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March 28, 2012 4:05 PM

Faegre Baker Daniels Fort Wayne Office Leader Shot Outside Home

Posted by Brian Baxter

UPDATE: 3/30/12, 8:45 a.m. EDT. Faegre's Kuker has told authorities that he was attacked by an unknown assailant, according to The Journal Gazette of Fort Wayne. 4/13/12, 6:30 p.m. EDT. A $5,000 reward has been offered for information that leads to the arrest of the individual that shot Kuker.

For the second time in less than a week, an Am Law 100 partner has been attacked at home.

David Kuker, a corporate and real estate partner at Faegre Baker Daniels who heads the firm's office in Fort Wayne, Indiana, is in serious condition after being shot outside his house by an intruder Tuesday morning.

Police—who as of Wednesday had not made an arrest in connection with the incident or identified the attacker's motive—say Kuker was shot when he tried to escape his garage after being sprayed in the face with an unknown substance by an unidentified individual, according to local news reports.


Kuker (pictured right) called out for help from his front yard to a female neighbor, who called 911. A K-9 police unit tracked the alleged shooter until the trail ran cold, according to news reports. Fort Wayne police have not yet released a description of the suspect, who shot Kuker at least once, and are asking anyone who witnessed suspicious activity in the area to contact them.

Faegre Baker Daniels issued a statement Tuesday regarding Kuker, who was taken to a local hospital by paramedics. The firm said Kuker's injuries are not life-threatening.

"Our thoughts and prayers continue to be with Dave and his family during this time of recovery," Faegre managing partner Andrew Humphrey said in the statement.

Kuker's practice focuses on M&A and private equity transactions, franchising issues, licensing, and joint ventures, as well as representing real estate developers and managers in commercial real estate deals. The 45-year-old partner, a past director and chairman of the nonprofit Christian Urban Ministries, joined legacy firm Baker & Daniels in 1995.

The Indianapolis-based Am Law 200 firm confirmed last summer that it was in merger talks with Minneapolis-based Faegre & Benson. The two firms announced two months later that they would officially combine operations on January 1, forming a new entity that appears destined to land on next year's Am Law 100.

The incident involving Kuker came just a few days after Patrick Hicks, the head of Littler Mendelson's offices in Las Vegas and Reno, suffered stab wounds during a robbery of his home in Henderson, Nevada. As of Sunday night, Hicks was hospitalized in critical but stable condition.

In 2010, Mary Jane Frisby, a former IP partner at another top Indianapolis-based firm, Barnes & Thornburg, was killed in a tragic murder-suicide involving her estranged husband, according to our previous reports.

Photo: David Kuker, courtesy of Faegre Baker Daniels

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My brother in law works for FWPD and last night I heard him talking on the phone about the case.  Of course I only heard one side of the conversation, but  he said "the detective in charge  is now leaning towards investigating a former employee that Kuker had to fire".   I wasn't really following the case and the phone call only jumped out at me because earlier in the day I was waiting in line only lunch break at Jimmy John's and someone with me said that was where that lawyer who got shot works (not at Jimmy John's but across the street in the Wells Fargo Building)...I personally don't like lawyers but no one should be shot in their garage.  If someone can't take getting fired they should seek medical mental help and not take it out on someone just doing their job.  I mean shooting someone because they fired you is over the top...its like shooting someone for stealing your parking spot.   What happened to a flaming bag of dog poop on the front step of a persons house?  

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