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- Dr. Yvette M. Alex-Assensoh, JD'06
Yvette M. Alex-Assensoh, JD’06, a political scientist and attorney who has served on the Indiana University faculty for the past 18 years and as dean for women’s affairs since 2008, has been named vice president for equity and inclusion at the University of Oregon. She will begin work at the UO in August. Alex-Assensoh will report to both the UO president and to the university’s senior vice president and provost. She will serve on the UO’s Executive Leadership Team and on the Leadership Council, providing guidance on campus-wide issues.
- Robert D. Arnold, LLB'66
Robert D. Arnold, LLB’66, is the author of A Team of Destiny: The Unforgettable Story of Indiana’s 1967 Big Ten Championship Season and the Rose Bowl of 1968, published in May by AuthorHouse. After a brief stint in private law practice, Arnold began a long career with Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Indiana, where he became executive vice president, corporate secretary, and chief legal counsel. He retired in 1988 and fulfilled a lifelong ambition to write, initially chronicling his IU class of 1954 for its 40th reunion. In 1996 he wrote Hoosier Autumn: The Remarkable Story of Indiana University’s 1945 Championship Team, a book acclaimed for its depiction of football and race relations following World War II. His next book, The Rivalry: Indiana and Purdue and the History of their Old Oaken Bucket Battles 1925–2002, encompasses the history of the Old Oaken Bucket game. Arnold and his wife, Linda, have lived most of their lives in Indianapolis; they have also lived in St. Petersburg, Fla.
- Tavonna (Harris) Askew, JD'01
Tavonna Harris Askew, JD’01, has been promoted to general counsel for Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County. Askew assumed her new job responsibilities January 1 after serving the past five years as deputy general counsel and director of HIPPA compliance for the corporation. As general counsel, Askew serves as the corporation’s chief legal officer and a member of the executive management team. She is responsible for protecting the corporation’s legal interests, maintaining its operations within the scope established by law and providing risk management services. Before joining Health and Hospital Corporation, Askew worked as special assistant corporation counsel and public access counselor for the city of Indianapolis. She also worked as a deputy prosecutor in the Juvenile and Domestic Violence Divisions of the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office.
- Steven M. Badger, JD'92
Steve M. Badger, JD’92, has been named chair-elect of the Professional Legal Education, Admission, and Development (PLEADS) Section of the Indiana State Bar Association. Badger will assume leadership as chairman of the section in the fall of 2012. As chair he will oversee the initiatives of the section, including monitoring rules for admission to the bar and for lawyer conduct and promoting the educational and professional development of Indiana law students, lawyers and judges. One of the section’s major initiatives is the mentor match program for attorneys. Badger is a former chair of the Indiana State Bar Association's Civil Rights of Children Committee, and was recently appointed by the Indiana Supreme Court to the Indiana Commission for Continuing Legal Education.
- Alexander J. Barefoot, JD'07
Alexander J. Barefoot, JD’07, received the Ball Corporation Award of Excellence. Barefoot is a senior business analyst for Ball’s metal beverage packing division. He joined Ball in 2008 after receiving an MBA from the IU Kelley School of Business. Ball Corporation established the Award of Excellence program in 1980 to recognize outstanding employee contributions.
- Joseph T. Bumbleburg, JD'61
Joseph T. Bumbleburg, JD’61, president, senior member, and shareholder at Ball Eggleston P.C. in Lafayette, Ind., was selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers 2012. Bumbleburg focuses on real estate development, municipal law, zoning, and subdivision law. He is a registered mediator in Indiana and devotes much of his time mediating disputes involving personal injury, wrongful death, and various other civil matters. Bumbleburg is an Academy of Law Alumni Fellow.
- Margaret (Held) Christensen, JD'07
Margaret M. Christensen, JD’07, an associate in Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP’s Indianapolis office, was selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers Rising Stars 2012. Christensen concentrates her practice in business litigation, attorney discipline defense, property tax appeals, construction law, and media law. In law school, Christensen was an articles editor for the Federal Communications Law Journal and coached the Journal’s moot court team at the national competition in Washington, D.C. She is also involved with several community and political organizations and is president of the board of directors of Trusted Mentors, Inc., an organization that provides mentoring to individuals at risk of homelessness.
- Mary D. Clerkin, JD'09
Mary D. Clerkin, JD’09, is a worldwide certification and functional excellence leader and product environmental manager for Cummins Inc. in Columbus, Ind., where she lives.
- John V. Colvin, JD'92
John V. Colvin, JD’92, was recently selected by his peers for inclusion in the 2012 edition of The Best Lawyers in America in the practice area of product liability litigation. As a civil trial lawyer, Colvin concentrates his work on trial preparation and practice. He is a board-certified civil trial lawyer, a distinction held by fewer than 1% of all Florida lawyers. He is a member of the Florida Justice Association, the Central Florida Trial Lawyers’ Association and the Indiana Trial Lawyers’ Association.
- Matthew E. Conrad, JD'02
Matthew E. Conrad, JD’02, was named one of the Indianapolis Business Journal’s Forty Under 40. As a partner at Krieg DeVault’s Indianapolis office, Conrad concentrates his practice in the areas of corporate transactions, economic development, renewable energy, corporate finance, and real estate. He has worked on a variety of corporate and partnership transactions throughout various company stages, including formation, capital raising, contractual negotiations and mergers and acquisitions. He has also represented numerous companies and municipalities to obtain and structure federal, state and local economic development incentives including new markets tax credits. In addition to practicing law at Krieg DeVault, Conrad serves as the director of the Indiana Automotive Council, which exists to enhance, build, and promote the automotive industry in Indiana, by focusing on strengthening the competitiveness of the state in the global automotive marketplace to stimulate long-term job creation and capital investment.
- Catherine A. Conway, JD'78
Catherine A. Conway, JD’78, has joined Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher’s Los Angeles office as a partner. Before joining Gibson, Dunn, Conway was a partner at Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP. She is a member of the Law School’s Board of Visitors.
- Greta (Gerberding) Cowart, JD'85
Greta E. Cowart, JD’85, partner at Haynes and Boone LLP, Dallas, was selected for a Burton Award for Legal Achievement for her article “Summary of Benefit Coverage Rules — The Devil is in the Details.” She was one of 35 winners chosen from entries submitted by managing partners of the nation’s 1,000 largest and most prestigious law firms. The awards program is co-managed by the Library of Congress. Cowart focuses her practice in the area of employee benefits, health and welfare plans, tax-sheltered annuities, retirement, and health law. She writes and speaks extensively in the areas of employee benefits, health care reform, and executive compensation. Cowart is a member of the American Bar Association Taxation Section's Employee Benefits Committee, and served as chair of that committee in 2006–2007. She is also a fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel and a member of the Bloomberg BNA Pension and Benefits Publications Advisory Board. Cowart is a member of the Law School’s Alumni Board.
- Proloy K. Das, JD'00
Proloy K. Das, JD’00, was recently was interviewed on WCCT television in Hartford, Conn. on the Supreme Court’s consideration of the Affordable Care Act. Das handles special litigation matters, including appeals in criminal, civil, contract and family law at the Hartford office of Rome McGuigan, P.C. Prior to joining Rome McGuigan, he served as an assistant state’s attorney in the Appellate Bureau of the Chief State’s Attorney’s Office.
- Ann E. Deer
In November Thomas E. Deer, JD’94, shareholder at Ogletree Deakins in Chicago, received a directed verdict on behalf of a plaintiff in a federal jury trial in a civil rights and police brutality case against a Chicago Police Department officer.
- Meghan A. Dwyer, JD'08
Meghan A. Dwyer, JD’08, an investigative reporter for television station WIFR, the CBS affiliate in Rockford, Ill., was recently nominated for a 2011 Chicago/Midwest Emmy for a documentary she co-produced and filmed while completing her master’s degree in journalism at Northwestern University. Previously Dwyer practiced law in Chicago, specializing in commercial litigation and representing large corporations in contractual disputes. She lives in Chicago.
- Kim F. Ebert, JD'76
Kim F. Ebert, JD'76, was re-elected as managing shareholder of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C. in Indianapolis. As the managing shareholder, Ebert will continue to serve as chair of the executive management team and will be responsible for the strategic growth of the firm. For more than thirty years, he has defended the interests of employers in the full range of labor and employment matters. He has played a significant role in working with clients to develop a national strategy for labor and employment, and has regularly assisted in due diligence in acquisitions and divestitures. Ebert is a frequent writer, speaker and seminar chair at regional and national conferences on labor and employment subjects for attorneys and human resource professionals.
- Jonathan P. Emenhiser, JD'00
Jonathan P. Emenhiser, JD’00, was named partner at Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP in Indianapolis. Emenhiser joined the firm in 2005 as an associate and currently practices in civil and commercial litigation, commercial disputes, product liability, insurance coverage, and environmental litigation. He regularly handles complex litigation matters, as co-counsel and as local counsel, with national counsel across the U.S. He has been recognized by his peers as a leader in insurance coverage and was named a Rising Star by Indiana Super Lawyers for 2009 and 2011 for insurance coverage.
- Philip C. Eschels, JD'83
Philip C. Eschels, JD ’83, a partner in the Louisville office of Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, has been named co-chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Practice Group and will share management responsibilities of the firm. Eschels represents employers in employment-related claims in both federal and state courts. He also counsels employers and trains management personnel on a wide range of employment-related topics.
- Sam E. Eversman, JD'87
Samuel E. Eversman, JD’87, was named partner at Fulbright & Jaworski L.L.P. in St. Louis. Eversman focuses his practice on international transactions, corporate and project finance, joint ventures, intellectual property transfers and Saudi income tax for clients doing business in the Middle East. He also has experience in assisting Middle Eastern clients (both governments and businesses) with transactions and disputes outside the Middle East. Eversman has lived and conducted business throughout the Middle East, including as a resident in Turkey, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates. He regularly helps businesses explore, structure, establish and conduct operations in the Middle East. Before joining Fulbright, Eversman worked as part of a consortium that served as consultants to the Government of Kuwait.
- The Honorable John R. Fernandez, JD'92
John R. Fernandez, JD’92, has joined SNR Denton’s Washington, D.C. office to direct innovation initiatives designed to broaden the array of service offered to clients. Fernandez joins the firm as partner and innovative strategy director, a newly created position. He comes to SNR Denton from the U.S. Commerce Department’s Economic Development Administration, where he has served since 2009 after appointment by President Barack Obama and unanimous confirmation by the U.S. Senate.
- Daniel R. Flynn, JD'04
Daniel R. Flynn, JD’04, was named partner at the Chicago office of Leech Tishman. Flynn focuses his practice in environmental, safety and toxic torts, litigation and insurance coverage, and corporate risk mitigation. He has a diverse background in environmental and OSHA litigation and regulatory compliance counseling. During the course of his career, Flynn has counseled a wide range of manufacturing and construction companies on compliance with various state and federal environmental laws and regulations. He also has many years of experience in handling OSHA compliance and litigation issues across a broad spectrum of industries. Prior to joining Leech Tishman, Flynn was an attorney in the Chicago office of Seyfarth Shaw.
- Jeffrey L. Gage, JD'77
Jeffrey L. Gage, JD’77, a partner at Quarles & Brady’s Phoenix office, was recognized in The Best Lawyers in America 2012. Gage practices in the firm’s Real Estate Group in the areas of real estate development, real estate finance, corporate, commercial and county government.
- Evelyn L. Gentry, JD'11
Evelyn Gentry, JD’11, joined Faegre Baker Daniels LLP as an associate. Gentry focuses on labor and employment law from the firm’s downtown Indianapolis office.
- Dr. Dennis M. Hanaghan, LLB'65
Dennis M. Hanaghan, LLB’65, is a trustee and executive director of the Fred and Alice Wallace Foundation, which helps local organizations meet health care and educational needs of adults and children in the Miami Valley of Ohio. Hanaghan has practiced law for more than 45 years and focuses on estate planning and probate.
- Kyle E. Hanrahan, JD'96
Kyle E. Hanrahan, JD’96, was recently selected to serve as general counsel for the New Orleans division of the FBI after 12 years of handling national security investigations. He lives in Slidell, La., with his wife, Sherie, and three daughters.
- Levi S. Harris, JD'06
Levi S. Harris, JD’06, an assistant appellate defender in the Illinois Office of the State Appellate Defender in Chicago, was joined in a civil union to Jacob Trimble at St. Peter’s Episcopal Church. Harris and Trimble were the sixth couple in Cook County, Ill. to receive a civil union license. It was the first civil union performed in the Episcopal Diocese of Chicago.
- Mark T. Hayden, JD'86
Mark T. Hayden, JD’86, managing partner at the Cincinnati office of Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, has been selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers 2012 and was appointed to a three-year term on the Ohio State Bar Association’s Litigation Section Council. Hayden has served as a business litigation attorney for more than 25 years. He concentrates his trial practice on complex business disputes, product liability, insurance coverage, ERISA litigation, trademark and copyright, and employment litigation.
- Ryan M. Hurley, JD'03
Ryan M. Hurley, JD’00, was named partner at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP in Indianapolis, where he has practiced since 2004. Hurley is a business litigator with significant experience in the areas of antitrust, health care, contract disputes and bankruptcy litigation. He has litigated class actions and multi-district litigation proceedings, and has first- and second-chair trial and arbitration experience. Hurley also has appellate experience, including a Seventh Circuit oral argument on behalf of a pro bono criminal client.
- Phil L. Isenbarger, JD'84
Phil L. Isenbarger, JD’84, a partner in Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP in Indianapolis, was selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers 2012. Isenbarger previously chaired the firm’s Litigation Department and has been lead counsel for jury trials conducted in courts across Indiana. He has mediated and arbitrated hundreds of cases and serves as counsel, mediator and arbitration panelist. He has overseen litigation in a multitude of settings, including complex business litigation, products liability, professional malpractice, environmental, fire, trucking, antitrust, unfair competition, copyright, trademark, trust, probate, and defamation. Isenbarger is also an active member in the American Bar Association, the Indiana State Bar Association, the Indianapolis Law Club, The International Association of Defense Counsel, Transportation Lawyers’ Association, and USLAW. He was chair of the Young Lawyers’ Division of the Indianapolis Bar Association before serving on to the board as its secretary, vice, president and counsel. He continues to serve as a delegate to the Indiana State Bar Association, is the ISBA delegate to the ABA and has been a director of USLAW.
- Carolyn (Christian) Jayne, JD'02
Carolyn A. Jayne, JD’ 02, was elected partner at K&L Gates, Chicago office. Jayne belongs to the firm’s Investment Management, Hedge Funds and Alternative Investments Group. She advises private investment funds and new investment advisers on corporate, securities, and finance matters. Jayne routinely handles all aspects of forming unregistered investment funds and registering new investment advisers, including establishing compliance policies and procedures. She also has experience performing compliance reviews of investment advisers.
- Sarah C. Jenkins, JD'06
Sarah C. Jenkins, JD’06, associate at the Indianapolis office of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, was named a recipient of the 2011 Pro Bono Award for Attorney Aiding Individuals by the Indianapolis Bar Association. Jenkins concentrates her practice on business litigation and was recognized for providing access to justice to underserved individuals.
- Angela S. Kelver, JD'03
Angela Kelver Hall, JD’03, was named partner at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, South Bend. Hall is a business litigator specializing in complex contractual disputes and product liability litigation. She has represented automotive, medical device, recreational vehicle, insurance, and financial institution clients in a wide variety of lawsuits and arbitrations, including contract disputes, business and securities fraud, class actions, sales of business disputes, personal injury and insurance in bad faith claims. In addition to her litigation practice, Hall is an adjunct faculty member at Notre Dame Law School, where she teaches deposition skills. She is also a certified domestic relations mediator and assists victims of domestic abuse in obtaining protective orders against abusers through the Family Justice Center of St. Joseph County. Before joining Faegre Baker Daniels, Hall was a litigation attorney at Hinshaw and Culbertson LLP in Chicago, focusing on business litigation and product liability.
- Jason L. Kennedy, JD'96
Jason L. Kennedy, JD'96, a partner at Segal McCambridge Singer and Mahoney Ltd. in Chicago, was appointed chairman of the Toxic Tort Practice Group and to the firm's Executive Committee. In his new roles, Kennedy oversees and participates in the management of more than 150 attorneys and seven offices nationwide. His responsibilities include developing and implementing firm-wide strategic plans, management and quality control, professional development, staffing and recruiting, and overall operational planning. Kennedy's areas of practice include trial and appellate litigation with a focus on product liability, commercial litigation, complex mass tort litigation, insurance coverage litigation and municipal/police officer liability. Since 1996, he has lived in Chicago but still calls Bloomington home.
- Michael R. Kohlhaas, JD'98
Michael R. Kohlhaas, JD’ 98, a partner in Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP’s Private Client Group in Indianapolis, was named a Rising Star 2012 by Indiana Super Lawyers. Within the Private Client Group, Kohlhaas concentrates his practice in a variety of personal representations, including matrimonial law and wealth transfer planning. He also focuses on the drafting of premarital agreements to preserve and optimize the wealth transfer options of his clients and their families. Kohlhaas has also written extensively on and litigated various and complex legal subject matters, including business valuation issues, stock option divisions, beneficiary trust interests, premarital agreements, legal issues incident to the conclusion of same-sex relationships, and other topics at the fore of the modern personal law practice.
- Ralph O. Lafuze, LLB'56
Ralph O. LaFuze, LLB’56, died on February 24, 2012. He was born in 1932 in Richmond, Ind. and graduated in 1950 from Kitchel High School near Liberty. In 1956 he received a combined degree in engineering and law from Purdue University, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta, and the Maurer School of Law, where he graduated with honors and was elected to Order of the Coif. He also served on the board of the Indiana Law Journal. Following his graduation, he served in the United States Navy as a legal officer with the JAG in Washington, D.C.; Karamursel, Turkey; and Crane, Ind. He practiced law for more than 50 years in Indianapolis and mostly in Wayne County. He retired from active practice in December 2010.
- Chou-Il Lee, JD'98
Chou-il Lee, JD’98, has joined Taft Stettinius and Hollister LLP’s Litigation Practice Group as of counsel in its Indianapolis office. Lee concentrates his practice on all matters involving litigation and municipal representation. Before joining the firm, he practiced at Modesitt Law Firm, P.C., in Terre Haute, Ind. He served as a felony trial deputy for both the Vigo County and Clay County Prosecutor’s offices, where he was first chair for the conviction of five class A felonies over the past five years. Lee has served as Terre Haute city attorney since 2008.
- Henry P. Lee, LLB'65
Henry P. Lee, LLB’65, chair of the Estate Planning Section of the Business and Corporate Group of Howard & Howard in Royal Oak, Mich., was named to The Best Lawyers in America 2012. Lee focuses his practice on business law, estate planning, and tax law.
- Barbara H. Lembo, JD'76
Barbara H. Lembo, JD’76, was recognized by the Charlotte Women’s Bar at an event honoring women in the legal profession with 25 or more years of dedication, leadership, and outstanding service. Before joining Wishart Norris Henninger and Pittman, Lembo was one of the first licensed and admitted female attorneys in Catawba County, N.C. as well as the first female attorney to serve as the president of the Catawba County Bar Association.
- John P. Lennon, JD'93
John P. Lennon, JD’93, a partner in Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP’s Real Estate Department, was recently elected chair of the newly formed Urban Land Institute–Michigan (ULI), Western Region. He was also appointed to the ULI–Michigan Executive Committee, which consists of leaders in the real estate profession throughout the state. Lennon leads Honigman’s Western Michigan real estate practice, which was rated the only top-tier real estate practice in the Kalamazoo market by U.S. News Media Group and Best Lawyers. Lennon represents large corporations, real estate developers, builders, and investors throughout Michigan and Florida. He was listed in The Best Lawyers in America in 2010 through 2012; has been recognized in Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business; was named in Business Review, Western Michigan as a Top Business Leader under 40 in 2005; and has been featured in MSU Alumni magazine’s “State’s Stars” in its spring 2011 issue. Lennon serves on the Borgess Medical Center Foundation Board of Trustees, is a member of the International Council of Shopping Centers, and is a member of the Steering Committee of COMM–PAC, a political action committee that promotes economic development and pro-business causes. He is a member of the State of Michigan and Florida State Bar Associations.
- David A. Locke, JD'95
David A. Locke, JD’95, a partner at Stuart & Branigin in Lafayette, Ind., was appointed to serve on the Attorney Grievance Committee for the U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana through June 30, 2015. The five-member committee reviews and investigates complaints of attorney misconduct in the federal courts within the district. A litigation defense attorney, Locke is a member of the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, the Defense Research Institute, and the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel. He lives in Lafayette.
- Arthur A. Lopez, JD'83
Arthur A. Lopez, JD’83, was the 2011 Golden Goggles Award recipient. Lopez is president and head coach of Nadar por Vida, which means “swim for life.” He was selected for his service and innovative leadership through the USA Swimming Foundation’s campaign, Make a Splash. The program’s initiative focuses on children from who are most at risk of drowning. Through his efforts, Lopez has contributed to the national achievement of teaching more than one million children to swim. He is a member of the Law School’s Alumni Board.
- Ruth E. Maier, LLB'40
Ruth E. Maier, LLB’40, died February 29, 2012. Maier was one of the first female clerks of the Court of Appeals, serving under Judge Edgar Blessing from 1940–1943 and for Indiana Supreme Court Justice Frank Richmond in 1944. She was associated in the practice of law with the firm that included Herman McCray, Gaylon Clark, and William Statham. Maier left that firm in 1984 and formed a solo practice. She was still practicing law when she received the Gresham Award in 1994, which is presented by the Evansville Bar Association to persons who have elevated respect for the profession.
- R. Bruce McLean, JD'71
R. Bruce McLean, JD’71, partner and chairman of Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP, Washington, D.C., was quoted in The Blog of Legal Times on the firm’s increase in several financial indicators in 2011. Under McLean's leadership, the firm has grown to rank among the largest in the United States. Prior to becoming chairman of the firm, McLean spent more than 20 years litigating complex business cases in federal court, particularly those involving federal regulatory programs, energy issues, natural resources law, and antitrust matters. He is a frequent speaker on the resolution of complex business disputes. McLean has been listed in every edition of The Best Lawyers in America since its inception in 1983.
- Samuel F. Miller, JD'03
Samuel F. Miller, JD’03, was elected a shareholder of Baker, Donelson, Bearman, Caldwell & Berkowitz in Nashville, Tenn. Miller focuses his practice on trademark, trade dress, right-of-publicity, copyright, patent, and false advertising litigation. He has twice served as chairman of the Intellectual Property Section of the Tennessee Bar Association and previously served on the governing board of the Tennessee Intellectual Property Law Association. In addition to traditional intellectual property matters, Miller has represented music artists in right-of-publicity cases and royalty disputes and individuals who have been defamed on websites or postings on the Internet. He was named a Mid-South Rising Star in Intellectual Property in 2008 and Intellectual Property Litigation in 2009 by Super Lawyers magazine. Miller lives in Brentwood, Tenn.
- Katherine A. Miltner, JD'05
Katherine A. Miltner, JD’05, a clerk for the Honorable Timothy S. Black, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Ohio, was married to Scott B. Dust in Cincinnati in October. The couple lives in Philadelphia.
- Paul Newman, JD'03
Paul Newman, Ph.D, JD’03, professor emeritus of linguistics at Indiana University—Bloomington, was awarded the 2012 Linguistic Service Awards for his many years of pro bono legal advice he has given in his capacity as special counsel to the Linguistic Society of America. The award honors members who have performed distinguished service to the Society and the discipline. Newman is the vice president for litigation for American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana.
- Thao T. Nguyen, JD'04
Thao Nguyen, JD’04, was named partner at Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP in the firm’s South Bend office. Nguyen concentrates her practice in real estate transactions, corporate counseling, insurance coverage, and commercial litigation. Before joining the firm in 2004, Nguyen clerked for the Honorable Carr L. Darden of the Indiana Court of Appeals and the Honorable Terry A. Crone of the St. Joseph County Circuit Court. Indiana Lawyer named Nguyen as a 2009 Up-and-Coming Lawyer. She also was selected named a Rising Star by Indiana Super Lawyers for 2010 and 2011.
- Ann E. O'Connor, JD'11
Ann E. O'Connor, JD’11, has joined Tressler LLP as an associate in the firm's Chicago office. She focuses her practice on insurance coverage matters, including coverage analysis, counseling, and litigation. She has represented insurers in coverage disputes stemming from personal and advertising injury claims, consumer protection claims and property claims, with a special emphasis on claims involving the Telephone Consumer Protection Act. O’Connor has engaged in insurance coverage litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts. Previously she was a law clerk with the firm from May 2010 to August 2010 and clerked for the Honorable E. Michael Hoff, JD’75, of the Monroe County (Ind.) Circuit Court. In addition, O’Connor served as editor-in-chief of the Federal Communications Law Journal.
- Kathy L. Osborn, JD'99
Kathy L. Osborn, JD’99, and Sarah C. Jenkins, JD’06, werewas a named recipients of the 2011 Pro Bono Award for Attorney Aiding Individuals by the Indianapolis Bar Association. They were recognized for providing access to justice for underserved individuals. Osborn is a partner at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP in Indianapolis, where she concentrates her practice on antitrust, appellate, and business litigation. Jenkins is an associate in the business litigation section of the firm. practices, was recognized for providing access to justice to underserved individuals.
- Roger L. Pardieck, LLB'63
The Indiana Trial Lawyers Association named Roger L. Pardieck, LLB’63, 2011 Indiana Trial Lawyer of the Year. It is the second time in his legal career he has received the award. Pardieck is an attorney and founder of the Pardieck Law Firm in Seymour, Ind. He lives in Columbus, Ind.
- George T. Patton, Jr., JD'87
George T. Patton, Jr., JD’87, partner at Bose McKinney & Evans, LLP, Washington, D.C., was invited to lead a discussion about the aftermath of Republican Party of Minnesota vs. White, 536 U.S. 765 (2002). Patton practices in the firm’s Litigation Group and is former chair of its Appellate Group. He has taught appellate advocacy and procedure at the Law School, written a book on appellate procedure published by West Group, authored a chapter in a book of appellate briefs, and published several articles on Indiana appellate procedure.
- Stephen H. Paul, JD'72
American Property Tax Counsel has elected Stephen H. Paul, JD’72, a partner at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, Indianapolis, as president for the 2011–2012 term. Composed of 32 member firms and more than 100 attorneys from across the country, APTC provides major real estate owners advice on the nuances of property taxation systems in numerous states. Paul is a founding member of APTC, the official Indiana representative, and only the third president in the two-decade history of the organization. With nearly 40 years of experience in tax law, he represents clients before the Indiana Tax Court, Indiana Department of Revenue, Indiana Department of Local Government Finance, Indiana Board of Review, and numerous local boards and agencies in state and local tax matters. Paul was inducted into the Law School’s Academy of Law Alumni Fellows in 2012 and serves on the Board of Visitors. He is also an adjunct professor of law. Paul lives in Carmel, Ind.
- Brian L. Porto, JD'87
Brian L. Porto, JD’87, has published his fourth book, The Supreme Court and the NCAA: The Case for Less Commercialism and More Due Process in College Sports (University of Michigan Press, 2012). Porto is an associate professor at Vermont Law School, where he has taught since 2006. He teaches legal writing, appellate advocacy, advanced appellate advocacy and election law.
- R. Anthony Prather, JD'83
R. Anthony Prather, JD’83, a partner in the Indianapolis office of Barnes and Thornburg LLP, was selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers 2012. He has a full-service practice representing management interests exclusively in all aspects of labor and employment law and litigation, including workplace investigations, audits, supervisory training, defense of discrimination and retaliation claims, and preparation of and defense of affirmative action plans. Prather was appointed by the Indiana Supreme Court to a second five-year term as a member of the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission. In June 2011, he was elected its chair. Prather is a member of the Law School’s Board of Visitors.
- Leslie B. Prill, JD'11
Leslie B. Prill, JD’11, joined Faegre Baker Daniels LLP as an associate. Prill works with the intellectual property practice group in downtown Indianapolis, focusing on patent litigation.
- Christopher J. Rasmussen, JD'05
Christopher J. Rasmussen, JD’05, is senior counsel in the Business Law Department of Foley & Lardner LLP’s Chicago office. He represented Guggenheim Baseball Management in its agreement to acquire the Los Angeles Dodgers, the single largest transaction for a professional sports franchise. Rasmussen was a part of the team that closed the historic agreement between Dodgers’ owner Frank McCourt and Major League Baseball that was approved by the Delaware Bankruptcy Court.
- Michael D. Ray, JD'04
Mike D. Ray, JD’04, associate, at Ogletree Deakins in Chicago, received a directed verdict on behalf of a plaintiff in a federal jury trial in a civil rights and police brutality case against a Chicago Police Department officer.
- Rebecca L. Riall, JD'09
Rebecca L. Riall, JD’09, has opened Riall Law offices in Zwolle, La. After working towards her PhD dissertation in anthropology, she embarked on field research with state-recognized Indian tribes in the southeastern United States. Friendships made during the fieldwork led her to relocate to Zwolle.
- Joshua K. Richardson, JD'07
Joshua K. Richardson, JD’07, an associate in the General Litigation Practice Group at Foster Swift Collins & Smith P.C. in Lansing, Mich., has recently been recognized as a Top 5 under 35 lawyer by the Ingham County Bar Association. His practice areas include general litigation, commercial litigation, employment litigation, information technology and insurance defense law. Richardson is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, the American Bar Association, and the Ingham County Bar Association. He also serves on the board of directors for the Michigan Defense Trial Counsel and the Boys & Girls Club of Lansing.
- James G. Richmond, JD'69
James G. Richmond, JD’69, has joined Quality Healthcare Intermediary, LLC of Chicago as the chief legal officer. Prior to joining QHI, Richmond was a shareholder at Greenberg Traurig’s Chicago office. He focused his practice on a variety of compliance and enforcement issues, including financial fraud, health care fraud, the gaming industry, and white–collar criminal matters. He is a former United States attorney for the Northern District of Indiana and was a special agent for the FBI and for the criminal investigation division of the IRS. He is also a member of the Law School’s Board of Visitors.
- Dean Lauren K. Robel, JD'83
In December 2011, Lauren K. Robel, JD’83, dean and Val Nolan professor of law at the Maurer School of Law, was named interim provost and executive vice president of Indiana University — Bloomington campus. She succeeded Karen Hanson, who left the university on January. 31. Robel has been dean of the law school since 2003 and a faculty member since 1985.
- Rafael A. Sanchez, JD'02
Rafael A. Sanchez, JD’ 02, a partner at Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP in Indianapolis, was selected as a Rising Star in the Indiana Super Lawyers 2012. Sanchez primarily concentrates his practice in civil and business litigation. In addition, he assists individuals and enterprises with general corporate matters, including entity selection and formation, contract drafting and negotiation, general business advice, and certification. He also is a member of the firm’s Diversified Business Solutions Team, which focuses on providing a wide range of legal services to minority- and women-owned businesses, as well as the firm’s media law task force. He is fluent in Spanish.
- Thomas C. Scherer, JD'77
Thomas C. Scherer, JD’ 77, a partner in the Indianapolis law firm Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, was selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers 2012. Scherer concentrates his practice in bankruptcy, restructuring, and creditors’ rights and has been recognized in The Best Lawyers in America for bankruptcy law since 1995. He has extensive experience representing secured creditors, creditors’ committees, and debtors in cases under Chapter 11 of the Bankruptcy Code. He also devotes significant time to commercial litigation, workouts, and asset sales relating to financially distressed businesses. He serves as chair of the firm’s Creditors’ Rights Group and is a veteran speaker, having given numerous presentations on bankruptcy, reorganization, and commercial lending.
- Erin (Melnick) Schrantz, JD'00
Erin R. Schrantz, JD’00, has been named partner at Jenner & Block in Chicago. A member of the Complex Commercial Litigation, Communications and Class Action Practices, Schrantz is co-chair of the Firm's Women’s Forum and its Steering Committee. As part of her active pro bono practice, she has first chaired a jury trial for a client charged with first degree murder, and argued two direct appeals before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, successfully vacating a sentence of life imprisonment. She has also represented clients in employment discrimination, political asylum, child custody, and First Amendment defamation cases.
- David B. Shafer, JD'08
David B. Shafer, JD’08, joined Goldberg Kohn in Chicago as an associate in the Commercial Finance Group. Shafer focuses his practice on the representation of financial institutions in documenting, negotiating and performing due diligence for secured U.S. and cross-border asset-based and cash flow transactions. He also has experience representing debtors and creditors in commercial workouts and bankruptcies, including restructurings, reorganizations, sales, and liquidations.
- Katherine L. Shelby, JD'80
Katherine L. Shelby, JD’80, a partner in Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP in Indianapolis, was selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers 2012. Shelby concentrates her practice in environmental law, insurance law, and civil litigation. She has significant experience in environmental law, representing clients in CERCLA, RCRA, and UST litigation, toxic tort litigation, environmental insurance coverage litigation, compliance and permitting issues, remediation projects, and various real estate and corporate transactions. She defends clients in enforcement matters before the United States Environmental Protection Agency and the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. She has been appellate counsel before the Indiana Court of Appeals, the Indiana Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and the United States Supreme Court. Shelby was chairperson of the Section of Environmental Law of the Indianapolis Bar Association.
- Joshua L. Smith, JD'96
Joshua L. Smith, JD’96, joined Facebook, Inc. as lead counsel in February. Previously, he was the senior legal director at Yahoo.
- Rachel J. Smith, JD'93
Rachel J. Smith, JD’93, was promoted to professor of practice at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. She teaches legal research and writing, advocacy, and ethics.
- Marc D. Sokol, JD'01
Marc D. Sokol, JD’01, was named of counsel at Jenner & Block’s Chicago office. A member of the firm’s Securities Litigation and Enforcement and Class Action Practices, Sokol has also worked on complex commercial cases involving contract disputes, fiduciary responsibilities, and fraud. He maintains an active pro bono practice, including assisting clients in obtaining orders of protection through the Domestic Violence Legal Clinic of Chicago. He served the Chicago Bar Association as chair of the Securities Law Committee and currently serves as a member of the leadership board of the Class Action Committee.
- Roger T. Stelle, JD'70
Roger T. Stelle, JD’70, was featured in Leading Lawyers Network Magazine for his contribution to business law. Stelle is a partner of Meltzer Purtill & Stelle of Schaumburg, Ill. and concentrates his practice on business law, with an emphasis on corporations, real estate, and banking. Clients in the Leading Lawyers article praised Stelle for his initiative and commitment to client service, describing him as a “practical, get-it-done lawyer.” His firm has grown to 24 lawyers from only seven in 1995, and Stelle tries to generate one new client every week. “I don’t always do that, but I come pretty close,” he said.
- Janis L. Summers, JD'78
Janis L. Summers, JD’78, recently reached 30 years of service as an attorney with the U.S. International Trade Commission in Washington, D.C. Summers lives in Gaithersburg, Md. and will be attending the 2012 Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) General Assembly in Pittsburgh.
- Thomas R. TerMaat, JD'94
Thomas R. TerMaat, JD’94, was elected as a new shareholder at the Michigan firm Foster Swift Collins and Smith, PC. TerMaat practices in firm's Grand Rapids office in the areas of commercial litigation, real estate litigation, general civil litigation, insurance defense, transportation and trucking law, and premises liability. He is recognized as one of the leading experts in Michigan no-fault automobile insurance law. He is a member of the State Bar of Michigan, Grand Rapids Bar Association, and State Bar of Michigan Representative Assembly, and is a certified case evaluator for Kent County.
- Macey L. Thompson, JD'11
Macey Leigh Thompson, JD’11, has been accepted as a PhD student in Health Policy and Management at the Indiana University School of Medicine, Department of Public Health.
- David O. Tittle, JD'67
David O. Tittle, JD’67, a litigation partner in Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP in Indianapolis, has been reappointed as the Indiana state chairman of the American College of Trial Lawyers. ACTL is an invitation-only organization of trial lawyers dedicated to maintaining and improving the standards of trial practice, the administration of justice, and the ethics of the profession. Tittle was also selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers 2012. He lives in Indianapolis.
- Robert M. Van Sickle, JD'03
R. Matthew Van Sickle, JD’03, has joined the Raleigh, North Carolina office of Wall Templeton and Haldrup, P.A., as of counsel. Van Sickle’s experience includes counseling businesses and individuals in complex litigation, including insurance and construction litigation, and commercial collections.
- Brent A. Vander Kolk, JD'00
Brent A. Vander Kolk, JD’00, died on December 23, 2011. He was born in Grandville, Mich. and was a lifelong resident of western Michigan. He graduated from Hope College and was the founder, managing partner, and practicing attorney with the firm Vander Kolk & Vander Kolk PLC. His family and friends will remember him as an avid fisherman and IU basketball fan. He was a devoted husband and loving father and will be deeply missed.
- Jack L. Walkey, JD'71
Jack L. Walkey, JD’71, shareholder at Ball Eggleston P.C. in Lafayette, Ind., was selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers 2012. Walkey’s practice focuses on individual and family estates and tax planning, estate administration, trust, residential, commercial and agricultural real estate, and tax-deferred exchanges. Walkey was also the recipient of the 2011 Legion of the Bronco Award and was presented with the IHSAA Distinguished Service Award for giving his time and talent to interscholastic athletics in his community. He is a board-certified Indiana estate planning and administration specialist and is a member of the American Bar Association, the Indiana State Bar Association, and Tippecanoe County Bar Association.
- Laura K. Whitmore Paquin, JD'04
Laura K. Whitmore, JD’ 04, joined Adams and Reese in Tampa, Fla. Whitmore focuses her practice in litigation and appeals, concentrating in insurance bad faith and insurance coverage. She also has experience in banking and finance law, medical negligence, and products liability. Before joining Adams and Reese, Whitmore served as an associate at two Florida law firms: Gunn Law Group and Carlton Fields, P.A. She clerked for the Honorable Chris W. Altenbernd of Florida’s Second District Court of Appeal and for the Honorable E. Michael Hoff of the Monroe County (Ind.) Circuit Court.
- Therese M. Williams, JD'11
Therese M. Williams, JD’11, joined Faegre Baker Daniels LLP as an associate. Williams focuses on business and corporate finance from the firm’s Fort Wayne office.
- Brian P. Williams, JD'81
Brian P. Williams, JD’81, was named managing partner of Kahn, Dees, Donovan & Kahn, LLP in Evansville. Williams has practiced for more than 30 years in commercial and business litigation, will contests and trust litigation, real estate litigation, and economic development work, including tax phase-ins and tax–increment financing. Williams joined the firm in 1983 after completing a federal court clerkship. He has also served as a part-time U.S. magistrate. He is a past president of the Law School’s Alumni Board.
- Richard W. Young, JD'81
Richard W. Young, JD’81, a partner at Quarles & Brady’s Chicago office, was selected for inclusion in Illinois Super Lawyers 2012. Young practices in the firm’s Intellectual Property Group. He litigates patent, trademark, and copyright actions in federal trial and appellate courts around the country. He also counsels clients on the broader implications and opportunities of intellectual property for their business and for strengthening the competitiveness of their brands and products.
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