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October 2014

Best Lawyers in America


Attorneys Mark L. Phillips, Martin W. Kus, Mark A. Lienhoop and David P. Jones were selected by their peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for their work in the following practice areas:


Mark L. Phillips: Employment law – management, labor and employment litigation.


Martin W. Kus: Bet-the-company, commercial, and personal injury– plaintiffs and defendants litigation; criminal defense – white collar and non-white collar; labor and employment law – management.


Mark A. Lienhoop: Insurance law, medical malpractice law – defendants.


David P. Jones: Commercial litigation, criminal defense – white collar.


For three decades, Best Lawyers has been regarded by the profession and the public as the most credible and definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States, according to a news release.  Best Lawyers is based on an exhaustive peer-review survey. More than 50,000 leading attorneys cast more than 5.5 million votes on the legal abilities of other lawyers in their practice areas. Lawyers are not required or allowed to pay a fee to be listed.


Corporate Counsel magazine has called Best Lawyers “the most respected referral list of attorneys in practice.”



April 2014

Nick Otis to Argue at the Indiana Supreme Court

Partner Nick Otis

Partner Nick Otis will argue Corbin v. State at the Indiana Supreme Court on April 24th. Corbin, a teacher, sent messages to a student asking her to take care of his sexual arousal, to sneak out of the house so he could pick her up, etc.  Corbin was charged with attempted child seduction, Indiana Code section 35-42-4-7.  The Starke Circuit Court denied Corbin’s motion to dismiss.  In this interlocutory appeal, the Court of Appeals reversed, deciding that Corbin’s internet-based solicitations did not constitute a substantial step toward the crime of child seduction.  Corbin v. State, 999 N.E.2d 70 (Ind. Ct. App. 2013), vacated.  The Supreme Court has granted a petition to transfer the case and has assumed jurisdiction over the appeal.

Watch, read, and learn more about the case and the argument HERE.



February 2014

Local Bar Association Teams Up With Goodwill

On February 20, 2014, the LaPorte County Bar Association President, Nicholas Otis, announced that the LaPorte County Bar will team up with Goodwill Industries of Michiana, Inc. to donate business clothing. 

Bar Association Teams Up With Goodwill!



William Kaminski Elected Board Secretary

Partner Bill Kaminski

Newby Lewis Kaminski and Jones attorney William Kaminski has been elected Secretary to the Michigan City Chamber of Commerce.

Mr. Kaminski earned both his undergraduate and law degrees at Creighton University (B.S., 1988; J.D., 1991). Click here to read more about Mr. Kaminski and his practice.


Adamsky Presents at Indiana Property Tax Seminar

Attorney Brad Adamsky

Newby, Lewis, Kaminski & Jones attorney Bradley Adamsky will be a panel speaker at an upcoming seminar on property taxes in Indiana.  The seminar is entitled “Property Tax in Indiana” and will be presented in South Bend on February 25, 2014.  The panel of local professionals will provide practical answers to pressing questions about property tax assessments, appeals, and exemptions. 

Mr. Adamsky will address the tax appeal process and recent legal updates.  As part of his practice in real estate and transaction law, he has appeared for taxpayers in front of local tax boards in Lake, LaPorte, Porter, Starke, and St. Joseph counties, as well as appearing before the Indiana Board of Tax Review and the Indiana Tax Court.  He represents homeowners as well as large and small business owners in property tax appeals.

The seminar is tailored towards accountants, controllers, tax managers and officers, real estate professional, and CFO’s.  However, all are welcome to attend.  For more information and to register, visit the website at www.lorman.com

Mr. Adamsky focuses primarily on transactional law.  He represents clients in real estate and commercial transactions as well as related litigation matters such as mortgage foreclosures and loan modifications.  He counsels creditors and debtors on bankruptcy issues.  Mr. Adamsky also assists clients with estate planning and guardianship concerns for elderly or incapacitated family members.

Mr. Adamsky earned both his undergraduate and law degrees at the University of Notre Dame (B.A., 1999; J.D., 2003).


Phillips Presents at Employment Practices Seminar

Attorny Mark Phillips

On January 21, 2014, Newby Lewis Kaminski & Jones partner Mark Phillips participated as a presenter and speaker at a seminar sponsored by General Insurance Services on the subject of employment practices liability insurance.  Mr. Phillips spoke to a crowd of more than 100 persons representing employers in Northern Indiana about the risks of and types of claims that can be made by employees against employers in Indiana in an at-will employment setting.   Mr. Phillips also offered guidance on the issues employers are likely to encounter when determining whether to procure employment practices liability insurance.

Click here to read more about Mark Phillips and his practice.

Adamsky to Present at Landlord Tenant Seminar

Brad Adamsky

For the 4th year in a row NLKJ Attorney Bradley Adamsky will present at Landlord-Tenant Law: How to Prosper in the New Market seminar in South Bend on Wednesday, March 26th, 2014.

Attorney Adamsky focuses his practice on transactional law.  He represents clients in real estate and commercial transactions as well as related litigation matters such as mortgage foreclosures and loan modifications.  He counsels creditors and debtors on bankruptcy issues.  Mr. Adamsky also assists clients with estate planning and guardianship concerns for elderly or incapacitated family members.

In uncertain economic times, no issue is too small and no detail too insignificant to cause tension between a landlord and their tenant. Being proactive by drafting airtight leases and utilizing stringent screening processes, while knowing what options are available when a tenancy goes bad, can reduce the damage caused by defaults and evictions and help avoid problems before they start. See more about the seminar here.




Otis is Newest Partner at NLKJ

January 1, 2014

Newby, Lewis, Kaminski & Jones, LLP is proud to announce that Nicholas T. Otis became a partner of the law firm on January 1, 2014. 

Mr. Otis is a La Porte High School graduate and received a full athletic scholarship to play basketball at Belmont University. He graduated from Belmont University, cum laude, receiving a degree in Accounting.  Mr. Otis received a full academic scholarship to Valparaiso University School of Law where he received his Law Degree, graduating magna cum laude.  He has been a lawyer at the law firm since 2008. 

Mr. Otis represents civil and criminal clients in state and federal court.  His practice includes representation of personal injury clients, insurance companies, employers, and schools.

Additionally, Mr. Otis argued before the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the Indiana Court of Appeals.  He is currently a deputy public defender for LaPorte County and a federal public defender under the Criminal Justice Act for the Northern District of Indiana.

Mr. Otis regularly contributes to our Criminal Defense Blog.

While in law school, Mr. Otis clerked for Federal District Court Judge Rebecca Pallmeyer, Northern District of Illinois and the United States Attorney’s Office in Hammond, Indiana. Additionally, Mr. Otis worked for private law firms in Chicago, Illinois and Merrillville, Indiana while in law school.


Hagenow Appointed to La Porte Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors

Matthew Hagenow

NLKJ Partner Matthew Hagenow has been appointed to the La Porte Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors. The Greater La Porte Chamber of Commerce champions issues facing business, focuses on the improvement of the quality of life in our community and works as a team made up of the Board of Directors, staff and volunteer members to provide a catalyst for prosperity and growth. Mr. Hagenow replaces outgoing Board member NLKJ Partner Ed Volk, who has diligently served as a member of the Board of Directors for the past 6 years, thus continuing NLKJ’s long-standing commitment to improving our community through service related to business prosperity, job growth and quality of life.



Newby Lewis Kaminski & Jones is dedicated to providing clients with superior legal representation and exceptional client service. If you are looking for a career in legal services, we encourage you to introduce yourself to the firm by emailing us your resume.

Newby Lewis Kaminski & Jones is an equal opportunity employer.

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Attorneys and law clerk positions


At this time we are looking for an associate attorney. Send us a cover letter, your law school transcripts, and a resume. Contact hiring partner James W. Kaminski at the link above.


Partner Mark Lienhoop Publishes Article

Mark Lienhoop

Bio of Mark A. Lienhoop

Partner Mark Lienhoop recently published an article on product injury law titled: “What is the Proper Jury Instruction on the State-of-the-Art Presumption?" 

It was published in The Indiana Lawyer, Vol. 24, No. 18, November 6-19, 2013. 


Attorney Bradley Adamsky Elected President of BID

Attorney Brad Adamsky

NLKJ Attorney Brad Adamsky has been elected as the president of the BID board for 2014.

The City of LaPorte Business Improvement District is responsible for repairing and maintaining certain infrastructure in downtown LaPorte, including specifically the flower planters and Christmas lights.  They also maintain the trees and bricked sidewalks in our downtown business district.


Partner Mark Lienhoop Publishes Article

Mark Lienhoop

Bio of Mark A. Lienhoop

NLKJ Partner Mark Lienhoop recently published an article regarding “secret” Appeals of cases.  It discusses appeals that can occur during trials instead of just after them.  It was published in The Appellate Advocate, the winter newsletter of the Appellate Practice Section of the Indiana State Bar Association.  Here is a link to that article: Appellate Newsletter Winter 2013


Partner Ed Volk and Legal Netlink

Attorney Ed Volk Bio

Chicago attorney Jay Frank had a client with a major problem very far away a couple of decades ago. The client needed legal help in California and turned to Frank for assistance.

Frank checked Martindale-Hubbell to look for qualified attorneys in the jurisdiction where the matter occurred, and he referred his client to someone he thought would be a good match.

“The case went south,” Frank recalled. As a result, the displeased client severed ties not just with the firm that Frank had referred, but also with Frank’s firm.

“I decided there had to be a better way of doing this,” said Frank, a member of the 44-lawyer Chicago firm Aronberg Goldgehn Davis & Garmisa, and president and founding member of the Legal Netlink Alliance.

In the early 1990s, a handful of lawyers from mid-sized firms who knew one another and had referred work among themselves sat down to come up with a solution to problems like the one Frank described. Ed Volk, a partner at Newby Lewis Kaminski & Jones LLP in LaPorte, was one of them.

Read about Legal Netlink in the Indiana Lawyer.

Here is the article: Mid-sized firms work connections



Attorney Ed Volk
Attorney Ed Volk Bio

NLKJ attorneys are engaged in many activities besides the practice of law.  These involve community service on many different levels.  To this end, NLKJ attorney Ed Volk recently participated in the annual conference of the Aviation Association of Indiana (AAI).  Mr. Volk, an instrument rated pilot, has served on the La Porte Airport Board for over forty years and has been a member of the AAI Board since 1983, including two terms as President.  This year, Ed served as a panel member for a three hour seminar designed to educate airport board members from across Indiana.  State and Federal laws and regulations dominated the topics at the seminar.


Northern Indiana Human Resource Management Association

Newby Lewis Attorneys Present on the Affordable Care Act

NLKJ Partners James Kaminski and Mark Phillips were speakers at the Northern Indiana Human Resource Management Association Symposium on Heath Care Reform at the Blue Chip Casino in Michigan City.  

Attorney James Kaminski’s Bio

Mr. Kaminski’s presentation focused on the history of the United States health care payments system which led to the Affordable Care Act (ACA) passed during the first term of President Obama’s administration. Mr. Kaminski also outlined the “individual mandate” provisions of the Affordable Care Act.

Attorney Mark Phillips’ Bio

Mr. Phillip’s presentation focused on the “employer mandate” provisions of the Affordable Care Act. Mr. Phillips discussed the specific rules regarding health benefit coverages, if any, employers must offer to their employees as well as strategies to determine whether an employer must meet the mandates of the Act.  

Mr. Phillips and Mr. Kaminski also participated on a panel answering the questions of the approximately 100 human resources professionals in attendance regarding the ACA.


Nick Otis

On September 10th, Attorney Nick Otis, of Newby Lewis Kaminski & Jones, LLP, argued before the Indiana Court of Appeals in the case Corbin v. State, 75A03-1209-CR-402

On October 11, 2013, the Court of Appeals issued its decision in this matter, reversing the decision of the Starke County Circuit Court, finding in favor of Mr. Otis’s client.  The full text of the decision can be read here. 



NLKJ Attorney Ed Volk





NLKJ attorney Edward Volk addresses members of the Legal Netlink Alliance at its annual meeting in Minneapolis in September 2013. 

Attorney Ed Volk

Legal Netlink Alliance is an international association of lawyers whose primary purpose is to assist clients in finding competent legal services when needed outside their home jurisdiction.  This may be across the country or across the world.  At the meeting in Minneapolis, there were lawyers representing firms in thirty-six U.S. cities and eight foreign countries on four continents.  The attorney from Beijing, China traveled the furthest distance to attend. 

NLKJ is particularly proud of its association with Legal Netlink Alliance as NLKJ was one of the seven founding members of the organization in 1992.  Many of our clients have benefited over the years.  Legal Netlink now has member firms representing over 2,000 lawyers worldwide.


September 2013





On Tuesday, September 10th, Attorney Nick Otis, of Newby Lewis Kaminski & Jones, LLP, argued before the Indiana Court of Appeals in the case Corbin v. State, 75A03-1209-CR-402.  The oral argument was held at the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana in the Moot Court Room in front of approximately 200 law students.  After the oral argument Mr. Otis, the deputy attorney general, and the Judges of the Indiana Court of Appeals fielded questions from students about the appeals process and the practice of law.

Attorney Nick Otis argues at the Court of Appeals:



June 2013

Nick Otis

On June 20, 2013, both Judges of the South Bend Division in the Northern District of Indiana approved NLKJ attorney Nick Otis to become a CJA Panel Attorney in the federal courts for the Northern District of Indiana. You can read the order here: http://www.innd.uscourts.gov/generalorders/2013-9.pdf


On June 14, 2013, Bill Kaminski and Nick Otis spoke at the Indiana School Board Association School Law Seminar.  Mr. Kaminski and Mr. Otis presented on the Indiana Access to Public Records Act to nearly 300 attendees including attorneys, school superintendents, principals, and school board members from across Indiana.


David P. JonesOn June 7, 2013, David Jones attended the 36th Annual Indiana Public Defender Update Seminar in Indianapolis. Mr. Jones is the Chief Deputy Public Defender in LaPorte County representing defendants in the LaPorte Circuit Court. The seminar was held at the Indiana Convention Center. Topics included an update on new 2013 Legislation, Expungement, CHINS and DCS, an update on new 2012 - 2013 Indiana Cases, the Gideon & Gault Award Presentations and Board Elections, Ethics, Criminal Code Revision, an update on new U.S. Supreme Court Cases.


NLKJ Attorneys Martin W. Kus and David P. Jones attended the 62nd Annual Meeting of the 7th Circuit Bar Association and Judicial Conference in Indianapolis.

United States Chief Justice John G. Roberts, U.S. Supreme Court Justice Elena Kagan and former Sen. Richard G. Lugar were featured speakers at the Conference.

Chief Justice Roberts addressed the bar during its annual dinner Monday with introductions by Justice Kagan and 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Chief Judge Frank Easterbrook.

Justice Kagan delivered remarks at the annual luncheon for members of the judiciary.
Former Senator Lugar spoke at the 7th Circuit bar’s annual luncheon. 7th Circuit Judge John Tinder noted that Lugar, during his 36 years in the Senate, has confirmed every current federal judge in Indiana.

The conference formally opened with a cocktail reception in Eli Lilly Hall at the Indiana History Center.

Mr. Kus represents Indiana on the Executive Board of Governors. Mr. Jones is the General Chair on the Committee for Technology.


Link to 2013 NLKJ News

Link to 2012 NLKJ News