Benjamin D. Fryman, Valparaiso, Chair, Young Lawyers Section, is a founding partner and the current CEO of the firm Schwerd Fryman & Torrenga LLP. Previously, he was an associate at the Highland, Ind., Hilbrich Law Firm. He received his B.S., cum laude, from Indiana Wesleyan University in 2001 and his J.D. from the Valparaiso University School of Law in 2005. He is a member of the Porter County (current president), Lake County and Indiana State bar associations, National Diocesan Attorney Association, Indiana Trial Lawyers Association and the American Inns of Court. He is also active with the Faith Memorial Lutheran Church, where he serves on its board of directors and as finance chair.
Benjamin was born in Wauseon, Ohio, in 1978.
Professional enjoyment: working out solutions to complex problems
Your inspiration: George Hubbard, my grandpa and the only lawyer in our family. He practiced in Detroit when it was the wealthiest city in America, which is hard to imagine now. He was retired by the time I was born, but he was the first person who was always excited to talk about his profession.
Why bar association involvement: Bar association involvement is perhaps the best way for us to positively influence public perception of attorneys, and our concerted efforts also tend to increase civility among us, which is needed.
If not a lawyer: farmer
Fav hobbies: hunting and fishing
Fav book or author and current reading: depends, but for a great thriller, it’s hard to beat anything by Vince Flynn
Fav vacation spot: Pigeon Forge, Tenn.
Fav food or restaurant: Buffalo Wild Wings
Top of my bucket list: I am 37 years old. That is way too young to be making a bucket list. For now, my goal is to raise my kids to be good people and enjoy them while they’re young.