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 Sixty-Five (65) 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  

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Adam obtained his undergraduate degree (Political Science and History) in 1996 from Valparaiso University and his Juris Doctorate from Valparaiso University School of Law in 1999. 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 Fifty-Five (55) first chair jury trials, Adam has extensive experience in civil litigation. During his fifteen (15) 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 has also led to recognition by members of the Indiana Bar as Adam was voted and named “Rising Starby Indiana Super Lawyer the last two consecutive years, 2012-2013 & 2013-2014 and designated with a BV® Distinguished ™ rating by Martindale-Hubbell, which is an excellent rating and a widely respected mark of achievement, upon his first application.  Being born and raised in Northwest Indiana, Adam has ties to the local community, including prior employment with Bethlehem Steel Corporation (currently Arcelor Mittal, Burns Harbor, Indiana). He was honored to complete a Judicial Externship with presiding 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 is always willing to discuss Chicago Bears Football.

amoore@mooreandportelli.com

 


JAMES M. PORTELLI

jim-MP031114_066-400x267Jim 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

greg-MP031114_192-400x267Greg 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

 

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.

Arbitration & Mediation Calendar

Jim Portelli is available to serve as an arbitrator or mediator on any of the dates on this calendar, unless the dates are marked “unavailable”.  Please contact the office at (219) 750-9540 to schedule and confirm availability.  Thank you!

 

 

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Updates

 

October, 2018

Partner Greg Tonner was co-counsel in an eight (8) day jury trial in the Lake Superior Court in Crown Point, Indiana.  The case involved a product liability claim against a Fortune 500 large machinery manufacturer.  The plaintiff was operating a skid steer loader while at work at a local steel mill.  The incident allegedly caused a neck injury which required two separate cervical surgeries.  After incurring a worker’s compensation lien of $258K, the plaintiff requested a verdict for at least $2 million.  The defendant disputed both the liability and the injury claims.  The jury returned a verdict for the defendant.


 

October, 2018

In October, Partner Jim Portelli obtained a dismissal of a counterclaim brought against his client at a bench trial in the Lake Superior Court, County Division 4.


 

July, 2018

For the fifth year in a row, we are sponsoring the Parents As Teachers of Porter County’s annual Touch-A-Truck Event held at Sunset Hill Farms in Valparaiso, Indiana.  As in years past, this event raises funds for Parents as Teachers’ efforts in promoting and improving early childhood development.  Moore & Portelli is proud to assist this organization and its Touch-A-Truck event.


 

June, 2018

Partner Jim Portelli obtained a voluntary dismissal of his healthcare provider clients, without any payment or settlement, in a medical malpractice action pending in Porter County, Indiana.  At the depositions of plaintiff’s physical therapists and musculoskeletal radiologist, Jim was able to demonstrate that plaintiff’s theory against his clients was implausible.  This reversal of expert opinion warranted the dropping of the lawsuit against Jim’s clients.


 

May, 2018

This month, Partner Jim Portelli successfully obtained summary judgment from the Marion County Superior Court in favor of his client (an industrial facility in Indianapolis, IN) concerning an alleged wrongful death, malignant mesothelioma asbestos exposure case.


April, 2018

Partner Gregory J. Tonner obtained summary judgment for his insurance carrier client in an environmental coverage dispute pending in the United States District Court in Hammond, IN.  Originally, three insurance carriers were defending an environmental claim under a reservation of rights.  The insured had selected its preferred environmental consultant.  Subsequently, the carriers withdrew their reservation of rights letters and demanded that another environmental consultant be used on the project.  The District Court agreed that the insurance carriers were empowered to select their own environmental consultant and also declared that the insured’s payments to its environmental consultant during the interim were deemed voluntary for which the insured could not seek reimbursement.  See, Ranburn Corp. v. Argonaut Ins. Co., Case No. 4:16-CV-00088.


March, 2018

Despite a police report identifying his client as the primary cause of a vehicular accident, Partner Jim Portelli successfully obtained a defense judgment for his client during a recent bench trial involving an automobile accident negligence case.  The matter was tried before the Hon. Michael N. Pagano in the Lake Superior Court, County Division III, sitting in Crown Point, Indiana.


February, 2018

Partner Gregory J. Tonner was selected to the 2018 Indiana Super Lawyers list in the practice area of Civil Litigation:  Defense.  The process includes peer nomination and review for inclusion.  Only the Top Five Percent (5%) of all attorneys are selected to be a Super Lawyer.


February, 2018

Partner Gregory J. Tonner obtained summary judgment for his clients in the defense of a products liability case pending in the U.S. District Court in Hammond, IN.  Plaintiffs’ injuries included a skull fracture and broken bones as a result of a high speed motorcycle accident.  The incurred medical bills were over $795,000.00.  The last global settlement demand against all defendants, before Attorney Tonner’s successful summary judgment efforts, was for several million dollars.


February, 2018

Partner Adam J. Moore successfully defended his individual client during a recent bench trial held in the Porter Superior Court, sitting in Portage, Indiana.  After hearing factual evidence and legal arguments by the defense, the Court found for the plaintiff, but entered a judgment for five times less the disputed damages claimed.


January, 2018

Moore & Portelli is proud to support the Chesterton High School Speech & Debate Tournament to be held at Chesterton High School on February 10, 2018.  Good luck, Trojans!


December, 2017

Moore & Portelli was honored to sponsor the Duneland Swim Club’s “Rumble in the Region” swim meet.  This swim program is wonderfully coached and is an asset to our local community.  We were honored to be a part of this event.

Merry Christmas to all from Moore & Portelli.  Our office was proud to sponsor with “Merry Meals” this Holiday Season.  Merry Meals is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to feeding families throughout Porter County, Indiana.


December, 2017

Founding Partner Jim Portelli successfully represented a client before the Nursing Board, which renewed the nurse’s license free and clear.


August, 2017

Founding Partner Jim Portelli obtained Summary Judgment in favor of a local casino in a premises liability action resulting in serious injuries to the Plaintiff.  This Summary Judgment proved extremely beneficial, as a Lake County jury later rendered a verdict in excess of $2 Million against the Co-Defendant, an independent contractor that remained in the case.


July, 2017

It was wonderful to be a sponsor with Parents As Teachers of Porter County for the fourth year in a row at its annual Touch-A-Truck Event held at Sunset Hill Farms in Valparaiso, Indiana.  As in years past, the event was a success and helped raise funds for Parents As Teachers’ efforts in promoting and improving early childhood development in our community.


June, 2017

The Indiana Court of Appeals upheld the Lake County Superior Court’s granting of Summary Judgment in favor of Founding Partner Jim Portelli’s contractor client in a wrongful death action.  The Indiana Supreme Court later denied Plaintiff’s Petition to Transfer in October, 2017, effectively concluding the case in favor of our client.  Jim Portelli served as local counsel in Lake County, IN for lead counsel based in Indianapolis.


January, 2017

For the second year in a row, Moore & Portelli was a proud sponsor of the Duneland Swim Club’s “Rumble in the Region” swim meet.  It is an honor to support this local program as it continues to coach, mentor and help develop our community’s young swimmers.


September, 2016

Partner Adam J. Moore successfully defended a local small business from a claim of negligence and breach of contract during a trial held in LaPorte County, Indiana.  The Court found for our client in total and denied all of Plaintiff’s claims.


July, 2016

Moore & Portelli again sponsored Parents as Teachers of Porter County’s annual Touch-A-Truck Event.  It is our understanding that this was one of the most successful years for this worthwhile cause.  We could not be happier for the continued success of this non-profit organization.


May, 2016

Thank you to Westchester Intermediate School for allowing us to be a sponsor of its “Color Run” Event.


February, 2016

Partner Adam J. Moore successfully obtained a defense judgment for a client who was sued in an action for replevin in Porter County, Indiana.  The Court found in favor of our client on all counts and denied all of Plaintiff’s asserted claims.


August, 2015

On August 20, 2015, Attorney Gregory J. Tonner was one of the featured presenters at a legal seminar entitled, “Personal Injury Claims:  The Insurance Defense Perspective” in Merrillville, Indiana.  Attorney Tonner addressed two topics:  (1) Working with Adjusters and Insurance Company Requirements, and (2) Qualified Settlement Offers/Pre-Judgment Interest Demands/Proposals for Settlement.


July, 2015

Everyone at Moore & Portelli was honored to again sponsor Parents as Teachers of Porter County during its annual Touch-A-Truck Event held at Sunset Hill Farms in Valparaiso, Indiana.


December, 2014

Earlier this month, Attorney Adam J. Moore successfully obtained a judgment in favor of his corporate defendant in a bench trial involving claims for breach of warranty and damage to personal property.  The matter was tried before the Honorable Michael N. Pagano, Judge, Lake Superior Court, County Division III, sitting in Crown Point, Indiana.


August, 2014

We are pleased to announce that Attorney Gregory J. Tonner has been approved as a registered civil mediator in the State of Indiana.  With Attorney James M. Portelli already approved as a registered civil mediator and our office’s recent expansion to include additional conference rooms, Moore & Portelli is ready to serve as your mediator, arbitrator and/or medical malpractice panel chairman.


July, 2014

Moore & Portelli is proud to announce that Partner Gregory J. Tonner recently completed the five-day civil mediation training classes last week in Indianapolis, Indiana.  Greg is currently in the process of applying to become a registered civil mediator in Indiana.  He is available to serve as an arbitrator as well.

Partner James M. Portelli is also a registered civil mediator.  He is available to serve as a mediator, arbitrator and/or medical malpractice panel chairman.

Our office has expanded to include additional conference rooms for litigants and parties to resolve their disputes through Indiana’s various alternative dispute resolution forums.  To better serve your mediation, arbitration and medical malpractice panel needs, James M. Portelli and Gregory J. Tonner are also willing to travel free of charge to any location in Lake, Porter, LaPorte, Newton, and Jasper Counties.  They are also willing to travel to any other county at reduced travel rates.


June, 2014

Moore & Portelli is proudly sponsoring Parents As Teachers of Porter County’s annual “Touch-A-Truck” event on July 5, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. (CST) at Sunset Hill Farm in Valparaiso, Indiana.  Proceeds from the event benefit Parents As Teachers of Porter County, a local nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide educational family programming throughout Porter County.


April, 2014

The firm of Moore & Portelli welcomes its newest staff member:  Gail Stuhlmacher.  Gail brings over 25 years of legal experience as a Legal Assistant/Paralegal to the firm.  Together, Gail and Pam provide over 55 years of legal support experience.

Recently, Attorney Adam J. Moore successfully obtained a judgment for his corporate defendant in a bench trial involving the Indiana Deceptive Sales Act.  The matter was tried before the Honorable Judge John M. Sedia, Lake County Superior Court, Room Number One, sitting in Hammond, Indiana.

Attorney Moore also recently obtained an arbitration award in favor of the defense in a products liability case involving the subrogation of substantial workers compensation benefits paid concerning an employee’s degloving injury.


March, 2014

Attorneys James M. Portelli and Gregory J. Tonner have again been selected as two (2) of the Chicago area’s “Top Rated Lawyers”.  Jim and Greg will be recognized in a special magazine included in the Chicago Tribune, and Chicagoland additions of the Wall Street Journal, the American Lawyer, Corporate Counsel and the National Law Journal.


February, 2014

Congratulations to Attorney Adam J. Moore for being recognized by the Indiana Super Lawyers magazine as a “Rising Star” in the area of Civil Litigation: Defense.  So tough.

Moore & Portelli has expanded its offices to include three (3) additional conference rooms.  By doubling its office size, we will be able to provide a comfortable environment to meet our growing mediation and litigation needs.


January, 2014

The firm of Moore & Portelli welcomes Legal Assistant, Pam Bodamer.  Pam has 30 years of legal support experience as a Legal Assistant/Paralegal and Office Manager.

The firm of Moore & Portelli welcomes its newest attorney:  Gregory J. Tonner.  Greg brings over thirty (30) years of litigation and trial experience to the firm.  He has been awarded an AV® Preeminent™ rating by Martindale-Hubbell, which is the “highest possible rating for both legal ability and ethical standards.”

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

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1449 East 84th Place, Merrillville, IN 46410