Our Team

Knowing the team you work with is the most important part in choosing a lawyer. We have some of the most experienced and down to earth lawyers you will find.

Joseph B Moore III

Joseph B. Moore III

Attorney at Law
Of Counsel at Eric Feldman & Associates www.efalaw.com

Areas of Practice:
Worker's Compensation • Insurance Defense Dramshop Defense Creditor's Right • Collections Landlord / Tenant Issues • Premises Liability

Litigation Percentage:
75% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions:
Illinois, 2005
Indiana, 2006
U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 2006
U.S. District Court Southern District of Indiana, 2012
U.S. District Court Northern District of Illinois, 2013
United States Supreme Court, 2013

Chicago-Kent College of Law, Chicago, Illinois, 2005, J.D.
Elected to Kent Board of Governors, Kent Student Social Chair
Bar & Gavel Award Winner 2005, Chicago-Kent Intellectual Property Certificate

Northwestern University, Evanston, IL, 2001, B.S.
Double Major: Industrial Engineering & Economics
Member: Sigma Nu Fraternity

Professional Associations and Memberships:
Indiana Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
Lake County Bar Association
Illinois State Bar Association
Indiana Chamber of Commerce
Indiana Worker's Compensation Institute

Personal Associations and Memberships:
Sigma Nu - Gamma Beta Alumni Advisory Board
Northwestern University - Freshman 15 A Capella Alum
Sons and Daughters of Pearl Harbor Survivors



Carol Doyle

Carol Doyle

Administrative Assistant/Paralegal at the Law Office of Samuel G. Vazanellis

Administrative Assistant/Paralegal in the practice areas of:

  • Criminal Defense
  • Personal Injury
  • Mortgage Foreclosures

Previous Employment:
Administrative Assistant at Thiros & Stracci from 2012 to 2013
Paralegal at Goodman, Katz & Scheele from 2010 to 2011
Paralegal at Lake County Public Defender’s Office from 2002 to 2010

Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Bachelor of Science in Business Administration:  Major:  Management
also completed their Paralegal Certification program
Dean’s List

Professional Association:
Indiana Notary Public



Paula Tsilis

Paula Tsilis

Paralegal at The Law Office of Samuel G. Vazanellis

Paralegal Specialist in the practice areas of:

  • Criminal Defense
  • Divorce
  • Paternity
  • Custody
  • Personal Injury

Previous Employment:
Paralegal at Cappas & Associates from 2003 to 2012
Paralegal at the Lake County Public Defender’s Office from 2001 to 2003
Paralegal Intern at Cappas & Jones 2000

St. Leo University, St. Leo, Florida
Bachelor of Arts in Criminal Justice, magna cum laude

Commonwealth Business College, Merrillville, Indiana
Associate of Arts in Paralegal Studies
Dean’s List, 4.0 GPA

Professional Association:
Indiana Notary Public

  • Licensed in

  • Indiana
  • Illinois

Areas of Practice

NWI Legal, a division of Vaz Law LLC, is a debt collector. Please be advised that should you be contacted by our office concerning a debt, said communication is an attempt to collect a debt. Any information obtained will be used for that purpose.

Worker's Compensation

Worker's Compensation

Worker's compensation is a form of insurance provided by companies to protect employees. Injured workers may file claims against employers to receive both medical benefits and wage replacement during recovery. In some circumstances, employees may be entitled to additional compensation for permanent impairment resulting from their injuries. These matters are heard before the Worker's Compensation Board of Indiana. I have represented numerous companies before the Indiana Board on claims filed by employees. I have also worked with clients to find appropriate TTD payments, obtain independent medical examinations, and work out final settlement agreements. Please contact me if you have received a worker's compensation claim from an employee.

Creditor's Rights / Collections

Creditor's rights are the set of actions and procedural provisions that may be sought by a company or individual who is owed money. These suits are often referred to as collection actions. The specific procedures and remedies available to recover monies owed vary between different states and counties. Creditor's with valid judgments may seek remedies such as wage garnishments or liens against debtors. I have represented banks, individuals, and a variety of businesses to obtain judgments and recover money and assets. Please contact me if you have questions or issues with outstanding balances and unpaid debts for your business.

Landlord / Tenant Issues

Issues often arise between property owners and tenants. States and counties set forth rules and guidelines governing agreements between landlords and tenants. Both sides should be aware of the applicable rules and responsibilities at the beginning and end of any lease or rental agreement. Landlords with issues regarding unpaid rent, damages, security deposits, or tenant evictions may contact us for assistance.

Dramshop Claims

Dramshop claims typically involve accidents or injuries related to the consumption of alcohol. Dramshop insurance, regulations, and the handling of claims differ between states. Chicago and Northwest Indiana are home to numerous businesses and establishments that should be aware of dramshop issues. Please contact our office if your business needs help or assistance with liquor issues or the handling of a dramshop claim.

Premises Liability

Premises Liability law concerns injuries and claims against property owners and those in possession of land. Many of these cases are called "slip and fall" claims against the owner of the premises. Laws concerning these claims will differ from state to state. If you need help or assistance in evaluating a claim, please contact our office.

Insurance Defense

The area of insurance defense covers a broad area of law. Generally, insurance defense concerns issues between insurers and policyholders. Disputes may arise regarding accidents, employment, and discrimination just to name a few. The claims filed by policyholders may be state or federal in nature. Please contact our office if you need assistance in defending an insurance claim in Indiana or Illinois.

Joseph B Moore III

Born and raised in Merrillville, I have been trying to help friends and family with their needs in Northwest Indiana and Chicago since I was a young kid. Nothing has changed, only now I have a law degree! Please contact me with your legal issues.

Joseph B. Moore III. Attorney at Law

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NWI Legal
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2546 45th Street
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