Joe Fullenkamp represents businesses and individuals in the resolution of commercial disputes, product liability defense, construction litigation, transportation contracts and litigation, and insurance coverage matters. Joe’s experience spans virtually all phases of litigation, including discovery, pre-trial motions and trial, and appellate counsel in courts throughout the United States.
For more than three decades, Joe has litigated product liability lawsuits. He has served on national product liability teams representing Fortune 500 companies and other businesses in litigation throughout the country. His clients have included manufacturers and distributors of home appliances, kitchen appliances and utensils, manufacturing equipment and consumer goods.
Joe has also represented owners, designers, general contractors and subcontractors in construction disputes and litigation. He has handled matters involving manufacturing facilities, solar projects, hotels, dormitories, parking ramps, hospitals, healthcare facilities, and concrete. His experience includes advising, negotiating and litigating the range of issues that can arise before, during and after actual construction. In addition, he litigates virtually all aspects of transportation law and also negotiates carrier and broker contracts. He also has handled litigation disputes between healthcare entities and insurance coverage disputes regarding medical malpractice, professional liability and commercial general liability claims.
Joe focuses on identifying the central issues of a claim that will affect the end result. He seeks to understand each client’s non-legal goals early on, because those often determine the outcome of the dispute. After decades of practice, Joe remains committed to delivering honed skill in predicting possible case outcomes and adjusting his arguments and negotiation tactics accordingly. Judges, mediators and opposing counsel have been known to comment on Joe’s calm demeanor, patience and preparation.
Professional and Community Involvement
Member, Board of Governors, Indiana State Bar Association
Registered Indiana Civil Mediator
Board secretary, St. Joseph County Bar Foundation
Board member, Volunteer Lawyer’s Network
District representative, Indiana State Bar Association Section of Litigation
Member and past president, Robert A. Grant Inn of Court
Former chair, St. Joseph County Bar Association Judicial Survey Committee
Member and past president, St. Joseph County Bar Association
Coach, Indiana State High School Mock Trial Competition
Former board member, Big Brothers/Big Sisters of St. Joseph County, Inc.
Former board member and president, Habitat for Humanity, St. Joseph County
Vice president, Saint Joseph High School Lacrosse Board
Former school board member, Saint Joseph Grade School
Martindale-Hubbell AV Preeminent
The Best Lawyers in America, 2008-2024
The Indiana Lawyer Distinguished Barrister, 2013
Fellow, Indiana Bar Foundation