David C. Van Gilder


David C. Van GilderLocation: Fort Wayne, Indiana
Phone: 260-424-8132, 888-255-7910 (Toll Free)
Fax: 260-969-5361

David C. Van Gilder is a counselor and litigator for individuals and small businesses over a wide range of legal matters. His particular focus is to protect existing natural and cultural areas of value for future generations through land use planning and enforcement of environmental laws. David also represents persons who have been injured at work or through the negligence of others, especially in difficult cases. David serves on numerous environmental and social services boards and is active in the governance and missions of his church.

Areas of Practice

  • Personal Injury
  • Environmental Law
  • Zoning & Administrative
  • Worker’s Compensation
  • Small Business Corporate
  • Wills & Estates

Litigation Percentage

  • 50% of Practice Devoted to Litigation

Bar Admissions

  • District of Columbia, 1983
  • Indiana, 1990
  • U.S. District Court Northern District of Indiana, 1990


  • American University, Washington College of Law, Washington, District of Columbia
    • J.D. – 1983
  • Bowling Green State University, Bowling Green, Ohio
    • B.S. – 1980
    • Major: Environmental Studies

Representative Clients

  • City of New Haven, Indiana
  • ACRES Land Trust

Professional Associations and Memberships

  • American Association for Justice, 1990 – Present
  • Allen County Bar Association, Past President, 1990
  • Hoosier Environmental Council. Board of directors 1991-1997 and 2000-present
  • Fort Wayne Trails, Board of Directors 2011 to present
  • Acres Land Trust, Inc. Board of directors 1991-2013, 2015 – present.
  • ARCH, Inc. Board of directors 2011 to present

Pro Bono Activities

  • Allen County Bar Association Pro Bono Section, 1990
  • Director, Volunteer Lawyer Program of Northeast Indiana, 2001 – Present
  • Van Gilder & Trzynka, P.C.
    436 East Wayne Street
    Fort Wayne, IN 46802
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  • New Haven office
    435 Ann Street
    New Haven, IN 46774
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  • Phone: 260-424-8132
    Toll Free: 888-255-7910
    Fax: 260-969-5361