Our history. A firm over a decade in the making.
In 2008, our founders decided to do something new. They launched a different kind of law firm—a firm designed to meet the needs of an evolving legal landscape that increasingly demands efficient and effective counsel. We opened our doors as LaDue Curran & Kuehn LLC in South Bend, Indiana, built on the experience of three partners who began their careers at national AmLaw-ranked firms.
Our firm grew rapidly in lawyers, clients, and practice areas, as we hired attorneys from large national firms and federal judicial clerkships. In 2016, we invested in the purchase and remodel of our current downtown South Bend building to better meet our clients’ needs. The following year, we opened a satellite office in Elkhart, Indiana. Our clients range from multiple Fortune 500 companies to individual entrepreneurs.
To reflect our dynamic growth, the firm introduced an updated moniker in 2018, SouthBank Legal. The name echoes our firm’s history, as our South Bend office is located on the south bank of the St. Joseph River. It also reflects our firm’s unique culture—one that is innovative, agile, and team-based.
Most recently, we are excited to announce the 2021 opening of our office in Washington, D.C., cementing the national reach that many of our clients need.
The old model is flawed—so we created a new one.
All of our clients are firm clients. No single attorney owns the client relationship at SouthBank, and our attorneys are not compensated according to “origination,” “working,” or any other “credits.” That type of model can lead to silos and turf wars over clients, leaving clients feeling isolated when they most need help. Instead, we collaborate on the client relationship, so clients have access to our entire team, ensuring the right members of our team are helping with your legal needs. Hands-on and highly responsive, someone who can help is always just a phone call, text, or email away.
Deep experience with a broad range of services.
Our team is positioned to provide forward-thinking and innovative legal services to our clients in the following areas:
- Business Transactions and Finance
- Commercial Litigation
- Government Contracting
- Intellectual Property
- Labor and Employment
- Local and Co-Counsel
- Real Estate
- Trusts and Estates
- White Collar Defense and Investigations
Unlike many other firms, we have the capacity and experience to handle sophisticated legal issues deftly. In addition, our attorneys are recognized leaders in their respective fields who understand the need for results-driven legal representation that our clients deserve.
A no-surprises billing model.
The bottom line is the bottom line. When you’re in the middle of a legal matter, the last thing you need is to be surprised by your fees. That’s why we talk with clients upfront about what to expect and tailor our services and fees to meet their needs. When expectations are set clearly from the beginning, everyone benefits. Ultimately, our goal is to deliver value-added legal representation with top-quality results quickly and cost-effectively.
Our team approach extends beyond our walls.
Our attorneys have extensive experience working with national law firms and in-house counsel, handling complex litigation and business transactions throughout the U.S. We collaborate to combine our industry experience with our knowledge of the regions in which we practice to drive results. Don’t just take our word for it—we’re happy to provide references from attorneys across the country who have partnered with us successfully.
Welcome to SouthBank.
We’re proud to play a part in revitalizing downtown South Bend. So in 2016, we moved our practice to One Michiana Square, now named 100 East Wayne. Our flagship space reflects our innovative practice: open and inviting, professional and practical.
Our Elkhart office allows our clients in that area to have convenient access to our attorneys, wherever their businesses and interests take them.
Our newest office in Washington, D.C., provides sophisticated representation in the nation’s capital, with the support of attorneys firmwide.
Work With Us.
If you would like to learn more about our firm and how we can help with your legal matter, please contact us today.