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Four associates have joined Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman in Indianapolis. Mary Kate McNamara focuses her practice in the area of labor and employment law. Katie Miller is a member of the health practice group, where she focuses on regulatory, compliance, corporate transactional and physician integration. Chad Wilson is a member of the health practice group, where he focuses on review of hospital and physician contracts, as well as transactional, regulatory and compliance matters. Geoffrey Davis focuses his litigation practice in the area of professional liability defense.
Weston E. Overturf has joined the bankruptcy and creditors’ rights group of Bose McKinney & Evans in Indianapolis, where he will represent debtors, creditors and other interest holders in Chapter 7, 11 and 13 bankruptcy cases.
Richard C. Libert has joined Ice Miller in Indianapolis as of counsel in the employee benefits practice group.
Andrew J. Stephenson has joined the Logansport firm Michael & Stephenson as an associate, focusing his practice on estate planning, probate administration and real estate matters.
Jennifer J. Wallander has rejoined the Indianapolis firm of Stevens & Associates as an associate, practicing in estate planning, probate and corporate law.
Brandon K. Wiseman and Kathryne S. Feary-Gardner have joined the Indianapolis office of Scopelitis Garvin Light Hanson & Feary as associates. The two focus their practices on areas including transportation and corporate structuring and business transactions.
Jessica Hopper and Elizabeth Eichholtz have joined Carmel firm Hollingsworth & Zivitz’s family law section as associates.
Thomas Blake Orner has joined the Indianapolis firm Grant & Grant, where he will focus on litigation.
Michael D. Wilhelm has joined DeFur Voran and focuses his practice on estate planning, general business and elder law. He will work primarily out of the Fishers office.
Laura A. Van Hyfte and Rachel Moore Schafer have joined the Indianapolis office of Frost Brown Todd. Van Hyfte practices in the products liability and mass tort practice group. Schafer practices in the business litigation practice group.
Jonathan Penn, Aiza Siddiqi and Katherine Schuman have joined Plews Shadley Racher & Braun as associates. Penn and Siddiqi are working in the Indianapolis office; Schuman is in the South Bend office. They will assist clients in areas including environmental litigation and insurance coverage and appeals.
Michael T. Batt, Brian C. Betner, and Dana E. Stutzman of the Indianapolis office of Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman have been named shareholders.
Elections and Appointments
Parvin Price, a partner with Bose McKinney & Evans in Indianapolis, has been elected to the Alliance of Indiana Rural Water’s Advisory Council.
Stephen Paul, a partner at Baker & Daniels in Indianapolis, has been elected president of the American Property Tax Counsel for the 2011-12 term. Paul is a founding member of the organization and the official Indiana representative.
Dave Tittle, a partner at Bingham McHale in Indianapolis, has been re-appointed as the 2012 Indiana state chair of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He also served as the 2011 state chair.
Awards and Honors
Mark Schmidtke, a shareholder in the Indianapolis office of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart, has been inducted as a fellow into the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel.
Brian McDermott, a shareholder in the Indianapolis office of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart, has been named the 2011 Samuel C. Schlosser Indiana Chamber Volunteer of the Year.
Thomas M. Kimbrough, partner at Barrett & McNagny in Fort Wayne, has been chosen as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Drew Miroff, a partner in the litigation group of Indianapolis firm Ice Miller, has been named one of Indy’s Best and Brightest award winners by the Junior Achievement of Central Indiana.
Judith Gilliam, of Indianapolis firm Baker & Daniels, was honored by the United States Army with a Commander’s Award for Civilian Service in recognition of her dedication and service as a paralegal to wounded and disabled soldiers. Gilliam served in Germany as a paralegal in the Office of Soldiers Counsel for the past two years and rejoined Baker & Daniels in October 2011.
Daun A. Weliever of Indianapolis firm Lewis Wagner has been approved by the American Board of Trial Advocates for membership.
Shokrina R. Beering, managing partner of the Indianapolis office of Plunkett Clooney, has been recognized as one of the Indianapolis Business Journal’s 2011 “Women of Influence.” The IBJ is a sister publication of Indiana Lawyer.
Matthew Derringer has opened Derringer Law in Indianapolis, focusing on estate planning, family law, personal injury and criminal defense.•