Happy Administrative Professionals Day!

Administrative Professionals’ Day, also known as Secretaries’ Day, is observed annually. In some countries, it falls within Administrative Professionals’ Week, which is the last full week of April. The day recognizes the work of secretaries, administrative assistants, receptionists, and other administrative–support professionals. Typically, administrative professionals are given cards, flowers, chocolates, and lunches. The attorneys and partners at Jones Obenchain applaud their secretarial and administrative support staff this and every day!

Celebrate Dyngus Day

Dyngus Day marks the official beginning of the year’s political-primary-campaign season in South Bend. Notable politicians who have celebrated Dyngus Day in South Bend include the late Robert F. Kennedy, former Governor Joe Kernan, Senator Evan Bayh, former Congressman and New York University President John Brademas, former Maryland Lt. Governor Kathleen Kennedy Townsend, and former President Bill Clinton. 2008 visitors included then–Senators Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton. Starting in 2004, Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology in Terre Haute, Indiana, began celebrating Dyngus Day at the request of South Bend students. Celebrations often include kielbasa, pierogi, sauerkraut, and (of course) beer!

JO and Primerus

Jones Obenchain belongs to Primerus, a worldwide network of leading law firms.  Primerus provides clients easy access to the right lawyer, with the right skills, in the right location, and at the right cost.  Follow this link to view the Spring 2019 edition of Paradigm, Primerus’s publication. While you’re there, check out page 21 to read an article written by JO’s own Amanda Zaluckyj. https://www.primerus.com/paradigm-magazine/2019-spring/

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 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.

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.

National Siblings Day

Siblings Day (a.k.a. National Siblings Day) is a holiday recognized annually in some parts of the United States on April 10. It honors the sibling relationship. Although it is not federally recognized, it has been recognized by three US Presidents (Clinton, Bush, and Obama), and governors of 49 states have officially issued proclamations to recognize Siblings Day in their state. The holiday was originally conceived by Claudia Evart to honor the memory of her brother and sister, both of whom died at an early age. If you are one of the approximately 80% of people in the US to have a sibling, you may celebrate your relationship with your brothers and sisters by giving them a gift or just celebrate by giving them hugs, enjoying time with them, or honoring their presence in your life.

Do You Know Your Taxpayer Bill of Rights?

Not many people know that all taxpayers have a set of fundamental rights and that the IRS is obligated to protect them. These rights are contained in the tax code under ten different categories. If you have business with the IRS, it is in your best interest to know, or at least be aware of, these rights. To read an overview of all the rights visit: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/taxpayer-bill-of-rights-outlines-rights-for-all-taxpayers


JO In Action

Indiana welcomed 46 new American citizens on March 22. Individuals from 24 different countries became United States citizens after taking the Oath of Allegiance at a naturalization ceremony in South Bend. Alex B. Bowling, an attorney at Jones Obenchain, LLP, represented the Indiana State Bar Association at the ceremony. Alex says that “ It is a joyful and moving experience to be a part of welcoming these new American Citizens.”

National Vietnam War Veterans Day

National Vietnam War veterans Day recognizes the sacrifices that veterans and their families made during the Vietnam War. This holiday has been celebrated since 1973 on either March 29th or March 30th, but in 2017 the date of the holiday was set as March 29th by President Donald Trump. This day is now officially known as National Vietnam War Veterans Day.