction management and design-build projects, assisting owners in determining project delivery systems and development of related project documents, public construction bidding, procurement and performance, design law issues, defective specifications, changes, differing site conditions, delays, construction delay and impact claims, construction surety bonds, prosecuting and defending payment and performance bond claims, mechanic's liens and related remedies, construction defects, construction defaults and termination, project management issues, and construction dispute resolution proceedings, including mediation, arbitration and litigation.

ABA Forum Publications/Programs
Regional Coordinator, "Infrastructure: Civil Works Projects for Lawyers", ABA Forum on the Construction Industry Regional Program Indianapolis, 2012
Committee member, Forum on the Construction Industry Trial Academy, 2012 and 2013
Chapter Contributor, The Annotated Construction Law Glossary (ABA Forum on the Construction Industry), 2010
Chapter Co-Author, "A Comparison of Standard Forms: The Design-Builder A/E Contract", The Design-Build Deskbook, 4th Edition (ABA Forum on the Construction Industry), 2010
Moderator and Co-Author, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry Teleconference, "Construction Management at Risk (CMAR)", 2009
Author, "Downstream Allocation of Concurrent Delay Damages," (Co-Author with Daniel M. Drewry), Under Construct, Newsletter of the ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, in Three Part Series: December 2007; March 2008 and June 2008
Presenter, ABA Forum on the Construction Industry, Division 4, Project Delivery Systems, "A Quick Primer on BIM's Legal Implications", 2007


Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis
Juris Doctorate, 1979