James E. Zoccola

James E. Zoccola

Jim 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 multimillion dollar wrongful death claims, natural gas explosion claims, traumatic brain injury claims, amputation claims, worker's 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.

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.

Bar Admissions

State – Indiana
Federal – Northern District of Indiana
Federal – Southern District of Indiana


Indiana University – Indianapolis, Robert H. McKinney School of Law, J.D., 1991
Indiana University, B.S., Business and Marketing, 1988

Affiliations & Community Involvement

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
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