Newby, Lewis, Kaminski & Jones, LLP
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.
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.
Areas of Practice
On March 10, 2017, Kristina Jacobucci obtained an appellate victory in the Indiana Court of Appeals for a family law client in a dissolution proceeding. The Indiana Court of Appeals decision reiterated the procedural requirements that must be followed when litigants file Trial Rule 60(B) motions while cases are pending on appeal. In this particular case, while a dissolution decree was being challenged on appeal, Husband filed an Indiana Trial Rule 60(B) Motion for relief from the dissolution decree. After the appeal was concluded and the case was remanded to the trial court, Wife filed a motion seeking to dismiss Husband’s Indiana Trial Rule 60(B) Motion on the basis that he failed to follow the proper procedures for initiating a Trial Rule 60(B) motion while an appeal was pending. The trial court granted Wife’s motion, and Husband appealed. In his appeal, Husband argued, in part, that Wife’s motion was barred by the doctrine of latches and/or invited error because of the amount of time that passed between the filing of Husband’s Trial Rule 60(B) Motion and Wife’s motion requesting to dismiss it. However, the Court of Appeals maintained that, because Wife filed her motion within thirty (30) days of the date the trial court reacquired jurisdiction after the conclusion of the appellate process, neither doctrine applied. Ultimately, the Court of Appeals acknowledged that following appropriate procedures to address Indiana Trial Rule 60(B) Motions while cases are on appeal is imperative to avoid duplicative review processes or the relitigation of issues. This decision promotes the finality of judgments, and was consistent with the holdings in both Logal and Southwood.
Attorney Anthony Novak appears with a group of teen court participants after a Teen Court session on March 7, 2017. Teen Court is a program designed for students who commit arrestable offenses at school. These juveniles go through a court proceeding and face a jury of his or her peers to receive constructive sentence that may include community service, letters of apology, counseling, and being a juror in a future teen court proceeding. The program’s goal is to divert students from entering the juvenile justice system. The participants pictured acted as prosecutors, defense attorneys, and jurors in this teen court proceeding. While Anthony Novak’s role is typically that of presiding judge, on this evening, a Teen Court volunteer was given the honor of judge due to his seven-years of service in Teen Court. Teen Court questions can be directed to Toni Osowski, at telephone # 219-362-9587.
Newby Lewis Kaminski & Jones, LLP congratulates its partners, Martin W. Kus and Mark A. Lienhoop, for being listed as 2017 Indiana Super Lawyers and its partner, Nicholas T. Otis, for being named to the 2017 Indiana Rising Stars list. No more than 5 percent of the attorneys in a state are named as Super Lawyers, and no more than 2 and one-half percent are named as Rising Stars.
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