“The social purpose of tort law is accident and injury prevention. It is only when we fail in our initial purpose that we move to the secondary purpose, which is compensation for the injured person.” – Harry M. Philo
Jeffrey S. Wrage, Attorney/Partner, devotes 100% of his practice to litigation. As a plaintiffs’ advocate, Mr. Wrage represents individuals and families in state and federal courts in all types of personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, complex civil litigation, and employment litigation.
With more than 35 civil jury trials to his credit, Jeff’s trial experience includes motor vehicle and semi-truck cases, medical malpractice, slip and fall, premises liability, insurance, and employment cases. His civil trial experience includes numerous multi-million dollar results. Mr. Wrage’s previous experience defending these types of cases serves him well in counseling his clients regarding what to expect in the litigation process and in helping them reach a successful conclusion.
Jeff also handles business and commercial litigation for the firm’s business, municipal, estate and conservancy district clients. Mr. Wrage previously taught Trial Practice as an adjunct professor at Valparaiso University School of Law, as well as coaching students in the Trial Advocacy Program. Jeff has been a presenter at a number of Continuing Legal Education programs involving personal injury skills, trial techniques, and complex personal injury issues.
Jeff is Board Certified in Pre-Trial Advocacy and as a Civil Trial Attorney by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Mr. Wrage is also a lifetime member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum, a member of Elite Lawyers of America, and recognized as a Top 100 Trial Attorney by the National Trial Lawyers Assocation.
Also active within the community, Mr. Wrage discusses legal topics at local area schools, civic gatherings, labor union meetings, Chamber of Commerce programs and at Indiana University Northwest. Jeff has also volunteered for the Boone Grove Math Fair, the Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce Reality Store, the “Ask Me What’s Great About America” program, the “Talk to a Lawyer for Free Day” program, the “Why Lincoln was a Lawyer” program (all 3 programs are associated with the Indiana State Bar Association), the Valparaiso Lions Club, and as a youth sports coach, and a past graduate of the Leadership Northwest Indiana program.
Professional Credentials: J.D., Valparaiso University School of Law 1994; B.S., Business Economics & Public Policy, Indiana University – Bloomington, 1991
Bar Admission: Indiana, 1994; Illinois, 1994; U.S. District Court, Northern & Southern Districts of Indiana; U.S. District Court, Northern; District of Illinois; U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
Distinctions: Top 100 Trial Lawyer – National Trial Lawyers Association, Elite Lawyers of America, Top 10 Client Services 2016-17 – American Institute of Personal Injury Attorneys, Certified Lifetime Member, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum; Indiana Super Lawyer in Personal Injury – 2010, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017; Board Certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy in Trial Advocacy and Pre-Trial Advocacy (2006 to the present)
Membership Associations: Indiana State Bar Association; Illinois State Bar Association; Porter County Bar Association; Indiana Trial Lawyers Association (Sustaining Member 2006-present; Board of Directors, 2014-present); The American Association for Justice, formerly The Association of Trial Lawyers of America; National Employment Lawyers Association
Publications and Presentations: Presenter – October 1999 – Tank Truck Carriers Association St. Louis, Missouri – “What a Carrier Should Do: The First Hours after a Serious Loss”
Contributing Author – 1999/2000 – TransPoints – monthly publication of the ATA (American Trucking Association)
Author – Indiana Lawyer – 2003 – “Recent Indiana Supreme Court Decision Ignores Indiana Children”
Author – The Verdict (a publication of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association) – Spring 2006 – “The Risk of Serious Personal Injury or Death by Electrocution is a Non-Delegable Duty”
Presenter – 2006 ITLA Lifetime Achievement Seminar Indianapolis, IN – “The Risk of Serious Personal Injury or Death by Electrocution is a Non-Delegable Duty”
Author – Winter 2007 Article – “Back to Basics: Seven Steps for Litigation an Auto Crash Case with the Client” (also published in the Spring 2008 Verdict Magazine with permission)
Presenter – December 2007 – NBI Seminar Lake County, IN – “Personal Injury: Practical Tips and Applications”
Presenter – December 2008 – NBI Seminar Lake County, IN – “Personal Injury: Practical Tips and Applications”
Author – The Verdict (a publication of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association) – Spring 2010 – “Do you need to retain a vocational expert? An overview of Indiana law regarding proving damages for lost time, earnings, salary, and lost or impaired earning capacity”
Presenter – November 2011 – ICLEF Seminar Lake County, IN – “Successfully Handling Employment Matters from the Employer and Employee Perspective”
Presenter – Employment Law Seminar – Lake County, Indiana – Plaintiff’s Employment Law: Counseling Clients on a Variety of Issues’
Published Cases: Mayflower Transit, Inc. v. Davenport, 714 N.E.2d 794 (Ind. App. 1999)
Sweet v. Art Pape Transfer, Inc., 721 N.E.2d 311 (Ind. App. 1999)
Randolph v. Methodist Hospitals, Inc., 793 N.E.2d 231 (Ind. App. 2003)
East Chicago Police Dept. v. Bynum, 826 N.E.2d 22 (Ind. App. 2005)
Beta Steel v. Rust, 830 N.E.2d 62 (Ind. App. 2005)
Mayfield v. Levy Co., 833 N.E.2d 501 (Ind. App. 2005)
Hlinko v. Marlow, 864 N.E.2d 351 (Ind. App. 2007)
In re Estate of Holt, 870 N.E.2d 511 (Ind. App. 2007)
Wiley v. McShane, 875 N.E.2d 273 (Ind. App. 2007)
State Farm Mut. Auto Ins. Co. v. Jakupko, 881 N.E.2d 654 (Ind. 2008) (amicus curiae)
Manns v. Richie, 937 N.E.2d 44 (Ind. App. 2010)
Powers v. VSF Holland, Inc., 667 F3d 815 (C.A.7 Ind. 2011)
Harper v. C.R. England, Inc., 687 F3d 297 (C.A. 7 Ind. 2012)
Mr. Bults, Inc. v. Orlando, 990 N.E.2d 1 (Ind. App. 2013)
Newman v. Gagan, LLC, 939 F.Supp.2d 853 (N.D. Ind. 2013)
Wiseman v. City of Michigan City, 966 F. Supp. 2d 790, (N.D. Ind. 2013)
Perry v. Bath & Body Works, LLC, 993 F. Supp. 2d 883 (N.D. Ind. 2014)
Zoeller v. Sweeney, 19 N.E.3d (Ind. 2014)
Personal: Born in Rockford, Illinois, Dec. 6, 1968