Newby, Lewis, Kaminski & Jones

Attorneys at Law Serving Northern Indiana Since 1907

916 Lincolnway LaPorte, IN 46350 • 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.

Best Law Firms LaPorte and Northwest Indiana

Newby, Lewis, Kaminski & Jones, LLP received a metropolitan Tier 1 ranking in the 2014 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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NLKJ Partner Mark Lienhoop applies for the Indiana Supreme Court Vacancy


NLKJ partner, Mark Lienhoop, has applied for the Indiana Supreme Court vacancy.  Indiana Supreme Court Justice Brent Dickson will become a senior judge on April 29, 2016, after serving 30 years on the bench.  Mark Lienhoop has been a partner at NLKJ since 1989 and a co-managing partner since 1997.  From 1981 to 1983, Mark served as a law clerk on the Indiana Court of Appeals.  Mark was just selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2016.

According to the Indiana Lawyer, initial interviews with the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission will be Feb. 17-19, with a second round March 3-4. Interviews are open to the public and will take place at the Statehouse in room 319. In recent Supreme Court vacancies, the commission has selected around 10 semifinalists in the first round before choosing three finalists.

Led by Chief Justice Loretta Rush and consisting of three lawyers and three lay members from around the state, the Judicial Nominating Commission submits names of three finalists to Gov. Mike Pence, who then has 60 days to select the next justice.

NLKJ Lawyers Named Best Lawyers in America

NLKJ Attorneys Mark L. Phillips, Martin W. Kus, Mark A. Lienhoop, and David P. Jones have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America ® 2016 (Copyright 2015 by Woodward/White, Inc.) for their work in the following practice areas:

Mark A. Phillips:  Employment law-management, labor and employment litigation

Martin W. Kus:  Bet-the-company, commercial, and personal injury-plaintiffs and defendants litigation; criminal defense-general practice; criminal defense-white collar; labor and employment law-management

Mark A. Lienhoop:  Insurance law, medical malpractice law-defendants

David P. Jones:  Commercial litigation, criminal defense-white collar

Since it was first published in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.  Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey.  For the 2016 edition of Best Layers, 6.7 million votes by leading attorneys on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas were analyzed.  Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed; therefore, inclusion in Best Lawyers is considered a singular honor.  Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

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