Michael A. Campbell is an attorney at the Valparaiso and Munster offices of Schwerd, Fryman & Torrenga, LLP. Michael is admitted to practice in both Indiana and Illinois. Michael’s practice primarily focuses on the representation of criminal defendants through all phases of litigation which includes pre-trial, trial, and post conviction relief such as expungement of criminal conviction records and sealing of criminal arrest records. A large portion of Michael’s practice is also devoted to representing clients in traffic related matters including, but not limited to, charges of Operating While Intoxicated (OWI), Specialized Driving Privileges (formerly known as “Hardship Licenses”), and active license suspensions and traffic infractions. Michael believes that practicing law is a service oriented profession, which is why he places an emphasis on providing each of his clients with efficient and effective representation while also maintaining thorough communication.
A Northwest Indiana native, Michael was raised in Hammond, Indiana and graduated from Morton High School in 2005. Upon graduation, Michael attended Ball State University where he received his Bachelor of Science degree cum laude in 2009 with two majors: Political Science and Legal Studies. In recognition of his success in the Legal Studies Program, Michael was awarded the Herbert H. Hamilton Scholarship to be applied toward tuition at a law school of his choosing.
In 2012, Michael received his Juris Doctorate degree from Valparaiso University School of Law and graduated within the university’s prestigious Honors Program. Throughout his tenure in law school, Michael was awarded a merit-based, half-tuition scholarship, while also serving as a member of the Valparaiso University Trial Advocacy Team (2010-2012) as well as the Valparaiso University Moot Court Honor Society (2011-2012). In 2010, Michael and his co-counsel were awarded First Place in the Valparaiso University School of Law Intra-School Mock Trial Competition. In 2011, Michael was awarded “Best Appellate Brief” in the Luther M. Swygert Memorial Moot Court Competition. At the request of the law school administration, Michael additionally served as both a Civil Procedure and Property Law tutor for first year law students. While in law school, Michael also worked as a Law Clerk for the Hon. John R. Pera (Chief Judge of the Lake County Superior Courts), served as a pro bono Law Clerk for the Hon. William E. Alexa (Judge, Porter County Superior Court II), and completed a Federal Externship with the Hon. Rudy Lozano (Senior Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana).
Michael is a member of the Lake County Bar Association (Criminal Law Section), the Porter County Bar Association, the Indiana State Bar Association, Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, and Indiana Public Defender Council.
Michael lives in Crown Point, Indiana and enjoys spending time with his family and friends. An avid sports fan, Michael enjoys attending sporting events as well as playing golf and baseball. In his spare time, Michael serves as a volunteer assistant coach for the Morton High School Mock Trial Team and as a judge for local mock trial competitions.