Senior Attorney
Crown Point, IN
P: 219.794.1888
F: 219.794.1982

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Joseph C. Svetanoff focuses his practice in the areas of municipal/local government—including utilities, land use, planning/zoning, general corporate services, real estate and commercial transactions, estate planning (including wills, trusts, and estates) and probate, employment law, as well as criminal law matters—including felony, misdemeanor, infraction, and ordinance violation.

As an accomplished municipal law attorney, Joseph has a wide-range of experience providing knowledgeable assistance and representation to individuals and businesses in municipal matters involving planning, zoning, utilities, municipal financing, and corporate business transactions. He has represented, and continues to represent, town councils, board of zoning appeals, plan commissions, clerk-treasurers, township trustees, utility boards, and school districts.

Joseph provides guidance to employers on EEOC matters, FMLA issues, wage and hour questions, as well as contractual, procedural, and practical issues which surround the hiring, terminating, and disciplining of employees.

He has served as a public defender for nine years, and throughout that time, has negotiated over 450 successful plea agreements on behalf of his clients. Early in his career he served as the Vice President of the Merrillville Chamber of Commerce. He has been involved in local business since the inception of his professional career. It is this unique qualification that allows him to use his business experience when providing counseling and guidance for clients.

Joseph earned his J.D. in 2002 from Valparaiso University School of Law, and his B.S. in Marketing from Butler University. He is a member of the Lake County Bar Association and Indiana Public Defender Council. In 2014, he was appointed to serve as a Commissioner on the Indiana Gaming Commission by Governor Mike Pence. In the same year he was also selected by his fellow Commissioners to serve—and currently serves—as Secretary to the Commission. In 2016, Governor Mike Pence re-appointed him to serve as a Commissioner on the Indiana Gaming Commission.


U.S. District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana
U.S. District Court for the Northern, Southern, and Central Districts of Illinois
U.S. Court of Appeals (Seventh Circuit)


Lake County Bar Association
Indiana Public Defender Council


Valparaiso University School of Law, J.D.
Butler University, B.S.