Attorney Juan Pablo (“JP”) Roman-Lagunas is a life long traveler, having spent extensive time living and traveling throughout Central and South America. During his early travels he was exposed to the sociological and economical plight of the third world. This early exposure would undoubtedly lead to his decision to enter the profession of law. He views his ability to advocate for the oppressed as a responsibility rather than a career opportunity.
JP studied International Relations, Spanish, and Communications during his undergraduate years. He then was accepted to the Valparaiso University School of law where he earned his J.D. During law school, he studied abroad in Cambridge, England and worked as a legal intern at Thiros and Stracci, P.C.
After law school, JP worked as a public defender in Indianapolis at the Marion County Public Defender Agency. As a full-time public defender, he spent four years sharpening his trial skills representing hundreds of clients accused of a variety of crimes. During his final assignment as a full-time public defender, he represented clients in the Major Felony Division where he handled cases involving serious narcotics and firearms offenses.
In addition to his work as a trial lawyer, JP has collaborated with other criminal defense attorneys and state legislators to revamp the Indiana Criminal Code. This involved intensive case evaluations and the compiling of statistics for the legislature to consider, which ultimately resulted in the recent overhaul of the Criminal Code. JP regularly lectures at the Indiana State Police Academy on trial and litigation from the prospective of the defense. He is admitted to practice before the Indiana Bar and the United States District Courts for both the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana. He is a member of the American Bar Association, the Indianapolis Bar Association, the St. Thomas Moore Legal Society, and the Indiana Public Defender Council.
In 2013, JP left the public sector full-time to open his own law practice, Roman Lagunas, LLC. The firm has quickly grown from a criminal defense boutique to a multifaceted, multi-lawyer, full-service law firm that represents businesses and individuals in a variety of disciplines.
- Indiana State Bar
- United States District Court, Northern District of Indiana
- United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana
- Valparaiso University School of Law (2009)
- Indiana Public Defender Council
- American Bar Association
- Indianapolis Bar Association
- St. Thomas More, Society of Catholic Lawyers