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Fort Wayne, IN 46802
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Additional Information

For additional information regarding Barrett & McNagny's Community Involvement, please contact Molly Rommel, Marketing Director:

Molly J. Rommel
215 E. Berry Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
260-423-9551
mjr@barrettlaw.com

Our Community

Building the Community

The lawyers of Barrett & McNagny LLP provide legal services without charge to individuals and organizations that are unable to afford representation. Many of our lawyers participate in the Volunteer Lawyers Program, which provides legal counsel for low-income individuals in seven counties in northeastern Indiana. The firm makes charitable contributions and participates in sponsorships of organizations that provide legal services to the indigent or disadvantaged, foster the arts or education, or deliver health and social services. In addition to the firm's monetary and gift contributions, Barrett & McNagny lawyers also participate on an individual basis in approximately 90 cultural, charitable and community service organizations of all kinds, serving on boards of directors and providing legal advice and services.

Community Involvement

  • Mark H. Bains
    • Member, Allen County and Indiana Bar Associations
  • John C. Barce
    • Co-Founder and Director, Neighborlink Fort Wayne Foundation (www.nlfw.org)  
    • Director, Neighborlink Network Foundation (www.neighborlinkfoundation.org)
    • Board of Directors, BCS Foundation, Inc.
    • Former Director, A Hope Center (formerly Crisis Pregnancy Center)
    • Volunteer Attorney, Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic
    • Connection Ministry, Blackhawk Ministries 
    • Leadership Fort Wayne (1989-1999)
  • Stephen L. Chapman
    • Former Director, Arc Foundation of Allen County, Inc
  • H. Joseph Cohen
    • President, Board of Directors, Neighborhood Health Clinics (2010-current), Treasurer, (2008-2009); Board of Directors (2006-current)
    • Former Board Member, Board of Directors, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Northeast Indiana; Past President, (2010); President (2007-2009); Vice President
    • Board of Directors, Science Central
    • Member, Board of Directors, United Way of Allen County (2012-current)
    • President, Glens of Bittersweet Neighborhood Association (2010-2011)
    • Board of Directors, Orchard Ridge Country Club (2005)
    • Business Mentor, Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce Business Mentoring Program
    • President, Copperhill Neighborhood Association (1997-1999) 
    • Board of Directors, Fort Wayne Civic Theatre (1999-2005)
    • Board of Directors, Temple Achduth Vesholom Congretation (2000-2001)
  • Charles Christopher Dubes
    • Past President (2010-current); President, (2008-2009); Vice-President, (2007-2008) Board of Directors, Fort Wayne Civic Theatre
    • Sergeant of Arms, Board of Directors, Active 20-30 Club of Fort Wayne (2007-2009)
    • Speaker, "We the People" program (2003)
  • Ronald J. Ehinger
    • Member, Indiana and Ohio State Bar Associations
    • Board of Trustees, Paulding-Putnam Electric Co-Op
  • Thomas M. Fink
    • Director and Treasurer of Planned Giving Council of Northeast Indiana
    • Committee Member, Leave-A-Legacy for Northeast Indiana
    •  Member of the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross of Northeast Indiana
      • Chairperson of the Board, 2014
      • 2012 Exception Volunteer of the Year Award
      • 2009 Volunteer of the Year for Board Involvement
    • Past President of St. Anne Home and Retirement Community
    • Past President of Bishop Luers High School Board of Education
  • Craig R. Finlayson
    • Member, Fort Wayne Estate Planning Council (Past President, 1997)
    • Vestry, Trinity Episcopal Church
    • Past President, Allen County Bar Association
  • Kevin K. Fitzharris
    • Board Member, National Christian College Athletic Association
    • Board Member, Worker’s Compensation Advisory Board
  • Richard E. Fox
    • Board of Trustees, University of Saint Francis (Member, Finance and Investment Committee and Committee on Trustees; Chairman, Environmental Science Advisory Board)
    • Member and past President of Board of Directors, Turnstone Center for Disabled Children & Adults, Inc.
    • Past Chairman and member of Allen County Solid Waste Citizens Advisory Committee
    • Past Member of the Allen County Local Emergency Planning Committee
    • Past President and Member of the Bishop Luers High School Board of Education 
  • Jeremy N. Gayed
    • Member, Allen County and Indiana Bar Association
    • Former Member of the Board of Directors, TekVenture, Inc.
    • Director, Huntington chapter of the Izaak Walton League
  • Thomas A. Herr
    • Member of the Board of Directors, Fort Wayne Sisters Cities International, Inc. (1998-current); President (2011; 2001-2005, 2011- current )
      • Received the Chapman Award for service to Fort Wayne Sister Cities International (February, 2014)
    • Member of the Board of Directors, Arts United of Greater Fort Wayne (2003-2009), President (2006-2008)
  • N. Thomas Horton
    • Board of Directors and former President, ASPPA Benefits Council of Northeast Indiana
    • President, Board of Directors, Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana (2011)
    • Board of Advisors, Mad Anthonys Children’s Hope House, Inc.
    • Former board member, YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne
  • Thomas M. Kimbrough
    • Executive Committee Member, YMCA of Greater Fort Wayne
      • Chair of the Capital Campaign for the Renaissance Pointe YMCA
    • Withers Scholars Trustee, Indiana University-Purdue University at Fort Wayne
    • Member, Parkview Hospital Board of Directors (President, 2012-2014)
    • Past President, Board of Directors for the Indiana Youth Institute
    • Board of Directors for the Fort Wayne Community Foundation
    • Former Member, Board of Directors of United Way of Allen County
      • Chair of Personnel committee, United Way of Allen County
    • Co-Chair of the Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce Political Action Committee
    • Co-Chair of the Legislative Committee of the Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce
  • Zachary E. Klutz
    • Member, Indiana Election Commission
    • Past Board Member, Allen County Board of Elections (President, 2011)
    • President, Board of Directors, McMillen Center for Health Education
    • Past Board Member, Mike Downs Center for Indiana Politics
    • Past Board Member, Allen County Republican Party Executive Committee
  • Hillary L. Knipstein
    • Council Director, Girls on the Run of Allen County
    • Member, Junior League of Fort Wayne
    • Member, Allen County and Indiana Bar Associations
    • Former Member, Cookin' Men Committee, fund raiser benefiting Francine's Friends and Parkview Hospital Foundation
    • Past Participant in the Big Brothers Big Sisters Mentoring Program 
    • Former Member, Early Childhood Alliance Marketing Committee
    • Past Participant in the Lunch Buddy Program, Washington Elementary School
    • Former Leader, Girl Scout Troop 20217, Price Elementary School (2011)
    • Leadership Fort Wayne Graduate (2009-2010)
  • Thomas J. Markle
    • Past President Parkview YMCA
    • Past President, Fort Wayne Educational Foundation
    • Past President, Fort Wayne Habitat for Humanity
  • John P. Martin 
    • Past Board Member, Entrepreneur's Alliance of Northeast Indiana
    • Past Board Member, Boys & Girls Club
    • Past Board Member, Leadership Fort Wayne
    • Volunteer, United Way
    • Leadership Fort Wayne (1991)
  • Dawn Snow Mattox
    • Board of Directors, Francine's Friends Mobile Mammography
    • Former Member, Board of Directors, Mad Anthonys Children’s Hope House, President (2007-2009)
    • Medical Manager's Association, Member
    • Women's Business Enterprise, former Mentor
    • Former member with the Board of Directors, Steuben County Health Resources
    • Former member with the Board of Directors, American Heart Association
  • Patrick G. Michaels
    • Board of Directors, Junior Achievement
    • Member, Board of Directors of The Mad Anthonys, Inc.
    • Quest Club Member
    • Named the 2008, Person of the Year by the Notre Dame Club of Fort Wayne for Professional and Civic Accomplishment
    • Board of Trustees of two private charitable foundations
    • Former member of the Board of Trustees of the Foundation for Catholic Secondary Education (Fort Wayne-South Bend Diocese)
    • Former member of the Board of Directors of the Embassy Theatre Foundation, Inc.
    • Former member of the Board of Directors of the American Cancer Society, Greater Fort Wayne Unit
  • Michael H. Michmerhuizen
    • Leadership Fort Wayne Graduate (2005)
    • Volunteer, Junior Achievement
    • Former Board Member, Allen County Historical Society
    • Steering Committee, Northeast Indiana Greenbuild Coalition
  • Patrick G. Murphy
    • Former Member, Board of Directors, Pine Valley Country Club
    • Volunteer Junior Achievement
    • Former Member, Board of Directors, Embassy Theater Foundation (Vice-President, 2008-2009)
    • Indiana University Purdue University Fort Wayne volunteer
    • Former Member, Board of Directors, Community Harvest Food Bank
  • Henry P. Najdeski
    • Member, Erin's House for Grieving Children Board of Directors
    • Member, Fort Wayne Philharmonic Board of Directors
    • Former Member, YMCA Board of Directors
    • Former Member, Board of Directors, Aboite Trails (2009-2011)
    • Member, Questa Educational Foundation Board of Directors
    • Member, Fort Wayne City Housing and Neighborhood Development Services Board of Directors
    • Member, The Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors
    • Former member of the Canterbury School Board of Directors
    • Past President, Canterbury School Alumni Association
    • Leadership Fort Wayne  (2003)
  • Joshua C. Neal
    • Former Member, Board of Directors, Home Builders Association
    • Secretary & Member of the Board of Directors, Allen County Bar Association
    • President, Board of Directors, Fort Wayne Children’s Choir (Vice-President, 2010-2011)
    • President, Community Transportation Network Board of Directors; Vice President (2009-2010); Treasurer (2008-2009)
    • Board of Directors, Fort Wayne Golf Association
    • Nominee for the Carl. D. Rolfsen Stewardship Award (2009)
    • Graduate, Leadership Fort Wayne (2007)
  • Thomas M. Niezer
    • President, Board of Directors, Fort Wayne Museum of Art, 2012-current (2010-2012 Vice-President)
    • Former Member, Cancer Services of Northeast Indiana Board of Directors (2009-current)
    • President, Mad Anthonys Children's Hope House Board of Directors (2010-current)
    • Former Member, Advisory Board of Directors, Provena Sacred Heart Home, Avilla (2009-current)
    • Former Member, Bishop Dwenger High School Board of Education; President, (2005-2007); Secretary (2001-2003); Vice-President (2004)
    • Board Member, Fort Wayne Sports Corp. (2004-2006)
    • Member, City of Fort Wayne Downtown Blueprint Plus Steering Committee (2005);
    • Board Member, City of Fort Wayne Mayor’s Housing Resource Board (2005-2006);
    • Past Board Member, Fort Wayne Neighborhood Housing Partnership; President (2004-2006)
    • Board Member, Housing and Neighborhood Development Services, Inc. (2005-2006)
    • Member, City of Fort Wayne Downtown Blueprint/Baseball Plus Steering Committee (2006)
    • Board Member, Southwest Allen Community Swim Team, Inc. (2000-2004); Treasurer (2001-2004)
    • Board Member, Three Rivers Festival (1994-1998); President, (1996-1998)
    • Board Member, Fort Wayne Philharmonic (1994-1997)
    • Member, St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Pastoral Council (1995-1997); Chairman, (1997); Stewardship Committee (1998-2000)
    • Graduate, Leadership Fort Wayne (1995)
  • James J. O’Connor
    • Finance Committee member, Aldersgate United Methodist Church
    • Former Member, Board of Directors and Animal Care Committee, Allen County SPCA (2007-2008)
    • Leadership Fort Wayne, Graduate (2006)
    • Young Leaders of Northeast Indiana Leadership Institute Graduate (2006)
    • Adjunct Professor of Torts, Ivy Tech Community College (2002-2004)
    • Speaker, "Ask Me What's Great About America" program (2002, 2003)
    • Consultant, Junior Achievement (2002- 2008)
  • Michael P. O’Hara
    • Former Member, Board of Directors, Mustard Seed Furniture Bank (2010-2011)
    • Board of Directors/Advisory Counsel, Leadership Fort Wayne
    • Member, Board of Directors, Fort Wayne Zoological Society (President, 2008-2009) 
    • N.A.N.D. (No Alcohol No Drugs) Task Force
    • Co-Chair St Elizabeth Ann Seton Capital Campaign, Building Committee
    • C.A.R.E. Task Force
    • Allen County Bar Association Grievance Committee (Vice Chair), Ethics Committee, Fee Dispute Committee
    • Board of Directors, Financial Executives International
  • Trisha J. Paul
    • Annual involvement in Leave a Legacy, Write a Will Program
    • Speaker at numerous local and statewide organizations discussing Estate Planning and Administration topics
    • Former Member, Indiana-Purdue Fort Wayne Royal Dons Club
    • Former Member, St. Vincent dePaul Church, Planned Giving Committee
    • Former Board Member, Three Rivers Montessori School
    • Former Board Member, Girls Scouts of Limberlost Council, Northeast Indiana
    • Former Board Member, Whitington Homes and Services for Children and Families
  • Renee L. Riecke
    • Former Member, Board of Directors, Franciscan Center, Inc. (Secretary, 2009-2010)
    • Board of Directors, Fort Wayne Sister Cities International, Inc.
    • Former Board Member, St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church, Finance Committee
    • Past Board Member, St. Anne Home & Retirement Community;
  • Cathleen M. Shrader
    • Secretary and Board Member, Fort Wayne Public Television, Inc. (1998-2006)
    • On-Air Volunteer, WBNI/WBOI, Northeast Indiana Public Radio
    • Volunteer Lawyers Program
  • Anne E. Simerman
    • Board Member, Habitat for Humanity
    • Board Member, Volunteer Lawyer Program of Northeast Indiana
    • Graduate, Leadership Fort Wayne (1998)
    • Messiah Evangelical Lutheran Church member
  • Janell M. Sprinkle 
    • Former board member of the Literacy Alliance;
    • Former chair of Allen County Bar Association Business Section
  • David R. Steiner
    • President of Headwaters Park Alliance, Inc.
    • Counsel to The Friends of the Parks of Allen County
    • Counsel to Headwaters Park Commission (1997-2001)
    • Member. Environmental Affairs Committee, Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce (1991-present)
    • Former Member, Taylor University Fort Wayne Chancellor's Business Advisory Council
    • Former Member, Taylor University Fort Wayne Community Council
    • Board Member, The Reclamation Project, Inc. (2009-2010)
    • Volunteer attorney, Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic
    • Member, Quest Club
    • Leadership Fort Wayne (1997) 
  • Anthony M. Stites
    • Member, Board of Directors, Hope House
    • Former Member, Board of Directors, McMillen Center for Health Education (2008-2009); Vice President (2003-2007)
    • Past Chair, Science Central, Inc. Board of Directors (member, 1994-2009), Executive Board Member (1996-2002), Board Member (2007-2009)
    • United Way Corporate Campaign Chair (2007-present)
    • East Allen County Schools Strategic Task Force (2008-2009)
    • Fort Wayne Mad Anthony Member (2007-present)
    • Past President, Allen County Bar Association, Labor Section
  • William D. Swift
    • Trustee for three area Charitable Foundations
    • Home Builders Association of Fort Wayne, Inc.
    • Fort Wayne Area Multiple Listing Service, Inc.
    • Board of Director, Lutheran Church MIssouri Synod, Housing Support Corporation
    • Trustee for three (3) area Charitable Foundations
    • St. Peter/Zion Housing Project
  • Samuel J. Talarico, Jr.
    • Football Coach, St. Charles Borremeo
    • Former Member, Georgetown Community Little League Board
    • Former Board Member, Fort Wayne-Allen County Economic Development Alliance
    • Former elected member of the City of Fort Wayne Common Council, President (2004)
  • Phillip A. Wagler
    • Member, Allen County and Indiana State Bar Associations
    • Former Member, Board of Directors, The Reclamation Project, Inc.
  • Robert S. Walters
    • Recipient of the Bill Latz Award from the United Way of Allen County
    • Member, Fort Wayne Downtown Development Trust
    • Former Member, Board of Directors, Northeast Indiana Innovation Center
    • Former Member, Board of Directors, United Way of Allen County
    • Former Member, Board of Directors, Downtown Improvement District
    • Member, Advisory Committee to the City of Fort Wayne Community Trust Fund
    • Member, Hospital Authority of the City of Fort Wayne
  • Jeff Woenker
    • Member, Board of Directors, Fransican Center (2012)
    • Treasurer, Board of Directors, Neighborlink (2009-current)
    • Former member, Board of Directors, Fort Wayne Habitat for Humanity, Inc. (2005-2008)
    • Former member, Director, Allen County-Fort Wayne Historical Society
  • Thomas Yoder
    • Past Director, Allen County Bar Association
    • Past President and Board Member, YMCA Central Branch
    • President of the Indiana State Bar Association (1999-2000)

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