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Jennifer Kalas is a litigator who focuses her practice in the areas of auto, premises liability, wrongful death litigation, ERISA litigation, employment litigation and general tort defense.

Ms. Kalas has an active ERISA litigation practice in Indiana, Illinois, Missouri, Arkansas, Nebraska and Iowa. In her employment litigation practice she handles matters with local agencies and the Indiana EEOC, as well as matters in federal court.

She has tried cases to verdict in Indiana and Illinois state courts, as well as federal courts.

Professional Background

Prior to joining Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in October 2002, she was an attorney with Ruman Clements & Holub.

Professional Affiliations

  • Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, Member

  • U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana Local Rules Committee, Member

  • Bohemian Lawyers' Association of Chicago

  • Lake County Bar Association
    • Former Member
    • Past Secretary 
    • Treasurer

Honors & Awards

  • Rated by Martindale-Hubbell for ethics and legal ability

Representative Matters

A selection of Ms. Kalas’s reported cases includes:

  • Wertz v. Asset Acceptance, LLC, 5 N.E.3d 1174 (Ind. App. 2014)

  • Hale v. SS Liquors, ___ N.E.2d ___ (Ind. App. 2011)
  • Johnson v. Blackwell, 885 N.E.2d 25 (Ind. App. 2008)
  • Moreton v. Auto-Owners Ins., 859 N.E.2d 1252 (Ind. App. 2007)
  • Rosentrater v. Rosentrater, 708 N.E.2d 628 (Ind. App. 1999)
  • Biereichel v. Smith, 693 N.E.2d (Ind. App. 1998)
  • Biereichel v. Smith, 704 N.E.2d 456 (Ind. App. 1998)
  • Alonso v. City of Hammond, 648 N.E.2d 1221 (Ind. App. 1995)

Presentations

  • "Indiana Statutes and Rules for Professional Engineers," webinar, Illinois Society of Professional Engineers, Springfield, Illinois, May 2016.
  • "Professional Engineering Practice Act and Rules for Indiana PE's," Illinois Society of Professional Engineers, May 2014.
  • “Ethics Rules for Indiana Professional Engineers,” a live webinar sponsored by the Illinois Society of Professional Engineers, April 2012.

Education

J.D., summa cum laude, Valparaiso University School of Law, 1993

  • Articles Editor, Valparaiso University Law Review

B.S., summa cum laude, University of Evansville, 1989

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