As lead counsel in numerous jury trials, Bob Devetski has defended his client’s rights in litigation involving improper business practices, insurance company denials of coverage, and bad faith and personal injury claims. He represents business interests in a broad range of complex disputes, including insurance coverage and contract claims, corporate and fiduciary litigation and toxic torts.
Bob counsels and assists insurance policyholders presenting liability and property insurance claims that range from environmental contamination to fire and other casualty losses. When Bob sees injustice, particularly in the insurance realm, he is relentless when helping clients pursue their rights and has litigated cases in which he has recovered millions of dollars of coverage.
Bob also advises clients on trust and estate matters. He has drafted estate plans of varying complexity, and represented a broad array of fiduciary and estate representatives, trustees and beneficiaries in will contests, trust contests, fiduciary misconduct and wealth management-related disputes. Regardless of the challenge at hand, Bob makes a point of providing each client with the information and solutions they need, keeping them apprised of all developments and viable options for a favorable conclusion at every turn.
Primarily a trial lawyer, Bob is valued for his ability to identify the facts and strategically position disputes for efficient and expeditious resolution. Particularly in northern Indiana, Bob is known as a respected and esteemed advocate. His dedication to community involvement and local and regional professional organizations allow him not only to serve the community, but also to know the judges before whom he presents his clients’ positions.
A Registered Civil Mediator, Bob has mediated more than 100 cases involving business disputes and personal injury claims. Although some mediation skills can be learned, experience is still the key factor in serving as an effective mediator. After more than three decades of successful legal practice, Bob offers veteran perspective and skill in addressing and overcoming the emotion that infuses acrimony in a fair and balanced way.
Bob has lectured on insurance and litigation topics in professional, trade and client seminars. He joined Barnes & Thornburg in 2002 after practicing in South Bend at the firm Devetski & Jensen, P.C.
Professional and Community Involvement
Former president, Robert A. Grant Inn of Court
Former chair, Indiana State Bar Association's Litigation Section
Judicial selection panels, various federal and state courts
The Best Lawyers in America, 2008-2019; Lawyer of the Year, 2017