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Tom Vetne

J. Thomas Vetne


Tom Vetne is a partner in our South Bend, Indiana office. He has more than 25 years of experience as a trial lawyer, with considerable experience defending auto-accident, premises-liability, professional-malpractice, bad-faith, construction, and breach-of-contract claims. He defends insurance companies and their insureds in all phases of state, federal, and administrative proceedings, including trial, appeal, mediation, arbitration, and administrative hearings.

Practice Emphasis

  • Appellate 
  • Employment Law
  • Insurance Services
  • Litigation
  • Medical Malpractice
  • Professional Liability

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
  • Association of Defense Trial Attorneys
  • Appointed by then-Chief Judge Robert L. Miller, Jr. to a four-year term on the Northern District of Indiana’s Local Rules Advisory Committee
  • Appointed by former Magistrate Judge Roger B. Cosbey to serve on the local rules restyling subcommittee
  • South Bend/Mishawaka Leadership Class of 2003
  • Former Secretary, Fischoff National Chamber Music Association

Bar Admissions

  • State Bar of Indiana
  • Supreme Court of the United States
  • United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit
  • United States District Courts, Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana


  • University of Texas at Austin, B.A., 1993
  • Valparaiso University, J.D., 1996

Additional Experience / Awards

  • Indiana’s most prolific civil trial attorney, 2022
  • Indiana’s most prolific civil trial attorney, 2018
  • Indiana’s most prolific civil trial attorney, runner-up, 2011
  • AV peer-review rating—Martindale-Hubbell
  • Client Distinction Award—Martindale-Hubbell
  • The Best Lawyers in America© Litigation – Insurance
  • AVVO Superb rating (10.0)
  • ClearMark Award, Center for Plain Language, Washington D.C.

Reported Cases

  • Progressive Southeastern Ins. Co. v. Brown, 182 N.E.3d 197 (Ind. 2022)
  • Kramer v. Catholic Charities of the Diocese of Fort Wayne-South Bend, Inc., 32 N.E.3d 227 (Ind. 2015)
  • Rose v. Martin’s Supermarkets, llc, 120 N.E.3d 234 (Ind. Ct. App. 2019)

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