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On the Move - 11/24/10

November 24, 2010
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On The Move

On The Move: Information must be submitted at least 11 days before the Wednesday issue in which it is to appear. Digital images should be 200 dpi and saved as eps, tiff or jpeg; Color images are preferred. For more information or to submit an announcement, contact managing editor Kelly Lucas at klucas@ibj.com

Firm Management
Bingham McHale announces that Mary Solada, partner and chair of the Real Estate Department, was elected to the management committee of the firm and Dwayne Isaacs, partner and chair of the Business Advisory Department, was re-elected to a second term. Solada and Isaacs were each elected by the partners of Bingham McHale to serve a two-year term on the management committee.

New Associations
Timothy H. Button has become of counsel with the firm Riley Bennett & Egloff.

Littler Mendelson announced the addition of Scott Preston to the firm. Preston will be a shareholder in Littler’s Indianapolis office.

LewisWagner announced that Mary Foley Panszi has been appointed to the Indiana State Bar Association’s Legal Ethics Committee.

Tanya Stohler has been named director of business development and legal affairs at Kevin Kennedy Associates, a privately held global engineering and scientific consulting firm.

New Firms/Locations
Clendening Johnson & Bohrer announced the opening of its new office in Bloomington. Attorneys and staff there provide litigation, business and personal legal services.

Samuel L. Jacobs, a founding partner of the Indianapolis law firm formerly known as Mitchell Hurst Jacobs & Dick, has opened offices at his new firm, Jacobs Law, located at 6048 N. Keystone Ave. in Indianapolis.  Joining Jacobs is another former Mitchell Hurst partner, Kimberly H. Danforth. They will continue to represent plaintiffs with the focus of their practice remaining on personal injury claims and litigation.

Attorneys Michael E. O’Neill, Kelly K. McFadden, and Jeremy W. Willett, have left the Indiana office of Hinshaw & Culbertson to form a boutique law firm focusing mainly on insurance defense, including medical and legal malpractice. The three partners were joined by Michelle P. Burchett, also from Hinshaw & Culbertson, and Daniel J. Zlatic, most recently a sole practitioner. The new firm, O’Neill McFadden & Willett, is located at 1001 Main St., Suite 300, Dyer.

Andy Mallor and Geoff Grodner announced the formation and opening of the new law firm Mallor | Grodner, with offices in Bloomington and Indianapolis. Mallor | Grodner’s areas of practice include divorce and family law, business law, estate planning, employment law, and wealth preservation.

Elections and Appointments
Jasper Superior Court Judge James R. Ahler has been appointed to the Indiana Public Defender Commission.

Promotions
The Indiana Court of Appeals has named attorney Eileen Euzen as its public information officer. Euzen’s responsibilities include media relations and coordinating the court’s oral arguments.

Awards and Honors
Baker & Daniels associate Anne Ricchiuto has been named to the Indiana Conference on Legal Education Opportunity’s (ICLEO) advisory committee. Anne will serve a three-year term on the committee, comprised of lawyers, judges and Indiana law school professors.•

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