James Leonard Jorgensen

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Employment & Labor Attorney in Valparaiso, IN

Hoeppner Wagner & Evans
 | 103 East Lincolnway, Valparaiso, IN 46383
Phone: 219-464-4961
Fax: 219-465-0603
Selected to Super Lawyers: 2005
Licensed Since: 1974
Practice Areas:
  • Employment & Labor: Employee (70%),
  • Business/Corporate (30%)
Attorney Profile

James Leonard Jorgensen is a business and corporate lawyer at the law firm of Hoeppner Wagner & Evans LLP, having more than 45 years of experience in the legal field. He focuses his practice on corporate and business law, as well as labor and employment matters. His clients range from small local businesses to U.S. subsidiaries of foreign entities. Mr. Jorgensen accepts clients throughout Indiana, including Merrillville, Valparaiso, and Porter and Lake counties.

An impressive education forms the cornerstone of Mr. Jorgensen’s career. In 1969, he graduated summa cum laude from St. Olaf College, where he was a member of the most prestigious academic honor society in the country, Phi Beta Kappa. After obtaining his Master of Arts in 1970 from the University of Washington, he went on to earn his Juris Doctor from the Valparaiso University Law School in 1974. While in law school, Mr. Jorgensen served as associate editor for the Valparaiso University Law Review. He is licensed to practice law in Indiana.

Mr. Jorgensen is an active member of the Indiana State Bar Association, the Lake County Bar Association and the Porter County Bar Association. He lectures often to numerous business groups and has extensively published articles in business journals. Also inducted into the Indiana University Northwest Business & Industry Hall of Fame, Mr. Jorgensen served for more than 10 years as an adjunct professor at the Valparaiso University Law School.

Mr. Jorgensen is active in numerous groups that serve his community, including serving as director for the Catholic Foundation for Northwest Indiana and the St. Paul Square Economic Improvement District and past director of United Way of Porter County.

Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Employment & Labor (70%): Employment Law - Employee, Labor Law

Business/Corporate (30%): Business Organizations

Focus Areas

Employment Law - Employee, Labor Law, Business Organizations


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Super Lawyers: 2005

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About James Jorgensen

Admitted: 1974, Indiana

Professional Webpage: http://www.hwelaw.com/bios/attorney-jim-jorgensen.php


  • Super Lawyers Designation
  • Inductee - Northwest Indiana Business and Leadership Hall of Fame
  • United Way Dorothy M. Porter Award Recipient

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Porter County Bar Association
  • Lake County Bar Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Indiana, 1974

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Valparaiso Distinguished Community Leader, 2002
  • Advisory Board, SBDC
  • Past Director & Board Chair, United Way of Porter County
  • Director and officer, Center for Workforce Innovations
  • Past Member, Valparaiso Community Schools Board
  • Past Member, Valparaiso Redevelopment Commission
  • Past Director and Chair, Valparaiso Economic Development Corporation
  • Director, Society For Human Resources Management
  • Director, Valparaiso Community Festivals & Events (Past Chair)
  • Director, Northwest Indiana Forum (Past Chair)
  • Director, St. Paul Square Economic Improvement District
  • Director, Catholic Foundation of Northwest Indiana

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • EEOC Issues Guidelines on Criminal Background Checks
  • NLRB Limits Employer's Investigations
  • Recent Cases under the ADA
  • Proving Discrimination Claims
  • Spouse Includes Same Sex Marriage
  • Pregnancy Claim
  • National Labor Relations Board And The Employee Handbook
  • New Overtime Rules
  • Language Discrimination
  • Pregnancy Claims in the Workplace
  • Ban the Box Legislation
  • Associate Editor, Valparaiso University Law Review, Valparaiso University School of Law

Educational Background:

  • St. Olaf College, summa cum laude, B.A., 1969
  • University of Washington, M.A., Honors: Woodrow Wilson Fellow, 1970
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Office Location for James Leonard Jorgensen

103 East Lincolnway
Valparaiso, IN 46383

Phone: 219-464-4961

Fax: 219-465-0603

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Last Updated: 7/20/2018

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