Leadership in Law 2013: Timothy A. Emerick

Associate, Barnes & Thornburg LLP, South Bend Valparaiso University Law School

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When Timothy A. Emerick participated in a Masters of Accounting program at the University of Illinois, he convinced the law school to allow him to take a course as an elective. After his first class, the certified public accountant knew that law school was in his future. His CPA experience is invaluable to his legal practice that focuses on mergers and acquisitions, financings and real estate transactions. Each year, he volunteers at the University of Notre Dame/St. Mary’s Tax Assistance program, providing free income tax preparation to low-income families. Tim has also assisted with numerous general corporate and real estate matters for nonprofits on a pro bono basis.

If you could meet and spend a day with one lawyer from history, who would it be and why?
I would like to spend a day with Tim Russert. His life story is impressive and inspiring.

What do you find scary?
The tendency for our society to run to the extremes and refuse to be reasonable and cooperate. From playgrounds to Washington, the trend seems to be for everyone to dig in their heels and hold onto their positions at all costs, a dangerous trend.

What’s the most important thing your mentor has taught you?
Think long-term. With a legal career that will hopefully span nearly 40 years, a few bad days are bound to happen. That’s hard to remember some days, but great advice.

What civic cause is the most important to you?
I’m a member of the board of Unity Gardens Inc., an organization that strives to “grow” stronger communities while providing everyone access to affordable, healthy food.

In life or law, what bugs you?
Inconsiderate and selfish people.

If a drink or sandwich were to be named after you, what would it be called and what would be in it?
“The InTiminator” – grilled cheese on rye with tomato, bacon and pesto.


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  1. I commend Joe for standing up to this tyrant attorney! You ask why? Well I’m one of David Steele victims. I was in desperate need of legal help to protect my child, David saw an opportunity, and he demanded I pay him $3000. Cash. As I received motions and orders from court he did nothing! After weeks of emails asking him to address the legal issues, he responded by saying he was “on vacation “and I should be so lucky to have “my attorney” reply. Finally after lie on top of lie I asked for a full refund, which he refused. He then sent me “bills” for things he never did, such as, his appearance in the case and later claimed he withdrew. He never filed one document / motion for my case! When I finally demanded he refund my money he then turn to threats which scared my family for our lives. It seem unreal we couldn’t believe this guy. I am now over $100,000 in debt digging out of the legal mess he caused my family. Later I was finally able to hire another law office. I met Joe and we worked diligently on my case. I soon learn Joe had a passion for helping people. As anyone who has been through a legal battle it is exhausting. Joe was always more than happy to help or address an issue. Joe was knowledgeable about all my concerns at the same time he was able to reduce the stress and anxieties of my case. He would stay late and come in early, he always went the extra mile to help in any way he could. I can only imagine what Joe and his family has been through, my prayers go out to him and all the victims.

  2. Steele did more than what is listed too. He purposely sought out to ruin me, calling potential employers and then lied about me alleging all kinds of things including kidnapping. None of his allegations were true. If you are in need of an ethical and very knowledgeable family law paralegal, perhaps someone could post their contact information. Ethics cannot be purchased, either your paralegal has them or they do not.

  3. This is ridiculous. Most JDs not practicing law don't know squat to justify calling themselves a lawyer. Maybe they should try visiting the inside of a courtroom before they go around calling themselves lawyers. This kind of promotional BS just increases the volume of people with JDs that are underqualified thereby dragging all the rest of us down likewise.

  4. I think it is safe to say that those Hoosier's with the most confidence in the Indiana judicial system are those Hoosier's who have never had the displeasure of dealing with the Hoosier court system.

  5. I have an open CHINS case I failed a urine screen I have since got clean completed IOP classes now in after care passed home inspection my x sister in law has my children I still don't even have unsupervised when I have been clean for over 4 months my x sister wants to keep the lids for good n has my case working with her I just discovered n have proof that at one of my hearing dcs case worker stated in court to the judge that a screen was dirty which caused me not to have unsupervised this was at the beginning two weeks after my initial screen I thought the weed could have still been in my system was upset because they were suppose to check levels n see if it was going down since this was only a few weeks after initial instead they said dirty I recently requested all of my screens from redwood because I take prescriptions that will show up n I was having my doctor look at levels to verify that matched what I was prescripted because dcs case worker accused me of abuseing when I got my screens I found out that screen I took that dcs case worker stated in court to judge that caused me to not get granted unsupervised was actually negative what can I do about this this is a serious issue saying a parent failed a screen in court to judge when they didn't please advise