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JUSTIN K. 
CURTIS

Partner

jcurtis@heplerbroom.com

219-544-4031

Hammond, IN

 

Education

  • Valparaiso University School of Law, J.D., magna cum laude, 2009
  • Ball State University, B. S. in Political Science with a concentration in Economics and a minor in Criminal Justice, 2006

Admissions

  • Indiana
  • Illinois
  • U.S. District Courts for the
    • Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana
    • Northern District of Illinois
    • Northern District of Ohio

Practice Description


Justin K. Curtis is a litigation attorney who focuses his practice on complex civil litigation, insurance coverage, and bad faith litigation. He has obtained successful results for his clients and has extensive experience in the following fields:

  • insurance coverage/defense
  • toxic tort
  • construction
  • professional liability
  • employment law
  • school law
  • personal injury

 

                 

Prior to joining HeplerBroom, Mr. Curtis practiced at a Northwest Indiana firm focusing on civil litigation and education law. His education law experience includes serving as the Examiner at expulsion proceedings for five years. He also served as a Judicial Extern for the Honorable Judge Rudy Lozano of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana.

Bar/Professional Associations


  • Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana
    • Former Chair, Insurance Coverage Section
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Lake County (IN) Bar Association

Law School Honors/Involvement


  • Honors Program Scholar
  • Graduated in top 7% of class
  • Class Honors (highest grade)
    • Constitutional Law
    • Business Associations
    • Land Transfer and Finance
  • Valparaiso University Law Review
  • International Moot Court Society
    • Executive Board
  • Heritage Law Scholarship
  • Herbert F. Stride Endowment

Published Legal Writing


  • “COVID-19 Business Interruption Litigation: Indiana Weighs In,” Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana (April 28-May 11, 2021). (This article can be read here.)
  • “Assignment of Claims for Recoverable Depreciation,” The Indiana Lawyer (December 9, 2020). (This article can be read here.)
  • “Multidistrict Litigation and an Examination of Recent Attempts to Establish a Business Interruption MDL,” Indiana Civil Litigation Review (November 2020). (Co-author) (This article can be read here.)
  • “Insurer’s Right to Limit Its Risk: Rescission of Insurance Policies Due to Material Misrepresentations of the Application for Insurance,” Indiana Civil Litigation Review (December 2019).
  • “When Expert’s Testimony Should be Inadmissible,” Indiana Lawyer (October 16, 2019). (Co-author) (This article can be read here.)
  • “Including Victims Without a Voice: Amending Indiana’s Child Wrongful Death Statute” 43 Valparaiso University Law Review 1211 (Spring 2009).

Legal Lectures & Publications


  • “Best Practices for Client Relationships,” panel moderator, 2020 Annual Conference of Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana (virtual)
  • “Understanding Types of Available Incident Data and Their Interconnectivity to Support Modern Litigation,” 2019 Annual Conference of Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana (French Lick IN, 2019).
  • “Bad Faith Update,” Indiana Chapter, International Association of Special Investigations Units (Greenwood IN 2017).
  • “Misrepresentations on Applications for Insurance,” Chicago, Chicago-Northwest, and West Suburban Chartered Property Casualty Underwriter Chapter’s Insurance Law and Coverage Seminar (Oak Brook IL, 2017).

 

HeplerBroom LLC COVID-19 Response

HeplerBroom has been diligently working on its response and continuity plan to the COVID-19 pandemic in order to keep the health and safety of our employees, their families, and our clients as our top priority.

To help ensure everyone's continued health and well-being, effective March 17, 2020, all attorneys and staff began working remotely. We continue to assess the situation and will return to our physical offices when appropriate.

To ensure this, the firm has identified essential personnel in each office who will make certain that critical firm functions that cannot be done remotely continue to be handled. We have put in place protocol for those essential personnel to make sure they are keeping healthy per the CDC cleaning and sanitizing recommendations. All teams have back-up personnel and procedures that we will follow to make sure all deadlines are met and clients receive the same great service and work product that we have always been proud to provide.

HeplerBroom's IT department has been working hard to make sure all remote employees are set up with equipment and access from home to limit disruption to our clients. Maintaining security and confidentiality has remained, and will continue to remain, at the forefront of all processes and procedures, at all levels throughout the firm.

The firm has created emergency communication measures to communicate any changes to this plan to employees and are communicating on a regular basis with any and all new resources and helpful information during this uncertain time.

During these fluid and unpredictable times, HeplerBroom will continue its commitment to great service and results for our clients, all while keeping safe and healthy.

Wishing you and your families good health.

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