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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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  1. From back in the day before secularism got a stranglehold on Hoosier jurists comes this great excerpt via Indiana federal court judge Allan Sharp, dedicated to those many Indiana government attorneys (with whom I have dealt) who count the law as a mere tool, an optional tool that is not to be used when political correctness compels a more acceptable result than merely following the path that the law directs: ALLEN SHARP, District Judge. I. In a scene following a visit by Henry VIII to the home of Sir Thomas More, playwriter Robert Bolt puts the following words into the mouths of his characters: Margaret: Father, that man's bad. MORE: There is no law against that. ROPER: There is! God's law! MORE: Then God can arrest him. ROPER: Sophistication upon sophistication! MORE: No, sheer simplicity. The law, Roper, the law. I know what's legal not what's right. And I'll stick to what's legal. ROPER: Then you set man's law above God's! MORE: No, far below; but let me draw your attention to a fact I'm not God. The currents and eddies of right and wrong, which you find such plain sailing, I can't navigate. I'm no voyager. But in the thickets of law, oh, there I'm a forester. I doubt if there's a man alive who could follow me there, thank God... ALICE: (Exasperated, pointing after Rich) While you talk, he's gone! MORE: And go he should, if he was the Devil himself, until he broke the law! ROPER: So now you'd give the Devil benefit of law! MORE: Yes. What would you do? Cut a great road through the law to get after the Devil? ROPER: I'd cut down every law in England to do that! MORE: (Roused and excited) Oh? (Advances on Roper) And when the last law was down, and the Devil turned round on you where would you hide, Roper, the laws being flat? (He leaves *1257 him) This country's planted thick with laws from coast to coast man's laws, not God's and if you cut them down and you're just the man to do it d'you really think you would stand upright in the winds that would blow then? (Quietly) Yes, I'd give the Devil benefit of law, for my own safety's sake. ROPER: I have long suspected this; this is the golden calf; the law's your god. MORE: (Wearily) Oh, Roper, you're a fool, God's my god... (Rather bitterly) But I find him rather too (Very bitterly) subtle... I don't know where he is nor what he wants. ROPER: My God wants service, to the end and unremitting; nothing else! MORE: (Dryly) Are you sure that's God! He sounds like Moloch. But indeed it may be God And whoever hunts for me, Roper, God or Devil, will find me hiding in the thickets of the law! And I'll hide my daughter with me! Not hoist her up the mainmast of your seagoing principles! They put about too nimbly! (Exit More. They all look after him). Pgs. 65-67, A MAN FOR ALL SEASONS A Play in Two Acts, Robert Bolt, Random House, New York, 1960. Linley E. Pearson, Atty. Gen. of Indiana, Indianapolis, for defendants. Childs v. Duckworth, 509 F. Supp. 1254, 1256 (N.D. Ind. 1981) aff'd, 705 F.2d 915 (7th Cir. 1983)

  2. "Meanwhile small- and mid-size firms are getting squeezed and likely will not survive unless they become a boutique firm." I've been a business attorney in small, and now mid-size firm for over 30 years, and for over 30 years legal consultants have been preaching this exact same mantra of impending doom for small and mid-sized firms -- verbatim. This claim apparently helps them gin up merger opportunities from smaller firms who become convinced that they need to become larger overnight. The claim that large corporations are interested in cost-saving and efficiency has likewise been preached for decades, and is likewise bunk. If large corporations had any real interest in saving money they wouldn't use large law firms whose rates are substantially higher than those of high-quality mid-sized firms.

  3. The family is the foundation of all human government. That is the Grand Design. Modern governments throw off this Design and make bureaucratic war against the family, as does Hollywood and cultural elitists such as third wave feminists. Since WWII we have been on a ship of fools that way, with both the elite and government and their social engineering hacks relentlessly attacking the very foundation of social order. And their success? See it in the streets of Fergusson, on the food stamp doles (mostly broken families)and in the above article. Reject the Grand Design for true social function, enter the Glorious State to manage social dysfunction. Our Brave New World will be a prison camp, and we will welcome it as the only way to manage given the anarchy without it.

  4. When I hear 'Juvenile Lawyer' I think of an attorney helping a high school aged kid through the court system for a poor decision; like smashing mailboxes. Thank you for opening up my eyes to the bigger picture of the need for juvenile attorneys. It made me sad, but also fascinated, when it was explained, in the sixth paragraph, that parents making poor decisions (such as drug abuse) can cause situations where children need legal representation and aid from a lawyer.

  5. Some in the Hoosier legal elite consider this prayer recommended by the AG seditious, not to mention the Saint who pledged loyalty to God over King and went to the axe for so doing: "Thomas More, counselor of law and statesman of integrity, merry martyr and most human of saints: Pray that, for the glory of God and in the pursuit of His justice, I may be trustworthy with confidences, keen in study, accurate in analysis, correct in conclusion, able in argument, loyal to clients, honest with all, courteous to adversaries, ever attentive to conscience. Sit with me at my desk and listen with me to my clients' tales. Read with me in my library and stand always beside me so that today I shall not, to win a point, lose my soul. Pray that my family may find in me what yours found in you: friendship and courage, cheerfulness and charity, diligence in duties, counsel in adversity, patience in pain—their good servant, and God's first. Amen."

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