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Cultivating the next generation

March 22, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Attorney Joseph Smith is among a new cadre of leaders stepping into management positions, taking a seat on high-level committees or becoming practice chairs in large law firms. Baby boomers are retiring or transitioning from their practices, creating openings in leadership roles.
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Use of contract attorneys rising in importance and stature

March 8, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
Contract attorneys no longer wear a scarlet letter as many firms and legal companies utilize these lawyers for their expertise and to lower firm costs.
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For some firms, splitting office space and expenses is best practice

February 22, 2017
Dave Stafford
For many firms, splitting office space and sharing resources is a strategy that makes good business sense. But such arrangements aren’t without challenges.
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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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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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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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Higgins: New rules reflect renewed focus on attorney trust accounts

December 28, 2016
For Indiana attorneys, the new year marks the effective date of the new Admission and Discipline Rule 23. The importance of Rule 23 is generally limited only to those unlucky few who find themselves being investigated or prosecuted by the Disciplinary Commission. However, Rule 23 also contains substantive provisions on how each lawyer must manage his or her trust account.
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Doxly launches new insights, closing books features

November 21, 2016
Olivia Covington
Legal tech startup Doxly Inc., an attorney-run company aimed at digitizing the process of closing legal transactions, has launched a new suite of software features designed to enhance attorneys’ abilities to track and archive deals.
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Making Rain: Using an Ouija board or financial statements to plan marketing

November 16, 2016
Dona Stohler
Although the Ouija board might be more fun, you will probably make better business decisions by asking your accounting department to reorganize your expenses and revenue to give you a picture even the Great Ouija couldn’t conjure.
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Women attorneys frustrated compensation gap still wide

November 2, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
For the most part, women leaders in Indiana’s legal profession are not surprised that female attorneys earn less than their male counterparts. What does shock them is how much less they are making.
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Getting down to the business of lawyering

October 19, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
Evansville attorney David G. Harris is such a fan of the Lawyerist that he was the main driver behind getting the Evansville Bar Association to invite the website's founder and editor-in-chief Sam Glover to speak. The Minneapolis attorney-writer will be in the southern Indiana city Oct. 27 to make a presentation about practicing law and lead attorneys through a four-step process to secure information on their laptops.
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ISBA House of Delegates rejects proposal for non-lawyer ownership of law firms

October 5, 2016
Olivia Covington
After a 30-minute discussion about the potential ramifications of a recommendation to allow non-lawyers to hold equity investments in law firms, the Indiana State Bar Association House of Delegates overwhelming voted against the recommendation at its meeting Sept. 30.
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Avvo, LegalZoom execs tell ISBA legal services delivery must change

October 5, 2016
Dave Stafford
LegalZoom Chief Executive Officer John Suh told a gathering of Indiana lawyers Sept. 29 that solo and small firms whose practices in many cases have struggled for decades may be facing existential challenges, but they shouldn’t blame the internet.
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ISBA House of Delegates rejects non-lawyer equity investments

September 30, 2016
Olivia Covington
The Indiana State Bar Association House of Delegates on Friday overwhelmingly rejected a recommendation to allow non-lawyer equity investments in law firms, saying that the issue needed further study.
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Indianapolis attorney named managing partner at Faegre Baker Daniels

September 28, 2016
IBJ Staff
Faegre Baker Daniels LLP has named longtime Indianapolis attorney Tom Froehle as chairman and managing partner of the international law firm, it announced Wednesday.
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Indy legal-tech firm secures $2.2 million for seed round

September 19, 2016
Jared Council, IBJ Staff
Doxly Inc., the legal-software company launched by Indianapolis-based venture studio High Alpha earlier this year, announced Monday that it notched $2.2 million in equity capital and signed the world's largest law firm as a client.
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Departing the partner track

August 24, 2016
Dave Stafford
Law firms are looking for talent and signing up attorneys who fit clients’ needs in flexible arrangements that eschew the traditional associate-to-partner model. The trend addresses the firms’ needs to contain costs and the desire of many lawyers for more work-life balance.
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Taft names new partner-in-charge for Indy office

August 17, 2016
Scott Olson, IBJ Staff
Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP has a new partner-in-charge of its Indianapolis office, prompted by his predecessor’s promotion to lead the entire law firm.
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Technology lets lawyers pursue practices with no need to hit ‘print’

August 10, 2016
Dave Stafford
The paperless office has been an aspirational goal for many businesses including law firms for years. Advocates point to studies that say going paperless can increase efficiency by 25 to 50 percent and slash a law firm’s budget for paper, printers, printer cartridges and other traditional paperbound office supplies.
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Attorneys feel at home with virtual practices

May 18, 2016
Scott Roberts
Lawyers like Kenneth Riggins use virtual practices to reduce their overhead, while technology allows them to practice from anywhere. Many arrange to have access to office space they can use when they need it.
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Long-distance depositions

May 18, 2016
Dave Stafford
Technological advances in teleconferencing are making video depositions a more viable option to control litigation costs, but lawyers say in some cases there's no substitute for in-person questioning.
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Fee shifts an issue for court reporters

May 4, 2016
Marilyn Odendahl
In certain situations, Tom Richardson will watch two attorneys in a deposition and will know one is going to get stuck with a bigger bill for the same service.
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Hicks to be next firm-wide managing partner at Taft

March 9, 2016
IL Staff
Indianapolis partner Robert J. Hicks will be the next firm-wide managing partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, the firm announced Tuesday.
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2040 vision: Lawyers look at the future

December 30, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
As part of Indiana Lawyer’s commemoration of its silver anniversary this year, we asked a varied group of attorneys to look ahead to the year 2040. They outlined what they thought the profession would be like, how they hoped the profession would change, and what they did not want the profession to become.
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Henderson: Survey reveals signs of fundamental change in the legal profession

December 2, 2015
Marilyn Odendahl
The traditional career path for Indiana attorneys – graduate from law school, become an associate in a law firm, work long hours and eventually become a partner – appears to be broken, or at least cracked.
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  1. Actually, and most strikingly, the ruling failed to address the central issue to the whole case: Namely, Black Knight/LPS, who was NEVER a party to the State court litigation, and who is under a 2013 consent judgment in Indiana (where it has stipulated to the forgery of loan documents, the ones specifically at issue in my case)never disclosed itself in State court or remediated the forged loan documents as was REQUIRED of them by the CJ. In essence, what the court is willfully ignoring, is that it is setting a precedent that the supplier of a defective product, one whom is under a consent judgment stipulating to such, and under obligation to remediate said defective product, can: 1.) Ignore the CJ 2.) Allow counsel to commit fraud on the state court 3.) Then try to hide behind Rooker Feldman doctrine as a bar to being held culpable in federal court. The problem here is the court is in direct conflict with its own ruling(s) in Johnson v. Pushpin Holdings & Iqbal- 780 F.3d 728, at 730 “What Johnson adds - what the defendants in this suit have failed to appreciate—is that federal courts retain jurisdiction to award damages for fraud that imposes extrajudicial injury. The Supreme Court drew that very line in Exxon Mobil ... Iqbal alleges that the defendants conducted a racketeering enterprise that predates the state court’s judgments ...but Exxon Mobil shows that the Rooker Feldman doctrine asks what injury the plaintiff asks the federal court to redress, not whether the injury is “intertwined” with something else …Because Iqbal seeks damages for activity that (he alleges) predates the state litigation and caused injury independently of it, the Rooker-Feldman doctrine does not block this suit. It must be reinstated.” So, as I already noted to others, I now have the chance to bring my case to SCOTUS; the ruling by Wood & Posner is flawed on numerous levels,BUT most troubling is the fact that the authors KNOW it's a flawed ruling and choose to ignore the flaws for one simple reason: The courts have decided to agree with former AG Eric Holder that national banks "Are too big to fail" and must win at any cost-even that of due process, case precedent, & the truth....Let's see if SCOTUS wants a bite at the apple.

  2. I am in NJ & just found out that there is a judgment against me in an action by Driver's Solutions LLC in IN. I was never served with any Court pleadings, etc. and the only thing that I can find out is that they were using an old Staten Island NY address for me. I have been in NJ for over 20 years and cannot get any response from Drivers Solutions in IN. They have a different lawyer now. I need to get this vacated or stopped - it is now almost double & at 18%. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

  3. I am in NJ & just found out that there is a judgment against me in an action by Driver's Solutions LLC in IN. I was never served with any Court pleadings, etc. and the only thing that I can find out is that they were using an old Staten Island NY address for me. I have been in NJ for over 20 years and cannot get any response from Drivers Solutions in IN. They have a different lawyer now. I need to get this vacated or stopped - it is now almost double & at 18%. Any help would be appreciated. Thank you.

  4. Please I need help with my class action lawsuits, im currently in pro-se and im having hard time findiNG A LAWYER TO ASSIST ME

  5. Access to the court (judiciary branch of government) is the REAL problem, NOT necessarily lack of access to an attorney. Unfortunately, I've lived in a legal and financial hell for the past six years due to a divorce (where I was, supposedly, represented by an attorney) in which I was defrauded of settlement and the other party (and helpers) enriched through the fraud. When I attempted to introduce evidence and testify (pro se) in a foreclosure/eviction, I was silenced (apparently on procedural grounds, as research I've done since indicates). I was thrown out of a residence which was to be sold, by a judge who refused to allow me to speak in (the supposedly "informal") small claims court where the eviction proceeding (by ex-brother-in-law) was held. Six years and I can't even get back on solid or stable ground ... having bank account seized twice, unlawfully ... and now, for the past year, being dragged into court - again, contrary to law and appellate decisions - by former attorney, who is trying to force payment from exempt funds. Friday will mark fifth appearance. Hopefully, I'll be allowed to speak. The situation I find myself in shouldn't even be possible, much less dragging out with no end in sight, for years. I've done nothing wrong, but am watching a lot of wrong being accomplished under court jurisdiction; only because I was married to someone who wanted and was granted a divorce (but was not willing to assume the responsibilities that come with granting the divorce). In fact, the recalcitrant party was enriched by well over $100k, although it was necessarily split with other actors. Pro bono help? It's a nice dream ... but that's all it is, for too many. Meanwhile, injustice marches on.

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