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.

Defense Verdict for Jones Obenchain Partner

The jury returned a defense verdict in a recent case tried by Jones Obenchain partner, Tom Vetne in Elkhart County Superior Court. The case arose out of a motor vehicle accident which occurred in Elkhart in August of 2015. Tom represented the defendant in the case. Well done, Mr. Vetne!

 

Reconstructing Records After a Disaster

In the wake of the recent hurricanes Michael and Florence and the California wildfires we have witnessed the loss of homes and possessions. The loss of a home is a huge blow and requires a plan for rebuilding. So too with the reassembling of personal records. The IRS has prepared a helpful list of tips for those who need to reconstruct their documents following a disaster. Please visit: https://www.irs.gov/newsroom/tips-for-taxpayers-who-need-to-reconstruct-records-after-disaster-strikes for more information.

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.

Casting your Vote – A right and responsibility

On the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services page of the Department of Homeland Security’s website are listed the rights and responsibilities of citizenship. The rights include the right to vote in elections for public officials and under responsibilities is listed participate in the democratic process. Visit http://www.uscis.gov/citizenship/learners/citizenship-rights-and-responsibilities to see the entire list.

JO in Action: Amanda Zaluckyj

All of us at JO are excited to share that Jones Obenchain attorney, Amanda Zaluckyj was elected to serve on the State Bar of Michigan Agricultural Law Section Council. Amanda attended SBM’s annual meeting in late September where the ag law section held its annual meeting. Based on the recommendation of the nominating committee, she was elected to serve on the council for a three-year term. Amanda says that she looks forward to growing her involvement in this area of the law, and to working with more experienced attorneys.

 

Happy Halloween!

On this day when little ghouls and goblins are not an unusual sight in our neighborhoods, the attorneys and staff at Jones Obenchain, LLP wish you and yours a fun filled and safe Halloween. Trick or Treat!

JO In Action: Jackie Homann

Jones Obenchain partner, Jackie Homann, her husband, David and son, Sam volunteered for Habitat for Humanity this past weekend at the Carter Build in Mishawaka. Jackie and her family worked with others from their church congregation on the punch list for a new homeowner set to close on her home November 1. If you would like to learn about volunteer opportunities with Habitat for Humanity of St. Joseph County visit:  https://www.hfhsjc.org/volunteer/