Attorney/Partner, Craig Van Schouwen concentrates his practice in plaintiffs’ Workers’ Compensation law. A former insurance defense attorney, Mr. Van Schouwen “changed sides” in 1995 when he joined the Valparaiso law firm. He has represented injured workers across the nation since that time.
A passionate advocate for his clients, Mr. Van Schouwen takes pride in helping people get the medical treatment and benefits they need. He is a frequent lecturer and conducts seminars to educate workers about their rights and benefits. Understanding that the Workers’ Compensation system “isn’t perfect,” Mr. Van Schouwen participates in activities directed at strengthening that system.
Committed to helping the families of injured workers, Mr. Van Schouwen serves on the board of directors of Kids’ Chance, a national organization of attorneys, insurance executives, union representatives and Workers’ Compensation Board members, that provides scholarship funding for children whose parent has been injured in a catastrophic workplace accident.
A former runner and cyclist, Mr. Van Schouwen has participated in three Chicago Marathons and several hundred-mile bike rides.
Areas of Practice: Plaintiffs’ Workers’ Compensation; Social Security Disability
Professional Credentials: J.D., DePaul University College of Law, 1991; B.S., Business, Indiana University Northwest, 1988; Illiana Christian High School
Bar Admission: Indiana, 1991; U.S. District Court, Northern & Southern Districts of Indiana
Bar Associations: Association of American Trial Lawyers; Indiana Trial Lawyers Association; Workplace Injury Litigation Group; Porter County Bar Association; Lake County Bar Association
Publications: Pocket Guide to Indiana Workers’ Compensation; Social Security Disability — Coordination of Benefits; The Independent Medical Examination: An Overview from the Plaintiff’s Perspective
Personal: Born in Harvey, Illinois, Oct. 1, 1964