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Larry G. Evans is a partner with the Valparaiso/Merrillville firm of Hoeppner, Wagner and Evans, practicing in the areas of complex commercial litigation and employment law. He has been named one of "The Best Lawyers in America," served as an Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy at Valparaiso University School of Law, President of the Indiana Bar Foundation and a Diplomat of the Indiana Defense Trial Counsel. He has also served as President of the Porter County Chapter of the American Inns of Court and as President of the Northwest Indiana Chapter of the Federal Bar Association. Member, Diversity Law Institute; Member, Trial Law Institute.

Areas Of Practice

  • Labor and Employment Practice
  • Trial and Appellate Practice

Bar Admissions

  • Supreme Court of Indiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 7th Circuit
  • U.S. Court of Appeals 6th Circuit
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana
  • U.S. Supreme Court


  • Valparaiso University School of Law, Valparaiso, Indiana
    • J.D. - 1962
  • Valparaiso University
    • A.B. - 1960

Representative Cases

  • Sara v. Globex Corp, 2015 U. S. Dist. LEXIS 121738
  • Angeloupolos v. Angeloupolos, 2013 Ind. App. LEXIS 538
  • Coffman v. Austgen’s Electric, Inc. 437 N.E.2d 1003
  • Piwowar v. Washington Lumbar Co., 405 N.E.2d 576
  • Rogers v. Bethlehem Steel Corp., 655 N.E.2d 73
  • Edwards v. Bethlehem Steel Corp., 554 N.E.2d 833
  • Porter v. Bethlehem Steel Corp., 451 N.E.2d 69
  • Penwell v. Western and Southern Life Ins. Co., 474 N.E.2d 1042


  • Advanced Trial Tactics - 9/20/2017 - NBI Sponsored
  • Voir Dire/Jury Selection - 6/20/2016 – NBI Sponsored
  • Human Resources Law From Start to Finish – 12/8/2015 - NBI Sponsored
  • Epic Change: The Evolution of the Legal Profession - 12/3/2014 - Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Sponsor
  • Federal Civil Practice - 12/18/2001 - Indiana Lawyer-IBJ Corporation, Sponsor
  • Federal Civil Practice - 09/24/2001 - Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Sponsor
  • Civil Discovery: Tough Issues Argued - 11/29/2000 - Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Sponsor
  • Federal Civil Practice For the Northern District - 04/26/2000 - Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Sponsor
  • Federal Civil Practice for the Northern District - 04/21/1999 - Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Sponsor
  • 1998 Federal Civil Practice in the Northern District - 11/19/1998 - Indiana Lawyer-IBJ Corporation, Sponsor

Honors and Awards

  • Best Lawyers’ “Lawyer of the Year”, 2017 Chicago Bet-the Company-Litigation
  • Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America, The Trial Lawyer Honorary Society
  • Life Fellow, Indiana Bar Foundation
  • Best Attorneys in Indiana
  • Best Lawyers in America
  • Best Lawyers’ 2013, "Lawyer of the Year", Bet-the-Company Litigation, South Bend Area
  • Best Lawyers' 2014 - 2015, "Lawyer of the Year", Labor & Employment, South Bend Litigation
  • Best Lawyers' 2016 Chicago Litigation - Real Estate "Lawyer of the Year"
  • The Larry G. Evans Scholarship in Professional Responsibility - Valparaiso University School of Law
  • Best Lawyers' "Lawyer of the Year", 2020 Chicago Litigation - Construction

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana - Local Rules Advisory Committee
  • Indiana Bar Association, President, Life Master Fellow
  • Porter County American Inns of Court, President
  • Defense Research Institute, Inc.
  • Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana
  • Bar Association of the 7th Circuit
  • Lakeshore Public Broadcasting, Board of Directors, Chairman
  • American Society of Safety Professionals

Published Works

  • Ten Commandments for Lawyers
  • Ten Commandments for Lawyers Health
  • A Positive View of Lawyering, Res Gestae
  • A Positive View of Lawyering -- II, Res Gestae
  • Ten Simple Ways to Attract Clients, Res Gestae
  • Memorandum, Res Gestae
  • The Successful Lawyer, Res Gestae
  • An Oddly Dignified Man, Res Gestae
  • A Simple Act of Kindness, Res Gestae
  • On Being Honest, Res Gestae
  • Is Winning the Only Thing?, Res Gestae
  • To Bill or Serve, that is the Question, Res Gestae
  • The Greatest Lawyer in the World, Res Gestae
  • That Guy’s Okay’ (or 10 Ways to Kill the Ego), Res Gestae
  • On Being Independent, Res Gestae
  • An Indiana Lawyer’s Lament, Res Gestae
  • The Million Dollar Mouth, Res Gestae
  • Whose Justice, Mine or Yours?, Res Gestae
  • Author "Article Eight of the Federal Rules of Evidence: The Hearsay Rule," published in the Valparaiso University Law Review
  • Simple Virtue Makes Complex Truth, Commentary, Post-Tribune
  • Non-Conformity on the River of Life, Commentary, Post-Tribune
  • Hitting God with a Lawsuit, Commentary, Post-Tribune
  • Eagerness to Win A Losing Illusion, Commentary, Post-Tribune
  • Wealth is Available to Everyone, Commentary, Post-Tribune
  • Trust the Power of the Universe, Commentary, Post-Tribune
  • A Profound Offering for Parents, Commentary, Post-Tribune
  • An Unconventional Result
  • Emails Are Legally Binding Documents
  • Supreme Court Makes it Harder for Employees to Prove Title VII Retaliation Claims

Past Employment Positions

  • Valparaiso University School of Law, Adjunct Professor


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