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Van Gilder, David C.
436 East Wayne Street Fort Wayne, IN
Phone: 260-424-8132
Fax: 260-969-5361


Current Employment Position(s)


Lawyer Overview

David is a counselor and litigator for individuals and small businesses over a wide range of legal matters. His particular focus is to protect existing natural and cultural areas of value for future generations through land use planning and enforcement of environmental laws. David also represents persons who have been injured at work or through the negligence of others, especially in difficult cases. David serves on numerous environmental and social services boards and is active in the governance and missions of his church.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Enviornmental Law
  • Zoning & Administrative
  • Worker's Compensation
  • Small Business Corporate
  • Wills & Estates
50% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Representative Clients

  • City of New Haven, Indiana

West Practice Categories

Administrative Law, Administrative Hearings & Adjudication, Regulatory Enforcement, Business & Commercial Law, Commercial Leasing, Contracts, Business Organizations, Corporate Governance, Formation & Business Planning, Limited Liability Companies, Non-profit & Tax-exempt Organizations, Constitutional Law, Freedom of Information, Construction Law, Construction Contracts, Construction Liens, Government Construction Contracts, Housing & Construction Defects, Employment Law -- Employee, Employee Retirement Income Security Act (ERISA) -- Employee, Pensions, Benefits & Compensations -- Employee, Energy Law, Alternative Energy, Environmental Law, Permits, Water Pollution, Wetlands & Wild Lands, Estate Planning, Guardianships & Conservatorships, Living Wills, Powers of Attorney and Appointment, Wills, Family Law, Adoption, Childrens' Rights, Custody & Visitation, Divorce, Government Agencies & Programs, Veterans' Affairs, Government Contracts, State & Municipal Contracts, Health & Health Care Law, Mental Health, Litigation & Appeals, Military & Veterans Appeals, State Appellate Practice, State Trial Practice, Natural Resources Law, Fisheries & Wildlife, Logging & Timber, Water & Riparian Rights, Personal Injury -- Plaintiff, Animal Bites -- Plaintiff, Assault & Battery -- Plaintiff, Motor Vehicle Accidents -- Plaintiff, Premises Liability -- Plaintiff, Slip and Fall -- Plaintiff, Wrongful Death -- Plaintiff, Probate & Estate Administration, Estate Administration, Products Liability Law, Chemicals & Cosmetics, Firearms, Food & Agricultural Products, Machinery & Tools, Motor Vehicle Defects, Pharmaceutical Products, Real Estate Law, Commercial Real Estate, Conveyancing, Foreclosure & Alternatives, Land Use & Zoning, Landlord/Tenant, Residential Real Estate, State, Local & Municipal Law, Municipal Corporations, Toxic Torts, Asbestos, Hazardous Waste, Medical Products & Devices, Pesticides, Radiation & Electromagnetic Energy, Tobacco, Toxic Mold, Workers' Compensation Law, State & Municipal Employees, Workers' Compensation Appeals, Workers' Compensation Subrogation


Offers Free Initial Consultation

Accepts Credit Cards


Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 1983
  • Indiana, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Florida, 1990

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Association for Justice, 1990 - Present
  • Allen County Bar Association, 1990 - Present (Past President)

Honors and Awards

  • Voulenteer Lawyer Program Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year, 1994

Pro Bono Activities

  • Allen County Bar Association Pro Bono Section, 1990 - Present


  • American University, Washington College of Law, Washington, District of Columbia, 1983
  • Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio, 1980
    Major: Environmental Studies