Our History

Newby, Lewis, Kaminski & Jones, LLP (“NLKJ”) traces its origins to the law firm of Doran and Conboy which was formed in 1907.

Frank J. Conboy was a 1904 graduate of Notre Dame University and its law school. After graduation from law school, he settled in La Porte and became a partner with Philo Q. Doran who was a graduate of Elston High School in Michigan City and was admitted to the Bar of the State of Indiana in 1895. After Mr. Doran’s death in 1934, William Pusch became Mr. Conboy’s partner and the law firm of Conboy & Pusch was formed. After Mr. Pusch’s unexpected death at the age 46, John E. Newby joined Mr. Conboy and the practice of law in 1952 under the name of “Conboy & Newby” until Mr. Conboy’s death in 1955.

John E. Newby was a graduate of the University of Chicago Law School and had served in the Federal Bureau of Investigation prior to entering private practice. He developed a practice in corporate and real estate transactions and represented numerous small and large corporations. As Mr. Newby’s practice grew, he asked Daniel E. Lewis, Sr. to join his practice. Mr. Lewis had a career background as a teacher and later oversaw human resources for a large local company prior to entering into private practice. His unique background allowed him to develop a practice involving schools and representing employers on labor matters. In 1958, La Porte native Leon R. Kaminski joined Newby & Lewis as a partner and the firm became known as Newby, Lewis & Kaminski. Leon R. Kaminski developed a reputation as a premier litigator in both civil and criminal cases. He became active in the Bar and eventually became President of the Indiana State Bar, the only attorney to date from La Porte County to be so honored. His litigation skills led him to induction into the exclusive American College of Trial Lawyers.

As the law practice quickly expanded for Newby, Lewis & Kaminski, and in 1966 Hoosier native Gene M. Jones joined the firm after serving in the Judge Advocate General’s Office of the United States Air Force. He was named a partner in the law firm in 1973. Mr. Jones also developed a reputation as a premier litigator and had jury verdicts and settlements leading to some of the largest plaintiff cases in La Porte County while he was in practice. His trial skills were recognized by his peers and he was also named to the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Over the last four (4) decades, NLKJ’s scope of practice has grown tremendously to become La Porte County’s largest law firm. Its lawyers assist clients who have sustained serious injuries from accidents, slip and falls or product defects. NLKJ’s trial lawyers handle cases at all trial levels, both federal and state courts, including employment related claims based on discrimination for age, sex, disability and wrongful termination.

NLKJ’s lawyers assist numerous corporations and businesses from “start-ups” to multi-million dollar revenue generating corporations, to private foundations and not-for-profit entities. It offers complex labor and employment regulation assistance to its clients.

NLKJ also handles all legal matters an individual may confront during their life including adoptions, divorce, criminal defense, elder law (including estate and Medicaid planning) and real estate issues (including zoning).

Today, NLKJ’s experienced lawyers have received recognition from clients and peer attorneys. NLKJ’s lawyers have been recognized by members of the American College of Trial Lawyers, American College of Probate Counsel, “Super Lawyers,” Best Firms in America and numerous attorneys are “A” rated by the prestigious Martindale Hubbell rating firm.