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Joseph H. Langerak IV

Member, Evansville

Joe joined Stoll Keenon Ogden's Evansville office in 2018 and is a Member of the Business Litigation and Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring practice groups. He advises companies ranging from small businesses to large corporate clients on litigation arising from disputes and various transactional matters. He also serves as outside general counsel for businesses throughout the Evansville region.

A thoughtful strategist who embraces complex legal challenges, Joe thrives when he has a novel issue to research, unravel and, ultimately, solve for his clients. He tried his first federal case while he was still in law school and has since brought multiple cases to jury verdict in several states. He has routinely appeared before state courts throughout the eastern U.S., as well as federal courts at the trial and appellate levels.

Business Litigation: Joe advises corporate clients large and small on litigation involving contracts, business dealings, real estate leasing agreements, issues concerning bankruptcy and creditor rights, and general finance matters. He frequently works with clients in commercial construction, including land owners, retail shopping center owners and operators, contractors and sub-contractors, and design-builders.

Bankruptcy & Financial Restructuring: Joe guides regional and multi-state banks and lenders on sound approaches to insolvency situations and serves as lead defense counsel when litigation is required. For every client he represents, he builds upon a strong track record of successfully handling cases relating to the liquidation of company assets, claims of breach of fiduciary duty, and defaulted loans.

Outside General Counsel: For a number of companies in Evansville, Joe serves as a first point of contact whenever legal services are needed over the course of their regular business operations. He draws upon on his own understanding of each client's business, and gives careful consideration to the client's goals, to advise on an effective and timely resolution. Depending on the nature of the issue, he is able to gather expert support from different practice groups at SKO.

Valparaiso University School of Law
2005, J.D.
Aquinas College
2002, B.S. in Business Administration
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fourth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Sixth Circuit
U.S. Court of Federal Claims
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court, Western District of Kentucky
U.S. District Court, Western District of Michigan


  • Indiana Super Lawyers® Rising Star, Business Litigation, 2010-2019
  • City-County Observer 2015 Community Service Award
  • Evansville Bar Association’s Doran E. Perdue Service Award, 2013
  • Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year, Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, 2011
  • Indiana Lawyer’s Leadership in Law Award, Up and Coming Lawyer, 2010
  • Moot Court Honor Society, Chief Justice, Valparaiso University School of Law
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  • Indiana Bar Association
  • Kentucky Bar Association
  • Evansville Bar Association, Board Member, Vice President
  • Evansville ARC, Inc., Board Chair
  • Evansville Youth Soccer League, Inc., Board Member
  • Indiana Governor’s Intellectual & Developmental Disabilities Task Force, Member
  • High School Mock Trial Program, Former Chair
  • Access to Justice Committee, Former Chair
  • Evansville Bar Association Young Lawyers Section, Former Chair
  • Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, Business Litigation Executive Committee Member
  • Brooks American Inns of Court
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News Publications Seminars

     Commercial Lease Defaults and Bankruptcy
, Regency Properties, Presenter, 2019