Paul D. Refior (“Rafe”)Attorney
Warsaw, Indiana Office:347 N. Buffalo St Warsaw, IN 46580*
Rafe is a man who loves his Lord, and he loves his wife and family, his church, his ministries and his work. A diligent and experienced attorney with extensive estate planning, litigation, trust management, probate, business/corporate, employment law, construction law, nonprofit entities law and real estate law experience. A disciplined man of convictions, determined to achieve a high standard of excellence and to minister to the legal, personal and spiritual needs of clients. A balanced and joyful lifestyle and a successful family man. Admitted to practice law in Indiana and Florida. By way of summary, Rafe started his legal career in 1975 as a Navy JAG lawyer. Then Rafe practiced a couple of years in the mountainous area of Pinedale, Wyoming (1978-80) before a year’s sabbatical for missionary service with TEAM in Japan (1980-81). In 1981 Refior Law Office was established in Warsaw, Indiana. Since then he has also been admitted to practice in Florida (2001). He was admitted to practice in Iowa in 1975 and in Wyoming in 1978. Rafe and Precious Pam reside in both Warsaw and Carmel each week.
November 1981 to the Present – Refior Law Office in Warsaw, Lafayette and Carmel, Indiana
My law practice at Warsaw, Lafayette and Carmel, Indiana is limited to litigation, estate planning, probate, trust administration, business/commercial/corporate related matters, employment, construction, nonprofit entities and real estate. Refior Law Office represents Plaintiffs and Defendants in the following types of lawsuits in federal and state courts: Medical Malpractice, Wrongful Death, Personal Injury, Civil Rights, Contract Disputes, Employment disputes, Construction disputes, Commercial/Business disputes, Real Estate disputes and Probate or Trust Disputes. Clients include manufacturing companies, large and small businesses, churches and other nonprofit entities, professionals, and individuals.
When we moved to Warsaw, Indiana in 1981 to “hang a shingle” and begin solo law practice we did not have any clients, or even own a car or any law office equipment, furniture or books. Over the years the law practice grew and prospered.
June 1981 to October 1981 – Special Assignment Deputy Prosecutor, Ottumwa, Iowa.
Upon our return from Japan, I turned down an offer to return to the law firm in Wyoming because we wanted to move back to the Midwest. My wife, Precious Pam, is a native Hoosier so we decided to settle in Indiana. I faced a minimum of four months for my application for admission to practice law in Indiana to be processed, and I needed to provide for my family in the interim. A law school friend of mine, who was aware of the fact that I had considerable jury trial experience, was the prosecuting attorney in Ottumwa, Iowa. When he learned that I would be available, he asked if he could hire me for a short time to prosecute several criminal jury trials for him. During that period of time, I worked in Ottumwa during the week and commuted 7 hours each way to spend precious time with my family in Kokomo, Indiana.
1980 to 1981 – The Evangelical Alliance Mission, Takamatsu, JAPAN.
We accepted the invitation from career TEAM missionaries Ralph and Stella Cox to minister in Japan by filling in for them as best we could while they would be back in the United States for one year of furlough. When we arrived in Japan, a different career missionary declared, “We appreciate your decision and sacrifice to come to Japan, but because you do not know the language, and you have not been to seminary, and you do not know Japanese culture, your time here will not be productive or fruitful … but thanks for coming anyway.” Despite such lack of encouragement, we knew why we were there and we continued to expect significant results and fruit with very simple faith and a simple plan: love the people, find ways to share the Bible truths with them in their own language and pray a lot. Our duties at the beginning were to teach English conversation classes and assist at some small Japanese churches. Things developed rapidly to the point that we were having multiple Bible studies and activities in our home, and by the time we left I was preaching four times each Sunday in Japanese churches, with the assistance of an interpreter. I served for many years as a member of the international board of directors of TEAM.
1978 to 1980 – Mason & Refior, P.C., Pinedale, Wyoming.
At the time I completed my military service, I turned down a number of job offers from large and medium-sized law firms to join Gerald Mason’s firm in beautiful Wyoming. Gerald was an outstanding attorney (Gerald graduated to Heaven in 2005). Eventually I became a 50% stockholder of the busy trial law firm. Although Pinedale is nestled at the foot of the spectacular Windriver Mountain Range of the Rocky Mountains, both of us attorneys had a pilot’s license and there were two airplanes, which allowed for us to engage in representation and cases throughout Wyoming and northern Colorado. Legal work included significant water rights cases and the legal aspects of the oil and natural gas industries. While practicing law in Pinedale, we received a very unusual invitation to undertake missionary work in Japan. Even though it seemed to make no sense, after significant prayer, Precious Pam and I agreed that the Lord was indeed leading us to take a sabbatical from the law practice and to accept the one-year assignment in Japan.
1974 to 1978 – United States Navy, Judge Advocate General’s Corps
I was commissioned as a naval officer in December, 1973. In 1974 I had Navy training in Newport, R.I. In 1975 I completed Naval Justice School – again in Newport, R.I.- and then I proceeded with orders to Norfolk, Virginia. As a Navy JAG lawyer I was stationed at the Naval Legal Services Office, Naval Station, Norfolk. I was engaged in extensive trial work in criminal cases as a prosecutor and as a defense counsel, including case of murder, rape, armed robbery, bank robbery, counterfeiting, and other serious felony cases. I maintained a very high caseload and achieved regular success in jury trials. The experience also provided outstanding training as a Naval Officer, and in leading and coordinating subordinate attorneys and staff. [Received Navy Commendation Medal and National Defense Service Ribbon; honorably discharged.
- Whitewater (Wisconsin) High School. High School Diploma, 1968. Also, football, basketball, wrestling, baseball, theatre, National Honors Society, class president, student council,
- Real Life Education, the whole summer of 1968, hitchhiked all over Europe
- Bachelor of Arts, Magna Cum Laude, major in Psychology, minor in Political Science; Iowa Wesleyan College, Mount Pleasant, Iowa; 1972. Also, varsity football; president of fraternity
- Juris Doctor, With Honors; University of Iowa College of Law, Iowa City, Iowa; 1975. Also president of the Iowa Student Bar Association. January 19, 1975, during my last semester of law school I prayed to receive Christ).
- Certificate; Naval Justice School, Newport, Rhode Island; 1975.
- Many continuing legal education courses; 1975 to present.