Law Firms

Kentucky hires Indy law firm to probe former governor

August 3, 2016
 Associated Press
Kentucky Gov. Matt Bevin has approved a contract of up to $500,000 for an Indianapolis law firm to investigate his predecessor's administration.
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ABA poised to allow law students to get paid for externships

August 1, 2016
IL Staff
Law students may be able to take home a paycheck while earning academic credit at an externship under a proposal the American Bar Association House of Delegates will consider during the ABA’s annual meeting beginning Thursday in San Francisco.
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Emerging ‘rogue players’ may make legal damages harder to seize

July 28, 2016
 Bloomberg News
Problems with recovering court-awarded assets — and efforts to tackle them — are widespread and potentially growing.
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Elkhart County attorney recognized with bar foundation honor

July 27, 2016
IL Staff
Goshen attorney and former Indiana legislator John Ulmer has been selected for the 2016 Legendary Lawyer Award by the Fellows of the Indiana Bar Foundation.
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Taft to hold fundraiser for injured IP attorney

July 27, 2016
IL Staff
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP has organized a cocktail party and silent auction to raise money for Derek Lavender, an intellectual property attorney with the firm who was recently paralyzed as a result of a motorcycle accident.
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Lawyers logging more pro bono hours, survey finds

July 27, 2016
IL Staff
Lawyers are making more time for pro bono work, according to a recent survey of lawyers by Robert Half Legal. Despite busy schedules and increasing caseloads, 30 percent reported donating more than 80 pro bono hours each year.
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Associate pay raises also raise eyebrows

July 27, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Key to bringing on new clients and keeping existing ones is talent attorneys. Firms across the country, including in Indiana, are raising associate pay to attract those attorneys.
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Gold medal dreams

July 27, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Hoosier lawyers and law school grads have run, swam and thrown for Olympic trials.
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Ties to Florida firm burn Indiana lawyers

July 27, 2016
Dave Stafford
Small-town lawyer Justin Wall argues in his discipline case that he’s fighting not just for his career, but for the livelihoods of his Huntington co-workers and the needs of his community after he tried to drum up business with a regretful decision to answer a Craigslist ad four years ago.
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New local rule permits judges to assign cases to attorneys

July 27, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Chief Judge Richard Young is confident the new mandatory pro bono rule adopted by the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana will solve problems caused by pro se litigants trying to navigate the federal judiciary.
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Making Rain: Change is necessary for firms to survive

July 27, 2016
Dona Stohler
Law firms today must change their approach toward business development and marketing and embrace the change.
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Worker health, company headache

July 13, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
New EEOC regulations add to the milieu of rules governing company wellness programs.
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401(k) fees are attracting more attention—from lawyers

July 8, 2016
 Bloomberg News
Recent mega-settlements involving 401(k) lawsuits, along with a U.S. Supreme Court ruling last year that put plan fiduciaries on high alert about the need to continuously monitor plan investments, has encouraged more law firms to develop and expand their fiduciary litigation practices.
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Law firm mergers on pace for potential record year

July 6, 2016
IL Staff
It’s shaping up to be another record year for law firm mergers and acquisitions.
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Appeals court nixes $7.25B credit card swipe fee settlement

July 1, 2016
 Associated Press
A $7.25 billion settlement between merchants and Visa Inc. and MasterCard Inc. over credit card transaction fees was rejected Thursday by a federal appeals court, a ruling praised by a retail trade association as a victory for consumers.
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Law firms’ March Against Hunger raises nearly $60,000

June 29, 2016
IL Staff
Law firms from around Indiana led the way in the Indiana State Bar Association’s annual March Against Hunger campaign, raising $59,408 in cash donations and 7,560 pounds of food to provide to the state’s 11 regional food banks.
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Deadline for mandatory e-filing nears for Hamilton County, Indiana appellate courts

June 29, 2016
Dave Stafford
Ready or not, the era of e-filing begins July 1 for everyone submitting court documents in Hamilton County and in Indiana’s appellate courts. There’s evidence that despite the buildup over recent months, many lawyers and filers may be caught off guard.
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Attorneys remember trailblazer Susan Tabler

June 29, 2016
Scott Roberts
The recent death of an Indianapolis attorney who helped blaze the trail for female attorneys in the city has prompted other attorneys to take a look how far women have come in the legal profession.
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Attorneys create for-profit guardianship company

June 29, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
After about a year of thinking and planning, two Indianapolis attorneys launched Scout Guardianship Services Inc. in December 2015. This for-profit business can function as either a guardian, attorney in fact or health care representative for adults who want and have the financial assets to pay for these services.
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7th Circuit reversal: Conour fraud victims, not creditor, take priority

June 23, 2016
Dave Stafford
Fraud victims of disgraced former lawyer William Conour have the upper hand over his former law firm creditor who was awarded a judgment of almost $775,000, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled Thursday, reversing the District Court and signaling too much may have been awarded.
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COA dismisses appeal of agreed judgment

June 17, 2016
Scott Roberts
The Indiana Court of Appeals upheld long-standing precedent when it dismissed an appeal of an agreed judgment between a law firm and a couple that accused the firm of malpractice.
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Phishing for your firm’s money

June 15, 2016
Scott Roberts
Scams targeting companies are become more high-tech, polished, and grammatically correct.
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Sedia’s poetry provides appealing creative outlet

June 15, 2016
Dave Stafford
You may not know it, but Adam Sedia’s a poet.
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New overtime rules force hard choices for employers

June 6, 2016
Hayleigh Colombo, Indianapolis Business Journal
For Purdue University—the state’s eighth-largest employer—new overtime rules could mean an $8 million or so hit to the school’s already-stretched budget.
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More than 230 attorneys suspended for CLE, fee noncompliance

June 6, 2016
IL Staff
The Indiana Supreme Court on Friday released its list of attorneys who have failed to pay attorney registration fees, have not complied with continuing legal education requirements and/or failed to submit Interest on Lawyer Trust Accounts certifications.
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  5. 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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