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James E. Zoccola

Managing Director


Professional Profile

James (Jim) Zoccola is proud to serve as Managing Director at Lewis Kappes.

He has been a mainstay in the Indianapolis legal community since 1991 having litigated a wide variety of actions including multi-million dollar wrongful death claims, natural gas explosion claims, traumatic brain injury claims, amputation claims, workers' compensation claims, international transport disputes and complex business 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, complex construction defect disputes and numerous commercial real estate transactions.

Jim enjoys an "AV" attorney rating (highest possible rating in both legal ability and ethical standards) and is a certified civil mediator.

Practice Areas

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

Robert H. McKinney School of Law, J.D.
Indiana Journal for Global Legal Students, Submission Editor

Indiana University

B.S., Business and Marketing
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  • Indiana
  • U. S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana
  • U. S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana


Professional Affiliations

  • American Bar Association, Member
  • Indiana State Bar Association, Member
  • Indianapolis Bar Association, Member
  • Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, Member
  • Hundred Club of Indianapolis, Member
  • The Lawyers Club of Indianapolis, Member
  • Law Firm Alliance, Current Chair and Board Member
  • Lewis Kappes, Managing Director, Management Committee

Community Service

  • Meridian Hills Country Club, Past President and Former General Counsel
  • Indiana Bulls Baseball, Inc., Former Director
  • Enis Furley Foundation, Inc., Former Director
  • Indiana Youth Hockey Association, Coach
  • Indiana Mustangs, Coach
  • Carmel Dad’s Club, Coach
  • Hamilton County Leadership Academy


  • Martindale Hubbell AV Lawyer Rating

James E. Zoccola