Attorneys

Richard “Rich” Hawley, Jr.

Richard “Rich” Hawley, Jr.

Richard O. Hawley, Jr., is a 1984 graduate of Heritage Hills High School, graduate of DePauw University with Honors, and a 1991 graduate of The Ohio State University School of Law with Honors. He also attended the University of Chicago Business School (M.B.A. Program) on a fellowship. Rich is a past board member of the Evansville Bar Association and past chair of the Evansville Bench and Bar Committee.

In over 20 years of practice, Rich first tried complex business cases and spent more than 10 years as an insurance defense litigator. He now devotes his entire practice to assisting injured people by protecting their rights.

Rich has served as counsel for a number of political subdivisions--school corporation, town, and county. He has conducted continuing legal education presentations in multiple states. Rich has also served in numerous capacities for local charitable and educational organizations.

Susan Gainey-Odoyo

Susan Gainey-Odoyo

Susan Gainey-Odoyo is a former partner at the firm of Kightlinger & Gray, where she practiced civil litigation. Ms. Gainey-Odoyo graduated from Central High School in Evansville (1991), received her bachelor’s degree from Indiana University (1995), and obtained her J.D. degree with Honors from Valparaiso University School of Law (1999). She obtained an L.L.M., Magna Cum Laude, from Indiana University School of Law (2008). Susan was admitted to the Indiana bar in 1999.

Susan is active in numerous bar associations, where she often maintains a leadership position. In 2003, she was asked by Indiana’s Chief Justice to serve on the Indiana Supreme Court Commission for Continuing Legal Education and served as chair in 2006. Susan was also twice selected to participate in the Indiana Supreme Court’s Conclave on Legal Education. Susan served on the governing council for the Young Lawyers Division of the American Bar Association and the Indiana State Bar Association's Young Lawyers Council. She received an award from the Indiana Lawyer in 2006 as one of fifteen statewide “Up and Coming Lawyers.”

Ms. Gainey-Odoyo is also very active in the community, including serving as President of It Takes a Village Canine Rescue. Susan and her husband, Patrick, founded Friends of Dago, Inc. to support an orphanage in Kenya and they travel to Africa often.

Daniel “Dan” A. Barfield

Daniel “Dan” A. Barfield

Daniel Barfield, is a 1988 graduate of Reitz Memorial High School, 1991 graduate of Purdue University, and a 1995 graduate of Valparaiso University Law School with honors. Dan is licensed in both Indiana and Illinois.

In 20 years of practice, Dan Barfield spent the first 5 years as an insurance defense litigator and then realized that protecting the rights of injured people was his calling.

Dan is the treasurer of the Men’s Club at St. John’s Church in Newburgh, Indiana. He is the past President of Brooks’ Inn of Court. Dan Barfield is a former member of the state advisory board of the Arthritis Foundation and was formerly the Volunteer of the Year for the local board of that organization.

Robert “Bob” John (Retired)

Robert “Bob” John (Retired)

Robert John is a graduate of F.J. Reitz High School in Evansville, Indiana (1964), Indiana University, Bloomington (1969), with a B.S. in business from the Kelly School of Business, and Indiana University Law School, Indianapolis (1972). Bob was admitted to practice law in the State of Indiana in 1972. During his more than 40 years of practice, he tirelessly assisted those with legal needs. During the first 12 years of practice, Bob handled divorces, criminal cases, and civil cases.

Since 1985, Bob John exclusively represented people who had been injured. It is because of this devotion to his clients that Bob was awarded the highly prestigious Indiana Trial Lawyer Civility Award for 2011 recognizing his high standard of ethics and professionalism in this industry. His dedication to his profession earned him a perfect 5.0 Martinsdale-Hubbel score, which is another objective indicator of the respect that your peers have regarding your ethical standards and professionalism. Bob’s years of devotion to the injured is still what guides the firm today.

During his career, Bob John was Assistant City Attorney (1980 to 1983), Attorney for the Evansville Vanderburgh Levee Authority (1980 to 1986), Board member of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, member of the American Bar Association, member of the Indiana State Bar Association, and member of the Evansville Bar Association where he has been a member of the Board of Directors.