I represent people who have been harmed or injured. I hope you never need my services; but if you are ever harmed because of the carelessness of another, I will work hard to represent your interests.
My practice predominately consists of representing people who have been harmed because of the negligence of another. A topic that is especially important to me are defective products. Each year, millions of Americans hurt or killed by defective products. I take great pride in representing people and families who have been injured by unsafe products. While my primary goal is to make sure my client is fairly compensated for their loss, I also have a keen eye on making products safer. Throughout our nation's history, civil lawsuits have been a driving force in making products safer.
Closely related to defective products are harmful drugs (prescription and over-the-counter) that can shatter the lives of people and families. Nearly all drugs have some risk of harm; and we, as a society, accept that risk because of the great benefit we all receive from pharmaceuticals. However, when drug companies know that their drug can or will cause harm and fail to inform the public and doctors of that risk, they must be held responsible for that conduct. I have recently had the honor of representing people harmed by the Fleet Phospho-Soda, Visicol and OsmoPrep, drugs which are used to prepare for a colonoscopy, but cause renal failure. Aftermuch litigation and an FDA announcement, the C.B. Fleet Company recalled its product.
In 1992, I graduated cum laude from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana with a B.S. in Economics. I received my law degree from Valparaiso University School of Law in 1995 where I graduated magna cum laude. While in law school, I was a Note Editor of the Valparaiso University Law Review and served on the Moot Court Society. I am admitted to practice in the State of Indiana, the United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit and the District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana. In 1998, I was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of the United States. I am also admitted to the United States District Court for the District of Colorado and have been admitted to practice on a specific case basis in other courts.
I was born in East Chicago, Indiana and graduated from Lake Central High School. Presently, I live in St. John, Indiana with my wife, two children and our Goldendoodles, Hershey and Mac. My family are avid soccer & Chicago Blackhawks fans.
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An extremely talented and well respected attorney in the legal community, I wholeheartedly recommend him to anyone looking for a lawyer who knows the law and truly cares about protecting the rights of his clients and getting them the most favorable result possible.
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|IL||Active And Authorized To Practice Law||2015||11/12/2015|
|IN||Active In Good Standing||1995||10/31/2015|
|Award name||Grantor||Date granted|
|Super Lawyers||Thomson Reuters||2015|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2015|
|10 Best (Indiana)||American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys||2015|
|Top 100 Litigation Lawyers (Indiana)||American Society of Legal Advocates||2015|
|AV Preeminent Rated||Martindale-Hubbell||2014|
|10 Best (Indiana)||American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys||2014|
|Top 100 Litigation Lawyers (Indiana)||American Society of Legal Advocates||2014|
|Member||Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum||2014|
|Member||Million Dollar Advocates Forum||2014|
|Outstanding Graduate in Economics||Ball State University||1992|
|Attorney||Kenneth J. Allen Law Group||2015 - Present|
|Partner||Westland Kramer & Bennett, P.C.||2012 - 2015|
|Partner||Tauber Westland & Bennett, P.C.||2007 - 2012|
|Partner||Hoeppner Wagner & Evans, LLP Merrillville, In||1995 - 2007|
|Association name||Position name||Duration|
|American Association for Justice||N/A||N/A|
|Indiana Trial Lawyers Association||N/A||N/A|
|Indiana State Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Lake County Indiana Bar Association||N/A||N/A|
|Oral Sodium Phosphate Kidney Injuries||All cases were resolved in favor of the clients.|
|Failure to Diagnosis Cancer||Maximum amount allowed under law was recovered by trial.|
|Car & Truck Crash Cases||N/A|
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|Valparaiso University Law Review||Vouching for Educational Choice: If You Pay Them, They Will Come||1995|
|2003||Insurance Bad Faith, a Compendium of State Law (Indiana portion)||N/A|
|2004||Insurance Bad Faith||N/A|
|2005||Discovery in Insurance Bad Faith Cases||N/A|
|Valparaiso University School of Law||Law||JD - Juris Doctor||1995|
|Ball State University||Economics||BS - Bachelor of Science||1992|
|Hardball Litigation||Pharmaceutical Litigation||2014|
|Hard Ball Litigation||Insurance Bad Faith||2013|
|Clark Middle School||Law Day||2012|
|Clark Middle School||Law Day||2011|
|Clark Middle School||Law Day||2010|
|Clark Middle School||Law Day||2009|