Meet the Team

Christopher J. Godfrey

Attorney and Counsellor at Law

     Chris Godfrey is a member of the Indiana Bar, St. Joseph County Bar Association, Life Care Planning Law Firms Association ElderCounsel and the Michiana Institute for Successful Aging where he also served as an advisor.


     He graduated from the University of Michigan where he played on three Rose Bowl teams. After his professional football career he graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School where he also taught Sports and Entertainment Law. He has worked in the financial services industry, and interned with the Office of Inspector General of the United States Department of Health and Human Services in Washington, D.C.

     Chris played nine years of professional football. As the starting right guard for the Super Bowl XXI champion New York Giants in 1987, he earned honors as All-Pro (NFL Films), and All-NFC (AP, UPI). And belongs to the NFL Alumni and the National Football League Players Association.

     He is active in his community and among other things has served as president of the St. Joseph High School Board where he also served as a volunteer coach and conducted free NFL-sponsored football camps and events for Special Olympics. He also supports the elderly and their caregivers through special events offered at area nursing homes.  He and his wife Daria reside in South Bend, Indiana. They have six children, and six grandchildren. cialist

Mary Grace Godfrey

Special Projects/ Client Services

     Mary Grace accepted a swimming scholarship to nearby University of Notre Dame, and later graduated from the University of Michigan studying business and economics.

    Her hobby as a dressmaker has grown to include a loyal and international customer base, see Anagrassia.




Catherine Howell,  J.C.L.

Special Projects/ Client Services

     Catherine attended Indiana University-Bloomington and is graduated from the University of Notre Dame  where she was also a member of the water polo team.  She earned her doctorate in Canon law and teaches part time at the University of Notre Dame. She is married and has three children.

Daria Godfrey

Client Manager

     Daria is our Practice Manager coordinating and facilitating our many activities. She graduated from the University of Michigan and served for many years as chief financial officer for a small non-profit corporation.

She has many interests, among them are her six grandchildren, and creating our new client gifts - Pysanky (colorful Ukrainian Easter eggs).

Frank Macknick, Jr.

Elder Care Advisor/ Special Projects


    A long-time friend and client of the firm, Frank has over 40 years experience in providing for older Americans.  As president of his own elder care company he has worked in 42 states developing full service retirement centers, including Assisted Living Facilities, Memory Care Units, High quality nursing homes, and rent assisted retirement residences. Holy Cross Village is one of his local projects. Also developing hospitals and medical clinics; the size of his projects have ranged from 5 - 100 million.

He and his late wife Annette have 6 children and many grandchildren.  He is also a proud owner of the Green Bay Packers.


Godfrey Law Offices

2025 Edison Road

Suite B

South Bend, IN 46637-5607

(Near northwest corner of Edison Rd. and Ironwood Rd.)


T: 574-237-9000
F: 574-237-0902​

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