John M. Wojcik jw@farinawojcik.com

John Wojcik is a shareholder at the law firm of Farina & Wojcik, P.C. John has worked for thirty-three years as a lawyer in both private practice as well as general counsel to a publicly traded company. The focus of John's practice is in civil litigation, real estate, business law and estate planning.

John has represented corporate and individual clients in a variety of cases involving litigation related to loan workouts, banking litigation, including mortgage foreclosures, receiverships, construction contract litigation, mechanics lien foreclosures, real estate litigation, tax appeals, and probate litigation, including will contests. In addition to trying cases, John regularly works with business owners in corporate formation and management, real estate transactions including zoning, and estate planning.

John attended Indiana University, Bloomington, where he graduated with a degree in accounting from the Kelley School of Business. John went on to successfully complete the examination to become a licensed Certified Public Accountant, and later received his law degree from Northern Illinois University School of Law, which he attended during the evening while practicing the accounting profession by day.

John is a member of the bar of the State of Indiana, the State of Illinois, the State of Michigan as well as the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. He is also a member of the Turnaround Management Association, the Indiana and Michigan State Bar Association Sections on Real Property, Corporate, Tax and Estate Planning Law.

Noteworthy cases that John has recently been involved with include the following:

  • John and F&W Associate Ben Wojcik recently succeeded in settling a matter in Illinois state court for a regionally recognized financial institution, which involved complex post-judgment collection litigation lasting nineteen months, over three-quarters of a million dollars, and took place in additional venues such as Indiana state court as well as the Indiana Court of Appeals.
  • Representation of a Chicago bank that assumed completion of a single purpose commercial building for a national retailer in Indiana. In this case, John negotiated the release of federal tax liens, obtained relief and reduction of county real estate tax liens, negotiated discounted payments of mechanics lien claims in a foreclosure suit and successfully resolved a mechanics lien claim through mediation. As a result of the leadership provided by John, the Chicago bank was able to successfully sell the property to the national retailer.
  • John obtained dismissal of a claim against a client by a nearby property owner claiming an easement by prescription and an easement by necessity over the property of the client in an attempt to gain access to the beaches of Lake Michigan.
  • John successfully tried a case representing the named estate in a will contest by a former care giver for the decedent who had exercised undue influence over the decedent which led to the creation of a will that left the entire estate of the decedent to the caregiver.
  • John successfully litigated and overcame denial of a variance request and subsequent appeal of the interpretation of a township building ordinance which enabled a property owner of contiguous parcels of land to avoid merger of title under the township building ordinance, thereby enabling the client to retain a separate buildable lot.
  • John has been involved in the representation of a regionally recognized financial institution in a mortgage foreclosure action and has successfully taken the case through Indiana and Illinois state court, two different bankruptcy filings, the appointment of a receiver for the bank client and the ultimate sale of the property.

Dominic Farina

Retired.

Kay Radiger - Office Manager

Kay has been a member of the firm and its predecessor since 1994. Kay was one of the original members of the creditors rights practice group of the firm and is very instrumental in overseeing the operational technology aspects of the creditors rights group. Today, Kay is the office manager of the firm and oversees the daily administrative aspects and operations of the firm while assisting in the areas of civil litigation and client retention relationships.

E-mail: kradiger@farinawojcik.com

Elizabeth Rettig - Legal Assistant

Elizabeth A. Rettig is a legal assistant who focuses her efforts in the areas of real estate and corporate law. Liiz has been working in the areas of real estate and corporate law since 1973. Although born and raised in Chicago, Liz and her husband John have made their home in Harbor Country for over thirty years and have raised two children here, both of whom are now adults. Liz has extensive knowledge of real estate and how real estate taxes are determined in Berrien County and the State of Michigan. As part of her daily job responsibilities, Liz works with client on real estate closings, real estate tax appeals, evaluation the qualification of clients for the Michigan homestead exemptions and the use of Section 1031 tax free real estate exchanges of investment properties. In addition to Liz's favorite past time of spending time with her grandchildren, Liz volunteers her time with the New Buffalo Service League.

E-mail: liz@farinawojcik.com

Shawna Hindsley - Legal Assistant

Shawna recently joined the firm after working in the area of collection law since 2002 having previously worked for a law firm in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Shawna's responsibilities include preparation of state court pleading, interaction with debtors, facilitating payment plans and dealing with bankruptcy proofs of claims and pleadings in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court.

Shawna was recently married and presently lives in LaPorte, Indiana with her husband. Shawna has been actively involved with Habitat for Humanity.

E-Mail: shindsley@farinawojcik.com

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