I’ve been a lawyer for just over twenty years, and it is my privilege to represent the rights of those injured in Indiana. In a world where all too many companies put profits over the safety, health, and lives of individuals, it is my job to ensure those companies take responsibility for the harms they cause.
I grew up in Michigan, and was fortunate to have parents who were willing and able to support me in pursuing any career I wanted. With their help, I graduated from Michigan State with a degree in General Business Administration – Prelaw in 1995, and then from Notre Dame Law School in 1999. After passing the Michigan bar exam, I became a licensed attorney that year.
My first job as a lawyer was with a small firm in Traverse City, Michigan. This was a great experience in handling all manner of cases. Most of our clients were individuals or small business owners, and we worked to serve them in whatever way we could. Whether it was drafting contracts, suing others when they were wronged, or representing them when they were sued, I learned to be a jack-of-all-trades in trying to help our clients.
In early 2005, I was offered a partnership with that firm. Although I enjoyed my work and the lawyers I worked with, I turned that offer down so I could move to Indiana to be with my then girlfriend, and now wife, Grace. Grace was a lifelong resident of Indianapolis with two young children, Alex and Jacob, so we decided I would move here. Grace and I were married in 2006, and a year and a half later, we had our daughter, Erin. Alex and Jacob are now grown and out of the house, but Grace, Erin, and I continue to live on the south side of Indianapolis with our three cats (Rainbow, Comet, and Pocket) and bird (Brunch).
When I moved to Indianapolis, I was lucky enough to be offered a position working with Linda George and Kathy Farinas. While I knew very little about asbestos, I quickly learned how deadly it was, and the devastation it could cause for those who worked with it. The first client I had the honor to meet passed away the very next day from mesothelioma. That experience helped solidify just how important my job is, and how serious my responsibility. While I can never give someone back their health, or bring back a loved one, I can hopefully make things just a little bit easier for our clients going forward.
Since becoming licensed in Indiana in 2005, I’ve worked on all manner of cases, including the firm’s asbestos, toxic tort, and personal injury cases. I often focus on the legal aspects of our clients’ cases, making sure we know every detail of the law so that we can best represent our clients’ interests. I have appeared and/or written the arguments for numerous cases before the Indiana Court of Appeals and Indiana Supreme Court, including Myers v. Crouse Hinds, General Electric vs. Geyman, Erwin v. Roe, Gill v. Evansville Sheet Metal, and Myers v. Bremen Casting. In all of these cases, companies sought to avoid responsibility for injuries they caused. But in each case, the Court of Appeals or Supreme Court sided with George & Farinas’ clients, recognizing companies’ responsibilities for the dangers they create.
My work for Indiana workers and families is not just for our clients. On multiple occasions, I’ve volunteered my timerepresenting the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association (“ITLA”) on behalf of injured persons. In these cases, I’ve worked pro bono (without a fee) to explain to the appellate courts how their decisions could affect persons other than the specific parties to the appeal.
I am also an active member of the Marion County Mass Torts Local Rules Committee. Kathy Farinas and I are the only two attorneys representing asbestos victims on that Committee, which creates and revises the various Local Rules governing nearly every asbestos case in Indiana.
Finally, I’ve spent significant time talking with our legislators in an attempt to make sure the laws they pass are fair and necessary. Unfortunately, numerous insurance and business lobbiests have spent significant resources trying to get unfair laws passed. These laws would give companies unfair advantages in trials, make cases much more expensive to bring on behalf of the injured, or outright immunize companies from responsibility for the harms they’ve caused. One of the most important things I do is to make sure legislators understand exactly how the laws they vote on will affect Indiana families.
My goal for our clients is always to maximize their recovery in an honest, ethical, and timely manner. I understand the difficulties and traumas clients face, and the stress a lawsuit can bring. I believe it’s my job not just to know the law, but to help and counsel injured clients and their families during difficult times.
- Michigan - 1999
- Indiana - 2005
- Western District of Michigan - 2001
- Central District of Illinois - 2002
- Northern District of Indiana - 2005
- Southern District of Indiana – 2007
- Michigan State University, BA with High Honor - 1995
- University of Notre Dame Law School, JD - 1999
- Indiana Bar Association
- Indiana Trial Lawyers Association
- Legislation Committee member
- American Association for Justice – Leaders Forum Member
- National Trial Lawyers, Top 100 Trial Lawyers, since 2019
- Marion County Mass Torts Local Rules Committee
Speaking Engagements/Volunteer Activities
- Indiana High School Mock Trial Competition – Judge
- Decatur High School – We the People classroom judge and speaker
- South Bend Landlord Association - Guest Speaker on Lead Hazards and Disclosure Obligations
- Midwest Asbestos Litigation Seminar – Speaker “Updates to Indiana Asbestos Law”