Judge Margret G. Robb

(Fifth District)

115 W. Washington Street
Suite 1080 South Tower
Indianapolis, IN  46204
(317) 233-3668

Margret G. Robb was appointed to the Court of Appeals of Indiana in July1998 by Governor Frank O’Bannon.  She holds a B.S. and an M.S. in Business Economics from Purdue University, a Magna Cum Laude J.D. from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and is a graduate of the Graduate Program for Indiana Judges. In 2011 she began a three year term as Chief Judge; the first woman to hold that position in the Court’s more than 100 year history.

Prior to her appointment to the Court, Judge Robb was, for 20 years, engaged in the general practice of law in Lafayette, and served as a Chapter 11, 12 and a standing Chapter 7 Bankruptcy trustee for the Northern District of Indiana.  She was a registered family and civil mediator and served as a Tippecanoe County Deputy Public Defender.

She has been an officer of the Indiana State Bar Association, the Fellows of the Indiana State Bar Foundation, Tippecanoe County Bar Association, National Association of Women Judges, the Indiana University School of Law- Indianapolis Alumni Association and the Bankruptcy Section of the Indiana State Bar Association. She has also been a Board member of the Appellate Judges Council of the American Bar Association, the Indianapolis Bar Association, the Indianapolis Bar Foundation, the Senior Council Section of the Indianapolis Bar Association, the Appellate Practice Section of the Indiana State Bar Association and the Appellate Judges Education Institute. She was the moderator for the 2005-2006 and Chair for the 2006-2007 Indianapolis Bar Association’s Bar Leader Series, and is a member of the American Bar Foundation, American Judicature Society, a Master Fellow of the Indiana State Bar Foundation and a Senior Distinguished Fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation. She is a frequent speaker on legal topics for attorneys, other judges, and professional, civic and community organizations. 

Judge Robb was Founding Chair of Governor Bowen’s Commission on the Status of Women; was a recipient of a 1993 Indiana State Bar Association’s “Celebrating 100 Years of Women in the Legal Profession” award; the 2001 Maynard K. Hine distinguished alumni award given in recognition of support and service to IUPUI and Indiana University; the 2004 Bernadette Perham “Indiana Women of Achievement” Award , bestowed by Ball State University to honor of one of their outstanding professors; the 2005 Indiana State Bar Association’s Women in the Law Recognition Award; the 2006 Tippecanoe County YWCA Salute to Women “Women of Distinction” Award; the 2007 Warren G. Harding High School, Warren, Ohio, Distinguished Alumni Award; the 2010 Indiana University Alumni Association President’s Award, a 2010 Indiana Lawyer Distinguished Barrister Award, the 2011 Indianapolis Bar Association Women and the Law Committee’s Antoinette Dakin Leach Award and the 2011 David Hamacher Award from the Appellate Practice Section of the Indiana State Bar Association. 

Judge Robb chairs the Supreme Court Task Force on Family Courts and is involved in several projects to benefit the Indiana legal system. She also chaired the Supreme Court task force for the development of Trial Court Local Rules, has also served as a member of the Indiana Board of Law Examiners, the Governance Committee of the Supreme Court IOLTA (Interest on Lawyer Trust Account) Committee; the Federal Advisory Committee on Local Rules for the Federal Court for the Northern District of Indiana; and the Federal Advisory Committee for the Expediting of Federal Litigation.  

Judge Robb authored “Reflections of Baseball, Life and the Law” in the Indiana State Bar Association’s journal, Res Gestae and “Running Bases, Winning Cases: Why the Grand Old Game of Baseball is like the legal profession” in the ABA’s journal. She also authored a chapter on Supreme Court Justice Leonard Hackney in, Indiana Supreme Court Justices, and co-authored a chapter, “From Juvenile Courts to Family Courts,” in Essays on Indiana Legal History.

In addition, she serves on the ABA Committee that accredits law schools and Chaired the 2010 ABA’s Appellate Judges Council - Appellate Judges Education Institute’s national Summit for Judges, lawyers and Staff attorneys.  Chief Judge Robb is an elected member of the American Law Institute (ALI).

Judge Robb was retained on the Court of Appeals in 2000 and 2010, is married to a professor at Purdue University. Their son, a graduate of the United States Naval Academy, is a Lieutenant Commander on active duty in the United States Navy.