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John S. (Jay) Mercer

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 Jay Mercer is the senior equity partner in the law firm Fitzwater Mercer.  He serves as General Counsel to the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Indianapolis, the Indiana Catholic Conference, Indiana Osteopathic Association and the Indiana Non-Public Education Association.  Jay leads the firm’s litigation practice area, litigating in the areas of employer liability, civil rights, commercial enterprise, title and insurance disputes. 


Jay also advises healthcare providers and non-profit organizations on a variety of legal compliance issues, most recently in the areas of cyber liability, responses to data breaches and HIPPA compliance. 


Education and Qualifications 

  • Indiana University, B.S., Business, 1982

  • Indiana University School of Law, J.D., 1986 (Recipient of the Larry Suciu Award)

  • Admitted to practice, Indiana Supreme Court, U.S. Northern and Southern Districts, Indiana, Seventh Federal Circuit Court of Appeals  



  • Indiana Hospital Attorneys Association

  • National Diocesan Attorneys Association

  • Indiana Mortgage Banker Association

  • Indianapolis Bar Association (Business Law Section)

  • Indiana State Bar Association (Law and Medicine Section)


Community Involvement

  • Board of Directors, Westview Hospital

  • Board of Directors, Indiana University Law School Alumni

  • Board of Directors, Williamson Run Home Owners Association

  • Chairman, Gathering of Eagles, National Eagle Scout Association

  • Assistant Scout Master, Troop 120, Carmel, Indiana

  • Deacon, Second Presbyterian Church

  • Moderator, Habitat for Humanity