Law Firms

Law firm miscue in small claims case gets no relief on appeal

February 17, 2017
Dave Stafford
A law firm that failed to respond to an Allen County small claims court’s inquiry about settlement discussions because the attorney handling the case had left the firm got no relief Friday from the Indiana Court of Appeals.
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Lateral hiring up

February 8, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The pace of attorneys jumping from one firm to another is expected to continue this year.
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Hoosier attorneys travel to Rwanda on legal mission trip

February 8, 2017
Olivia Covington
A group of Indianapolis attorneys, determined to provide support to their African counterparts, traveled to Rwanda in late January to get a firsthand look at what it means to be an attorney in a country filled with blatant corruption and intentional oppression.
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State immigration lawyers say clients fearful amid Trump orders

February 8, 2017
IL Staff
Indiana immigration attorneys and their clients face uncertainty after President Donald Trump issued executive orders in his first week banning travel from seven Muslim-majority nations, suspending refugee resettlement programs and stepping up domestic enforcement.
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After heartbreak, tech startup maintains focus on case management software

February 8, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Case Pacer, launched in 2013, continues to move forward and grow after the death of its founder, Kevin McCarthy and sales representative, Casey Speckman, in an car crash last year. It expects to double in size within the next year.
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Asian attorneys less represented in Indianapolis than nationwide

February 8, 2017
Olivia Covington
In the post-recession economy, Asians were the only minority group to experience constant growth in partner and associate positions at large law firms each year, while black and Hispanic attorneys followed a roller coaster-like cycle of growth and decline. However, the situation is less promising for Asian attorneys in Indianapolis.
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Lawyers start business-development networking group

February 1, 2017
Dave Stafford
Two law firms launched in recent years also are launching a networking organization they hope can assist other lawyers in starting their own firms.
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Senate to hear bill banning attorney indemnification clauses

January 26, 2017
Olivia Covington
A bill designed to prevent attorneys from prohibiting clients from filing legal malpractice claims will soon be heard by the full Indiana Senate.
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Making Rain: The secret to networking lies within your firm

January 25, 2017
Dona Stohler
Having an organized approach to becoming more visible internally and forming stronger relationships with your co-workers can be a very effective networking strategy.
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Report: number of black attorneys decreasing in large firms

January 25, 2017
Olivia Covington
The decline may be due to a lack of African-American partners at the firms and more black attorneys choosing to open their own practices.
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For small and solo firms, financial and succession planning takes commitment

January 25, 2017
Dave Stafford
At 41, Cumberland family law and estate attorney Jessica Lacy thinks a lot about her 10-month-old daughter’s future, but she’s also mindful of the years ahead for those who work with her.
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Legal software firm gets boost under new leadership

January 20, 2017
Jared Council, Indianapolis Business Journal
When John Shane took a sales leadership job with contract-software maker Ntracts LLC in March 2015, the company had about 40 clients and was getting one or two inbound leads a month.
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Ice Miller attorney stepping away from practice to combat child exploitation

January 11, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Seth Thomas is preparing to jump off what he calls the treadmill of private practice to help combat the “most horrific awful evil thing” — cybersex trafficking and online exploitation of children.
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New ABA Blueprint tool designed to increase solo, small firm efficiency

January 11, 2017
Olivia Covington
The American Bar Associatin's Blueprint, an online legal tech marketplace tool, launched in November 2016 and is meant to enable attorneys working at solo and small firms to quickly and easily find legal technology that meets their firms’ needs.
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Minority law firm representation up modestly post-recession

January 9, 2017
Olivia Covington
Women and minorities have made small gains in representation in the legal community over the last seven years, though their representation in some areas of the legal profession is still below pre-recession levels, a new national report says.
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Vegas lawyer accused of stealing millions from clients

January 5, 2017
 Associated Press
A prominent Las Vegas wills and trusts lawyer who disappeared last month amid state bar allegations that he stole millions of dollars in client funds was indicted and arrested Wednesday on criminal charges that could get him up to 90 years in prison.
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Indianapolis attorney tapped for national mock trial board

January 4, 2017
IL Staff
Criminal defense attorney and mock trial alumnus Scott Barnhart has been elected to the board of the National High School Mock Trial Championship.
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Taft announces new chairman and managing partner, partner-in-charge

January 3, 2017
IL Staff
Two attorneys with Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP are moving into new leadership positions as the new  year begins.
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Indianapolis airport board counsel takes off, leaves tailwind for successor

December 28, 2016
Dave Stafford
Rex M. Joseph Jr.’s nearly 29 years as counsel for the Indianapolis International Airport Authority Board included helping land the airport at an entirely new location after some of the most turbulent times in the nation’s modern history.
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Employers, labor lawyers left hanging as judge blocks OT rule

December 28, 2016
Dave Stafford
Companies and the employment lawyers who advise them had, in many cases, worked for months planning to comply with new Department of Labor regulations affecting millions of salaried employees who are exempt from overtime pay. All they know after a judge blocked the rule is that they don’t know what’s next.
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Feds say 3 hacked law firms' networks, made insider trades

December 27, 2016
 Associated Press
Federal prosecutors have charged three Chinese nationals accused of profiting from insider information about mergers and acquisitions by hacking into the networks of law firms working on the deals, authorities said Tuesday.
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Lack of expert testimony leads to judgment in favor of Indiana attorney

December 27, 2016
Olivia Covington
The lack of expert testimony in a yearslong bankruptcy case led to the appropriate grant of summary judgment to an Indiana attorney, the Indiana Court of Appeals found Tuesday.
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Indianapolis attorney dies on Christmas Eve

December 27, 2016
IL Staff
A longtime Indianapolis attorney and former Indianapolis Bar Association vice president has died.
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Ex-lawyer who bilked relatives of $1.3M gets prison sentence

December 27, 2016
 Associated Press
A former Indiana attorney who pleaded guilty to bilking relatives out of more than $1.3 million has been sentenced to 2 ½ years in prison.
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LGBT equality a firm priority

December 14, 2016
Dave Stafford
Law firms have embraced equality for LGBT employees in their policies more than any other industry, and five firms with a significant presence in Indiana have earned top marks for inclusiveness, a new study reveals.
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  1. Mr. Levin says that the BMV engaged in misconduct--that the BMV (or, rather, someone in the BMV) knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged fees but did nothing to correct the situation. Such misconduct, whether engaged in by one individual or by a group, is called theft (defined as knowingly or intentionally exerting unauthorized control over the property of another person with the intent to deprive the other person of the property's value or use). Theft is a crime in Indiana (as it still is in most of the civilized world). One wonders, then, why there have been no criminal prosecutions of BMV officials for this theft? Government misconduct doesn't occur in a vacuum. An individual who works for or oversees a government agency is responsible for the misconduct. In this instance, somebody (or somebodies) with the BMV, at some time, knew Indiana motorists were being overcharged. What's more, this person (or these people), even after having the error of their ways pointed out to them, did nothing to fix the problem. Instead, the overcharges continued. Thus, the taxpayers of Indiana are also on the hook for the millions of dollars in attorneys fees (for both sides; the BMV didn't see fit to avail itself of the services of a lawyer employed by the state government) that had to be spent in order to finally convince the BMV that stealing money from Indiana motorists was a bad thing. Given that the BMV official(s) responsible for this crime continued their misconduct, covered it up, and never did anything until the agency reached an agreeable settlement, it seems the statute of limitations for prosecuting these folks has not yet run. I hope our Attorney General is paying attention to this fiasco and is seriously considering prosecution. Indiana, the state that works . . . for thieves.

  2. I'm glad that attorney Carl Hayes, who represented the BMV in this case, is able to say that his client "is pleased to have resolved the issue". Everyone makes mistakes, even bureaucratic behemoths like Indiana's BMV. So to some extent we need to be forgiving of such mistakes. But when those mistakes are going to cost Indiana taxpayers millions of dollars to rectify (because neither plaintiff's counsel nor Mr. Hayes gave freely of their services, and the BMV, being a state-funded agency, relies on taxpayer dollars to pay these attorneys their fees), the agency doesn't have a right to feel "pleased to have resolved the issue". One is left wondering why the BMV feels so pleased with this resolution? The magnitude of the agency's overcharges might suggest to some that, perhaps, these errors were more than mere oversight. Could this be why the agency is so "pleased" with this resolution? Will Indiana motorists ever be assured that the culture of incompetence (if not worse) that the BMV seems to have fostered is no longer the status quo? Or will even more "overcharges" and lawsuits result? It's fairly obvious who is really "pleased to have resolved the issue", and it's not Indiana's taxpayers who are on the hook for the legal fees generated in these cases.

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