This is definitely not your father’s law firm. Young and deeply embedded in their Geist community, they resonate with committed energy that’s packaged with experience in a broad band of legal issues and a prestigious client roster to boot. This legal eagles group at Lewis and Wilkins LLP, or LAW, casts aside any pre-determined images of stuffy, hard to approach solicitors.
They operate in a notorious office space (think Schrenker),which they have turned to the good side where laughter reigns and clients feel welcome to show up any time. It’s the best of all worlds as this firm knows exactly why they chose to set up shop in their Geist backyard and how their expertise fits the fabric of this community. They have just celebrated their one-year anniversary in a compact, but beautifully redesigned office location.
This team of practicing attorneys will quickly refer to Geist locales such as Mama Bear’s (just steps away), Bella Vita Ristorante and Scotty’s Lakehouse as their conference room “C” where they meet with their clients and friends. Clients love the fact that they don’t have to drive all the way downtown to get advice on personal or business legal matters.
Living and working in one’s own neighborhood …
“This is a great area to live, work and play. It was a no-brainer to open an office here,” says the affable John Lewis. Aside from the stress reliever element, Lewis will tell you straight up what LAW and their clients have in common. “There are winners and losers in business, as in life, and we are successful only if our clients are successful. We help them reach their goals,” he states. “Our clients consider us as part of their team. While some law firms put a priority on the number of clients, we think that places their business first, not the client,” Lewis adds. The LAW firm represents individuals, families, businesses and government offices including the State of Indiana which recently brought LAW in to assist with the State Fair tragedy.
Jim Joven and Steve Koers, both Of Counsel, were involved with Lewis in opening the new office in the Geist area away from the hub of their downtown firm (LAW has offices in South Bend, downtown Indianapolis, and Fishers). Partner Paul Mullin, raised in Geist, operates the downtown Indianapolis LAW office and was a driving force in the decision to open the Geist LAW location.
“This is our community. We all live here. We go to church at St. Simon and Holy Spirit. Our kids go to school here and we coach here. Why not work here?” said Koers. “John and I have known each other for 16 years, and have both served as attorneys for the Catholic Archdiocese,” Koers added. “We were lucky to have mentors in Bill Wood and Jim Tuohy, who believed that clients are also your friends. That relationship allows us to serve them in all matters of their lives, and it instills in our clients a deeper trust to work with us on their important matters. We hold true to this same thought process.”
Amy Becker handles the large task of serving as the office manager with the same warmth as her bosses. Kelly McKillip is their legal assistant and, they have just welcomed a brand new attorney into the fold, Josh Martin of Fishers.
“Our firm represents a wide variety of clients. Whether it’s a personal will or complex business matters, each client gets the same superb quality of work and our sincere attention to their needs,” said Becker. At the Geist location, LAW attorneys assist in various areas including estate planning, insurance, business and corporate work.
Away from the office, Lewis, Koers and Joven enjoy baseball, basketball and football coaching assignments at St. Simon, the Fieldhouse, Oaklandon Youth Organization, and Fall Creek Little League. Lewis is President of the Lawrence Redevelopment Commission charged with bringing new businesses into the Lawrence and Geist. Koers is entering his second year as President of the St. Simon Parish Council. Koers also is one of the founding owners of Indianapolis’ award-winning Sun King Brewing Company. Joven serves as Chairman of the Board of the Greater Lawrence Chamber of Commerce.
It’s nice to know a friendly and experienced law firm in your own backyard. As I said at the start of this story, they are not your father’s law firm, but they are the attorneys you will want on your side should you ever need one!
Lewis and Wilkins LLP
11206 Fall Creek Road
Indianapolis, IN 46256
Office phone: 317.495.7100
For a complete overview of legal services go to their Website at: www.lewisandwilkins.com