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.

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Martin Kus and Mark Lienhoop named Lawyer of the Year

Martin W. Kus and Mark A. Lienhoop of the LaPorte law firm of Newby Lewis Kaminski & Jones, LLP have been honored as “Lawyer of the Year” in the South Bend metropolitan area after an exhaustive peer-review assessment conducted by Best Lawyers® (The Best Lawyers in America© 2018, copyright 2017 by Woodward/White, Inc.).

Martin Kus was honored in the practice area of Bet-the-Company Litigation, and Mark Lienhoop was honored in the practice area of Insurance Law.

Only a single lawyer in each practice area and designated metropolitan area is honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.”  Receiving this designation reflects the high level of respect a lawyer has earned among other leading lawyers in the same communities and the same practice areas for their abilities, their professionalism, and their integrity.  Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be honored as a “Lawyer of the Year.”

For three decades, Best Lawyers (www.bestlawyers.com) has been regarded by both the profession and the public as the most credible and definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States.  Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”

For further information regarding these attorneys, please visit www.nlkj.com.

NLKJ Attorneys named Best Lawyers in America


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 © 2018 (Copyright 2017 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® (www.bestlawyers.com) has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence.  Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey.  For the 2018 edition of Best Layers, 7.4 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.”

Kristina Jacobucci becomes a Certified Family Law Specialist

On May 6, 2017, Kristina Jacobucci, an attorney and partner at Newby Lewis Kaminski & Jones, LLP became a Certified Family Law Specialist.  There are currently only 71 attorneys in Indiana who are Certified Family Law specialists.  She was certified by the Family Law Certification Board, an independent certifying organization recognized by the Indiana Supreme Court.

To become certified, Kristina had to pass a special written exam on the areas included in family law, as well as professional responsibility, ethics, and the differences between Indiana law and general law.  Also, Kristina had to provide sufficient professional referrals, including attorneys who substantially practice in the area of family law and Indiana judges who are familiar with her skill in family law.

Finally, more than 50% of Kristina’s law practice for the past five (5) years had to be devoted to family law, and she had to have experience in at least ten (10) of the following areas during the last five (5) years:

  1. Restraining orders/protective orders;
  2. Dissolution of Marriage and Legal Separation;
  3. Custody of Children;
  4. Child Support;
  5. Spousal Maintenance;
  6. Modification of Support;
  7. Division of Property;
  8. Taxation Issues Incident to Dissolution of Marriage;
  9. Contempt and/or enforcement proceedings;
  10. Mediation and/or Negotiation of Family Law Disputes;
  11. Psychological and Counseling Aspects of Dissolution of Marriage;
  12. Paternity;
  13. Adoption;
  14. Children in Need of Services;
  15. Grandparents’ Rights;
  16. Ethics as it Relates to the Specialty

Call Kristina for an appointment if you need an attorney regarding family law, 219-362-1577.


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