Refior Law Office - Curriculum Vitae

 

Rafe
Paul D. Refior

Warsaw, Indiana Office:

       347 N. Buffalo St Warsaw, IN  46580*

       Tel:  574-269-6649

       Fax: 574-269-7487

       Email:  paul@refior.com

       Web Site:  www.refior.com

 

Lafayette, Indiana Office:

       5901 E 200 N, Lafayette IN  47905

       Tel:  574-527-0466

       Fax: 574-269-7487

 

CAREER SUMMARY

 

Rafe is a man who loves his Lord, his wife and family, his church, his ministries and his work.  A diligent and experienced attorney with extensive estate planning, litigation, trust management, probate, business/corporate, and real estate experience.  A disciplined man of convictions, determined to achieve a high standard of excellence and to minister to the legal, personal and spiritual needs of clients.  A balanced and joyful lifestyle and a successful family man.  Admitted to practice in Indiana, Florida, Iowa and Wyoming.

 

By way of summary, Rafe started his legal career in 1975 as a Navy JAG lawyer.  Then Rafe practiced a couple of years in Pinedale, Wyoming (1978-80) before a year’s sabbatical for missionary service in Japan (1980-81).  In 1981 Refior Law Office was established in Warsaw, Indiana.  Since then he has also been admitted to practice in Florida (2001); and in 2006 he opened a branch office of Refior Law Office in Lafayette, Indiana.  Rafe resides and practices law in both Warsaw and Lafayette each week.

 

PROFESSIONAL EXPERIENCE

 

         November 1981 to the present – Refior Law Office.  Warsaw and Lafayette, Indiana

My law practice at Warsaw and Lafayette, Indiana is limited to litigation, estate planning, probate, trust administration, business/commercial/corporate related matters, and real estate.  Refior Law Office represents Plaintiffs and Defendants in the following types of lawsuits in federal and state courts:  Medical Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Personal Injury, Civil Rights Employment, Contract Disputes, Commercial/Business, Real Estate, Lake Rights and Probate or Trust Disputes.  Clients include manufacturing companies, professionals, numerous businesses, and individuals.

         Even though we did not have any clients, or even own a car or any law office equipment, furniture or books, we moved to Warsaw, Indiana in 1981 to “hang a shingle” and begin solo law practice.  Over the years the law practice grew and prospered.  In 2001 I was also admitted to practice in Florida.  In 2006 I opened my branch office in Lafayette, Indiana.  In a typical week I am in Warsaw Monday through Thursday, and in Lafayette, Friday through Sunday. 

 

         June 1981 to October 1981 – Special Assignment Deputy Prosecutor, Ottumwa, Iowa.

 

         Upon our return from Japan, I turned down an offer to return to the law firm in Wyoming because we wanted to move back to the Midwest.  My wife, Pam, was a native Hoosier so we decided to settle in Indiana.  I faced a minimum of four months for my application for admission to be processed, and I needed to provide for my family in the interim.  A law school friend of mine, who was aware of the fact that I had considerable jury trial experience, was the prosecuting attorney in Ottumwa, Iowa.  When he learned that I would be available, he asked if he could hire me for a short time to prosecute several criminal jury trials for him.  During that period of time, I worked in Ottumwa during the week and commuted 7 hours each way to Kokomo, Indiana, on weekends to be with my family.

 

         1980 to 1981 – The Evangelical Alliance Mission, Takamatsu, JAPAN.

 

         We accepted the invitation from career TEAM missionaries Ralph and Stella Cox to minister in Japan by filling in for them as best we could while they would be back in the United States for one year of furlough.  When we arrived in Japan, a different career missionary declared, “We appreciate your decision and sacrifice to come to Japan, but because you do not know the language, and you have not been to seminary, and you do not know Japanese culture, your time here will not be productive or fruitful … but thanks for coming anyway.”  Despite such lack of encouragement, we knew why we were there and we continued to expect significant results and fruit with very simple faith and a simple plan:  love the people, find ways to share the Bible truths with them in their own language and pray a lot.  Our duties at the beginning were to teach English conversation classes and assist at some small Japanese churches.  Things developed rapidly to the point that we were having multiple Bible studies and activities in our home, and by the time we left I was preaching four times each Sunday in Japanese churches, with the assistance of an interpreter.  I presently serve as a Pension Trustee for The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM), and as a member of the international board of directors of TEAM.

 

         1978 to 1980 – Mason & Refior, P.C., Pinedale, Wyoming.

 

         At the time I completed my military service, I turned down a number of job offers from large and medium-sized law firms to join Gerald Mason’s firm in beautiful Wyoming.  Gerald was an outstanding attorney (Gerald graduated to Heaven in 2005).  At a later date I became a 50% stockholder of the busy trial law firm.  Although Pinedale is nestled at the foot of the spectacular Windriver Mountain Range of the Rocky Mountains, both of us attorneys had a pilot’s license and there were two airplanes, which allowed for us to engage in representation and cases throughout Wyoming and northern Colorado.  Legal work included significant water rights cases and the legal aspects of the oil and natural gas industries.  While practicing law in Pinedale, a very unusual invitation was received to undertake missionary work in Japan.  Even though it otherwise seemed like a strange thing to do, after significant prayer, a decision was made that the Lord was indeed leading us to take a sabbatical from the law practice and to accept the one-year assignment in Japan.

 

         1974 to 1978 – United States Navy, Judge Advocate General Corps.

 

         I was commissioned as a naval officer in December, 1973.  In 1974 I had Navy training in Newport, R.I.  In 1975 I completed Naval Justice School again in Newport, R.I., and then I proceeded with orders to Norfolk, Virginia.  As a Navy JAG lawyer I was stationed at the Naval Legal Services Office, Naval Station, Norfolk.  I was engaged in extensive trial work in criminal cases as a prosecutor and as a defense counsel, including case of murder, rape, armed robbery, bank robbery, counterfeiting, and other serious felony cases.  I maintained a very high caseload and achieved regular success in jury trials.  The experience also provided outstanding training as a Naval Officer, and in leading and coordinating subordinate attorneys and staff.  [Received Navy Commendation Medal and National Defense Service Ribbon; honorably discharged].

 

EDUCATION

 

   Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, major in Psychology, minor in Political Science; Iowa Wesleyan College, Mount Pleasant, Iowa; 1972

 

   Juris Doctor, With Honors; University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, Iowa; 1975 (President of the Iowa Student Bar Association, 1974-1975.

 

   Certificate; Naval Justice School, Newport, Rhode Island; 1975.

 

   Many continuing legal education courses; 1975 to present.

PROFESSIONAL

 

Admitted to practice in the courts of the following:

·       State Courts of Indiana – 1981

·       State Courts of Iowa – 1975

·       State Courts of Wyoming – 1978

·       State Courts of Florida – 2001

·       The Supreme Court of the United States – 1997

·       United States Court of Appeals for the 7th Circuit – 1992

·       United States Court of Appeals for the 11th Circuit - 2006

·       United States Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces – 1975

·       United States Tax Court – 1987

·       U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana – 1982

·       U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana – 1997

·       U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan – 1990

·       U.S. District Court for the District of Wyoming – 1978

·       U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida – 2004

·       U.S. District Court for the Middle District of Florida - 2005

 

ASSOCIATIONS

 

·       National Lawyers Association

·       Indiana State Bar Association

·       The Florida Bar

·       Iowa State Bar Association

·       Wyoming State Bar Association

·       Kosciusko County Bar Association

·       Tippecanoe County Bar Association

PERSONAL

 

·         Age 63

·         Gloriously married to Pam for 43 years

·         Two daughters, Nikki Lambeth (married to Jonathan with three sons) and Laura White (married to Brian with three daughters and twin sons.)

·         Actively involved members of Faith Church, Lafayette, Indiana http://www.faithlafayette.org/church (Deacon; board of Faith Global Missions http://www.faithlafayette.org/missions; board of Vision of Hope http://www.faithlafayette.org/voh; instructor at Faith Community Institute http://www.faithlafayette.org/church/news_events/faith_community_institute/).

·         Chairman of the Board of Directors and President of Lakeland Child Evangelism Ministries http://www.lakelandcem.com/, Winona Lake, Indiana, a nonprofit corporation with ministries in the local area, as well as significant worldwide involvement through the production and distribution of evangelistic action films and videos which are translated into multiple languages for evangelistic use throughout the world.

·         Pension Trustee of The Evangelical Alliance Mission (TEAM) http://team.org, Wheaton, Illinois.  A major global mission agency.

·         Author of It’s Your CHOICE – A Happy & God-honoring Marriage, and RAFEHAND – A System for Speedwriting, and some published articles.

·         An avid Iowa Hawkeyes fan (especially football and wrestling) …. Go Hawks!

·         Rafe enjoys loving his gorgeous and outstanding wife, Precious Pam, being a happy and involved grandpa, family travel, family activities, sports of all kinds, woodworking, writing (e.g., novels, articles, books on Christian topics, children’s stories), bicycling, woodcarving, art, graphics, studying, teaching, meditating and applying the Bible, speaking at seminar classes and retreats, BowFlex-ing, weightlifting and swimming.

 

 

(August 2013)