We do not act rightly because we have virtue or excellence, but we rather have these because we have acted rightly. – Aristotle
Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to take rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the grey twilight that knows not victory nor defeat. – Theodore Roosevelt
Attorney Patrick Lyp devotes his time primarily to business, municipal, real estate and bankruptcy issues. He is also an adjunct professor of law at Valparaiso University School of Law where he teaches business drafting. Prior to joining the firm in 1997, Mr. Lyp served as a judicial law clerk to a bankruptcy judge in Chicago.
In his business practice, Mr. Lyp works with small, newly established businesses as well as larger, national firms in all areas including formation, equity structure, and contract drafting and review. His client base includes a national computer software firm, a national land development company, various regional and local construction companies, two regional hardware wholesale and retail stores, and numerous local businesses, entrepreneurs and investors.
His municipal practice focuses on regional/local government, land use and economic development issues. Mr. Lyp serves as attorney to the Gary/Chicago International Airport Authority. He is counsel to three separate plan commissions and boards of zoning appeals and to the City of Valparaiso Redevelopment Commission. He has been involved in the creation and representation of Conservancy (sewer) districts and has represented clients appearing before municipal boards and commissions.
As bankruptcy counsel, Mr. Lyp represents both creditors and debtors, including businesses going through the bankruptcy process. His clients include local and national lenders and credit unions in bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy collection/foreclosure matters.
Mr. Lyp is currently employed as the Economic Development Director for the City of Valparaiso. He is a life-long New York Yankees fan and does not miss an opportunity to talk about baseball. Mr. Lyp is active with his wife (Jody) and three children.
Areas of Practice: Municipal Law; Business & Corporate Law; Real Estate; Business Practices Formation and Organization; Equity Structure; Contract Drafting/Review; Sales/Acquisitions; General Real Estate Matters; Municipal/Land Use and Development Counsel to Municipalities and Plan Commissions; Counsel to Gary/Chicago International Airport Authority; Counsel to Zoning Appeals Boards; Counsel to Conservancy Districts Bankruptcy and Collections: Creditor and Debtor representation
Professional Credentials: J.D., Seton Hall University School of Law, 1996; B.A., Philosophy, (with honors) The Catholic University of America, 1992
Bar Admission: Illinois and Indiana, 1997; U.S. District Court, Northern & Southern Districts of Indiana; Adjunct Professor of Law, Drafting Business Documents, Valparaiso University School of Law; President, Porter County Election Board (President 2006-2008); Law Clerk to Honorable Thomas James, U.S. Bankruptcy Court, Northern District Illinois, 1996-97
Publications: National Business Institute; Speaker: “Legal Ethics Update,” September 2004; Speaker: “Breakthrough Collection Strategies in Indiana” September 2005; Speaker: “Managing Ethical Issues in Your Day-to-Day Practice,” Dec. 2006
Community Involvement: Board Member: Pines Village; Leadership Northwest Indiana
Personal: Born in Elizabeth New Jersey, April 27, 1970