J. Christopher Janak

J. Christopher Janak: Attorney with Bose McKinney & Evans LLP
Attorney Awards


Chris Janak is a partner in and chair of the Utilities Group and Governmental Services Group. Since joining Bose McKinney & Evans LLP in 1994, Mr. Janak has served as special and local counsel for many for-profit and nonprofit utilities, counties, regional districts, conservancy districts, municipalities, and other governmental entities throughout the State of Indiana.

Mr. Janak regularly represents utilities, private parties and governmental entities in proceedings before the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, Indiana Department of Environmental Management, Department of Natural Resources, Department of Local Government Finance, Indiana Department of Transportation, Natural Resources Commission, and in state and federal courts. Mr. Janak has extensive experience representing and advising clients regarding rates and charges, bond issuances, acquisitions, the creation of private and governmental entities and conservancy districts, annexation, wastewater regulations, litigation, contractual matters and development related issues.

In recent years, Mr. Janak has actively represented clients in a number of precedent setting cases involving local and governmental powers, contractual matters, utility rates, territorial disputes, utility procedures, the powers and duties of various utilities, the jurisdiction of different public service providers, and the rights and powers of municipalities, including annexation.

Mr. Janak is included in the Best Lawyers in America in the area of water. He is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association, and is admitted to practice in the State of Indiana, and the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana. Mr. Janak has on numerous occasions made presentations and provided counsel to the Indiana Regional Sewer District Association, Alliance of Rural Water Association, Indiana Rural Water Association and Accelerate Indiana Municipalities. Currently, he is general counsel to the American Water Works Association.

Honors / Awards

Included in The Best Lawyers in America 2009-2019

Areas of Practice (9)

  • Governmental Services
  • Municipalities
  • Natural Gas
  • Real Property, Zoning, and Land Use Litigation
  • State and Local Government
  • Stormwater
  • Utilities
  • Wastewater
  • Water

Education & Credentials

Contact Information:
317.684.5249  Phone
317.223.0249  Fax
University Attended:
Wabash College, B.A., 1988
Law School Attended:
Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law - Indianapolis, J.D., 1994
Year of First Admission:
1995, Indiana

Appointments / Memberships

Member: Indianapolis and Indiana State Bar Associations; Indiana Municipal Lawyers Association; American Water Works Association (general counsel); Knights of Columbus

Former Member: Boone County Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors

Birth Information:
Belleville, Illinois, March 3, 1966

Peer Reviews

Indianapolis, Indiana

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