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 Lawyers selected as Best Lawyers in America 2017

Attorneys Mark L. Phillips, Martin W. Kus, Mark A. Lienhoop, and David P. Jones of the law firm of Newby, Lewis, Kaminski, & Jones, LLP have been selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America ® 2017 (Copyright 2016 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; employment law-management; labor 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 2017 edition of Best Layers, 7.3 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.”


Anthony Novak and the Lakefront Career Network host the new teachers of Michigan City Area Schools


On Friday, August 12, 2016, NLKJ attorney, Anthony Novak, and the Lakefront Career Network, hosted a luncheon for the new teachers of Michigan City Area Schools at Pottawattomie Country Club.  This was the inaugural year for the new teacher luncheon at Michigan City Area Schools.  The luncheon featured a rousing speech about the teaching profession from Michigan City Area Schools Superintendent, Dr. Barbra Eason-Watkins.  New teachers from all of the Michigan City Area Schools were introduced at the luncheon.  The teachers received welcome bags from area businesses.  Newby Lewis Kaminski & Jones, LLP was a premiere sponsor for the event.

Nick Otis speaks to the Michigan City Chamber of Commerce Manufacturer’s Council Dinner


On Wednesday, July 19, 2016, NLKJ Partner, Nick Otis, spoke to the Michigan City Chamber of Commerce Manufacturer’s Council regarding the changes to the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA).  Nick spoke to the Council about FLSA compliance and recent amendments to the FLSA regulations that significantly increased the salary threshold for exempt employees.  It is estimated that the new FLSA salary regulations will affect four million workers.

The NLKJ Blog

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

Admissibility of Facebook Messages in Court

Over the last decade a hot legal topic has been the admissibility of Facebook, Twitter, and other online messages in court and trial proceedings.  The legal issue is whether the party attempting to admit the online statement can authenticate the statement.  How can... read more

Grandparent Visitation

L.A.D. (Mother) and R.W. (Father) were married and had a child, L-A.D.W. (L-A).  M.D. and W.D. (Grandparents) helped provide care for L-A from the time she was born and even lived in Mother and Father’s home after L-A was born in order to help Mother care for her. ... read more

USA vs. Tommy Webster

Tommy Lee Webster, Jr. was charged in the South Bend Division in the Northern District of Indiana in an indictment that alleged: possession with intent to distribute cocaine in violation of 21 U.S.C. § 841(a)(1); possession of a firearm in furtherance of a drug... read more