One of the most enjoyable parts of being a lawyer is combining my genuine interest in others with my passion for helping people and fixing situations. All lawyers know how to look up a statute and tell you what the law states. But I really do believe that a good lawyer takes the “counselor” moniker to heart and enjoys listening to each client’s story and helping improve their situation.
And it seems that most situations tend to center around a few particular areas of law. That’s why I focus on family law (divorce, visitation, guardianships, etc.), business law (business formation, law suits, breach of contract, sales or purchases of companies, etc.), personal injury (car accidents, slip and fall accidents, dog bites, and other acts of negligence), real estate, and general litigation (lawsuits against you or against others for wrongs alleged against you or done to you).
Besides my natural interest in people and desire to help, I also have a tremendous drive to impress my clients and establish an impeccable reputation for ethics and quality work.
I started my career as a deputy prosecuting attorney in Fort Wayne, Indiana. I “paid my dues” in busy courtrooms and it is safe to say that I successfully handled more jury trials within my first 5 years of practice than many lawyers handle in a lifetime. How does this help you? In order to be successful, a lawyer has to know more than just the law. A good lawyer knows how to persuade. Many, many lawyers spend their careers behind a desk. I spend my time in the trenches. I apply this unique set of skills and experience to my clients’ cases. I take the time to fully understand my clients’ needs and how to deliver the best result whether inside or outside the courtroom.
I continue to prosecute cases, though on a part-time basis. It’s a wonderful opportunity that always keeps me active in a courtroom and keeps my trial skills sharp. I also handle a wide range of family law cases, personal injury cases, business and corporate matters, and general litigation disputes.
Though it is vitally important to remember that past results never ensure future performance, I have had many successes in obtaining custody for fathers, regaining custody for mothers who had previously lost custody, receiving settlements for the maximum insurance policy limits, and other similar situations.
Why should you hire me?
I work hard for my clients. I am your advocate and I will work diligently to reach your goals. I will also give you an honest assessment of your situation and help you plan accordingly. I have over a decade of experience handling very intense and heavily contested cases.
I also pride myself on customer service. You won’t feel like you are just a case file with me. I care about you and your situation.
Please feel free to call me for help with your legal matters. I look forward to working with you.
Areas Of PracticeFamily Law, Business Law, Personal Injury, Litigation
Bar AdmissionsIndiana, 2009
Supreme Court of Indiana, 2009
U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 2009
U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 2009
EducationMichigan State University College of Law, East Lansing, Michigan
J.D. - May, 2009
Major: Litigation/Trial Practice
Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana
B.A., Bachelor of Arts - August, 2006
Major: Political Science
Professional Associations And MembershipsWells County Bar Association, President (current)
Family Centered Services, Board of Directors (current)
Wells County Boys and Girls Club, Board of Directors (2015 - 2016)
Bluffton NOW, Board of Directors - Vice President (2016-2019)
Wells County Domestic Violence Taskforce
American Inns of Court (2009 - 2013)
Classes/SeminarsAdvanced Family Law, National Business Institute - Lecturer
Damages in Personal Injury Cases, National Business Institute - Lecturer
Sophisticated Deposition Strategies, National Business Institute - Lecturer
Civil Trial: Everything You Need to Know, National Business Institute - Lecturer
Prosecutorial Ethics, Indiana Prosecuting Attorney's Council - Lecturer
Trial Practice Clinic, Manchester University - Lecturer & Judge
Family Law Bootcamp, National Business Institute - Lecturer
Honors And AwardsRising Star, Super Lawyers
Top Lawyer, Fort Wayne Monthly
10.0 Rating, AVVO
Lead Counsel verified, LawInfo