On the Move - 7/2/14

IL Staff
July 2, 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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*Gary R. Roberts will join Bose McKinney & Evans LLP as of counsel Sept. 1. He will continue to teach at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, where he is dean emeritus and Gerald L. Bepko Professor of Law.

Andrew Thompson has joined Ice Miller LLP in Indianapolis as the firm’s property tax director.

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*Ashley Leonard has joined Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP as an associate. She will focus on transactional and regulatory health care matters, as well as corporate law and commercial real estate matters. *Chris Bavender has joined Plews Shadley as marketing director.
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*Kelly Eskew has joined the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana as staff attorney.

Bryan Strawbridge has joined Frost Brown Todd LLC in Indianapolis as a member of the firm’s business litigation practice group. He focuses his law practice primarily in complex commercial litigation. Denise Barkdull has joined the firm’s finance and real estate and government services practice groups.

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*Kelly J. Pitcher has joined Clendening Johnson & Bohrer P.C. as of counsel. Her primary practice area is litigation, focusing on medical malpractice defense.
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*Allison B. Maloney has joined Krieg DeVault as of counsel in the firm’s governmental affairs practice; *April L. Aldridge has joined Krieg DeVault as a paralegal.
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*Jacob McClellan has joined Bose McKinney & Evans LLP as an associate in the public finance group.

John F.W. Fleming has joined Densborn Blachly LLP as a partner, former Marion County deputy prosecutor Eric D. Schmadeke has joined as senior trial counsel, and Dwight Miller has joined as of counsel.

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*Russell C. Menyhart has joined Taft Stettinus & Hollister LLP’s Indianapolis office as of counsel in the litigation practice group.

Appointments and Elections

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Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP partner *Alan Hux has been elected to the board of directors for the Indiana Children’s Wish Fund. The statewide organization grants wishes to Indiana children, ages 3-18, who have been diagnosed with a life-threatening or terminal illness.
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Lewis Wagner LLP marketing director *Kelly Ivcevich Noga has been elected to serve a three-year term as a member of the Saint Mary’s College Alumnae Board.
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Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP partner *Todd J. Janzen has been reappointed chair of the American Bar Association’s Agricultural Management Committee, which is part of the ABA’s Section of Environment, Energy and Resources. The one-year term is effective Aug. 10. Associate *Shelley Jackson has been appointed to the board of directors for the Hamilton Southeastern Schools Foundation effective Aug. 1.

Awards and Honors

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*Jacqueline Pimentel-Gannon of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP was presented with a Rising Star Award from the National Immigrant Justice Center on June 12. The Rising Star designation recognizes extraordinary commitment to ensuring access to justice and generosity in providing high quality pro bono services to clients with complex immigration cases.
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Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP partner *Jonathan G. Polak has been selected as a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America. Polak is a member of the firm’s intellectual property, business and litigation groups.
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*Matthew Tandy of Tandy Law Firm has been named to the National Trial Lawyers Top 40 Under 40.
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*George Plews, founding partner of Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP, has been honored with the 2014 Hoosier Heritage Lifetime Achievement Award during the 30th annual Hoosier Heritage Night fundraiser on June 11.

New Office Keller Macaluso LLP has relocated to 760 3rd Ave. SW, Suite 210 in Carmel.•


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  1. I think the cops are doing a great job locking up criminals. The Murder rates in the inner cities are skyrocketing and you think that too any people are being incarcerated. Maybe we need to lock up more of them. We have the ACLU, BLM, NAACP, Civil right Division of the DOJ, the innocent Project etc. We have court system with an appeal process that can go on for years, with attorneys supplied by the government. I'm confused as to how that translates into the idea that the defendants are not being represented properly. Maybe the attorneys need to do more Pro-Bono work

  2. We do not have 10% of our population (which would mean about 32 million) incarcerated. It's closer to 2%.

  3. If a class action suit or other manner of retribution is possible, count me in. I have email and voicemail from the man. He colluded with opposing counsel, I am certain. My case was damaged so severely it nearly lost me everything and I am still paying dearly.

  4. There's probably a lot of blame that can be cast around for Indiana Tech's abysmal bar passage rate this last February. The folks who decided that Indiana, a state with roughly 16,000 to 18,000 attorneys, needs a fifth law school need to question the motives that drove their support of this project. Others, who have been "strong supporters" of the law school, should likewise ask themselves why they believe this institution should be supported. Is it because it fills some real need in the state? Or is it, instead, nothing more than a resume builder for those who teach there part-time? And others who make excuses for the students' poor performance, especially those who offer nothing more than conspiracy theories to back up their claims--who are they helping? What evidence do they have to support their posturing? Ultimately, though, like most everything in life, whether one succeeds or fails is entirely within one's own hands. At least one student from Indiana Tech proved this when he/she took and passed the February bar. A second Indiana Tech student proved this when they took the bar in another state and passed. As for the remaining 9 who took the bar and didn't pass (apparently, one of the students successfully appealed his/her original score), it's now up to them (and nobody else) to ensure that they pass on their second attempt. These folks should feel no shame; many currently successful practicing attorneys failed the bar exam on their first try. These same attorneys picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and got back to the rigorous study needed to ensure they would pass on their second go 'round. This is what the Indiana Tech students who didn't pass the first time need to do. Of course, none of this answers such questions as whether Indiana Tech should be accredited by the ABA, whether the school should keep its doors open, or, most importantly, whether it should have even opened its doors in the first place. Those who promoted the idea of a fifth law school in Indiana need to do a lot of soul-searching regarding their decisions. These same people should never be allowed, again, to have a say about the future of legal education in this state or anywhere else. Indiana already has four law schools. That's probably one more than it really needs. But it's more than enough.

  5. This man Steve Hubbard goes on any online post or forum he can find and tries to push his company. He said court reporters would be obsolete a few years ago, yet here we are. How does he have time to search out every single post about court reporters and even spy in private court reporting forums if his company is so successful???? Dude, get a life. And back to what this post was about, I agree that some national firms cause a huge problem.