Thomas E. Rucinski
Firm: Sachs & Hess Professional Corporation
Address: 7880 Wicker Avenue, Suite 201
St. John, IN 46373
Membership: Lake County Bar Association; Indiana State Bar Association.
University: Indiana University, B.S., 1971, Valparaiso University, J.D., 1974
Admitted: 1974, Iowa and Indiana
Biography: Thomas Rucinski was born in Hammond, Indiana in 1949, graduated from Bishop Noll Institute, obtained a B.S. from Indiana University Business School and graduated from Valparaiso University School of Law with a Juris Doctorate degree in 1974. Currently the Managing Attorney and Vice President of Sachs & Hess, P.C., Mr. Rucinski began his legal career as a Law Clerk with the law firm in 1972. Mr. Rucinski has been with the firm ever since. Mr. Rucinski has been involved in numerous types of cases, including family law, personal injury and criminal cases. Currently, Mr. Rucinski focuses a significant portion of his time in the area of family law. His philosophy in representing divorce clients is to amicably reach a settlement on all issues without time consuming and costly litigation. However, there are times when, for a variety of reasons, settlement is impossible. In these cases, Mr. Rucinski recognizes that vigorous representation is the only alternative. Three of his cases have set legal precedent in Indiana, see: In Re Bueller, which deals with the issue of voluntary underemployment; In Re Gnerlich, which deals with disability payments being included in the marital estate and therefore a divisible asset; and Baxendale v. Raich, which deals with the relocation of an eleven year old child from Northwest Indiana to Minneapolis. (To view Mr. Rucinski's successful oral argument on Baxendale v. Raich before the Indiana Supreme Court, click this link: http://tinyurl.com/o4jb7f .) Mr. Rucinski has an admirable Appellate record being successful in the following cases: Willsey v. People; Terpstra v. Terpstra; Milligan v. Milligan; and Clark v. State of Indiana. Mr. Rucinski has represented clients in divorce cases throughout Indiana, including: Hammond, Gary, East Chicago, Crown Point, Munster, Highland, Dyer, St. John, Hobart, Valparaiso, Kentland, Rensselaer and Michigan City and is available to represent clients in divorce cases in Lake County, Porter County, LaPorte County, Jasper Counsel and Newton County, Indiana. Mr. Rucinski is honored that he has received national recognition. He has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers® in America 2008(Copyright 2007 by Woodward/White, Inc., Aiken, S.C.) and subsequent years in the field of Family Law. Since its inception in 1983, Best Lawyers has become universally regarded as the definitive guide to legal excellence in the United States. In addition, Tom is equally proud that he has also earned the SuperLawyers® (Registered trademark of Key Professional Media, Inc.) designation awarded by Law & Politics and has been named in the SuperLawyers® magazine. Mr. Rucinski was included in the 2008 SuperLawyers® edition.