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JO Knows Commercial Litigation

Contrary to popular belief, business disputes—not personal-injury claims—make up the bulk of non-domestic-relations civil 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 decades 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.

Volunteer to Assist Other Taxpayers in Your Community

As tax season begins and you anticipate preparing and filing your return, you might want to considers volunteering to assist others in your community to prepare their taxes. The IRS is always looking for individuals to assist in their Tax Assistance Program each year. No prior experience required. Volunteers receive specialized training to become IRS-certified. To learn more about this opportunity to assist please refer to this recent IRS Tax Tip: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/heres-how-people-can-volunteer-to-help-other-taxpayers-in-their-communities.

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 2018 Jones Obenchain tried more civil jury trials in Indiana than all but one other firm.*

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: 2018 Indiana Jury Verdict Reporter.

Participate In National Take The Stairs Day

Are you one of the many who made a New Year’s resolution to get or remain healthy? If so, and you’re looking for something you can do that takes no special equipment or preparation, then National Take the Stairs Day is for you! The day is meant to encourage everyone to improve their health by walking up the stairs. Walking up and down stairs is a non-impact activity that most of us can do. It helps us tone our muscles, maintain or even lose weight, and contribute to cardio-vascular health. Did you know that a 160–pound person who climbs for three minutes, expends approximately 30 calories? Discover and enjoy the health benefits of taking the stairs today. Then, make it a daily habit! National Take the Stairs Day is usually celebrated on the second Wednesday of January each year.

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 2018 Jones Obenchain tried more civil jury trials in Indiana than all but one other firm.*

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: 2018 Indiana Jury Verdict Reporter.

Happy New Year!

As we begin a new year, our thoughts turn gratefully to those who have placed their confidence in us and given us the opportunity to serve them. And in this spirit, we say simply but sincerely – Thank you and Best Wishes for a Happy New Year!  

Take The Guesswork Out Of Your Paycheck Withholding

As December winds down, it means tax time is fast approaching. Remember that there is still time to make additional payments to ensure that your withholding tax is correct. You can use the Tax Withholding Estimator, which can be found on IRS.com, to confirm that your deducted amounts are appropriate. Visit https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/get-ready-to-take-the-guesswork-out-of-paycheck-withholding to find that answer and more helpful information.

JO In Action – Alex Bowling

Jones Obenchain attorney Alex Bowling believes that it is important to give back. When the opportunity arose for him to serve as a mentor to a law student from the university of Notre Dame, Alex answered the call. Alex is currently mentoring a student and has mentored several others in the past.  Here’s Alex’s take on the experience “I enjoy the opportunity to speak with law students about the difference between studying the law and practicing the law. I found it helpful to communicate with practicing attorneys during my law school experience because they provided real-world application of the theory I was learning. Now I’m paying that experience forward.”