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Legal, Arbitrator, Mediator, Work Injury Accidents, Employment Insurance Coverage, Ethics, Fee Disputes, Fraud, Malpatrice Claims, Settlements, Third Party Lawsuits, Unfair Practices, Workers Compensation Rules, Work Place Violence

Expert Witness No.1740

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

Private Law Practice, Merrillville, IN  1986—Present  
Attorney at Law 

  • Serves as Arbitrator, Mediator, Neutral, and Umpire by appointment of local courts
  • Court, as well as party-appointed neutral – emphasis on resolving a wide range of issues, including injury, employment, insurance coverage, and other claims
  • Member of the National Trial Lawyers Top 100 Trial Lawyers Association
  • Represents personal injury clients in private practice

Workers Compensation Board of Indiana, Indianapolis, IN  1997—Present  
Board Member 

  • Fellow in the College of Worker’s Compensation Lawyers and member of the National Association of Worker’s Compensation Judiciary 
  • Presides over one of the most prominent jurisdictions—in terms of caseload—in the State
  • Adjudicated successful resolution in excess of 10,000 cases filed before the Board
  • Participates in regular full-board sessions, reviewing appeals throughout the State
  • Gubernatorial appointment by both Democratic and Republican leadership

Judge Pro-tem, Porter County, IN  1986—Present  
Appointed Judge                                

  • Presided over numerous criminal and civil cases filed in Porter and Lake Counties 
  • Assumed all roles through appointment by Superior and Circuit Court Judges

 

LEADERSHIP ACTIVITIES

Indiana Continuing Legal Education Foundation, State of Indiana  1986—Present 
Speaker    

  • Educated practicing attorneys on various legal issues
  • Served as moderator at ICLEF bi-annual seminars

Valparaiso Community Schools, Porter County, Indiana  2007—2015
Board of Trustees Member, President                                                                                                                  

  • Served as President of the School Board from 2011-2013, General Trustee since 2007
  • Appointed by the Valparaiso City Council to lead major school initiatives and preside over public meetings
  • Lead Trustee in 150 Million Dollar Referendum Drive

Porter County Drug Task Force, Porter County, Indiana  2008—2010
Member                                                                                                                   

  • Combatted drug-related crime by drafting county-wide initiatives
  • Solicit input from educational, religious, legal, and law-enforcement community leaders
  • Member Valparaiso Quarterback Club by helping raise funds for athletic endeavors in the schools  2006—Present
  • Advisor to numerous athletes at Valparaiso University covering various topics

 

EDUCATION

Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN  1980—1983
J.D. Graduate 

Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, IN  1976—1980
B.A. Graduate in Speech Communications

 

PERSONAL

Interests: Pre-1960 football memorabilia aficionado, novice freshwater fish caretaker, self-proclaimed workout warrior 

References: Available upon request

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