An Interview with Lance Wonderlin

Why did you decide to be a lawyer?

From childhood I recall family members, teachers, and other adults telling me that I should be a lawyer because I loved to argue.  While I didn’t personally know any lawyers, I was attracted to the idea of serving people and striving to achieve justice.  In school I enjoyed math, history, literature, and later political science and economics.  I did well at Wabash, was admitted to the law school of my choice, and enjoyed the study of law in Bloomington.  I have found the  practice of law to be exciting, challenging, and rewarding, and am grateful for those words of advice to an obnoxious young boy.

Why did you decide to be a litigator?

Like most law students, I had no idea through two years of law school what area of law I preferred. During my third year of law school, I took two classes which truly shaped my future.  The first was a trial procedures class taught by the Honorable John G. Baker, then a Circuit Court Judge in Monroe County, and now a Judge on the Indiana Court of Appeals.  I learned that I enjoyed the courtroom experience, and had some skill in that arena. The second was a negotiations class taught by the late Dean Leonard D. Fromm.  I discovered a talent for negotiating resolutions to legal disputes.  From my success in these two classes, I chose to devote my legal career to being a litigator.

What is your approach to the litigation process?

Should I hire an attorney from a larger law firm?

Should my case be handled by someone who specializes in only one area of the law?

Statement of Faith:

I am a Christian, and regularly attend and serve in a large non-denominational church.  If you share my faith, then I will happily discuss how Biblical principles may affect your perspective as a party in litigation, and am happy to incorporate prayer in our discussions.  If you do not share my faith, you have no reason to fear that my attention or devotion to you or your case will differ in any way from that of any other client I represent.  I believe that I am called to love others, all others, and to serve them to the best of my ability.

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.

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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.

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