IndyBar: Nod to Professionalism

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The Indianapolis Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Professionalism is pleased to acknowledge the professionalism and civility of Katherine Flood of Flood Family Law LLC and Tricia Milanese of Milanese Law LLC. Magistrate Victoria Ransberger of Marion Superior Court and a member of the Standing Committee on Professionalism, recently took note of their positive behavior and called for recognition of their exceptional professionalism and civility towards one another during a recent disputed family law matter.

Both Ms. Flood and Ms. Milanese primarily handle family law cases, and professionalism and civility is particularly important in family law matters due to the emotional issues before the court. Ms. Flood emphasizes the need to keep a sense of perspective when working with clients who are dealing with “difficult, personal, emotional issues.” She has observed that her clients can sometimes become focused on “winning–at all costs.” It is therefore the attorneys’ role to treat both sides with “respect and dignity, to keep the client’s ultimate goals and objectives in mind, and to avoid creating unnecessary additional ill will.”

Similarly, Ms. Milanese focuses on working with her clients to develop a more civil relationship with the adverse party than before the custody dispute, “so that the parties can co-parent in a civil manner after I have withdrawn from the case.”

The Standing Committee on Professionalism applauds Ms. Flood and Ms. Milanese for their consistently professional approach to handling opposing counsel and adverse parties in difficult custody disputes.

Magistrate Ransberger recognized Ms. Flood and Ms. Milanese not only for their civility towards each other but also because of their strong command of evidentiary issues and presentation of their client’s respective cases in a cogent manner without the need to digress into irrelevant or inflammatory matters. These attorneys demonstrate the necessity for civility among attorneys as both a core value and important tool for strong advocacy. The Standing Committee on Professionalism extends congratulations and appreciation to Katherine Flood and Tricia Milanese for their remarkable professionalism and civility while practicing law.•


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  1. 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.

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