Van Vandivier serves The Jewkes Firm as an Associate Attorney. He was raised in Indianapolis, Indiana, and while still in high school, Van was the city Chess Champion for several years running. Van served in the U.S. Army in the Armor branch of combat arms from 1972 to 1975 (the “Vietnam Era”) and was honored to achieve membership on the 1974 All-Army Chess Team. Returning from service, he attended Ball State University, graduating Magna Cum Laude and obtaining a Bachelor’s degree with a Major in Criminal Justice and Corrections. After BSU, Van attended the Indiana University School of Law (Bloomington), graduating with a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree in 1982.
After law school, Van served on the legal staff of the U.S. Department of Justice, Bureau of Prisons, for 26 years. He has worked in several correctional institutions, at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Brunswick, Georgia, and at the Southeast Regional Office in Atlanta. His positions have encompassed from Attorney for the Warden and staff (including duty at the U.S. Penitentiary in Marion, Illinois, then the federal prison system’s highest security institution which took over the mission of Alcatraz); to Staff Development Counsel (teaching legal classes at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center in Brunswick, Georgia); and to Deputy Regional Counsel for the Bureau of Prisons at the Southeast Regional Office in Atlanta (covering five states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands). In these positions, Van was an integral part of a legal team defending the United States of America and its employees from Federal Tort Claims Act cases, Habeas Corpus Petitions and personal damage actions against individuals.
For nearly three decades, Van and his wife Susan have enjoyed raising their children and living in Peachtree City.
Van is pleased to now offer his time and experience to serving clients of The Jewkes Firm, helping them with their cases and issues regarding personal injury claims and providing advice across a range of areas.
Ball State University
Indiana University School of Law (Bloomington)