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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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  3. The appellate court just said doctors can be sued for reporting child abuse. The most dangerous form of child abuse with the highest mortality rate of any form of child abuse (between 6% and 9% according to the below listed studies). Now doctors will be far less likely to report this form of dangerous child abuse in Indiana. If you want to know what this is, google the names Lacey Spears, Julie Conley (and look at what happened when uninformed judges returned that child against medical advice), Hope Ybarra, and Dixie Blanchard. Here is some really good reporting on what this allegation was: http://media.star-telegram.com/Munchausenmoms/ Here are the two research papers: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/0145213487900810 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0145213403000309 25% of sibling are dead in that second study. 25%!!! Unbelievable ruling. Chilling. Wrong.

  4. Mr. Levin says that the BMV engaged in misconduct--that the BMV (or, rather, someone in the BMV) knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged fees but did nothing to correct the situation. Such misconduct, whether engaged in by one individual or by a group, is called theft (defined as knowingly or intentionally exerting unauthorized control over the property of another person with the intent to deprive the other person of the property's value or use). Theft is a crime in Indiana (as it still is in most of the civilized world). One wonders, then, why there have been no criminal prosecutions of BMV officials for this theft? Government misconduct doesn't occur in a vacuum. An individual who works for or oversees a government agency is responsible for the misconduct. In this instance, somebody (or somebodies) with the BMV, at some time, knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged. What's more, this person (or these people), even after having the error of their ways pointed out to them, did nothing to fix the problem. Instead, the overcharges continued. Thus, the taxpayers of Indiana are also on the hook for the millions of dollars in attorneys fees (for both sides; the BMV didn't see fit to avail itself of the services of a lawyer employed by the state government) that had to be spent in order to finally convince the BMV that stealing money from Indiana motorists was a bad thing. Given that the BMV official(s) responsible for this crime continued their misconduct, covered it up, and never did anything until the agency reached an agreeable settlement, it seems the statute of limitations for prosecuting these folks has not yet run. I hope our Attorney General is paying attention to this fiasco and is seriously considering prosecution. Indiana, the state that works . . . for thieves.

  5. I'm glad that attorney Carl Hayes, who represented the BMV in this case, is able to say that his client "is pleased to have resolved the issue". Everyone makes mistakes, even bureaucratic behemoths like Indiana's BMV. So to some extent we need to be forgiving of such mistakes. But when those mistakes are going to cost Indiana taxpayers millions of dollars to rectify (because neither plaintiff's counsel nor Mr. Hayes gave freely of their services, and the BMV, being a state-funded agency, relies on taxpayer dollars to pay these attorneys their fees), the agency doesn't have a right to feel "pleased to have resolved the issue". One is left wondering why the BMV feels so pleased with this resolution? The magnitude of the agency's overcharges might suggest to some that, perhaps, these errors were more than mere oversight. Could this be why the agency is so "pleased" with this resolution? Will Indiana motorists ever be assured that the culture of incompetence (if not worse) that the BMV seems to have fostered is no longer the status quo? Or will even more "overcharges" and lawsuits result? It's fairly obvious who is really "pleased to have resolved the issue", and it's not Indiana's taxpayers who are on the hook for the legal fees generated in these cases.

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