John B. Powell

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Personal Injury, General Litigation,
Domestic Relations

I was born in Toledo, Ohio and grew up in Fort Wayne, Indiana. Practicing law provides the variety and independence I wanted in a career.

After graduating from law school, I clerked for the Allen Superior Court - General Trial Division. I practiced in Indianapolis doing insurance defense work for two years before returning to Fort Wayne in 1985 to join Shambaugh, Kast, Beck & Williams, LLP.

My areas of practice focus on general litigation, domestic relations and personal injury. I enjoy the challenge of the court room. Helping clients successfully navigate litigation matters are among the most rewarding aspects of my career. I strive to take an objective, reasonable approach to litigation by keeping my clients' interests at the forefront, focusing on the final result but mindful of cost-efficiency at all times.

Outside of practicing law, I enjoy most sports, traveling, sailing, and history, particularly the Civil War (not always in that order!).


  • Indiana University Bloomington School of Law 

    • J.D. - 1982

  • Wabash College

    • B.A. magna cum laude - 1979 (Economics)

Bar Admissions

  • Indiana, 1982

  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana

  • U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana

Professional Associations & Memberships

  • American Bar Association

  • Indiana State Bar Association

  • Allen County Bar Association

  • Indiana Trial Lawyers Association

  • Fort Wayne Redevelopment Commission, Former Member, 1993 - 2000; President, 1995 - 1997

  • Fort Wayne Redevelopment Authority, Vice President, 2016 - Present

  • Allen County Prosecuting Attorney's Office, Felony Division, Indiana, Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, 2000 - 2003; 2016 - Present

  • Community Harvest Food Bank, Board Member, Executive Committee, 2004 - 2011

  • Anthony Wayne Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, Former Board Member

  • Bloomington, Indiana Historic Preservation Commission, Member, 1981-1982

additional information

  • Registered Civil and Domestic Relations Mediator