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Bingham McHale forms economic development affiliate

IL Staff
January 1, 2007
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Indianapolis law firm Bingham McHale has created its own independently operated and managed affiliate focused on economic development relating to site-selection analysis, incentive procurement and fulfillment, and community development and planning.

The firm announced today the formation of Bingham Economic Development Advisors LLC (BEDA), recruiting five professionals from Carmel consulting firm Ginovus LLC. Leaving Ginovus late last week were Jay Walters, Jenny Massey, Suzanne Davis, Linda Williamson, and Sara McGoun, according to the law firm.

The new Bingham McHale practice will be based at 8900 Keystone Crossing.

Walters will be president of the new Bingham affiliate, with Davis and Williams serving as vice presidents.

"Our team is looking forward to a successful relationship with Bingham McHale," Walters said in a news release. "We believe that the services we offer complement Bingham McHale's strengths in local government, environmental and business law. Together, we can provide comprehensive economic development services for our clients."

A news release sent from Ginovus founder Larry Gigerich, economic development director under former Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith and who started his firm in 2002 as an affiliate of law firm Sommer Barnard, says that three professionals have been hired since the departures.Along with accountant Jill Beckman, who will serve as operations director, and Denise Settlemyre, who will be the administrative project manager, attorney Richard Rowley has joined Ginovus and will serve as special counsel. He will continue his work as a member of Sommer Barnard's Business Law Practice Group, focusing his legal practice on business transactions and representing clients before the Indiana General Assembly.
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  2. As a lawyer who grew up in Fort Wayne (but went to a real law school), it is not that hard to find a mentor in the legal community without your school's assistance. One does not need to pay tens of thousands of dollars to go to an unaccredited legal diploma mill to get a mentor. Having a mentor means precisely nothing if you cannot get a job upon graduation, and considering that the legal job market is utterly terrible, these students from Indiana Tech are going to be adrift after graduation.

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