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About me

I view myself as a responsible, fair-minded, and thorough attorney who possesses sufficient knowledge, experience, and skill to provide quality legal representation to those clients I have the privilege to serve. My objective is to accomplish efficient and effective legal representation for all of my clients, and to also perform with the utmost integrity as a mediator, arbitrator or medical review panel chairman.


I believe in using my knowledge and skill to benefit my community. I donate my time to currently serve as a member of the board of directors of two organizations, as follows:


  • Habitat for Humanity believes every person should have a decent, safe and affordable place to live. Through volunteer labor and donations, Habitat and its homeowner families have built or rehabilitated over 500,000 houses. A nonprofit, nondenominational Christian housing ministry, Habitat invites people of all backgrounds, races and religions to build together in partnership. 

  • The Challenger (Space Science) Learning Center of Northwest Indiana is a chapter of the national Challenger Center for Space Science Education, which was created in memory of the Challenger Space Shuttle astronauts by the families of those who perished in flight, including teacher Christa McAuliffe, on January 28, 1986.



Practice areas


  1. Employment: 65%
    30 years
  2. Mediation: 20%
    9 years
  3. Litigation: 14%
    30 years
  4. Arbitration: 1%
    5 years

Attorney endorsements

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  • Bernard H. Owens III

    I worked with Attorney Dignam on several matters. He is dedicated to his clients and his attention to detail is superb. I endorse Attorney Dignam.


    Bernard Owens Corporate and incorporation Attorney
    Relationship: Worked together on matter

  • Tina Marie Bell

    I endorse this lawyer.


    Tina Bell Medical malpractice Attorney
    Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community

Contact info

Johnson & Bell, PC

11051 Broadway, Ste. B
Crown Point, IN, 46307


INActive In Good Standing198607/03/2016
We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Indiana Super LawyerSuper Lawyers, part of Thompson Reuters2016
Indiana Super LawyerSuper Lawyers, part of Thompson Reuters2015
AV Preeminent StatusMartindale-Hubbell2014
Client Distinction AwardMartindale-Hubbell2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
ShareholderJohnson & Bell, Ltd.2014 - Present
Adjunct ProfessorPurdue University Calumet2002 - Present
PartnerHoeppner Wagner & Evans, LLP2006 - 2014
ShareholderSpangler, Jennings & Dougherty1996 - 2006
AssociateSpangler, Jennings & Dougherty1986 - 1996
Association namePosition nameDuration
ADR Section Council of ISBAMember2015 - Present
USA HockeyCoach2015 - Present
Society for Human Resources Management of NWIMember2014 - Present
Indiana State Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
Lake County Bar AssociationMember1986 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Christian v. St. Anthony Medical CenterSummary judgment for client.
Lavery v. Southlake Center for Mental HealthSummary judgment for client
Syfu v. QuinnSummary judgment for client
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Publication nameTitleDate
Northwest Indiana Business QuarterlyMonitoring Social Media Use2012
Northwest Indiana Business QuartelryThe Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act2011
Professional Education Systems, Inc.Indiana Evidence Workshop - Contributing Author2008
National Business Institute SeminarAdvanced Discovery for the Litigation Paralegal in Indiana2000
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Valparaiso University School of LawN/AJuris Doctor1986
St. XavierN/ABachelor of Arts (B.A.)1983
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Indiana Continuing Legal Education SeminarMediating Employment Law Cases2016
Human Resources Law From Start to FinishMediating Employment Law Cases2015
Employment and Labor Law Section MeetingEmployer Discipline of Employees for Social Media Activity2015
Disability Law 101The Americans with Disabilities Act - A Historical Perspective2015
Hardball Litigator SeminarMedical Malpractice Litigation From the Perspective of the Panel Chair2014
Lakeshore Public Media Management TrainingHow to Stay out of Hot Water2013
Indiana Continuing Legal Education SeminarHow to Stay out of Hot Water2013
Indiana Continuing Legal Education SeminarSexual Harassment, A Historical Perspective2013
Franciscan Alliance Management TrainingHow to Stay out of Hot Water2013
Training for Human Resources ProfessionalsIndiana Unemployment Benefits2011
Human Resources UpdateIndiana Unemployment Benefits2011
Plumbing and Piping Contrators of Northern Indiana General Membership MeetingIndiana Mechanics Liens2010
Indiana Evidence WorkshopIndiana Evidence2008
Indiana Evidence WorkshopIndiana Evidence2007
Legal Update for Construction ProfessionalsWarranties of Habitability in Indiana2006
Indiana Evidence WorkshopIndiana Evidence2006
Indiana Evidence WorkshopIndiana Evidence2005
Indiana Evidence WorkshopIndiana Evidence2004
Indiana Evidence WorkshopIndiana Evidence2003
Continuing Medical Education SeminarAvoiding Sexual Harassment Claims in the Workplace2003
Indiana Evidence WorkshopIndiana Evidence2002
Indiana Evidence WorkshopIndiana Evidence2001
Indiana Evidence WorkshopIndiana Evidence2000
Continuing Paralegal EducationLitigation for Indiana Paralegals2000
Indiana Evidence WorkshopIndiana Evidence1999
Indiana Evidence WorkshopIndiana Evidence1998