Law Firms

Legal service provider offers residency to law school graduates

June 28, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The dean of Notre Dame Law School, which participates in the program, says full-scale post-graduation training program would not be economically feasible or necessary.
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Make rain through relationships

June 28, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A recent Altman Weil survey found firm leaders are concerned about lawyers’ business development skills.
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Bamberger merger gives Kentucky firm stronger presence in Indiana

June 27, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Since it was founded in 1959, the law firm of Bamberger Foreman Oswald & Hahn LLP has always had an office in the Hulman Building on Fourth Street in Evansville, but by the end of the summer, the mainstay in the local legal community will have a new name and a new location.
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Evansville’s Bamberger to merge with Kentucky-based firm

June 27, 2017
IL Staff
The two law firms will join forces Sept. 1 and have a total of 144 attorneys with offices in Louisville, Lexington and Frankfort, Kentucky, as well as Indianapolis and Evansville, Indiana, and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
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Hall Render health care attorneys jump to smaller Katz & Korin

June 26, 2017
Anthony Schoettle, IBJ Staff
Fifteen employees, including seven attorneys, are leaving the city’s fifth largest law firm—Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman—to join a much smaller firm bent on growing its health care and litigation business.
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Summary judgment affirmed for Conour associate in legal malpractice case

June 23, 2017
Olivia Covington
A former associate of now-disgraced Indianapolis attorney William Conour scored a victory in the Indiana Court of Appeals Friday when the court found he did not breach a duty to one of Conour’s clients who accused him of providing inaccurate or misleading information.
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Gary attorney arrested for allegedly stealing $80,000 from clients

June 19, 2017
IL Staff
A Gary attorney is being held in the Lake County Jail after she was arrested and charged with felony theft.
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Indiana to pay firm $100k to handle Pence email requests

June 19, 2017
 Associated Press
Indiana is paying a law firm $100,000 to help deal with a backlog of public records requests, most of which seek emails from Vice President Mike Pence's tenure as governor, including correspondence routed through a private AOL.com account he used to conduct state business.
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New ISBA online attorney directory aims to help public find lawyers

June 15, 2017
IL Staff
In an effort to encourage members of the public to hire professional legal assistance rather than tackling their legal issues alone, the Indiana State Bar Association has launched a new electronic attorney directory, known as “You Need a Lawyer: ISBA Directory.”
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ABA president touts resources for Indiana solo, small firms

June 14, 2017
Olivia Covington
President Linda Klein also encouraged advocacy for legal aide services while at the Indiana State Bar Association Solo and Small Firm Conference.
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Eye on the Profession: Attorneys, change is here but you will eventually like it

June 14, 2017
John Trimble
I was at a bar association meeting within the last week that had a cross-section of lawyers of all ages and practice areas. There was one overriding theme of the conversations among the lawyers in attendance: They were hating change.
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Attorneys now have online state court record access

June 9, 2017
IL Staff
Indiana lawyers can now view online public records in state trial court cases in the Odyssey case management system available through mycase.in.gov.
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Debt collection lawyer hit with $25M judgment

June 8, 2017
 Associated Press
A Houston lawyer specializing in lawsuits against consumers for old debts has been slapped with $25 million in civil penalties by a Harris County jury that found he uses deceptive trade and debt collection practices.
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New Orleans attorney offers solo and small firms ‘keys’ to better online presence

June 5, 2017
Olivia Covington
There is a clear solution for lawyers who want to recruit better clients – improve your online communications strategy.
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Judgment for law firm in malpractice case reversed

May 31, 2017
Dave Stafford
A law firm must face a malpractice suit for failing to file a tort claim notice on behalf of a woman who was seriously injured by an attacker and whose daughter was killed. The assailant was the subject of an active protective order that authorities failed to find before releasing him from jail.
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SCOTUS suspends wrong lawyer over 'mistaken identity'

May 31, 2017
 Associated Press
When the Supreme Court of the United States suspended a prominent Massachusetts lawyer and threatened him with disbarment, it started a Boston legal drama that took two weeks to resolve.
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Retired attorney creates course to teach lawyers how to be leaders

May 31, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Retired attorney Greg Utken has helped develop a program focused on preparing attorneys to step into lead positions within a firm, legal department or company. The course, Lawyer to Leader, was developed in conjunction with Butler University’s Executive Education initiative.
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Portage attorney juggles legal practice with life on the red carpet

May 31, 2017
Olivia Covington
It wasn’t until about 20 years ago that Mark Roscoe taught himself to design and sew to help his mother. He then began doing smaller fashion jobs for his friends and neighbors, and his reputation continued to grow. About five years ago, he took the plunge and began pursuing his design business aggressively.
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ABA urges ‘reasonable efforts’ to avoid cyberattacks

May 31, 2017
Olivia Covington
The ABA's Formal Ethics Opinion 477 is an updated version of a previous one handed down in 1999, when email was the primary method of electronic communication. Now, attorneys communicate with their clients in a variety of ways and with various devices, necessitating new guidance to legal professionals on how to protect their work on all platforms, the opinion said.
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IU Maurer professor’s new blog studies market effect on legal field

May 31, 2017
Olivia Covington
Through his new blog, Legal Evolution, IU Maurer’s Bill Henderson wants to “provide lawyers, legal educators, and allied professionals with high-quality information to solve very difficult industry-specific problems.” Henderson’s website, legalevolution.org, was launched earlier this month in place of his former blog, The Legal Whiteboard.
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Ice Miller expanding IP practice with Philadelphia office

May 26, 2017
IL Staff
Ice Miller LLP is expanding its intellectual property practice with a new office in Philadelphia.
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Law firm entitled to $36k in unpaid legal fees, court rules, but not all it sought

May 24, 2017
Jennifer Nelson
A Vincennes firm scored a partial victory in the Indiana Court of Appeals on Wednesday after the court upheld the award of more than $36,000 in unpaid legal fees for guardianship and estate work. The appeals court remanded the case for reconsideration of other collection costs and prejudgment interest awarded.
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Survey: Law firm lawyers, partners lacking work

May 24, 2017
IL Staff
More than half of equity partners aren’t sufficiently busy at work, a greater number of non-equity partners don’t have enough to occupy their time, and close to nine in 10 law firms have chronically underperforming lawyers, an industry survey reports.
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Trump said to hire longtime lawyer Kasowitz for Russia probe

May 24, 2017
 Bloomberg News
President Donald Trump has hired one of his longtime lawyers, Marc Kasowitz, to help guide him through potentially wide-ranging probes of his campaign and Russian interference in the election, according to a person familiar with the matter.
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Gift jumpstarts Indiana Bar Foundation’s 2017 campaign

May 18, 2017
IL Staff
The largest Keystone Society donation ever made will again enable the Indiana Bar Foundation to provide a partial match to donations as part of the 2017 Keystone Society campaign.
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  1. One can only wonder whether Mr. Kimmel was paid for his work by Mr. Burgh ... or whether that bill fell to the citizens of Indiana, many of whom cannot afford attorneys for important matters. It really doesn't take a judge(s) to know that "pavement" can be considered a deadly weapon. It only takes a brain and some education or thought. I'm glad to see the conviction was upheld although sorry to see that the asphalt could even be considered "an issue".

  2. In response to bryanjbrown: thank you for your comment. I am familiar with Paul Ogden (and applaud his assistance to Shirley Justice) and have read of Gary Welsh's (strange) death (and have visited his blog on many occasions). I am not familiar with you (yet). I lived in Kosciusko county, where the sheriff was just removed after pleading in what seems a very "sweetheart" deal. Unfortunately, something NEEDS to change since the attorneys won't (en masse) stand up for ethics (rather making a show to please the "rules" and apparently the judges). I read that many attorneys are underemployed. Seems wisdom would be to cull the herd and get rid of the rotting apples in practice and on the bench, for everyone's sake as well as justice. I'd like to file an attorney complaint, but I have little faith in anything (other than the most flagrant and obvious) resulting in action. My own belief is that if this was medicine, there'd be maimed and injured all over and the carnage caused by "the profession" would be difficult to hide. One can dream ... meanwhile, back to figuring out to file a pro se "motion to dismiss" as well as another court required paper that Indiana is so fond of providing NO resources for (unlike many other states, who don't automatically assume that citizens involved in the court process are scumbags) so that maybe I can get the family law attorney - whose work left me with no settlement, no possessions and resulted in the death of two pets (etc ad nauseum) - to stop abusing the proceedings supplemental and small claims rules and using it as a vehicle for harassment and apparently, amusement.

  3. Been on social security sense sept 2011 2massive strokes open heart surgery and serious ovarian cancer and a blood clot in my lung all in 14 months. Got a letter in may saying that i didn't qualify and it was in form like i just applied ,called social security she said it don't make sense and you are still geting a check in june and i did ,now i get a check from my part D asking for payment for july because there will be no money for my membership, call my prescription coverage part D and confirmed no check will be there.went to social security they didn't want to answer whats going on just said i should of never been on it .no one knows where this letter came from was California im in virginia and been here sense my strokes and vcu filed for my disability i was in the hospital when they did it .It's like it was a error . My ,mothers social security was being handled in that office in California my sister was dealing with it and it had my social security number because she died last year and this letter came out of the same office and it came at the same time i got the letter for my mother benefits for death and they had the same date of being typed just one was on the mail Saturday and one on Monday. . I think it's a mistake and it should been fixed instead there just getting rid of me .i never got a formal letter saying when i was being tsken off.

  4. Employers should not have racially discriminating mind set. It has huge impact on the society what the big players do or don't do in the industry. Background check is conducted just to verify whether information provided by the prospective employee is correct or not. It doesn't have any direct combination with the rejection of the employees. If there is rejection, there should be something effective and full-proof things on the table that may keep the company or the people associated with it in jeopardy.

  5. Unlike the federal judge who refused to protect me, the Virginia State Bar gave me a hearing. After the hearing, the Virginia State Bar refused to discipline me. VSB said that attacking me with the court ADA coordinator had, " all the grace and charm of a drive-by shooting." One does wonder why the VSB was able to have a hearing and come to that conclusion, but the federal judge in Indiana slammed the door of the courthouse in my face.

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