Gerling Law offices in Evansville, Indianapolis, Louisville, and Owensboro are here to pursue justice and fair compensation for people who have been injured, or who are unable to work because of injury or illness.
Our entire legal team offers our clients a supportive and protective environment where you can feel welcomed and know you'll be heard. We will always do our best and, no matter what, you'll know that you're being treated fairly and with integrity. Our approach is to be hardline against your opponents, yet we'll always take the high road with you, our client.
Want to get to know the staff members who will help our legal team pursue your case?
Lifelong Evansville resident Lori Crow graduated from North High School and the University of Southern Indiana before taking her first job as Gerling Law's receptionist in 1989. She proved to be a versatile team member and worked her way up to a paralegal role before moving on in 1996. Eleven years later, she rejoined the Gerling team, serving as an assistant to Gayle Gerling Pettinga and as the firm's marketing manager before taking her current position in 2014.
In addition to her extensive legal knowledge, Lori has a knack for interior design, making her the firm's go-to person anytime someone needs advice about decorating. She's also known for having a big heart for those in need, so it comes as no surprise that she's an active participant in the firm's extensive community involvement. Lori and her husband began dating during her freshman year at North. The couple, who recently celebrated their silver anniversary, has two adult children, and she's particularly proud that her kids share her commitment to serving others who are less fortunate.
Barb has called the Evansville area home since she was just a year and a half old. Before taking over the financial end of Gerling Law, she spent many years providing friendly service for several local banks, including First Federal, Home Federal, Permanent Bank and Old National. She also ran the business side of her husband's plumbing business for a decade. Given that she's our controller, you probably won't be surprised that she has an eye for detail and for making sure that everything adds up — or that nobody can find more value for a dollar in any kind of store. But those who know Barb well will tell you that she has a much softer side, as in a soft spot for furry friends like her cat and dog. Everyone in the office also appreciates the products of her garden, especially when she treats us to one of her favorite recipes!
Nobody will ever suggest that Diane doesn't carry her weight around here. After all, our friendly intake coordinator is also the holder of a U.S. record in Powerlifting. Diane is a Henderson native who has lived in the area for most of her life, aside from several years in Lexington, where she earned a B.A. in Political Science from the University of Kentucky. She's currently studying for an MBA from Murray State, and says she enjoys the feeling when her efforts have helped one of our clients become whole after suffering a loss. Diane's career path has included providing customer service on every continent for a construction equipment company, and serving as Tribunal Secretary for the Evansville Diocese. At work, she's in constant motion, but that doesn't compare to her free time, when you'll find her racing around on motorcycles and dirt bikes, or enjoying the open road in her Dodge Stealth or '63 VW Beetle ragtop.
Paralegal Case Manager
Valerie made a long journey down the Ohio River to get to Gerling Law. A native of Pittsburgh (still an ardent Steelers fan), she settled in Newburgh in 1984. Before entering the legal field, Valerie worked as a letter carrier for the U.S. Postal Service and owned and operated a homebuilding company for 17 years, so she understands the challenges many of our clients face. She particularly enjoys getting to know them and takes a personal interest in helping them solve the problems their injuries have created. Valerie also has a soft spot for beagles, participating in an organization that rescues the breed from laboratory testing. She and her husband have two rescued beagles of their own, and volunteer for local animal rescue centers. With three children, two grandkids, and a stepson at home, the pups rarely lack attention. Valerie previously earned an Associate's degree and is currently working on a Bachelor's in Human Resource Management from Western Governor's University.
Jennifer Bland's life took her to Glendale, Arizona, where she attended high school, and then brought her back to her hometown of Evansville. The law fascinated her, and after attending college for a while, she had an opportunity to take a legal secretary/paralegal role with a firm. She has been helping attorneys fight for their clients' rights ever since. Jennifer has been involved in both general and criminal law, with the rare experience of having worked on three death penalty cases, one of which was in federal court. She has also coordinated the extensive paperwork and research on a long list of appeals, with a fast, efficient approach that helps the attorneys she works with make the most effective use of their time. And while she gives her all at work, Jennifer knows how to relax. If she's not hanging out with her family (including her son and daughter) or her friends, you'll probably find her curled up with a good book or listening to music. She also enjoys a part-time position as a bartender at the local American Legion post, and confesses to a newfound fascination with body art.
Shannon N. Wilson
Shannon grew up in the area and graduated from Harrison High School. Aside from two years in San Antonio, she has spent her entire life here. After high school, she spent several years working as an assistant supervisor and a hoist operator in a local chrome-plating shop before taking a position as deputy court clerk with the Vanderburgh County Clerk's office. Besides giving her an excellent introduction to the legal world, her work provided a firsthand look at the challenges everyday people faced. Today, she helps many of those people as they seek compensation for injuries they have suffered. When she isn't in the office or taking classes at Ivy Tech, you'll probably find Shannon outdoors somewhere. That might mean working in the garden, playing softball, or camping and fishing with her three children.
April grew up in Henderson, Kentucky, and still calls it home, although she did cross the Ohio to earn a Bachelor's degree in Communications from the University of Southern Indiana. While a student at USI, April worked for another law firm before joining the Gerling Law team nearly 15 years ago. She enjoys the challenge of gathering everything our legal team needs to pursue justice for our clients, and takes particular pleasure when she's able to help a case reach its resolution more quickly. When she's away from the office, April enjoys camping and boating, and suspects that she may be the only lifelong Kentuckian who has never attended a horse race.
Gretchen Gerling Goolsbay
If you had to define Gretchen in one word, it would clearly be "compassionate." While serving as deputy clerk in the Vanderburgh County Circuit and Superior Courts, and working with the Child Support Division, she encountered people at particularly challenging times in their lives, helping them protect their legal rights and obtain justice. After a serious accident left her in severe pain that required two neck surgeries, Gretchen developed a clear grasp of the daily struggles that accompany one's return to health. A graduate of Bosse High School and a widowed mother of three, Gretchen continues the Gerling family tradition of demonstrating compassion through her volunteer outreach work at The Gathering Church, where she helps with the food pantry and serves meals to families in need. She also enjoys modeling to support Easter Seals, works with local charities, hiking, biking, and playing with Claira-Bella, the family's adopted bearded collie.
We're all the products of our experiences, and lessons we learn along the journey prepare us for roles and situations we may not have anticipated. Take legal assistant Christina Weightman. When she was waiting tables, she probably didn't notice the lessons she was learning about meeting our clients' needs. While working on her Associates Degree in applied science and medical assisting at Ivy Tech, how could she have anticipated that an externship with local doctors would help her handle personal injury claims?
Those and many other experiences gave the Evansville native (and Benjamin Bosse High School graduate) broad knowledge, healthy curiosity and a perspective that always looks beyond the obvious. Having handled the dinner rush in restaurants with attentive service and a friendly smile prepared her to confidently tackle the most stressful legal situations. Her time in doctors' offices gave her a thorough understanding of terminology and normal procedures, so she can support our personal injury attorneys through every step of the cases they handle. Before joining Gerling Law, she sharpened her legal expertise with six years at another local law firm.
When Christina isn't working, she loves to travel with her husband, son, and teenage stepson, whether to new places or to the Children's Museum. The avid boater and her husband exchanged vows at sunset on the Ohio River, and they enjoy traveling up- and downstream in their Marinette boat. Plus, she continues to add to her skills by working on a Class A CDL that will let her help her husband run the family's logistics business, and someday travel the highways together as team drivers.
Born and raised in Evansville, Abby graduated from Harrison High School and went on to study criminal justice at Ivy Tech. Before joining the Gerling Law team, she spent nine years handling information requests for the medical records department at Deaconess Hospital. Helping our clients as a paralegal has taken her career in a new direction, but then Abby has always enjoyed tackling new challenges. Her long-term plans include furthering her education.
When she isn't working with our clients, she's enthusiastically cheering in the stands as her son competes on baseball diamonds and basketball courts. The family also enjoys traveling around the country to see the Pittsburgh Pirates in action. In quieter moments, you'll find Abby sprucing up her yard, or playing with Kooper, the family's Shepherd/hound mix.
Remember, Go with Experience. Go with Gerling.