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Ron is a lifelong resident of Lake County.  Graduated from Hobart High School in 1961 where he was the quarterback of the Hobart Brickies football team.  He was appointed to and attended West Point and graduated in 1965 and was commissioned  in the United States Army as a Second Lieutenant.  He was an Airborne Ranger in the Army and served in Vietnam.  Ron was awarded two Army Commendation Medals, three Bronze Stars and a Purple Heart for wounds received. After Vietnam, Ron resigned his commission to attend law school at Indiana University in Bloomington and graduated in 1972.


After practicing for the first ten years in general practice, including family law and criminal law, he concentrated his practice in the personal injury field, including auto, medical malpractice, workmans' compensation and other injury fields.


Ron has been a certified Mediator for over 15 years and has served on the Lake County Bar Association as a Chairman of the Civil Litigation Committee.  He was elected by his fellow Lake County Lawyers to serve three terms on the County Judicial Nomination Committee which merit selects Judges recommended to the Governor to be appointed as Lake County Judges.  Ron has served on the Lake County Grievance(Ethics) Committee for over 20 years.


Practice areas


  1. Medical Malpractice: 30%
    32 years, 500 cases
  2. Car Accidents: 30%
    42 years, 500 cases
  3. Workers Compensation: 15%
    42 years, 1 thousand cases
  4. Mediation: 10%
    27 years, 100 cases
  5. Other: 15%
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  • Sean Cleary

    I endorse this lawyer. An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community.


    Sean Cleary Car Accidents Attorney
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  • Robert James Dignam

    I endorse this lawyer. I have known Ron for my entire legal career, as he was my original mentor. On both a personal and professional level, I have the utmost respect for Ron.


    Robert Dignam Employment & Labor Attorney
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Contact info

Layer, Tanzillo, Stassin & Babcock, PC

1160 Joliet St Ste 201
Dyer, IN, 46311-3079


INActive In Good Standing197210/31/2015
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2014
AV Peer Review RatingMartindale-Hubbell2013
3 Bronze Star MedalsUnited States Government1969
Purple HeartUnited States Government1969
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
Attorney/PresidentLayer, Tanzillo, Stassin & Babcock PC2005 - Present
AttorneySachs & Hess, PC1973 - 2005
Association namePosition nameDuration
Lake County Bar AssociationCivil Litigation Section Chairman2009 - Present
Indiana Trial Lawyers AssociationBoard of Directors1998 - Present
Lake County Judicial Nomination CommissonMember/Secretary1996 - 2008
Vietnam Veterans Leadership Program IndianaChairman Board Of Directors1982 - 1988
Indiana State Bar AssociationMember1972 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Alonzo Swann v U S NavyVICTORY after 49 years
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School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Indiana University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1972
United States Military Academy West PointN/ABS - Bachelor of Science1965
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Hardball Civil LitigationPresonal Injury Fee Allocation Between Lawyers2011
Hardball Civil Litigation SeminarPrepairing for Trial2003