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IBA: Myers Paralegal of the Year

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In 1983 Michael Jackson’s Thriller was the album of the year. Flashdance was in the movie theaters, and Ronald Reagan was in the White House. It’s also the year that Mary E. Myers of Kroger Gardis & Regas began her paralegal career providing “added value” to the law practice of Indianapolis attorney and Kroger Gardis & Regas partner David Wright.

For the “remarkable results” for which she is credited and for the excellent example she has provided throughout her career, Myers has been selected as the 2010 IBA Paralegal of the Year. She will be recognized at the Paralegal Appreciation Luncheon on Thursday, May 20 at noon at Ruth’s Chris Steakhouse downtown.
 

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In nominating Myers for this recognition, Wright noted that “Mary has served over the years as an example to others, including new and developing lawyers, of ‘what it takes’, and ‘how it’s done’ in the sometimes intense, fast-paced and demanding environment of litigation.” Seven additional lawyers joined Wright in nominating Myers to which he noted, “The fact that Mary has left a trail of very impressed professional admirers speaks loudly.”

Jim Lauck, also a partner at Kroger Gardis & Regas, said in his nomination of Myers, “To be considered for this wonderful honor seems to be most fitting for someone as unassuming, effective and important as Mary Myers is to our law firm.” Another nominator added, “Mary not only assists those attorneys she is working with, but she is a key contributing and value adding member to the success of any given matter.”

Ultimately, one word seemed to sum up each of glowing remarks made about Myers – “indispensable.” The same characteristic possessed by all past recipients of the IBA Paralegal of the Year.

A member of the Indianapolis Bar Association and an active member of the Indiana Paralegal Association (IPA), Myers has served in various capacities for the IPA. Currently nearly 200 paralegals are members of the Indianapolis Bar Association where they gain relevant legal education and benefit from professional networking.

Consider recognizing a paralegal in your life by attending the appreciation luncheon together on May 20. Leaving your desk to tell someone “thank you” is never a bad idea.

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