Banik & Renner - Elkhart Law Firm
The law firm of Banik & Renner was formed in 1990. Michael Banik and Tamara Renner were classmates at Notre Dame Law School and following graduation went their separate ways. In 1990 they formed the partnership that still exists today
Michael K. BanikMichael K. Banik was born 1957; admitted to bar, 1987, Indiana; also admitted to practice before U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana. Preparatory education, Purdue University (B.S.M.E., 1979); University of Notre Dame (M.B.A., 1987); legal education, Notre Dame Law School (J.D., 1987). Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, Elkhart County, Indiana, 1992-2007. Member: Elkhart City, Indiana State and American Bar Associations; National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.
As a former prosecuting attorney for the county of Elkhart, Indiana, Michael brings to his criminal defense practice a unique perspective that enables him to effectively represent individuals charged with crimes. From misdemeanors to complex multiple felony charges he seeks to assure that your rights are protected. He will find the best option for his clients, whether that results in a beneficial plea agreement or going to trial.
That same philosophy of fairness and compassion carries over to representation of individuals and businesses facing financial challenges, families facing divorce and individuals who are unable to work and are seeking Social Security Disability benefits.
Tamara L. Renner
Tamara L. Renner was born 1956; admitted to bar, 1986, Indiana; 1989, Michigan; also admitted to practice before U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana. Preparatory education, Indiana University (B.A., Psychology, 1981); legal education, Notre Dame Law School (J.D., 1986). Deputy City Attorney, Elkhart, Indiana, 1991-96. Member: Elkhart City, Indiana State and American Bar Associations; State Bar of Michigan; National Employment Lawyers Association; National Association of Consumer Bankruptcy Attorneys.As a former Deputy City Attorney for the City of Elkhart, Tamara represented the City in employment related disputes and litigation from 1991-1995. She now represents the individual employee in disputes against employers of all sizes, from small local businesses to the largest international corporations.
In Williams v. Pharmacia, Inc., 137 F. 3d 944, 952 (7th Cir. 1998), Tamara successfully represented Ms. Williams against the international pharmaceutical firm, Pharmacia Upjohn, Inc. The case established precedent in the 7th Circuit for the distinct and separate awards of front pay and future lost earnings. It remains frequently cited precedent by appellate courts as well as the Supreme Court of the United States.
While Tamara has a proven track record in federal and state courts, administrative hearings and mediation of employment disputes her years of experience benefit clients facing financial crisis in bankruptcy as well as Social Security Disability hearings and appeals.
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