About Lance Wonderlin

Education:

I graduated from Covington High School in Covington, Indiana, in 1982.  I then attended Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana, graduating with an A.B. in 1986. At Wabash I was a double-major in Political Science and Economics, was a member of the Phi Kappa Psi fraternity, and belonged to the Federalist Society.  

I attended Indiana University - Bloomington Law School, now the Maurer School of Law, from 1986 through 1989, earning a J.D. in May, 1989.  I was admitted to practice law in the State of Indiana in October of that same year.

Since law school, I have participated in at least 12 hours of legal education each year, keeping on top of changes and recent trends in Indiana and federal law, and refining my understanding of several fields of law and small firm practice. 

Experience:

My first job in the legal field was as a clerk for the law firm of White, White & Bray in Covington, Indiana, in 1983. During law school, I clerked for the Bloomington, Indiana law firm of Berry, Benson, Brown, Mills & Shapiro, working primarily with attorneys Craig Benson and Tom Berry.  I made my first appearance in a courtroom in 1987 assisting Mr. Benson, and with permission from the court, made my first oral argument in support of a summary judgment motion that same year in Jackson Circuit Court.  

I was hired by the Bloomington law firm of Harrell, Clendening and Coyne in 1989 upon completion of law school, and worked as an associate attorney for that firm for the next several years.  During this period of time, my practice was primarily defending persons in personal injury actions on behalf of various insurance companies, but I also represented defendants in medical malpractice cases, and represented defendants in less serious criminal proceedings.

In the early 1990's, as a result of changes within the firm, it became necessary to become a jack-of-all-trades within the firm.  I began practicing family law, began representing plaintiffs in personal injury actions, began representing small businesses in employment, commercial and real estate disputes, and continued doing criminal defense work. 

In the mid-1990's our firm merged with another Bloomington firm, forming Andrews, Harrell, Mann, Chapman & Coyne.  I continued practicing in several fields of litigation, including tort law, commercial law, employment law, product liability, premises liability, and collections.  I became a partner in the firm in 1996. 

During my time in Bloomington, I was involved in dozens of bench and jury trials in courts all around southern Indiana, as well as appearing in several federal courtrooms and administrative proceedings around the State.  In addition to litigation work, I also began representing businesses and not-for-profit organizations in labor and employment law matters. Among the highlights of my years in Bloomington was my oral argument in front of a panel of the Indiana Court of Appeals conducted at the Monroe County Courthouse, and my first solo jury trial in Hamilton County, Indiana.

In 1997, I formed Lance W. Wonderlin, Attorney, P.C. and began practicing from an office in Marion County, Indiana.  Having been invited to relocate to Indianapolis by my friends Carol Adinamis, Susan Adinamis, Jeff Saunders and by the late Steven Backer, I began collaborating and sharing office space with their firms.  

Since 1997, Lance W. Wonderlin, Attorney, P.C., has provided a variety of legal services to individuals, small businesses, and non-profit organizations.  In addition to continuing to practice in other fields of litigation, I developed a probate litigation practice.  I have represented the Salvation Army in probate litigation cases throughout the state of Indiana since 1997.

Early in 2014, my firm moved to its present location at 450 East 96th Street in Indianapolis, just south of I465 and East of Meridian Street.  From this convenient location, we will continue to exert our expertise and best effort to meet the needs of our clients in Central Indiana and throughout the state. 

Lance W. Wonderlin

Lance has been a practicing attorney in Indiana since 1989, and has represented thousands of clients. He founded his own law firm in 1997 and has concentrated on representing businesses and individuals in Central Indiana ever since. Lance is an experienced litigator with broad legal knowledge, but what sets him apart is his personal, caring approach with his clients, integrity, and attention to details.

Recent Blog Articles

One of the most distressing realizations I have made over the last few years is how often our older family members and friends are swindled.  Whether it is an unscrupulous contractor, an internet investment scheme, or the undue influence of an agent, accountant or attorney, there is an epidemic of abuse against one of our most vulnerable groups.  People who were raised at a time when all of their financial dealings were handled face to face, are not always well equipped to protect themselves in our modern electronic age.  They are often reluctant to ask for or accept your help because of pride, paranoia, or simply a desire not to burden you with their problems. 

I would strongly encourage you when you visit your older family members or friends over the Holidays to take a few minutes to talk to them about their financial situation, and to let them know that you want to help the next time they consider making a purchase, or hiring a contractor, or changing their investment portfolio, or taking a reverse mortgage on their house.  If you are not the best person in the family to provide this assistance, then encourage the person who is better equipped to step up. Talk to your siblings or family friends about your concerns so that they can be watchful for any signs of trouble. Finally, do not be afraid to act when trouble occurs.

 

 

 


 

Yesterday an attorney with whom I had worked for several months to resolve a case, told me he had enjoyed working with me and thanked me for my “professionalism.” While it felt great to receive (and return) the compliment, it also made me a little sad that this type of camaraderie between attorneys has become rare. Treating other parties and attorneys with respect, being polite, and being straightforward with them, are what we, as attorneys, are supposed to do. Yet, sometimes attorneys are arrogant, distrustful, and lack candor. I think they confuse being rude with being an effective advocate for their client.

My experience has been that developing a good working relationship with the other attorneys involved in a case is greatly beneficial to the client, and it enables me to better explore ways of resolving issues in the case, and to manage the case in a more cost-effective manner. Plus, that relationship will be beneficial to future clients when that same attorney and I are involved in another case.

Evidence via Social MediaMany people are very active on various social media, routinely posting messages about their lives. What they may not consider is that all of those messages can be used as evidence in court many months or years later. A comment like “ I felt great today, went on a walk and played with the dog in the yard”, may make perfect sense for a person who has just started feeling better after an automobile accident and has, for the first time, managed to hobble around outside her house. But two years later in a courtroom, that message can be used to suggest that the person had fully healed from their injuries. My suggestion is that you think twice before posting or sending any message, and that you be especially careful if you are aware that you will be involved in any type of litigation in the future.

Meet Lance Wonderlin