On the Move - 1/29/14

IL Staff
January 29, 2014
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On The Move

On The Move highlights employment news, awards and honors attorneys receive, and board appointments or elected positions. Digital images should be 200 dpi and saved as eps, tiff or jpg. Color images are preferred. Information must be submitted at least 10 days before the Wednesday issue in which it is to appear. Submit your announcement at or email to managing editor Jennifer Nelson at Promotions

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*Nicholas Otis has become a partner at Newby Lewis Kaminski & Jones LLP.
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*Vess A. Miller has been named partner at Cohen & Malad LLP.
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*Edward J. Merchant has been named a partner in Ruckelshaus Kautzman Blackwell Bemis & Hasbrook.
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*Daniel J. Buba has been named partner in Doehrman Chamberlain.

Brian R. Drummy and Jessica L. Merkel have been elected partners of Bunger & Robertson.

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*Mark Holdridge, *Christopher Percy and *Seth Wilson have been named partners at Hume Smith Geddes Green & Simmons LLP.
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*Stephanie T. Eckerle has been elected partner at Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP.
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*M. Edward Krause III has been promoted to partner at Cohen Garelick & Glazier.
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*Matthew D. Bruno, *Melissa F. Danielson, *John H. Halstead, and *Casey R. Stafford have been elected partners at Kightlinger & Gray LLP.
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*Mark W. Bina and *Mark T. Stephenson have become partners at Krieg DeVault LLP.
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*Heidi B. Adair, of Beers Mallers Backs & Salin LLP in Fort Wayne has become a partner.
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*Kathleen Hart and *James Giffin have been named as partners at Riley Bennett & Egloff LLP.

New Associations

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*Elizabeth H. Steele has joined The Tyra Law Firm P.C. as an associate.
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*John A. Henry has joined Ruckelshaus Kautzman Blackwell Bemis & Hasbrook as an associate where his practice areas include civil, criminal and appellate litigation, and labor and employment law.
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*Joan M. Isaacs has joined Murphy Ice LLP, where she practices medical malpractice defense.
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*Christopher R. Powers has joined Krieg DeVault’s intellectual property practice as of counsel. *Lisa McQuade has been named the firm’s new chief operating officer.
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*Brad M. Dick has joined Bose McKinney & Evans LLP as an associate within the utilities and litigation groups.
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*Roxana S. Bell has joined Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP’s Indianapolis office. Bell will serve as a member of the labor and employment practice group.
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*L. Leona Frank has joined Hollingsworth and Zivitz P.C. as chair of the new personal and business services division.nonbreaking space She will continue to practice in the areas of real estate, bankruptcy and estate planning.

Appointments and Elections

Doehrman Chamberlain partner Daniel S. Chamberlain will serve as The Brain Injury Association of America chairman of the board for 2014-2015.


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Gary Mayor *Karen Freeman-Wilson has been appointed vice chair of the National League of Cities 2014 Public Safety & Crime Prevention Steering Committee.

Viorel Ciobanu and Amber Finley, associates at Ciobanu Law P.C., along with Renee Hewedak, Janaye Howatt and Jill McGinnis, were selected to participate in the 2014 Heartland Pro Bono Council Pro Bono Clerkship in Family Law. Michael A. Clements has been elected to the governing council of the Indiana State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section for 2013-2014. Clements is the founding partner of Clements Legal Group.

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Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP attorney *Ronan Johnson has been elected chair of the executive committee of the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. He will also serve on the IBA board of directors.
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*Robert A. Wade has been named chair of Krieg DeVault’s health care practice. *Thomas N. Hutchinson has been elected to the firm’s Four Member Executive Committee.
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The partners of Cohen Garelick & Glazier have appointed *Steven M. Crell as chair of the firm’s management committee.
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Faegre Baker Daniels LLP professionals *Carl Pebworth, partner, and *Monica Fennell, pro bono manager, were appointed by the Indiana Supreme Court to the Indiana Comission to Expand Access to Civil Legal Services.

Awards and Honors

Lee and Fairman LLP attorney Nathaniel Lee has been inducted into the Morehead State University Hall of Fame in recognition of outstanding contributions by an alumnus to the community on behalf of children and youth. Lee also recently received the Drum Major for Justice Award from the Indianapolis Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance for his continuous efforts to champion fairness, justice and equality in the greater Indianapolis community.


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*James F. Bohrer, partner at Clendening Johnson & Bohrer P.C., has been selected by the Monroe County Building Association as an Associate of the Month for January 2014.

New Office

Charles F. Braddock has moved into new offices with Cody P. Cogswell and Christopher M. Gilley on the 10th Floor of the First Merchant’s Tower, 33 W. 10th Street, Suite 1000 in downtown Anderson.


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McGinnis Wutscher Beiramee LLP has opened a new office in Indianapolis with attorneys *Robert M. Frye, principal, and Mickey J. Lee, senior counsel.

Mallor Grodner LLP has moved its Indianapolis office to 101 W. Ohio St., Suite 1600. New Firm

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*Trent A. McCain has opened McCain Law Offices P.C., which will concentrate on permanent and catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death and civil rights cases.bullet character

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  1. Lori, you must really love wedding cake stories like this one ... happy enuf ending for you?

  2. This new language about a warning has not been discussed at previous meetings. It's not available online. Since it must be made public knowledge before the vote, does anyone know exactly what it says? Further, this proposal was held up for 5 weeks because members Carol and Lucy insisted that all terms used be defined. So now, definitions are unnecessary and have not been inserted? Beyond these requirements, what is the logic behind giving one free pass to discriminators? Is that how laws work - break it once and that's ok? Just don't do it again? Three members of Carmel's council have done just about everything they can think of to prohibit an anti-discrimination ordinance in Carmel, much to Brainard's consternation, I'm told. These three 'want to be so careful' that they have failed to do what at least 13 other communities, including Martinsville, have already done. It's not being careful. It's standing in the way of what 60% of Carmel residents want. It's hurting CArmel in thT businesses have refused to locate because the council has not gotten with the program. And now they want to give discriminatory one free shot to do so. Unacceptable. Once three members leave the council because they lost their races, the Carmel council will have unanimous approval of the ordinance as originally drafted, not with a one free shot to discriminate freebie. That happens in January 2016. Why give a freebie when all we have to do is wait 3 months and get an ordinance with teeth from Day 1? If nothing else, can you please get s copy from Carmel and post it so we can see what else has changed in the proposal?

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