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On the Move - 11/20/13

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November 20, 2013
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On The Move

On The Move highlights employment news, awards and honors attorneys receive, and board appointments or elected positions. Digital images should be 200 dpi and saved as eps, tiff or jpg. Color images are preferred. Information must be submitted at least 10 days before the Wednesday issue in which it is to appear. Submit your announcement at http://www.theindianalawyer.com/submit-on-the-move or email to managing editor Jennifer Nelson at jnelson@ibj.com. Promotions
Stephanie L. Cassman has been elected equity partner at Lewis Wagner LLP. New Associations

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*Sarah Fandrey has joined Bowers Harrison LLP as an associate focusing on commercial and residential real estate transactions.
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*Justin A. Kashman and *Samantha R. Hargitt have joined Wooden & McLaughlin LLP as associates. Kashman will focus on litigation, and Hargitt will focus on business, real estate and banking.
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Neha M. Matta and *Nabeela Virjee have joined Lewis Wagner LLP as associates. Matta focuses her practice in civil litigation, while Virjee’s areas of concentration include drug and medical device defense, employment, and professional liability and malpractice.
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*Robert R. Anderson has joined Frost Brown Todd LLC’s business department as an associate. *Jessica J. Williams Schnelker has joined the firm as an associate practicing in products liability and mass tort.

Michael Moffatt has returned to the Indianapolis office of Littler Mendelson P.C. after serving as associate general counsel for CNO Financial Group. Kent J. Perkins has joined Coots Henke & Wheeler P.C.

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*Eric J. Massey has joined White and Champagne as an associate practicing criminal law, family law and personal injury.
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*Kathryn DeWeese has joined Bunger & Robertson as an associate.
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*Kristen R. Trout, *Blaine L. Dirker and *Michael A. Gaston-Bell have joined Krieg DeVault LLP as associates. Trout is a member of the business and creditors’ rights and bankruptcy practice groups; Dirker is a member of the intellectual property and technology law practice group; and Gaston-Bell is a member of the litigation practice group.
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*Michael E. Licari has joined Perry Law Office P.C. and will concentrate in Social Security disability, collections and family law.

Patricia Batesole has been named Ice Miller LLP’s chief marketing and business development officer. Rob Beatson, Anne Berning, Nick Cayetano, Tim Conroy, Tim DeLaney, Marios Fellouka, Christina Gull, Kim Huizinga, Brian Lucchi, Michael Lux, Nadine McSpadden, Liz Polleys, Aaron Ridlen, Zach Rosenbarger, Ashley Rozier, Robert Scremin, Kate Shelby, Jordan Stover, Shaunestte Terrell and Max Wiley have joined the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office as deputy prosecutors.

Melissa J. Avery has joined Broyles Kight & Ricafort P.C. as of counsel where she will practice family law and mediation.

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*Micha J. Nichols has joined Beers Mallers Backs & Salin LLP as an associate, where he is a member of the civil litigation group.
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*Janis E. Steck has joined Leeuw Oberlies & Campbell P.C. as an associate, practicing in civil litigation.
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*Maureen (Molly) Moss has joined the construction and real estate litigation group of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP as an associate in the downtown Indianapolis office.
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*Jon Noyes has joined Wilson Kehoe Winingham as an associate attorney.

Awards and Honors Lake Superior Judge Diane Kavadias Schneider recently received the Indiana State Bar Association Women in the Law Recognition Award. The Indiana Trial Lawyers Association has named State Sen. Brent Steele, R-Bedford, as its Legislator of the Year. Theresa R. Parish of Lewis Wagner LLP has been selected as a member of the Richard G. Lugar Excellence in Public Service Series.

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*Francina Dlouhy of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP was named a 2013 Woman of Influence by the Indianapolis Business Journal, a sister publication of Indiana Lawyer.
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*Lucy R. Dollens of Frost Brown Todd LLC was one of two recipients of the Defense Lawyer of the Year award by the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana.
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*Thomas R. Schultz, partner at Schultz & Pogue LLP, has been inducted as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
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*Jan Michelsen, a shareholder in the Indianapolis office of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart P.C., has been inducted into the Litigation Counsel of America.

Terre Haute attorney and part-time federal Magistrate Judge Craig M. McKee has received a Distinguished Alumni Award from Indiana State University.

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*Kerry Hyatt Blomquist, counsel for the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, received the 2013 Judge David Shaheed Access to Justice Award from the Muslim Alliance of Indiana.

Andrea L. Ciobanu has been chosen as an ABA Young Lawyers Scholar. Appointments and Elections Indiana Secretary of State Connie Lawson appointed Carol Mihalik as Indiana Securities Commissioner.

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*Terry W. Tolliver of Indianapolis was elected to the board of governors of the Indiana State Bar Association. Tolliver is deputy director of the Consumer Protection Division in the Office of the Indiana Attorney General.

Rick Ruble has been appointed commissioner of the Indiana Department of Labor. He previously served as interim commissioner and deputy commissioner of labor and general counsel with the agency.

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Krieg DeVault LLP partner *Norman T. Funk has been reappointed Indiana State chair of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
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*Jason M. Massaro of the Massaro Legal Group LLC, has been appointed chair-elect of the Litigation Section of the Indiana State Bar Association.
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*Carol M. Adinamis, partner at Adinamis Michael & Saunders, has been elected vice president of the Indiana State Bar Association.
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*Steven M. Badger, partner at Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff, has been appointed as counsel to the president of the Indiana State Bar Association, James Dimos.

New Firm Carol Jean Romine has opened Family Law & Mediation Services LLC in Fishers. Brandon Tate and Kevin Bowen have opened Tate & Bowen LLP. The office is located in the Inland Building at 156 E. Market St., Suite 1100 in Indianapolis. The general practice firm has a focus on criminal defense, family law and civil litigation.•

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