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  • Nathan D. Alder, JD'95
    Nathan D. Alder, JD/MPA '95, is the president of the Western States Bar Conference Alder was also recently appointed by Utah Governor Gary R. Herbert to Utah's Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission. Last year, he was appointed by ABA President Bill Robinson to the ABA's Standing Committee on Professionalism. Named one of the Top 25 lawyers in Salt Lake City by Super Lawyers (2012), Alder was honored as one of the state's top mediators by Utah Business magazine. He is a litigator and trial lawyer with Christensen and Jensen and focuses on business, commercial, insurance, injury, death, professional and products cases.
  • John E. Allen, JD'64
    John E. Allen, JD’64, died peacefully at home on January 20, 2013 after a long battle with cancer that he fought with a combination of stubbornness and a positive, just- won't-give-up attitude. He was 76. Allen was born in Mankato, Minnesota, and grew up in Aberdeen, South Dakota. Following graduation from law school, he joined Mayer Brown, LLP in Chicago, where he specialized in partnership, corporate, and real estate investment work. In 1980, Allen left Mayer Brown to co-found AMLI Realty Co., where he served as president for more than 20 years. AMLI grew from a two-person office into two separate real estate development, management, and investment businesses. Under Allen’s leadership and as a result of his hard work, both AMLIs thrived during his tenure as president. After retiring from AMLI, Allen and his wife, Carolyn, continued to lead a full and rich life with many interests. They were world travelers, visiting all seven continents, all 50 states, and 77 countries. In addition to his wife, survivors include two sons Tom (Beth Levison) and Tim (Jessica Spring), and two daughters, Tracy and Teri (Matt McDonough). John was the proud grandfather of Simone, Noah, Jack, Grady, Peyton, and Shea and the brother of Jim (Priscilla). He was predeceased by his sister Dorothy and brother Bob.
  • Helen P. Allen, JD'71
    H. Pamela Allen, JD’71, died after a brief illness on November 25, 2012. At the time of her death, Pam (as she was known to everyone) had retired and was living in North East, Maryland.
  • Holly (Johnson) Amaya, JD'08
    Holly Johnson Amaya, JD’08, was recently honored as Top Young Attorney for 2012 by the San Diego Daily Transcript. There were more than 400 nominees, and Johnson Amaya was one of about ten chosen by her peers.
  • Holly (Johnson) Amaya, JD'08
    Holly (Johnson) Amaya, JD '08, has joined global inventory management company WIS International in San Diego, Calif., as legal counsel. The company, which has 13,000 employees in 220 offices in eight countries, uses proprietary technology to provide physical inventory counting, merchandising, and data collection. Amaya will serve as the company's sole attorney and will focus primarily on employment and contract matters. Earlier in 2012, Amaya successfully represented a detained Eritrean national on a pro bono basis in removal proceedings before the United States Immigration Court in San Diego. At the conclusion of the immigration trial, her client, who was subjected to political persecution and torture in her home country, was granted asylum, withholding of removal, and relief under the United Nations Convention against Torture.
  • Daniel Amin, JD'06
    Daniel Amin, JD’06, was recently named senior counsel in the Office of the General Counsel at the Public Broadcasting Service. Dan now serves as lead counsel to PBS programming, technology and station services departments, conducting transactions and advising PBS managers and directors on policy matters related to program content, distribution technology and station membership.
  • Steven H. Ancel, LLB'60
    Steven H. Ancel, LLB’60, was selected to receive the 2012 Legendary Lawyer Award by a panel of his peers. Ancel, who retired five years ago from Taft, Stettinius and Hollister, was an accomplished commercial lawyer who practiced business law in Indianapolis for half a century. He specialized in representing distressed businesses in bankruptcy reorganizations and other financial workouts as senior partner at Ancel, Freidlander, Miroff and Ancel; Ancel and Dunlap; and finally as of counsel at Sommer and Barnard, now Taft, Stettinius and Hollister.
  • Steven M. Badger, JD'92
    Steven M. Badger, JD’92, has joined Benesch as an attorney in the litigation practice group in the firm's Indianapolis office. Badger represents clients in commercial and complex business litigation matters, arbitrations, and appeals. His litigation practice focuses on business disputes, frequently those involving competition in regulated and unregulated industries in which his background in economics is advantageous.
  • Cynthia L. Bauerly, JD'98
    Cynthia L. Bauerly, JD’98, has been appointed deputy commissioner of workforce development by the Minnesota Department of Employment and Economic Development. Bauerly returns to Minnesota after serving in key leadership and management roles in Washington, D.C., most recently as a commissioner of the Federal Election Commission and chair of the agency in 2011.
  • Tracy N. Betz-Sandifur, JD'04
    In January, Taft Stettinius & Hollister announced that Tracy N. Betz-Sandifur, JD’04, has been elected a partner in the firm’s Indianapolis office. A member of Taft’s litigation group, she routinely represents companies and individuals in matters involving fiduciary and probate litigation, business and contract disputes, injunctive relief, product liability and personal injury, creditors’ rights and collections, receiverships, intellectual property, criminal defense, and non-compete and securities litigation. Betz-Sandifur has enjoyed significant courtroom time in both state and federal courts, and has been recognized as a distinguished fellow by the Indianapolis Bar Foundation, as a Rising Star by Super Lawyers magazine, and as an Indiana “future star” in litigation by Benchmark Litigation.
  • Thomas J. Birchfield, JD'88
    Fisher & Phillips LLP announced today that Thomas J. Birchfield, JD’88, from its Louisville office has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2013.® Birchfield was honored along with five other attorneys who specialize in labor and employment law and represent the Louisville regional office.
  • Benjamin A. Blair, JD'10
    Benjamin A. Blair, JD’10, is an associate in the Faegre Baker Daniels LLP tax group in Indianapolis, where he concentrates his practice on multistate tax litigation and planning for corporations, partnerships, and charitable organizations. He represents clients in all stages of the litigation process, including audit, administrative appeals, and the state courts. Blair has represented clients in a wide range of industries, including manufacturing, gaming, real estate, logistics, health care, and retail.
  • Nicholas R. Blesch Clark, JD'08
    Nicholas Blesch Clark, JD'08, has joined with two other attorneys to open Swenson Clark and Pitts LLP in Carmel, IN. Following several years of practicing as an administrative law judge for unemployment insurance appeals in Indianapolis, IN, Clark now practices family law and consumer bankruptcy along with partners who have family law and criminal defense experience.
  • Eric E. Boyd, JD'86
    Eric E. Boyd, JD’86, has joined Thompson Coburn LLP as a partner in the firm's environmental group. Boyd is based in Thompson Coburn’s Chicago office. Previously, he was a partner at Seyfarth Shaw LLP. For more than 25 years, Boyd has represented clients in the Midwest and throughout the country across a wide spectrum of litigation, environmental regulatory compliance, and transactional matters.
  • Carly (Szentesy) Brandenburg, JD'07
    Carly Brandenburg, JD’07, an attorney with Eichhorn & Eichhorn LLP in Hammond, has been named Northwest Indiana’s 2012 Up and Coming Woman of the Year in Law.
  • Michael E. Brown, JD'78
    Michael E. Brown, JD/MBA’78, is a senior partner in the Indianapolis office of the law firm Kightlinger & Gray. Practicing law for over 30 years, he focuses on corporate and business litigation, insurance coverage and bad faith, and professional liability cases involving accountants, attorneys, insurance agents, and other professionals. He served as a law clerk to a federal judge and has served on the firm’s management committee for nearly 20 years. Brown has been recognized by his peers with numerous legal awards, including Diplomat of the Indiana Defense Trial Counsel in 2009, inclusion in Indiana Super Lawyers from 2004 to 2011, and inclusion in the 2009–2012 editions of Best Lawyers in America in the area of malpractice law. He lives in Indianapolis.
  • Michele (Daily) Bryant, JD'88
    Michele S. Bryant, JD’88, has been elected treasurer of the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana. The organization is an association of Indiana lawyers who defend clients in civil litigation. Bryant is a partner at Kahn Dees Donovan & Kahn LLP in Evansville. Her practice is focused on the defense and trial of medical malpractice claims, representing both individual health care providers and hospitals. She also practices in the areas of health care and hospital law, employment law, and commercial litigation.
  • Joseph T. Bumbleburg, JD'61
    Joseph T. Bumbleburg, JD’61, was presented with the Chancellor’s Award for Distinguished Service to the Lafayette Region of Ivy Tech Community College by Ball Eggleston PC. He was also awarded an honorary associate’s of science degree in college and community service from Ivy Tech at its graduation ceremony in Lafayette on May 5. Bumbleburg served on Ivy Tech’s board of trustees for 15 years.
  • Jerry J. Burgdoerfer, JD'83
    Jerry J. Burgdoerfer, JD/MBA’83, was presented with the GLBTAA 2013 Distinguished Alumni Award by Bloomington Provost Lauren Robel on February 1. The award is presented to members of the LGBT community and individual allies or supporters of the community who have made significant contributions benefiting Indiana University or their community, state, or nation. Burgdoerfer is a senior partner at Jenner & Block LLP in Chicago, where he is co-chair of the firm's securities practice and a former member of the firm's management committee. His specialization includes mergers and acquisitions, reorganizations, private equity transactions, securities offerings, joint ventures and fiduciary and other corporate governance issues. He currently serves on the Board of the United Cerebral Palsy Association of Greater Chicago.
  • Jennifer (King) Burk, JD'90
    Jennifer King Burk, JD’90, is president and CEO of Junior Achievement of Central Indiana. After completing her law degree, Burk practiced business and real estate law at Ice Miller. She joined Duke Realty as a staff attorney in 1995 and worked her way up to senior attorney, then vice president and senior vice president of tenant services. In 2001, Burk became the first woman to head one of Duke’s business units when she was named senior vice president of the Indiana office group. She was named president and CEO of Junior Achievement of Central Indiana in July 2009.
  • Joshua T. Busch, JD'12
    Joshua T. Busch, JD’12, joined Faegre Baker Daniels LLP and is a member of the firm’s product liability litigation group in Fort Wayne, where he defends, resolves, prevents, and manages product liability issues and litigation.
  • Daniel P. Byron, JD'62
    Daniel Byron, JD’62, a partner at Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, visited Mongolia in September to help improve the rights of free speech and free press. He spent most of the month in and around the capital city, Ulaanbaatar, assisting and educating defense attorneys, prosecutors, judges, journalists and other advocates about media law. Stationed as an Army captain in South Korea during the mid-1960s, Byron became curious about Mongolia as he listened to the daily weather forecast for that country on AFKN radio. To his memory of the country reporting extremely cold temperatures, Byron can now add fresh stories of the weather, the people and the legal system.
  • Daniel P. Byron, JD'62
    Continuing his work on behalf of journalists around the world, Indianapolis attorney Daniel P. Byron, JD’62, traveled to Mongolia in September to mentor attorneys working to protect journalists, the rights of the press, and freedom of speech. While there, he kept an online blog, dbyroninmongolia.blogspot.com. A partner who specializes in media law for Bingham Greenebaum Doll, Byron was invited in 2007 to lead a team of attorneys working in Ghana, Nigeria, and Sierra Leone to stop violence against journalists, publishers, and broadcasters, and to combat laws limiting freedom of expression. In October 2008, Byron was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Indiana Broadcasters’ Association for contributions to the field of broadcasting, the association’s highest honor. He is the first non-broadcaster to receive the award.
  • Nicholas A. Capezza, JD'05
    Nicholas Capezza, JD’05, has joined the staff of the National Alcohol Beverage Control Association based in Alexandria, Virginia. He was chosen to fill a new position in the association focusing on research and public policy. In addition, Capezza was appointed in December 2012 to the City of Fairfax Environmental Sustainability Committee, where he will assist homeowners and businesses.
  • The Honorable James M. Carr, JD'75
    Chief Judge Frank H. Easterbrook of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit has announced the appointment of James M. Carr, JD’75, to a 14-year term as United States Bankruptcy Judge for the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana. He will take office on January 1, 2013. Mr. Carr earned his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University. He graduated magna cum laude from the Maurer School of Law and was elected to Order of the Coif. He started working at Baker & Daniels after law school and was a partner there as well as at its successor, Faegre Baker Daniels. He specialized in bankruptcy, financial restructuring, and commercial litigation law.
  • Matthew M. Ciesielski, JD'09
    Matthew Ciesielski, JD’09, has joined Marshall, Gerstein & Borun in Chicago as a trial lawyer focusing on intellectual property rights. Previously, he was assistant state’s attorney for McHenry County, Ill. Most recently, he served as a felony prosecutor, handling some of the most high-profile crimes from indictment to verdict, including armed robbery, sexual assault, and child pornography offenses.
  • Rachel E. Clark, JD'07
    Rachel E. Clark, JD’07, associate general counsel for the Illinois Education Association, and her husband, Eric Anderson, welcomed Bernadette Elaine Clark Anderson on Nov. 17.
  • Gregory R. Clark, JD'06
    Gregory R. Clark, JD’06, has been appointed deputy director/general counsel of the Indianapolis Local Public Improvement Bond Bank, effective November 1. Clark previously served as special counsel in the Department of Public Safety, assistant corporation counsel for the City of Indianapolis and chairman of the Legal Subcommittee for Super Bowl XLVI. Before joining the City, he practiced law in Jeffersonville, Ind., representing several municipal entities, including the Jeffersonville City Council.
  • Sarah (Dansker) Cotterill, JD'03
    Sarah Dansker Cotterill, JD’03, has joined American Health Network as vice president and general counsel.
  • Gonzalo P. Curiel, JD'79
    On November 10, 2011, President Barack Obama nominated Gonzalo P. Curiel, JD’79, Curiel to serve as a judge on the United States District Court for the Southern District of California. He received a hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on March 28, 2012, and his nomination was reported to the floor on April 26, 2012, by voice vote. In the early hours of September 22, 2012, on what was officially still the legislative day of September 21, the Senate confirmed Curiel in a voice vote. He received his commission on October 1, 2012.
  • Steven D. DeBrota, JD'89
    Steven D. de Brota, JD’89, has been promoted to the position of senior litigation counsel in the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Southern District of Indiana.
  • Alecia A. DeCoudreaux, JD'78
    Alecia de Coudreaux, JD’78, was chosen as a speaker at the Indiana University Bloomington commencement ceremonies and was presented with an honorary degree. De Coudreaux has held numerous honorary and leadership roles at IU Bloomington, including honorary director of the IU Foundation from 1998 to 2007. In 1998, she was inducted into the Academy of Law Alumni Fellows, the highest honor Maurer bestows upon alumni. De Coudreaux was named director of community relations in 1990 at Eli Lilly and Company, and she advanced through various administrative positions until being named vice president and general counsel for Lilly USA in 2005. Currently the 13th president of Mills College, she is the institution's first African-American woman president. She is a member emerita of the Law School’s board of visitors.
  • Kathleen A. DeLaney, JD'95
    Kathleen A. DeLaney, JD’95, of DeLaney and DeLaney LLC in Indianapolis, recently filed a federal employment discrimination case which has garnered attention in the national news media. Kathleen and her client, Emily Herx, appeared live from New York on the Today program and CNN on April 26, 2012. Her client's case was also reported on NBC Nightly News with Brian Williams the same evening. DeLaney is a member of Indiana Law’s Alumni Board.
  • Dustin R. DeNeal, JD'07
    In April, Dustin R. De Neal, JD’07, was named an Up and Coming Lawyer by The Indiana Lawyer. As a fifth-year associate in the Indianapolis office of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP, De Neal has tackled more complex issues and difficult cases in his finance and restructuring practice than some attorneys with many more years of experience. He had a baptism by fire early in his career, when he took on prominent roles in a Chapter 11 case involving a large U.S. cattle dealer and a converted Chapter 7 case involving a global musical instrument retailer. De Neal also has developed his own side practice advising colleges and universities on bankruptcy matters. He is active in the Indianapolis, Indiana State, and American Bar Associations and chairs the Client Financial Assistance Fund, an ISBA committee that works to compensate victims of attorney dishonesty.
  • Kurt A. Diefenbach, JD'86
    Kurt A. Diefenbach, JD’86, is managing editor of books at CCH Inc., a leading provider of customer-focused tax, accounting and audit information, software, and services for professionals in accounting firms and corporations, in Deerfield, Ill.
  • Shakeba DuBose, JD'04
    Shakeba DuBose, JD’04, recently started her own law firm, The DuBose Law Firm, LLC, located in Columbus, Ohio. Her firm specializes in providing quality legal services to health services professionals and entities before State of Ohio licensure boards, regulatory agencies, as well as in appeals before Ohio Common Pleas and Appellate Courts.
  • Abhishek Dube, LLMT'10
    Abhishek Dubé, JD’09, LLM’10, is a member of the global law firm DLA Piper’s franchise and distribution group, based in the company’s northern Virginia office. He focuses his practice on international transactions related to franchising, licensing, and distribution. He has helped clients with transactions in countries and regions that include Australia, Brazil, Canada, France, Hong Kong, India, Japan, Macau, Malaysia, Mexico, Pakistan, the Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, the UAE, and the UK.
  • William A. Dummett, JD'10
    William A. Dummett, JD’10, is an associate attorney with Hall, Render, Killian, Heath & Lyman in Indianapolis. He is a member of the health information technology section of the firm’s business/tax practice group and his practice focuses on advising hospitals, health systems, and physician organizations on corporate and health law-related matters, including regulatory and compliance, contracting, and information systems. Dummett joined Hall Render after working as in-house counsel for IBM. While in law school, he interned at Winston and Strawn in Chicago, Ill.
  • David P. Durm, JD'98
    David P. Durm, JD’98, has joined Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Indianapolis office as a partner in the real estate department.
  • Meghan A. Dwyer, JD'08
    Meghan Dwyer, JD’08, has joined WITI Fox 6 News in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, as an investigative reporter. She was previously the crime and legal reporter at the CBS affiliate in Rockford, Illinois.
  • Kim F. Ebert, JD'76
    Kim F. Ebert, JD’76, serves as the managing shareholder in the law firm of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak, & Stewart P.C. He recently directed the development of overseas operations, enabling the firm to build a global presence.
  • Allyson E. Feary, JD'12
    Allyson Feary, JD’12, recently began her practice as an associate in the Chicago office of Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson, & Feary, P.C. Feary’s practice is devoted to serving clients in a wide variety of legal issues, including complex litigation, corporate structuring and business transactions, and independent contractor issues.
  • Stephen L. Ferguson, JD'66
    Stephen L. Ferguson, JD’66, an attorney and executive with Cook Group Inc. and partner at Ferguson Ferguson and Lloyd, has joined the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum’s board of directors.
  • Heather (Taylor) Forry, JD'02
    Heather N. Forry, JD’02, has been named to the 2013 Ohio Super Lawyers Rising Stars list. Rising Stars are 40 or younger or have been practicing law for no more than 10 years, and represent the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state. Fewer than 2.5 percent of lawyers are selected for Rising Star status. Forry is a partner at Porter Wright Morris & Arthur LLP in Columbus.
  • Jeffrey L. Gage, JD'77
    Jeffrey L. Gage, JD’77, has been selected by his peers for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America® 2013. Gage practices in Quarles & Brady’s Phoenix office.
  • Nicole A. Gaines, JD'96
    Nicole A. Gaines, JD’96, is an administrative law judge in Seattle, Washington, serving on the caseload panel for the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction. She is the immediate past president of the Loren Miller Bar Association, an organization focused on addressing issues of race and social and economic disparities affecting the African-American community.
  • Angela G. Garcia, JD'09
    Angela Garcia, JD’09, an attorney at Carson Boxberger LLP in Fort Wayne, Indiana, was awarded the ATHENA Young Professional Leadership Award on April 11, 2013. The award honors a young professional who demonstrates excellence, creativity, and initiative within her field. Garcia practices general business and corporate law and handles a range of legal matters for corporations, governmental entities, and nonprofit organizations, including in the areas of employment, trademark and transactional law.
  • Richard W. Gardner, JD'12
    R. William Gardner, JD’12, has joined Barnes & Thornburg LLP in its Indianapolis office as an associate in the firm’s environmental department. Gardner served as a summer associate at Barnes and Thornburg prior to joining the firm full time in 2012. In addition, he served as a law clerk for the Indiana Utility Regulatory Commission, a law fellow for the International Union for the Conservation of Nature (IUCN), and a legal assistant for the Nashville Pro Bono Program.
  • Clifford W. Garstang, JD'81
    Clifford W. Garstang, JD’81, of Staunton, Virginia has published his second book, What the Zhang Boys Know, a novel composed of several short stories set in Washington, D.C. A Peace Corps volunteer and former lawyer with the World Bank, Garstang is editor of Prime Number, a literary magazine. His fiction deals with multi-cultural issues.
  • Mark R. Gerstle, JD'81
    The Division of Business at Indiana University – Purdue University Columbus presented its 2011 Community Partner Award to Cummins during a May reception for MBA graduates. The award was presented to Mark R. Gerstle, JD’81, the company’s vice president and chief administrative officer. IUPUC established its Community Partner Award to honor organizations and individuals who have been exceptionally engaged with the MBA program, its students, and the university.
  • Loretta S. Godfrey, JD'88
    Loretta Sachs Godfrey, JD’88, has been elected president of the board of directors of License to Freedom, a non-profit community-based organization that promotes nonviolence through community education, self-sufficiency and advocacy for refugee and immigrant survivors of domestic and relationship abuse in San Diego.
  • Brian K. Gran, JD'88
    Brian K. Gran, JD’88, is a sociologist with a secondary appointment in the Case Western Reserve University School of Law. He has been awarded a Fulbright Scholarship to visit Iceland spring 2013, where he plans to do research and teach in the Reykjavik University School of Law.
  • Elizabeth M. Green, JD'05
    Elizabeth Green, JD’05, has been named partner at Riley Bennett & Egloff LLP in Indianapolis. Green is a litigator who focuses on commercial disputes.
  • Michael L. Griffin, JD'98
    Michael Griffin, JD’98, has been deployed by the U.S. Army to Guantánamo Bay, Cuba to support detainee operations.
  • The Honorable Lee H. Hamilton, JD'56
    Lee H. Hamilton, JD’56, was one of two former members of the U.S. Congress who joined the IU faculty recently, along with former senator Richard G. Lugar. Hamilton and Lugar have been named distinguished scholars and professors of practice in the university’s new School of Global and International Studies. They will also co-chair the new IU International Advisory Committee. Hamilton was the keynote speaker at the Law School’s senior recognition ceremony on May 4. He served as U.S. representative for Indiana’s Ninth District from 1965–1999.
  • Tammy (Amor) Haney, JD'90
    Tammy K. Haney, JD’90, has joined Keller Macaluso LLC, Carmel, Ind., as chair of its real estate group. Haney concentrates her practice in the area of real estate transactions, focusing on commercial and residential development, acquisitions and dispositions, and leasing for both public and private sector clients. She has experience with municipalities, school corporations, and public utilities related primarily to real estate acquisitions, dispositions, development, rights- of-way, eminent domain, and recreational trails. She also has been an instructor at Indiana University/Purdue University at Indianapolis and provides educational instruction to legal- and real estate-focused organizations.
  • Herbert D. Hart, III, JD'77
    Herbert D. Hart III, JD’77, – a shareholder at McAndrews, Held & Malloy in Chicago, was honored recently for his professional accomplishments and his outstanding contributions to the American Intellectual Property Law Association (AIPLA) at AIPLA’s Annual Meeting in Washington, D.C. Hart was presented with a Project Award for his outstanding service to the AIPLA. He was particularly recognized for his leadership as Chair of the Post-Grant Review Issues Group of the Special Task Force on the America Invents Act Rulemaking. He was also honored for serving as one of only six persons appointed to the Expert Committee on Regulations for Conducting New PGR/IPR Procedures. Hart serves clients in the pharmaceutical, medical device, petroleum, chemical, agribusiness, and aerospace industries. He is known as a leading authority in trial practice at the Patent Trial and Appeal Board, specifically in life science and chemical technologies, and has served as witness on interference law and practice. Hart is widely published in the field of intellectual property law and has provided commentary in numerous legal, business and scientific publications.
  • Mark T. Hayden, JD'86
    Mark T. Hayden, JD’86, was recently listed as a Leading Lawyer by Cincy magazine. Hayden is a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP’s Cincinnati office.
  • Mark T. Hayden, JD'86
    Mark T. Hayden, JD’86, has joined the Cincinnati office of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP as a partner in the litigation practice group. Mark T. Hayden is a distinguished trial attorney who focuses his practice on business disputes, with a particular expertise in the areas of product liability and competitive practices/unfair competition. He has been lead trial counsel in more than 25 jury trials for both plaintiffs and defendants and has one of the largest jury verdicts in a commercial dispute in the Commonwealth of Kentucky. Hayden is recognized in Ohio Super Lawyers, in Best Lawyers in America (commercial litigation and corporate law) and as one of Cincy magazine’s Leading Lawyers. Prior to joining Taft, Hayden was the managing partner of another Cincinnati firm, as well as a member of that firm’s management’s committee.
  • Jeffrey M. Heinzmann, JD'93
    Jeff Heinzmann, JD’93, has taken a position as senior consultant and counsel for Critical Skills, Inc. in Carmel, Indiana, after spending five years overseeing small business development for the State of Indiana.
  • Jason S. Henderson, JD'11
    Jason Henderson, JD'11, has been selected for the National Academies’ Mirzayan Science and Technology Policy Graduate Fellowship Program in Washington, D.C. He will work at the Institute of Medicine with the Board of Global Health, researching the global health implications of counterfeit, falsified, and substandard drugs.
  • Jane A. Henegar, JD'88
    Jane A. Henegar, JD’88, is the new executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana. Henegar succeeds Gilbert Holmes, who retired March 31. Henegar was Indianapolis' deputy mayor from 2000 to 2006 under then-Mayor Bart Peterson and served as state director for former Sen. Evan Bayh. She also has held posts in the state Department of Administration and the Family and Social Services Administration. After leaving city government, Henegar led the Coalition for Homelessness Intervention and Prevention and taught political science at Butler University.
  • Maile M. Hirota, JD'94
    Maile M. Hirota, JD’94, represented Ms. An Na Peng in her successful presidential pardon, which was granted in March 2013. It was one of only a few pardons granted by President Obama, and the only immigration-related pardon since 2001. Hirota practices law in Honolulu with her own boutique immigration firm, Hirota and Associates. She currently serves as the Hawaii Chapter chair of the American Immigration Lawyers Association.
  • C. Ray Hughes, JD'03
    Leech Tishman recently welcomed Ray Hughes, JD’03, to its Chicago office. Hughes will practice in the insurance coverage and corporate risk mitigation and litigation practice groups. He focuses his practice on insurance coverage, tort defense, and commercial litigation.
  • Ryan M. Hurley, JD'03
    Ryan M. Hurley, JD’03, who works in Faegre Baker Daniels LLP’s Indianapolis office, has been selected as a BTI Client Service All-Star for 2013. The All-Star designation is reserved for attorneys who stand out with corporate counsel as delivering the highest levels of client service. Hurley is a business litigator focused on antitrust, health care, contract disputes, and bankruptcy litigation. He defends class actions, multi-district proceedings, and appellate matters, and provides antitrust counseling and training. Hurley is also active in pro bono work with the Wishard Medical-Legal Partnership, providing guardianship assistance to patients at Wishard Health Services. He lives in Carmel.
  • Ryan M. Hurley, JD'03
    Ryan M. Hurley, JD’03, is a partner in the Faegre Baker Daniels’ Indianapolis office. He is a business litigator with significant experience in the areas of antitrust, health care, contract disputes, and bankruptcy litigation. Hurley has litigated class actions and multi-district litigation proceedings, and has first- and second-chair trial and arbitration experience. He also has appellate experience, including a Seventh Circuit oral argument on behalf of a pro bono criminal client.
  • Michala P. Irons, JD'09
    Michala Irons, JD’09, has joined Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Indianapolis office as an associate in the firm’s corporate department. Formerly with the IRS Office of Chief Counsel in Washington, D.C., Irons served as an attorney in the Passthroughs and Special Industries Division, where she assisted the Treasury Department in drafting published guidance with respect to the taxation of partnerships, S corporations, trusts, and the passive activity loss and net investment income tax rules; provided field support to IRS attorneys, appeals officers, and revenue agents; and responded to practitioner and taxpayer inquiries. Irons has also been a panelist at tax section meetings for both the District of Columbia Bar and the American Bar Association and has guest lectured at the Georgetown University Law Center. She was recently awarded the Treasury Department’s 2012 Legal Research and Writing Award for her exceptional work in developing the regulations under the new net investment income tax.
  • Shontrai D. Irving, JD'03
    Shontrai D. Irving, JD’03, was recently presented with the Thomas J. Hennessy Award for his service to residence life at Indiana University and for his contributions to the community throughout his career.
  • Sarah C. Jenkins, JD'06
    Sarah C. Jenkins, JD’06, an associate in Faegre Baker Daniels LLP’s Indianapolis office, has received the firm’s inaugural Baker Benson Pro Bono Award. Jenkins, a business litigation associate, was honored for her outstanding representation of vulnerable clients in guardianship and probate matters through the firm’s persons with disabilities pro bono project.
  • Travis N. Jensen, JD'98
    Personal injury attorney Travis N. Jensen, JD’98, has a piece of office equipment most lawyers don’t require at work: an electric piano. The co-founder of the Indianapolis law firm Johnson Jensen doesn’t play piano just to reduce work-related stress. Jensen, who lives in Fishers, Indiana, is a member of An Innocent Band, a Billy Joel tribute band, which plays regularly around the state of Indiana.
  • Benjamin J. Keele, JD'09
    Benjamin J. Keele, JD’09, is a research and instructional services librarian in the Ruth Lilly Law Library at the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis. He is co-author of The Librarian’s Copyright Companion (2nd ed.), recently published by William S. Hein & Co. Keele lives in Indianapolis.
  • Kristin (Bierlein) Keltner, JD'98
    In February, Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance hired Kristin Bierlein Keltner, JD’98, as associate general counsel in employment law. She was previously an attorney in the Indianapolis office of Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart P.C.
  • Jeffrey A. King, JD'87
    Jeffrey A. King, JD’87, recently accepted the position of associate general counsel in charge of risk management and litigation with the University of Arizona Health Network in Tucson.
  • Carrol A. Krause, JD'97
    Carrol A. Krause, JD’97, is a freelance writer and editor living in Bloomington, Ind. She is the author of Showers Brothers Furniture Company: The Shared Fortunes of a Family, a City, and a University, published in May by Indiana University Press. In this detailed history of a local company whose success strengthened Bloomington’s infrastructure, helped develop new neighborhoods, and whose philanthropic acts supported the town’s continued development, Krause tells the story of a successful collaboration among business, town, and gown. A former member of Bloomington’s Historic Preservation Commission, Krause writes a weekly column in the Bloomington Herald-Times.
  • Robert H. Lattinville, JD'90
    Robert H. Lattinville, JD’90, a partner at Stinson Morrison Hecker LLP in Saint Louis, was named in the 2013 edition of The Best Lawyers in America®. He was honored in the practice area of sports law. Lattinville’s practice includes representing professional athletes, sporting goods manufacturers, and sports governing bodies.
  • James T. Lawley, JD'07
    James Lawley, JD’07, moved from Alabama to Augusta, Maine, to enter private practice with Lipman and Katz. Lawley is expanding his practice from criminal law to include general civil litigation.
  • David J. Lazerwitz, JD'95
    David J. Lazerwitz, JD/MPA’95, environmental partner and co-chair of Farella Braun + Martel’s renewable energy and clean technologies group, was named to the inaugural LMG Clean Technology & Renewable Energy guide’s CleanTech 100. The list recognizes the top 100 clean technology and renewable energy attorneys practicing in the industry today. Lazerwitz practices in San Francisco.
  • Henry P. Lee, LLB'65
    Henry P. Lee, LLB’65, has been named to DBusiness Top Lawyers 2013. He was one of 23 attorneys at Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC to receive this award. Lee was selected through a process which included a peer review survey that polled more than 18,000 private attorneys in Oakland, Wayne, Macomb, Washtenaw and Livingston (Michigan) counties. Lawyers were asked to nominate up to three attorneys in any of the 50 specialized practice areas. Special weight was given to lawyers chosen by attorneys working at firms other than their own as well as prior honorees. Lee specializes in the areas of nonprofit/charities law, tax law, and trusts and estates.
  • Ihnsoo . Lee, LLMP'11
    Ihnsoo Lee, LLMP’11, has been chosen by his employer, Korea Exchange, to take a position in Cambodia as vice chairman and COO at the Cambodian Stock Exchange.
  • Sandra D. Leek, JD'79
    Sandra D. Leek, JD’79, passed away on October 12, 2012 in Indianapolis, Ind. She is survived by her only sister Cynthia (Fred) Leek Cleveland of Atlanta, Ga. Born in Durham, N.C, she received a B.A. degree in Political Science from Tufts University and a Juris Doctorate degree from Indiana University. She specialized in law pertaining to labor & employment, EEO, ADA, fair housing, diversity and civil rights issues. An attorney at Baker and Daniels, LLP, she was appointed by three governors as State Commissioner of Indiana Civil Rights, served as chairperson of the Indiana Unemployment Insurance Review Board, and worked at Indiana Legal Services, Inc. Sandra was also a published author.
  • Alan A. Levin, JD'82
    Alan A. Levin, JD’82, managing partner of Indianapolis-based Barnes & Thornburg LLP, was featured in a recent article in The Indiana Lawyer for his role in building the firm through organic growth rather than acquiring or merging with other firms.
  • Marla (Pikstein) Linderman, JD'96
    Marla Linderman, JD’96, was one of 20 awardees of Michigan Lawyers Weekly’s Women in the Law 2012. Honorees were chosen from a large number of nominees from across the state and from all areas of the law. She practices with Linderman Law PC in Brighton, Mich.
  • Christine (Graffis) Long, JD'95
    Christine Long, JD’95, has rejoined Faegre Baker Daniels LLP as counsel in the law firm’s corporate practice. Long first joined the firm in 1995 and was a partner from 2005–2007 before joining the legal team at ITT Educational Services, Inc. Long spent more than five years at ITT, most recently as senior vice president, general counsel, and secretary. At Faegre Baker Daniels, Long concentrates her practice in the areas of securities law, mergers and acquisitions, and general corporate law. She was recognized as a top Indiana lawyer in corporate and M&A practice by Chambers USA: A Guide to America’s Leading Business Lawyers.
  • Nicholas D. Malone, JD'04
    Nicholas D. Malone, JD’04, was recently named a partner in Shumaker, Loop & Kendrick, LLP. He is a member of the corporate practice group in the Toledo, Ohio office. His principal areas of practice are mergers, acquisitions and dispositions, business formation, governance, and funding and general corporate matters. Malone’s practice also includes general commercial transactions and contract negotiations, securities law, and franchising.
  • Robert W. Markette, Jr., JD'98
    Robert W. Markette, Jr., JD’98, has joined the Indianapolis office of Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman P.C. as of counsel in the firm’s health practice group.
  • Brian Mathison, JD'03
    Brian Mathison, JD’03, recently joined the United States Military Academy at West Point as an instructor in the Department of Chemistry and Life Science.
  • Gregory L. McHenry, JD'13
    The Bloomington Parks and Recreation Department has recognized Greg McHenry, JD’13, for the kids court program at the Banneker at the View after-school program with the April 2013 Bravo Award. He began volunteering with the Banneker Center in 2006 as an after-school volunteer while he was an undergraduate at IU.
  • Kendall H. Millard, JD'98
    Kendall Millard, JD’98, a partner in Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Indianapolis office, has received the Pro Bono Publico Award from the Indiana Bar Foundation for his outstanding pro bono services. Millard was one of only four recipients to be recognized for pro bono efforts. The Pro Bono Publico Award annually recognizes the extraordinary contributions that are made toward ensuring legal services are available to people who otherwise could not afford them. The award serves to focus public awareness on the substantial voluntary services rendered annually by Indiana lawyers.
  • Katelyn M. Miner, JD'12
    Katelyn M. Miner, JD’12, joined Faegre Baker Daniels LLP as a member of the firm’s insurance team in downtown Indianapolis, She interned with Wishard Health Services in Indianapolis during law school. Prior to attending law school, she was a volunteer English teacher for Christel House Mexico in Mexico City.
  • Liza C. Moore, JD'08
    Liza C. Moore, JD’08, is a litigation associate attorney at Foster, Swift, Collins and Smith, P.C., in the law firm’s Lansing, Michigan office. Moore’s civil litigation practice involves representation of cities, villages, townships, schools, businesses, insurance companies, agribusinesses, farms, and individuals in state and federal courts at the trial and appellate level. In 2012, Moore was listed as a Michigan Super Lawyers Rising Star. Continuing her lifelong involvement in agriculture, Moore leads Foster Swift’s agribusiness group. In summer 2012, she worked with a few other attorneys to form an Agricultural Law Section for the State Bar of Michigan. The new section now has more than 120 attorney members. At the new section’s organizational meeting in January 2013, the members elected Moore as its chair. In March 2013, the Ingham County Bar Association recognized Moore as one of Ingham County’s Top 5 under 35 attorneys for 2013.
  • Robert L. Moore, JD'02
    Robert L. Moore, JD’02, has been named vice president and chief human resource officer at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare. He was previously the director of colleague relations.
  • James E. Morgan, JD'92
    Jim E. Morgan, JD’92, has joined Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC. He will practice in the firm’s Chicago office.
  • Trenton B. Morton, JD'12
    Trenton B. Morton, JD’12, joined Faegre Baker Daniels LLP and focuses on intellectual property law from the firm’s Fort Wayne office. He received his law degree from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 2012. While in law school, Morton was an intern with the City of Indianapolis’ Office of Corporate Counsel.
  • Adam C. Mueller, JD'05
    In April, Adam C. Mueller, JD’05, was named an Up and Coming Lawyer by The Indiana Lawyer. As a staff attorney at Indiana Legal Services Inc. in Indianapolis, Mueller was cited for combining competence, compassion, efficiency, and just plain hard work in providing legal services to vulnerable segments of the population. He was described as a great mentor to interns, law students, and new attorneys who work with him in serving clients through medical–legal partnerships. Not only has Mueller developed several MLPs with health care providers in the Indianapolis area to address people’s health and legal problems, but he has also been instrumental in assisting a variety of firms and organizations with developing their own MLPs.
  • John M. Mueller, JD'97
    John M. Mueller, JD’97, was named in a recently released 2012 edition of Chambers USA, John M. Mueller was named a "Leader in their Field" in Intellectual Property. Mueller is a partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP in Cincinnati.
  • Terry (Miller) Mumford, JD'73
  • The Honorable Thomas E. Nelson, JD'77
    The Michigan Supreme Court appointed Thomas E. Nelson, JD’77, chief judge of the Berrien County Trial Court. Over the past 18 years, Nelson has served as probate judge, presiding judge of the Family Division, and chief judge pro tem of Berrien’s 11-judge consolidated court. He lives in Baroda, Michigan.
  • Kurt D. Nondorf, JD'83
    Kurt D. Nondorf, JD’83, was selected for inclusion in the 2012 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business guide. He is a partner in Jackson Walker in Houston, Tex., where he is highly regarded for his work representing real estate developers.
  • Jeffrey S. Nowak, JD'99
    Jeff Nowak, JD’99, was named one of the “40 Illinois Attorneys under Forty to Watch” for 2012 by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company, publisher of Chicago Lawyer magazine and the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. He is a partner at Franczek Radelet in Chicago.
  • Anna K. Obergfell Kirkman, JD'09
    In April, Anna (Obergfell) Kirkman, JD’09, was named an Up and Coming Lawyer by The Indiana Lawyer. Kirkman is associate counsel for Wishard Health Services in Indianapolis. In the three years since she graduated from law school, Kirkman’s development and leadership of the medical–legal partnership at Wishard has improved the health of patients, influenced the way care is provided, and become a national model for similar partnerships.
  • Andrew D. Otis, JD'90
    Andrew D. Otis, JD’90, is the new chair of the 2,076-member international section of the New York State Bar Association. Otis is a partner at Curtis, Mallet-Prevost, Colt & Mosle in Manhattan. He represents international clients concerned with environmental matters in transactions and litigation and before government agencies. A 13-year member of the state bar, Otis most recently served as the section’s chair-elect. He co-chairs the international environmental law committee, a joint committee of the international and environmental law sections.
  • Thomas A. Pagliarulo, JD'09
    Thomas A. Pagliarulo, JD’09, has joined The Law Offices of Sherwood Guernsey, PC, in Pittsfield, Massachusetts. Admitted to the bar in both Massachusetts and New York, Pagliarulo will focus on criminal and civil litigation cases and join Ethan Klepetar to broaden client representation in the firm’s litigation practice. Pagliarulo will also represent clients in probate and other civil case work.
  • Danuta (Bembenista) Panich, JD'78
    Danuta Bembenista Panich, JD’78, has been elected a fellow of the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. She has been a shareholder since 2007 of Ogletree Deakins, a national labor and employment law firm and works out of the firm’s Indianapolis office. Panich lives in Carmel, Ind., with her husband Nick, BA’76, who retired in 2008 as chief of police after 30 years with the Munster (Ind.) Police Department.
  • George T. Patton, Jr., JD'87
    George T. Patton Jr, JD’87, has been named to the Washington DC Super Lawyers® list for 2012. Super Lawyers is a listing of lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. Patton is a partner in the litigation group and a former chair of the appellate law group at the Bose McKinney & Evans’s Washington, D.C. office. He has taught appellate advocacy and procedure at Indiana Law, written a book on Indiana appellate procedure published by West Group, authored a chapter in a book on appellate briefs, and published several law review articles on Indiana appellate procedure. His articles have been cited by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the Indiana Supreme Court, and the Indiana Court of Appeals. Patton has worked on cases before the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. Court of Appeals, the Indiana Supreme Court, and the Indiana Court of Appeals, resulting in more than 100 published opinions. Prior to joining the firm, he served as a judicial law clerk to now retired Indiana Chief Justice Randall T. Shepard.
  • Andrea N. Person, JD'10
    Andrea N. Person, JD’10, has joined the legal team at Groupon as corporate counsel. In her new role, she will work primarily with commercial transactions related to Groupon Goods.
  • Robert E. Peterson, JD'64
    Robert E. Peterson, JD’64, retired in October as senior partner of the Rochester, Indiana law firm he founded in 1965. A veteran of the Korean War, Peterson served three terms in the Indiana State Senate and was a trustee of Purdue University from 2003–2006. He and his wife, Martha, live in Rochester.
  • Michael R. Pinkston, JD'08
    M. Ryan Pinkston, JD’08, was recently selected as a 2013 Rising Star (Illinois) by Super Lawyers.
  • Andrew M. Pittman, JD'11
    Andrew M. Pittman, JD’11, has joined Williams Law in Evansville, Ind., as an associate attorney practicing in criminal defense, civil litigation, and family law.
  • Mark J. Plantan, JD'12
    Mark J. Plantan, JD’12, has joined DeLaney & DeLaney in Indianapolis as an associate. Plantan graduated from Loyola University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in philosophy and political science in 2009. He graduated magna cum laude from Indiana Law and was elected to Order of the Coif. During law school, Plantan served as a law clerk for the Indiana Attorney General, Advisory Division, from January through April 2012.
  • Mark J. Plantan, JD'12
    Mark J. Plantan, JD’12, has joined DeLaney & DeLaney in Indianapolis as an associate. Mr. Plantan graduated from Loyola University, where he was elected to Phi Beta Kappa with a degree in philosophy and political science in 2009. He graduated magna cum laude from Indiana Law and was elected to Order of the Coif. During law school, Plantan served as a law clerk for the Indiana Attorney General, Advisory Division from January through April 2012.
  • Erick D. Ponader, JD'85
    Erick D. Ponader, JD’85, of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, Indianapolis was named a "Leader in their Field" in real estate in the 2012 edition of Chambers USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business guide.
  • Elissa Preheim, JD'96
    Elissa J. Preheim, JD’96, was involved in the recent U.S. Supreme Court decision that held that the discovery rule does not apply to the statute of limitations for government enforcement penalty actions. Preheim is a partner at Arnold & Porter LLP in Washington, D.C. and a member of the Law School’s board of visitors.
  • Andrew A. Proia, JD'13
    Andrew A. Proia, JD’13, recently had a paper accepted for presentation at the Southeast Colloquium, a conference affiliated with the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication. The paper was written for co-listed courses with the Maurer School of Law and School of Journalism: advanced constitutional law and the press and the constitution.
  • Johnny D. Pryor, JD'02
    Johnny D. Pryor, JD’02, assistant dean for student affairs at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, was presented with the 2012–2013 IUPUI Multicultural Impact Staff Award. The award recognizes a staff member who promotes a campus climate where diversity is valued, energizes the understanding of cultures from across the world, or champions social justice for all who work and learn at IUPUI.
  • Nancy C. Rachlis, JD'10
    Nancy C. Rachlis, JD’10, has been promoted to counsel with BrownGreer PLC, Richmond, Va. Rachlis joined the firm in 2011 and trained claims reviewers, oversaw data accuracy projects, and helped ensure production reliability for a multifaceted claims evaluation program. In her new role at BrownGreer, she manages a team responsible for designing and implementing a claims review process for a class action settlement.
  • Lloyd D. Richards, JD'80
    Lloyd Devereux Richards, JD’80, has published his first novel, Stone Maidens, a thriller published by Thomas and Mercer in November 2012. The story is set in southern Indiana and involves the disappearance of young women investigated by an FBI scientist who must revisit a troubling connection between these killings and her own near-death attack while doing research in New Guinea twelve years earlier.
  • Joshua K. Richardson, JD'07
    Joshua K. Richardson, JD’07, received the Ingham County (Mich.) Bar Association's "Top 5 Under 35" award on March 22, 2012. He has also been selected as a Michigan Super Lawyers "Rising Star" for 2012.
  • Randall R. Riggs, JD'77
    Randall R. Riggs, JD’77, was recently installed as a diplomat of the Indiana Defense Trial Counsel for his outstanding contributions to the representation of clients in defense matters. He is a member of the Law School’s board of visitors.
  • Cameron E. Robinson, JD'12
    In December, Cameron E. Robinson, JD’12, joined the national law firm Quarles & Brady’s Phoenix office as an associate in the intellectual property group. While in law school, Robinson served as a judicial intern to the Hon. Diane Kavadias Schneider of the Lake County (Indiana) Superior Court, Civil Division, and as a legal intern at CMG Worldwide.
  • George R. Rogers, JD'94
    George Rogers, JD’94, a top aide to U.S. House Speaker John Boehner, traded in his Capitol Hill credentials to become Wexler & Walker's executive vice president and corporate secretary. Rogers has worked as Boehner's chief policy expert on issues before the Financial Services, Judiciary, Homeland Security, Government Reform, House Administration, and Agriculture Committees.
  • The Honorable Loretta (Hogan) Rush, JD'83
    On September 14, Hon. Loretta (Hogan) Rush, JD'83, was appointed to the Indiana Supreme Court by Governor Mitch Daniels, replacing Frank Sullivan, JD'82, who retired. Rush was a judge in Tippecanoe Superior Court at the time of her appointment. She will be only the second woman ever to serve as a justice in Indiana. Geoffrey Slaughter, JD'89, was one of two other finalists for the position.
  • Andrija Samardzich, JD'06
    Andrija Samardzich, JD’06, has been hired by Bowman and Brooke LLP as an associate attorney in their Phoenix office. Samardzich concentrates his practice on defending motor vehicle manufacturers across the country against product liability claims involving rollovers, roof crushes, crashworthiness, and restraint systems.
  • Elizabeth (Bumbales) Shuster, JD'03
    Elizabeth A. Shuster, JD’03, was presented with the President’s Award for Service to the Association at the Indianapolis Bar Association and Foundation recognition luncheon on November 8 in Indianapolis. Shuster, an attorney with Woodard, Emhardt, Naughton, Moriarty, McNett & Henry in Indianapolis, was recognized for her efforts to create the ISBA’s Indy Attorneys Network section.
  • Robert W. Sikkel, JD'74
    In November 2011, Robert W. Sikkel, JD’74, a partner in Barnes & Thornburg’s Grand Rapids, Mich., office and co-chair of the office’s labor and employment law department, was named a fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. The college is a prestigious national organization whose membership is limited to attorneys who demonstrate the highest professional qualifications and ethical standards based. Sikkel has handled labor and employment matters for more than 30 years and is a frequent author, speaker, and trainer on labor and employment issues. He has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for more than 15 years and Michigan Super Lawyers from 2006 to 2012.
  • Matthew Silverman, JD'03
    Matthew Silverman, JD’03, recently started a new position as an assistant United States attorney at the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. Silverman will be in the Civil Division, representing federal agencies in a diverse array of civil cases.
  • Brian A. Smith, JD'98
    Brian A. Smith, JD’98, was named one of the “40 Illinois Attorneys under Forty to Watch” for 2012 by the Law Bulletin Publishing Company, publisher of Chicago Lawyer magazine and the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. He practices with Freeborn & Peters in Chicago.
  • Ernest W. Smith, LLB'65
    Ernest W. "Bill" Smith, LLB’65, retired five years ago after practicing law in Jeffersonville, Indiana for 42 years. Since his retirement, he has written a biography of Davis Floyd, for whom Floyd County, Indiana was named and who was the county’s first circuit judge in 1819. Smith and his wife, Janet, moved from New Albany, Indiana to The Villages in Sumter County, Florida in 2011.
  • Brian A. Smith, JD'98
    The Law Bulletin Publishing Company, publisher of Chicago Lawyer magazine and the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, named Brian A. Smith, JD’98, one of 40 Illinois Attorneys under Forty to Watch in 2012. A partner and corporate-transactional attorney in the firm of Freeborn & Peters, Smith was selected from among more than 1,300 lawyer nominations. With substantial background in tax and business issues, Smith advises clients with respect to joint ventures, fund formation, private equity, and mergers and acquisitions transactions. In addition, he regularly acts as outside general counsel for a variety of entrepreneurial businesses, including technology companies. A certified public accountant, Smith frequently advises clients on the tax, financial, and management control issues involved in structuring and negotiating real estate joint venture transactions.
  • Myra (Podvoll) Spicker, JD'73
    Myra Spicker, JD’74, moved to Orange County, Cal. in 2005 when she retired from the U.S. Department of the Interior's Office of the Solicitor, Sacramento office. In 2006, she married Stan Woll, a psychology professor at Cal State Fullerton. Spyker was named to the 2011-2012 Orange County Grand Jury in June 2011, which meets every day for one year. “Tom Schornhorst warned me not to be a ham sandwich, and I have taken his advice,” she writes. “It has been incredibly interesting working with both civil and criminal cases and an honor to serve my adopted community.”
  • David A. Starkweather, JD'92
    David A. Starkweather, JD’92, a partner at the law firm Stuart & Branigin in Lafayette, Ind., recently earned a master of laws degree in taxation from New York University. Starkweather’s legal practice focuses on corporate law, business counseling and transactions, business litigation, and estate planning. He represents buyers, sellers, and lenders in a variety of transactions and works with clients to develop individual estate plans that help them meet their estate planning objectives. In addition to estate and wealth management planning, he handles estate administration, estate controversies, and tax planning matters.
  • James A. Strain, JD'69
    In a recently released 2012 edition of Chambers USA, James A. Strain, JD’69, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, Indianapolis, was named a "Top Ranked" attorney and a "Leader in their Field" in Corporate/M&A.
  • Andrew U. Straw, JD'97
    Andrew U.D. Straw, JD’97, has started a political party in Indiana, the Disability Party. He was an advocate for disability rights in the Green Party, the Democratic Party, and at the Indiana Supreme Court, where he worked. Straw is the Disability Party's candidate for Indiana secretary of state and its state chair. If he gets on the ballot with 34,194 signatures and receives 2% of the vote in 2014, Disability Party candidates will be entitled to ballot access in the future without signatures.
  • Larry J. Stroble, JD'76
    In April, Larry J. Stroble, JD’76, was recognized as a Distinguished Barrister by The Indiana Lawyer. Stroble is a partner in the Indianapolis office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP. He is well-known and respected statewide for his Indiana and federal tax expertise and accomplishments. A successful federal tax litigator, Stroble argued and won a case before the U.S. Supreme Court that had more than $300 million of taxes at stake nationwide. His knowledge has made him a valuable resource not only within his firm, but for the Indiana State and Indianapolis Chambers of Commerce and many other employer-based organizations. Stroble is a highly regarded mentor to many young attorneys, not just those who aspire to practice tax law. He also works on a pro bono basis drafting tax legislation, testifying at legislative hearings on the state’s tax system, and serving as a member and chair of the Indiana Tax Court Liaison Committee.
  • The Honorable Frank E. Sullivan, Jr., JD'82
    Frank Sullivan, Jr., JD’82, was recently appointed by Governor Mitch Daniels to represent Indiana on the Uniform Law Commission. The ULC, formerly known as the National Conference of Commissioners on Uniform State Laws, is responsible for creating the Uniform Commercial Code and the Uniform Partnership Act, among other important legal endeavors.
  • The Honorable John F. Surbeck, Jr., JD'71
    In November, Allen County (Indiana) Superior Court Judge John F. Surbeck, JD’71, received a national award for judicial excellence. In a ceremony at the U.S. Supreme Court attended by more than 250 people, Surbeck was presented the William H. Rehnquist Award by the National Center for State Courts. The award was given to Surbeck by Chief Justice John Roberts. Surbeck, who has been an Allen County judge since 1988, is the 17th recipient of the Rehnquist Award and the first from Indiana. He lives in Fort Wayne.
  • Deanna Swisher, JD'85
    Two IU Maurer School of Law alumni who work for the law firm Foster Swift Collins & Smith in Michigan have been included in The Best Lawyers in America 2012. Deanna S. Swisher, JD’85, was listed in the area of commercial litigation and Thomas R. TerMaat, JD’94, was listed in the area of insurance law. Swisher, who is a shareholder in Foster Swift’s Lansing, Mich., office, focuses primarily on the areas of commercial litigation, employment litigation, alternative dispute resolution, as well as collections and creditor rights matters. She is a member of the commercial litigation practice group and participates in the banking, finance and real estate practice group as well as serving as chair of the firm’s diversity committee. TerMaat, who works out of Foster Swift’s Grand Rapids, Mich., office, practices in the areas of commercial litigation, real estate litigation, general civil litigation, insurance defense, transportation and trucking law, and premises liability.
  • The Honorable Kenneth L. Tacoma, JD'80
    Kenneth L. Tacoma, JD’80, has been appointed to the Task Force on Child Abuse and Neglect by Michigan Governor Rick Snyder. Tacoma will serve as the chair, representing judges and attorneys for a three-year term expiring December 31, 2015. With more than 30 years of experience working on juvenile legal issues, he currently serves as the chief judge of the Family Division of the Wexford County Probate Court.
  • Shannon M. Tanner, JD'04
    Shannon M. Tanner, JD’04, has joined Stevenson, Land & Tierney as an associate. Tanner’s practice will focus on civil matters in both Kentucky and Indiana. At Indiana Law, she served as a managing editor for the Federal Communications Law Journal and received dean’s honors. Tanner is experienced in a number of legal fields, including domestic relations, bankruptcy and probate matters. Before joining the firm, she practiced in southern Indiana for eight years.
  • Thomas R. TerMaat, JD'94
    Two IU Maurer School of Law alumni who work for the law firm Foster Swift Collins & Smith in Michigan have been included in The Best Lawyers in America 2012. Deanna S. Swisher, JD’85, was listed in the area of commercial litigation and Thomas R. TerMaat, JD’94, was listed in the area of insurance law. Swisher, who is a shareholder in Foster Swift’s Lansing, Mich., office, focuses primarily on the areas of commercial litigation, employment litigation, alternative dispute resolution, as well as collections and creditor rights matters. She is a member of the commercial litigation practice group and participates in the banking, finance and real estate practice group as well as serving as chair of the firm’s diversity committee. TerMaat, who works out of Foster Swift’s Grand Rapids, Mich., office, practices in the areas of commercial litigation, real estate litigation, general civil litigation, insurance defense, transportation and trucking law, and premises liability.
  • TaKeena M. Thompson, JD'09
    TaKeena M. Thompson, JD’09, of Cohen & Malad, LLP was sworn in for a second term as president of the Marion County Bar Association by Hon. Tanya Walton Pratt, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Indiana, on January 25. Thompson helped lead the organization last year and assisted with the creation of a new event, the Coffee Chat. This event provided attorneys and law students the opportunity to hear first-hand stories and lessons from judges about leadership and diversity topics within the legal community. Thompson and her executive board are planning a signature continuing legal education series and networking events for legal professionals. The MCBA will be hosting the Kuykendall-Conn dinner, which celebrates the achievements of its members and community leaders who affect the lives of people historically underrepresented in the legal community.
  • Richard P. Thornberry, JD'12
    R. Patrick Thornberry, JD’ 12, practices at Faegre Baker Daniels LLP’s 96th Street office in Indianapolis, focusing on business formation and mergers and acquisitions. In addition to serving as a law clerk with the firm, he also worked as a legal intern with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation during law school. Thornberry graduated summa cum laude from Indiana Law and was first in his class.
  • Kenneth L. Turchi, JD'83
    Kenneth L. Turchi, JD’83, is the author of L.S. Ayres & Company: The Store at the Crossroads of America. Slated for publication in early 2013 by the Indiana Historical Society Press, the book traces the history of Indiana’s iconic retailer from the 1850s until its demise in 2006. The book is filled with photos from the store’s illustrious past and contains more than 30 interviews. Turchi is assistant dean of communications and marketing at the IU Maurer School of Law.
  • Kenneth L. Turchi, JD'83
    A new book by Kenneth L. Turchi, JD’83, L.S. Ayres & Company: The Store at the Crossroads of America, won first place in its category at the Midwest Annual Book Awards on May 9. The publisher, Indiana Historical Society Press, entered the book in the category of Midwest Regional Interest: Text. The competition attracted 187 books in 45 categories from 75 publishers in twelve states. Turchi is assistant dean at the IU Maurer School of Law.
  • The Honorable Albert J. Velasquez, JD'73
    Hon. Albert Velasquez, JD’73, an administrative law judge in the Indianapolis Office of Disability Adjudication and Review and one of the first Hispanic graduates of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, is the 2012 recipient of the IU Latino Alumni Association's Distinguished Alumni Award. The award recognizes outstanding professional achievements and community service of Latino alumni of IU.
  • Daniel B. Vinovich, JD'90
    Daniel B. Vinovich, JD’90, a partner at Hilbrich Cunningham Schwerd Dobosz & Vinovich in Highland, Ind., has been elected president of the Indiana State Bar Association. In his new role, he will lead a new multi-year initiative focusing on member benefits, governance, and diversity that will span his one-year term as president along with those of James Dimos and Jeff Hawkins.
  • Yu-Chi Wang, SJD'97
    Yu-chi (Tony) Wang, SJD’97, has been appointed minister of the Mainland Affairs Council, Republic of China (Taiwan). Wang will be in charge of this cabinet-level department, which promotes cross-strait relations and policies between Taiwan and mainland China.
  • Norris K. Wang, JD'83
    Norris Wang, JD’83, was recently re-elected to a three-year term to the Legal Aid Corporation of Tippecanoe County board of directors.
  • Leslie A. Warren, JD'94
    Leslie Ann Warren, JD’94, is associate director in the American Bar Association’s Division for Public Education.
  • Thomas W. Werner, JD'04
    Maddin, Hauser, Wartell, Roth & Heller, Southfield, Mich., has named Thomas W. Werner, JD’04, an associate attorney in its defense and insurance coverage litigation group. Werner specializes in civil litigation, including professional liability, insurance coverage, product liability, and commercial litigation, as well as appellate advocacy. Prior to joining Maddin Hauser, he concentrated his practice on commercial litigation, insurance coverage, and defense of product liability actions throughout the United States.
  • Alexander S. Whang, JD'12
    Alexander Whang, JD’12, recently joined the Detroit law firm of Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP. He was a summer associate at the firm in 2011.
  • Ryan W. Wright, JD'12
    Ryan Wright, JD’12, recently joined the law office of Scopelitis, Garvin, Light, Hanson, & Feary, P.C. Wright concentrates on serving clients from the Indianapolis office on a wide variety of legal issues directly affecting the transportation industry.

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