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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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Women IP attorneys launch central Indiana chapter of ChIPS, one of first in Midwest

May 17, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
At a kickoff reception April 27, about 30 women came together to network and participate in a panel discussion examining the careers of women in IP. ChIPS co-founder Emily Ward, CEO of Calla Nava and alumnae of Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, was the featured guest.
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Indiana women trial lawyers preparing for Congressional push

May 17, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
A contingent of Indiana female trial lawyers will head to Washington, D.C., this month to participate in the 20th anniversary of the American Association for Justice Women Trial Lawyers Caucus lobby day.
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Law firms increasing emphasis on business development

May 17, 2017
Olivia Covington
In today’s legal market, it’s not enough for attorneys to be knowledgeable of the law — they must also be knowledgeable in the world of sales.
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Courier deliveries diminishing with e-filing

May 17, 2017
Dave Stafford
Courier services, once vital for law firms, are adapting to e-filing by offering different services.
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Study: Millennials want to make partner on own track

May 3, 2017
Olivia Covington
According to a study recently released by Major Lindsey & Africa and Above the Law, roughly 44 percent of millennial law firm attorneys surveyed said they hope to someday make partner, either at the firm they’re currently with or at another firm. That result came as a surprise to Major Lindsey & Africa partners who, like many older attorneys, bought into the assumption that the law’s youngest employees were exploring options off the traditional partner track.
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Mediators seeing a rise in attorneys arriving unprepared

May 3, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The rustling of papers and the sight of attorneys sifting through documents to find information has led Vanessa Lopez Aguilera to conclude attorneys increasingly are arriving unprepared for mediation.
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Lawyers want flexibility in work schedules

May 3, 2017
Olivia Covington
The current trend seems to be law firms offering more flexible work schedules for attorneys who have kids. In 2016, 35.2 percent of U.S. law firms offered full or part-time work-from-home policies for their attorneys, compared to 31.7 percent the previous year, according to the Association of Legal Administrators’ 2016 Compensation and Benefits Survey.
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7th Circuit panel discusses cybersecurity risks to law firms, clients

May 2, 2017
Olivia Covington
The session outlined the cybersecurity threats facing law firms today, the steps attorneys can take to protect themselves and their clients from a data breach, and the case law governing a still developing area of practice.
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Trucking company target of several lawsuits

May 2, 2017
Indianapolis Business Journal
At least 16 law firms, most of them based in New York City, have issued press releases in recent days saying they have filed lawsuits against an Indianapolis-based trucking company or are investigating doing so.
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Education panel says character matters more than scores

May 1, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
The 7th Circuit Bar Association annual meeting and judicial conference started its first round of discussions by talking about a continuing source of anxiety in the legal profession – law school.
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Attorney's license reinstated decade after meth addiction

May 1, 2017
 Associated Press
When Evansville attorney Teresa Perry McKeethen passed the Indiana Bar Exam and began practicing law in 2000, she thought she was launching herself on the road to a successful legal career.
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Attorney to step down as radio talk-show host after 20 years

April 25, 2017
Indianapolis Business Journal
Conservative radio-show host and attorney Greg Garrison plans to retire in June after a 20-year run on Indianapolis station WIBC-FM 93.1, he announced Monday on the air.
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Putting technology into practice

April 19, 2017
Olivia Covington
The ISBA’s new law practice management coordinator wants to help solo and small firms stay competitive in today’s market.
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Report: Millennials want to make partner, but take different path than older attorneys

April 14, 2017
Olivia Covington
Generational differences between baby boomer and millennial attorneys have created stark differences in how members of those generations approach their day-to-day tasks, but in terms of career goals, young attorneys today have the same long-term aspirations as their predecessors.
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United passenger dragged off jet got concussion, lawyer says

April 13, 2017
 Bloomberg News
The passenger dragged off a United Continental Holdings Inc. flight suffered a concussion, a broken nose and two lost teeth, one of his lawyers said Thursday.
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National defense firm opens downtown Indy office

April 12, 2017
IL Staff
National defense law firm Foley & Mansfield has opened a new law office in Indianapolis, its third new office to open in the last two years.
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Doxly launches new e-signature feature

April 7, 2017
IL Staff
Doxly Inc., a tech startup that offers software to digitize the process of closing legal transactions, has added a new feature to its fleet to enable attorneys and clients to sign their documents from any electronic device.
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Indy-area attorneys hosting re-entry job fair

April 7, 2017
IL Staff
Members of Indianapolis’ legal community are offering assistance today to help recently incarcerated people find the jobs and resources they’ll need to build their future.
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Taft wins defamation lawsuit in appellate court

April 5, 2017
Marilyn Odendahl
An Illinois appellate court has affirmed the law firm of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP did not defame a private business in a newsletter emailed to clients.
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Carmel attorney reaches his goals with top-rated podcast

April 5, 2017
Olivia Covington
Since the launch of his franchise-law focused podcast, attorney Josh Brown has added 22 new clients thanks to the publicity the podcast provides.
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  4. 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.

  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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