Practicing for decades in local, state, and federal courts.
Hoeppner Wagner & Evans offers business training on multiple topics, including sexual harassment.
Hoeppner Wagner & Evans has been Named to “Best” Law Firm List for Eleven Consecutive Years. Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly readers have awarded the firm top honors in the categories of corporate law and litigation.
Managing partner John Hughes (left) and Partner Jim Jorgensen attended the Times Business and Industry Hall of Fame luncheon. A new class was inducted, and one of our great clients, Centier Bank, was honored. Governor Holcomb gave the keynote presentation. Congratulations to Centier!
Jim was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2011.
On May 26th Jim Jorgensen was a panelist for the CWI Annual Regional Workforce Report. In part, he spoke about challenges/opportunities facing employers, including the question of remote working. Over 130 individuals registered for the virtual conference.
HWE celebrated the induction of Angela Jones as President of the Lake County Bar Association and its own John E. Hughes for 50 remarkable years in the practice of law!
HWE recently celebrated these amazing administrative professionals (Jill Palmer, Jarmila Simnick and Jamie Gill) who make our Merrillville office run seamlessly!
Todd Leeth was awarded 2020 Distinguished Community Leader by the Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce
The Larry G. Evans Endowed Scholarship in Professional Responsibility, which in the past has been awarded to Valparaiso University law school students, has been awarded for the first time to a Valparaiso University student majoring in political science. Her name is Alexis Rudolph, a senior, from Portage Indiana.
Larry Evans was elected as an emeritus member of the Board of Directors of Lake Shore Public Media.
Larry Evans, John Hughes, and Joe Jaskowiak have been included in the 27th edition of The Best Lawyers in America©!
Indiana has enacted a coronavirus liability shield for businesses and schools. The Bill protects businesses, schools, emergency workers, health care providers, government entities and other groups from lawsuits alleging they are responsible for coronavirus injuries to workers, students, customers or others on their property. The Bill also protects manufacturers of personal protective equipment from liability if someone wearing the PPE still contracts COVID-19. The law is retroactive to March 1, 2020 – just before the first coronavirus infection was confirmed in Indiana – and only allows lawsuits against businesses in the event of “gross negligence or willful or wanton misconduct.
As Board Vice Chair, Jim Jorgensen helped to host a Zoom virtual retirement celebration for Linda Woloshansky, the retiring CEO of The Center of Workforce Innovations (“CWI”). Linda served as CWI’s CEO for 20 years and has been one of the iconic leaders in Northwest Indiana. Congratulations to Linda, and thanks for her legacy.
As a Board Member, Jim Jorgensen attended the annual meeting of the Northwest Indiana Forum. The Forum is the voice of business in Northwest Indiana. Even in the trauma of COVID-19, in 2020 the Forum excelled in its ongoing efforts to retain and attract quality jobs to Northwest Indiana.
On December 9, 2020, Attorney Jim Jorgensen made a presentation to the Northwest Indiana Chapter of SHRM (Society for Human Resource Management) on the impact of the Biden Administration in the workplace.
Hoeppner Wagner & Evans LLP lost a member of its family. Bill Satterlee peacefully passed away November 17, 2020. Further arrangements will be announced in the future.
Born in 1938, Bill grew up in the Pittsburgh area. He attended Valparaiso University School of Law and then stayed to practice law with Chester Clifford Hoeppner & Houran until Hoeppner Wagner & Evans LLP was formed in September 1976 where he continued to practice. He served as Managing Partner for many years. Bill was a Certified Mediator and chaired many Medical Malpractice Reviews. Many in Northwest Indiana will recall in addition to his law practice, Bill had co-hosted, with Kent Lindquist and Operations Manager David Woodworth, a weekly program, “The Feeling of Jazz”, on Lowell radio station WPLR that also previously had aired on WWJY in the late ‘80s through the early ‘90s.
Bill retired from the practice of law in 2014 after which he remained a valued member of the Valparaiso Community. He and his wife, JoEllen, a law professor, moved to Chicago in 2016. Both he and JoEllen maintained close ties to the Northwest Indiana community and he will be missed.
Lauren Kroeger achieved a great result for our client in a case before the Railroad Retirement Board. She convinced the board that our client met the criteria for a “deemed current connection” under the Railroad Retirement Act which will entitle him to apply for a railroad annuity.
Hoeppner Wagner & Evans LLP attended the annual Lake County Bar Association golf outing!
Jim Jorgensen and Katie Kopf attended a comprehensive seminar on the regional Brownfield Development Plan on September 2.
Kim Peil and Andrew Shupp recently obtained summary judgment for a client in a covenant not to compete and breach of contract case. The court agreed with our client’s position that the covenant was unreasonable and unenforceable.
Joe Jaskowiak and Jim Jorgensen presented the fourth and final session on Employment Laws in the COVID-19 Era. The sessions were sponsored by Hoeppner Wagner & Evan’s partners, Indiana University Northwest, and Indiana University South Bend.
Attorneys Larry Evans and Lauren Kroeger recently completed labor negotiations for a client engaged in the silica sand mining business in Illinois. The Company and the Union reached a new three-year labor agreement providing favorable terms and conditions for our client.
Jim Jorgensen presented the third Zoom session on Employment Law in the COVID-19 Era. The sessions are sponsored by Indiana University Northwest and Indiana University South Bend. There is one more session to go which takes place on July 30, 2020.
Jim Jorgensen was elected Vice President of the Board of Directors of the
Center of Workforce Innovations – one of the best, if not the best, workplace development advocates in Indiana.
Joe Jaskowiak and Lauren Kroeger have prepared an article on the New Families First Coronavirus Response Act. Read below:
Larry Evans, John Hughes, and Joe Jaskowiak have been recognized as 2020 Best Lawyers.
On January 2nd at the Lake County Bar Association Memorial Service, John Hughes eulogized Bill Wagner who passed away November 29th, 2018.
Bill Wagner was remembered at the Family and Youth Services Bureau’s 7th Annual Chalk the Walk event on June 8th!
Jim Jorgensen presented an employment law update at the annual Society for Human Resource Management of Northwest Indiana conference.
Hoeppner Wagner & Evans supported the 18th Annual Women’s Bench Bar Retreat. Partner Kim Peil participated in a Wizard of OZ themed CLE.
Hoeppner Wagner & Evans enjoyed a firm outing at the RailCats game on Sunday!
Kim Peil and Chris O’Brien sipped and mingled at the Crossroads Chamber of Commerce event at Shady Creek Winery.
Hoeppner Wagner & Evans supports the 7th annual Kathleen Pucalik Memorial 5K Run. Partner Kim Peil placed 2nd in her age division.
Partner Kim Peil represented the Lake County Bar Association at the Sixth Annual Katie Hall Public Service Awards Luncheon. National Bar Association President, Juan Thomas (pictured) was honored with the 2018 Katie Hall Public Service Award.
Hoeppner Wagner & Evans was recognized as a Best Law Firm in the Corporate Law category by Northwest Indiana Business Quarterly!
Last night members of our firm, Kimberly Peil (pictured), Joe Jaskowiak, and Lauren Kroeger, celebrated Lily Thole, Youth of the Year of the Lake Station Boys and Girls Club, an amazing young woman, along with the other eight Youth of the Year who were honored last night by the Boys and Girls Club of Greater Northwest Indiana.
Kim Peil was named as Rising Stars in the latest issue of Super Lawyers!
Check out our latest Legal Update featuring articles from Keith Wolak and Andrew Shupp.
HWE held its 20th Annual Accountant’s Seminar on November 2nd at Valparaiso University’s Harre Union. Speakers included Ed Soliday, Matt Glaros, Jim Jorgensen, Todd Leeth, and Keith Wolak.
Kim Peil obtained Summary Judgment for a Lake County apartment complex in a premises liability suit. As a result the defendant apartment complex prevailed on all claims filed by the former tenant.
On September 20, Larry Evans was a member of the faculty on Advanced Trial Tactics in Merrillville Indiana.
Our latest Legal Update addresses the Equal Pay Act and Ban the Box Legislation with articles from Lauren Kroeger and Jim Jorgensen.
Larry Evans has been elected to serve a three year term on the Lakeshore Public Media Board of Directors.
On May 9th, Hoeppner Wagner & Evans donated $12,000 to the Valparaiso University Law School Charles R. Gromley Memorial Endowed Fund.
“Hoeppner Wagner & Evans is proud to support the institution that has fostered a strong legal community in our region and throughout the State. Through this contribution they honor the famed law professor Charles Gromley who was a mentor and educator to many”, said John E. Hughes, Managing Partner of Hoeppner Wagner & Evans.
Larry Evans and Lauren Kroeger were successful in representing our client before the Indiana Court Appeals. In a decision reached on April 19th, the Court affirmed the rulings of Superior Court Judge Mary Harper that sensitive information about our client should not be made public and that information discovered in the case could not be used by his brother in proceedings in Greece. The citation is Angelopoulos v Angelopoulos Cause No.64A03-1603-PL-10838.
Todd Leeth will present “Common Problems with Real Estate Purchase Agreements.” on May 17th at the Innsbrook Country Club. The presentation is part of the Homebuilders Association of Northwest Indiana’s General Membership Meeting.
Attorneys John Hughes and Lauren Kroeger, on behalf of their client, a builder, recently received a favorable decision in Porter Superior Court, with the Court dismissing the plaintiff’s lawsuit against our client. Follow this link for more details on the decision.
Jim Jorgensen presented 2 employment law workshops at the NWI SHRM conference on April 19.
On Wednesday April 19th Kevin Kerr will be a panelist on the Presentation: “Summary Judgment: Why Bother?” at the Lake County Bar Association at 291 W. 84th in Merrillville. The Panel will address “how to” properly identify issues ripe for summary judgment, how to prepare for and present summary judgment and preserving summary judgments on appeal.
After Saturday’s match attorney Kim Peil along with her team the Illiana Banshees, send a thank you to sponsor, Hoeppner Wagner & Evans!
Hoeppner Wagner & Evans would like to congratulate Kim Peil on 7 years with the firm!
Kim Peil was elected Vice President of the Women Lawyers Association of Indiana on April 3rd!
On April 1st Larry Evans and Ann Dolezal ran in Valparaiso Family YMCA’s Ringing In Spring 5k!
Jim Jorgensen and Ann Dolezal attended the Urban League of Northwest Indiana’s Diversity and Inclusion Awards at Avalon Manor on Tuesday, March 23rd.
This Saturday, March 18th John Hughes, Keith Wolak, Kevin Kerr, and Ann Dolezal will be attending the American Heart Association “Heart of Gold” Gala at Avalon Manor.
Larry Evans was successful in defending a home improvement supplier. The plaintiff contended that the supplier did poor work and also that his contract violated the Indiana Home Improvement law triggering a violation of the Indiana Deceptive Consumer Trade Act. On February 10th the court found that the alleged deficiencies were not the result of poor workmanship and that although the contact violated the statutory requirements, there was no prejudice to the plaintiff from those violations.
On Friday, January 20th, the Lake County Bar Association Installation Dinner honored Larry Evans for 55 years of professional service as an attorney in Indiana and inducted Kimberly Peil as vice president! John Hughes, Joe Jaskowiak, Kevin Kerr, and Andrew Shupp also attended the celebration.
On September 14th Hoeppner Wagner & Evans in partnership with the Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce held a workshop on the new overtime rule with a presentation led by Joe Jaskowiak.
Larry Evans, John Hughes, and Joe Jaskowiak were recognized among The Best Lawyers in America©. Larry Evans was named in the categories of Bet the Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Litigation – Construction, Litigation – Labor and Employment, and Litigation – Real Estate. John Hughes was recognized in the category of Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, and Joe Jaskowiak in Litigation – Insurance
Larry Evans spoke on Voir Dire / Jury Selection: Veteran Strategies at a CLE seminar on June 24th in Merrillville.
On May 6, 2016, John Hughes and Lauren Kroeger obtained Summary Judgment for a Lake County employer in a suit for wrongful discharge, retaliatory discharge, identity theft and fraud. As a result, the defendant employer prevailed on all claims filed by the former employee, and avoided the expense and risk of a jury trial.
Lauren Kroeger and Larry Evans obtained summary judgment in the federal court for an industrial inspection company which had been sued by an injured employee of the owner for failing to require the owner to correct potential dangers, after notifying the owner of the issue. The case is Sara v Globex Corporation, 2015 U.S. Dist. Lexis 121738.
BEWARE: The Tax Exempt Filing Deadline is 6 Weeks Earlier! For more details check out our latest Legal Update.
Registration for our 18th annual Accountant’s Seminar is now online! Click here to join us November 12th at the Valparaiso University Harre Union.
Todd Leeth spoke at ICLEF’s annual Real Estate Institute May 14th and 15th. More information here.
Todd Leeth spoke on Land Use and Zoning Law at the Indiana Commercial Board of Realtors on April 28th at the Innsbrook Country Club.
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 on-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 litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, and superior ethical reputation.
Jim Jorgensen attended the Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce quarterly membership luncheon on April 28th at the Harre Union.
Hoeppner Wagner & Evans was recently featured in the Chicago Tribune for its work with Lake County, Indiana. Read more…
Hoeppner Wagner & Evans were named one of 2015’s best law firms.
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 litigation, both at the trial and appellate levels, and superior ethical reputation.
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 associated 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, Todd Leeth, Jim Jorgensen and Senator Ed Charbonneau.
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.
On Sunday, September 21, 2014, Northwest Indiana National Association of Women in Construction, Chapter 311 held its annual membership picnic and installation of officers. Kim P. Peil was installed 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.
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.”
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.
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.
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, 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 Kim is a member. 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.