Attorney Brian Smith grew up in Muncie, Indiana, where he graduated from Muncie Central High School. Brian attended Ball State University and graduated in 2001, majoring in political science and obtaining a minor in business. After completing his undergraduate studies, he attended law school at Valparaiso University, receiving his Juris Doctor's degree from Valparaiso University in 2005. While in law school, Brian participated as a member on the Valparaiso ATLA mock trial team, and also received academic honors in legal drafting, business law, and trial practice. Attorney Smith is an accomplished attorney and has been practicing law in Lake County since 2005.
In his legal practice, Brian is personable and eager to help clients. He strives to build and maintain strong relationships with his clients and believes his success is second to theirs. His work ethic and diligence are effective at achieving results.
Attorney Smith has been Managing Partner of his firm in Merrillville since 2007. Brian has extensive experience in business law, family law, and bankruptcy, and has handled numerous personal injury matters, workers compensation, and corporate cases. Attorney Smith has represented and continues to represent local businesses in multiple counties of Northwest Indiana, with an emphasis on startup businesses. Brian has effectively handled several cases covered by media outlets such as The Times of Northwest Indiana, and The Post-Tribune. Attorney Smith has successfully appealed several client matters to the Indiana Appellate Courts. Throughout his years of legal practice, Attorney Smith has gained invaluable experience effectively practicing in many areas of law.
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Attorney Gerald (Trey) Fankhauser joins the firm as a practicing attorney after serving as a legal intern and law clerk since 2013 under the direction of Attorney Brian M. Smith. Trey is a 2014 Alumnus of Wabash College where he earned a Bachelor's Degree in Economics and was a four-year letterman on the Wabash College Little Giants baseball team. After graduating from Wabash, Attorney Fankhauser attended law school at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis, Indiana, receiving his Juris Doctorate Degree in May of 2017. In addition to receiving his JD, Trey earned a Certificate specializing in Corporate and Commercial Law.
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