2014 Top Lawyers

The list from Avvo

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This year, Fort Wayne Monthly turned once again to Avvo, a Seattle-based company that rates and profiles attorneys nationwide. Avvo’s proprietary algorithm rates all attorneys on a 10-point scale, factoring in peer endorsements as well as experience, education, training, speaking, publishing and awards. These dynamic ratings are continuously refreshed based on new information gleaned from attorneys as well as from licensing and disciplinary authorities. While the list in the pages that follow is wide-ranging and carefully researched, many good attorneys don’t appear on the list. This reference is best used as just one step in the careful journey toward finding the attorney who is right for you.

To learn more about Avvo and how it rates and profiles attorneys, go online to www.avvo.com. There you can search for these Top Lawyers by name and learn more about them and their backgrounds and law practices, too.

This list is presented alphabetically by primary area of practice, with the lawyers listed alphabetically within each area of practice. Please note that each lawyer works in more than one area of practice, and you might want to seek his or her professional help in an area different from the one for which he or she achieved Top Lawyer recognition. You could inquire about other areas of practice when calling for an appointment or during an initial consultation. Also, some lawyers are in law firms whose primary offices are not in Fort Wayne, but we have listed their Fort Wayne office addresses.

To learn more about any of these lawyers, go online to www.avvo.com and search for them by name to see their Avvo profile, which includes information about other areas of practice in which they work.

Appeals

William Ramsey: Murphy Ice & Koeneman LLP, 2020 E. Washington Blvd., Suite 400. (260) 423-1500. www.miklaw.com. Avvo rating: 10. Avvo profile.

Bankruptcy/Debt

John Burns: Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, 111 E. Wayne St., Suite 800. (260) 460-1630. www.faegrebd.com. Avvo rating: 10. Avvo profile.

Kevin Mitchell: Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, 111 E. Wayne St., Suite 800. (260) 460-1754. www.faegrebd.com. Avvo rating: 9. Avvo profile.

Susan Trent: Rothberg Logan & Warsco LLP, 505 E. Washington Blvd. (260) 422-9454. www.rlwlawfirm.com. Avvo rating: 7.9. Avvo profile.

Mark Warsco: Rothberg Logan & Warsco LLP, 505 E. Washington Blvd. (260) 422-9454. www.rlwlawfirm.com. Avvo rating: 9.1. Avvo profile.

Thomas Yoder: Barrett & McNagny LLP, 215 E. Berry St. (260) 423-9551. www.barrettlaw.com. Avvo rating: 10. Avvo profile.

Business

Kathleen Anderson: Barnes & Thornburg LLP, 600 One Summit Square, 110 E. Wayne St. (260) 425-4657. www.btlaw.com. Avvo rating: 8.3. Avvo proile.

John Barce: Barrett & McNagny, LLP, 215 E. Berry St. (260) 423-9551. www.barrettlaw.com. Avvo rating: 8.5. Avvo profile.

Dennis Becker: Barnes & Thornburg LLP, 600 One Summit Square, 110 E. Wayne St. (260) 425-4659. www.btlaw.com. Avvo rating: 8.5. Avvo profile.

Bruce Boxberger: Carson Boxberger, LLP, 301 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 200. (260) 423-9411. www.carsonboxberger.com. Avvo rating: 8.7. Avvo profile.

Jon Bragalone: Carson Boxberger, LLP, 301 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 200. (260) 423-9411. www.carsonboxberger.com. Avvo rating: 7.5. Avvo profile.

Matthew Connelly: Blume, Connelly, Jordan, Stucky & Lauer LLP, 110 W. Berry St., Suite 1700. (260) 423-3525. www.bcjslaw.com. Avvo rating: 7.9. Avvo profile.

Albert Dahm: Dahm Law Offices, LLC, 110 W. Berry St., Suite 2007. (260) 444-5508. dahmlaw.com. Avvo rating: 9.4. Avvo profile.

Ronald Ehinger: Barrett & McNagny LLP, 215 E. Berry St. (260) 423-9551. www.barrettlaw.com. Avvo rating: 7.4. Avvo profile.

Frank Gray: Haller & Colvin, P.C., 444 E. Main St. (260) 426-0444. www.hallercolvin.com.Avvo rating: 8.7. Avvo profile.

Timothy Haffner: Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, 111 E. Wayne St. Suite 800. (260) 460-1616. www.faegrebd.com. Avvo rating: 7.9. Avvo profile.

F.L. Logan: Rothberg Logan & Warsco LLP, 505 E. Washington Blvd. (260) 422-9454. www.rlwlawfirm.com. Avvo rating: 8.3. Avvo profile.

Michael Mustard: Barnes & Thornburg LLP, 600 One Summit Square 110 E. Wayne St. (260) 425-4748. www.btlaw.com. Avvo rating: 7.5. Avvo profile.

Henry Najdeski: Barrett & McNagny LLP, 215 E. Berry St. (260) 423-9551. www.barrettlaw.com. Avvo rating: 7.8. Avvo profile.

Michael O’Hara: Barrett & McNagny, LLP, 215 E. Berry St. (260) 423-9551. www.barrettlaw.com. Avvo rating: 8.5. Avvo profile.

Richard Samek: Carson Boxberger LLP, 301 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 200. (260) 423-9411. www.carsonboxberger.com. Avvo rating: 8.6. Avvo profile.

Howard Sandler: Carson Boxberger LLP, 301 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 200. (260) 423-9411. www.carsonboxberger.com. Avvo rating: 8.7. Avvo profile.

Martin Seifert: Haller & Colvin P.C., 444 E. Main St. (260) 426-0444. www.hallercolvin.com. Avvo rating: 7.9. Avvo profile.

Thomas Trent: Rothberg Logan & Warsco LLP, 505 E. Washington Blvd. (260) 422-9454. www.rlwlawfirm.com. Avvo rating: 7.6. Avvo profile.

Robert Walters: Barrett & McNagny LLP, 215 E. Berry St. (260) 423-9551. www.barrettlaw.com. Avvo rating: 7.9. Avvo profile.

Construction/Development

Michael James: Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, 111 E. Wayne St., Suite 800. (260) 460-1624. www.faegrebd.com. Avvo rating: 7.9. Avvo profile.

Corporate/Incorporation

David Kuker: Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, 111 E. Wayne St. Suite 800. (260) 460-1694. www.faegrebd.com. Avvo rating: 8.4. Avvo profile.

Jeremy Senk: Carson Boxberger, LLP, 301 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 200. (260) 423-9411. www.carsonboxberger.com. Avvo rating: 7.7. Avvo profile.

Norvin Silliman: Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, 111 E. Wayne St., Suite 800. (260) 460-1625. www.faegrebd.com. Avvo rating: 8.1. Avvo profile.

Criminal Defense

Bart Arnold: Arnold Terrill Anzini, P.C., 127 W. Berry St., Suite 700. (260) 420-7777. www.fortwaynedefense.com. Avvo rating: 10. Avvo profile.

Aaron Butler: Aaron J. Butler, Attorney at Law, 1835 S. Calhoun St. (260) 403-3806. www.Butler-Legal.com. Avvo rating: 10. Avvo profile.

Gregory Miller: Gregory A. Miller, Attorney, 202 W. Berry St. 500 Fifth Third Metro Center. (260) 426-6666. www.fortwaynecriminaldefenselawfirm.com. Avvo rating: 9. Avvo profile.

Donald Swanson: Haller & Colvin, P.C., 444 E. Main St. (260) 426-0444. www.hallercolvin.com. Avvo rating: 7.8. Avvo profile.

Jeffrey Terrill: Arnold Terrill Anzini, P.C., 127 W. Berry St., Suite 700. (260) 918-6824. www.fortwaynedefense.com. Avvo rating: 8.7. Avvo profile.

Divorce/Separation

Cornelius Hayes: Hayes & Hayes/Cornelius B. (Neil) Hayes, 810 S. Calhoun St. (260) 420-1800. hayesandhayeslaw.com. Avvo rating: 10. Avvo profile.

Michael Setlak: Shilts Law Office, 10311 Dawsons Creek Blvd., Suite C. (260) 489-0700. www.shiltslaw.com. Avvo rating: 9. Avvo profile.

Perry Shilts: Shilts Law Office, 10311 Dawsons Creek Blvd., Suite C. (260) 489-0700. www.shiltslaw.com. Avvo rating: 10. Avvo profile.

Paul Sturm: Shambaugh, Kast, Beck & Williams, LLP, 229 W. Berry St., Suite 400. (260) 440-3530. www.skbw.com. Avvo rating: 7.8. Avvo profile.

DUI/DWI

Patrick Arata: Arata Law Firm, 116 E. Berry St. (260) 918-0001. www.aratalawfirm.com. Avvo rating: 9. Avvo profile.

Employment/Labor

Holly Brady: Haller & Colvin, P.C., 444 E. Main St. (260) 426-0444. www.hallercolvin.com. Avvo rating: 7.5. Avvo profile.

Kathryn Brogan: Eilbacher Fletcher Attorneys, 803 S. Calhoun St., Suite 400. (260) 425-9777. www.eflawyers.com. Avvo rating: 8.2. Avvo profile.

Howard Cohen: Barrett & McNagny LLP, 215 E. Berry St. (260) 423-9551. www.barrettlaw.com. Avvo rating: 7.7. Avvo profile.

Matthew Elliott: Beckman Lawson, LLP, 201 W. Wayne St. (260) 422-0800. www.beckmanlawson.com. Avvo rating: 7.5. Avvo profile.

Shellie Goetz: Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, 111 E. Wayne St., Suite 800. (260) 460-1748. www.faegrebd.com. Avvo rating: 8. Avvo profile.

William Hopkins: Barnes & Thornburg LLP, 600 One Summit Square, 110 E. Wayne St. (260) 425-4644. www.btlaw.com. Avvo rating: 7.8. Avvo profile.

Thomas Kimbrough: Barrett & McNagny LLP, 215 E. Berry St. (260) 423-9551. www.barrettlaw.com. Avvo rating: 7.7. Avvo profile.

Thomas Markle: Barrett & McNagny, LLP, 215 E. Berry St. (260) 423-9551. www.barrettlaw.com. Avvo rating: 8.7. Avvo profile.

Michael Nader: Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, 111 E. Wayne St., Suite 800. (415) 536-3405. www.faegrebd.com. Avvo rating: 9.7. Avvo profile.

Anthony Stites: Barrett & McNagny LLP, 215 E. Berry St. (260) 423-9551. www.barrettlaw.com. Avvo rating: 9.1. Avvo profile.

Alan Verplanck: Eilbacher Fletcher LLP, 803 S. Calhoun St., 4th floor. (260) 425-9777. www.eflawyers.com. Avvo rating: 7.5. Avvo profile.

Estate Planning

George Bewley: Bewley & Koday, LLP, 110 W. Berry St., Suite 2006. (260) 424-0566. www.bewleykoday.com. Avvo rating: 10. Avvo profile.

Thomas Dixon: Burt, Blee, Dixon, Sutton & Bloom, 200 E. Main St., Suite 1000. (260) 426-1300. www.burtblee.com. Avvo rating: 7.8. Avvo profile.

Thomas Fink: Barrett & McNagny LLP, 215 E. Berry St. (260) 423-9551. www.barrettlaw.com. Avvo rating: 7.9. Avvo profile.

Damian Gosheff: Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, 111 E. Main St., Suite 800. (260) 460-1706. www.faegrebd.com. Avvo rating: 7.7. Avvo profile.

Thomas Hardin: Shine & Hardin, LLP, 2810 Beaver Ave. (260) 745-1970. www.shineandhardinlaw.com. Avvo rating: 7.7. Avvo profile.

James Koday: Bewley & Koday, LLP, 110 W. Berry St., Suite 2006. (260) 424-0566. www.bewleykoday.com. Avvo rating: 10. Avvo profile.

Thomas Locke: Locke & Witte, 520 S. Calhoun St. (260) 424-1333. www.lockeandwitte.com. Avvo rating: 7.8. Avvo profile.

Cindy Wolfer: Rothberg Logan & Warsco LLP, 505 E. Washington Blvd. (260) 422-9454. www.rlwlawfirm.com. Avvo rating: 7.4. Avvo profile.

Family

John Brandt: Beckman Lawson LLP, 201 W. Wayne St. (260) 422-0800. beckmanlawson.com. Avvo rating: 9.1. Avvo profile.

Christopher Forrest: Forrest Legal LLC, 701 S. Clinton St., Suite 218. (260) 422-0718. www.forrestlegalfirm.com. Avvo rating: 8.4. Avvo profile.

Douglas Johnston: Tourkow, Crell, Rosenblatt & Johnston, 127 W. Berry St., Suite 1200. (260) 426-0545. www.tcrjlaw.com. Avvo rating: 9.3. Avvo profile.

Carol Rhodes: Burt, Blee, Dixon, Sutton & Bloom, LLP, 200 E. Main St., Suite 1000. (260) 426-1300. www.burtblee.com. Avvo rating: 9.2. Avvo profile.

M. Bruce Scott: Helmke Beams LLP, 202 W. Berry St., Suite 400. (260) 422-7422. www.helmkebeams.com. Avvo rating: 7.4. Avvo profile.

Joshua Tourkow: Tourkow, Crell, Rosenblatt & Johnston, LLP, 127 W. Berry St., Suite 1200. (260) 426-0545. www.tcrjlaw.com. Avvo rating: 8. Avvo profile.

Michael Yates: More, Miller & Yates, Attorneys at Law, 116 E. Berry St., Suite 610. (260) 424-2200. www.mmyrlawfirm.com. Avvo rating: 7.4. Avvo profile.

Financial Markets and Services

Craig Finlayson: Barrett & McNagny LLP, 215 E. Berry St. (260) 423-9551. www.barrettlaw.com. Avvo rating: 7.9. Avvo profile.

Steven Hazelrigg: Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, 111 E. Wayne St., Suite 800. (260) 460-1635. www.faegrebd.com. Avvo rating: 8.1. Avvo profile.

Health Care

N. Thomas Horton: Barrett & McNagny, LLP, 215 E. Berry St. (260) 423-9551. www.barrettlaw.com. Avvo rating: 8.4. Avvo profile.

Steven Jackson: Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, 111 E. Wayne St., Suite 800. (260) 460-1673. www.faegrebd.com. Avvo rating: 9. Avvo profile.

Shannon Reed: Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, 111 E. Wayne St., Suite 800. (260) 460-1753. www.faegrebd.com. Avvo rating: 10. Avvo profile.

Insurance

James Hike: Carson Boxberger LLP, 301 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 200. (260) 423-9411. www.carsonboxberger.com. Avvo rating: 8.2. Avvo profile.

Daniel McNamara: Eilbacher Fletcher LLP, 803 S. Calhoun St., 4th floor. (260) 425-9777. www.eflawyers.com. Avvo rating: 7.4. Avvo profile.

Andrew Williams: Hunt Suedhoff Kalamaros LLP, 803 S. Calhoun St., 9th floor. (260) 423-1311. www.hsk-law.com. Avvo rating: 7.4. Avvo profile.

Intellectual Property

Abigail Butler: Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, 111 E. Wayne St., Suite 800. (260) 460-1796. www.faegrebd.com. Avvo rating: 7.6. Avvo profile.

Jeremy Gayed: Barrett & McNagny LLP, 215 E. Berry St. (260) 423-9551. www.barrettlaw.com. Avvo rating: 7.7. Avvo profile.

David Irmscher: Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, 111 E. Wayne St., Suite 800. (260) 460-1602. www.faegrebd.com. Avvo rating: 10. Avvo profile.

Litigation

Mark Baeverstad: Rothberg Logan & Warsco LLP, 505 E. Washington Blvd., (260) 422-9454. www.rlwlawfirm.com. Avvo rating: 9.1. Avvo profile.

Michael Barranda: Burt, Blee, Dixon, Sutton & Bloom, LLP, 200 E. Main St., Suite 1000. (260) 426-1300. www.burtblee.com. Avvo rating: 8. Avvo profile.

Dale Brown: Barnes & Thornburg LLP, 600 One Summit Square, 110 E. Wayne St. (260) 425-4674. www.btlaw.com. Avvo rating: 8.5. Avvo profile.

Sherrill Colvin: Haller & Colvin, P.C., 444 E. Main St. (260) 426-0444. www.hallercolvin.com. Avvo rating: 8. Avvo profile.

John Feighner: Haller & Colvin, P.C., 444 E. Main St. (260) 426-0444. www.hallercolvin.com. Avvo rating: 9.8. Avvo profile.

James Fenton: Eilbacher Fletcher Attorneys, 803 S. Calhoun St., Suite 400. (260) 425-9777. www.eflawyers.com. Avvo rating: 8.5. Avvo profile.

Benjamin Ice: Murphy Ice & Koeneman LLP, 2020 E. Washington Blvd., Suite 400. (260) 423-1500. www.miklaw.com. Avvo rating: 7.6. Avvo profile.

Robert Keen: Barrett & McNagny LLP, 215 E. Berry St. (260) 423-8903. www.barrettlaw.com. Avvo rating: 9.9. Avvo profile.

Kathleen Kilar: Hunt Suedhoff Kalamaros LLP, 803 S. Calhoun St., Suite 9. (260) 423-1311. www.hsk-law.com. Avvo rating: 7.7. Avvo profile.

James O’Connor: Barrett & McNagny LLP, 215 E. Berry St. (260) 423-9551. www.barrettlaw.com. Avvo rating: 7.5. Avvo profile.

Dawn Rosemond: Barnes & Thornburg LLP, 600 One Summit Square, 110 E. Wayne St. (260) 425-4650. www.btlaw.com. Avvo rating: 7.4. Avvo profile.

James Shea: Hunt Suedhoff Kalamaros LLP, 803 S. Calhoun St., Suite 9. (260) 399-2534. www.hsk-law.com. Avvo rating: 8.9. Avvo profile.

Cathleen Shrader: Barrett & McNagny LLP, 215 E. Berry St. (260) 423-9551. www.barrettlaw.com. Avvo rating: 10. Avvo profile.

Theodore Storer: Rothberg Logan & Warsco LLP, 505 E. Washington Blvd., (260) 422-9454. www.rlwlawfirm.com. Avvo rating: 7.5. Avvo profile.

Medical Malpractice

Edward Murphy: Murphy Ice LLP, 2020 E. Washington Blvd., Suite 400. (260) 423-1500. www.miklaw.com. Avvo rating: 8.4. Avvo profile.

Personal Injury

David Farnbauch: Sweeney Law Firm, 8109 Lima Road. (866) 793-6339. www.sweeneylawfirm.com. Avvo rating: 7.9. Avvo profile.

Nathaniel Hubley: Theisen Bowers & Associates, LLC, 810 S. Calhoun St., Suite 200. (260) 422-4255. www.fortwayneinjurylawyer.net. Avvo rating: 8.9. Avvo profile.

Stanley Rosenblatt: Tourkow, Crell, Rosenblatt & Johnston, 127 W. Berry St., Suite 1200. (260) 426-0545. www.tcrjlaw.com. Avvo rating: 7.7. Avvo profile.

Jeffrey Wrage: Blachly Tabor Bozik & Hartman, LLC, 4656 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 120. (260) 432-9100. www.lawyersonthesquare.com. Avvo rating: 7.7. Avvo profile.

Real Estate

Jon Bomberger: Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, 111 E. Wayne St., Suite 800. (260) 460-1658. www.faegrebd.com. Avvo rating: 9.4. Avvo profile.

John Burt: Burt, Blee, Dixon & Bloom, LLP, 200 E. Main St., Suite 1000. (260) 426-1300. www.burtblee.com. Avvo rating: 8.5. Avvo profile.

Scott Federoff: Carson Boxberger LLP, 301 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 200. (260) 423-9411. www.carsonboxberger.com. Avvo rating: 8.2. Avvo profile.

Patrick Hess: Beckman Lawson, LLP, 201 W. Wayne St. (260) 425-1636. www.beckmanlawson.com. Avvo rating: 7.7. Avvo profile.

Jack Lawson: Beckman Lawson, LLP, 201 W. Wayne St. (260) 433-4965. www.beckmanlawson.com. Avvo rating: 7.8. Avvo profile.

Workers Compensation

Natalie Fierek: Natalie M. Fierek, LLC, 323 W. Berry St. (574) 244-2033. www.fiereklaw.com. Avvo rating: 8.5. Avvo profile.

Kevin Fitzharris: Barrett & McNagny LLP, 215 E. Berry St. (260) 423-9551. www.barrettlaw.com. Avvo rating: 9.1. Avvo profile.

David Hollenbeck: Blachy, Tabor, Bozik & Hartman, LLC, 4656 W. Jefferson Blvd., Suite 120. (260) 432-9100. www.lawyersonthesquare.com. Avvo rating: 9.1. Avvo profile.

First appeared in the AugustĀ 2014 issue of Fort Wayne Monthly.

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