Jeffrey S. Wrage

Attorney Profile

Top Rated Personal Injury Attorney in Valparaiso, IN

Blachly, Tabor, Bozik & Hartman LLC
 | 56 Washington Street, Suite 401
Valparaiso, IN 46383
Phone: 219-464-1041
Fax: 219-464-0927
Selected To Super Lawyers: 2010, 2013 - 2015, 2017 - 2020
Licensed Since: 1994
Practice Areas:
  • Personal Injury - General: Plaintiff (60%),
  • Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice: Plaintiff (20%),
  • Personal Injury - Products: Plaintiff (10%),
  • Employment Litigation: Plaintiff (10%)
Attorney Profile

As a partner with Blachly, Tabor, Bozik & Hartman, LLC, Jeffrey S. Wrage proudly represents individuals and families in personal injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice, and employment litigation. Mr. Wrage has been admitted to practice in Illinois and Indiana since 1994, practicing in various locations throughout both states including Chicago, Valparaiso, Fort Wayne, Merrillville and surrounding communities. He is also admitted to practice in all state courts of Illinois and Indiana along with the Northern U.S. District of Illinois, the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana and the 7th Circuit of the U.S. Court of Appeals.

Practicing since 1994 with a history litigation experience that includes more than 38 civil jury trials, Mr. Wrage is a board-certified Civil Trial Attorney by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. His civil jury trial experience includes semi tractor trailer crashes, motor vehicle colisions, medical malpractice, premises liability, employment discrimination and insurance cases. He is a lifetime member of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum and also Board Certified in Pre-Trial Advocacy.  In addition to representing individuals and families, he also handles complex civil litigation for his law firm's business, government and estate clients.

Mr. Wrage's volunteer experience includes presenting at a local school math fair, the local Chamber of Commerce, the Valparaiso Lions Club and several programs associated with the Indiana State Bar. He enjoys sharing his knowledge and speaking on legal topics at locations ranging from schools to labor unions to Chamber of Commerce programs. In the past, Mr. Wrage has volunteered as a youth sports coach and is a past adjunct professor of Trial Advocacy at Valparaiso University School of law where he also coached civil trial advocacy students.

Mr. Wrage graduated from Valparaiso University School of Law in 1994. Several of his legal articles, including "The Risk of Serious Personal Injury or Death by Electrocution is a Non-Delegable Duty" and "Recent Indiana Supreme Court Decision Ignores Indiana Children," have been published in forums recognized statewide. He is also a member of the Porter County Bar Association, the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association (Board of Directors member since 2014), the American Association for Justice and the National Employment Lawyers Association.

 

 

 
Practice Areas
Lawyer Practice Area Pie Chart

Personal Injury - General (60%): Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff

Personal Injury - Medical Malpractice (20%): Medical Malpractice, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis

Personal Injury - Products (10%): Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Products Liability

Employment Litigation (10%): Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation

Focus Areas

Motor Vehicle Accidents, Personal Injury - Plaintiff, Slip and Fall, Wrongful Death, Construction Accident, Brain Injury, Trucking Accidents, Premises Liability - Plaintiff, Medical Malpractice, Delayed or Incorrect Diagnosis, Motor Vehicle Defects, Medical Devices, Products Liability, Employment Discrimination, Wrongful Termination, Retaliation

Selections

Selected to Super Lawyers for 8 yearsbottom-image

Super Lawyers: 2010, 2013 - 2015, 2017 - 2020

Certificates and Credentials

  • National Board of Trial Advocacy

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About Jeffrey Wrage

Admitted: 1994, Indiana

Professional Webpage: http://www.btbhlaw.com/attorneys/partners/jeffrey-s-wrage/

Honors/Awards:

  • National Institute for Trial Advocacy, 2003
  • Elite Lawyers of America  
  • National Trial Lawyers Association - Top 100 Trial Lawyers - Top Trial Lawyers in America
  • Life Member, Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

Special Licenses/Certifications:

  • Board Certified Civil Trial Attorney - NBTA, 2006 - present; Double Board certified in Civil Pre-Trial law also

Bar/Professional Activity:

  • Member, American Association for Justice
  • U.S. District Court, Southern Districts of Indiana
  • Sustaining Member, Indiana Trial Lawyers Association (Board of Directors 2014 - present)
  • Member, Porter County Bar Association
  • Member, Illinois State Bar Association
  • U.S. District Court, Northern Districts of Indiana
  • U.S. Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit
  • Member, Indiana State Bar Association
  • Member, National Employment Lawyers Association
  • Illinois, 1994
  • U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois

Pro bono/Community Service:

  • Active within the community, Mr. Wrage discusses legal topics at local area schools, civic gatherings, labor union meetings, Chamber of Commerce programs and for programs associated with the Indiana State Bar Association.  Mr. Wrage has also volunteered for the Boone Grove Math Fair, the Valparaiso Chamber of Commerce Reality Store, the "Ask Me What's Great About America" and "Why Lincoln was a Lawyer" programs (through the Indiana State Bar Association), and as a youth sports coach.

Scholarly Lectures/Writings:

  • Presenter, "Personal Injury:  Practical Tips and Applications", NBI Seminar Merrillville, IN, December 2008
  • Presenter, "What a Carrier Should Do:  The First Hours after a Serious Loss", Tank Truck Carriers Association St. Louis, Missouri, October 1999
  • Presenter, "Successfully Handling Employment Matters from the Employer and Employee Perspective", ICLEF Seminar Merrillville, IN, November 2011
  • Contributing Author, Monthly Publication of the ATA (American Trucking Association), TransPoints, 1999 - 2000
  • Author, "Recent Indiana Supreme Court Decision Ignores Indiana Children", Indiana Lawyer, 2003
  • Author, "The Risk of Serious Personal Injury or Death by Electrocution is a Non-Delegable Duty", The Verdict (a Publication of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association), Spring 2006
  • Presenter, "The Risk of Serious Personal Injury or Death by Electrocution is a Non-Delegable Duty", ITLA Lifetime Achievement Seminar Indianapolis, IN, 2006
  • Author, "Back to Basics: Seven Steps for Litigation an Auto Crash Case with the Client", Winter 2007 Article
  • Presenter, "Personal Injury:  Practical Tips and Applications", NBI Seminar Merrillville, IN, December 2007

Verdicts/Settlements:

  • 2016 - $1,021,387 verdict - Porter County - Fall case resulting in CRPS; 2012 - $650,000 verdict - Newton County - heavy truck crash resulting in permanent knee injury; 2011 - $3.5 million verdict - Porter County - motor vehicle crash resulting in permanent back injury; 2008 - $478,600 verdict - Lake County - condemnation case; 2004 - $1.5 million verdict - Lake County - motor vehicle crash resulting in vision deficits; 2001 - $404,000 verdict - Lake County - trucking crash resulting in back injury; 2001 - $2 million verdict - Porter County - motor vehicle crash resulting in broken ankle; Hundreds of other verdicts and settlements, too numerous to list.

Representative Clients:

  • Thorne v. Member Select Ins. Co., 2018 U.S. App. LEXIS 3265 (7th Cir. 2018)
  • Janero v. Norfolk Southern Ry. Co., 2017 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 36822 (N.D. Ind. 2017)
  • Robinson v. Lake Minnehaha Owner’s Ass’s, 2015 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 110577 (N.D. Ind. 2015)
  • State Farm Mut. Auto Ins. Co. v. Jakupko, 881 N.E.2d 654, Ind., 2008
  • Zoeller v. Sweeney, 19 N.E.3d (Ind. 2014)
  • Perry v. Bath & Body Works, LLC, 993 F. Supp. 2d 883 (N.D. Ind. 2014)
  • Davis v. Lakeside Motor Co., 2014 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 92091 (N.D. Ind. 2014)
  • Newman v. Gagan, LLC, 939 F.Supp.2d 883 (N.D. Ind. 2013)
  • Mr. Bults, Inc. v. Orlando, 990 N.E.2d 1 (Ind. App. 2013)
  • Harper v. C.R. England, Inc., 687 F3d 297 (C.A. 7 Ind. 2012)
  • Rosich v. Sur-Townsend Pontiac, Inc., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 81418 (N.D. Ind. 2011)
  • Bryan v. Lyons, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 54645 (N.D. Ind. 2010)
  • Randolph v. Methodist Hospitals, Inc., 793 N.E.2d 231, Ind. App., 2003
  • Hlinko v. Marlow, 864 N.E.2d 351, Ind. App., 2007
  • Wiley v. McShane, 875 N.E.2d 273, Ind. App., 2007
  • Sweet v. Art Pape Transfer, Inc., 721 N.E.2d 311, Ind. App. 1999
  • Beta Steel v. Rust, 830 N.E.2d 62, Ind. App., 2005
  • In re Estate of Holt, 870 N.E.2d 511, Ind. App., 2007
  • Manns v. Richie, 937 N.E.2d 44, Ind. App., 2010
  • Mayflower Transit, Inc. v. Davenport, 714 N.E.2d 794, Ind. App., 1999
  • East Chicago Police Dept. v. Bynum, 826 N.E.2d 22, Ind. App., 2005
  • Mayfield v. Levy Co., 833 N.E.2d 501, Ind. App., 2005

Educational Background:

  • Indiana University - Bloomington, B.S. in Business Economics & Public Policy, 1991
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Office Location for Jeffrey S. Wrage

56 Washington Street
Suite 401
Valparaiso, IN 46383

Phone: 219-464-1041

Fax: 219-464-0927

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Last Updated: 10/7/2019

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