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Mary L. Graham

Mary L. Graham joined Bleeke Dillon Crandall in 2018 as an attorney experienced in shepherding cases from inception to conclusion. Mary now concentrates her practice in correctional healthcare litigation and medical malpractice defense. She has represented clients in both state and federal courts with success before the Indiana Court of Appeals. She is admitted to the U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana.

Mary moved to Zionsville, Indiana from Houston, Texas in 2017 with her husband, Dr. Brett Graham. He is a pediatrician/geneticist who practiced many years at Baylor College of Medicine before joining IU School of Medicine. In Houston, Mary practiced insurance defense litigation and appeals, with extensive experience in personal injury, wrongful death, commercial and residential construction defects, business litigation, and fire loss/property damage claims. She remains Of Counsel to Heard & Medack, P.C. in Houston, Texas, handling all aspects of cases before the Texas Court of Appeals and the Texas Supreme Court.

Areas of Practice

  • Correctional Healthcare Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana (2018)
  • Texas (1998)
  • Tennessee (1997)


  • Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, MI at Western Michigan University, Juris Doctorate, cum laude, 1997
  • University of Tennessee, Knoxville, TN, B.S., Business Administration (Accounting Major), cum laude, 1992 (passed the 1993 C.P.A. Exam)

Clerkship Experience

  • Fourteenth Court of Appeals, Houston, Texas:
    • Chambers Attorney, Justice Richard Edelman, 2002-2003
    • Staff Attorney, Justice Charles Seymore, 2001-2002
    • Briefing Attorney, (now) Chief Justice Kem Thompson Frost, 2000-2001
  • Performed extensive analysis of often complex issues, relevant authorities, and trial records
  • Drafted over 50 preliminary civil and criminal appellate opinions for publication in the Southwestern Reporter
  • Briefed cases to three-justice panels

Published Works

Author: Comment, Scientific Testimony in Michigan: Testing the Experts, 13 T.M. Cooley L. Rev. 207 (1996) (cited in Hon. Daniel P. Ryan, Article, Expert Opinion Testimony and Scientific Evidence: Does M.C.L. 600.2955 “Assist” the Trial Judge in Michigan Tort Cases? 75 U. Det. Mercy L. Rev. 263 (1998)).

Author: Note, No Deposit, No Return: Michigan Soft Drink Ass’n v. Department of Treasury, 12 T.M. Cooley L. Rev. 687 (1995).


“Jim, please accept this incredibly late showing of our appreciation for your diligent work on the ABC matter, as well as your cost-effective resolution of the XYZ matter. You have set the standard for the rest of our outside counsel.”
– Corporate medical provider who received a defense verdict at trial

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