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I am committed to working with you to obtain the best possible resolution for your case and stand ready to vigorously represent your interests in a prompt professional manner. I am committed to representing the interests of those who have been injured or wronged by acts of another person or corporation.

Since entering private practice, I have handled a wide range of matters including matters involving claims of personal injury, breach of contract, defamation, sexual harassment claims, employment disputes, construction related injury claims, civil rights claims, and breach of contract matters relating to construction disputes.

I graduated from Purdue University in 1979 from the Krannert School of Business with a Bachelor of Science Degree in the Economic Honors program. In 1982, I graduated 15th in my class from the Valparaiso University School of Law.

After graduation from law school, I began working as a law clerk for the Honorable Andrew P. Rodovich, who served as a Magistrate Judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana in Hammond, Lake County Indiana. I worked for Magistrate-Judge Rodovich on a wide array of cases involving environmental litigation, serious personal injury claims, civil rights claims, preliminary injunctions, and complex criminal pretrial motions. I had a chance to see some of the best civil and criminal trial attorneys in trial and I dealt with a broad and diverse range of legal issues.

Following my service as a law clerk, I work as a Deputy Prosecutor for the Lake County Prosecutor's Office for Jack Crawford. I tried a number of jury trials which encompassed crimes such as murder, rape, robbery, OWI causing death, confinement, and included one capital murder case.

From there, I went on to serve as a federal prosecutor as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of Indiana in South Bend, Indiana Division. There I handled a number of complex criminal matters encompassing crimes such as conspiracy, counterfeiting, mail fraud, wire fraud, illegal drug manufacturing, racketeering, and murder for hire. While with the U.S. Attorney's Office, I earned a number of commendations for my work as a federal prosecutor. These commendations included the receipt of a personal letter of commendation from the United States Attorney General Dick Thornburg and a Special Award from the Post Master General for my work in prosecuting an elaborate altered postal money order scheme which was operated within the Indiana State Prison system. This scheme was used to bilk the public out of millions of dollars and financed a number of illegal enterprises inside the Indiana Prison system.

I left the U.S. Attorney's office in 1989 and spent the next 17 years doing primarily civil defense and plaintiff's work in a wide range of areas including claims involving wrongful death, products liability, burn injuries, construction site injuries, automobile collisions, libel-slander, environmental torts, civil rights, employment related issues, real estate disputes, and insurance coverage issues.

This experience is invaluable in helping you in helping develop your case's strengths and identifying potential weaknesses and avoiding potential pitfalls. Having worked on both side of a number of issues, I can assist you in avoiding mistakes which could hamper you as an injury victim from making a full and fair recovery.

I am admitted to practice in all Indiana courts, as well as the United States District Courts located in the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit in Chicago, Illinois. I am a member of the American Bar Association and its Litigation Section.

I am AV rated by my legal peers through Martindale-Hubbell. An AV Peer Review Rating shows that a lawyer has reached the height of professional excellence. He or she has usually practiced law for many years, and is recognized for the highest levels of skill and integrity.

 *CV, BV, and AV are registered certification marks of Reed Elsevier Properties Inc., used in accordance with the Martindale-Hubbell certification procedures, standards, and policies. Martindale-Hubbell is the facilitator of a peer review rating process. Ratings reflect the confidential opinions of members of the Bar and the judiciary. Martindale-Hubbell ratings fall into two categories - legal ability and general ethical standards



Practice areas


  1. Personal Injury: 80%
    29 years, 3 thousand cases
  2. Insurance: 10%
    27 years, 150 cases
  3. Civil Rights: 5%
    27 years, 100 cases
  4. Criminal Defense: 5%
    34 years, 100 cases



Contingent (33-40%)

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Contact info

Yosha Cook & Tisch

9102 North Meridian Street.
Suite 535
Indianapolis, IN, 46260


INActive In Good Standing198207/03/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Fellow of the American College of Trial LawyersAmerican College of Trial Lawyers2015
Top 100 LawyerTop 100 Lawyers2014
Letter of Commendation, U. S. Attorney General Dick ThornburgUnited States Department of Justice1989
The Chief Postal Inspector's Special AwardUnited State Postal Service1988
Special Achievement AwardUnited States Postal Service1988
AV RatedMartindale-HubbellN/A
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
N/AYosha Cook Shartzer & Tisch2008 - Present
MemberSkiles Detrude1993 - 2008
N/ARowe Foley & Huelat1989 - 1993
Assistant U.S. AttorneyUnited States Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Indiana1986 - 1988
Deputy ProsecutorState Prosecutor's Office of Lake County, Indiana1984 - 1986
Law Clerk to Magistrate Andrew RodovichU.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana1982 - 1984
Association namePosition nameDuration
American Association for JusticeMember2014 - Present
Indiana Trial Lawyers AssociationSustaining Member2008 - Present
American Bar AssociationMemberN/A
American Bar Association, Litigation SectionMemberN/A
Indianapolis Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Indiana State Bar AssociationMemberN/A
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Tomanovich v. City of IndianapolisSettled
Minniear v King MasonryJury Verdict for $1.8 Million
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Publication nameTitleDate
WSBT TV, Channel 22, South Bend INJury finds Kathy Phillips not guilty on all counts2008
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Valparaiso University School of LawLawJD - Juris Doctor1982
Purdue UniversityEconomics HonorsBS - Bachelor of Science1979
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Bet on a Sure Thing: Trial Tactics to Improve Your PracticePreparing Your Client for a Deposition2009