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Jan Thomas Vetne

Litigation Attorney at South Bend, IN

5.0   40 reviews

About Jan

Learn Jan’s areas of practice.

I enjoy challenging my clients’ preconceived notions of who lawyers are and what lawyers do.

Think lawyers only keep bankers’ hours? I've met with clients and witnesses before work, after work, and on weekends; their hours are my hours. Think lawyers only write unintelligible, impenetrable legalese? I write in plain English, and only plain English. Think lawyers are humorless? See if you can come up with a Monty Python quote I can’t identify by character, movie title, or television episode.

I focus my practice on litigation and appeals. But unlike other litigators, I actually try cases. To juries. In fact, the Indiana Jury Verdict Reporter recognized me as Indiana’s most prolific civil trial lawyer in 2018 (and I was the runner-up in 2011).

I represent insurance companies, businesses, and individuals in state, federal, and appellate courts. I have tried cases to verdict in many counties across northern Indiana, and have represented clients in administrative proceedings before the National Labor Relations Board, the United States Department of Agriculture, and the United States Department of Housing and Urban Development.

Appellate work is one of my primary interests. I've argued cases before the Indiana Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. As a relatively new lawyer in 2001, my appellate advocacy garnered a commendation by the Indiana Court of Appeals in a published opinion.

Outside the office, I enjoy thermophilic composting (I'm open to vermicom­posting but my wife put her foot down), David Foster Wallace’s hyper-literate essays (are there any other kind?),  and a good single-malt scotch (especially the Islay varieties).

Licensed for 26 years
State IN
Status Active In Good Standing
Acquired 1996
Updated 10/12/2022

We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.

Contact Jan

Jones Obenchain LLP
202 S Michigan St
Po Box 4577
South Bend, IN, 46601-2021

Reviews

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  40 customer reviews
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Posted by Helaina | November 14, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Traffic accident lawsuit
Tom Vetne was a perfect attorney in a lawsuit case filed against me for a traffic accident in 2020. With his help the claims against me were dropped before trial. He listened to my statements and took into account all of my photo evidence. Answered all of my questions. I would 100% recommend him as an attorney for anything. Hopefully I will not need another attorney, but if I do. He’s the first I will call.
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Posted by Shaon | November 3, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Sharon Smith, Transportation Company Owner
Mr. Vetne literally saved our family business from ruin, when someone tried to sue us, for an accident that they caused.
Posted by Brad | October 7, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Defendant in a case
Tom defended me in an accident lawsuit and a well know firm in which I rear ended a person and the plaintiff was suing me for 5 million and did an excellent job doing it. They were awarded nothing and the jury came back 51% plaintiffs fault and 49% my fault . Tom is a very smart down to earth guy and straight forward. I would hire him to defend me and know he would do just that . He has a great way , a no nonsense way of doing things and is a great guy to work with . I can’t say enough good things about him . Down to earth easy to talk to lawyer and that’s hard to find these days.
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Posted by anonymous | October 6, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Best Lawyer Around!
Tom did excellent work and was very confident in my case that we would win. When we went to trial, there was no doubt in my mind that we would lose. He had all of his evidence and supporting documents if needed, and I couldn’t be more happy and satisfied that Tom was my lawyer. He was affirmative and straight to the point with things. I didn’t feel like any time was wasted or anything. He was also funny and helped keep my mind at ease. I didn’t feel stressed since having Tom as my lawyer. He was also very communicative and walked me through things step by step to make sure everything was in order and can go as smooth as possible. Thank you so much!!!!
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Posted by anonymous | September 9, 2022
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Great Lawyer.
Great Lawyer and Speedy Service. Handled everything with expertise and very knowledgeable. Answered all my questions and made me feel at ease. Very highly appreciated and recommended.
Posted by Mia | August 13, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Review
Mr. Vetne was extremely helpful in my case. He was very cooperative with me and very informative. I enjoyed working with him.
Posted by anonymous | April 25, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Great Experience
Mr Vetne worked behind the scenes to handle our case with minimal effort needed from us and closed the case with a positive outcome.
Posted by Michelle | March 22, 2022
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| Hired Attorney
Ms.
Tom was absolutely amazing. He answered the phone everytime I called and answered all my questions. He was helpful and worked hard on my case. I would not hesitate to recommend him and his law firm to anyone who needs an attorney.
Posted by Rhea | March 9, 2022
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Supportive and knowledgeable!
When I found out I was being sued, I was upset, nervous, angry, and scared! I am so thankful I had Mr. Vetne on my side. He was always prompt with responses to my questions and he really took the time to counsel me on what to expect and what was happening in the case. He was diligent in letting me know about conversations he had with others that pertained to my case (plaintiff’s lawyer, witnesses, etc). His efforts and diligence got the case against me dismissed which was the just and fair resolution. I cannot recommend him highly enough.
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Posted by anonymous | May 27, 2021
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Tom Vetne is great to work with and is highly recommended!
When you have the misfortune of people taking advantage of others (and the system at large), it is a nerve wracking experience. In working with Tom, I was immediately eased and assured about how to deal with the circumstances and became well-informed about how to navigate an otherwise intimidating process of dealing with dishonest characters. Tom was efficient and he greatly reduced the stress of the situation by being a great coach for effectively resolving a frustrating situation. Listening to his advice every step of the way was the right thing to do. I appreciate him and recommend his services as trusted counsel.
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Posted by Aline | April 15, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great Job
Tom was very thorough and to the point. His supporting staff always kept me informed.
Posted by Alan | January 26, 2021
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
ALDO INC
We were very satisfied with the over all work that the lawyer did to prepare and represent our company. We were truly appreciative of the ruling. We would use this company again.
Posted by Amy | July 8, 2020
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| Hired Attorney
Car Accident
Mr. Vetne went above and beyond to help me with a two year old lawsuit against me that had zero merit. I'm very happy with his constant communication with me through out the entire process. He impressed me with his knowledge and tenacity. Thanks again for the dismissal!
Posted by anonymous | February 29, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Great lawyer
Jan did an amazing job on my case. He kept me up to date with everything that was going on with my case. I would HIGHLY recommend him to anyone!
Posted by Zachary | January 14, 2020
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
Great, caring and understanding of a guy.
Handled my first deposition with Mr. Vetne, I was very nervous and once talking to him I was relieved and felt better about the situation I got myself into. Very thankful for the time and service.
Posted by anonymous | January 10, 2019
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Was a pleasure to work with, thanks for your hard work And effort protecting me and my family
Posted by Abdul | August 2, 2018
This review is from a potential client who consulted with this attorney.
| Consulted Attorney
I had a phone consultation
He was very kind, and gave me an honest and good advice about my case which was in a different county. highly recommended.
Posted by Trevor | February 19, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
You’ll be glad to have Tom representing you.
I was involved in a very serious car accident over 3 years ago and have had Tom with me every step of the way. I moved down to Georgia and he has always kept me in the know on everything. He has definitely kept the stress level significantly low for myself and my family by explaining things very carefully and providing nothing short of excellent advice. He will keep you up to date with everything that is going on so you’re never in the dark on anything. I would 100% recommend Tom to anyone I know that needs personal and proper representation!
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Posted by Ivan | January 12, 2018
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Excellent service
It was a pleasure working with you on this case. I will strongly recommended your services to other people in need.
Posted by Ron | July 14, 2017
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Tom Vetne
I was fortunate to have Mr. Vetne assigned to my case by Progressive Insurance Company. Mr. Vetne was very professional from the outset. He kept me informed as to the progress of the case, and reassured me throughout the process. I was very pleased with his service and guidance, and would recommend him without hesitation.
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Cost

Rates
  • Free Consultation 60 minutes
  • Hourly Rates $ 150-250 per hour
  • Contingency 25%-33%
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 10.0 (Superb)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Jones Obenchain LLP
  • 2000 - Present
  • Guest Lecturer
  • Andrews University
  • 1998 - 1999
  • Attorney
  • Steven A. Johnson & Associates
  • 1996 - 2000

Education

  • Valparaiso University School of Law
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 1996
  • University of Texas System, Austin
  • BA - Bachelor of Arts
  • 1993

Legal Cases

  • Malibu Media, LLC v. Jane Doe, No. 2:13-cv-00099-rlm-jem, United States District Court, Northern District of Indiana
  • Malibu dismissed the case rather than go to trial. Jane Doe didn't pay a dime in settlement
  • Steven X. Charley, et al. v. Advance Sweeping, Inc. and USM Services, No. 45D05-1102-CT-00034, Lake Superior Court
  • Defense verdict for defendants
  • Sheldon v. Hobart Ridge Corporation, et al., No. 45D10-1005-CT-00081, Lake Superior Court
  • Directed verdict for my client
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Associations

  • DTCI
  • Attorney Member
  • 2012 - Present
  • Local rules Committee, Northern District of Indiana
  • Attorney Member
  • 2010 - 2013
  • Adult Leadership South Bend/Mishawaka
  • Class of 2003
  • 2003 - 2003
  • Calumet American Inn of Court
  • Attorney Member
  • N/A
  • Robert A. Grant American Inn of Court
  • Attorney Member
  • N/A
  • Fischoff National Chamber Music Association
  • Secretary
  • N/A
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Awards

  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers
  • 2016
  • Best Lawyer
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • 2015
  • Award of Distinction
  • Center For Plain Language
  • 2015
  • Client Distinction Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2014
  • Superb Rating
  • AVVO
  • 2014
  • Certificate of Appreciation for redrafting the local rules
  • Local Rules Committee, Northern District of Indiana
  • 2012
  • Prolific Trial Attorney
  • Indiana Jury Verdict Reporter
  • 2011
  • AV Peer Review Rating
  • Martindale-Hubbell
  • 2009
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • Phi Beta Kappa
  • 1993
  • Winner, Center for Asian Studies Essay Contest
  • Center for Asian Studies, University of Texas at Austin
  • 1992
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Speaking Engagements

  • Robert A. Grant American Inn of Court
  • Arguments for discipline in ineffective-assistance claims
  • 2016
  • Litigation: Tips, Tricks, and Substance
  • Deconstructing a Posner opinion to improve your legal writing
  • 2016
  • Robert A. Grant American Inn of Court
  • Spoliation of Evidence
  • 2015
  • Claims Conference
  • Hot Topics in Indiana Law
  • 2013
  • Claims Conference
  • Indiana Law Update
  • 2012
  • Claims Conference
  • Indiana Law Update
  • 2011
  • Elkhart County Bar Association
  • Plain English Rules Revision
  • N/A
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Attorney endorsements

Received (15)
Given (20)
Personal injury Attorney | Apr 14
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Tom is a great lawyer and dedicated to his clients. He's also quick with a joke, smile, or laugh."
Personal injury Attorney | Nov 12
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Very fair and knowledgeable. An asset to our legal community."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Sep 11
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Tom is a very talented and creative attorney. I've known Tom for over twenty years and he's as good as they come!! Hire him with confidence!!!"
Personal injury Attorney | Jun 12
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse Jan. He is a highly skilled attorney that is well respected in the legal community."
Insurance Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Appeals Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Appeals Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Appeals Attorney | Mar 12
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Mar 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
Unknown Attorney | Feb 27
Relationship: Worked for lawyer
"I endorse this lawyer."
Litigation Attorney | Dec 03
Relationship: Co-worker
"Tom is an experienced trial attorney who has the unique ability to connect with a jury. He is thoughtful in his approach to every case and sensitive to his client's particular needs."
Lawsuits and disputes Attorney | Dec 02
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer."
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South Bend Litigation Lawyer Jan Thomas Vetne
Jan Thomas Vetne
Litigation Attorney
South Bend, IN
Licensed for 26 years
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