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April 15th is now less than a month away. If you have already filed your taxes and will be making a payment to the IRS or if you have not yet prepared and filed your return, but anticipate that you will need to make a payment to the IRS you may find the information in a recent IRS Tax Tip helpful as it reviews the various options available to make those payments. Follow https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/heres-how-taxpayers-can-pay-their-taxes to learn more.

 

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.

National Ag Day

Today marks National Agriculture Day.

The Agricultural Council of America promotes the nationally recognized day to highlight and celebrate the abundance agriculture provides. And there’s a lot to celebrate! Today each American farmer feeds 165 people. That’s a dramatic increase from 1960, when the average American farmer fed only 25 people.

National Agriculture day is part of a week-long celebration. The Council hopes to encourage careers in agriculture and raise awareness of agriculture’s role in producing safe, abundant, and affordable products.

Agriculture is one of Indiana’s top industries. As tallied by the 2012 Census, Indiana was home to nearly 58,700 individual farms. Corn and soybeans are the largest crops, accounting for 63% total agricultural product value. Indiana’s agriculture production ranks in the top ten in the nation.

 

Congratulations Jackie Homann!

Jones Obenchain partner, Jacqueline Sells Homann, recently prevailed following a four-day bench trial in Elkhart Superior Court. The case involved a business dispute between shareholders of a company. The court issued its ruling in mid-February awarding a six-figure award for her client. Well done Jackie!

Celebrate National Cereal Day

National Cereal Day is celebrated each year on March 7th. Until the mid-19th century, most Americans ate a high-protein, high-fat breakfast consisting of eggs, bacon, sausage, and potatoes. But then cereal came along and offered them a healthier alternative to start their day. Join the celebration by grabbing a bowl of your favorite cereal and enjoy!

2019 March Against Hunger

Jones Obenchain is once again joining Feeding Indiana’s Hungry and the Indiana State Bar Association, the Office Indiana Attorney General  and Indiana’s Feeding America Food Banks for the 11th Annual March Against Hunger. MAH is a friendly food-drive competition which runs March 1–31 to raise donations for Indiana’s 11 regional food banks.  The competition is an opportunity for attorneys statewide to help put food on the tables of those struggling in our state. Donations collected by Jones Obenchain will benefit the Food Bank of Northern Indiana.  Visit. https://www.inbar.org/donations/donate.asp?id=18176  to donate today Note: When donating online, please be sure to include the firm’s name and city in the “donor comment” field

JO Knows Insurance Litigation

At Jones Obenchain, we’ve been representing local, regional, and national insurers and the folks they insure for over 110 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

Congratulations to Jones Obenchain’s Tom Vetne!

The Indiana Jury Verdict Reporter recognized Tom as Indiana’s most prolific civil trial attorney in 2018. He defended clients in seven reported jury trials last year. That’s more than any other civil attorney in Indiana! Tom has a robust civil-litigation practice defending individuals and businesses across the state.

This is the nineteenth edition of The Indiana Jury Verdict Reporter. It chronicles both federal and state civil-jury verdicts in multiple states. This is Tom’s second appearance on the list of most prolific civil trial lawyers. He came in second in 2011.

The Reporter also recognized JO as Indiana’s second most prolific trial law firm in 2018. JO attorneys tried eight jury trials last year in both federal and state courts.

The recognition highlights JO’s commitment to vigorously representing clients from a case’s beginning all the way through trial. Our attorneys have the experience necessary to do so competently and successfully.

Congratulations to Tom and JO’s team for such an outstanding accomplishment!