Moore and Portelli

Firm Overview

Moore & Portelli is located in Northwest Indiana, but serves as counsel throughout the State of Indiana.  The attorneys at Moore & Portelli have a combined eighty (80) years of first chair jury trial experience in defending individuals, corporations, and insurance companies in most of Indiana’s county venues in both state and federal courts.  The firm’s attorneys  have tried over one hundred (100) first chair jury trials.  We established our firm to continue our concentration on insurance defense and civil litigation.  We believe our success has not only come from our vast courtroom experience, but also from a conscious recognition and adherence to the firms three founding principles:

  1. Significant jury trial experience
  2. Prompt responsiveness & reporting
  3. Early and frequent client communication

It is our belief that these three factors are primarily responsible for our current client base.  These principles will also serve as the foundation for our future relationships and success with other individuals, corporations and insurance companies.

The Team


ADAM J. MOORE  

Adam J. Moore

Adam obtained his undergraduate degrees in Political Science and History from Valparaiso University and his Juris Doctorate from Valparaiso University School of Law. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Indiana and in the United States District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana. Having tried approximately Sixty-Five (65) first chair jury trials, Adam has extensive experience in civil litigation. Over the years of handling litigation matters, Adam has represented clients in: 1st and 3rd party claims, automobile, premises liability, construction, fire loss, business litigation, UM/UIM claims, product liability, public transportation / governmental tort claims, medical malpractice, appeals & post trial filings, argument and filings within Arbitration Forums, and Alternative Dispute Resolution (mediations and arbitrations).

Proudly, his experience and professionalism led to recognition by members of the Indiana Bar as Adam was voted and named a “Rising Star” by Indiana Super Lawyer in 2012-2013 & 2013-2014. Adam has since been recognized by being named as a Super Lawyer in the state of Indiana. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high-degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The patented selection process includes independent research, peer nominations and peer evaluations. Adam is also a member of the Indiana State Bar Association, Lake County Bar Association, Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana (DTCI) and, after nomination, is a member of CLM, A member of the Institutes.

Being born and raised in Northwest Indiana, Adam has ties to the local community, including his prior employment with Bethlehem Steel Corporation (currently Arcelor Mittal, Burns Harbor, Indiana). He was honored to complete a Judicial Externship with Judge Julia Jent, Porter County Superior Court III while attending Valparaiso University School of Law. In his spare time, Adam pursues his interest in playing guitar and ukulele. He is always willing to discuss Chicago Bears Football.

amoore@mooreandportelli.com

JAMES M. PORTELLI

James M. PortelliJim graduated with distinction from the University of Michigan, Ann Arbor with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Philosophy in 1990. He then graduated from the Indiana University School of Law — Bloomington, Indiana in 1993. He is licensed to practice law in the State of Indiana, in the United States District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, and in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. During his twenty (20) years of practice, Jim has litigated matters including: 1st and 3rd party claims, insurance coverage, automobile, premises liability, construction, fire loss, business litigation, UM/UIM claims, products liability governmental tort claims, trucking, medical/dental malpractice, complex litigation, wrongful death, asbestos & mixed dust litigation, mass tort litigation, appeals, home owner association (HOA) matters, and Alternative Dispute Resolution (mediation and arbitration).

Jim is also a registered civil mediator in Indiana.  He serves as a mediator and arbitrator throughout the State, helping opposing parties fairly and efficiently resolve their disputes.  Please see the arbitration and mediation calendar, below, for Jim’s availability to serve as a mediator or arbitrator in your case.

Jim also has twenty (20) years of experience in counseling a wide variety of health care professionals in dental/medical malpractice, risk management and licensing issues. He was awarded an AV® Preeminent ™ rating by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the “highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards.” Jim is also recognized as a “Top Rated Lawyer” in Indiana and the Chicagoland area, in the areas of civil law, insurance law and medical malpractice.

Since 1993, Jim has lived in Northwest Indiana. He is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association and Lake County Bar Association. Jim and his family live in Valparaiso, Indiana.  He is a member of the Valparaiso Lions Club, which serves the needs of the blind, deaf and diabetic.

jportelli@mooreandportelli.com

GREGORY J. TONNER

Gregory J. TonnerGreg graduated from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana from the Kelley School of Business with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Finance in 1979.  He then graduated from the University of Tulsa School of Law, Tulsa, Oklahoma in 1982.  He was honored to be selected as a Law Clerk to the Honorable Michael S. Kanne, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, Hammond Division, from 1982 until 1984.  Currently, Judge Kanne is an active Circuit Court Judge sitting on the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Chicago, Illinois.  Greg is licensed to practice in the State of Indiana, in the United States District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and in the United States Supreme Court.  During his thirty (30) years of practice in insurance defense and in representing individuals and corporations, Greg has litigated matters including 1st and 3rd party claims, automobile, premises liability, construction, fire loss, business litigation, UM/UIM claims, products liability, public transportation, governmental tort claims, trucking, insurance coverage, medical devices, environmental liability, professional malpractice, complex litigation, wrongful death, mass tort litigation, post-trial filings, appellate advocacy, and Alternative Dispute Resolution (mediations and arbitrations).

Greg also has thirty (30) years of experience in counseling individuals, insurance defense clients and corporate clients in a wide variety of pre-suit, litigation and appellate issues.  He was awarded an AV® Preeminent™ rating by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the “highest possible rating for both legal ability and ethical standards.”  Greg was also recognized as a “Top Rated Lawyer” in Indiana and the Chicagoland area, in the area of insurance law. He is also the past President of the Federal Bar Association –  Northwest Indiana Chapter.

Greg was born and raised in Northwest Indiana.  Since graduating from law school, he has worked exclusively in Northwest Indiana for over thirty-two (32) years as a Law Clerk to a Federal Judge and in private practice.  As a young boy, Greg attained the rank of Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America.  He is a merit badge counselor for his local troop and enjoys giving back to the community.

gtonner@mooreandportelli.com

EDWARD R. RICCI, JR.

Edward R. Ricci, Jr.Born in the west coast but raised in the east coast, Edward graduated from Framingham State University in Massachusetts with a Bachelor of Science Degree in History and Business & Information Technology in 2015. He then moved to Northwest Indiana to start his own path. This led him to Valparaiso University School of Law, where he graduated third in his class in 2019. During his time in law school, he completed simultaneous judicial externships with Judge Mary R. Harper, Porter County Circuit Court, and with Judge Joseph S. Van Bokkelen, United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. Not to mention, he did all of this while successfully battling cancer. He has been in complete remission since August 6, 2018.

Currently, Edward is licensed to practice law in the State of Indiana and in the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. He represents clients in a variety of 1st and 3rd party claims involving: automobile accidents, premises liability, dog bites, construction losses, UM/UIM claims, and product liability. Edward is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association and Lake County Bar Association. He is a racing enthusiast, and in his spare time, he particularly enjoys driving in a racing simulator used by top-level professional drivers to train for upcoming races. He also edited and published a novella written by an independent author.

ericci@mooreandportelli.com

Services

IndianaMoore & Portelli offers significant experience and prompt attention to providing legal counsel to clients with various needs. From trial litigation to small claims matters, Moore & Portelli stands ready to provide services, including: federal or state matters, complex litigation, jury trial representation, appellate work, claims negotiations, arbitration forums, alternative dispute resolution, mediation, arbitration, (pre-and post suit),  advisory/research and insurance coverage opinions.

The attorneys at Moore & Portelli have gained substantial experience in a wide variety of practice areas such as: general liability, premises liability, automobile claims, medical/dental malpractice, medical provider licensing & discipline issues, construction claims, fire loss, products liability, wrongful death, mass tort litigation, asbestos & mixed dust litigation, trucking litigation, public transportation / governmental tort claim matters, and 1st and 3rd party claims (uninsured and underinsured claims). At Moore & Portelli, files will be primarily handled by an experienced trial attorney.

As a registered civil mediator in Indiana, James M. Portelli is available to serve as a mediator and arbitrator.

Moore & Portelli primarily serves  clients throughout the State of Indiana. Although focused upon representing people and companies within the state, there are numerous opportunities to assist out of state companies doing business or writing policies within Indiana. The firm’s legal services are available in every county within the state and in each of Indiana’s two federal District Courts, as well as the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals in Chicago and the United States Supreme Court. The firm’s combined experience benefits its carriers and clients by providing effective management of the claims in any of the above forums from pre-suit claims handling through jury trial, and even through appeal when necessary.

Firm History

Moore & Portelli was established in December 2013 when two former law firm partners joined together to focus their talents to better serve their clients.

Partner Adam J. Moore began his defense practice in Indianapolis, Indiana in 2000.  In 2007, after defending numerous clients and carriers in various county venues throughout the state, Adam returned to his home in Northwest Indiana to raise his family and continue his defense practice at a firm where he met James Portelli and Gregory Tonner.  Many of Adam’s clients in Indianapolis continue to use him to handle their litigation needs throughout the State of Indiana.

Partner James M. Portelli began his defense practice in Merrillville, Indiana in 1993. He practiced for nearly twenty (20) years at an established law firm in Northwest Indiana and litigated extensively in insurance defense and civil litigation throughout the state.  He became a registered civil mediator in 2010.

Partner Gregory J. Tonner joined the firm in January, 2014, soon after its formation.  He rejoined two of his former partners from an established law firm in Northwest Indiana.  Greg has practiced for over thirty (30) years and has litigated extensively in insurance defense, corporate litigation, civil litigation and appellate work throughout Indiana in both state and federal courts.

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Contact Info

(219) 750-9540 or Fax (219) 750-9263

gstuhlmacher@mooreandportelli.com

1449 East 84th Place, Merrillville, IN 46410