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