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 July 1998 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.

Judge Robb chaired the Supreme Court Task Force on Family Courts and the Supreme Court task force for the development of Trial Court Local Rules, is a member of the planning committee for the Supreme Court Graduate Judges Program, 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.  

She has been both an officer and Board member 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, the Bankruptcy Section and the Appellate Practice Section of the Indiana State Bar Association, Appellate Judges Conference of the American Bar Association, the Appellate Judges Education Institute, and the Council of Chief Judges of State Courts of Appeal. She is the Appellate Judges Conference Delegate to the American Bar Association's House of Delegates. She has also been a Board member of the Indianapolis Bar Association, the Indianapolis Bar Foundation, and the Senior Council Section of the Indianapolis Bar Association. She was the moderator for the 2005-2006 and Chair for the 2006-2007 Indianapolis Bar Association’s Bar Leader Series. Judge Robb is a member of the American Bar Foundation, American Judicature Society, and is a Master Fellow of the Indiana State Bar Foundation and a Senior Distinguished Fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation.

Judge Robb Chaired the 2004 National Association of Women Judges' annual conference, the 2010 ABA's Appellate Judges Council - Appellate Judges Education Institute's national Summit for Judges, lawyers and Staff attorneys, the 2015 annual conference of the Council of Judges of State Courts of Appeal, and co-chaired the Education committee of the 2016 International Association of Women Judges Biennial Conference held in Washington, D.C. She is a frequent speaker on legal topics for attorneys, other judges, and professional, civic and community organizations.

In addition, she was a member of the ABA Committee that accredits law schools and continues to assist in the accreditation process by reviewing and evaluating law schools and their programs. Judge Robb is an elected member of the American Law Institute (ALI).

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, the 2011 David Hamacher Award from the Appellate Practice Section of the Indiana State Bar Association, a 20112 Indiana Business Business Journal Woman of Influence award, a 2012 Senate/House Concurrent Resolution in her honor, a 2014 Indiana Women's Commission Trailblazer award and one of five women to ever receive the special recognition as a "Trailblazer," and a 2014 Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law Distinguished Alumni award.

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. She also co-authored, with her judicial law clerks, a law review note, "Do You Want To Know a Secret? Do You Promise Not to Tell? Whoa Oh Oh: Judges, Opinion and Judicial Notice," in the 2016 Indiana Law Review.

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.