Manny Herceg


mherceg@lewis-kappes.com

Manny Herceg

Practice Areas:

Manny focuses his practice on civil litigation, real estate and school law assisting businesses, individuals and school corporations to prevent and resolve disputes. He first joined Lewis & Kappes, P.C. as a summer associate in 2010. He has experience in state and federal courts, and administrative proceedings. In his litigation practice, Manny has worked on real estate, construction, commercial land and lease disputes as well as general contract issues and small business advising. He also has experience with bankruptcies, foreclosures and director and officer liability issues. In addition, Manny has represented individuals injured in automobile and other accidents.

In his school practice, Manny has assisted school corporations with general compliance matters, bullying investigations and reporting compliance, and a number of contract issues. Manny also has experience with a variety of charter school issues representing organizers and authorizers.

Manny graduated from Indiana University - Bloomington and received his law degree from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. While in law school, Manny served as an Editor of the Indiana International & Comparative Law Review and was a Civil Procedure Fellow and Individual Tutor for the Dean's Tutorial Society, where he provided tutorial services to first year law students. Manny also served as a Research Assistant to professor Michael J. Pitts, where he researched various election law issues and also edited Professor Pitts' analysis of a voter identification study. In law school, Manny clerked for the Honorable James S. Kirsch at the Indiana Court of Appeals and worked closely with him and his clerks in drafting opinions in criminal and civil matters.

At Lewis & Kappes, Manny serves on the firm's "Law Day" planning committee, where the firm annually organizes activities for underserved Indianapolis students to expose them to the legal profession. Manny is also a part of the firm's summer associate recruitment committee.

Prior to joining Lewis & Kappes, P.C. in 2010, Manny interned with the General Counsel of the Indianapolis Airport Authority where he engaged in a variety of tasks ranging from advising the Indianapolis Airport Police Department to researching and composing memoranda on several issues with broad ranging implications for the Authority. As an undergraduate at Indiana University - Bloomington, Manny interned with GE Commercial Finance (formerly Bombardier Capital) and served as a Teacher's Assistant to Professor Donna Eider of the Department of Sociology.

Education:

Indiana University - Bloomington (B.A. in Sociology, Minors in Business and Russian & East European Studies, 2008)
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law - (J.D. 2011)

Bar Admissions:

Indiana - 2011
United States District Court - Southern District of Indiana
United States District Court - Northern District of Indiana
United States Bankruptcy Court - Southern District of Indiana

Foreign Languages:

Serbo-Croatian

Affiliations:

  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • Pro Bono Standing Committee
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Young Lawyers Division member
  • American Bar Association
  • Litigation Section member
  • Young Lawyers Division member
  • Indiana University Alumni Association

Honors and Awards:

CLE Scholarship Recipient - Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis, 2009-2010
"Best Editor" Award - Indiana International & Comparative Law Review, 2010-2011
Nominated by peers for an award to serve as graduation commencement speaker
Dean's List - Fall 2009 & Fall 2011

Community Involvement:

St. Mary's Child Center

  • Emerging Leaders Committee
  • Golf Outing Event (2014) - Committee Member
  • Spring Soiree Event (2014) - Co-Chair of Items Subcommittee

Mediation Assistance Program (MAP) Participant

  • Program established by the Federal District Court for the Southern District of Indiana where local attorneys volunteer to provide pro bono services to Pro Se Plaintiffs in federal mediation conferences
  • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
  • Ambassador
  • Participant in various outreach activities and panels
  • Moot Court judge and Appellate Brief grader (Fall Semester - 2012)

Starfish Career Fair - 2012, 2013

  • Mock interviewer
  • Interviewed college-bound juniors and seniors to provide them with interview experience and advice as part of Starfish Career Day

Indianapolis Bar Association - Ask a Lawyer

  • Assist indigent Indianapolis residents by providing legal guidance on various issues on a pro bono basis

Indiana State Bar Association- Legal Line Volunteer

  • Provided legal guidance to Indiana residents on a pro bono basis

Publications and Speaking Engagements/Presentations:

"Pre-Employment Considerations (including the new law on criminal record expungement and handling application information; criminal history information; and drug testing)"

  • Indiana School Boards Association
  • December 13, 2013 School Law Seminar

Editorial Advisory Board - Indiana School Laws and Rules 2013-2014 Edition

  • Edit, make decision regarding inclusions and produce commentary/analysis

Practice Advisory - Changes to Indiana's Anti-Bullying Law - An Insight Into the Exceptions

  • With Robert W. Rund, Director and with support from Emory D. Moore (2013 L&K Summer Associate)

Practice Advisory - Expunged Record Disclosure and the Effect on Hiring and Operations

  • With Robert W. Rund, Director and with support from Emory D. Moore (2013 L&K Summer Associate)
  • Distributed by Indiana School Boards Association to entire membership

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

  • Panel speaker at student orientation (August 2012, August 2013)
  • Participate in various panel and student outreach activities

Naturalization Ceremony Speaker - Indianapolis Bar Association Representative

  • 2012 (April and October)
  • 2013 (August)