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.