Practice areas include civil litigation representing plaintiffs and defendants in many legal areas including personal injuries, insurance litigation, product liability, railroads, trucking, medical and legal malpractice, commercial disputes, contract claims, mediation and arbitration.
Robert J. Konopa was admitted to the Indiana Bar in 1967 following his graduation from The University of Notre Dame Law School. He has since practiced in both state and federal courts, trying cases for both plaintiffs and defendants. Bob’s extensive trial experience, combined with mediation skills acquired from formal training, experience and a negotiator’s instincts, are particularly useful in complex cases, whether they involve personal injury, commercial or other civil litigation subject matters.
Bob was inducted as a Fellow in the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers in 1990. Not more than one percent of the lawyers who are licensed to practice in a state may be selected as Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
He was an Associate Lecturer at Indiana University, South Bend from 1965-1977. He is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association and a recipient of the 2009 Litigation Section Civility Award. He is also a member of the Defense Research Institute, Inc. and Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana (Member, Board of Directors, 1996-98, Diplomate Award 2000), American Association for Justice and the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association. Bob has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 20th anniversary edition of The Best Lawyers in America® (2014) in the specialties of Arbitration, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Mediation, Personal Injury Litigation Defendants, Product Liability Ligation Defendant. He is one of a distinguished group of attorneys who have been listed in Best Lawyers® for over twenty years.
In January, 2009, Bob was selected for membership in The American Trial Lawyers Association for inclusion in the 2008-2009 Top 100 Trial Lawyers for the state of Indiana. Membership is by invitation and is extended only to those attorneys who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results and leadership within the trial attorney community. His fellowship in the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation only trial lawyer honorary society, dates back to 2009.
In 1986, Bob achieved an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating granted for competency and ethics in law, a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.
Martindale Hubbell Law Directory (AV rating, 1986 – present )
Best Lawyers in America (1987 – present)
Bests Directory of Recommended Insurance Attorneys and Adjusters (1982 – present)
Memberships and Fellowships
St. Joseph County Bar Association (Member, Board of Governors, 1975 – 1979)
Indiana State Bar Association (Member, Board of Managers, 1988 – 1990, Litigation and Appellate Sections; 2009 Civility Award
The Seventh Circut Bar Association
National Lawyers Association
National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
Defense Research Institute; Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana (Member, Board of Directors, 1996-1998; Diplomat, 2000)
American Assocation for Justice
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association
National Trial Lawyers Association (Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2008 – 2014)
Robert A. Grant Inn of Court (Emeritus; President, 1997 – 1999)
Fellow, Indiana Bar Foundation (2000 – present)
Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (2009)
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (1990 – present)
Slip, Trip, Fall & Sue, ICLEF, 2015
Professionalism Program, ICLEF, May, 2010
Cross-examination of the Independent Medical Examiner, Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, 2007
Mediation Mistakes, Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, 2005
Spoliation of Evidence, National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators, 2005
Civil Mediation Training, ICLEF, 2004
Wrongful Death Litigation, ICLEF, 2004
Indiana Judges on Indiana Evidence; The Tough Issues Argued, ICLEF, 2000
Bad Faith in Insurance Litigation, Auto-Owners Ins. Co., 2000
Wrongful Death, ICLEF, 1999
Powerful Cross-examination, Cross-examination of the Medical Expert, ICLEF, 1995
Governmental Tort Liability, Auto-Owners Ins. Co., Branch Claims Office, 1993
Slip, Trip, Fall and Sue, Nuts and Bolts of a Slip and Fall Case – Defense, ICLEF, 1990
Railroads. 3 Indiana Practitioner Series, Personal Injury and Torts, Lawyers Cooperative Publishing, 1996
Indiana State Courts
U.S. District Courts, Northern & Southern Districts of Indiana; Western District of Michigan
United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
Robert A. Grant Inn of Court (President, 1997 – 1999, Emeritus)
Allstate Insurance Company
Assurant Insurance Group
Auto-Owners Insurance Company
Cherokee Insurance Company
Colony Insurance Company
Employers Mutual Companies
West Bend Mutual Insurance Company
Liberty Bell Agency
Carlson Worldwide Restaurants, TGI Friday’s, Inc.
Civil litigation representing plaintiffs and defendants in many legal areas including,