Mark C. Guenin Owner / Attorney

Mark C. Guenin

Owner / Attorney

Mark knew from a very young age that he wanted to be a lawyer.  Even though as a young boy in a farming community he had little direct knowledge of what a lawyer actually did.  Driving a tractor for hours each summer day gives you a long time to think about what is important in your life.  Mark started driving tractors when he was 7.  It was during these early years that he determined to be a lawyer.  A college education was not common in his community.  Law degrees were rarer.  Mark completed law school in 2 ½ years, passing the Indiana State Bar Examination a full semester prior to his graduation.

Mark counts three different occasions when by rights, he should have been killed or crippled before the age of thirteen.  Surviving by grace, these experiences provide a fearlessness in taking on the giant Insurance industry when it attempts to “short change” or take financial advantage of the suffering of another person.

Mark works daily with people and their legal problems.  For over 35 years he has developed and gained a high level of working knowledge that reflects a combination of common sense and extraordinary experience.  Their efforts have successfully resolved car crashes, semi-truck crashes, construction failures underinsured motorist insurance claims (UIM), uninsured motorist insurance claims (UM), product failures, plant explosions, electrocutions, fire losses, and insurance coverage disputes with insurance companies.

Mark, together with his daughter and legal partner Emily, has handled cases involving clients, experts, and fact witnesses from Maine to California and Florida to Idaho.  Most of these cases involve insurance companies, personal injury, and wrongful death.  Hard work, careful preparation and knowledge of the law have resulted in millions of dollars in recoveries for their clients.  Each person and each case involving injury or death is important.  Their story needs to be researched, developed, and told in a way that is true and compelling.  This is what Mark and Emily strive to do.

Mark and his wife Diane have been married for over 40 years.  They have three adult daughters – Emily, Natalie, and Lindsey; and five grandchildren – Troy, Laney, Drew, James, and Cale.  Diane and Mark were married while Mark was still at Wabash College and all through Indiana University Law School.  She recognizes what sacrifices it takes to successfully represent an injured person or the grieving family of someone who was killed.

 

Education

·   Admitted to Indiana Bar, 1978 (Bar # 7337-85)

·   Indiana University, J.D., 1978

·   Wabash College, A.B., 1975

 

Professional Society Memberships

·   ITLA College of Fellows

·   Indiana Trial Lawyers Association (Executive Board)

·   Indiana State Bar Association

·   Wabash County Bar Association

 

Court Admissions

·   Admission to Indiana Supreme Court

·   Admission to U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana

·   Admission to U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana

·   Admission to the 7th Circuit United State Court of Appeals

·   Pro Hac Vice admission to the States of Idaho and Ohio

 

Employment Experience

·   Attorney at Guenin Law Office, P.C., 1999-present

·   Attorney at Johnston, Lehman & Guenin, 1981-1999

·   Attorney at Larry C. Thrush Law Office, 1978-1979

·   Chief Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Wabash County, Indiana, 1979

·   Previous - Instructor in Law and Philosophy courses, Indiana Wesleyan University

 

Community Activities

·   Wabash County Historical Museum Executive Board Member - Vice-President

·   Wabash County Sheriff’s Merit Board Member - former

·   Wabash Field of Dreams- Sports Complex - Board Member

·   Wabash Community Service Board Member - former

·   Wabash YMCA Board Member - former

·   Wabash County Redevelopment Commission - President

·   Coordinator for the Wabash Community 4th of July Festival and Fireworks - former

·   Wabash Marketplace Executive Board Member - former

·   Friends Church Counseling Center- Board Advisory - former

 

Presentations

·   Damages – the Use of Heuristics, ITLA Annual Institute, November 6-7, 2014

·   The Verdict Form, ITLA Lifetime Achievement Seminar, May 8, 2014

·   “Sensing” Your Trial, Inn of Courts, Allen County, Indiana, November 13, 2012

·   Discovery: Cradle to Grave- Life as an Open Book, National Webinar sponsored through ITLA, July 26, 2012

·   Presenting a Fire Loss Case, in conjunction with oral arguments in the Indiana Court of Appeals- Appeals on Wheels.  Wabash County Bar Association, April 29, 2011

·   Representing a Spanish Only Speaking Client – When You Don’t Speak Spanish, ITLA Lifetime Achievement Seminar, April 2010

·   Common Evidentiary Issues in a Civil Trial, Allen County Bench Bar Conference, panel discussion with Judge Daniel Heath and Milford M. Miller, April 24, 2009

·   Mark Guenin has presented on multiple topics at seminars in Indianapolis at the ITLA Lifetime Achievement Seminar

 

Amicus Curiae Briefs

·   Asklar v. Gilb, 9 N.E.3d 165, 2014 Ind. LEXIS 445, 2014 WL 2366798 (Ind. 2014)  Amicus Curiae on behalf of the Indiana Trial Lawyer’s Association

·   Pierson v. Serv. Am. Corp., 2014 Ind. LEXIS 735, 16 N.E.3d 980 (Ind. 2014)  Amicus Curiae Brief on behalf of The National Center for the Victims of Crime

 

Trials

·   CV PI 0718437:  Carrillo v. Boise Tire Company (personal injury and wrongful death) (Boise, ID)

·   85C01-0905-PL-276: Cavins v. Bernie Sports Bar, Inc. et al (wrongful death/ dram shop)

·   85D01-0807-PL-255:  Flohr v. Nearhouse (personal injury)

·   09C01-0708-PL-00013:  Miller v. Miller (personal injury)

·   85C01-0702-PL-114:  Stefanatos v. Schenkel (personal injury)

·   85C01-0403-PL-123:  Good v. Allied Property and Casualty Insurance Company (fire loss)

·   02C01-0901-PL-8:  Hopkins v. Conner and Westfield Companies (personal injury)

·   85C01-1110-CC-829:  Levi Strauss North America v. Spiece (business litigation)

·   85C01-1301-PL-31:  Blocher v. Leach (personal injury)

 

Appeals

·   02A03-1204-CT-00170:  Asklar v. Gilb, et al (brief)

·   49A02-1307-CT-561:  Pierson v. Service America Corporation, d/b/a Centerplate (brief)

·   85A02-1312-CC-01037:  Levi Strauss North America v. Richard I. Spiece Sales Co. Ind. d/b/a Spiece Sales Co. Inc.

·   No. 11-1813:  7th Circuit Appeal: G&S Holdings, LLC et al v. Continental Casualty Company (brief and oral argument)

·   85S04-1106-CV-00326:  Allied Property and Casualty v. Good (brief and oral argument)

·   85A04-0905-CV-00240:  Allied Property and Casualty v. Good (brief)

·   85A04-0511-CV-00663:  Allied Property and Casualty v. Good (brief)

·   27A04-0402-CV-00092:  Collections, Inc. v. Wolfe (brief)

·   35A02-0507-CV-00654:  Kocher v. Getz (brief)

·   35S02-0312-CV-00602:  Kocher v. Getz (brief and oral argument)

·   85A02-0601-CV-0003:  Campbell v. Campbell (brief)

 

Emily C. Guenin-Hodson Owner / Attorney

Emily C. Guenin-Hodson

Owner / Attorney

Within months of graduating law school and joining Guenin Law, Emily became one of the youngest attorneys to argue a case in front of the Indiana Supreme Court.  After that first successful appeal, Emily and Mark have co-authored numerous appellate briefs which have benefited their clients.  Guenin Law’s trial work and appeal work led them to become involved in the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association which is dedicated to the constitutional rights of open access to the courts and equal protection under the law for all persons in Indiana.  The organization includes approximately 1,000 members throughout the state of Indiana.  In 2014, Emily was asked to become a member of the Executive Committee.  She currently serves as the only female member of the Executive Committee. Emily is dedicated to protecting the rights of her clients.  She recognizes that each of her clients has their own story and she is passionate about making sure their story is told.

When Emily is not fighting for the rights and beliefs of her clients, she can be found cheering (and cringing) for her second grade son Drew at a wrestling match or curled up on the couch reading the Percy Jackson series with her fourth grade son Troy.  Most nights she can also be found on the treadmill training to run the Indianapolis mini-marathon with her husband Jeff.  

 

Education

·   Indiana University-Bloomington, J.D. cum laude, 2003

·   Butler University, B.A. magna cum laude, 2000 (high honors in English and highest honors in philosophy)

·   Northfield High School, 1996

 

Bar Admissions

·   State of Indiana, 2003

·   United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, 2003

·   United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, 2003

·   United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit, 2011

 

Honors and Awards

·   Order of the Coif

·   Semi-Finalist Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition

 

Professional Society Memberships

·   Wabash County Bar Association

·   Indiana State Bar Association

o Delegate to House of Delegates (2014)

·   Indiana Trial Lawyers Association – Executive Committee

·   Indiana Trial Lawyers Association – Board of Directors

o Young Lawyers Section (past member)

o Diversity Committee (recurring past member)

o Nominating Committee (recurring past member)

·   American Association for Justice (past member)

 

Employment Experience

·   Attorney at Guenin Law Office, P.C., 2003-present

 

Trials

·   CV PI 0718437:  Carrillo v. Boise Tire Company (personal injury and wrongful death) (Boise, ID)

·   85C01-0905-PL-276: Cavins v. Bernie Sports Bar, Inc. et al (wrongful death/ dram shop)

·   85D01-0807-PL-255:  Flohr v. Nearhouse (personal injury)

·   09C01-0708-PL-00013:  Miller v. Miller (personal injury)

·   85C01-0702-PL-114:  Stefanatos v. Schenkel (personal injury)

·   85C01-0403-PL-123:  Good v. Allied Property and Casualty Insurance Company (fire loss)

·   02C01-0901-PL-8:  Hopkins v. Conner and Westfield Companies (personal injury)

·   85C01-1110-CC-829:  Levi Strauss North America v. Spiece (business litigation)

·   85C01-1301-PL-31:  Blocher v. Leach (personal injury)

 

Appeals

·   02A03-1204-CT-00170:  Asklar v. Gilb, et al (brief)

·   49A02-1307-CT-561:  Pierson v. Service America Corporation, d/b/a Centerplate (brief)

·   85A02-1312-CC-01037:  Levi Strauss North America v. Richard I. Spiece Sales Co. Ind. d/b/a Spiece Sales Co. Inc.

·   No. 11-1813:  7th Circuit Appeal: G&S Holdings, LLC et al v. Continental Casualty Company (brief and oral argument)

·   85S04-1106-CV-00326:  Allied Property and Casualty v. Good (brief and oral argument)

·   85A04-0905-CV-00240:  Allied Property and Casualty v. Good (brief)

·   85A04-0511-CV-00663:  Allied Property and Casualty v. Good (brief)

·   27A04-0402-CV-00092:  Collections, Inc. v. Wolfe (brief)

·   35A02-0507-CV-00654:  Kocher v. Getz (brief)

·   35S02-0312-CV-00602:  Kocher v. Getz (brief and oral argument)

·   85A02-0601-CV-0003:  Campbell v. Campbell (brief)

 

Amicus Curiae for the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association

·   02S03-1305-CT-332:  Asklar v. Empire Fire and Marine Insurance (2013)

·   49A02-1112-PL-1078:  Justice v. American Family Mutual Insurance Company (2013)

·   49A02-1307-CT-561:  Pierson v. Service America Corporation, d/b/a Centerplate (2014)

 

Amicus Curiae for the National Center for Victims of Crime

·   49A02-1307-CT-561:  Pierson v. Service America Corporation, d/b/a Centerplate (2014)

 

Publications

·   “Developments in UIM Coverage.”  Verdict. 2013, Vol. 34 No. 1.

·   “Unlocking the Mysteries of the Universe (maybe not but still kinda cool).” Verdict. 2014, Vol. 35 No. 3.

 

 Presentations

·   ITLA 43rd Annual Institute, November 2, 2007 – Sunrise Program – Ambiguities in Insurance Policies

·   ITLA 46th Annual Institute, November 12, 2010 – Sunrise Program, Chair – Mediation Statement and Opening Remarks

·   ITLA 23rd Lifetime Achievement Seminar, April 28, 2011 – Keeping Coverage:  Arguments Against Post-Claim Underwriting

·   ITLA Mastering the Maze of UM & UIM Coverage, December 6, 2012 – Litigation and Trial of UM / UIM Claims

·   ITLA Applied Professionalism for Young Lawyers, March 7, 2013 – Program Chair

·   ITLA 25th Lifetime Achievement Seminar, April 18, 2013 – Estate Planning Considerations in a Personal Injury Case

·   Applied Professionalism for Young Lawyers, March 6, 2014 – Program Co-Chair

 

Extracurricular Activities

·   Rotary Club of Wabash County (Past Secretary)

·   YMCA youth soccer coach

·   Wabash River Defenders

·   United Fund of Wabash County Board Member (Campaign Chair – 2011/2012; Vice-President – 2013; President - 2014)

·   Chili for Charity volunteer

·   Relay for Life volunteer