Stanley F. Wruble III

Criminal Defense & Personal Injury Lawyer

Stan Wruble was born and raised in South Bend, attending South Bend public schools. He lettered in football and track & field at Riley High School and was involved in student council, National Honors Society, and the Speech & Debate team. Stan attended Valparaiso University on an academic scholarship.

Educational Experience

At Valpo he was president of his fraternity, and involved in the campus newspaper and radio station, as well as student government. In 1994 he became the first person from his family to graduate from college. He graduated from Notre Dame Law School in 1997, where he worked in the Legal Aid Clinic and Moot Court.

Early Experience & Traveling the World

Stan practiced law in South Bend before moving to Chicago in 2000. He worked for a large international firm in Chicago until he took a sabbatical in 2004. This journey lead him to 19 countries in Europe, the Middle East and Asia over 7 months. Perhaps the most rewarding experience of that soul-searching journey was riding a motorcycle through Vietnam.

Teaching Law & Joining Private Practice

Stan returned to Chicago in 2005, and thereafter moved back to his hometown in 2006, first practicing Of Counsel with Leone Halpin, LLP and then starting his own firm in 2008. After a major trial victory, Stan was asked to teach Trial Advocacy at Northwestern University Law School, where he taught until 2010, and is teaching again currently.

In addition to his practice, Stan was formerly an Adjunct Law Professor at the Notre Dame Law School, where he taught aspiring law students how to become trial lawyers.

Cases Attorney Wruble Handles

In his criminal practice, he represents clients charged across the spectrum of criminal conduct - misdemeanor through murder - in both state and federal courts. He also maintains a civil litigation practice in state and federal court, believing that a diverse practice makes a better trial lawyer.

In his free time he enjoys spending time with his daughter, traveling, running, reading, and mountain biking.


  • Valparaiso University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1994)
  • University of Notre Dame Law School (J.D., with honors, 1997)

Bar Admissions



  • Indiana Supreme Court (1997)
  • United States District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana (1997)
  • Michigan Supreme Court (1998)
  • United States District Court, Eastern District of Michigan (1998)
  • United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois (2001)
  • Illinois Supreme Court (2003)
  • United States Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals (2007)

Bar Associations





  • Indiana State Bar Association
  • Illinois Bar Association
  • Michigan Bar Association
  • St. Joseph County Bar Association
  • Chicago Bar Association

Teaching, Involvement and Honors





  • Adjunct Assistant Clinical Professor
  • University of Notre Dame, Professor of Criminal (2010-2015)
  • Adjunct Assistant Professor Northwestern University School of Law, Introduction to Trial Advocacy (2005-2010, 2018-present)
  • Instructor, IUSB Paralegal Program (2008 – present)
  • Board of Directors, Dismas House South Bend
  • Michiana Forty Under 40, Class of 2010
  • Leadership South Bend/Mishawaka, Class of 2010
  • Young Professionals Against Poverty, Volunteer
  • Center for the Homeless, Volunteer
  • Business Honor Roll member, 88.1 WVPE
  • Rotary, 2013-present
  • South Bend Community School Corporation Board of Trustees, District 2, 2013-2018
  • Robert A. Grant, Inn of Court

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