Robert J. Konopa, Partner

Robert J. Konopa, Personal Injury Attorney, Northern IN, based in South Bend


Phone 574.232.3538
Fax 574.232.3790

Email Paralegal, Jody O. Fraleigh


Civil litigation representing plaintiffs and defendants on legal areas including, 

  • Personal injuries
  • Wrongful death
  • Insurance litigation
  • Products liability
  • Railroads
  • Trucking
  • Medical malpractice
  • Legal malpractice
  • Commercial disputes
  • Contract claims
  • Mediation
  • Arbitration


  • Notre Dame Law School, LLB, 1967
  • University of Notre Dame, M.A., English, 1964
  • University of Notre Dame, A.B., English, 1963

Bob’s practice areas include civil litigation representing plaintiffs and defendants in many legal areas including personal injuries, insurance litigation, product liability, railroads, trucking, medical and legal malpractice, commercial disputes, contract claims, mediation, and arbitration.

Robert J. Konopa was admitted to the Indiana Bar in 1967 following his graduation from The University of Notre Dame Law School. He has since practiced in both state and federal courts, trying cases for both plaintiffs and defendants. Bob’s extensive trial experience, combined with mediation skills acquired from formal training, experience and a negotiator’s instincts, are particularly useful in complex cases, whether they involve personal injury, commercial or other civil litigation subject matters.

Bob was inducted as a Fellow in the prestigious American College of Trial Lawyers in 1990. Not more than one percent of the lawyers who are licensed to practice in a state may be selected as Fellows of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

He was an Associate Lecturer at Indiana University, South Bend from 1965-1977. He is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association and a recipient of the 2009 Litigation Section Civility Award. He is also a member of the Defense Research Institute, Inc. and Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana (Member, Board of Directors, 1996-98, Diplomate Award 2000), American Association for Justice and the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association. Bob has been selected by his peers for inclusion in the 20th-anniversary edition of The Best Lawyers in America® (2014) in the specialties of Arbitration, Bet-the-Company Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Mediation, Personal Injury Litigation Defendants, Product Liability Ligation Defendant. He is one of a distinguished group of attorneys who has been listed in Best Lawyers® for over twenty years.

In January 2009, Bob was selected for membership in The American Trial Lawyers Association for inclusion in the 2008-2009 Top 100 Trial Lawyers for the state of Indiana. Membership is by invitation and is extended only to those attorneys who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership within the trial attorney community. His fellowship in the Litigation Counsel of America, an invitation-only trial lawyer honorary society, dates back to 2009.

In 1986, Bob achieved an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell, the highest possible rating granted for competency and ethics in law, a testament to the fact that a lawyer’s peers rank him or her at the highest level of professional excellence.


Professional Listings:

Martindale Hubbell Law Directory (AV rating, 1986 – present )
Best Lawyers in America (1987 – present)


Named “Lawyer of the Year” by Best Lawyers® for:

  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, South Bend (2015)
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants, South Bend (2012)
  • Personal Injury Litigation, South Bend (2011)


Recognized in The Best Lawyers in America® for work in:

  • Arbitration
  • Bet-the-Company Litigation
  • Commercial Litigation
  • Mediation
  • Personal Injury Litigation – Defendants
  • Product Liability Litigation – Defendants
  • Product Liability Litigation – Plaintiffs


Memberships and Fellowships:

St. Joseph County Bar Association (Member, Board of Governors, 1975 – 1979)
Indiana State Bar Association (Member, Board of Managers, 1988 – 1990, Litigation and Appellate Sections; 2009 Civility Award
The Seventh Circuit Bar Association
National Lawyers Association
National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel
Defense Research Institute; Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana (Member, Board of Directors, 1996-1998; Diplomat, 2000)
American Association for Justice
Indiana Trial Lawyers Association
National Trial Lawyers Association (Top 100 Trial Lawyers, 2008 – 2014)
Robert A. Grant Inn of Court (Emeritus; President, 1997 – 1999)
Fellow, Indiana Bar Foundation (2000 – present)
Fellow, Litigation Counsel of America (2009)
Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (1990 – present)


Admitted to the following courts:

  • Indiana State Courts
  • U.S. District Courts, Northern & Southern Districts of Indiana; Western District of Michigan
  • United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
  • Robert A Grant Inn of Court (President, 1997 – 1999, Emeritus)



  • Slip, Trip, Fall & Sue, ICLEF, 2015
  • Professionalism Program, ICLEF, 2010
  • Cross-examination of the Independent Medical Examiner, Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, 2007
  • Mediation Mistakes, Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, 2005
  • Spoliation of Evidence, National Society of Professional Insurance Investigators, 2005
  • Civil Mediation Training, ICLEF, 2004
  • Wrongful Death Litigation, ICLEF, 2004
  • Indiana Judges on Indiana Evidence; The Tough Issues Argued, ICLEF, 2000
  • Bad Faith in Insurance Litigation, Auto-Owners Ins. Co., 2000
  • Wrongful Death, ICLEF, 1999
  • Powerful Cross-examination, Cross-examination of the Medical Expert, ICLEF, 1995
  • Governmental Tort Liability, Auto-Owners Ins. Co., Branch Claims Office, 1993
  • Slip, Trip, Fall and Sue, Nuts and Bolts of a Slip and Fall Case – Defense, ICLEF, 1990

Robert J. Konopa, AV Preeminent rated by Martindale-Hubbell

Best Lawyers Award Badge
Since 1987

Robert J. Konopa, Super Lawyer for 10+ years
Robert J. Konopa, Member of American College of Trial Lawyers
Robert J. Konopa, Fellow of Litigation Counsel of America
Robert J. Konopa member American Association for Justice