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Hoeppner Wagner & Evans Named to "Best" Law Firm List for Eleven Consecutive Years. Readers of Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly named Hoeppner Wagner & Evans the "Best Law Firm for Litigation" in the 2010 annual reader poll. NWIBQ readers have awarded the firm top honors in corporate and litigation law firm categories since the survey was started in 2003.

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February 2015

Larry Evans has been selected as a Fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. The LCA is a trial lawyer honorary society composed of less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers. Fellowship in the LCA is highly selective and by invitation only. Fellows are selected based upon excellence and accomplishment in 1 itigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, and superior ethical reputation.

November 2014

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October 2014

Tim Scannell and HWE's Keith Wolak collaborated on an article titled "When Should You Talk to Your Child About ... Crowdfunding?" The article encourages teaching your children about the risks and rewards assosciated with investing in Crowdfunding projects.

On October 17th Hoeppner Wagner and Evans hosted its 17th Annual Accountant's Seminar at Sand Creek Country Club. Presenters included Keith Wolak, Matt Glaros, Gerold Stout, Todd Leeth, Jim Jorgensen and Senator Ed Charbonneau.

Michael Tolbert was presented with the 2014 Rabb Emison Organization Award at the Indiana State Bar Association’s annual meeting on October 8th. The award was presented by ISBA’s Diversity Committee in recognition of an individual and an organization that have demonstrated a commitment to promote diversity and/or equality in the legal profession.

Tim Scannell and HWE's Keith Wolak collaborated on an article titled "Beware of Your Good Deeds." The article details potential risks that investing in charitable organizations may involve.

September 2014

On Sunday, September 21, 2014, Northwest Indiana National Association of Women in Construction, Chapter 311 held its annual membership picnic and installation of officers. Sean E. Kenyon was installed as President, Shelbie J. Byers as Secretary and Kim P. Peil as a Director. The Northwest Indiana Chapter of the National Association of Women in Construction comprises of Lake, Porter, and Laporte Counties. NAWIC is a professional association dedicated to the enhancement and success of women working in the construction industry, through education and networking opportunities.

Jamie Gill attended a Constitution Day event co-hosted by the Women Lawyers Association. The program focused on past jurors sharing their trial experiences with attorneys and Judge Hawkins. Click here for more information.

August 2014

Bill Satterlee was featured in the August 13-26 edition of The Indiana Lawyer for a jazz radio program he has been involved with for many years on Lakeshore Public Radio 89.1 FM. According to the article, “Each week longtime friends Bill Satterlee, managing partner at Hoeppner Wagner & Evans LLP in Valparaiso, and Kent Lindquist, senior judge for the Bankruptcy Court in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, share their mutual love of jazz by recording a two-hour show that airs Sunday nights on the local public radio station.”

Gerry Stout has received notice from the Indiana Professional Licensing Agency that he has been issued a Real Estate Instructor Permit. The permit is valid from August 22, 2014 through June 30, 2016, and allows Gerry to serve as a continuing education instructor for the real estate industry, including real estate agents, brokers, and assessors.

Congratulations to Larry Evans, who has again been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 21st Edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice areas of Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation - Construction, Litigation - Labor & Employment, and Litigation - Real Estate.

Congratulations to John Hughes, who has again been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 21st Edition of The Best Lawyers in America.

July 2014

Todd Leeth recently obtained approval for a child care facility to be located in the Town of Chesterton. The approval required amendment to an old and outdated PUD design by creating a new ordinance and plat approved by the Plan Commission after a public hearing and adopted by the Town Council. Easements were also vacated by the Town Council through a separate process.

Joe Jaskowiak and Lauren Kroeger received summary judgment for a franchisor client in a dispute involving claims that the franchisor took money that belonged to Infinaquest under an alleged perfected security interest in a franchisee’s receivables. The federal court, in entering judgment for the franchisor, held that Infinquest’s interest in the franchisee’s receivables was subject to the franchisor’s contractual set-off rights under the franchise agreement. Plaintiff Infinaquest’s conversion claim failed because the franchisor did not exercise unauthorized control over the property of another. Here, the property (i.e. the money) belonged to the franchisor, which exercised control over it pursuant to its contractual set off rights. Similarly, Plaintiff’s tortious interference with contract claim failed because the franchisor was justified in keeping the franchisee’s receivable based on its contractual set off rights. Infinaquest, LLC v. DirectBuy, Inc., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 61739 (N.D. Ind. May 5, 2014).

Joe Jaskowiak and Lauren Kroeger were successful in dismissing a case based on the doctrine of res judicata. The plaintiff Trust had previously filed a breach of contract claim against the defendant franchisor. In that case, the franchisor moved to dismiss the lawsuit arguing that the Trust lacked standing to file the lawsuit. The trial court denied the motion, but the Court of Appeals reversed, holding that the Trust had no standing.
    After the Court of Appeals’ decision in the first case, the Trust and its beneficiaries filed a second lawsuit against the franchisor, asserting the same breach of contract claim as in the first case. The franchisor moved to dismiss based on res judicata. The trial court dismissed the lawsuit, holding that the four factors required to satisfy res judicata had been satisfied: the former judgment was rendered by a court of competent jurisdiction; the former judgment was an adjudication on the merits under Trial Rule 41(B) (which provides that any dismissal, other than a dismissal for lack of jurisdiction, operates as an adjudication on the merits); and the trust beneficiaries are privies with the Trust.
   The trial court also determined that the matter at issue in the second lawsuit was, or could have been, determined in the prior action. The court observed that the Trust beneficiaries could have, pursuant to Trial Rule 12(B) as a matter of right for ten days, joined the lawsuit as plaintiffs in order to determine whether the franchisor was liable for back rent. For whatever reason, the beneficiaries decided not to do so and never sought permission of the trial court to do so after the ten day period.. The trust beneficiaries were not permitted to do so in a second lawsuit, which encompasses essentially the same parties and subject matter and requests the same remedies.

June 2014

John E. Hughes obtained dismissal with prejudice for an employer client of a twice amended complaint for alleged wrongful termination, disparagement and intentional interference with contract and business relations. The Court had dismissed the action for failure to state a claim for wrongful termination/breach of contract and ordered more specific statements of alleged wrongful conduct with respect to disparagement and intentional interference with contract and business relations. The Court found the Plaintiff’s Second Amended Complaint failed to cure the deficiencies and entered an Order of Dismissal with Prejudice.

Larry Evans and Kim Peil obtained summary judgment in an Indiana state court for the seller of a product that had been sued by an injured plaintiff under theories of negligence and products liability. Larry and Kim demonstrated to the court that after the product was sold to the initial user, it had been modified and was not installed in a foreseeable manner, which constituted a meritorious defense under Indiana law.

On June 9, Shelbie Byers and Kim Peil awarded three students scholarships from the Col. John Wheeler Middle School in Crown Point, Indiana in recognition of their Law Day essay contest submissions. Law Day was presented in conjunction with the Young Lawyers Section of the Lake County Bar Association, of which Shelbie and Kim are members. Hoeppner Wagner & Evans LLP sponsored the first place scholarship.

Jim Jorgensen spoke at the Wednesday, June 4th Portage Chamber of Commerce Rise and Shine series. The topic presented, “Hiring Do’s and Don’ts” was well received by the Chamber members and their guests. Jim is resident in our Valparaiso office and practices among other areas of law, employment law.

May 2014

On May 23, 2014, Shelbie J. Byers, at the request of the Indiana Civil Rights Commission, spoke at a Continuing Legal Education seminar. Her presentation was titled, Title VII: Bankruptcy, Credit, Corporations. The seminar was attended by attorneys and members of the public at Purdue University Calumet. The Indiana Civil Rights Commission enforces Indiana Civil Rights Laws and provides education and services to the public in an effort to ensure equal opportunity for all Hoosiers and visitors to the State of Indiana.