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Leadership in Law 2012: Keith R. Berlin

Associate, Taft Stettinius & Hollister, Indianapolis Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law

April 25, 2012
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Keith Berlin (IL Photo/ Perry Reichanadter)

Through training and experience, Keith Berlin is developing into a superior attorney in the areas of litigation and environmental law. Not only has he managed complex e-discovery, he attended more than 100 hours of Continuing Legal Education within his first three years of practice. He also devotes significant time to volunteer work. Keith currently serves as the chair of the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Pro Bono Standing Committee. He also is a member of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation’s Impact Fund Committee, which awards a grant to an organization that promotes access to justice for indigent persons.

In 2012, I’d like to
continue to develop into a top-notch litigator, expand my environmental law knowledge, provide more opportunities than ever before for IndyBar membership to provide pro bono services, help the IndyBar membership provide pro bono services to more individuals in need throughout Indianapolis than ever before, and spend as much time with my family as possible.

The best advice I could give a recent law school graduate is
to always keep life in perspective. We are all very fortunate to be where we are today.

The three words that best describe me are
driven, humble and caring.

My long-term career goal is
to become a go-to attorney that enjoys both work and life.

If I weren’t an attorney, I’d be
a doctor or police officer.  I have always enjoyed solving problems while helping others.

My escape from work is
playing with my 1-year-old daughter and 3-year-old son.  Toddlers can teach you so much about what is truly important in life.

My mentor has taught me
that work is not everything, work-life balance is very important and there are many different ways to give back, and you should give back in a way that you enjoy.

In the movie about my life,
John Krasinski would play me.
 

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