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- Arend J. Abel, JD'86
Cohen & Malad LLP partner, Arend Abel, JD’86, has been selected as chair for the Indiana State Bar Association Standing Committee on Legal Ethics.
- The Honorable Shirley (Schlanger) Abrahamson, JD'56
In November, Shirley Schlanger Abrahamson, JD’56, was one of three IU graduates to receive the school’s Distinguished Alumni Service Award. Abrahamson is chief justice of the Wisconsin Supreme Court and the first woman to serve on the court. She is also the first woman to serve as chief justice and the longest-serving justice in the history of the court. Abrahamson is a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, a member of the American Philosophical Society, and a member of the Law School’s Academy of Law Alumni Fellows. She was awarded the first annual Dwight Opperman Award for Judicial Excellence by the American Judicature Society and, in 2010, received the John Marshall Award from the American Bar Association.
- Heidi (Bieberich) Adair, JD'94
Heidi B. Adair, JD’94, partner of Beers Mallers Backs & Salin LLP in Fort Wayne, has been elected to serve a two-year term on the Indiana State Bar Association Probate, Trust and Real Property Section Trust and Estate Specialty Board.
- Lisa M. Adler, JD'04
Lisa M. Adler, JD’04, has been elected equity partner at Harrison and Moberly, LLP, effective October 1, 2013. She practices in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, and related fiduciary and probate litigation. Harrison and Moberly, LLP is a full service law firm with offices in Indianapolis and Carmel, Indiana. Lisa is married to Adam Mueller, JD’05, an attorney with Indiana Legal Services, and they have two young children.
- Holly (Johnson) Amaya, JD'08
Holly L. Amaya, JD’08, was recently named one of San Diego Metro magazine’s 40 Under 40. Amaya was also selected by an independent judging panel as one of San Diego’s top corporate counsel and was featured in the San Diego Daily Transcript’s Power of Attorneys feature honoring award winners. In other news, she welcomed her first child, a daughter, in April of this year with her husband, David Amaya, JD’08. No word yet on whether she’ll follow Mom’s footsteps with a double IU degree.
- Lucas M. Amodio, JD'13
Armstrong Teasdale welcomes associate Lucas Amodio, JD’13, to its Intellectual Property Practice Group in its St. Louis office. Amodio’s practice encompasses high-technology and computer-related matters involving patent law. A former software engineer and patent examiner, Amodio guides in-house counsel, inventors and patent examiners in applying for and protecting U.S. and foreign patent applications.
- Kathleen M. Anderson, JD'92
Kathleen M. Anderson, JD’92, was named a 2014 Indiana Super Lawyer. She is a partner at Barnes & Thornburg focusing her practice on business litigation and employment litigation: defense.
- Samuel R. Ardery, JD'83
Samuel R. Ardery, JD’83, was honored for his legal expertise and success on August 15th by being named to the 20th edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Ardery is a partner at Bunger & Robertson in Bloomington, Indiana.
- Jonathan Armiger, JD'11
Jonathan Armiger, JD’11, has opened Armiger Law to represent individuals in medical malpractice, dental malpractice and personal injury cases.
- Steven M. Badger, JD'92
Steven M. Badger, JD’92, Indianapolis, was appointed as counsel to the president of the Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) at its annual meeting in French Lick in October. He was appointed by ISBA President James Dimos and his term will expire in October 2014. Badger is a partner at the firm Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff. Previously, he was a partner at the firms Bose McKinney & Evans and McTurman & Turner. Badger is a member of the Indianapolis, Indiana State and American bar associations, Media Libel Resource Center and the Forum on Communications Law. He is also a member of the Indiana Commission for Continuing Legal Education and the Indianapolis Association of Wabash Men.
- Brian E. Bailey, JD'00
Brian E. Bailey, JD’00, will serve as budget director to lead the Indiana State Budget Agency. His previous position was as the chief of staff and general counsel at the Office of Management and Budget.
- Elizabeth (Lewis) Baney, JD'07
In May 2013, Libby (Lewis) Baney, JD’07, started her own consulting company, FWD Strategies International in Washington, DC. Baney advises clients on public policy matters related to the Internet, including online sale of health products and services, Internet governance and new top-level domains, and the protection of intellectual property rights online. She also helped launch a new nonprofit in 2013, the Alliance for Safe Online Pharmacies and is now serving as its executive director. On a personal note, in October 2013, Baney and her husband Nathan D. Baney, JD’07, celebrated the birth of their first child, Lucas. She is a member of the law school’s Alumni Board.
- Thomas A. Barnard, JD'82
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP announced that Thomas A. Barnard, JD’82, was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. Barnard practices in the firm’s Indianapolis office.
- Matthew B. Barr, JD'06
Barnes and Thornburg associate Matthew B. Barr, JD’06, has been named to Indiana Rising Stars 2014. Barr focuses his practice on civil litigation: defense and civil litigation: plaintiff.
- David W. Barrett, JD'96
Faegre Baker Daniels partner David W. Barrett, JD’96, has been re-elected to the management board.
- Carrie (Mueller) Batalon, JD'98
Carrie L. Batalon, JD'98 was named a District 10 Super Pro Bono Attorney for 2012. Batalon met or exceeded a pro-bono service goal of 50 hours.
- Jawn J. Bauer, JD'81
Jawn J. Bauer, JD'81 was named a District 10 Super Pro Bono Attorney for 2012. Bauer met or exceeded a pro-bono service goal of 50 hours.
- Phillip L. Bayt, JD'80
On May 1, The Indiana Lawyer presented its ninth annual Leadership in Law Awards. Phillip L. Bayt, JD’80, was recognized as a Distinguished Barrister for distinguishing himself in his profession and community.
- Phillip L. Bayt, JD'80
Phillip L. Bayt, JD’80, partner at Ice Miller LLP, has been recognized by Chambers USA in the real estate practice area. Bayt was recognized as a Band 1 attorney, which is the highest ranking an individual lawyer can achieve. Bayt serves as chief managing partner for Ice Miller. His primary responsibility includes managing the operations of the firm and developing and implementing the firm’s strategic plan.
- Robert H. Beatson, JD'13
Robert H. Beatson, JD’13, has joined the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office as a deputy prosecutor.
- Alyssa R. Beattie Rogers, JD'04
Former member of Stewart & Irwin P.C. in Indianapolis, Alyssa Beattie Rogers, JD’04, has joined the new SmithAmundsen LLC Indianapolis office as a corporate practice attorney. Rogers has successfully negotiated and closed numerous business transactions ranging up to $30 million in diverse industries such as manufacturing, health care services, financial services and automotive dealers, and auctions.
- Tracy N. Betz-Sandifur, JD'04
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP partner Tracy N. Betz, JD’04, has been appointed to the board of directors for Child Advocates.
- Chad J. Bradford, JD'02
Chad J. Bradford, JD’02, has joined O’Bryan, Brown & Toner PLLC, where he focuses on general civil defense litigation.
- Carly (Szentesy) Brandenburg, JD'07
On May 1, The Indiana Lawyer presented its ninth annual Leadership in Law Awards. Carly A. Brandenburg, JD’07, was recognized as an Up-and-Coming Lawyer for distinguishing herself in her profession and community.
- Carly (Szentesy) Brandenburg, JD'07
Eichhorn & Eichhorn attorney Carly A. Brandenburg, JD’07, was honored by the Northwest Indiana Times as one of northwest Indiana’s Top 20 Under 40 for the year 2013-2014. The award honors 20 people younger than 40 who have shown outstanding leadership and have become key players in the growth and development of northwest Indiana.
- Adair (Walker) Brent, JD'98
Adair W. Brent, JD'98 was named a District 10 Super Pro Bono Attorney for 2012. Brent met or exceeded a pro-bono service goal of 50 hours.
- Kathryn (Dywan) Brinkerhoff, JD'05
Kate Brinkerhoff, JD’05, and BJ Brinkerhoff, JD’03, welcomed a son, Andrew Jeffery, on March 26, 2013. They expect his first word will be jurisprudence.
- William J. Brinkerhoff, JD'03
William J. Brinkerhoff, JD’03, has joined Schuckit & Associates P.C. in Zionsville, Indiana as an associate attorney.
- Michael E. Brown, JD'78
The International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC) appointed Michael E. Brown, JD’78, Indianapolis, as the director of the 2014 Professional Liability Roundtable. The IADC is an invitation-only global legal organization with approximately 2,500 members whose practice concerns the representation of corporate and insurance interests. Members hail from each of the fifty U.S. states and approximately forty other countries. Brown is senior partner at Kightlinger and Gray, LLP. He has practiced for more than 30 years, focusing on corporate and business litigation; insurance coverage and bad faith; and professional liability cases involving accountants, attorneys, insurance agents, and other professionals. He has been recognized by his peers with several legal awards, including being named a Diplomat of the Indiana Defense Trial Counsel, being selected for inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers® from 2004 to 2013 and in The Best Lawyers in America® in the area of legal malpractice law from 2009 to 2014.
- The Honorable Harold E. Brueseke, JD'68
After 45 years as an attorney, Harold E. Brueseke, JD’68, retired in December 2013. During his long career he served as a local legal services attorney, a deputy prosecutor, maintained a private practice, and served the St. Joseph County Probate Court in South Bend, Ind., as a judicial officer for forty years. Brueseke lives in South Bend.
- Terri (Ozbun) Bruksch, JD'98
Terri L. Bruksch, JD’98, was named a 2014 Indiana Super Lawyer. She is a partner at Barnes & Thornburg focusing her practice on personal injury defense: products, general litigation and criminal defense: white collar.
- Matthew D. Bruno, JD'07
Kightlinger & Gray, LLP is pleased to announce that Matthew D. Bruno, JD’07, has been elected to the firm’s partnership. While his primary practice area is insurance defense litigation, Bruno also advises and litigates on behalf of his clients in several other areas, including intellectual property, employment, and aviation. He was selected for inclusion in the Rising Stars list published in 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 Indiana Super Lawyers Magazine.
- Joseph T. Bumbleburg, JD'61
On May 1, The Indiana Lawyer presented its ninth annual Leadership in Law Awards. Joseph T. Bumbleburg, JD’61, was recognized for distinguishing himself in his profession and community.
- Joseph T. Bumbleburg, JD'61
The law firm of Ball Eggleston, PC is pleased to announce that Joseph T. Bumbleburg, JD’61, will be included in the 20th edition of the Best Lawyers in America. Bumbleburg, who has been recognized for the 5th year, is recognized in the practice area of mediation.
- Jennifer (King) Burk, JD'90
Jennifer Burk, JD’90, president and CEO of Junior Achievement of Central Indiana, was named a 2013 Woman of Influence by the Indianapolis Business Journal on Oct. 31. The Women of Influence Awards highlight Indianapolis women who are leaders in their field. Burk was recognized as one of 21 successful businesswomen alongside an Indiana Supreme Court justice, high-ranking government officials, CEOs and other corporate executives. Burk was previously senior vice president of Duke Realty, the Indianapolis commercial real estate development company. Burk and the other honorees were recognized at a breakfast ceremony on Oct. 31 and were highlighted in a special section of the Indianapolis Business Journal on Nov. 4.
- Allison (Scott) Burns, JD'04
National law firm Wilson Elser is pleased to announce the promotion of Allison M. Burns, JD’04, from attorney to partner. Burns concentrates her practice in general liability matters, with a focus on construction and trucking litigation as well as product liability in Illinois and Indiana.
- Sarah E. Caldwell, JD'11
Sarah E. Caldwell, JD’11, has joined Faegre Baker Daniels as an associate lawyer in the firm’s downtown Indianapolis office. She will concentrate her practice in labor and employment law.
- Andrew L. Cameron, JD'86
Andrew L. Cameron, JD’86, was elected as a county court judge in the Ninth Circuit Court in Orange County, Orlando, Florida. Cameron will serve a six-year term and handle a variety of small claims and misdemeanor criminal and traffic offenses. Prior to his election, Cameron enjoyed a 20-year private law practice which included criminal defense, personal injury, family and juvenile law.
- David L. Carden, JD'76
IU President Michael A. McRobbie presented David L. Carden, JD’76, with the Thomas Hart Benton Award in Singapore in May 2014. The award recognizes contributions to the university and distinguished public service. A former U.S. ambassador to ASEAN, Carden recently joined Jones Day as a partner resident in the Singapore office.
- Richard E. Carter, LLB'61
Richard E. Carter, LLB’61, 78, of Philadelphia, a pioneer and leader for more than 40 years in the field of continuing education for lawyers, died Monday, Jan. 27, of heart failure at his home. Carter came to Philadelphia in 1993 to serve as executive director of the American Law Institute-American Bar Association Committee on Continuing Professional Education. Colleague Michael Greenwald said Mr. Carter was a comfortable person with whom to work. "He was a genial fellow, but he knew how to get results." Greenwald said.
In 1978, he joined the U.S. Department of Justice, and in 1979 was appointed the first director of the Attorney General's Advocacy Institute, which he reorganized and expanded. In 1980, the Advocacy Institute was combined with the Justice Department's Legal Education Institute, which provided continuing education of lawyers and paralegals for all branches of the federal government.For the next five years, Carter served as director of the newly designated Office of Legal Education. He left the post to assume his position with the American Bar Association.
In 1970, Carter joined the law faculty of the Catholic University of America, where he not only taught conventional legal courses but also established a pioneering clinical legal-education program serving Washington's inner city. A year later, while at Catholic University, he started a national program to provide continuing education for 3,000 legal-services attorneys whose work was funded by the federal Office of Equal Opportunity.
He helped organize the new Legal Services Corp. in 1975, and spent the next two years as director of its Office of Program Support, which trained the staffs of legal-services offices across the country. For his dedication to the highest standards of his profession, Carter was elected in 1997 to the Indiana Law Academy of Law Alumni Fellows. In 2001, he became a life member of the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation.
After his retirement in 2005, he became active in the International Bar Association. He also was an elected shareholder of the Library Company of Philadelphia, and a member of the Athenaeum of Philadelphia.Surviving are Carter's wife of 47 years, the former Constance Crowder; a brother; a niece; and two nephews.
- Sarah A. Carter, JD'76
Sarah A. Carter, JD'76 was named a District 10 Super Pro Bono Attorney for 2012. Carter met or exceeded a pro-bono service goal of 50 hours.
- The Honorable Linda Chezem, JD'71
Indiana Governor Mike Pence has appointed Mooresville attorney Linda Chezem, JD’71, to the Juvenile Justice State Advisory Board.
- Joshua L. Christie, JD'06
Joshua L. Christie, JD’06, has been named partner at Ice Miller LLP in Indianapolis.
- Jason T. Clagg, JD'03
Barnes and Thornburg associate Jason T. Clagg, JD’03, has been named to Indiana Rising Stars 2014. Clagg focuses his practice on employment litigation: defense, schools and education, and employment and labor.
- David W. Clark, JD'05
David W. Clark, JD’05, has been named partner in the Milwaukee office of the national law firm Foley & Lardner and vice chair of the office’s pro bono committee. He is a member of the firm’s Finance and Financial Institutions and Transactional and Securities Practices and the Energy Industry Team. Clark represents both public and private companies in a variety of industries with respect to transactional and business law matters, with an emphasis on the energy industry. He routinely advises clients on acquisition and divestiture transactions, including various types of cross-border transactions, commercial transactions, and general corporate matters. Clark lives in Milwaukee.
- Christina L. Clark, JD'08
Christina L. Clark, JD’08, recently accepted the position of legal counsel with Wabash National Corporation, a semi-trailer manufacturer headquartered in Lafayette, Ind.
- The Honorable Franklin D. Cleckley, JD'65
Frank D. Cleckley, JD’65, is preparing to retire from the West Virginia University College of Law. Over the past 47 years, Cleckley has worked as an attorney, taught at the law school, and been appointed a justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals. He also served in the United States Navy, Judge Advocate General’s Corps, where he was the lawyer most requested by criminal defendants during the Vietnam War. He has authored two continually updated books, Handbook on Evidence for West Virginia Lawyers and Handbook on West Virginia Criminal Procedure.
- Gary J. Clendening, JD'68
Gary J. Clendening, JD’68, was honored for his legal expertise and success on August 15th by being named to the 20th edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Clendening is currently practicing at Clendening Johnson & Bohrer PC in Bloomington, Ind.
- John V. Colvin, JD'92
Mooney Colvin, P.L. partner John V. Colvin, JD’92, is now a member of The National Trial Lawyers: Top 100 Trial Lawyers. Membership is by invitation only and extended to individuals who exemplify superior qualifications, trial results, and leadership in their respective state or major geographical area. Mr. Colvin’s invitation was based on exceptional performance in the practice area of civil plaintiff law. In addition, he was named to 2014 Best Lawyers in America. in the practice area of product liability litigation — plaintiffs.
- Michael P. Commons, JD'03
Michael P. Commons, JD’03, has joined the Indiana Supreme Court’s Division of State Court Administration as a family law staff attorney and Family Court project manager.
- Michael R. Conner, JD'75
Michael R. Conner, JD’75, was named a 2014 Indiana Super Lawyer. He is a partner at Barnes & Thornburg focusing his practice on personal injury defense: products and civil litigation defense.
- Timothy P. Conroy, JD'13
Timothy P. Conroy, JD’13, has joined the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office as a deputy prosecutor.
- Greta (Gerberding) Cowart, JD'85
Law firm Winstead PC welcomes employee benefits and taxation attorney Greta E. Cowart, JD’85, previously a partner for Haynes and Boone, LLP in Dallas, Texas. Cowart is a shareholder in Winstead’s taxation, employee benefits and private business practice group. Cowart has more than 25 years of experience resolving significant employee benefit compliance issues through a variety of voluntary compliance programs. She represents clients in audit defense, including numerous U.S. Department of Labor and IRS audits, she has served as interim in-house counsel for a Fortune 250 company, and she has led teams of attorneys in developing compliance tools and materials for clients for both retirement plans and group health plans. Cowart is a member of the American Bar Association, the State Bar of Texas, and the Dallas Bar Association. She is a fellow of the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel and the American College of Tax Counsel, serves on the BNA Pension and Benefits Advisory Board, and she is the past chair of the Education Committee for the SouthWest Benefits Association. Recognized as Best Lawyer in America, a Texas Super Lawyer and a Best Lawyer in Dallas. She is a member of the Law School’s Alumni Board.
- Lynn H. Coyne, JD'72
Lynn Coyne, JD’72, retired assistant vice president for real estate and associate counsel of Indiana University, is joining the law firm of Bunger & Robertson as counsel. Coyne’s practice areas include real estate, corporate and business transaction law, as well as public sector and government law. He was awarded the President's Distinguished Service Medal from Indiana University in 2013 and the Maurer School of Law’s Distinguished Service Award in 2012. A long-time community leader, Coyne has chaired a wide range of development and planning organizations including the Bloomington Economic Development Corporation, the Monroe County Economic Development Commission, and the Metropolitan Planning Organization. Coyne also served as chair of the Greater Bloomington Chamber of Commerce, and received a Lifetime Achievement Award in 2012. He has also been chair of the Monroe County Red Cross, and served as president of the Board of Trustees of the Monroe County Community School Corporation.
- Darren A. Craig, JD'04
On May 1, The Indiana Lawyer presented its ninth annual Leadership in Law Awards. Darren A. Craig, JD’04, was recognized as an Up-and-Coming Lawyer for distinguishing himself in his profession and community.
- Mark J. Crandley, JD'00
Mark J. Crandley, JD’00, was named a 2014 Indiana Super Lawyer. He is a partner at Barnes & Thornburg focusing his practice on appellate, government/cities/municipalities and business litigation.
- Patrick S. Cross, JD'93
Faegre Baker Daniels partner Patrick S. Cross, JD’93, has been named leader of the firm’s health and life sciences industry team.
- Sandra L. Davis, JD'08
Sandra L. Davis, JD’08, has joined Wooden & McLaughlin LLP as an associate. She focuses her practice in the areas of commercial litigation, products liability, toxic tort defense, and other civil litigation matters.
- Thomas L. Davis, JD'75
Thomas L. Davis, JD’75, a member of Frost Brown Todd LLC’s insurance and tort defense practice group, received the American Bar Association’s Tort Trial and Practice Section Andrew C. Hecker Memorial Award during the 2013 ABA annual meeting in San Francisco.
- Edward T. DeLaney, JD'06
E. Timothy DeLaney, JD’06, has joined the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office as a deputy prosecutor.
- Kathleen A. DeLaney, JD'95
Kathleen A. DeLaney, JD’95, a partner at DeLaney & DeLaney LLC, has been elected as a new member of the American Law Institute. The ALI is the leading independent organization in the United States producing scholarly work to clarify, modernize, and otherwise improve the law. Members of the Institute include eminent judges, lawyers and law professors from across the country and the world who were selected on the basis of professional achievement and demonstrated interest in improving the law. Delaney is a member of the law school’s Alumni Board.
- Anne N. DePrez, JD'81
Anne N. DePrez, JD’81, was named a 2014 Indiana Super Lawyer. She is a partner at Barnes & Thornburg focusing her practice on securities litigation, business litigation, and corporate governance and compliance.
- Richard A. Dean, JD'73
Richard A. Dean, JD’73, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America for 2014. Dean practices in the Cleveland office of Tucker Ellis LLP. His practice area focuses on mass tort litigation/class actions – defendants.
- Paul T. Deignan, JD'80
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP is pleased to announce that Paul T. Deignan, JD’80, was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. Deignan practices in the firm’s Indianapolis office.
- Scott G. Deller, JD'90
Scott G. Deller, JD’90, an attorney with Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP, has been included in the 2014 edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Deller is being recognized in the area of Workers’ Compensation Law – Employers.
- Allison C. Diercks, JD'11
Allison C. Diercks, JD’11, has joined the law office of Berry & Carr on Hilton Head Island, S.C. as an associate attorney. Diercks lives in Bluffton, S.C.
- Julia (Church) Dierker, JD'88
The intellectual property law firm founded by Julia Church Dierker, JD’88, Dierker and Associates, PC, was featured in the Michigan Women Business Leaders promotional section in the June 10, 2013 issue of Forbes magazine.
- Francina (Mc Wilton) Dlouhy, JD'77
Francina Dlouhy, JD’77, of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP was named a 2013 Woman of Influence by the Indianapolis Business Journal on Oct. 31. The Women of Influence Awards highlight Indianapolis women who are leaders in their field. Dlouhy was recognized as one of 21 successful businesswomen alongside an Indiana Supreme Court justice, high-ranking government officials, CEOs and other corporate executives. A partner and leader of FaegreBD’s tax group, Dlouhy has 36 years of experience in law, has filed more than 100 cases in Indiana Tax Court and has represented many Fortune 500 companies. Her numerous recognitions include being named a Sagamore of the Wabash by the Indiana governor and an Academy of Law Alumni Fellow by the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Dlouhy and the other honorees were recognized at a breakfast ceremony on Oct. 31 and were highlighted in a special section of the Indianapolis Business Journal on Nov. 4.
- Stephen L. Due, JD'02
Stephen L. Due, JD’02, has been promoted to associate general counsel at OneAmerica Financial Partners, Inc.
- Jeremy M. Dunn, JD'05
Jeremy M. Dunn, JD’05, has joined Automotive Finance Corp. as corporate counsel.
- Tom S. Ebbinghouse, JD'80
Tom S. Ebbinghouse, JD’80, an Indianapolis attorney, attended the American Society of Tax Problem Solver’s (ASTPS) 2013 advanced seminar in IRS tax problem resolution, where he was awarded the ASTPS Top Practitioner Award for his exceptional achievements. Ebbinghouse is the first attorney/practitioner in the state of Indiana to receive the award. ASTPS is a national, nonprofit organization of professionals who specialize in representing taxpayers before the IRS.
- Kim F. Ebert, JD'76
Indianapolis-based attorney Kim F. Ebert, JD’76, has been reelected as the managing shareholder of Ogletree Deakins P.C., a position he has held since 2010.
- Angela (Dietz) Elbert, JD'96
Angela R. Elbert, JD’96, was recognized by Business Insurance as one of 2013’s “Women to Watch.” Elbert is a partner in the General and Commercial Litigation Section and chair of the Insurance Policyholder Group’s D&O Practice at Neal Gerber & Eisenberg LLP in Chicago.
- Angela (Dietz) Elbert, JD'96
Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP is pleased to announce that Angela R. Elbert, JD’96, a partner in the General and Commercial Litigation Section and chair of the Insurance Policyholder Group’s D&O Practice, has been recognized by Business Insurance among the publication’s 2013 “Women to Watch.” Elbert is a nationally recognized leader who focuses her practice on commercial and professional insurance policyholder representation. She has significant experience in handling complex insurance coverage litigation, other commercial litigation, and mediations and arbitrations, with an emphasis on representing policyholders in insurance coverage disputes nationwide involving virtually every line of insurance.
- Jonathan R. Elrod, JD'02
Jon R. Elrod, JD’02, has been named an attorney to the Indiana Board of Tax Review by Governor Mike Pence.
- J. Scott Enright, JD'90
On May 1, The Indiana Lawyer presented its ninth annual Leadership in Law Awards. J. Scott Enright, JD’90, was recognized as a Distinguished Barrister for distinguishing himself in his profession and community.
- Sidney D. Eskenazi, LLB'53
In June 2011, real estate developer Sidney D. Eskenazi, LLB’53, and his wife Lois (Cohen) provided a $40 million gift to the Eskenazi Health Foundation to build new hospital facilities in downtown Indianapolis. On December 7, the Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital and Eskenazi Health campus opened its doors to patients for the first time. The Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Hospital replaced the former Wishard Hospital.
- Angela (Grigsby) Espada, JD'87
Angela M. Espada, JD’87, has been selected as a 2014 Torchbearer Award recipient for the States of Indiana. Each year the Indiana Commission on Women honors between 10 and 12 women who, through their work, have helped improve the State of Indiana.
- Sherry Fabina-Abney, JD'88
Sherry Fabina-Abney, JD’88, was recently featured in The Indiana Lawyer on her and her husband’s decision to raise their children in a rural setting. Years ago, Fabina-Abney would have identified herself as an urban rodent through and through, but today her answer would be quite different. Fabina-Abney, an attorney with the healthcare group at Ice Miller LLP in Indianapolis, moved her life and her identity to an 18-acre farm in Johnson County. It was Fabina-Abney’s husband who pushed for moving beyond the suburbs when the couple contemplated setting down roots to start a family. The rural environment has had a tremendous impact on Fabina-Abney’s children, leading them to community involvement and leadership as well as career opportunities they likely would not have considered if raised elsewhere. Oldest daughter Angela is a junior at Purdue University studying agribusiness and operating her own beef business. Middle daughter Allie, a recent high school graduate, is state FFA president and will spend the year advocating for agricultural issues. Son Dougie is involved in 4-H and raises and shows goats.
- The Honorable Thomas J. Felts, JD'79
Hon. Thomas J. Felts, JD’79, was honored for his exceptional contributions to the profession of law and the citizens of Indiana at the Indiana State Bar Association’s annual meeting on October 16, where he received a presidential citation from outgoing ISB President Daniel B. Vinovich, JD’90. Felts is judge of the Allen Circuit Court. Previously, he served as a magistrate for the court and was an associate, then partner at the firm Burt Blee Dixon Sutton & Bloom.
- Stephen L. Ferguson, JD'66
As part of Wabash College’s 176th commencement exercises on Sunday, May 18, the college awarded Stephen L. Ferguson, JD’66, an honorary degree. Ferguson majored in political science and economics at Wabash, and was a member of Kappa Sigma. After graduating with distinction from Indiana Law, he returned to his hometown of Bloomington, Ind., where he had a private legal practice and helped manage and grow his family's farm. He was elected to the Indiana General Assembly while still in law school, and served in that body from 1967 to 1974. In 1971, he joined his good friend, Bill Cook, as President of CFC, Inc., a subsidiary of the Cook Group, where he worked tirelessly on massive revitalization projects in Bloomington, including the redevelopment of Fountain Square into offices, apartments, and retail spaces. He later led the restoration of the spectacular West Baden Hotel and French Lick Resort. Ferguson served on the Indiana University board of trustees for 12 years, including a stint as chairman of the board. For the last dozen years, he has served as chairman of Cook Group Incorporated, which has 11,000 employees, $2 billion in sales, and makes more than one million medical devices each day. Ferguson has received Indiana's highest honor, the Sagamore of the Wabash, from four Indiana governors, and was named the 2013 Indiana Chamber of Commerce's Business Leader of the Year.
- David L. Ferguson, JD'81
David L. Ferguson, JD'81 was named a District 10 Super Pro Bono Attorney for 2012. Ferguson met or exceeded a pro-bono service goal of 50 hours.
- Anne E. Fischesser, JD'13
Anne E. Fischesser, JD’13, has joined Faegre Baker Daniels LLP in the corporate group in the South Bend office. Prior to entering the legal profession, Fischesser was an accountant and auditor at Arthur Anderson and Deloitte & Touche in Chicago and Crowe Horwath in South Bend.
- Matthew A. Flaherty, JD'10
Matt Flaherty, JD’10, finished 28th in the 2014 Boston Marathon.
- Michael E. Flannery, JD'83
The Duchossois Group, Inc. announced the creation of Duchossois Capital Management, representing a more formal structure and dedication to its investment strategy. Michael E. Flannery, JD’83, who currently serves as Chief Financial Officer of The Duchossois Group, will lead Duchossois Capital Management as its president. Flannery has been with the Duchossois family for over 25 years, where he previously served as Assistant General Counsel, General Counsel and Chief Administrative Officer. He is president of Indiana Law’s Board of Visitors.
- Christopher M. Fowler, JD'90
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP is pleased to announce that Christopher M. Fowler, JD’90, has been elected to the firm’s partnership. Fowler counsels employers on a broad range of employee benefit and executive compensation matters, including the design, implementation, administration and termination of 401(k), pension, profit sharing, health and welfare, and fringe benefit plans, as well as executive deferred compensation arrangements, equity-based compensation plans, and employment, severance and change-in-control agreements. He also provides advice on compensation and benefits issues in mergers and acquisitions and financing arrangements and represents clients in matters before the Internal Revenue Service and the U.S. Department of Labor.
- Charles E. Frayer, JD'01
Charles E. Frayer, JD’01, has become the first general counsel and chief privacy pfficer at Protected Trust, LLC in Winter Haven, Fla. Protected Trust serves business clients in all 50 states as an IT solutions provider of simple email encryption, hosted MS exchange email, and comprehensive data center services.
- Angela L. Freel, JD'98
Angela L. Freel, JD’98, will be inducted as an Indiana Bar Foundation Fellow on October 10, 2014.
- Philip W. Freiberger, LLB'56
Philip W. Freiberger, LLB’56, 84, born in Syracuse, New York on December 17, 1928 died on November 3, 2013. He was a deacon and elder at Tabernacle Presbyterian Church and a graduate of Taft School, Yale University, and Indiana University Maurer School of Law. Freiberger practiced law in Indianapolis for many years. He was a loving father, grandfather, friend and husband. He is survived by his wife, Elizabeth Wade and four children, Caroline Finley, Anne Sibley, Philip Freiberger, Jr. and John Freiberger. He is also survived by five grandchildren.
- Elizabeth (Porter) Freitag, JD'97
E. Paige Freitag, JD'97 was named a District 10 Super Pro Bono Attorney for 2012. Freitag met or exceeded a pro-bono service goal of 50 hours.
- Michael R. Fruehwald, JD'73
Michael R. Fruehwald, JD’73, was named a 2014 Indiana Super Lawyer. He is a partner at Barnes & Thornburg focusing his practice on civil litigation defense.
- Jeffrey L. Gage, JD'77
The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP is pleased to announce that Jeffrey L. Gage, JD’77, was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. Gage practices real estate law in the firm’s Phoenix office.
- Nicholas K. Gahl, JD'08
Nicholas Gahl, JD’08, has joined Katz & Korin P.C. in Indianapolis as an associate, handling a multitude of environmental issues confronting clients.
- Nicole A. Gaines Phelps, JD'96
Judge Nicole A. Gaines, JD’96, received the Charles A. Goldmark Distinguished Service Award from the Legal Foundation of Washington. The Goldmark Award was created in 1987 to recognize exceptional efforts in assuring equal access to justice. In assessing candidates, the Foundation trustees look for outstanding work that has a recognizable, positive impact on low-income residents of Washington State, and that furthers the goals and objectives of the Legal Foundation of Washington.
- Angela G. Garcia, JD'09
On May 1, The Indiana Lawyer presented its ninth annual Leadership in Law Awards. Angie G. Garcia, JD’09, was recognized as an Up-and-Coming Lawyer for distinguishing herself in her profession and community.
- Clifford W. Garstang, JD'81
Clifford Garstang, JD’81, received a literary award. His novel in stories, What the Zhang Boys Know (Press 53, 2012), which portrays the lives of the residents of a multicultural condominium building in Washington, D.C., was awarded the 2013 Emyl Jenkins Sexton Literary Award for Fiction by the Library of Virginia. The Library of Virginia’s prestigious annual literary awards were first given in 1998 to recognize the best books published the previous year by Virginia authors.
- Michael A. Gaston-Bell, JD'13
Michael Gaston-Bell, JD’13, has joined Krieg DeVault LLP as an associate at their Carmel office. He is a member of the Litigation Practice Group.
- Rebecca (Gole) Geyer, JD'98
Rebecca W. Geyer, JD’98, founder of the Carmel-based law firm of Rebecca W. Geyer and Associates, PC, was recently named a member of the 2014 class of 40 under 40. The Indianapolis Business Journal’s 40 under 40 program recognizes central Indiana individuals who have become leaders in their fields. A board-certified Indiana trust and estate specialist, Geyer is the president-elect of the Indiana Section of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, treasurer of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation, secretary of the Elder Law Section of the Indiana State Bar Association, and board member for the Abbie Hunt Bryce Home.
- Shelly S. Gibson, JD'97
Shelly S. Gibson, JD’97, was recently named general counsel and vice president of Thorntons Inc. and has been appointed as assistant secretary to the board of directors. She also is currently participating in the Leadership Louisville class of 2014, one of the top community leadership programs in the country. Thorntons is one of the largest privately held corporations in Kentucky, operating 174 gasoline and convenience stores, car washes and travel plazas in six states. Thorntons also distributes its petroleum products through a wholly owned subsidiary and operates a river bulk storage terminal in Louisville.
- Frank E. Gilkison, Jr., LLB'50
Frank E. Gilkison, Jr., LLB’50, has been named a legendary lawyer by the Indiana Bar Foundation. The annual Legendary Lawyer Award recognizes an Indiana Bar Foundation Fellow who demonstrates adherence to the highest principles and traditions of the legal profession along with compassion through community service over a legal career of 50 years or more. Gilkison is of counsel at Beasley & Gilkison in Muncie.
- Anthony K. Glenn, JD'13
Anthony K. Glenn, JD’13, has joined Kahn Dees Donovan & Kahn LLP as an associate attorney. Glenn serves on the firm’s labor and employment law and creditors’ rights and collections law practice teams.
- Anthony K. Glenn, JD'13
Kahn, Dees, Donovan, & Kahn, LLP announces that Anthony K. Glenn, JD’13, passed the Commonwealth of Kentucky bar examination. Glenn serves on the firm’s Labor and Employment Law and Bankruptcy, Collection and Creditors’ Rights Law practice teams.
- Gary D. Gold, JD'91
Gary D. Gold, JD’91, is associate professor of business law and ethics at the American University of Sharjah in the United Arab Emirates, where he has worked for six years. He studied international law at the University of London, and he is presently pursuing an LLM degree in employment law at the University of Leicester, U.K. Gold is a certified public accountant and an attorney with practical experience in both fields. He has more than 15 years of university teaching experience in the fields of accounting, contemporary business ethics, and business law in the U.S. and the Middle East. His research interests are in applied business ethics and labor and employment law.
- Jerry T. Gorman, JD'77
Jerry T. Gorman, JD’77, is senior vice president of downstate operations at Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund, Inc. He oversees all aspects of ATG’s downstate operations and maintains involvement in underwriting, technology, and corporate legal matters. After five years in private practice, Gorman joined the ATG legal staff in 1982 and served as an underwriter until 1988. As President of ATG Legal Education, he is responsible for planning program topics and overseeing all aspects of its administration. Gorman is also a frequent lecturer on real estate and title insurance law, and is an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois at Urbana–Champaign College of Law.
- Roy J. Graham, JD'89
Roy J. Graham, JD'89 was named a District 10 Super Pro Bono Attorney for 2012. Graham met or exceeded a pro-bono service goal of 50 hours.
- Beth K. Greene, JD'82
Betsy K. Greene, JD’82, was honored for her legal expertise and success on August 15th by being named to the 20th edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Greene is a partner at Greene & Schultz in Bloomington, Indiana.
- Abram B. Gregory, JD'05
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP is pleased to announce that Abram B. Gregory, JD’05, has been elected to the firm’s partnership. Gregory represents clients in a wide variety of litigation matters before Indiana state and federal courts, including securities litigation and employment cases. Before joining the firm, he served as a law clerk for United States District Court Judge John D. Tinder in the Southern District of Indiana.
- Matthew R. Gutwein, JD'88
Matthew R. Gutwein, JD’88, is president and CEO of Marion County’s Health and Hospital Corp. in Indianapolis. His wife, Jane A. Henegar, JD’88, is executive director of the ACLU of Indiana. The couple lives in Indianapolis.
- Stephen J. Hackman, JD'84
Stephen J. Hackman, JD’84, partner at Ice Miller LLP in Indianapolis, has been recognized by Chambers USA in the corporate/mergers and acquisitions practice area. Hackman was recognized as a Band 1 attorney, which is the highest ranking an individual lawyer can achieve. The rankings are determined by in-depth interviews with clients and attorneys. Thousands of interviews are conducted by a team of more than 130 full-time researchers. His practice concentration is in federal and state securities law, including capital formation (registered public and exempt private offerings) and federal and state reporting and compliance; mergers and acquisitions; structured finance; commercial lending; and general corporate matters.
- Jana A. Hageman, JD'11
Jana A. Hageman, JD’11, of Bose McKinney & Evans LLP was selected to participate as an adviser for eLegacyConnect, a subscription-based online forum for agribusiness owners and farm families to build strategic business and succession plans.
- Kevin A. Halloran, JD'92
Kevin A. Halloran, JD'92 was named a District 10 Super Pro Bono Attorney for 2012. Halloran met or exceeded a pro-bono service goal of 50 hours.
- Richard L. Halpert, JD'72
Varnum personal injury attorney Richard L. Halpert, JD’72, has been selected to receive the 2013 Alan and Delwyn Breslau Award from the Phoenix Society for Burn Survivors, a leading national nonprofit organization dedicated to empowering anyone affected by a burn injury. The award is the highest distinction the Phoenix Society can bestow. It honors a member who has significantly enhanced the ability of the Society to fulfill its mission of peer support, education and advocacy. Halpert has been a strong advocate for survivors of severe burn injury for more than 30 years, in both his legal practice as well as through his personal efforts with organizations such as the Phoenix Society and various burn injury prevention programs.
- John H. Halstead, JD'02
Kightlinger & Gray, LLP is pleased to announce that John H. Halstead, JD’02, has been elected to the firm’s partnership. Halstead focuses his practice on general insurance defense litigation and worker’s compensation matters, as well as representing title companies and their insureds in title insurance and escrow claims, and local contractors in mechanic’s lien and construction litigation.
- Laura (Corderman) Harbison, JD'07
Laura C. Harbison, JD’07, won the judicial primary election in Clark County. She unseated an incumbent judge, receiving 56.4% of the votes.
- Pamela (Jones) Harbour, JD'84
Norton Rose Fulbright lost former Federal Trade Commissioner Pamela Jones Harbour, JD’84, to Baker & Hostetler, her new firm has announced. Harbour, who served as an independent on the commission from 2003 to 2010, has joined Baker & Hostetler as a partner in the antitrust and competition practice and a co-leader of the privacy and data protection team. She has offices in Washington and New York.
- Samantha R. Hargitt, JD'13
Samantha R. Hargitt, JD’13, has joined Wooden & McLaughlin LLP as an associate in Indianapolis. She will focus on business, real estate and banking.
- William O. Harrington, JD'89
William O. Harrington, JD'89 was named a District 10 Super Pro Bono Attorney for 2012. Harrington met or exceeded a pro-bono service goal of 50 hours.
- Justin J. Harrison, JD'05
Justin J. Harrison, JD'05 was named a District 10 Super Pro Bono Attorney for 2012. Harrison met or exceeded a pro-bono service goal of 50 hours.
- Herbert D. Hart, III, JD'77
McAndrews, Held & Malloy, Ltd. announced that attorney Herbert D. Hart III, JD’77, has been named an “IP Star” by Managing Intellectual Property magazine. To be included as an IP Star, attorneys must receive a significant number of nominations from both peers and clients. The rankings are also based on extensive research among thousands of IP practitioners conducted by a team of researchers at Managing Intellectual Property. Hart has significant experience in litigation before the Patent Trial and Appeal Board (PTAB), specifically in life science and chemical technologies. He is a frequent speaker on PTAB trial practice and he has served as an expert witness on interference practice. Hart serves on the AIPLA Special Task Force on AIA Rulemaking and he was also appointed to the six-member IPO/ABA/AIPLA Expert Committee on Regulations for Conducting New PGR/IPR Procedures (the “Gang of 6”). He is widely published in the field of intellectual property law and has provided commentary in numerous legal, business and scientific publications. He also is an associate editor and contributing author of the ABA book, ANDA Litigation: Strategies and Tactics for Pharmaceutical Patent Litigators.
- Dr. Marilyn A. Hartman, JD'85
Marilyn A. Hartman, JD'85 was named a District 10 Super Pro Bono Attorney for 2012. Hartman met or exceeded a pro-bono service goal of 50 hours.
- Mark T. Hayden, JD'86
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP is pleased to announce that Mark T. Hayden, JD’86, was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. Hayden practices in the firm’s Cincinnati office.
- Mark T. Hayden, JD'86
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP is pleased to announce that Mark T. Hayden, JD’86, a partner in their Cincinnati office, has been selected for inclusion in Ohio Super Lawyers 2014.
- Robert E. Hayes, JD'76
Robert E. Hayes, JD’76, is a retired Illinois administrative law judge. He lives near St. Charles, Ill., and writes fiction. One of his stories, “Commotion,” was published as part of The Huffington Post’s “Featured Fifty Fiction” in June.
- Richard H. Hedrick, JD'04
Barnes and Thornburg associate R. Holtzman Hedrick, JD’04, has been named to Indiana Rising Stars 2014. Hedrick focuses his practice on labor and employment.
- Donald G. Henderson, JD'71
Donald G. Henderson, JD'71 was named a District 10 Super Pro Bono Attorney for 2012. Henderson met or exceeded a pro-bono service goal of 50 hours.
- Adam M. Henry, JD'08
Adam M. Henry, JD’08, with Beers Mallers Backs & Salin LLP, has been given Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly’s “Forty under 40” award. The award honors 40 individuals under 40 years of age who are making a difference either on the job or in the community.
- Sean M. Hirschten, JD'10
Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP associate Sean M. Hirschten, JD’10, has been elected Treasurer of the Indiana State Bar Association Environmental Law Section.
- Alan K. Hofer, JD'76
Alan K. Hofer, JD’76, will be inducted as an Indiana Bar Foundation Fellow on October 10, 2014.
- Douglas A. Hoffman, JD'90
Douglas A. Hoffman, JD’90, was honored for his legal expertise and success on August 15th by being named to the 20th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Hoffman is an attorney at Carson Boxberger in Bloomington, Ind.
- Mark E. Holcomb, JD'87
Mark E. Holcomb, JD’87, of Morton McGoldrick, P.S., received the Stan Naccarato Community Service Award presented by the Boys & Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound to a crowd of nearly 600 at the organization’s Legacy of Hope event on February 20, 2014. Holcomb was chosen to receive this year’s honor due to his superior contribution to the community. He is the immediate past chairman of the board for the Mary Bridge Children’s Foundation. Over the years he has served as board chair or in an officer capacity for several local organizations, including the Tacoma-Pierce County Humane Society, American Leadership Forum, Children’s Museum of Tacoma and Job Carr Cabin Museum. Holcomb has provided pro bono services to many other non-profit organizations in the community, including countless hours to the Boys and Girls Clubs of South Puget Sound. Currently, he serves as Vice President of Morton McGoldrick, P.S. He is a recipient of the law school’s Distinguished Service Award. His 26-year legal practice has been focused on real property and business. Holcomb also provides counsel to individuals and families on estate planning issues, and is experienced in probating of simple and complex estates, serving as trustee of family trusts for many clients.
- Brent W. Huber, JD'91
Brent W. Huber, JD’91, partner at Ice Miller LLP, has been recognized by Chambers USA in the natural resources and environment practice group. The rankings are determined by in-depth interviews with clients and attorneys. Thousands of interviews are conducted by a team of more than 130 full-time researchers. Huber's primary areas of practice are risk management and complex litigation, including insurance coverage litigation, business litigation and toxic torts and environmental litigation.
- C. Ray Hughes, JD'03
Leech Tishman recently welcomed Ray Hughes, JD’03, to its Chicago office. Hughes will be practicing in the Insurance Coverage and Corporate Risk Mitigation and Litigation Practice Groups. He focuses his practice on insurance coverage, tort defense and commercial litigation.
- Logan C. Hughes, JD'04
Reminger Co., LPA is pleased to announce the addition of attorney Logan C. Hughes, JD’04 to the firm’s Indianapolis office. Hughes has nearly a decade of experience in defending medical and legal professionals and institutions in civil litigation and before Indiana licensing agencies. He has first chair trial experience in cases involving medical malpractice, dental malpractice, utility liability, and business litigation. He also lectures at educational seminars for lawyers on the subjects of Indiana Rules of Evidence and Medical Malpractice.
- Bruce A. Hugon, JD'79
Bruce A. Hugon, JD’76, a partner from the Lafayette office of the law firm Stuart & Branigin, has been selected for inclusion in the 20th edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Hugon was also listed by the 2013 Indiana Super Lawyers magazine as among the top attorneys in the state. His practice areas include litigation and disputes, personal injury, and railroad and trucking. His jury trial and appellate work includes state and federal court cases typically involving catastrophic injuries and death claims with substantial exposure.
- Bruce A. Hugon, JD'79
Bruce A. Hugon, JD’79, was named by Indiana Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top attorneys in the state in the 2014 edition of the listing. A partner in the Indianapolis office of the law firm Stuart & Branigin, Hugon defends Class I, regional, and short line railroads in personal injury litigation. His jury trial and appellate work includes state and federal court cases typically involving catastrophic injuries and death claims with substantial exposure. He is a presenter at meetings of the National Association of Railroad Trial Counsel and serves on its executive committee. In his free time, Hugon has completed approximately 50 triathlons, 25 mini- marathons, and 25 Hilly Hundred bicycling events. He lives in Indianapolis.
- Kenneth H. Inskeep, JD'82
Kenneth H. Inskeep, JD’82, was named a 2014 Indiana Super Lawyer. He is a partner at Barnes & Thornburg focusing his practice on personal injury defense: products, civil litigation defense, and professional liability: defense.
- Sarah C. Jenkins, JD'06
Sarah Jenkins, JD’06, a business litigation associate at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, received the Indiana State Bar Association’s (ISBA) 2013 Outstanding Young Lawyer award on Oct. 17.
The award, sponsored by the ISBA’s Young Lawyers Section, honors an individual under 36 years of age or with less than six years of legal experience who exemplifies the virtues embodied in the Indiana Oath of Attorneys.
Jenkins was selected in part because of her pro bono representation on behalf of individuals with mental health disabilities, in collaboration with FaegreBD partner Kathy Osborn. Beyond her pro bono contributions, Jenkins has represented clients successfully in many guardianship, probate and commercial litigation matters. Beginning in 2010, she represented charitable beneficiaries as claimants in the Melvin Simon will and trust contest and negotiated the fulfillment of Simon’s charitable pledges. She is also the recipient of the firm’s 2013 Baker Benson Pro Bono Award, honoring for her outstanding representation of vulnerable clients in guardianship and probate matters through the firm’s Persons with Disabilities Pro Bono Project. Jenkins selected the Humane Society of Indianapolis as the recipient of a contribution from the firm’s foundation.
- Lonnie D. Johnson, JD'92
Lonnie D. Johnson, JD’92, was honored for his legal expertise and success on August 15th by being named to the 20th edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Johnson is a partner at Clendening Johnson & Bohrer PC in Bloomington, Indiana.
- Stephen J. Johnson, JD'73
Stephen J. Johnson, JD’73, passed away at his home in Plainfield, IN, on March 2, 2014. He was born on May 16, 1947, in Lafayette, Indiana, son of Herbert Ossian Johnson and Margaret Blanchard. He graduated from Upper Arlington H.S. in Columbus, OH in 1965. He then attended Michigan State University, earning a bachelor’s degree in zoology in 1970.
Johnson began working for the Indiana Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council after graduation from IU in 1973. He eventually became its executive director in 1997, a position he held until his retirement in 2011. In 1998, he was honored with the Eugene "Shine" Feller Award, a lifetime achievement award given by Indiana's prosecutors to those with distinguished service in their field. In addition to serving on several legislative committees, drafting and proposing bills, educating and mentoring prosecutors and other law enforcement officers (including the authorship of an ethics manual for prosecutors), and helping rewrite the Indiana penal code, one of Johnson’s most significant achievements was to implement and oversee a statewide computer system linking state and local offices in the criminal justice system. Over the course of his nearly forty years of public service, he was also a highly sought-out lecturer, frequently called upon to share his expert knowledge on a variety of topics in the arena of law enforcement on both the state and local level. In 2011, Governor Mitch Daniels recognized Johnson as a Distinguished Hoosier, a distinction bestowed upon those who have made significant contributions to the state of Indiana in the service of its citizens. The Indiana Supreme Court also recognized him for his years of service.
Johnson is survived by his wife, Susie Johnson; children, Brian (Elizabeth) Johnson, Glenn (Leigh Anne) Johnson (JD ’99), Marni (Craig) Steinfort, and Matt Johnson; grandchildren, Elyse, Christopher, Caroline, Rachel, Luke, Nicholas, Alexander, and Keira; sister, Janice Johnson; and aunt, Audree Wentworth.
- Cara (French) Johnson, JD'13
Cara M. Johnson, JD’13 has joined the Indianapolis office of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP as an associate. She practices in the business and finance group.
- Edward W. Johnson, JD'69
Edward W. Johnson, JD’69, will be inducted as an Indiana Bar Foundation Fellow on October 10, 2014.
- Belinda R. Johnson-Hurtado, JD'05
Belinda R. Johnson-Hurtado, JD’05, has become a partner at Clendening Johnson & Bohrer P.C. in Bloomington, Ind.
- Dong-Kuan Ju, JD'49
In May, Indiana University President Michael A. McRobbie traveled to Shanghai where he bestowed one of the school’s highest honors to Tongkui Ju, JD’49, a distinguished jurist in China. Ju received the Thomas Hart Benton Medal, given to people who have achieved a level of distinction in public office or service and exemplify the values of Indiana University.
- Samantha S. Karn, JD'04
The University of Indianapolis has selected attorney Samantha S. Karn, JD’04, to fill the new position of vice president and general counsel, effective July 15. Karn has served the city of Indianapolis since 2008, most recently as corporation counsel, reporting directly to Mayor Greg Ballard. At UIndy, she will represent the university in all legal matters and advise the administration and Board of Trustees, reporting to President Robert Manuel and serving on his cabinet.
- Bart A. Karwath, JD'91
Bart A. Karwath, JD’91, was named a 2014 Indiana Super Lawyer. He is a partner at Barnes & Thornburg focusing his practice on business litigation and employee benefits/ERISA.
- Benjamin J. Keele, JD'09
Benjamin J. Keele, JD’09, is research and instructional services librarian in the Ruth Lilly Law Library at the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. He previously worked at the William and Mary Law School’s Wolf Law Library, where he served as reference librarian and adjunct professor of law. Keele is chair of the AALL/Lexis/Nexis Call for Papers committee and has presented at professional association meetings. He has written numerous articles and recently co-authored The Librarian’s Copyright Companion (2nd ed.), published by William S. Hein & Co.
- Angela S. Kelver Hall, JD'03
Angela Kelver Hall, JD’03, of Faegre Baker Daniels has been named to the Michiana Forty under 40 Class of 2014. An initiative of the St. Joseph County Chamber of Commerce’s Young Professionals Network, the Forty under 40 program spotlights outstanding young professionals for their career success and community contributions. Hall is a partner and business litigator who represents automotive, medical device, recreational vehicle, insurance and financial institution clients in complex contractual disputes and product liability litigation, as well as other business litigation. She also serves as an adjunct faculty member at Notre Dame Law School teaching deposition skills.
- Jason L. Kennedy, JD'96
Jason L. Kennedy, JD’96, a shareholder in the Chicago office of the law firm Segal McCambridge Singer & Mahoney, recently participated in two major case rulings involving asbestos exposure claims. Kennedy practices in the area of tort defense litigation, involving both products liability and premises liability claims. He manages asbestos litigation for the firm in the state of Indiana, serving as both national and local counsel for a number of Fortune 500 companies. Kennedy lives in Chicago.
- Sean E. Kenyon, JD'91
Hoeppner Wagner & Evans LLP partner Sean Kenyon, JD’91, was awarded the honor of Influential Woman in the Law at the Influential Women of Northwest Indiana Awards banquet May 23.
- Andrew T. Kight, JD'98
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP is pleased to announce that Andrew T. Kight, JD’98, was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. Kight practices in the firm’s Indianapolis office.
- Benedict J. Kirchner, JD'06
Benedict J. Kirchner, JD’06, has been promoted to of counsel with Steptoe and Johnson PLLC. He is a member of the Energy and Natural Resources Department in the Meadville, PA office. He focuses his practice on domestic and international oil and gas transactional issues. In August 2013 the ABA Section of International Law appointed him to be a vice-chair of the Russia/Eurasia Committee and to be a member of the steering group for the International Energy and Natural Resources Committee.
- Karen E. Klein, JD'03
Karen E. Klein, JD’03, has been hired as an associate attorney at Moore and Biser PLLC, South Charleston, West Virginia, where she is practicing in the areas of insurance defense, insurance coverage, premises liability, and general defense litigation. She also serves as the vice-chancellor to the bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of West Virginia and has been elected registrar and vestry member of St. Matthew’s Episcopal Church in Charleston.
- Yvette (Gaff) Kleven, JD'83
Yvette Gaff Kleven, JD’83, and Douglas R. Adelsperger, JD’88, recently moved the offices of their law firm, Adelsperger & Kleven, to a new location in Fort Wayne, Ind. The firm focuses its practice on bankruptcy, creditors’ rights, commercial and secured transactions, commercial litigation, and insolvency matters.
- October (Buchanan) Kniess, JD'82
October (Tobie) (Buchanan) Smith Kniess, JD’82, spoke at the May 19 meeting of members of McANA, the Marion County Alliance of Neighborhood Associations, about the benefits of deconstruction over demolition. She described how this option promotes blight elimination, job creation, and solid-waste reduction. Kniess spoke on behalf of the East Village Business Owners’ Association, a group she co-founded and helps facilitate. Joining her at the meeting was Matthew R. Gutwein, JD’88, CEO of the Marion County Health and Hospital Corporation, who described its role in bringing to reality the new Eskenazi Health campus and organization.
- Jeffrey B. Kolb, JD'76
Jeffrey B. Kolb, JD’76, an attorney at Kolb Roellgen & Kirchoff, was honored for his public service at the 2013 Randall T. Shepard Award Celebration on Oct. 18. Kolb was recognized for providing 50 hours of pro bono legal service in 2012.
- Andrew J. Krafcheck, JD'13
Andrew J. Krafcheck, JD’13, has joined Faegre Baker Daniels LLP as a member of the firm’s corporate practice in Fort Wayne. Krafcheck focuses on real estate transactions and ongoing corporate matters.
- John M. Kyle, III, JD'79
John M. Kyle III, JD’79, was named a 2014 Indiana Super Lawyer. He is a partner at Barnes & Thornburg focusing his practice on environmental and administrative law.
- Andrew T. Langford, JD'13
Andrew Langford, JD’13, was recognized for earning the second-highest score on the Texas bar exam. The state recognizes the top three scorers on the exam, which devotes 50% of the questions to Texas law. More than 3,000 people sat for the exam.
- Joshua H. Larman, JD'12
Joshua H. Larman, JD’12, has been named corporate counsel for OMS National Insurance Company. Larman works in the Risk Retention Group.
- Tracy T. Larsen, JD'84
Barnes and Thornburg attorney Tracy T. Larsen, JD’84, has received the Dealmaker of the Year: Adviser Award from MiBiz for his leadership of the advisory team that assisted Michigan-based Wolverine World Wide Inc. in its $1.24 billion acquisition of a portion of Collective Brand Inc. Larsen, office managing partner in the firm’s Michigan office and co-chair of the firm wide Corporate Department, accepted the award at the MiBiz and Association for Corporate Growth’s inaugural M and A, Deals and Dealmakers Awards in Grand Rapids on October. 3. In addition to his M and A work, Larsen represents clients in joint ventures, corporate finance transactions and restructurings, takeover defense, corporate governance, and federal securities law matters. Larsen runs one of the most active M and A practices in the Midwest. The recent award adds to Larsen’s long list of honors, which includes listings in The Best Lawyers in America®, Michigan Super Lawyers®, Who’s Who in American Law® and The Legal 500. He also received a number one ranking among corporate lawyers in the state of Michigan in Chambers USA’s America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, and received Best Lawyers’ “Lawyer of the Year” award for corporate law in Grand Rapids, Michigan, from 2010-2013.
- Henry P. Lee, LLB'65
Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC has announced that Henry P. Lee, LLB’65, has been named a 2014 Leader in the Law by Michigan Lawyers Weekly. He was one of 30 chosen from dozens of nominations. The 2014 Leaders are attorneys who are changing the law, expanding access to justice and improving the profession and their communities. Lee is chair of the Estate Planning Section of the Business and Corporate Group of Howard & Howard. He focuses his practice on business law, estate planning, and tax law.
- Henry P. Lee, LLB'65
Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC is pleased to announce that Henry P. Lee, LLB’65, was selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. He has also been named to DBusiness Top Lawyers 2014. Lee specializes in corporate law, tax law, and trusts and estates.
- Damon R. Leichty, JD'99
Barnes and Thornburg partner Damon R. Leichty, JD’99, has been named to Indiana Rising Stars 2014. Leichty focuses his practice on business litigation and personal injury defense: products.
- Ariel J. Leinwand, JD'03
On November 14, 2013, Special Agent Ariel Joshua Leinwand, JD’03, was a guest speaker at an event sponsored by the International Section of the State Bar of Georgia and hosted by the law firm Kilpatrick and Townsend LLP in Atlanta, Georgia. The event titled the international movement of technology and know-how, special concerns when traveling with know-how and other valuable information addressed threats to information when traveling overseas and when entering the U.S.
- Thomas R. Lemon, JD'66
Thomas R. Lemon, JD’66, was honored for his legal expertise and success on August 15th by being named to the 20th edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Lemon is currently practicing at Mallor Grodner in Bloomington, Ind.
- Constance (Marsischky) Lindman, JD'89
Constance Lindman, JD’89, has joined the new SmithAmundsen LLC Indianapolis office as partner with more than twenty years of experience in intellectual property law. Her practice includes negotiation of software agreements as well as a wide variety of other intellectual property and technology agreements including patent, trademark and copyright license agreements, distribution agreements, technology transfer agreements, and professional services agreements. Lindman was formerly a partner in Stewart & Irwin PC, Indianapolis.
- Constance (Marsischky) Lindman, JD'89
On May 1, The Indiana Lawyer presented its ninth annual Leadership in Law Awards. Constance Lindman, JD’89, was recognized as a Distinguished Barrister for distinguishing herself in her profession and community.
- Edward J. Liptak, JD'79
Edward J. Liptak, JD’79, was honored for his legal expertise and success on August 15th by being named to the 20th edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Liptak is a partner at Carson Boxberger LLP in Bloomington, Indiana.
- Fred J. Logan, Jr., JD'77
Fred J. Logan Jr., JD’77, was appointed chair of the Kansas Board of Regents, the governing board for higher education institutions in the state of Kansas, by Gov. Sam Brownback in July 2011. Logan is an attorney and partner in the law firm Logan Logan & Watson in Prairie Village, Kan., where he focuses his practice in the areas of business law, public and not-for-profit law, real estate, probate and estate planning law, and administrative law.
- Daniel M. Long, JD'96
Daniel M. Long, JD’96, is joining Quarles & Brady LLP as partner in their new Indianapolis office. He concentrates his practice on defending manufacturers, premises owners and contractors in complex multiparty toxic exposure, personal injury, and wrongful death litigation. He is active in the Defense Research Institute’s Product Liability Group, serving as chair of the Chemical and Toxic Tort Specialty Litigation Group.
- Kaarin (Stahl) Lueck, JD'02
Kaarin M. Lueck, JD’02, continues her annual involvement with the Law School, recruiting and delivering several Moot Court judges to campus every year, while also serving as a judge herself. Lueck also guest lectures annually for Prof. Jody Madeira’s course on reproduction and the law. Lueck is an attorney for the Wayne County, Ind. Public Defender’s Office.
- Donald R. Lundberg, JD'76
Donald R. Lundberg, JD’76, was named a 2014 Indiana Super Lawyer. He is a partner at Barnes & Thornburg focusing his practice on general litigation.
- Larry A. Mackey, JD'76
Larry A. Mackey, JD’76, was named a 2014 Indiana Super Lawyer. He is a partner at Barnes & Thornburg focusing his practice on criminal defense: white collar.
- Andrew C. Mallor, JD'74
Andrew C. Mallor, JD’74, was honored for his legal expertise and success on August 15th by being named to the 20th edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Mallor is a partner at Mallor Grodner LLP in Bloomington, Ind.
- Robert D. Mann, JD'66
Robert D. Mann, JD'66 was named a District 10 Super Pro Bono Attorney for 2012. Mann met or exceeded a pro-bono service goal of 50 hours.
- Katy A. Mathews, JD'09
The law firm Thompson & Knight, which has offices around the U.S. and internationally, has welcomed Katy A. Mathews, JD’09, as an attorney in the firm’s employment and labor practice group. Mathews, who has joined the firm’s Dallas office, focuses her practice on all aspects of employment law, including advising clients on employment policies, employee leave law, wage and hour law, restrictive covenants, non-discrimination, non-retaliation, discipline, and termination. She also has experience representing clients in federal and state court in employment-related litigation relating to non-competition/unfair competition disputes and cases involving statutes such as Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, the Family and Medical Leave Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act. She has been admitted to practice in the District of Columbia, Illinois, and Texas.
- Lisa C. McKinney, JD'92
Bose McKinney & Evans LLP partner Lisa C. McKinney, JD’92, has been named to the board of advisors of the Center on Congress at Indiana University in Bloomington. Founded in 1999, the Center on Congress provides educational opportunities for young Americans to gain a functional understanding of the country’s democratic institution. McKinney is a member of the Law School’s Board of Visitors.
- Robert H. McKinney, JD'51
Robert H. McKinney, JD’51, will be presented with a Man of Achievement Award from the Anti-Defamation League in April 2014. The award recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exceptional commitment to community, justice and equal opportunity for all. McKinney is a founding partner of Bose McKinney & Evans LLP, former chairman and CEO of First Indiana Bank, and former chair of the IU Board of Trustees. IU President Michael A. McRobbie will also receive the award.
- Darlene (Steele) McSoley, JD'82
Darlene S. McSoley, JD'82 was named a District 10 Super Pro Bono Attorney for 2012. McSoley met or exceeded a pro-bono service goal of 50 hours.
- Nadine E. McSpadden, JD'01
Nadine E. McSpadden, JD’01, has joined the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office as a deputy prosecutor.
- Charles A. Meeker, JD'13
Charles (Chuck) Meeker, JD’13, has joined Workman Nydegger, Utah’s largest intellectual property law firm. Meeker’s patent practice experience includes DNA analysis, luminescence and fluorescence imaging, pathology diagnostic equipment, synthetic diamond manufacturing and mining/drilling equipment. He also has trademark, trade dress and copyright experience.
- David B. Millard, JD'79
David B. Millard, JD’79, was named a 2014 Indiana Super Lawyer. He is a partner at Barnes & Thornburg focusing his practice on business/corporate, mergers and acquisitions, and securities and corporate finance.
- The Honorable Alfred W. Moellering, LLB'53
Judge Alfred Moellering, LLB’53, died Sunday, June 2, 2013 at Parkview Regional Medical Center in Fort Wayne, Ind. He was 86. Moellering's larger-than-life character – and voice – brought to Allen County a sense of unwavering fairness in the courtroom, bold explication of the law and intolerance for ill-prepared attorneys. A graduate of South Side High School, Moellering joined the military near the end of World War II. He was active in local Democratic politics, serving as past president of the Fourth District Young Democrats and as a regional director of that organization. Moellering served in Allen Superior Court until 1992, retiring at 65, one year shy of completing his four-year term on the bench. In December 1991, he was given the Sagamore of the Wabash Award, Indiana's highest honor for individuals' civic duty. In 1993, he was awarded the LEO – Law Enforcement Oscar – from the Patrolmen's Benevolent Association. Among those surviving are his wife, Carol, a daughter, and a son.
- Jeffrey M. Monberg, JD'99
The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP is pleased to announce the addition of Jeffrey M. Monberg, JD’99, as partner to the firm’s Chicago office. Monberg joins the Commercial Bankruptcy, Restructuring and Creditor’s Rights Practice Group. His practice focuses on representing lenders and other secured and unsecured creditors in Chapter 7, 11 and 13 bankruptcy proceedings and in state court matters, such as commercial foreclosures, collections, receiverships and lender liability cases. He also is experienced in representing lenders in out-of-court workouts such as forbearance agreements. He currently serves on the board of directors for Hospice of the Calumet Area, Inc.
- Molly J. Moran, JD'98
In March, Molly J. Moran, JD’98, of Washington, D.C., married Mark A. Synnes in Chicago. A lawyer with the U.S. Department of Justice in Washington D.C., she is a counselor to the attorney general.
- James E. Morgan, JD'92
James E. Morgan, JD’92, has joined the law firm Howard & Howard’s Chicago office. His practice focuses on creditors’ rights, and his experience includes handling significant commercial and bankruptcy litigation with an emphasis on representing trustees for litigation trusts, assignments for the benefit of creditors, and bankruptcy cases. As a commercial litigator, prior to expanding into bankruptcy law, he worked on complex cases ranging widely from employment discrimination to securities fraud to legal malpractice. Morgan represents borrowers, lenders and other creditors in work-outs, bankruptcy cases, out-of-court restructurings, and liquidations. He is frequently consulted on transactional risks such as potential fraudulent or preferential transfers, lender liability, and bankruptcy exposure.
- Lewis N. Mullin, LLB'40
Lewis N. Mullin, LLB’40, died Thursday, June 20, 2013 at the Mulberry Health and Retirement Community. He was 96. He was born Feb. 24, 1917, the son of Roscoe C. and Pearl Sterrett Mullin. He married Hazel Esther Stockrahm Oct. 26, 1940, in Peru. His only sibling, Opal Ringer, died in 2001.
Mullin attended school at Burrows and Rockfield, graduating in 1934. He received a scholarship paying twice a year $67.50 for his tuition to Indiana University lasting all the six years needed to obtain a law degree in 1940. Early at IU he helped build a log cabin and recycle crate wood as firewood in exchange for room and board. Later, a roommate, Ed Craft, found him employment in the Union Building waiting tables, checking coats and cleaning. At IU he served as a student editor of the Law Journal and earned membership in the Phi Beta Kappa academic honorary. It was at IU that Lewis met Hazel.
Mullin was Carroll County prosecutor for eight years, public defender for 20 years, county attorney for five years, REMC attorney for 44 years, Area Planning Commission advisor for 20 years and Rock Creek Cass-Carroll County Conservancy District attorney for 50 years. In 2006 he received the Samuel Milroy Award from the Delphi Chamber of Commerce. efore settling back in Carroll County, Lewis worked as an attorney for the U.S. Department of Agriculture in Washington, D.C., from 1940 to 1943. He also served three years in the U.S. Army in the southwest Pacific, including New Guinea, Australia and then in Manila in the office of Adjutant General in General Douglas MacArthur’s headquarters and later in his headquarters in Tokyo.
After his discharge from the army, Mullin returned to work in the Department of Agriculture for one more year before heeding his father’s call to bring his family to his home county to farm and practice law. His first office was above what was once Orr’s Drug Store in Delphi. In 1960, he moved his office to the corner of Market and Monroe into a big brick house he inherited from his grandmother, Jenny Dickenson.
Lewis was a member of the Camden American Legion, Camden Lions Club, Delphi Rotary Club, State and American Bar Associations, and Burrows Presbyterian Church. In 1986 he refurbished the one-room Martin School, now on the National Register of Historic Places.
- The Honorable Clarine Nardi Riddle, JD'74
Kasowitz Benson Torres and Friedman LLP is pleased to announce that Clarine Nardi Riddle, JD’74, has joined the firm as counsel and will launch a Washington, DC office and government affairs practice. She will focus on expanding the firm’s presence on Capitol Hill and advising clients on a range of regulatory and public policy issues. Riddle will also continue working with Senator Joseph I. Lieberman (Ind. – Conn.), for whom she most recently served as Senate chief of staff and who joined Kasowitz last week in New York as senior counsel. Riddle was Connecticut’s attorney general from 1989–1991, the only woman to date to serve in that role. Led by Riddle, Kasowitz’s Government Affairs Practice Group will represent firms, individuals and trade associations requiring guidance on all issues at the intersection of law, business and public policy. Riddle is a member of Indiana Law’s Academy of Law Alumni Fellows.
- Thao T. Nguyen, JD'04
Thao Nguyen, JD’04, a partner at Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP in South Bend has been elected as the Chair-Elect of the Indiana State Bar Association Environmental Law Section.
- Thao T. Nguyen, JD'04
Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP in South Bend partner Thao Nguyen, JD’04, has been reappointed to the Indiana Pro Bono Commission. Her term runs for three years.
- Amber D. Nicely, JD'05
Amber D. Nicely, JD’05, has been promoted to counsel within Stites and Harbison, PLLC. Nicely is a litigator in the Business Litigation Service Group based in the Louisville, Ky. office of Stites and Harbison.
- Micah J. Nichols, JD'12
Micah J. Nichols, JD’12, has joined Beers Mallers Backs & Salin LLP as an associate, where he is a member of the civil litigation group.
- Benjamin L. Niehoff, JD'00
Benjamin L. Niehoff, JD'00 was named a District 10 Super Pro Bono Attorney for 2012. Niehoff met or exceeded a pro-bono service goal of 50 hours.
- Kurt D. Nondorf, JD'83
Jackson Walker managing partner, Kurt Nondorf, JD’83, was selected for inclusion in the 2013 edition of the prestigious Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business guide. The Chambers guide identifies leading lawyers and law firms through interviews with thousands of lawyers across the U.S. and their clients. The criteria for selection in the guide include recommendations by clients, the attorney’s visibility in his or her area of law, and the volume, complexity and size of work undertaken. The “very personable” Nondorf maintains an excellent reputation in the Texas real estate market. He played a leading role in the Lionstone Group’s recent $180 million acquisition of two office building portfolios.
- Jeffrey L. Novak, JD'94
Jeffrey L. Novak, JD’94, is co-chairing Virginia Attorney General Mark Herring’s transition committee. Herring is the first Democrat to be elected to the position in 24 years. Novak manages litigation, compliance and state public policy for America Online and its subsidiaries.
- Joseph D. O'Connor, JD'78
Joseph D. O’Connor, JD’78, was honored for his legal expertise and success on August 15th by being named to the 20th edition of The Best Lawyers in America. O’Connor is a partner at Bunger & Robertson in Bloomington, Indiana.
- Thomas J. O'Connor, LLB'57
Thomas J. O’Connor, LLB’57, age 82, of Brookville, Ind. died Saturday, October 19, 2013 at Christ Hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio. Born July 4, 1931 in Harvey, Illinois he was the son of the late Walter and Edna (Senesac) O’Connor. He was a veteran of the United States Navy. On August 17, 1957 he was united in marriage to the former Joann Zuklin, who survives. The late Virgil McCarty gave O’Connor his start in practicing law in the Brookville area in 1957, and he continued practicing until his retirement in January 2013.
O’Connor was a member of St. Michael’s Catholic Church in Brookville, a Fourth Degree member of the Knights of Columbus Council #1010 of Brookville; and a Lifetime Member of the Bernard Hurst Post #77 of the American Legion in Brookville. Throughout his life he was an active member of the community, having served on various boards and organizations. Most notably, he was president of the Whitewater Valley Flood Control Association, which was responsible for securing the federal funding for the construction of the Brookville Lake Flood Control Project. O’Connor was an active conservationist having established the Seven Oaks Classified Forest in Franklin County. In his leisure time he enjoyed camping, spending time with his family and traveling. He and Joann had visited most of the presidential birthplaces and burial sites throughout the United States.
Besides Joann, his wife of over 56 years, survivors include five children, Patricia (Kevin) Hull of Lincolnton, N.C., Brian (Martha) O’Connor of Castle Rock, Colo.; Therese (Mark) Kettle of New Kent, Va.; Kara Oaldon of Pendleton, Ind.; and Kyle (Naomi) O’Connor of Brookville, Ind.; nine grandchildren; two sisters, Ann Raja of Greenwood, Ind. and Myra O’Connor of Hickory, NC.; a brother, Barry (Cathy) O’Connor of Anderson, Ind.; a sister-in-law, Nancy O’Connor of Osceola, Ind.; and nieces and nephews. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by a son-in-law, Bruce Oaldon; a brother, Robert O’Connor; a sister-in-law, Vickie O’Connor; and a brother-in-law, Vince Raja.
Memorial contributions may be directed to the Franklin County Community Foundation for a scholarship which will be established in his memory, the Brookville Public Library, or the American Cancer Society for myelodysplastic syndrome research.
- James M. O'Dwyer, JD'74
James M. O’Dwyer, JD’74, passed away on June 24, 2013.
- Timothy E. Ochs, JD'92
Timothy E. Ochs, JD’92, partner at Ice Miller LLP, has been recognized by Chambers USA in the real estate practice area. The rankings are determined by in-depth interviews with clients and attorneys. Thousands of interviews are conducted by a team of more than 130 full-time researchers. Ochs’s primary practice concentration is in real estate law, including real estate development, land use and zoning, annexation, leasing, and real estate finance. He also serves on the Firm's Agriculture Law Initiative and is a member of the Firm's Green Initiative.
- Mona (Lindsey) Paddock, JD'88
Mona A. Paddock, JD'88 was named a District 10 Super Pro Bono Attorney for 2012. Paddock met or exceeded a pro-bono service goal of 50 hours.
- Christopher J. Pappaioanou, JD'97
Christopher J. Pappaioanou, JD’97, was appointed President of go!, Hawaii’s Low Fare Airline, September 4, 2013.
- The Honorable Richard T. Payne, JD'69
Former Hancock Superior Judge Richard T. Payne, JD’69, was recently presented with the George B. Davis, Jr. Distinguished Jurist Award by the Hancock County Bar Association. The award recognizes exemplary and dedicated service by Indiana judges.
- Maryanne (Thickstun) Pelic, JD'86
Maryanne Pelic, JD'86 was named a District 10 Super Pro Bono Attorney for 2012. Pelic met or exceeded a pro-bono service goal of 50 hours.
- Thomas C. Pence, JD'80
America’s Leading Lawyers for Business has ranked Thomas Pence, JD’80, as a leading lawyer in his field in 2013. Pence specializes in labor and employment. He is a partner at Foley and Lardner’s Milwaukee office.
- Stephen R. Pennell, JD'76
Stephen R. Pennell, JD’76, a partner from the Lafayette office of Stuart & Branigin, has been selected for inclusion in the 20th edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Pennell was also listed by the 2013 Indiana Super Lawyers magazine as among the top attorneys in the state. He has successfully represented clients in a wide variety of cases including antitrust, insurance coverage, employment, personal injury, product liability, premises liability, business, construction, school and education law, and wills and estates.
- Stephen R. Pennell, JD'76
Stephen R. Pennell, JD’76, was one of four attorneys from the Indiana law firm Stuart & Branigin to be named by Indiana Super Lawyers magazine as among the top attorneys in the state in the 2014 edition of the listing, which recognizes lawyers for achievements in specific practice areas. A partner in the firm’s Lafayette, Ind., office, Pennell has extensive experience as a trial attorney in Indiana and courts across the country. Pennell also has considerable experience in appellate matters and has successfully argued cases in the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, Indiana Supreme Court, and Indiana Court of Appeals.
- Jheremy K. Perkins, JD'12
Jheremy K. Perkins, JD’12, of Spangler Jennings & Dougherty P.C. in Merrillville, has been elected treasurer of the James C. Kimbrough Bar Association for the 2014-2015 term.
- Sandra Perry, JD'00
The law firm of Bose McKinney & Evans LLP announced that partner Sandra Perry, JD’00, was elected to the firm’s executive committee for a three-year term. The purpose of the nine-member executive committee is to consider and approve significant firm policies of the partnership, subject to partner input as appropriate, and generally to consider significant overall management and administrative matters of the firm. Perry is a partner in the Labor and Employment Group, representing national, regional, and local clients in labor and employment related matters and litigation. Possessing extensive experience counseling, training and assisting employers in all aspects of compliance with federal and state employment laws, Perry also represents management in traditional labor law matters, including union avoidance, unfair labor practice investigations and litigation, and union representation proceedings. Perry also serves as the firm’s diversity liaison and is a member of the firm’s Diversity Committee, Recruiting Committee and the Bose Women’s Connection Steering Committee.
- Charles M. Persons, Jr., JD'07
International law firm Weil, Gotshal & Manges LLP is pleased to announce that Charles M. Persons, JD’07, has been named as a Texas Rising Star 2014 by Super Lawyers Magazine. Persons is an associate in the firm’s Dallas office and focuses his practice on business finance and restructuring.
- Stephen J. Peters, JD'80
Harrison & Moberly LLP partner Stephen J. Peters, JD’80, has been elected the 2014 section chair of the IndyBar Appellate Practice Section.
- James L. Petersen, JD'76
James L. Petersen, JD’76, partner at Ice Miller LLP, has been recognized by Chambers USA in the litigation: general commercial practice area. The rankings are determined by in-depth interviews with clients and attorneys. Thousands of interviews are conducted by a team of more than 130 full-time researchers. Petersen is a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers. His primary practice concentration is litigation. He has handled a diverse case load including insurance coverage cases, securities and commercial litigation, franchise disputes, creditors' rights disputes, and product liability suits. Petersen has also been recognized in Indiana Super Lawyers 2013, Super Lawyers Corporate Counsel Edition 2013, The Best Lawyers in America©
2013, 2014 in the area of commercial litigation, and is listed in International Who's Who of Franchise Lawyers.
- Erick D. Ponader, JD'85
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP announces that thirty-eight Taft attorneys are recognized as “Leaders in their Field” in the recently released 2014 edition of Chambers USA. Erick D. Ponader, JD’85, has been designated as a leader in the area of real estate law in the state of Indiana. Chambers ranks both lawyers and law firms based on the research of more than 150 full-time editors and researchers.
- Erick D. Ponader, JD'85
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP is pleased to announce that Erick D. Ponader, JD’85, was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. Ponader practices in the firm’s Indianapolis office
- R. Anthony Prather, JD'83
R. Anthony Prather, JD’83, was named a 2014 Indiana Super Lawyer. He is a partner at Barnes & Thornburg focusing his practice on employment and labor and business litigation.
- Jennifer A. Puplava, JD'98
Jennifer A. Puplava, JD’98, a member of the law firm of Mika Meyers Beckett and Jones PLC, was recently elected vice chair of the Cascade Township Downtown Development Authority Board. Puplava practices in the areas of trademark and copyright law, technology and internet law and related commercial litigation.
- Rubin Pusha, JD'12
On May 1, The Indiana Lawyer presented its ninth annual Leadership in Law Awards. Rubin Pusha III, JD’12, was recognized as an Up-and-Coming Lawyer for distinguishing himself in his profession and community.
- Scott E. Racop, JD'92
Scott E. Racop, JD’92, of Racop Law Offices, P.C., was recently honored by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana for taking pro bono cases in 2012.
- Jane E. Raley, JD'82
Jane E. Raley, JD’82, was named a co-legal director of the Center on Wrongful Convictions at Northwestern University School of Law, along with Karen Daniel. Raley and Daniel were the first staff attorneys hired by the CWC in 2000 after distinguished careers at the Office of the State Appellate Defender in Illinois. They have co-taught their clinical practice course on wrongful convictions since their arrival at Northwestern and have been responsible for the bulk of the CWC’s exonerations since its founding.
- Kara L. Reagan, JD'05
Kara L. Reagan, JD'05 was named a District 10 Super Pro Bono Attorney for 2012. Reagan met or exceeded a pro-bono service goal of 50 hours.
- James L. Reed, Jr., JD'92
James Reed, JD’92, recently ended a one-year mid-career sabbatical and started a new phase in his career as the deputy general counsel of the Eisenhower Medical Center in Rancho Mirage, California. EMC is the medical center founded by Bob and Dolores Hope. In his new role, Reed oversees hospital and clinic corporate healthcare legal matters and heads the compliance function. He lives in Palm Springs with his husband, Steve Blake, JD’90.
- Joshua K. Richardson, JD'07
Joshua K. Richardson, JD’07, was selected as a Michigan Super Lawyers “Rising Star” for 2013. He was also recently elected shareholder at his firm, Foster Swift Collins & Smith, PC.
- Kimberly Richardson, JD'06
Kimberly Richardson, JD’06, recently joined DuPont as occupational safety and health and homeland security senior counsel. She lives and works in Wilmington, Del.
- Kimberly Richardson, JD'06
Kimberly Richardson, JD’06, recently joined the Employment and Labor Law Division of the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Office of General Counsel. Division attorneys represent the department, its bureaus, and activities in administrative proceedings relating to employment or labor law matters before the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the Merit Systems Protection Board, the Federal Labor Relations Authority, and the Foreign Service Grievance Board. Richardson lives in Alexandria, Va.
- Christopher M. Ripley, JD'06
Christopher M. Ripley, JD’06, an attorney at Kolb Roellgen & Kirchoff, will be honored for his public service at the 2013 Randall T. Shepard Award Celebration on Oct. 18. Ripley will receive the award for providing 50 hours of pro bono legal service in 2012.
- Jeffrey D. Roberts, JD'02
Jeffrey D. Roberts, JD’02, has co-founded Roberts Means LLC in Indianapolis. The practice will focus on business litigation and family law matters.
- Michael A. Rogers, JD'08
Quarles & Brady LLP is pleased to announce that Michael A. Rogers, JD’08, has joined the firm’s new Indianapolis office as an associate. Rogers is a member of the firm’s Commercial Litigation Practice Group. He represents clients in all aspects of business litigation, including defending and prosecuting lawsuits on behalf of large and small companies. His practice focuses primarily on competition law and unfair trade practices. Rogers advises businesses regarding the effects and enforceability of noncompetition covenants, and he litigates disputes over restrictive covenants. He also represents financial institutions and has experience litigating both state and federal consumer protection statutes. Rogers also represents financial institutions in litigated matters in bankruptcy court, including discharge injunction claims, lien priority disputes, automatic stay claims and issues involving reaffirmation agreements.
- John J. Roggeman, JD'86
South Bend attorney John J. Roggeman, JD’86, has been elected to the Public Defender Board. Roggeman is Director of Employee Relations for the South Bend Community School Corporation.
- Frank V. Roman, LLB'53
Frank V. Roman, LLB’53, passed away June 18, 2013. He was 88. He was a multi-sport athlete in school and graduated from Emerson High School, Class of 1943. He served in the U.S. Army in the 83rd Infantry Division of the 9th Army during WWII as a forward scout for Tank Destroyers, and fought in the Battle of the Bulge. Frank graduated from Wabash College in 1950 where he played baseball, basketball and football. He was named Little All American in football and inducted into Wabash's Athletic Hall of Fame. His record for the longest punt return of 93 remained unbroken until 2005. In 1951 he married former Emerson schoolmate, Shirley Groves. He practiced law for several years before joining the Trust Department of Gary National Bank. He was active in many civic and professional activities. He served as president of the Gary Bar Association, member of the Gary Police Civil Service Commission and chairman of the Mayor's Safety Commission. He was also president of the local Lions Club, served on the Miller Citizens’ Corporation, Marquette Park United Methodist Church Board of Trustees, and as legal advisor to the Salvation Army. He also chaired the Gary Old Timers’ banquet for many years. Roman is survived by his wife, Shirley; son, Frank Roman, Jr.; daughter, Meg Roman; and grandchildren, Leah and Shelby.
- Zachary T. Rosenbarger, JD'03
Zachary T. Rosenbarger, JD’03, has joined the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office as a deputy prosecutor.
- David B. Rosenberg, JD'11
David B. Rosenberg, JD’11, assistant for economic development for Mayor Greg Ballard, is leading Mayor Ballard’s effort to build a new jail and criminal courts for Marion County.
- Ashley A. Rozier, JD'13
Ashley A. Rozier, JD’13, has joined the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office as a deputy prosecutor.
- The Honorable Loretta (Hogan) Rush, JD'83
Indiana Supreme Court Justice Loretta H. Rush, JD’83, was named a 2013 Woman of Influence by the Indianapolis Business Journal on Oct. 31. The Women of Influence Awards highlight Indianapolis women who are leaders in their field. Rush was recognized as one of 21 successful businesswomen alongside high-ranking government officials, CEOs and other corporate executives. She was named to the court in December 2012, following 14 years as a judge in Tippecanoe Superior Court. Rush is only the second woman to have been named to the state’s highest court. Rush and the other honorees were recognized at a breakfast ceremony on Oct. 31 and were highlighted in a special section of the Indianapolis Business Journal on Nov. 4.
- Gregory J. Rutzen, JD'87
Gregory J. Rutzen, JD’87, has been named associate vice president and chief advancement officer at the University of Houston–Victoria in Victoria, Texas. With more than 15 years of experience in fundraising campaigns, annual giving, and development communications, Rutzen’s job as UHV’s senior development officer will be to provide strategic and operation leadership for planned giving, corporate and foundation relations, annual giving, alumni relations, and special events. He left his post as associate director of development communications at the University of Texas Medical Branch in Galveston to begin his position at UHV on Aug. 15. Rutzen lives in Sugar Land, Texas.
- Rafael A. Sanchez, JD'02
Rafael A. Sanchez, JD’02, is a partner in the Indianapolis office of the law firm Bingham Greenebaum Doll. He concentrates his practice in civil and business litigation. In addition, Sanchez 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/or women-owned businesses, as well as the firm's media law task force. Sanchez is the chair of the Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce’s Hispanic Business Council and co-authored an opinion piece for Hispanic Heritage Month in September. Also in September, the Indianapolis Colts, in conjunction with the NFL’s national celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month, presented Sanchez with the second annual NFL Hispanic Heritage Leadership Award.
- Dennis S. Schell, JD'01
Dennis Schell, JD’01, has joined the new SmithAmundsen LLC Indianapolis office as partner. Schell is a licensed patent attorney with more than ten years of experience representing individuals and companies in matters involving patent prosecution, patent litigation, and opinions. He was formerly a partner at Stewart & Irwin PC , Indianapolis.
- Judith A. Schevtchuk, JD'74
Damon Key Leong Kupchak Hastert, a prestigious law firm celebrating 50 years of business in Honolulu, has announced that family law attorney Judith A. Schevtchuk, JD’74, has joined the firm. With experience in both traditional family and non-traditional family law matters, Schevtchuk brings a wealth of knowledge to the firm and its clients in a rapidly evolving legal field.
- Thomas F. Schnellenberger, Jr., JD'79
Thomas F. Schnellenberger, Jr., JD’79, was named the Best Lawyers® 2014 Lawyer of the Year in his respective practice area and location: tax law. Schnellenberger’s primary practice concentration is in income tax and estate and gift taxation. He is also a member of Ice Miller’s Private Equity and Venture Services Group and its Affordable Housing and Economic Development Group.
- Timothy J. Schrader, JD'13
Timothy J. Schrader, JD’13, and Corrina A. Smith, JD’13, have recently joined Rebecca W. Geyer, JD’98, at her law firm, Rebecca W. Geyer & Associates, PC in Carmel, Ind. The firm provides legal services in the areas of estate planning, estate administration, elder law, and business planning, while ensuring compassionate, responsive counsel to clients of all generations.
- Marjorie (Goodwin) Schrader, JD'05
Margie G. Schrader, JD'05 was named a District 10 Super Pro Bono Attorney for 2012. Schrader met or exceeded a pro-bono service goal of 50 hours.
- Edward F. Schrager, JD'80
Edward F. Schrager, JD’80, managing partner in the Indianapolis law firm Cohen Garelick & Glazier, has earned a Super Lawyer designation for the sixth consecutive year. Schrager concentrates in business litigation, criminal defense, family law, and personal injury litigation.
- Erin (Melnick) Schrantz, JD'00
Erin Schrantz, JD’00, has been named a “Chicago 40 Under 40” by The National Law Journal. Schrantz is profiled in a July 1 special report. Schrantz was chosen for her work in complex commercial litigation and white collar defense and investigations. The profile also focuses on her appearances before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, in particular noting her work on behalf of pro bono client Henry Johnson, whose life sentence was reduced to 30 years after two appeals in that court. Finally, the feature references Schrantz’s role as co-chair of the firm’s Women’s Forum and observes that her commitment also extends to the community, where she serves as an Investor and Outreach Committee member for Women Employed, an organization that advocates on behalf of low-wage working women.
- Frederick W. Schultz, JD'96
Frederick W. Schultz, JD’96, was honored for his legal expertise and success on August 15th by being named to the 20th edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Schultz is a partner at Greene & Schultz in Bloomington, Indiana.
- John E. Seddelmeyer, JD'74
John Seddelmeyer, JD’74, invited the Indiana Law community to a performance of Verdi’s La Traviata at the IU Musical Arts Center on April 12. Dean Parrish joined students for the event, which was preceded by a Mediterranean-themed supper. Seddelmeyer sponsors this evening each year in an effort to encourage students to take advantage of IU’s rich cultural offerings.
- Sue A. Shadley, JD'77
Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP, co-founded by Sue A. Shadley, JD’77, celebrated its 25th anniversary on Aug. 1, 2013. The firm now includes 37 lawyers and over 30 staff members in its Indianapolis and South Bend locations.
- Sue A. Shadley, JD'77
On May 1, The Indiana Lawyer presented its ninth annual Leadership in Law Awards. Sue A. Shadley, JD’77, was recognized as a Distinguished Barrister for distinguishing herself in her profession and community.
- Ozair M. Shariff, JD'12
The Muhammad Ali Center recently appointed Stites and Harbison, PLLC attorney Ozair M. Shariff, JD’12, to its board. He will serve a term of three years. Based in the Louisville, Ky. office of Stites and Harbison, Shariff is a member of the Health Care Service Group. His practice focuses on regulatory, compliance, physician contracting, and business transactional matters for a wide range of health care clients.
- Lon D. Showley, JD'69
Lon D. Showley, JD’69, has retired after 40 years of practicing law in San Diego, Calif. with his firm of Showley and Thompson, LLP. Showley is a certified specialist in estate planning, trust and probate. He was a past chair of the Estate Planning, Trust and Probate Section of the San Diego County Bar Association, and a past chair of the Estate Planning Council of San Diego. He taught Wills and Trusts at the Cabrillo College of Law in the 1970s and continues to reside in San Diego.
- Thomas L. Shriner, Jr., JD'72
America’s Leading Lawyers for Business has ranked Thomas Shriner, Jr., JD’72, as a leading lawyer in his field in 2013. Shriner specializes in litigation: general commercial. He is a partner at Foley and Lardner LLP’s Milwaukee, Wis. office.
- Jacqueline A. Simmons, JD'79
Jacqueline L. Simmons, JD’79, vice president and general counsel of Indiana University, was named a 2013 Woman of Influence by the Indianapolis Business Journal on Oct. 31. The Women of Influence Awards highlight Indianapolis women who are leaders in their field. Simmons was recognized as one of 21 successful businesswomen alongside an Indiana Supreme Court justice, high-ranking government officials, CEOs and other corporate executives. She was previously a partner in the Indianapolis office of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP. Simmons and the other honorees were recognized at a breakfast ceremony on Oct. 31 and were highlighted in a special section of the Indianapolis Business Journal on Nov. 4.
- Professor Earl R. Singleton, JD'86
Earl R.C. Singleton, JD'86 was named a District 10 Super Pro Bono Attorney for 2012. Singleton met or exceeded a pro-bono service goal of 50 hours.
- Geoffrey G. Slaughter, JD'89
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP is pleased to announce that Geoffrey G. Slaughter, JD’89, was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. Slaughter practices in the firm’s Indianapolis office.
- Thomas C. Smith, JD'88
Thomas C. Smith, JD’88, is now a public finance partner in Thompson Coburn LLP’s Chicago office. He was previously with Peck, Shaffer and Williams LLP, a national public finance boutique.
- Justin O. Sorrell, JD'12
Justin O. Sorrell, JD’12, has joined Hill Fulwider P.C. as an associate. His primary areas of practice include litigation and insurance defense.
- The Honorable Yvonne Stam, JD'75
Yvonne Stam, JD’75, has been named hearing office chief administrative law judge for the Raleigh, North Carolina Office of Disability Adjudication and Review, Social Security Administration. Stam recently relocated to North Carolina after serving in the same capacity in the Fort Wayne, Ind. hearing office since 2006.
- Byron W. Steele, LLB'65
Byron W. Steele, LLB'65 was named a District 10 Super Pro Bono Attorney for 2012. Steele met or exceeded a pro-bono service goal of 50 hours.
- Jonathan E. Stern, JD'01
Jonathan Eric Stern, JD’01, age 37, of Chicago, formerly of Indianapolis, IN; beloved husband and best friend for 11 years of Sarah Fischer, JD’01, and remarkable father of three year-old Savannah; passed away on September 11, 2013 after a short but hard-fought battle with cancer. Following graduation, Stern and his wife moved to Chicago to begin practicing law, where he went on to practice corporate finance and securities law at top Chicago firms, eventually becoming a partner at Bryan Cave LLP. He also was the former chair for the Chicago Bar Association Securities Law Committee and was a frequent speaker on securities law topics. Most recently, Stern was the president of his investment bank, Connor Capital, and an attorney at Kubasiak, Fylstra, Thorpe & Rotunno, P.C. where he was the lead corporate and securities attorney specializing in corporate finance, securities, fund formation, broker-dealer and investment adviser compliance. His law firm said it best: "Jon was in the prime of his career, and he leaves a legacy of professional achievement as a lawyer." Contributions may be made to the Savannah Stern Education Fund, checks made payable to "Savannah Stern, UTMA,” Merrill Lynch, attn. Robert Feil, 33 W. Monroe, Suite 2200, Chicago, IL 60603, or to the charity of the donor’s choice.
- Thomas L. Stevens, JD'55
Thomas L. Stevens, JD’55, of Naples, Fla., formerly of Evanston and Wilmette, Ill., died September 14, 2013. He was the beloved husband of Nancy (Ferris) Stevens; loving father of Clayton (Becky) Stevens; cherished grandfather of Gavin and Lauren Stevens; dear brother of the late Wayne (Clara) Stevens; and brother-in-law of Rev. Richard (Ruth) Ferris. Stevens was a veteran of the US Navy and an attorney with Lord Bissell & Brook in Chicago for many years.
- James A. Strain, JD'69
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP is pleased to announce that James A. Strain, JD’69, was selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2014. Strain practices in the firm’s Indianapolis office.
- James A. Strain, JD'69
On May 1, The Indiana Lawyer presented its ninth annual Leadership in Law Awards. James A. Straing, JD’69, was recognized as a Distinguished Barrister for distinguishing himself in his profession and community.
- Andrew U. Straw, JD'97
Disability advocate Andrew Straw, JD’97, successfully convinced Board of Bar examiners to remove ADA-violating encumbrances on his Indiana law license. Straw is conducting a study of all 50 state Supreme Courts’ admission and discipline rules for discrimination against disabled lawyers and judges. He successfully obtained U.S. Department of Justice investigation of Indiana election laws and procedures for compliance with ADA. If rules in fact violate the ADA, the changes will increase voter turnout by 41% nationwide. Straw started the Disability Party in the U.S.A in February of 2013. He was endorsed by former Maurer dean Alfred C. Aman, Jr. for Congress in 2011.
- Andrew U. Straw, JD'97
The ABA Commission on Disability Rights has recognized Andrew U. Straw, JD’97, as its January 2014 spotlight attorney. The Commission recognizes one disabled American attorney each month who is an asset to the profession.
- Terrance Stroud, JD'03
Terrance Stroud, JD’02, has been named a 2013 New York City Rising Star by City & State magazine. He is director of media strategy for New York’s Department of Citywide Administrative Services.
- Suzanne Sturgeon, JD'83
Suzanne Sturgeon, JD'83 was named a District 10 Super Pro Bono Attorney for 2012. Sturgeon met or exceeded a pro-bono service goal of 50 hours.
- David A. Suess, JD'97
David A. Suess, JD’97, who has more than 14 years of experience in tax law, has joined Faegre Baker Daniels LLP as a partner in the tax advocacy group. He will practice from the law firm’s downtown Indianapolis office. Suess focuses on resolving disputes involving state and local taxes, including property taxes, wagering taxes and valuation of commercial and industrial property for tax purposes. He also represents clients in all phases of litigation through administrative, court and appellate proceedings. He was previously a partner at Bose McKinney & Evans LLP in Indianapolis.
- David A. Suess, JD'97
Faegre Baker Daniels LLP attorney David A. Suess, JD’97, has been elected the Health Foundation of Greater Indianapolis’ 2014 chairperson of the board of directors.
- Marc P. Sultzer, JD'95
Marc P. Sultzer, JD’95, has joined the Indianapolis Housing Agency as deputy counsel.
- Marc P. Sultzer, JD'95
Marc P. Sultzer, JD’95, has joined Frost Brown Todd LLC’s Indianapolis office, where he will practice in criminal and civil litigation.
- Terrance T. Tharpe, JD'03
The Marion County Bar Association has elected Terrance T. Tharpe, JD’03, as the president-elect of the board of directors.
- David J. Theising, JD'80
David J. Theising, JD’80, of Harrison & Moberly LLP, was recently honored by the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana for taking pro bono cases in 2012.
- Patrick C. Thomas, JD'13
Kahn, Dees, Donovan, & Kahn, LLP announces that Patrick C. Thomas, JD’13 passed the State of Illinois Bar Examination. Thomas serves primarily on the firm’s Litigation and Trial Services practice team.
- Patrick C. Thomas, JD'13
Patrick C. Thomas, JD’13, has joined Kahn Dees Donovan & Kahn LLP as an associate attorney. Thomas serves on the litigation and trial services practice team.
- TaKeena M. Thompson, JD'09
The Indianapolis Bar Association has selected Cohen & Malad LLP attorney TaKeena M. Thompson, JD’09, as a member at large of its 2014 board of directors.
- Thomas J. Treutler, JD'01
Thomas J. Treutler, JD’01, is managing director and Partner of the Vietnam offices of Tilleke and Gibbins, one of the largest law firms in Southeast Asia with 450 lawyers and staff. Treutler was recently named a Band 1 Leading Lawyer for Intellectual Property Law in Vietnam by Chambers Asia for the 5th year in a row. He is a USPTO qualified attorney and member of the State Bar of California. Treutler is founder of Vietnam Pony Baseball and brought his travel team, the Hanoi Capitals, to Chicago, Michigan and Florida to tour last summer. He has just opened “Baseball World,” a 15,000 square foot training facility in Hanoi designed to generate interest in the sport. He has appeared on eight episodes of the popular Vietnamese-American entertainment show, Thuy Nga Paris by Night as a Vietnamese-language MC, and in comedy sketches in shows recorded in major venues such as Planet Hollywood – Las Vegas and in California. Jackson Beach, JD’15, and Saengchanh Bounyasane, JD’16, are currently serving as interns with the firm, and Wiramrudee Mokkhavesa, LLM’04, is one of the firm’s top IP enforcement lawyers based in its Bangkok office.
- Kristen R. Trout, JD'13
Kristen R. Trout, JD’13, has joined Krieg DeVault LLP as an associate at their Indianapolis office. She is a member of the business and creditors’ rights and bankruptcy practice groups.
- Robert M. Van Sickle, JD'03
R. Matthew Van Sickle, JD’03, has opened a solo practice in Cary, North Carolina. His practice focuses on civil litigation, primarily serving the amusement and construction industries.
- Inge M. Van der Cruysse, JD'04
Inge Van der Cruysse, JD'04 was named a District 10 Super Pro Bono Attorney for 2012. Van der Cruysse met or exceeded a pro-bono service goal of 50 hours.
- Diane J. Walker, JD'91
Diane J. Walker, JD'91 was named a District 10 Super Pro Bono Attorney for 2012. Walker met or exceeded a pro-bono service goal of 50 hours.
- Jack L. Walkey, JD'71
The law firm of Ball Eggleston, PC is pleased to announce that Jack L. Walkey, JD’71, will be included in the 20th edition of the Best Lawyers in America. Walkey is being recognized in the practice area of trusts and estates.
- David R. Warshauer, JD'84
David R. Warshauer, JD’84, was named a 2014 Indiana Super Lawyer. He is a partner at Barnes & Thornburg focusing his practice on real estate.
- Zeff A. Weiss, JD'83
Zeff A. Weiss, JD’83, partner at Ice Miller LLP, has been recognized by Chambers USA in the real estate practice area. Weiss was recognized as a Band 1 attorney, which is the highest ranking an individual lawyer can achieve. The rankings are determined by in-depth interviews with clients and attorneys. Thousands of interviews are conducted by a team of more than 130 full-time researchers. Weiss was also recognized by Best Lawyers as the 2013 Real Estate Lawyer of the Year. His primary practice concentration is in real estate development, finance and taxation. Weiss, together with his wife, Zoe Urena Weiss, JD’83, were pleased to announce that their daughter, Miranda Weiss Bernadac, JD’12, commenced the private practice of law in Indianapolis shortly after her swearing in, and their next two daughters, Reva Marie and Alexandra Kara, commenced law school at the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law in August 2013.
- Brian P. Williams, JD'81
Culminating a lifelong commitment to scouting, Brian P. Williams, JD’81, co-managing partner in the Evansville, Ind., law firm Kahn, Dees, Donovan & Kahn, was formally elected president of the Central Region of the Boy Scouts of America at the 2014 BSA annual meeting in Nashville, Tenn. Williams has practiced business, contract, employment, real estate, estate planning, and trust litigation for more than 30 years. In addition to his extensive service to Boy Scouts of America, Williams has held leadership positions with the Indiana University Alumni Association, Rotary Club of Evansville, Inc., United Methodist South Indiana Conference, Inc., Deaconess Hospital Foundation, Legal Aid Society of Evansville, Evansville Philharmonic Orchestra, Historic New Harmony Foundation, and other civic organizations. He lives in Evansville.
- Andrew J. Williams, JD'11
Andrew J. Williams, JD’11, has joined the transactional practice group at Carmody MacDonald P.C. in St. Louis, Mo. as an associate. He focuses his practice in the areas of banking law, real estate, business law, and estate planning. Prior to joining the firm, Williams worked for the Conservation Law Center in Bloomington, Indiana, where he provided legal services to conservation and environmental organizations. He assisted private land trusts with real estate transactions and tax issues, and worked with national organizations on the responsible development and regulation of wind energy and other public resources. He is also experienced in drafting and advocating for state-level legislative initiatives.
- Ryan R. Wilmering, JD'05
Ryan R. Wilmering, JD’05, has been named partner at Wallack Sommers & Haas P.C., effective January 1, 2014.
- Mark S. Wojciechowski, JD'81
Morrison and Foerster announced in August 2013 that Mark Wojciechowski, JD’81, a highly regarded finance lawyer with more than three decades of experience handling complex financing and MandA transactions for commercial and investment banks, investment funds and public and private companies, has joined the Financial Transactions Group in New York as a partner. Wojciechowski has spent most of his career handling sophisticated finance matters in the New York markets. He brings to Morrison and Foerster close ties with leading institutional lenders and investment funds. Wojciechowski was previously a partner with Allen and Overy in New York, where he served as head of the firm’s North American Leveraged Finance Group. Before that he practiced at Mayer Brown where, for a number of years, he led that firm’s global leveraged finance practice and served on its executive committee. He is a member of the Law School’s Board of Visitors.
- Donald M. Woodard, JD'95
Gordon & Rees, LLP partner Donald M. Woodard, JD’95, was named among Georgia Super Lawyers. Woodard is a member of the firm’s Business Transactions Group and Sports, Media and Entertainment Group and was recognized for his work as a transactional lawyer in the entertainment industry. His inclusion on the list is a testament to his skills and reputation in the profession. Only five percent of the lawyers in the state are selected by Super Lawyers and are included in Super Lawyers Magazine, Atlanta Magazine, and Georgia Super Lawyers Magazine. In addition to being recognized by Super Lawyers Magazine, Woodard was recently honored among Who’s Who in Black Atlanta and was also recognized as a rising star in the Atlanta Business Chronicle’s 40 under 40 in 2006. He was the first African American to serve as a judicial clerk on the Northern District of Georgia’s Bankruptcy Court.
- Nancy S. Woodworth, JD'05
The law firm Segal McCambridge Singer and Mahoney, Ltd. is pleased to announce that Nancy S. Woodworth, JD’05, has been elected shareholder. Woodworth concentrates her practice on complex mass tort litigation involving products, premises and contractor liability claims in the firm’s Chicago office. As local asbestos litigation counsel for several companies, she actively litigates toxic tort cases throughout the Midwest.
- Lewis S. Wooton, JD'06
Lewis S. Wooton, JD’06 has been elected partner in Lewis Wagner LLP.
- Christopher J. Worden, JD'98
Christopher J. Worden, JD’98, has relocated to Sacramento and is now the senior policy and advocacy manager for the Downtown Sacramento Partnership.
- Scott E. Yahne, JD'92
Scott E. Yahne, JD’92, Munster, was elected to the board of governors of the Indiana State Bar Association (ISBA) at its annual meeting in French Lick in October. He will serve a two-year term, representing one of 13 districts in the state. Yahne is a practitioner at his firm in Munster, Yahne Law. Previously, he practiced at the firm Efron Efron & Yahne. He is an active member of the Lake County and Indiana State bar associations. He is also active with the Carmelite Home of St. Joseph, Hammond Legal Aid Clinic and Hammond Development Corporation.
- Kenneth J. Yerkes, JD'83
Kenneth J. Yerkes, JD’83, was named a 2014 Indiana Super Lawyer. He is a partner at Barnes & Thornburg focusing his practice on employment and labor and employment litigation: defense.
- Pete R. Yonkman, JD'98
Pete Yonkman, JD’98, has been named president of Cook Medical, the Bloomington, Ind.-based global manufacturer of medical devices. A 12-year veteran of the company, he most recently served as executive vice president overseeing Cook Medical’s 10 strategic business units. He joined Cook in 2001 as corporate counsel and has held numerous positions within the company including vice president of Asian operations, chief legal officer, and president of Cook Urological.
- Carlota P. Zimmerman, JD'07
Carlota Zimmerman, JD’07, continues to work with alumni on career development and job searches, and she is a regular contributor to Thought Catalog and The Huffington Post. She was recently named a social media expert by U.S. News & World Report.
- Susan (Mc Caffery) Zoeller, JD'95
Susan M. Zoeller, JD’95, was named a 2014 Indiana Super Lawyer. She is a partner at Barnes & Thornburg focusing her practice on employment and labor and employment litigation: defense.
- Gregory F. Zoeller, JD'82
Indiana Attorney General Gregory F. Zoeller, JD’82, has received a 2013 Leadership Award from the Century Council, based in Arlington, Va., for his efforts to deter underage drinking and raise awareness of the Indiana Lifeline Law.
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