Daniel A Roby

August 16, 1941September 12, 2020

Daniel A. Roby passed peacefully at home Saturday, September 12, 2020. Dan was born in Anderson, Indiana, on August 16, 1941, to the late Virgil A. and Frances E. (Pouch) Roby. Attending elementary school in Chesterfield, Indiana, he graduated from Anderson High School in 1959, Indiana University with honors in 1963, and Indiana University School of Law in 1966, thereby becoming Chesterfield's first college graduate as well as its first lawyer. Daniel moved to Fort Wayne in 1967 to join the firm of Wyss, Mochamer, Roby, Ryan and Myers, until 1983, when his partner, Thomas L. Ryan became Circuit Court Judge of Allen County. Dan then formed Roby and Hood Law Firm with G. Stanley Hood, becoming the first law practice in Fort Wayne devoted exclusively to civil litigation, including personal injury, wrongful death, product liability and professional malpractice, later joined by Thomas A. Manges to form Roby, Hood & Manges Law Firm.

Dan was admitted to practice before the Indiana Supreme Court, the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, the Seventh Circuit United States Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States. His memberships included the Allen County and Indiana State Bar Associations, as well as the American Association for Justice and the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA). He served on the Board of Directors of ITLA beginning in 1980, and as its President in 1993-94. While serving on ITLA's Legislative Committee he initiated legislative reform with the enactment of Indiana's Survival Act, Underinsured Motorists' Statute, and the Child Wrongful Death Act. His leadership resulted in evidentiary exclusions from comparative fault for non-use of seat belts and preservation of an unqualified right to jury trial under Indiana's mediation rules. He distinguished himself by receiving the Indiana Trial Lawyer of the Year Award in 1986 and its Lifetime Achievement Award in 2004.

He was also a member of the National Arbitration Forum, Indiana Association of Mediators, and American Arbitration Association Board of Arbitrators. As a civil mediator and arbitrator, he contributed to the drafting of Indiana's Alternative Dispute Resolution rules. He was recognized as a member of the College of Fellows of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association and was listed among Indiana's Super Lawyers. He received an A rating from his colleagues who chose him and his firm among America's preeminent lawyers. He was listed in "Who's Who in American Law," "Who's Who in the United States," and in "The Best Lawyers in America."

He served on the Allen County Judicial Nominating Commission from 1983 to 1991, and the Third District Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission on Judicial Qualifications from 1997 to 1999. He qualified as a Board-Certified Civil Trial Specialist/Diplomat of the National Board of Trial Advocacy 1988-1998, and was a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates Indiana Chapter beginning in 1992. He was also a former Master of the Benjamin Harrison Chapter American Inns of Court, Fort Wayne. Dan published numerous articles for the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum and was often sought as a speaker for legal education programs throughout the state of Indiana.

In addition to the practice of law, Dan served the American Heart Association in virtually every capacity and received its Distinguished Achievement Award in 1985. He served as President of the Allen County Heart Association, the Northeastern Indiana Heart Association and as Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Indiana Affiliate of the American Heart Association. For several years he served as Chairman of the Board and moderator for Faith Baptist Church and contributed as lay minister to its Towne House Retirement Center. He also encouraged and represented local physicians in establishing their state-of-the-art cardiology practice in Fort Wayne in 1978. The Heart Center became a center of excellence for the Indiana, Ohio, and Michigan region. In addition, he served on the Fort Wayne Medical Society and taught classes on "Charting to Fulfill the Nurse's Role as The Patient's Advocate”, at Lutheran School of Nursing.

He taught business law full time at Indiana University, Bloomington 1966-67, and part time at Indiana University Fort Wayne from 1967-1975. He lectured part time at People's Law School on medical malpractice and product liability for a period of 10 years.

Participating in “We, The People” program and arranging adoptions during his years of practice, gave him great joy. A devoted fan of IU Basketball and his beloved Tincaps, he also enjoyed reading to the vision impaired, both here and in his winter home of Naples.

He was honored by the Allen County Bar Association in 2016 for completing 50 years in the practice of law. Commitment, dedication, humanity, and love for his craft were Dan Roby's benchmark. Above all else, talent and humor energized his success. As a result, those who knew him have been truly blessed. He will be greatly missed.

Dan is survived by his wife, Kathy; children, Kerilynn Roby, Don Coffelt and Colby Munson; grandson, Connor (Haley) Minns; great granddaughter Evelyn Sue; brother Richard A. Roby, (Mary Kay); nephews Brett (Barbara), Bud (LeeAnn), Barry and Blake (Dawn) Roby.

Due to the current COVID restrictions a celebration of life will be held in his honor in the spring of 2021. To sign the online guestbook visit Memorials may be made to American Heart Association.


No public services are scheduled at this time. Receive a notification when services are updated.


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Tracy Bellavance

September 23, 2020

my deepest condolences to you, Kathy, and your family and friends. I could always sense your friendship and love of Dan when you spoke of him.

Stephanie Lawyer

September 17, 2020

Attorney Roby was a dear and supportive friend to my family and performed a beautiful wedding ceremony for me and my husband some years ago. He was a kind, gentle, and caring soul, and our sympathy goes to his family and friends. He will be missed.

Rhea Glidewell

September 16, 2020

Pleas accept our sympathy in the passing of Dan. We will miss him.
Hugh and Rhea Glidewell

Mandy Myers

September 16, 2020

To the Roby Family: Harold and I give our deepest condolences for the loss of Dan. When we heard he was sick, Harold said, "The stories we could tell..." He wanted to see him, but because of the COVID, unfortunately could not. Our prayers are with you.

Margaret Blauvelt

September 15, 2020

Dan graciously donated his time every semester to talk to my class about legal aspects of patient care. He influenced many future RNs to provide the best care possible to their patients. I was very appreciative of him sharing his expertise to many classes over the years.

Rachel McNeely

September 15, 2020

My prayers go out to Keri, Connor and the rest of the family. "Dad" was so amazing and kind to me. I will miss him terribly.

American Heart Association

September 15, 2020

May your memories of the wonderful times you shared with your loved one comfort you and your family, today and always.

Linda Fillion-Pope

September 15, 2020

Our deepest condolences to the family and especially to his wife Kathy. We have known Dan Roby for 18 years meeting in Naples Florida during the winter months. Dan was quite the entertainer, an accomplished dancer, a wonderful storyteller, always interested in others, “let me ask you”..... He talked of everything with knowledge, a sense of humour and with great interest in his fellowmen and women. He was open-minded, sweet and had a big laugh. We will remember him. So sad to see him go. We will miss him. All our love to Kathy .

Danielle Cousins was Worman

September 14, 2020

Dan Roby was my Godfather I am named after him. He met my mom in 1970 at a diner in Fort Wayne. They became friends and in 1975 when I came along he was named my Godfather and I was named after him. I have so many memories of Christmas's and we all went to Faith Baptist church and the country club. My dad did all his handman needs because that was not something he was good at. Whenever I need advice he was always there. I am so grateful he had an amazing life, but so hurt he was a big part of
who I am today. Love you Godfather. Will share pics tomorrow


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