Philip E. Kalamaros

Partner

Phil Kalamaros is a partner in the St. Joseph, Michigan and South Bend, IN offices. He practices in a particularly broad scope, including all types of civil litigation, business planning, and acting as a mediator/arbitrator.

Phil received his B.B.A. from the University of Notre Dame in 1984 followed by his Doctorate of Jurisprudence from the University of Notre Dame School of Law in 1987.

Practice Emphasis

  • Errors and Omissions
  • Medical, Legal and Other Professional Malpractice Defense
  • Dram Shop
  • Insurance Coverage
  • Employment Practices
  • State and Federal Appeals
  • General Insurance Litigation
  • Civil Rights Defense
  • Truck and Heavy Equipment
  • Torts and Civil Litigation
  • First Party Litigation
  • Business Planning and Strategy
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Mediation / Arbitration

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • St. Joseph County (Indiana) Bar Association, (Board of Governors, 1989-1990)(Secretary, 1990-2003)
  • Berrien County (Michigan),
  • Seventh Circuit Bar Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • American Bar Association (1987-2003)
  • State Bar of Michigan (Practice Management Section Council 2005-2007)
  • Association of Trial Lawyers of America (1987-2003)
  • Indiana Trial Lawyers Association (1987-2003)
  • Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana (Amicus Committee 1988- present, Chairman, 1992-1997, Director, 1997-2000, 2012- present)
  • Defense Trial Counsel of Michigan
  • Defense Research Institute
  • National Council of Self Insurers
  • National Health Lawyers Association
  • Notre Dame Law Association
  • Life Fellow, Indiana Bar Foundation
  • Director, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (2005-2011)

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana State Bar
  • United States District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana
  • Michigan State Bar
  • United States District Court for the Western and Eastern Districts of Michigan
  • U. S. Court of Appeals, Sixth and Seventh Circuits
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • Worker’s Compensation Board of Indiana
  • Tribal Court Pokagon Band of Potawatomi

Education

  • University of Notre Dame, B.B.A., 1984
  • University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D., 1987

Additional Experience / Awards

  • Mediator/Arbitrator
  • Indiana Super Lawyer, 2004/2005/2006/2007/2008/2009/2010/2015/2016/2017/2018
  • Michigan Super Lawyer, 2010/2011/2017/2018
  • Best Lawyers in America, Woodward/White, 1995-2007
  • Marquis’ Who’s Who
  • Strathmore’s Who’s Who
  • Indiana Top Lawyers
  • Matindale-Hubbell rating: AV

Publications

  • "Depositions for Fun and Profit," IDLA/DCTI Rookie Seminar, 1995, 1997, 1999, 2001, 2003, 2005, 2007, 2009, 2011, 2013, 2015, 2017
  • Instructor, North Central Region Trial Academy, October 2016
  • “The Appellate Process/Use of Appellate Lawyer in Litigation and Trial” DCTI Annual Meeting, November 19, 2015
  • “Invest in Yourself to Build Practice and Recognition”, Indiana Lawyer, May 5, 2014
  • “Effective Use of Expert Witnesses in Civil Litigation for the Defense: Practical
  • Considerations from Counsel and the Experts.” DCTI Annual Meeting, November 21, 2013
  • “As Attorneys, Conflict is Our Business, But We Can Do Better”, Indiana Lawyer, May 8, 2013
  • “Fun with Interpleader”, HSK, Fall 2009
  • “Thoughts on Legal Malpractice”, SJCBA, Fall 2009
  • “Trial by Ambush”, ICLEF, Winter 2008
  • Presenting and Defending Pain and Suffering in Litigation”, ICLEF, Fall 2008
  • “Uncertainty When Reconstructing Accidents- What to Do with This Information”, Indiana Civil Litigation Review 2007
  • “2007 LSU Trial Advocacy Program”, Louisiana State University Law School, Summer 2007
  • “Miller’s Court”, ICLEF, Spring 2007
  • “Defending the Bad Faith Action”; Bad Faith Claims in Litigation, ICLEF, Fall 2003
  • “Times They have Changed: The Business of Being a Defense Lawyer Affecting the Art of Being a Defense Lawyer”, ICLEF Masters Series, Summer 2001
  • “Defense Approach: Getting A Clue”, Planning Your First Tort Case, ICLEF Summer 2000
  • "Making it Work" and "Defense Bar and Industry Relations," Defense Seminar, Insurance Institute of Indiana, 1998
  • "1997 Indiana Worker’s Compensation Legislation Summary", Indiana Lawyer, June 11, 1997
  • "Fraudulent Concealment and the Statute of Limitations in Medical Malpractice", IDLA, Winter 1996
  • "Constitutional Challenge to Tort Reform”, IDLA, June 1996
  • "Overview of the Worker’s Compensation Act," Worker’s Compensation Deskbook, ICLEF, 1994
  • "Bad Faith and Collateral Actions in Worker’s Compensation," May 1993
  •  "Preparing Yourself for Mediation",  ITLA Summertime Torts, August 1992
  • "Temporary Partial Disability, Getting the Numbers Right", Res Gestae, October 1989
     

Reported Cases

  • Helman v. Barnett’s Bail Bonds, Inc., 2017 WL 955400
  • Lane v. Boston Scientific Corporation, 2016 WL 5369596
  • Valley Forge Insurance Company v. Hartford Iron & Metal, Inc., 2016 WL 4414960
  • Houston v. C.G. Sec. Services, Inc. 820 F.3d 855 (7th Cir. 2016)
  • Vanportfliet v. Carpet Direct Corp., 2016 WL 1019077
  • Valley Forge Insurance Company v. Hartford Iron & Metal, Inc. 2016 WL 1627599
  • Home-Owners Ins. Co. v. Allied Prop. & Cas. Ins. Co., 2016 WL 337453
  • Stokes v. Navistar Int'l Corp., 2015 WL 8180274
  • Valley Forge Ins. Co. v. Hartford Iron & Metal, Inc., 2015 WL 8180104
  • Valley Forge Ins. Co. v. Hartford Iron & Metal, Inc., 2015 WL 6134466
  • Bar Plan Mut. Ins. Co. v. Likes Law Office, LLC, 44 N.E.3d 1279 (Ind. Ct. App. 2015)
  • Valley Forge Ins. Co. v. Hartford Iron & Metal, Inc., 2015 WL 5730662
  • Indiana Restorative Dentistry, P.C. v. Laven Ins. Agency, Inc., 27 N.E.3d 260, Ind. (2015)
  • Bredow v. Land & Co., 862 N.W.2d 232 , 307 Mich. App. 579 (2014) affd / vac in pt 498 Mich. 890 (2015)
  • Houston v. C.G. Sec. Servs., Inc., 302 F.R.D. 268, 2014 WL 4636430 (S.D. Ind. 2014) aff'd, 2016 WL 1622507 (7th Cir. Apr. 25, 2016)
  • Adams v. Traylor-Wolff, 2014 WL 3721974
  • Beal v. Blinn, 9 N.E.3d 694, Ind. App. 2014, rehearing denied
  • Indiana Restorative Dentistry, P.C. v. Laven Ins. Agency, Inc., 999 N.E.2d 922, Ind. App. (2013)
  • Adams v. Traylor-Wolff, 2013 WL 5701056
  • Mid-America Foundation Supply, Inc. v. Konga Marine Logistics, LLC, 2013 WL 5671058
  • RBS Citizens, N.A. v. M. & M. Brokerage, LLC, 2013 2013 WL 4094358
  • Adams v. Traylor-Wolff, 2013 WL 2399271 
  • Koransky, Bouwer & Poracky, P.C. v. Bar Plan Mut. Ins. Co., 712 F.3d 336 (2013)
  • Pelham v. Albright, 2013 WL 653692 
  • Forgey v. Kitchel, 2012 WL 6160497 
  • RBS Citizens, N.A. v. M. & M. Brokerage, LLC 2012 WL 4343639 
  • Rosenbaum v. White, 692 F.3d 593 (2012) cert den
  • Adams v. Traylor-Wolff, 2012 WL 3061837
  • Zandstra v. Fischer, 2012 WL 2421242 
  • Pelham v. Albright, 2012 WL 1600455 
  • Acuity v. Nuthak Ins., LLC, 2012 WL 1033440 
  • RBS Citizens, N.A. v. M. & M. Brokerage, LLC, 2012 WL 839223 
  • Forgey v. Kitchel, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 40040
  • Koransky, Bouwer & Poracky, P.C. v. The Bar Plan Mut. Ins. Co., 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 16909
  • Sann v. Mastrian, 2012 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 9107
  • Sann v. Mastrian, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 147738
  • Acuity v. Nuthak Insurance, LLC, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 126147
  • Elmotec Statomat, Inc v. Lowry Haywood & Assoc. Inc., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 108607
  • Sann v. Mastrian, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 103809
  • Stone v. Levin Tire Centers, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 94549
  • Rosenbaum v. Seybold, 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 76121
  • Niswander v. Price Waicukauski & Riley LLC 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 70412
  • Ashby v. Davidson,  949 N.E.2d 307, Ind. (2011)
  • Leo Mach. & Tool, Inc. v. Cline-Armstrong Ins. Agency, Inc., 2011 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 26133 (2011)
  • Ashby v. Davidson, 930 N.E.2d 53; 2010 Ind. App. LEXIS 1248 (2010), Trans granted, Vacated
  • Sheehan Const. Co. v. Cont'l Cas., 929 N.E.2d 782, Ind. (2010)
  • Parr Richey Obremskey & Morton v. Biomet, Inc., 936 N.E.2d 367, 2010 Ind. App. (2010)
  • Roundtree v. Krueger, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 127593 (2010)
  • Sann v. Mastrian, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 126168  (2010)
  • Niswander v. Price, Waicukauski & Riley LLC, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 119997 (2010)
  • Roundtree v. Krueger, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 103436 (2010)
  • Dombrowski v. Adm'r, FEMA, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 95827 (2010)
  • Niswander v. Price, Waicukauski & Riley LLC, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 108243 (2010)
  • Roundtree v. Krueger, 2010 U.S. Dist. LEXIS 86109 (2010)
  • Niswander v. Price, Waicukauski & Riley LLC, 2010 WL 231121, S.D.Ind. (2010)
  • West Bend Mut. Ins. Co. v. 1st Choice Ins. Services, 918 N.E.2d 684 (Ind. Ct. App. 2009)
  • Howmedica Osteonics Corp. v. Tranquil Prospects Ltd, 2009 WL 2750228  N.D.Ind. (2009)
  • Great Northern Ins. Co. v. Precision Plastics of Indiana, Inc., 910 N.E.2d 1288 (Ind. Ct. App. 2009)
  • Sheehan Const. Co., Inc. v. Continental Cas. Co., 908 N.E.2d 305 (Ind. Ct. App. 2009)
  • Kenwal Steel Corp. v. Seyring, 903 N.E.2d 305 (Ind. Ct. App. 2009)
  • Price v. Dvorak, 2009 WL 692216  N.D. Ind. (2009)
  • Gerstbauer v. Styers, 898 N.E.2d 369 (Ind. Ct. App. 2008)
  • In re Pugh, 2008 WL 4858255 Bkrtcy. S.D. Ind. (2008)
  • Beal v. Blinn, 895 N.E.2d 424 (Ind. Ct. App. 2008)
  • Harcharik v. Swiss Reinsurance Corp., 893 N.E.2d 781 (Ind. Ct. App. 2008
  • Filip v. Block 879 N.E.2d 1076 (Ind., 2008)
  • Evan v. Poe & Associates, Inc., 873 N.E.2d 92 (Ind. App. Sep 05, 2007)
  • Ace Radiator Works, v. Runkle, 872 N.E.2d 706 (Ind. App. Aug 28, 2007) WL 2417317
  • Kempf v. St. Paul Reinsurance Co., 872, N.E.2d 162, 2007 WL 2363858, Ind.App., (August 21, 2007)
  • Morris v. Duncan, 2007 WL 2257659, N.D.Ind., (August 03, 2007)
  • Underhill v. CSX Transp., Inc., 2007 WL 1970958, N.D.Ind., (July 03, 2007)
  • Brown v. Katz, 868 N.E.2d 1159, Ind.App., (July 02, 2007)
  • Rosenbaum v. Seybold, 2007 WL 1959241, N.D.Ind., (July 02, 2007)
  • Design Basics, Inc. v. Granite Ridge Builders, Inc., 2007 WL 1830809, N.D.Ind., (June 21, 2007)
  • Cincinnati Ins. Co. ex rel. Struyf v. Second Injury Fund, 863 N.E.2d 1242 (Ind.App. Apr 11, 2007)
  • Howmedica Osteonics Corp. v. Tranquil Prospects, Ltd., 482 F.Supp.2d 1045 (N.D.Ind. Mar 28, 2007)
  • Patterson v. University Park Associates, 860 N.E.2d 928 (Ind.App. Jan 24, 2007) 2007 WL 166642
  • Filip v. Block, 858 N.E.2d 143 (Ind.App. Dec 11, 2006) transfer granted, opinion vacated, in rap 58(a) (Apr 17, 2007)
  • Nautilus Ins. Co. v. American Community Services, Inc., 2006 WL 2925658 (N.D.Ind. Oct 11, 2006)
  • Casey v. Phelan Ins. Agency, Inc. 431 F. Supp. 2d 888, 70 Fed. R. Evid. Serv. 130 (N.D. Ind. May 09, 2006)<
  • Shepherd v. Truex, 823 N.E.2d 320 (Ind.App. Mar 07, 2005)
  • Klabo v. Myhre, 2004 WL 554794 (N.D. Ind. Feb 06, 2004)
  • Great West Cas. Co. v. National Cas. Co., 385 F.3d 1094 (7th Cir.(Ind.) Oct 06, 2004)
  • Howmedica Osteonics Corp. v. Tranquil Prospects, Ltd., 288 F. Supp. 2d 939, (N.D.Ind. 2003)
  • Nance v. Ulferts, 282 F.Supp.2d 912 (N. D. Ind. Aug. 19, 2003)
  • Great West Casualty v. National Casualty Company, 2003 WL 22016506 (S.D.Ind. Aug. 13, 2003)
  • Jacobs v. Manhart, 770 N.E. 2d 344 (Ind. App. June 5, 2002) Rehearing Denied July 15, 2002.
  • Beaver v. Foamcraft, Inc., 181 F.Supp.2d 968 (N.D.Ind., Jan 07, 2002)
  • Brett v. Goshen Community School Corp., 161 F.Supp.2d 930, 157 Ed. Law Rep. 84 (N.D.Ind., Sep 06, 2001)
  • Court View Centre, L.L.C. v. Witt, 753 N.E.2d 75 (Ind.App., Aug 07, 2001)
  • Beaver v. Grand Prix Karting Ass'n, Inc., 246 F.3d 905 (7th Cir.(Ind.), Mar 30, 2001)
  • Spangler, Jennings & Dougherty P.C. v. Indiana Ins. Co., 729 N.E.2d 117 (Ind., May 25, 2000)
  • Transcontinental Ins. Co. v. J.L. Manta, Inc., 714 N.E.2d 1277 (Ind.App., Aug 24, 1999)
  • Paper Mfrs. Co. v. Rescuers, Inc., 60 F.Supp.2d 869, 40 UCC Rep.Serv.2d 146, Prod.Liab.Rep. (CCH) P 15,670 (N.D.Ind., Aug 19, 1999)
  • Martin v. Richey, 711 N.E.2d 1273 (Ind., Jul 08, 1999)
  • Richardson v. Calderon, 713 N.E.2d 856 (Ind.App., Jun 30, 1999)
  • Slutsky v. Crews, 713 N.E.2d 288 (Ind.App., Jun 10, 1999)
  • Safway Steel Products v. Casteel Const. Co., 1998 WL 792189 (N.D.Ind., Nov 03, 1998)
  • Brett v. Goshen Community School Corp., 1998 WL 792186 (N.D.Ind., Oct 06, 1998)
  • Coble v. Joseph Motors, Inc., 695 N.E.2d 129 (Ind.App., Apr 29, 1998)
  • Chamberlain v. Parks, 692 N.E.2d 1380 (Ind.App., Apr 06, 1998)
  • Koval v. Simon Telelect, Inc., 693 N.E.2d 1299 (Ind., Mar 31, 1998)
  • Smith v. Howe Military School, 1998 WL 175875 (N.D.Ind., Feb 27, 1998)
  • Smith v. Howe Military School, 1997 WL 662506 (N.D.Ind., Oct 20, 1997)
  • Koval v. Simon-Telelect, Inc., 979 F.Supp. 1222 (N.D.Ind., Aug 14, 1997)
  • Spangler, Jennings & Dougherty v. Indiana Ins. Co., 685 N.E.2d 705, Trans Granted, (Ind.App., Jul 28, 1997)
  • United Farm Bureau Mut. Ins. Co. v. Blossom Chevrolet, Inc., 679 N.E.2d 1327 (Ind., May 14, 1997)
  • Viers v. Philips Products Ventline Div., 1997 WL 284975 (N.D.Ind., Apr 18, 1997)
  • Valance v. Wisel, 110 F.3d 1269, 46 Fed. R. Evid. Serv. 1127 (7th Cir.(Ind.), Apr 07, 1997)
  • Hatfield v. Edward J. DeBartolo Corp., 676 N.E.2d 395 (Ind.App., Feb 21, 1997)
  • Ransburg Industries v. Brown, 659 N.E.2d 1081 (Ind.App., Dec 21, 1995)
  • South Bend Community School Corp. v. Widawski, 626 N.E.2d 814 (Ind., Jan 24, 1994)
  • South Bend Community Schools Corp. v. Widawski, 622 N.E.2d 160, 86 Ed. Law Rep. 950 (Ind., Oct 21, 1993)
  • South Bend Community School Corp. v. Widawski, 602 N.E.2d 1045, Trans Granted, (Ind.App. 3 Dist., Nov 16, 1992)
  • Cincinnati Ins. Co. v. Moen, 940 F.2d 1069 (7th Cir.(Ind.), Aug 19, 1991)
  • Chang v. Michiana Telecasting Corp., 900 F.2d 1085, 17 Media L. Rep. 1768, 7th Cir. Ind. (1990)
  • Chelovich v. Ruff & Silvian Agency, 551 N.E.2d 890 Ind. Ct. App. (1990)
  • Cincinnati Ins. Co. v. Moen, 732 F.Supp. 949 N.D.Ind. (1990)
     

Contact Philip

Saint Joseph Office
301 State Street, 2nd Floor
P.O. Box 46
St. Joseph, MI 49085-0046
269-983-4405 Ext. 302

South Bend Office
205 W. Jefferson Blvd, Ste. 300
P.O. Box 4156
South Bend, IN 46634-4156
574-232-4801

pkalamaros@hsk-law.com