James E. Zoccola

James E. Zoccola




Practice Areas

Civil Litigation, Health Care, and Civil Mediation.

Jim Zoccola has been a mainstay in the Indianapolis legal community since 1991 having litigated a wide variety of actions including multimillion dollar wrongful death claims, natural gas explosion claims, worker's compensation claims, international transport disputes and insurance coverage disputes. Jim has also counseled many Indiana, national and international companies and health care groups over the course of his career. Common issues among his business and health care clients have included entity formation, business succession, preparation and negotiation of employment agreements, termination agreements, business acquisitions, regulatory compliance, restrictive covenant and non-compete preparation and enforcement, executive buy-out negotiations, construction defect disputes and numerous commercial real estate transactions. Jim enjoys an "AV" attorney rating (highest rating) and is a certified civil mediator.

Jim's experience with wrongful death claims has been extensive. He has litigated complex claims including trucking accidents, drownings, gas explosions, motor vehicle accidents, scaffold accidents, industrial worksite accidents, boating accidents, and fire losses, among others.

Civil mediation is also an area where Jim has considerable experience. Jim has personally mediated over 500 cases during the course of his career involving comprehensive tort actions and high level business disputes.


Indiana University School of Business, B. S., 1988;
Indiana University School of Law- Indianapolis, J. D., 1991.

Bar Admissions

Admitted to Indiana State Bar, 1991; U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, 1991.


Director, Lewis & Kappes, P. C., 2004 -Present; Partner, Jennings Taylor Wheeler & Bouwkamp, P. C., 1994 -2004; Associate, Coots Henke & Wheeler, P. C., 1991- 1994; Law Clerk 1989- 1991; International Veneer Company- Transtadio Veneer, Seregno, Italy 1988.


Lewis & Kappes Management Committee 2010-present; Member, Indianapolis Bar Association and Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana; Meridian Hills Country Club- General Counsel 2002 to 2013 and President 2015, 2016; The Lawyers Club of Indianapolis -- Member; Law Firm Alliance; Indiana Bulls Baseball, Inc.- Former Director; Enis Furley Foundation, Inc. (Charitable Foundation to Scott Rolen of Cincinnati Reds and formerly of St. Louis Cardinals)- Director 2001 to present; Indiana Youth Links- Transportation Committee; Indiana Mustangs Coach, 2006-2010; Carmel Dads Club and Indiana Youth Hockey Association Coach; Hamilton County Leadership Academy.

Areas of Experience

wrongful death
trucking accidents
gas explosions
motor vehicle accidents
boating accidents
non-compete agreements
physician employment agreements
health care
termination agreements
construction defect

Representative Clients

Indiana Hand to Shoulder Center
Comcast Corporation
Republic Services
Hagerman Construction
Sager Corporation
F. A. Wihelm
Vivax Medical Corporation
Liberty Mutual
Hoosier Gasket Corporation
Behavior Analysis Center for Autism
Unlocking the Spectrum