On the Move - 2/26/14

IL Staff
February 26, 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 New Associations

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*Matthew S. Tarkington has been named of counsel at Lewis & Kappes P.C.
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*Justin O. Sorrell has joined Hill Fulwider P.C. as an associate. His primary areas of practice include litigation and insurance defense.
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*David J. Tipton has joined Densborn Blachly LLP as of counsel.
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*Xuan-Thao Nguyen, a professor at the Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law, will join the faculty and lead the Center for Intellectual Property Law and Innovation at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. She will join Indiana University in August 2014.
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*Kelly S. Witte has rejoined Faegre Baker Daniels LLP as counsel in the product liability litigation group.

Meredith Bennett, a 2010 graduate of Pace University Law School, will clerk for Indiana Court of Appeals Judge Rudolph R. Pyle III. Catherine “Kate” Karanja, a 2009 graduate of the Catholic University of Eastern Africa Law School who has a Master of Laws from Michigan State University College of Law, will clerk for Judge Patricia A. Riley. Jenna Shives, a 2013 cum laude graduate of Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, will clerk for Judge Margret G. Robb. Liberty (Libby) Roberts, an attorney in the practice of municipal law and insurance defense, has joined the Hamilton County offices of Church Church Hittle & Antrim as partner.

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Attorney *Kathryn S. Garrett has joined the Huntington law firm of DeLaney Hartburg Roth & Garrott LLP as an associate.
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*James A. Carter has joined Thrasher Buschmann & Voelkel P.C. as an associate.nonbreaking spaceHis primary areas of practice include business services, litigation, real estate, and creditor and debtor relations.


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*Ryan R. Wilmering has become partner at Wallack Sommers & Haas P.C.

Awards and Honors

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Barnes & Thornburg LLP partner *Jimmie L. McMillian has been selected to receive the Legacy Award from the Madame Walker Theatre Center at the 9th Annual Spirit Awards Gala. McMillian has donated his time to represent the Madame Walker Theatre Center board of directors for three years.
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Taft Stettinus & Hollister LLP partner *Robert R. Clark has been named a 2014 BTI Client Service All-Star.
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*Adam M. Henry, with Beers Mallers Backs & Salin LLP, has been given Greater Fort Wayne Business Weekly’s double left quoteForty Under 40double right quote award. The award honors 40 individuals under 40 years of age who are making a difference either on the job or in the community.nonbreaking space
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*Steven L. Tuchman of Lewis & Kappes has been honored with the Maynard K. Hine Medallion for Service to the Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis campus. The medal honors alumni who make significant contributions in support of the campus and its alumni programs.

Appointments and Elections

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*Brett E. Buhl of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart P.C. has been appointed to the Employment, Labor & Benefits Law Section Council of the Indiana State Bar Association.
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Faegre Baker Daniels LLP partner *Scott Kosnoff has joined the firm’s management board, effective March 1. Partner *David Barrett has been re-elected to the management board
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and partner *Pat Cross has been named leader of the firm’s health and life sciences industry team.
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*Chuck Baldwin, a shareholder in the Indianapolis office of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart P.C. and member of the firm’s board of directors, has been elected a managing director of the firm.nonbreaking space

New Firm

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*Mark W. Sniderman and *David H.K. Nguyen have opened Sniderman Nguyen LLP in Indianapolis. Practice areas include civil rights, medical malpractice, catastrophic injury, employment discrimination and immigration law.bullet character



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