Philip S. Kappes

Philip S. Kappes

Philip "Skip" Kappes has been practicing law for 62 years in his various areas of expertise. His practice is primarily concentrated in the area of corporate and business law, giving business, legal and tax advice to various corporate clients and resolving complex commercial disputes through litigation or other means. He assists small- and medium-sized businesses in sale, acquisition and financing. He also provides advice and assistance to companies and individuals who wish to protect their intellectual property rights. He is a mediator, helping parties to civil actions attempt to resolve their disputes before trial and to avoid the complexities and emotionally draining nature of extensive litigation. Mr. Kappes provides estate planning services to clients with large and small estates, helping to ensure that their loved ones and other beneficiaries receive the optimal yield from a life of hard work. He has been and is active in a number of community service organizations, serving as a past President of both the Children's Museum Board of Trustees and the Crossroads Council Boy Scouts of America; Trust Fund Trustee of Crossroads Council Boy Scouts of America; a past trustee of Butler University, and a past chairman of the board of Fairbanks Hospital; current Chairman of the Scottish Rite Foundation of Indianapolis.

Bar Admissions

Indiana State Bar, 1948
United States Supreme Court, 1970


Butler University, B.A., cum laude,1945
University of Michigan, J.D., 1948


Who's Who in America
Who's Who in American Law
Who's Who in Finance and Industry
33rd Degree Mason (Honorary)
Life Trustee, Children's Museum of Indianapolis
Life Director, Crossroads of America Council BSA
Buchanan Award of Excellence, Indianapolis Bar Association
Indianapolis Bar Association Board of Managers, Award for Improvements in the Judicial System; Indiana State Bar Association Golden Career Award
Mortar Award, Butler University Alumni Association
Distinguished Alumnus Award, Butler University. Butler Medal recipient. Phi Delta Theta International Fraternity Legion of Merit Award

Affiliations & Community Involvement

Trustee, Butler University, 1990, 1992
President, Butler University Alumni Association, Inc., 1955-57
Director, Scottish Rite Children's Learning Center, 1997-98, Chairman of the Board, 2000-2003, Vice Chair 2003-present
Director, Indianapolis Scottish Rite Cathedral Foundation, Inc., 1997-present, Chairman 1998
Trustee, Indianapolis Valley Scottish Rite
Director, Scottish Rite of Indianapolis Foundation, Inc., 1998-present
Chapter Advisor, Phi Delta Theta Fraternity at Butler University, 32 years
Masons, Worshipful Master, 1975, 33rd Degree Most Wise Master, 1982-84
Indianapolis Chapter Rose Croix Executive Committee, Trustee, 1996-2001
Member, Indiana State Bar Association (Secretary, 1973-74, Executive Committee and Board of Managers, 1973-74, District Representative, Board of Managers, 1976-77, House of Delegates, 1958-, Chairman, Law Practice Management Committee, 1992, Public Relations Executive Committee, 1966-69, Chairman, Committee on American Citizenship, 1953, Grievance Committee, 1960-61, Midwinter Meeting, 1965)
Member, Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee, 2002 - Present
Member, Law Office Management Committee, 2001 - Present
Member, Improvements in the Judicial System, 2002 - Present
Chairman, Subcommittee on Merit Selection of Judges, 2005 - Present
Member, American Bar Association (House of Delegates, 1970-71, Chairman, Lawyers Title Guaranty Fund Committee, 1971-73)
American Judicature Society
Lawyers Club of Indianapolis
Lawyers Association of Indianapolis
Fellow, Indianapolis Bar Foundation
Indiana Bar Foundation
American Bar Foundation
Adjunct Professor of Business Law, Butler University, 1948-52