Employers Take Note: 7th Circuit Ruling Regarding Leave

If you have an employee who has exhausted their medical leave under the FLMA, but is still unable to return to work, this recent decision may impact both you and the employee. The 7th Circuit Court of Appeals recently ruled that a long-term medical leave of absence following FMLA leave can’t be a reasonable accommodation. The court found that medical leave spanning multiple months doesn’t permit the employee to perform essential job functions which is required under the Americans with Disabilities Act. The court did acknowledge that a leave of absence for a few days or even a couple of weeks may be a reasonable option in some cases.


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.

Meet Our JO Team

Jacqueline Sells Homann was the first woman elected partner in Jones Obenchain’s 110+ year history. Jackie considers it her greatest privilege to provide business counseling and management of legal issues for her clients to resolve their problems as promptly as possible. Assessing risks, putting together a plan, and helping them navigate their course is what Jackie does best. Visit to learn more about Jackie and the ways in which she can counsel you and your business.


St. Nicholas Day

St. Nicholas Day commemorates the feast of St. Nicholas. Children mark the occasion by placing their shoes outside their bedroom doors or on the fireplace hearth on St. Nicholas Day’s eve of in hopes of finding candy, coins, or a small gift in them when they waken. So celebrate the occasion and keep the tradition going by filling up a child’s shoes with goodies on St. Nick’s day!

JO In Action

Jones Obenchain partners Janet Horvath and John Ford will be among the presenters at a December 8, 2017, NBI seminar entitled: The Probate Process From Start to Finish. John and Janet are experienced probate attorneys. If you have questions about the probate process, Janet and John are here to help.


JO Knows Wills

Who wrote your will? Think you don’t have a will because you never prepared one? Think again. Every state has statutes setting out who receives the property of individuals who die without a will and in what amounts. So if you haven’t written a will, your home state has. Is your home state’s will one you can live with? More importantly, is it one you can die with? If not, consult a JO estate planning attorney to draft a will that ensures your wishes are carried out

Welcome to Primerus

Jones Obenchain, LLP is pleased to announce that it has joined the International Society of Primerus Law Firms, a highly selective society of the world’s finest independent boutique law firms.

With thousands of lawyers in the society, Primerus members, collectively, offer the breadth of expertise and jurisdictional coverage that only the world’s largest law firms can offer their clients, but at more reasonable rates. Law firms in the U.S. and Canada must be AV-rated using the Martindale-Hubbell peer-review service. For firms outside of North America, consideration is given to respected resources, such as Chambers Global Guide, Legal 500 EMEA, and IFLR 1000. Additionally, once approved for membership, every Primerus firm is audited annually to ensure the legal services they provide to clients are of a consistent high quality, year after year. Primerus is growing at an unprecedented pace, and is expanding throughout the U.S., Asia, Europe, Middle East, Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Primerus members have earned the right to display the Primerus seal of quality, and each is committed to the following standards: Integrity, Excellent Work Product, Reasonable Fees, Continuing Legal Education, Civility, and Community Service.

Happy Thanksgiving

The attorneys and staff of Jones Obenchain, LLP wish you and your family safe holiday travel and a Happy Thanksgiving!

JO in Action: Janet Horvath

Janet Horvath has been a long-term member of the Junior League of South Bend. And this year, she is proud to serve on the League’s Board of Directors. Junior League has been a community partner of the South Bend Center for the Homeless for many years. On November 10, the Center held a fundraiser: “Lipsync with our Stars,” where local community leaders accepted the challenge to channel their favorite music artist and show off their lipsync skills to benefit the Center’s residents. The Center asked the Junior League Board to participate in the Lipsync and sing for the cause and Janet was a member of the lipsync team.

The competition was won by the number of votes received not by each group. Each vote cost $35 which is the cost to care for one person for one day at the shelter. The South Bend Center for the Homeless is a model for homeless centers throughout the country. So those who voted didn’t only help the homeless in South Bend, but in other communities too.

Janet and her fellow board members were grateful for the opportunity to help break the cycle of homelessness and appreciated the support they received.

Thank-You for Your Service

The attorneys and staff of Jones Obenchain, LLP take the opportunity this Veterans Day to thank all former and current members of the armed forces for their service. Happy Veterans Day!