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We have extensive experience with the following areas: Petroleum, Litigation, Real Estate and more.

We advise business in the following areas: Employee Benefits, Litigation, Business Advisory and more.

For those seeking counsel in real estate matters, our areas of expertise include: Construction, Development, Land Use, Litigation and more.

We handle many private matters for individuals, including: Adoption, Custody, Divorce, Domestic Partnership, Estate Planning and more.

Every criminal case is a serious matter. There are lifelong consequences for any person accused or convicted of committing a crime.

Since 1976, our litigators have effectively and efficiently represented clients in federal and state courts in business litigation, municipal law, employment law, personal injury and a variety of complex litigation.

Since 1976, our litigators have effectively and efficiently represented clients in federal and state courts in business litigation, municipal law, employment law, personal injury and a variety of complex litigation.

Since 1976, our litigators have effectively and efficiently represented clients in federal and state courts in business litigation, municipal law, employment law, personal injury and a variety of complex litigation.

As a part of the "American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009" a civil penalty structure was put in place for Health Insurace Portability and Asccountability Act (HIPAA) violations.

Our experience uniquely qualifies us to advise in governmental issues: Annexation, Associations/Non-Profits, Cities, Towns, & Counties, Colleges & Universities, Economic Development, Elections and more.

We provide legal advice for businesses in the following areas: Agribusiness Energy, Diversified Businesses, Emerging Businesses, Federal & State Tax, Finance, and more.

Probate is the court procedure by which a decedent’s property is administered for the purpose of passing ownership of assets remaining in the decedent’s name at his/her death.

Since 1976, our litigators have effectively and efficiently represented clients in federal and state courts in business litigation, municipal law, employment law, personal injury and a variety of complex litigation.

Jonathan D. Weinzapfel

Jonathan D. Weinzapfel

Areas of Practice

  • Economic Development Issues
  • Municipal Law


  • B.A., Indiana University - Bloomington (1988)
  • M.A., Georgetown University  (1993)
  • J.D., Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law – Indianapolis (2000)
  • Honorary Degree of Associate Science in College and Community Service – Ivy Tech Community College (2012)

Experience - Government

  • City of Evansville, Indiana – Mayor (2004-2011)
  • Indiana General Assembly – State Representative District 76 (1999-2003)
  • Indiana Department of Labor – Deputy Commissioner (1998)
  • Indiana Department of Environmental Management – Business Liaison (1997)
  • Democratic Party Nominee for Congress (IN-8) (1996)
  • Congressman Frank McCloskey (IN-8) – Legislative Assistant/Campaign Coordinator (1990-1993)

Experience - Private Sector

  • Jones • Wallace, LLC (2019-Present), Partner
  • Chancellor, Ivy Tech Community College (2014-2019)
  • Faegre Baker Daniels – Of Counsel (2012 to 2014)
  • Indiana Forefront Blog:  Stimulating Commentary from Hoosier Thought Leaders, Regular Contributor, Indiana Business Journal (2013-2014)
  • University of Evansville – Adjunct Professor (2012)+
  • Bowers Harrison, LLP – Associate Attorney (2000-2003)
  • Old National Bank – Management Trainee/Director of Public Relations (1993-1995)
  • Eli Lilly and Company, St. Louis – Sales Representative (1988-1990)

State and Local Leadership

  • Chairman of the House Environmental Affairs Committee (2001-2002)
  • Chairman of the House Courts and Criminal Code Committee (2003)
  • Economic Development Coalition of Southwestern Indiana Board of Directors
  • Evansville Museum of Arts, History and Science Board of Trustees
  • Indiana Democrats Victory Committee Board of Directors
  • Koch Family Children’s Museum of Evansville Wisdom Council
  • Evansville’s Diversity Lecture Series Board of Governors
  • Evansville Education Roundtable, Founder and Co-Chair
  • Indiana Association of Cities and Towns
  • U.S. Conference of Mayors
  • Evansville Sister City Committee
  • Southwest Indiana Business Leaders Roundtable on Early Childhood
  • Helped to found the Southwestern Indiana Regional Development Commission
  • William H. Miller Law Library Foundation

Honors and Awards

  • Early Career Achievement Award (2010):  Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis Alumni Association, Indianapolis, Indiana
  • Neil Ellerbrook Community Service Award (2010, First Recipient):  United Way of Southwestern Indiana, Evansville, Indiana
  • Birch Bayh Public Servant Award (2009):  Indiana Consortium of State and Local Human Rights Agencies, Evansville, Indiana
  • Legislator of the Year Award (2001):  Isaak Walton League of America
  • Sagamore of the Wabash (2005):  Joseph E. Kernan, Governor of the State of Indiana
  • Kentucky Colonel (2008):  Steven L. Beshear, Governor of the Commonwealth of Kentucky
  • Commander’s Award for Public Service (2007):  U.S. Department of the Army 
  • Civic Engagement Award (2011):  Leadership Evansville’s Celebration of Leadership, Evansville, Indiana
  • Community Impact Award (2008):  Leadership Evansville’s Celebration of Leadership, Evansville, Indiana
  • Friends of Education Award (2009):  Evansville Teachers Association, Evansville, Indiana
  • Mayor Weinzapfel Education Week (2011):  Evansville Education Roundtable, Evansville, Indiana
  • Service Appreciation Award (2011):  Hospitality and Outreach for Latin Americans (HOLA), Evansville, Indiana
  • Service Appreciation Award (2011):  Keep Evansville Beautiful, Evansville, Indiana
  • Service Appreciation Award (2011):  Economic Development Coalition of Southwestern Indiana, Evansville, Indiana
  • Service Appreciation Award (2011):  Rotary Club of Evansville, Indiana
  • Grand Marshal of the Labor Day Parade (2005):  Labor Day Association, Boonville, Indiana
  • Honorary Geek Award (2005):  Technology Businesses, Institutions, and Organizations of Evansville, Indiana

Community and Government Involvement While Mayor of the City of Evansville, Indiana

  • In 2008, Evansville was voted the best city in the country in which "to live, work and play" by the readers of Kiplinger.
  • In 2008, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce recognized Evansville as its Community of the Year.
  • In 2006, the Association for Global Employee Relocation chose Evansville as the nation’s Top Mid-sized Metro Area for Relocating Families.
  • In 2006, Kiplinger’s Magazine named Evansville as one of the 50 smartest places to live.
  • In 2005, Evansville was named one of 100 Best Communities for Young People by America's Promise: The Alliance for Youth.
  • In 2004, the National Civic League named Evansville an All-America City.
  • Received the National Arbor Day Foundation's "Tree City USA" award and the Growth Award annually during two terms as Mayor.
  • Led the formation of the Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana and the Growth Alliance for Greater Evansville to streamline regional and local economic development activities and generate greater results through collaboration.
  • Negotiated an economic development agreement with AT&T Indiana to invest $22 million to open a new call center in Evansville, creating at least 600 jobs with a total annual payroll of approximately $13 million.  AT&T subsequently added an additional 150 new employees as part of an Advanced Network Services division that supports AT&T's wireless business customers.
  • Negotiated two separate economic developments agreements with Mead Johnson Nutrition enabling the company to invest $32.8 million to expand and renovate its Evansville facility and construct its $26 million Pediatric Nutrition Institute creating 55 new jobs.
  • Negotiated an economic development agreement with American General Financial Services (AGFS) to incentivize an investment of $35 million to build a new corporate headquarters creating 150 new jobs.
  • Negotiated two separate economic development agreements with Berry Plastics to incentivize the consolidation of its global headquarters in Evansville and expand its manufacturing capacity which created 510 new jobs an investment of more than $170 million.
  • Negotiated an economic development agreement with SS&C Technologies leading to an investment of $4 million and the creation of 500 new jobs in downtown Evansville.
  • In 2007, Led the Access Asia Now trade mission to explore opportunities for economic development and partnerships with businesses and institutions in Malaysia and Japan.
  • Negotiated an extension of Casino Aztar’s lease to enable the company to invest $40 million to develop The District, a seven-acre entertainment district with Le Merigo boutique hotel, Blush Ultra Lounge, Ri Ra's Irish Pub & Restaurant, and other venues on the casino's waterfront property creating more than 300 full-time positions with average annual earnings of $32,500.
  • Utilized Certified Technology Park funds from the State of Indiana to acquire and renovate the property at 318 Main St. into "Innovation Pointe" to house business incubation services. Innovation Pointe became home to the Economic Development Coalition of Southwest Indiana, Growth Alliance for Greater Evansville, Chamber of Commerce of Southwest Indiana, and the Arts Council of Southwest Indiana.
  • Over a six year period, proposed, built and opened in November 2011, the new Ford Center, an 11,000 seat, $127.5 million all-purpose arena in downtown Evansville replacing a 55 year old facility on the City’s eastside.
  • Created the Downtown Loft Housing Program to provide incentives to kick-start renovation and development of loft apartments/condos above retail/commercial businesses in Downtown Evansville leading to the creation of hundreds of new residential units and millions in new investment.
  • Led efforts to renovate the former Central Library, and historic art deco downtown building, into the Koch Family Children's Museum of Evansville, Indiana's newest interactive children's museum.
  • Built the Evansville Municipal Dock to make Evansville the home port for U.S.S. LST 325, the last operational landing ship, tank in the United States.
  • Committed financial resources necessary to allow the development of the Evansville African American Museum.
  • Dramatically improved traffic flow and traffic aesthetics in downtown Evansville by converting one-way streets to two-way, reversing the flow of traffic on Main Street, repairing sidewalks, and installing new signals and lighting.
  • Established a farmers' market to allow the sale of locally grown produce on an empty lot in downtown Evansville.
  • Established the Front Door Pride Program to improve the appearance of and quality of life in near downtown neighborhoods by providing funds to property owners to upgrade/renovate existing homes.  Through the program, the City built or partnered in the construction of 50 new homes.
  • Established the Evansville Arts District at Haynie's Corner.  "Art Calendar" magazine, a business magazine for visual artists, ranked Evansville #2 on its list of "10 Great Towns for Working Artists" in 2008, calling Haynie's Corner a regional "artistic treasure."
  • Demolished hundreds of dilapidated, unsafe, unsightly structures citywide to make way for new construction.
  • Established the Summer Youth Clean-up Program to provide approximately 60 young people from low to moderate-income households with seasonal employment such as painting, landscaping and trash/debris removal; and partnered with Memorial Community Development Corporation to administer the program.
  • Established a "Drug House Ordinance" to hold landlords accountable for the activities conducted on their property.
  • Cleaned more than 260 yards in the Jacobsville neighborhood of lead and arsenic contamination following a boost from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding.
  • Worked closely with Habitat for Humanity of Evansville on the New Haven and Shadewood Place Subdivisions in Evansville.
  • Restored historic home at 620 Washington Avenue in a collaborative partnership with Tucker Publishing Group and Historic Landmarks Foundation of Indiana to create Evansville Living’s Dream Home, spurring additional revitalization in the area.
  • Created a new Property Maintenance Code covering residential and non-residential structures that is more simple, understandable and enforceable than the previous PMC that was adopted in 1982.
  • Developed Indiana's first voluntary rental dwelling registry to enhance compliance with and consistent enforcement of the City's Property Maintenance Code and improve communication between City officials and rental property operators, ultimately resulting in quicker resolution of Property Maintenance Code violations and ultimately improving the quality of rental housing stock in the City of Evansville.
  • Proposed and executed eight balanced budgets.
  • Ended private management of the Evansville Water and Sewer Utility saving approximately $14 million over five years and dramatically improving service and accountability.
  • Abandoned construction of the proposed Northside Waste Water Treatment Plan (WWTP) designed by the previous Administration in favor of expanding the Westside WWTP, allowing the City to realize a savings of approx. $33 million in capital costs and almost $ I million annually in the projected operating costs of the proposed Northside WWTP.
  • Streamlined and consolidated the use and management of IT equipment throughout City government by reducing the number of servers, printers, copiers, scanners and fax machines and cutting management, licensing, printing and energy costs.
  • Created a Cooperative Purchasing Organization with the Evansville-Vanderburgh School Corporation to use the group’s collective purchasing power to negotiate lower prices and enhance services.
  • Contracted with not-for-profits to manage key city facilities like the C.K. Newsome Center, the Wesselman Woods Nature Center, and Howell Wetlands.
  • Entered into a Maintenance Management Agreement with the Evansville-Vanderburgh County Building Authority (EVCBA) to take over maintenance management of Roberts Stadium, The Victory Theater, Mesker Amphitheatre, and C.K. Newsome Community Center, leading to significant annual savings to the City.
  • Consolidated City Code Enforcement with the City/County Building Commission to cross-train inspection and enforcement staff to create efficiencies and savings.
  • Secured a single financial services software system to replace the City's out-of-date financial, human resources and community development software.  The new software will allow residents to make online bill payments, facilitate quicker response to customer requests and increase efficiency by enabling departments to share information.
  • Purchased a Time & Attendance software package for payroll to automate the reporting of hours worked; eliminating paper reporting forms and hand calculations (reducing errors), and allowing the City to determine whether existing staff is being utilized in the most efficient manner possible.
  • Replaced 11 diesel buses in the METS fleet with hybrid buses saving more than $10,000 per year per bus in fuel and maintenance savings and dramatically reducing the emission of harmful pollutants into the environment.
  • Identified all the neighborhoods in Evansville without water service and extended water mains in all those areas to ensure that every Evansville resident had access to city water.
  • Negotiated a consent decree with the U.S. Department of Justice and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency to resolve litigation regarding combined sewer overflows leading to the development of Evansville' long term control plan.
  • Negotiated an energy savings contract to provide for wireless water meter reading (AMR) and $45 million worth of improvements to the sewer and water utility.
  • Launched the "Bank on Evansville" program in June 2008, becoming the third city in the nation and the first in Indiana to implement the "Bank on Cities" model, which helps low- and moderate-income individuals and families open and maintain checking and savings accounts and enter the financial mainstream.  Bank on Evansville served as the basis for the development of the Bank on Indiana program and other similar programs throughout the nation.
  • Managed the construction of the $15 million Amazonia exhibit at Mesker Park Zoo & Botanic Garden.
  • Built two new community swimming pools at Howell Park and Bellemeade Park.
  • Restored the 1.5-mile Garvin Recreational Trail around EvansVILLE Lake in Garvin Park and constructed a connection to the Pigeon Creek Greenway.
  • Deepened Evansville's Sister City relationships with Tochigi City, Japan, and Osnabruck, Germany, through several cultural and educational exchanges; and established a Sister City relationship with Tizimin, Mexico.
  • Established Evansville's Celebration of Diversity Distinguished Lecture Series to raise awareness and understanding about diversity and foster community-wide dialogue about related topics. Welcomed guest lecturers including Gen. Colin Powell, Tony Dungy, Magic Johnson, Marlee Matlin, Lisa Ling and Khaled Hosseini to our community.
  • Developed a 20-page Public Art Guide and Public Art Walking Tour brochure through the Evansville Public Art Commission in collaboration with the Tucker Publishing Group, the Bower-Suhrheinrich Foundation and the Evansville Convention and Visitors Bureau.
  • Worked closely with State and Federal officials to secure a $4 million appropriation for the reconstruction of the Lloyd Expressway/Fulton Ave. interchange making it a high priority on the state­wide projects list.
  • Designated more than 20 new miles of on-street bikeways.
  • Transformed an historic bridge along Ohio Street between Fulton Ave. and Wabash Ave. into the Joan March and Bridge, a spur off the Pigeon Creek Greenway Passage that includes a scenic overlook where pedestrians and cyclists can view the Ohio River and Pigeon Creek.
  • Developed the Shirley James Gateway Plaza, which tells the story of how transportation influenced Evansville's history, at the Mead Johnson Nutrition Trailhead of the Pigeon Creek Greenway Passage with funding provided by the Indiana Department of Transportation for the historical mitigation of the former Orr Iron Building which was razed due to the construction of the new Lloyd Expressway/Fulton Ave. interchange.
  • Created the Department of Sustainability, Energy & Environmental Quality and established the City's first Sustainability Policy to ensure that the City of Evansville and all departments, agencies and employees operate in a manner that, now and in the future, protects the health and welfare of Evansville residents, mitigates negative impacts of human activity on the natural environment, and maintains the competitive viability of our diversified economy.
  • Established the City's first Green Fleets Policy to ensure that the City purchases, leases or otherwise obtains the most energy efficient, cost-effective and lowest emission motor vehicles or fuel-using equipment possible; and manages and operates fleets in a manner that is energy efficient, is cost­ effective and minimizes air emissions and other environmental impacts.
  • Engaged an ad hoc Smart Growth Group to evaluate existing land use, development and zoning ordinances and recommending revisions so that City policies, plans and codes more effectively encourage "green growth;" encourage in-fill development; require larger tree islands/green spaces in parking lots; provide incentives for use of permeable pavement products; require larger vegetative buffer zones between residential, commercial and industrial developments and along streambed corridors and lakes (riparian habitats); provide and/or protect wildlife corridors; and require that accommodations be made in commercial developments for pedestrian and bike paths.
  • Established the highly successful Traveling City Hall Program, holding monthly meetings in every comer of Evansville to give citizens the opportunity to speak one-on-one to the Mayor and the heads of City departments.
  • Brought our region's public, private and non-profit sectors together in support of displaced Whirlpool employees after Whirlpool closed the Evansville plant and 1,100 local men and women lost their jobs.
  • Formed the Evansville Education Roundtable to enhance communication and foster collaboration among government officials, educators, members of local business and industry, and the community to ensure that every person in Vanderburgh County has an opportunity to receive a world-class education. Initiatives through the Education Roundtable include the Southwest Indiana College Access Network, Early Childhood Development Commission, and Mentor Evansville Program.
  • Formed the Aquatics Task Force to develop options for the future of Evansville's municipal pools while staying within an $800,000 annual operating budget and ensuring that each area of the City is served. In connection with the Aquatics Task Force, the City held 32 public meetings, nine focus groups, eight public hearings, and three separate survey initiatives. New community swimming pools were constructed at Howell Park and Bellemeade Park as a result of the Task Force's recommendations.
  • Established the Evansville Storm Water Task Force and held numerous public meetings after a series of severe storms in September 2006 exacerbated the long-existing problems with Evansville's storm sewer system and caused damage to many homes. The Task Force, which included engineering and construction experts, people who understand financing and budgets and people who live in flood­ prone areas, recommended that the City move ahead on storm water improvement projects totaling approximately $54 million.
  • Convened the Southeast Drainage Task Force, a precursor to the Storm Water Task Force, to analyze flooding problems and remedies near the five-points intersections of Southeast Blvd., Alvord Blvd., Monroe Ave., Adams Ave., and Spring St., as well as the neighborhood bounded by Madison Ave., Villa Dr., Ravenswood Dr., and Dexter Ave.
  • Convened Sidewalk and Curb Ramp Advisory Task Force comprised of residents from reach City ward to review the City's current repair and replacement program and explore alternative programs and funding.
  • Formed the Roberts Stadium Advisory Board with members representing the business community, City and County governments, neighborhood organizations, community activists, the University of Evansville, and the University of Southern Indiana to work closely with professional consultants and make recommendations to the City about the future of Roberts Stadium. In addition, we invited public comment at each of the 13 Roberts Stadium Advisory Board meetings that were held over the course of two years, and encouraged citizens to voice their opinions at any time through the City of Evansville Website and by contacting the Mayor's Office.
  • After the decision was made that building a new arena in downtown Evansville was in the best long-term interest of the City of Evansville, formed the Evansville Arena Project Committee to collaborate with the Mayor's Office and help keep the public informed about the arena project as it moved forward.
  • Established the City Advisory Board on Disability Services.
  • Established HOLA (Hospitality and Outreach for Latin Americans) the City Advisory Board on Latino issues.
  • Convened Sidewalk and Curb Ramp Advisory Task Force comprised of residents from each City ward to review the City's current repair and replacement program and explore alternative programs and funding.