Gerling Law with locations in Evansville, Indianapolis, Louisville, and Owensboro is 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?
AdministratorLifelong Evansville resident Lori Crow graduated from North High School and and attended 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 as administrator 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 one grandchild, and she's particularly proud that her kids share her commitment to serving others who are less fortunate.
ControllerBarb 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. Everyone in the office also appreciates the products of her garden, especially when she treats us to one of her favorite recipes!
Intake CoordinatorNobody 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.
ParalegalValerie 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, three grandkids, and a stepson at home, the pups rarely lack attention. Valerie previously earned a Bachelor's Degree in Human Resource Management from Western Governor's University. Now, she is working towards another Bachelor's of Science degree in Business - Information Technology Management.
ParalegalJennifer 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.
Christina A. von Zirkelbach
ParalegalWhile working on her Associates Degree in applied science and medical assisting at Ivy Tech, Christina von Zirkelbach never anticipated that an externship with local doctors would help her handle personal injury claims. The Evansville native (and Benjamin Bosse High School graduate with Academic Honors) broad knowledge, healthy curiosity and a perspective that always looks beyond the obvious. Her time in doctors’ offices gave her a thorough understanding of terminology and normal procedures, so she can support our social security disability attorney through every step of the cases they handle. Before joining Gerling Law, she sharpened her legal skills with six years at another local personal injury law firm. When Christina isn’t working, she loves to travel with her two sons. She is a member of the Evansville Junior League as well as the Vogel Elementary PTA.
ParalegalBorn 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.
ParalegalA native of Henderson, Kentucky, Carrie took a detour to Clearwater, Florida for several years before coming back to the Tri-State and taking a position as a paralegal with the Gerling team. She earned an Associate Degree (Magna Cum Laude) in Paralegal Studies from Owensboro’s Daymar College in 2017. Carrie developed extensive experience as a paralegal for other law firms helping individuals through home insurance cases, foreclosures, and fraud related to investments and securities. She enjoys guiding people through difficult legal issues and celebrating victories with them. The mother of a young daughter, Carrie doesn’t just help people through crises. When she isn’t rooting for Kentucky Wildcats basketball, you’ll find her and her daughter enjoying time with family and friends, as well as exploring the area’s many parks and walking trails during warmer weather.
Legal AssistantApril 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 19 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 hanging out with her husband and 4 kids attending one of their many activities that they are involved in, or catching a St. Louis Cardinals baseball game.
Marketing AssistantGerling Law’s marketing assistant is a lifelong westsider. After graduating from Reitz High School, she enrolled -- where else? -- at the University of Southern Indiana planning to study anthropology and French, and eventually found her true calling in public relations. After earning a bachelor’s degree in that field, her love of learning led her to enroll in Purdue University Global’s criminal justice program. Once she wraps up her second bachelor’s degree, she plans to begin graduate school in criminal justice. Along the way, Susannah has used her skills to publicize and promote a variety of organizations, including her sorority, Alpha Sigma Tau, and through an internship with the EVSC Foundation. She reacted to a diagnosis of Type I Juvenile Diabetes by jumping into charitable events to raise money for the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation. She managed to balance schoolwork and other pursuits while working as a sales manager at the Carter’s & Oshkosh B’gosh store. Growing up, she frequently saw and heard ads for Gerling Law and developed a strong sense of admiration for the firm. When asked to help promote our team, Susannah couldn’t pass up the opportunity. She enjoys overseeing our efforts to connect our hardworking attorneys and paralegals with people who need their assistance. You’ll find a clue to her free-time preferences in one of her tattoos: a world map that’s a reminder of overseas trips. (Cats Cookie and Lucy are much happier when she keeps her travels closer to home.)
ReceptionistAlthough our receptionist was born on the Indiana side of the river, Danielle now calls Henderson, Kentucky home. She spent her formative years in Newburgh before moving to Bowling Green in 2009 to study at Western Kentucky University and work as a full-time nanny. After an eye-opening summer performing missionary service with orphans in Uganda, Danielle returned to school. She soon followed her high school sweetheart (an active duty soldier) across the Tennessee line to Clarksville and continued to commute to WKU. When his service ended, the couple decided to establish their family in Henderson, and welcomed a daughter in June 2018. She has continued her education through Grand Canyon University and expects to graduate in September 2020. Danielle has also worked in hospitality and as a scheduler for a large orthopedic surgery practice before taking a break to raise her daughter (and look after the couple’s trio of dogs, including a three-legged black lab). She’s been a great addition to the Gerling team and enjoys being the first point of contact for our clients, reassuring them that our firm is here to help them.