Petry, Fitzgerald & Less, P.C.

Law Firm Since 1934


Theodore A Fitzgerald

  • Civil Litigation
  • Municipal Law
  • Fertility Law
  • Family Law
  • Probate
  • DWI/OWI
  • Mediation

Education:

University of Notre Dame Law School
Juris Doctor, 1962 & Bachelor of Business Administration, 1961
(Completed both degrees in 6 years, top 10 in law school, member Notre Dame Law Review Staff)

Legal Experience:

Clerk, Supreme Court of Indiana, working under Chief Justice Amos Jackson

Affiliated with Franklin Petry in Hebron, Indiana, 4/17/1965

Associate Hebron Town Attorney, 1965-1968

Hebron Town Attorney, 1969 to present

Hebron Plan Commission and Board of Zoning Appeals Attorney since created by    Town Ordinance (wrote original Master Plan)

Hebron Economic Development Commission Attorney (set up and organized)

Hebron Board of Works, Sewer and Water, 1965 to present

Represented Hebron Police Department since a one-man operation

Boone Township Attorney, 1972 to present

Eagle Creek Township Attorney, 1972 to 2000

Porter County Welfare Department Attorney, 1972 to 2007

Porter Township Attorney, 1990 to 1992

Lakes of the Four Seasons Property Owners Association Attorney, over 45 years

Shorewood Forest Property Owners Association Attorney, over 30 years

Salt Creek Valley Commons Property Owners Association Attorney, 5 years

Lake Dalecarlia Property Owners Association Attorney, 9 years

Shorewood Forest Utilities Attorney, over 20 years

Porter County Juvenile Court Facilitator, 1/1/11 to present


Military Service:

Commissioned officer in the U.S. Army Military Police Corps 1963-1965


Legal Affiliation/Honors

Honored as a "Distinguished Hoosier" by Governor M.E. Daniels, Jr. March 2009

Recipient of Friendly Sons of Erin of Northwest Indiana, Joseph B. Radigan Award, March 2009

Indiana State Bar Association Member

Porter County Bar Association Member (having served in every office)

Admitted to practice before all State and Federal Courts in Indiana

Admitted to practice before the United States Tax Court

Admitted to practice before the United States Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit

Appointed by Supreme Court of Indiana to Committee on Character and Fitness, 1972 to present (Interviews prospective candidates for the Bar Exam)

Appointed by Governor to the Probate Code Study Commission, 1981 to 1988

Indiana Municipal Lawyers Association member, organized and chaired a section on small towns

Appointed to the Child Protection Service Team of Porter County (Past President)

Appointed by Bar Association to the Liaison Committee to the Internal Revenue Service Speaker, moderator and panelist for legal seminars for attorneys and legal support staff

Speaker and lecturer on estate planning with Professional Education Systems, Inc.

Speaker and lecturer on CHINS and Welfare matters

Served as attorney for the Town of Hebron and Boone Township on numerous bond Issues regarding water and sewer improvements, school construction, fire station construction, etc and on numerous rate cases before the Indiana Public Service Commission and the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission

Porter County Legal Secretaries Association, Boss of the Year, 1990

ABATE Freedom of the Road Award 2008 to 2010


Miscellaneous

Hebron American Legion, Post #190

Porter County Mental Health Association, 1989, Past President

Porter County Community Foundation, 1998-1999

Hebron Community Club, Past President

Lake Eliza Volunteer Fire Department, former member

Hebron 4th of July Celebration Committee, member and Past Chairman

Hebron Lions Club, Charter Member

Hebron Jaycees, Charter Director

Friendly Sons of Erin of Northwest Indiana, Executive Committee, Past Co-Chairman

Lake Eliza Area Conservancy District, Past President

Citizens Bank of Hebron, Past Director, 4 years

First National Bank, Valparaiso, Director, 1978 to 2008

Hebron Chamber of Commerce, Board of Directors and Past President (twice)

Porter County Community Foundation, Executive Board

Olympic Torch Bearer, 1996

Porter County Drug Court Advisory Board, 2009 to present