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Lawyers start business-development networking group

February 1, 2017

Two law firms launched in recent years also are launching a networking organization they hope can assist other lawyers in starting their own firms.

The first gathering of the Indiana Barrister Network will take place from 4-7 p.m. Thursday at The Ball & Biscuit, 331 Massachusetts Ave., Indianapolis. The networking group is the brainchild of attorneys at Tate & Bowen LLP, Funk & Spandau LLC, and Brian Beck, an Indianapolis-based legal technology executive at LexisNexis.

“It’s going to focus on creating a referral base for young attorneys in the area but also help attorneys deal with and handle the business side of law,” said attorney J.T. Funk. “I think a lot of people don’t understand what’s involved with that.”

Attorney Benjamin Spandau said Funk & Spandau got its start largely with help and advice from Tate & Bowen. The firms now share downtown office space in the Inland Building on East Market Street. Spandau said he hopes the network creates a domino effect by providing a forum to share practical advice on how to start, run and manage a law firm.

“We’re trying to build this awareness that this is something you can do and you can be profitable,” he said. “You have to have the drive for it, but it’s not something that’s absolutely absurd and crazy. It’s manageable.”

Learn more about the Indiana Barrister Network or join on its website.
 

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