Bamberger, Foreman, Oswald & Hahn, LLP was formed in Evansville, Indiana, in 1959 when Fred Bamberger, William Foreman, Charles E. “C.E.” Oswald, Jr., and Robert Hahn joined their practices.
Fred Bamberger (d. 1983) was known throughout Indiana and the U.S. as a civil litigator and utility attorney. He was awarded the distinction of Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and was a Regent of the College. Fred served as President of the Indiana State Bar Association. He was also a founder of the Indiana Defense Lawyers Association (now Defense Trial Council of Indiana), serving as its first president and receiving the designation of Diplomat from that body.
William Foreman (d. 1997) began as a litigator and later developed an estate planning and probate practice. Some of the firm’s current estate planning and probate clients are the second- and third-generation descendents of Bill’s clients. Bill was known for his legal work in connection with Indiana’s first covered mall, Washington Square Mall, located in Evansville. In addition to numerous community leadership activities, Foreman served as president of the Evansville Bar Association. He was respected for his knowledge of property law and wrote a textbook on the subject. To quote one of his partners, Robert Hahn: “Bill Foreman was a premier lawyer. He really didn’t have a peer in terms of his ability.”
Charles E. "C.E." Oswald, Jr., (d. 2014) practiced law over 50 years in matters regarding real estate issues in southwestern Indiana. He performed significant real estate work for Southern Indiana Gas & Electric Company (now Vectren), and completed the legal work for hundreds of miles of the utility’s pipeline and electric lines. C.E. handled the real estate work for Eastland Mall, and, along with Bill Foreman, for Washington Square Mall, the state’s first covered mall. C.E. also worked on hundreds of matters involving the sale or acquisition of oil, gas, and mineral rights.
Robert Hahn (d. 2004) was a highly respected civil litigator and a leader in the legal profession, both inside and outside the firm. He handled more than 600 cases throughout Southern Indiana and in federal courts, often working on two jury trials per week. (During his career, most cases were tried instead of settled, because of the state procedural rules at the time.) Bob was awarded the distinction of Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers and of Diplomat of the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana.
Today, the Evansville offices of Bamberger, Foreman, Oswald & Hahn, LLP continue to be housed in the firm’s original home, the historic Hulman Building in downtown Evansville. Offices have been added in Indianapolis, Newburgh, Posey County, and Princeton, Indiana. Many of the firm’s attorneys hold licenses to practice law in Kentucky and Illinois, as well as Indiana, adding to the firm’s historically strong regional presence.