James E. Springer

James E. Springer

Fort Wayne, Indiana

Jim opened his first law office in Fort Wayne in 1968. His focus for these many years has always been on serving his clients in the myriad of legal issues that confront them throughout their lives, giving them top quality legal assistance. As with anyone who gives good service, he has maintained his client base from its beginnings, and as a result his practice has evolved with the needs of his clients.

Jim’s interest in Elder Law was initiated by his personal search for appropriate housing and care for his own Mother after her stroke, and it naturally progressed into an interest in Alzheimer’s care when Alzheimer’s became an issue in his longtime paralegal’s family, as well as his own Godfather. Following his own healthcare crisis, it became obvious to him that trial work and divorce proceedings were not conducive to his own good health. As his clientele aged along with him, his interest and education naturally progressed into estate and Medicaid planning as well as other elements of Elder Law.

Areas of Practice

  • Elder Law
  • Estate Planning
  • Wills & Trusts
  • Probate
  • Guardianship
  • Real Estate
  • Administrative Law
  • Government Agencies & Programs

Litigation Percentage

  • 5% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana, 1968
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 1968


  • Valparaiso University School of Law, Valparaiso, Indiana
    • J.D., Doctor of Jurisprudence
  • Valparaiso University, Valparaiso, Indiana
    • B.A., Bachelor of Arts
    • Major: Business
  • Purdue University Extension of Fort Wayne, Fort Wayne, Indiana

Representative Clients

  • Individuals & Couples with Estate Planning
  • Guardians, Trustees & Personal Representatives
  • Families with Special Needs Members


  • Fort Wayne National Bank
  • PNC Bank Waynedale Branch
  • Public Service Credit Union
  • Roger Sipe CPA
  • Rick Horton, Horton Pate Financial Advisors


  • Elder Law Mediation, ICLEF, 2005 - 2014

Honors and Awards

  • Indiana State Bar Association - Presidential Citation, 2002
  • Indiana State Bar Association - GP Hall of Fame, 2004
  • ARC Rosemary Peterink Award, 2007

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys
  • Indiana State Bar Association , Solo & Small Firm, 1996 - Present
  • Allen County Bar Association

Past Employment Positions

  • Allen County Prosecutors Office, Deputy, 1970 - 1974

Pro Bono Activities

  • Delegate Lutheran Social Services & Lutheran Foundation, 1996 - Present
  • Waynedale Lions Club
  • Prepared Guardianship for many people with disabilities, 2007


  • Lambda Chi Alpha