Newby, Lewis, Kaminski & Jones, LLP

Attorneys at Law Serving Northern Indiana Since 1907

916 Lincolnway LaPorte, IN 46350, USA • Phone: (219) 362-1577 • Fax: (219) 362-2106

LaPorte County’s Largest Law Firm

With over a century of service to Northern Indiana’s individuals, businesses, schools and governments, Newby Lewis Kaminski & Jones LLP embodies a rich, long-standing commitment to our community and Northern Indiana.

Our firm is the largest in LaPorte County and the majority of our attorneys and staff were raised here. So our familiarity with the local economy, the courts, and institutions enables us to provide our clients with experienced legal representation that is thoughtful, efficient, and cost-effective.

Newby, Lewis, Kaminski & Jones, LLP received a metropolitan Tier 1 ranking in the 2017 edition of U.S. News – Best Lawyers ® “Best Law Firms” in the areas of commercial litigation, criminal defense, insurance law, litigation – labor and employment, medical malpractice law, and personal injury litigation.

Law firms cannot pay to receive this ranking. Instead, this Tier 1 ranking was determined through the firm’s overall evaluation, which was derived from a combination of its clients’ impressive feedback, the high regard that lawyers in other firms in the same practice areas have for the firm, and information provided by the firm in response to a law firm survey from Best Lawyers.

We are here, and will continue to be here, to assist you.

Consider the many areas in which our firm has experience: personal injury and wrongful death, medical malpractice, state and federal criminal defense, estate planning, wills and probate, labor and employment, real estate and zoning, business law, family law, general litigation, civil defense, appeals, bankruptcy, environmental law and school law.

Our attorneys remain updated on how best to serve their clients through continuing legal education.

More than anything, we understand the importance of being community leaders. We take active roles in community organizations, legal associations and serve the La Porte community as board members of non-profit agencies.

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Attorneys Nicholas Otis and Anthony Novak volunteer at Talk to a Lawyer Day

Attorneys Nicholas Otis and Anthony Novak participated in Talk to a Lawyer Day on Monday, January 15, 2018, at the La Porte County Public Library.  Talk to a Lawyer Day is held annually on Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.  The event is sponsored by the Indiana State Bar Association.  Nicholas and Anthony volunteered their time, along with other members of the La Porte County Bar Association, answering legal questions from the public at no cost to the customer.

Newby Lewis Kaminski & Jones LLP engaged as counsel for the Economic Development Corporation Michigan City

The Economic Development Corporation Michigan City (EDCMC) has engaged Newby Lewis Kaminski & Jones, LLP (NLKJ) to provide legal counsel to the EDCMC as necessary.  The EDCMC is responsible for the City of Michigan City for handling tax incentives, conducting project negotiations with businesses relocating to Michigan City or existing businesses securing expansion within the City of Michigan City.  NLKJ would provide legal guidance for the EDCMC on the preparation of documents that may be presented to perspective clients or government bodies in conjunction with economic development projects.

Most recently, NLKJ has reviewed tax abatement applications, processes, and resolution templates for the EDCMC that are used as incentives for businesses relocating or expanding in Michigan City.  “Ensuring that we are following the legal guidelines for everything we do is a top priority for us (EDCMC) and for the City of Michigan City. Having NLKJ as counsel will assist us in creating a fair and equitable process,” said EDCMC Executive Director, Clarence Hulse.

NLKJ attorneys James Kaminski and Anthony Novak will act as primary counsel to the EDCMC.  Both attorneys have extensive background in working with both the public and private sectors on issues including property tax, zoning, and the sale or purchase of real estate.  “Our firm (NLKJ) is happy to provide services to the EDCMC as needed to help them in their efforts to grow business in Michigan City as well as La Porte County,” said James Kaminski, a managing partner at NLKJ.

You can read more about the EDCMC here.

Martin Kus obtained a not guilty verdict for client

Martin Kus

On December 7, 2017, NLKJ attorney Martin W. Kus obtained an acquittal for the firm’s client, Esam Alhazmi, on the felony charge of Rape filed by the State of Indiana through the St. Joseph County Prosecutor’s office in South Bend.  The evidence showed that both Mr. Alhazmi and the woman who claimed that she was raped were college students who had been seeing each other for several months and after a night of socializing and drinking with friends at  his house, she claimed that our client took her into his bedroom and assaulted her.  After four days of trial, which included testimony of 14 witnesses, including a psychiatrist called by the State to explain why the woman’s memory might be affected by the incident, the jury deliberated approximately one hour to return its “not guilty” verdict.  Mr. Kus a partner at NLKJ, a Fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and a Fellow of the American Board of Criminal Lawyers.

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The Elkhart Four

On Friday, September 18, 2015, the Indiana Supreme Court issued a much awaited opinion in the case that became known as the Elkhart Four, Layman, et al. v. State of Indiana, 20S04-1509-CR-548.  You can read the opinion here.  The case received nationwide media... read more