City-County Observer “Outstanding Community Services Award” Winner For 2018.

Our third “Outstanding Community Services Award” winner for 2018 is the extremely popular and the very personable Evansville attorney, Patrick A. Shoulders.

Mr. Shoulders played a major role in bringing the I U Medical School to Downtown Evansville.  While some of our local political types were attempting to take credit for bringing the I U Medical School to Evansville Mr. Shoulders was quietly lobbying powerful state political and educational leaders in order to convince them to approve the I U Medical School for Evansville. In the end, Mr. Shoulders political connections and due diligence prevailed.

Mr. Shoulders is a partner in the firm who concentrates his practice in Litigation. He received his undergraduate degree in English from Indiana University in 1975, and his law degree from Indiana University in 1978, graduating magna cum laude. Admitted in both Indiana and Kentucky, Pat is an accomplished trial lawyer with sub-specialties in school law and appellate practice.

Pat has been elected to membership in the American College of Trial Lawyers. He has also been elected to the Federation of Insurance & Defense Counsel, Litigation Counsel of America, and is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. Pat is a co-chair and founder of the Trial Advocacy Skills College held annually by the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum. He is a past chair of the Indiana Bar Association’s Litigation Section and a past council member of the State Bar’s Appellate Advocacy Committee. Pat has been recognized in every edition of Indiana Super Lawyers and has been one of the top 50 lawyers in the state of Indiana. He has achieved an AV certification rating from the Martindale & Hubbell legal directory, an elite peer rating recognizing him as performing at the highest level of professional excellence based on ethical standards and legal ability. He is also a frequent presenter for the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum and he has represented the Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation as its General Counsel for more than 25 years.

Mr. Shoulders has served the legal profession as President of the Evansville Bar Association, as Chair of the Litigation and Citizenship Education Committees of the Indiana State Bar Association, as Chair of the Fellows of the Indiana Bar Foundation, and as a member of the State Bar Associations Board of Governors from 1998-2000. He is the recipient of the Evansville Bar Association’s highest honor—the James Bethel Gresham Award, in recognition of his service to the legal profession, and is a distinguished barrister in The Indiana Lawyer publications.

Pat’s volunteer activities in Southwestern Indiana have been numerous. He served as President of the Evansville Parks Foundation, Museum of Arts & Sciences, and the YMCA, Chair of the WNIN Auction, Founder & Director of the Arts Fest 12K River Run, a Member of the Board of Park Commissioners and a member of the Evansville Convention and Visitor’s Bureau. He has served as a Civic Theatre Board Member, Public Defender Commissioner, and Member of the Mayor’s Unification Study Committee. His volunteerism has earned him the Kentucky Colonel, Sagamore of the Wabash and the Indiana Bar’s President’s Awards.

Pat has also served Indiana University with distinction. Pat has been a Trustee of IU since January 1, 2002. He is a past national President of the Indiana University Alumni Association and the IU College of Arts & Sciences Alumni Association. He also currently serves as a Director of the IU Foundation and is a past member of the Board of Governors of the IU Center on Philanthropy and the Indiana Public Policy Institute.

Mr. Shoulders co-hosted an extremely popular weekly television show on PBS affiliate WNIN entitled “Shively & Shoulders” with fellow attorney and personal friend, Chief Superior Court Judge, Les Shilvey. On this show, they interviewed local and state public officials engaged in vigorous discussions on current issues and events.

He and his Wife, Lisa; a daughter and son-in-law in Newburgh, Indiana, and a son and his partner in New York City, and three granddaughters.

FOOTNOTE: This year’s awards luncheon will be held at Tropicana-Evansville Walnut rooms A and B on March 19, 2018. The registration begins at 11:30 am, the event officially starts at 12 noon on March 19, 2018. Reservations for this event may be obtained by calling 812-774-8011.  We have only one (1) tables left to sell.  Deadline for registration is March 17, 2018. Last year’s event was a sellout.




  1. How fitting he & Judge Shively are in the same class.
    Same as real life except Judge was always “right” ( correct) on every issue.


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