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JO Knows Insurance Litigation

At Jones Obenchain, we’ve been representing local, regional, and national insurers and their insureds for over 100 years. The work we do for them runs the gamut from defending personal-injury claims, to litigating employment-discrimination claims, to prosecuting and defending coverage actions and errors-and-omissions lawsuits.

All of this litigation gets us into court…a lot. In 2011 Jones Obenchain tried more civil jury trials in Indiana than all but two other firms.*

And though litigation is an adversarial process, our peers consistently rank us among the best at what we do. So do our clients, if the feedback they’ve given us on legal sites such as AVVO and Martindale-Hubbell are any indication.

But as essential as courtroom skills are to a litigation prac­tice, they’re worthless if our clients and the courts don’t want to read what we have to say. Let’s face it: there’s a lot of writing in a litigation practice and most legal writing is a chore to get through. We read it because we have to, not be­cause we want to.

So our litigators emphasize writing in plain English and using cutting-edge tech­nology in the documents we prepare to make them a pleasure to read. What does that mean, exactly? It’s not unusual to see photographs, hyperlinks, and video embedded in our briefs and motions. These add visual interest to the text and corroborate the arguments without sending readers to riffle through mounds of exhibits.

Not only are plainly written, visually appealing documents easier for clients to read and understand, they help persuade mediators and judges about the merits of our clients’ position. That means we’re often able to bring cases to a successful resolution before we ever step foot in a courtroom.

*Source: 2011 Indiana Jury Verdict Reporter.

 

Juneteenth

Juneteenth is one of the world’s oldest celebrations commemorating slavery’s abolition. In the U.S., it is celebrated on June 19. While this holiday isn’t an official government holiday in any U.S state, it is recognized as a ceremonial observance in roughly half of them.

Although President Lincoln issued the Emancipation Proclamation on January 1, 1863, slavery didn’t end in Texas because there weren’t enough Union soldiers there to enforce the order. But on June 19th, 1865, Major General Granger read General Order Number 3 to the people of Texas. The order stated: “The people of Texas are informed that in accordance with a Proclamation from the Executive of the United States, all slaves are free.”

Juneteenth is celebrated in a variety of different ways. One of the most traditional ways to celebrate it is by having a BBQ. Meats such as pork and beef are often cooked up and sometimes it is served with strawberry pop.

 

JO Knows Commercial Litigation

Contrary to popular belief, business disputes—not personal-injury claims—make up the bulk of non-domestic-relations civil court filings in the United States. That’s right: businesses suing to enforce contractual obligations are what keep our courts busy.

Litigation is often a last resort, but when it can’t be avoided, we work with our commercial clients to manage litigation risks and find the most cost-effective approach to resolving business disputes. We aim to get to the bottom of the matter, avoid lengthy litigation, minimize business disruption, and conclude the case creatively and expeditiously.

Our litigators have years of experience handling complex, multi-party litigation. We also represent trustees, receivers, creditors, and debtors in major insolvency and restructuring matters.

When a promising deal goes south, or when an employee strikes off on their own to set up a competing enterprise, see why business owners in northwest Indiana and southwest Michigan have looked to Jones Obenchain, LLP for help for over 100 years.

JO in Action: JO Partner Completes Term on WLI Board

Jacqueline Sells Homann, a partner at Jones Obenchain, LLP, has recently completed her term as a member of the Women’s Leadership Institute Board of Directors. The Women’s Leadership Institute works to equip, educate, and encourage women and men to work as partners in service and leadership.  Jackie has enjoyed her time on the WLI Board and will continue to serve as a WLI Ambassador. Tor learn more about the Women’s Leadership Institute visit: http://wlicuw.org/

Employing your own kids this summer?

If you plan to employ your own kids in the family business for the summer and want to take a salary deduction for the wages you pay them there are some things you should know. Their time must be recorded on a time sheet and it must be credible. In a 2016 U.S. Tax Court case, the court disallowed a salary expense deduction to a parent’s business because the time sheets submitted for a stepchild were not credible.  To make sure that you comply with what the IRS needs, follow these few simple rules: have the child complete a W-4 form,  record hours worked in the same manner as other employees, pay fair-market value for their services, and provide them with a W-2.

D-Day

D-Day is observed in the U.S. in memory of the Normandy landings in France on June 6, 1944, in which American soldiers and other Allied forces fought to end World War II in Europe.

JO in Action: Scenes From our JO Best. Week. Ever. Fun

Jones Obenchain attorneys, staff and families participated in DTSB’s Best. Week. Ever. on Thursday, June 1.  They started out the morning by hosting the Best. Lemonade Stand. Ever. and topped off the day by participating in, and winning, The History Museum’s Best. Moment-in-Time. Ever. A great time was had by all.  The Best. Week. Ever. continues through June 4. To see a schedule visit: bestweekever2017.com/schedule

 

 

JO in Action: JO Attorneys Make Presentation for Michiana SCORE

Jones Obenchain partner, Jackie Homann, and associate attorney, Ashlie Collier, presented a workshop on May 30 at Michiana SCORE. The presentation titled: Breaking Up is Hard To Do: Surviving a “Business Divorce”; Better Still, How to Prevent One, included information to help those in, or starting a, business identify important things to consider at beginning of a business venture (or now) and help them understand why they are important.

SCORE volunteer mentors are dedicated to providing the best possible service, face-to-face or online.  To learn more about the Michiana Chapter of SCORE visit: https://michiana.score.org/