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Christopher Lee LaPan

Mediation Attorney at Fort Wayne, IN

4.3   6 reviews
  • Licensed for 13 years
    State IN
    Acquired 2010
    Status
    Active in Good Standing No misconduct found

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

About Christopher

Learn Christopher’s areas of practice.

Christopher L. LaPan focuses his practice in family law, domestic relations mediation, civil disputes, and personal injury. He received his Juris Doctorate from Michigan State University in 2009, and is admitted to practice law in the Indiana Supreme Court and the United States District Courts in the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana. In addition to his undergraduate and law degrees, he also holds a Master's Degree from Purdue University.

 

Chris is formally trained in collaborative lawyering, and is a member of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts.  His ability to successfully navigate even the most contentious and complicated divorces to creatively advocate for his clients inspires a fluid transition from being together as a married couple to life post-divorce. Chris also regularly represents clients in custody and support matters, paternity actions, actions for contempt, protective orders, and parenting time disputes. Aside from family law and civil litigation, Chris has a significant mediation practice, frequently serves as a Guardian ad Litem in custody and guardianship matters, and serves as an advocate for the injured.

Location

Stucky, Lauer & Young, LLP
127 West Berry Street
Suite 900
Fort Wayne, IN, 46802

Reviews

4.3 / 5.0
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Posted by Jay | June 24, 2020
This review is from a person who hired this attorney.
| Hired Attorney
Beyond Exceptional
There are not enough amazing things I can say about Chris that would reflect his level of professionalism, compassion, knowledge, experience, integrity and in my humble opinion - an exemplary and exceptional attorney. Chris has a compassion for ensuring family's are a priority despite the circumstances around which a legal situation may exist; regardless of side. The depth and breadth of Chris's knowledge extend beyond the court room and into your particular situation. His experiences connect with your own. If you want an attorney that tells you what you need to hear and not what you want to hear; then you have the right attorney and Chris exceeded any and all expectations and then some. Chris argued my situation with a level of legal bearing, accuracy and precision that no other attorney could have provided me. Not only did he win my case; he made sure weeks and months after, that I was ok. I was a difficult-at-times client and he stood by me. He was patient with me, understood and cared about my frustrations and kept me in the loop at all times. Chris is what I wanted and needed which is why I would 100% percent recommend him! No frills or smoke-in-mirrors. An amazing and compassionate attorney. Thank you Chris!
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Posted by david | February 15, 2015
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Christopher answered my question quickly, and I was able to make a decision based on his recommendation. Excellent service, professional all the way!
Posted by John | October 21, 2013
Good Divorce Lawyer
I hired Chris and it was a very wise choice. Chris will make anyone feel comfortable during a difficult matter such as divorce. He is very thorough and will answer all questions in a timely manner. Anyone who hires Chris for their legal matters will have no regret in their choice. I highly recommend him.
Posted by James | August 6, 2012
Christopher is a hard worker.
Christopher helped me when my daughter's mother wanted to move away with our daughter. Thanks to Christopher's hard work, both of them are still here in Fort Wayne. I'll call him again if I find myself in need of legal work in the future. It was money well-spent. -James
Posted by Jackie | August 3, 2012
Great guy, great attorney.
I hired Chris for my very contentious divorce. It was the best decision I could have made. He's thorough and one of the smartest guys I've ever met. Thanks largely to him, I have full custody of my children, and didn't have to spend a lot to get it. Chris has a way of making people feel comfortable and let me know it was okay to get divorced. I don't know how I could have gotten through it without him.
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Posted by anonymous | May 18, 2017
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| Hired Attorney
Talks down to clients
If having a lawyer talk down to you is something you prefer then Chris is your lawyer. If you want to be treated with dignity and respect then you better NEVER work with Chris. I sent an email asking a simple interpretation on what the legal jargon meant on something and was told that I was being an emotional mess in so many words. The actual words sent to me in an actual email are worse. Never would I EVER recommend him or this office for anything. I am simply giving my experience and personally I would not want to take the chance on whether I would be treated fairly or just talked down to the way Chris Lapan chooses to talk down to me with his every breath and email. In practically every email from Chris he talks like he's reading from a dictionary and not actually talking like a normal person. Perhaps, having such a vast vocabulary makes someone feel superior but when they are talking down to you because they place you in a "box" I say stay away. In fact, when I tried to do a review previously on Chris he actually threatened me with legal action(wonder what the disciplinary commission thinks about that?). Just to give you an idea of the low caliber and lack of professionalism I have received. To be clear I hired this office and was forced to have communications with him. My only hope is that no one else has to deal with Chris Lapan, his ego, or his genaral lack of consideration or care for his clients.
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Response from Christopher LaPan May 25, 2017
Ironically, perhaps, this review could be construed as an endorsement of our firm. To be clear, this individual has never been a client of our office. He has been seeking me out on any and all websites to which he sees my name, angrily lashing out as a result of relief we were able to obtain on behalf of our client, the individual he perceives as the enemy. Unsurprisingly, you will find that this reviewer always calls himself "Anonymous" or "Private Individual" in each review. And while his online expressions about our office, and about me in particular, will probably subside as he begins to calm, I did feel compelled to respond as he is misrepresenting both his identity and relationship with our office. Unfortunately, in these open forums that are online reviews, we sometimes have to deal with unscrupulous opposing parties who direct their anger toward us personally and professionally. As in every case, I genuinely hope that this gentleman, Mr. Anonymous, is able to get the help that he needs, because scarcely are family law cases zero-sum games, where the shortcomings of one party necessarily entail the gain of the other. Particularly in cases involving children, we deal with people's real life problems and help them through some of the toughest times they'll face with a laser-like focus toward the best global resolutions possible.
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Cost

Rates
  • Hourly Rates $ 175-200 per hour
Payment methods
Cash, Check, Credit Card

Resume

AVVO RATING 8.1 (Excellent)

Work Experience

  • Partner
  • Stucky, Lauer & Young, LLP
  • 2018 - Present
  • Attorney
  • Rosswurm Law Office
  • 2010 - 2018

Education

  • Michigan State University
  • JD - Juris Doctor
  • 2009
  • Purdue University
  • MA - Masters
  • 2005

Sample of Legal Cases

  • Hall v. Hall, 968 N.E.2d 343 (Ind. Ct. App. 2012)

Associations

  • National Business Institute - Continuing Legal Education
  • Speaker
  • 2017 - Present
  • American Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Allen County Bar Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • International Academy of Collaborative Professionals
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Collaborative Family Law Solutions
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Indiana Trial Lawyers Association
  • Member
  • N/A
  • Animal Legal Defense Fund
  • Research Assistant, Legislation
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Languages Spoken

  • English

Honors and Awards

  • Client Champion Award
  • Martindale-Hubbell®
  • 2019

Attorney endorsements

Received (10)
Given (12)
Endorse Christopher
Divorce and separation Attorney | Nov 02
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Chris is an excellent lawyer. Whether working together on opposing sides of litigation or dealing with him as a mediator, he is always professional and competent."
Mediation Attorney | Feb 16
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"Chris has mediated several cases for me and has always provided creative and innovative ideas to assist in resolving the issues presented to him. Chris has also served as an adversary to me on many cases and he has maintained an honest and straightforward attitude while still tirelessly advocating for his clients. I strongly recommend Chris as both a mediator and a practitioner!"
Divorce and separation Attorney | Aug 15
Relationship: Opposing Counsel on matter
"When a person chooses Chris LaPan as his or her lawyer, he or she has retained a multitalented, academically superior, honorable, honest, caring, human being. Chris is transparent, forthright, fair and extremely conscientious. The quality of his character always benefits his clients. Chris possesses the very best attributes of lawyering. He takes the high road with a cooperative approach, always being factually informed and holding sound legal reasoning for any position taken. He seeks a remedy, not a wreck. Unfortunately, the world of divorce can sometimes hold the ugliest of circumstances making litigation necessary. If so, Chris' clients' can rest assured that he will navigate their lives to safe waters while demonstrating decorum, knowledge, and skill in the courtroom. Chris LaPan is an outstanding lawyer; it is a privilege to endorse him."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Feb 18
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"Chris is an excellent advocate for his clients who far exceeds what is merely required of him. Chris goes the extra-mile for his clients and develops creative and unique resolutions to tailor-fit those he serves. Chris' intellect oft outweighs his fellow counsel, thus providing his clients with an immediate advantage. With enthusiasm, I highly recommend Chris."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Oct 22
Relationship: Co-worker
"I endorse this lawyer. Christopher has demonstrated inimitable skills as a Litigator through his extensive trial work. He has a gift for crafting unique legal arguments and he has an exceptional intellect which is rivaled by his distinct ability to resolve perplexing legal issues. He exercises the highest degree of professionalism and an extraordinary standard of ethics. It is my privilege to be his colleague."
Divorce and separation Attorney | Jul 23
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Mr. LaPan's professionalism, work ethic and focus is outstanding. He is a terrific attorney and family law mediator."
Family Attorney | Oct 19
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"Chris is a great family law attorney that I endorse. He regularly displays his substantial talent on matters great and small in impressive ways. I highly recommend him."
Family Attorney | Oct 08
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"It is my pleasure to endorse this colleague for his aptitude, varied contributions to the state and local bar, and collegiality. It should also be noted that Chris has joined the state roll of mediators, where I have no doubt he will use his multi-faceted approach to the practice of law to find creative but effective solutions to domestic relations issues. Any client would be fortunate to have a formidable advocate like Chris on his/her side, and any attorney would benefit from emulating Chris' thoroughness, zeal, dedication, and upstanding character."
Child custody Attorney | Oct 07
Relationship: Worked together on matter
"I endorse this lawyer. Chris is an aggressive, competent and very confident family law attorney. I have worked with him in numerous custody cases. He earns my utmost respect and highest endorsement."
Family Attorney | Sep 13
Relationship: Fellow lawyer in community
"I endorse this lawyer. Chris is a hard working, very intelligent and confident family law attorney. Who earns my highest recommendation and edorsement."
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Fort Wayne Mediation Lawyer Christopher Lee LaPan
Christopher Lee LaPan
Mediation Attorney
Fort Wayne, IN
Licensed for 13 years