Attorney Patrick B. McEuen is a life-long resident of Northwest Indiana. He grew up in Hobart and graduated with honors from Hobart High School where he played football for the Brickies. He was the 1985-86 class 4A recipient of the Phil N. Eskew Mental Attitude Award at the State football finals in Indianapolis.
Patrick was awarded an Eli Lilly Fellowship to attend Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Indiana. At Wabash, Patrick was a member of the Sigma Chi fraternity and also played on the football team. Patrick took the opportunity to study abroad for a semester at the Universite des Etats-Unis in Aix en Provence, France as a student of Wabash College. During his semester abroad, he played American football with the Argonauts and studied the French language, French literature, and European history.
Patrick graduated with honors from Wabash in 1990, receiving a B.A. in English Literature. In 1993 he received his Juris Doctorate at Indiana University’s School of Law in Bloomington. While in law school, Patrick was a member of the moot court team which participated in a mock appeal competition in Chicago, Illinois.
Patrick is the 16th Past President (2001) of the Lake County Bar Association. He has also served the Lake County Bar Association as the Secretary (1998), Vice-President (1999), President-Elect (2000) and he represented Munster, Indiana on the LCBA Board of Directors from 1995-2004.
Patrick is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association, Lake County Bar Association, Porter County Bar Association and one of the founding members of the Calumet American Inns of Court in Lake County, Indiana. Patrick is a recent Past Chair of the Litigation Section for the Indiana State Bar Association. He is a past sustaining member of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association and the American Bar Associations. He has also served as a Judge Pro Tem in both Lake and Porter County courts.
Patrick is also an Indiana Dunes Tourism board member and a member of the City of Portage Hearing Authority for the Enforcement of Building Standards board.
Patrick began his law practice at Singleton, Crist, Austgen & Sears in Munster, Indiana in 1993. He left their firm after eleven years with the last four years spent as a partner. He joined Millbranth & Bush in Valparaiso, Indiana as a partner in 2004. In 2012 he decided he needed a change of scenery and began practicing Of Counsel for Rhame & Elwood in Portage, Indiana.
While practicing law in Portage an opportunity presented itself to open his own firm so on March 1, 2014, Patrick and his wife, Sandy, opened McEuen Law Office. While his practice has become more general in nature, Patrick is a dedicated civil trial attorney in all matters for his clients.
Patrick and his wife, Sandy, reside in Portage, Indiana. They have five children; four sons and a daughter and one very spoiled dog. They have a set of twins who are seniors at Portage High School. Their son, Dave, is a computer wizard and WWII buff who has joined the U.S. Navy in the delayed enlistment program. He has chosen to serve our country as a Quartermaster. Their daughter, Diana, is active in the Portage Choir and in Thespians. She is the current Co-President of the PHS Thespians and Vice-President of the Advanced Mixed Choir. Diana is the costume designer for the PHS production of Cinderella. She was the assistant student director of Dracula in her junior year and student director of The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee and Ah! Zombies her senior year. Although she prefers backstage work, she can be found onstage singing every year in the Variety Show. She has won back to back gold solo medals and a State gold solo medal at ISSMA competitions. Diana has accepted a Presidential scholarship to Manchester University where she will major in Environmental Studies. She was also invited to be a part of and offered an additional scholarship to be a part of their Cantabile choir and STEM Academy. Their youngest son, Kyle, is a junior at Chesterton High School where he plays on the varsity soccer team and experienced his team winning the 3A State Championship after an undefeated season. Kyle was the captain of the JV soccer team and he is also an amazing sketch artist. He is considering a college career affiliated with either the Air Force Academy or A.F. ROTC at I.U. Their oldest son is Colin became a world traveler right out of high school. He spent a year and a half working in New Zealand and Australia, from there he moved to Seattle, Washington where he worked at Red Cedar & Sage located in the famous Pike Place Fish Market. Colin currently works at Beatnik on the River in Chicago as an assistant general manager and divides his time in the city and Northwest Indiana. Caleb is a senior at Indiana University studying Outdoor Recreation, Parks, & Human Ecology. He is currently exploring internships and possible job opportunities for his future after graduation.
Business Manager Sandy McEuen was born in Chicago and moved to Hobart, Indiana while in elementary school. She attended Hobart High school where she was active as the boys track manager, a color guard member, in choir, acting and singing in various theater and musical productions in school and in the local community. Sandy also graduated with her husband, Patrick. She had chosen an artistic path as her original career choice but when the cards did not line up, she instead made the decision to serve her country in the United States Air Force. Sandy is the only female veteran in her family’s history. Her family members have served honorably in all armed forces branches except the Coast Guard.
Sandy became a jet engine mechanic for F-16 fighter jets while stationed in Germany and EC/RC-135’s in Nebraska, both in shop and on the flight line. In Europe, she worked side by side with civilian reps for GE, who manufacture the F-110 engine in F-16’s, and helped to analyze crash sites for engine malfunctions. She traveled throughout Germany and Europe with this team. She also gained valuable skills in the management of equipment and personnel while in the military. Sandy served honorably for four years of active duty and four years in the reserves in four states and in Europe before leaving the Air Force. She began her civilian life in the state of North Carolina and later moved to Maryland where she diversified her business experience by working in various business industries: real estate, insurance, banking and finance, retail, manufacturing, construction, electrical utilities, legal, and market research. She has dedicated a fair amount of time in business to customer service and it is evidenced by not only her ability to make clients feel welcome in the office but by the time she takes to give clients insight into what they might expect whether they are heading to a court hearing, mediation or a settlement conference.
Sandy has done independent coursework in banking, finance, and behavioral sciences. She is a Notary Public for the State of Indiana, a member of the Indiana State Bar Association as a legal administrator, and a member of the ISBA Litigation Section. She is also a member of the Lake County Bar Association as a legal administrator. She remains affiliated with Honor Flight Chicago as a DC Guardian for WWII veterans. Sandy has served as a guardian for four WWII veterans when they visited their memorial in Washington, D.C. including two very special veterans, her great-uncle Bud and Joe Popp, the father of one of her Northwest Indiana friends.
While she wandered from the original creative vision she had for her life, Sandy has instead used her decades of business and military experience to create a relaxed management style at McEuen Law Office for their clients.
Together, Patrick and Sandy support Portage Football, Portage Little League, Chesterton Boys Soccer team, Portage High School Thespians, the Portage Music Department, Portage Township YMCA, Hobart Football, the Portage Township Food Pantry, Wounded Warrior Project, Honor Flight Chicago, the USO, and Wreaths Across America. They are both former board members of the Portage Township Education Foundation, and current members of the Portage Chamber of Commerce.
Attorney Christopher A. Buckley is a Northwest Indiana native. He grew up in Chesterton and graduated from Chesterton High School in 1998. After high school, Chris enlisted in the United States Marine Corps. He was stationed throughout the world, and served his country filling billets as a non-commissioned officer in a variety of infantry and support roles at his primary duty station of Kaneohe, Hawaii, and he served abroad in Okinawa, Japan, Po Hang and Seoul, Korea, Iwo Jima, the Philippines, East Timor, and Queensland, Australia. Chris was discharged honorably after receiving several medals and awards, including The Navy/Marine Corps Medal (of Heroism), The Navy Achievement Medal, The Sea Service Deployment Ribbon, The National Defense Medal, A Medal of Good Conduct, Letters of Commendation, Meritorious Masts, and several regular promotions. He retired as a Marine Corps Sergeant (E-5) after four (4) years of active, honorable service.
After his military service, Chris attended Valparaiso University where he received his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and Public Administration, graduating in 2006 with Cum Laude distinction. Chris then attended law school at Valparaiso University and received his Juris Doctorate in May of 2009.
While in law school, Chris was selected to participate in an externship program with the City of South Bend, Indiana where he assisted deputy city attorneys in the practice of law relating to the operation of a Second Class City and greatly expanded his understanding of municipal law. Chris has utilized this valuable experience; he has represented various municipal units of government, including the Porter County Assessor, and the Porter County Property Tax Assessment Board of Appeals (“PTABOA“), and advises other local government units throughout Northwest Indiana.
Chris shares an affinity for his fellow veterans, and seeks to give back to those who have served. He is certified by the Veterans’ Administration as a Veterans’ Claims Attorney and continues to serve veterans in their many needs and legal issues, and regularly assists veterans in many areas of the law regardless of their ability to pay.
Chris was admitted to practice law before all courts in the State of Indiana, the United States Federal Court for the Northern District of Indiana and the United States Federal Court for the Southern District of Indiana in 2010. Chris is a member of the American Bar Association, the Lake County Bar Association, the Porter County Bar Association, the Indiana State Bar Association, and the American Inns of Court Porter County Chapter.
In addition, Chris serves as the Judge of the Lowell Town Court in Lowell, Indiana. The Lowell Town Court currently handles misdemeanor and traffic cases including operating while intoxicated, domestic battery, possession of marijuana, public intoxication, and speeding, to name a few. So long as Chris serves in his capacity as Lowell Town Court Judge, he is prohibited from representation in misdemeanor and traffic cases. The Lowell Town Court Judge position is a part-time position.
Chris married his wife, Sarah, in 2017 at the beautiful Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island, Michigan. Sarah is a practicing physician and they have two children: Violet, who is six years old and Teddy, who is 10 months.
McEuen Law Office is happy to add Chris to our firm. He is a well-rounded civil attorney and a great compliment to our practice.