Edward L. VolkCounsel
When engaged in a business transaction, I work closely with my client’s accountant and other advisors to assure that our client receives complete and coordinated business law and tax law advice.
Phone: (219)362-1577 ext. 319
Primary Practice: Business Transactions, Real Estate, and Estate Planning and Estate Administration
Ed has formed hundreds of partnerships, corporations and limited liability companies, and regularly represents clients in the purchase and sale of their businesses. As part of his business and corporate practice Ed also advises on estate planning and business successorship. This includes drafting wills and trusts, living wills, living trusts, and powers of attorney. His probate practice provides timely advice to the family of the deceased, such as putting their affairs in order, locating assets, assisting in the payment of debts, and providing guidance on the federal estate tax.
Ed is a Registered Alternative Dispute Resolution Mediator by the Indiana Commission for Continuing Legal Education and regularly serves on the faculty of the program that certifies new mediators.
Because his clients’ businesses often extend across several states, Ed has established close ties with numerous attorneys across the country and, as a result, served as a founding member (and current Board member) of the Legal Netlink Alliance, a worldwide organization dedicated to providing legal services in distant locations at reasonable costs. Additional information on the Legal Netlink Alliance can be obtained by clicking here [link here to www.legalnetlink.net].
Prior to joining the Firm, Ed practiced with a large Chicago-based law firm. He also served as a law clerk to the Honorable Jesse E. Eschbach, Chief Judge, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, who later served as a Judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Admissions & Memberships
Admitted in Indiana and Illinois and the U.S Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, and U.S. Supreme Court.
Ed is a member of the La Porte County Bar Association (President, 1988-1989 and of the former La Porte City Bar Association 1983-1984), and the Indiana State Bar Association, where he is a member of the Aviation Law Committee (Chairman, 1983-1991, 1997-1998). He is a Fellow of the Indiana Bar Foundation.
Leadership & Recognition
Ed is current or past chairman of the following organizations: Unity Foundation of La Porte County, Greater La Porte Chamber of Commerce, and the Greater La Porte Economic Development Corporation. He was a founding member of Leadership La Porte County and served on the organization’s Board of Directors for 20 years.
A licensed and instrument-rated pilot for more than 30 years, Ed has served on the La Porte Municipal Airport Authority and a member of the Aviation Association of Indiana. He has also served on the Aviation Law Committee of the Indiana State Bar Association. This experience has led him to represent individuals, businesses and municipalities in various aspects of aviation law.
Ed has earned and retains the highest possible Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating (AV) for legal ability and professional ethics.
Loyola University of Chicago (B.S.) including a year abroad at Loyola’s campus in Rome, Italy.
Indiana University School of Law (J.D., magna cum laude,) Order of the Coif. Served on the Indiana Law Journal for two years, including one year on the Board of Editors as Associate Editor. During his tenure the Journal published a Note he authored.