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.

Case Evaluation


Mark Lienhoop obtains defense verdict for Honker’s Restaurant


On July 14, 2016, NLKJ Partner, Mark Lienhoop, won a jury verdict for Honker’s Restaurant in South Bend, Indiana in the matter of Kiskowski v. Honkers II, Inc., Case. No. 71C01-1308-CT-153.  The trial in St. Joseph Circuit Court lasted three days.

The Plaintiff alleged salmonella food poisoning from eating eggs at Honkers Restaurant in 2012.  The Plaintiff had medical bills of over $49,000 and alleged permanent injuries from the salmonella.  The main dispute was if the salmonella came from the Honker’s eggs.  Plaintiff’s doctors said it was from the eggs.  Honkers presented testimony from a Purdue University food science expert that it was not possible to know if the salmonella was from the eggs.

The Plaintiff’s lawyer asked the jury to award his client $375,000.00.  The jury was out for three hours before entering a verdict in favor of Honker’s Restaurant.

Nick Otis recognized at the La Porte High School Pride Banquet

Nick Otis was recognized at the La Porte High School Pride Banquet on March 28, 2016.  Nick is a 2001 graduate of La Porte High School.   The posters are part of the Learn Today to Excel Tomorrow program at La Porte High School.  Each year it recognizes La Porte High School graduates who exemplify the motto, “Once a Slicer, Always a Slicer.”  The posters will be featured at La Porte High School and La Porte Educational Services Center.

Anthony Novak recognized as founding member of the Lakefront Career Network


Anthony Novak was one of six founding members of the Lakefront Career Network (LCN).  On March 26, 2016, LCN celebrated its one year anniversary at Spire Farm-to-Fork in La Porte.  LCN is an outgrowth of the Michigan City Chamber of Commerce and is made up of young professionals in Michigan City and the surrounding area.

LCN’s goal is to connect young people with each other as well as with organizations and leaders in the community to make Michigan City attractive for young people to live, work, and raise a family.  LCN’s one year celebration was featured in the News-Dispatch.

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