Adam Sworden

Phone: 317-639-1210

Tabitha L. Balzer

Practice Areas

Education/Municipal Law, Real Estate, Land Use & Zoning, Personal Legal Services


Adam Sworden is an associate in the education, municipal, real estate land use & zoning, and personal legal service practice groups. In his practice, he advises various boards, commissions, committees, businesses and individuals on matters such as employment, contracts, employment agreements, covenants not to compete, and personnel policies. Additionally, Adam provides counsel on infrastructure projects, land use, ordinances and policy development, statutory and regulatory compliance for various corporate and governmental entities. In addition to business and governmental entity representation, Adam also provides personal legal services in the areas of probate, estate planning, and commercial and residential landlord/tenant matters. Mr. Sworden also litigates in these areas and in other civil matters on behalf of both plaintiffs and defendants, in addition to representing clients in mediation for various business and personal disputes.

Mr. Sworden is also an American Institute of Certified Planner (AICP) with the American Planning Association, and before pursuing a career in law, worked for various municipalities and for consulting firms focusing on development, redevelopment, comprehensive planning and economic development in the Chicago and Denver metropolitan areas, as well as the Aspen and Kansas City regions.

Bar Admissions

Indiana, Illinois, U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois

Other Affiliations

Council of School Attorneys, Indiana State Bar Association, Lake County Bar Association, Porter County Bar Association, Indianapolis Bar Association, Indiana Municipal Lawyers Association, American Institute of Certified Planners, American Planning Association, National Eagle Scout Association, Lake County Bar Association, Merrillville Representative, 2017 - Present, Board of Directors Boys & Girls Club – Cedar Lake, Indiana, 2011 - 2014, Board of Directors - Four Lakes Condominium Association, 2011 - 2016, Indiana Traveling Court of Appeals Committee Chair – Lake County Bar Association, 2011, Lake County Bar Association Day of Caring Project House, 2013, Valparaiso University Day of Caring Volunteer, 2009 - 2011, Porter and Lake County Habitat for Humanity Builds, 2009-2011, 2017, Housing Opportunities – Low Income Rehab Work, 2009 - 2011


Leadership Northwest Indiana (Class 34) – Scholarship Recipient, Eagle Scout with 3 Palms, Arlington Heights, Heart of Gold Award Recipient

Classes and Seminars

Estate Planning Seminar AKJ & Eley-Graham Financial 2011, 2012, Elder Law & Estate Planning Seminar - AKJ & Eley-Graham Financial 2013, Estate Planning & Gifting 2014 – Wittenberg Village, E-filing in Indiana 2017


alparaiso University School of Law, Valparaiso, Indiana, 2011 J.D.

Iowa State University, 2005 B.S.