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undefinedJuan Pablo (“JP”) Román-Lagunas

Juan Pablo (JP) Roman-Lagunas was born in Tucson, Arizona, and has benefited from living in several areas of the United States and abroad throughout his life. JP graduated from Purdue University in 2005 with a bachelor’s degree in International Studies. Following his undergraduate studies, JP lived in Shenyang, China, teaching at several academic institutions. Upon return to the United States, JP attended and graduated from Valparaiso University School of Law in 2009.

After graduating from law school, JP moved to Indianapolis and worked at the Marion County Public Defender Agency. In his time at the MCPDA, he sharpened his trial skills by conducting hundreds of bench and jury trials on behalf of clients charged with an array of crimes; including misdemeanors, violent crimes, narcotics trafficking, firearms crime, sex offenses, frauds, and homicide.

In 2013, JP began Roman-Lagunas & Wheeler LLC where he represented clients throughout the State of Indiana and in the federal courts. JP regularly practice in complex criminal and civil litigation; concerning matters ranging from criminal investigation to municipal litigation.

In 2019, JP joined Keffer Barnhart LLP where he continues to advise and assist clients in matters concerning criminal law, family law, and civil rights and personal injury law. JP continues to regularly speak publicly on matters of litigation, trial techniques, and other related topics.

Areas of Practice

  • 50% Criminal Law
  • 15% Family Law
  • 15% Civil Rights & Personal Injury
  • 20% Other

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana, 2010
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 2010
  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 2010

Education

  • Valparaiso University School of Law, Valparaiso, Indiana
    • Juris Doctor
    • Studied in Cambridge, United Kingdom
    • International Moot Court (competitor and coach)
    • Criminal Law Clinic
    • Hispanic Law School Association
  • Purdue University, Lafayette, Indiana
    • Bachelor’s Degree

Classes / Seminars

  • Criminal Litigation: A Defense Perspective, Indiana State Police Academy, 2010 - 2018 (annual presenter)
  • Expungement Law and Procedure, Marion County Public Defender Agency, 2017 (presenter)
  • How to Effectively Advise Juvenile Clients: Immigration Consequences and Expungement, Indiana Public Defender Counsel, 2017 (presenter)
  • A Successful Practice, American Bar Association, Minority Trial Lawyer Committee, 2016 (panelist)

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Bar Association
  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Indianapolis Bar Association
  • St. Thomas Moore Legal Society

Past Employment Positions

  • Marion County Public Defender Agency, Misdemeanor and D Felony Division, [2010-2012]
  • Marion County Public Defender Agency, Major Felony Division, [2012-2014]
  • Roman-Lagunas & Wheeler LLC, Partner, [2014-2018]

Our Accomplishments

  • Former Deputy Prosecutors

  • Former Fatal Alcohol Crash Team

  • LawInfo Lead Counsel Rated

  • Two-time Indianapolis Bar Association Director's Award Recipient

  • Top 40 Under 40 according to the National Trial Lawyers Association

  • Superior Driving Under the Influence (DUI) Attorney by the National Advocacy for DUI Defense

  • Former Marion County (Indianapolis) DUI Prosecution Unit