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On the Move - 1/29/14

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January 29, 2014
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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

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*Nicholas Otis has become a partner at Newby Lewis Kaminski & Jones LLP.
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*Vess A. Miller has been named partner at Cohen & Malad LLP.
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*Edward J. Merchant has been named a partner in Ruckelshaus Kautzman Blackwell Bemis & Hasbrook.
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*Daniel J. Buba has been named partner in Doehrman Chamberlain.

Brian R. Drummy and Jessica L. Merkel have been elected partners of Bunger & Robertson.

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*Mark Holdridge, *Christopher Percy and *Seth Wilson have been named partners at Hume Smith Geddes Green & Simmons LLP.
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*Stephanie T. Eckerle has been elected partner at Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP.
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*M. Edward Krause III has been promoted to partner at Cohen Garelick & Glazier.
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*Matthew D. Bruno, *Melissa F. Danielson, *John H. Halstead, and *Casey R. Stafford have been elected partners at Kightlinger & Gray LLP.
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*Mark W. Bina and *Mark T. Stephenson have become partners at Krieg DeVault LLP.
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*Heidi B. Adair, of Beers Mallers Backs & Salin LLP in Fort Wayne has become a partner.
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*Kathleen Hart and *James Giffin have been named as partners at Riley Bennett & Egloff LLP.

New Associations

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*Elizabeth H. Steele has joined The Tyra Law Firm P.C. as an associate.
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*John A. Henry has joined Ruckelshaus Kautzman Blackwell Bemis & Hasbrook as an associate where his practice areas include civil, criminal and appellate litigation, and labor and employment law.
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*Joan M. Isaacs has joined Murphy Ice LLP, where she practices medical malpractice defense.
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*Christopher R. Powers has joined Krieg DeVault’s intellectual property practice as of counsel. *Lisa McQuade has been named the firm’s new chief operating officer.
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*Brad M. Dick has joined Bose McKinney & Evans LLP as an associate within the utilities and litigation groups.
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*Roxana S. Bell has joined Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP’s Indianapolis office. Bell will serve as a member of the labor and employment practice group.
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*L. Leona Frank has joined Hollingsworth and Zivitz P.C. as chair of the new personal and business services division.nonbreaking space She will continue to practice in the areas of real estate, bankruptcy and estate planning.

Appointments and Elections

Doehrman Chamberlain partner Daniel S. Chamberlain will serve as The Brain Injury Association of America chairman of the board for 2014-2015.

 

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Gary Mayor *Karen Freeman-Wilson has been appointed vice chair of the National League of Cities 2014 Public Safety & Crime Prevention Steering Committee.

Viorel Ciobanu and Amber Finley, associates at Ciobanu Law P.C., along with Renee Hewedak, Janaye Howatt and Jill McGinnis, were selected to participate in the 2014 Heartland Pro Bono Council Pro Bono Clerkship in Family Law. Michael A. Clements has been elected to the governing council of the Indiana State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section for 2013-2014. Clements is the founding partner of Clements Legal Group.

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Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP attorney *Ronan Johnson has been elected chair of the executive committee of the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division. He will also serve on the IBA board of directors.
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*Robert A. Wade has been named chair of Krieg DeVault’s health care practice. *Thomas N. Hutchinson has been elected to the firm’s Four Member Executive Committee.
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The partners of Cohen Garelick & Glazier have appointed *Steven M. Crell as chair of the firm’s management committee.
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Faegre Baker Daniels LLP professionals *Carl Pebworth, partner, and *Monica Fennell, pro bono manager, were appointed by the Indiana Supreme Court to the Indiana Comission to Expand Access to Civil Legal Services.

Awards and Honors

Lee and Fairman LLP attorney Nathaniel Lee has been inducted into the Morehead State University Hall of Fame in recognition of outstanding contributions by an alumnus to the community on behalf of children and youth. Lee also recently received the Drum Major for Justice Award from the Indianapolis Interdenominational Ministerial Alliance for his continuous efforts to champion fairness, justice and equality in the greater Indianapolis community.

 

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*James F. Bohrer, partner at Clendening Johnson & Bohrer P.C., has been selected by the Monroe County Building Association as an Associate of the Month for January 2014.

New Office

Charles F. Braddock has moved into new offices with Cody P. Cogswell and Christopher M. Gilley on the 10th Floor of the First Merchant’s Tower, 33 W. 10th Street, Suite 1000 in downtown Anderson.

 

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McGinnis Wutscher Beiramee LLP has opened a new office in Indianapolis with attorneys *Robert M. Frye, principal, and Mickey J. Lee, senior counsel.

Mallor Grodner LLP has moved its Indianapolis office to 101 W. Ohio St., Suite 1600. New Firm

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*Trent A. McCain has opened McCain Law Offices P.C., which will concentrate on permanent and catastrophic personal injury, wrongful death and civil rights cases.bullet character
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  1. Call it unauthorized law if you must, a regulatory wrong, but it was fraud and theft well beyond that, a seeming crime! "In three specific cases, the hearing officer found that Westerfield did little to no work for her clients but only issued a partial refund or no refund at all." That is theft by deception, folks. "In its decision to suspend Westerfield, the Supreme Court noted that she already had a long disciplinary history dating back to 1996 and had previously been suspended in 2004 and indefinitely suspended in 2005. She was reinstated in 2009 after finally giving the commission a response to the grievance for which she was suspended in 2004." WOW -- was the Indiana Supreme Court complicit in her fraud? Talk about being on notice of a real bad actor .... "Further, the justices noted that during her testimony, Westerfield was “disingenuous and evasive” about her relationship with Tope and attempted to distance herself from him. They also wrote that other aggravating factors existed in Westerfield’s case, such as her lack of remorse." WOW, and yet she only got 18 months on the bench, and if she shows up and cries for them in a year and a half, and pays money to JLAP for group therapy ... back in to ride roughshod over hapless clients (or are they "marks") once again! Aint Hoosier lawyering a great money making adventure!!! Just live for the bucks, even if filthy lucre, and come out a-ok. ME on the other hand??? Lifetime banishment for blowing the whistle on unconstitutional governance. Yes, had I ripped off clients or had ANY disciplinary history for doing that I would have fared better, most likely, as that it would have revealed me motivated by Mammon and not Faith. Check it out if you doubt my reading of this, compare and contrast the above 18 months with my lifetime banishment from court, see appendix for Bar Examiners report which the ISC adopted without substantive review: https://www.scribd.com/doc/299040839/2016Petitionforcert-to-SCOTUS

  2. Wow, over a quarter million dollars? That is a a lot of commissary money! Over what time frame? Years I would guess. Anyone ever try to blow the whistle? Probably not, since most Hoosiers who take notice of such things realize that Hoosier whistleblowers are almost always pilloried. If someone did blow the whistle, they were likely fired. The persecution of whistleblowers is a sure sign of far too much government corruption. Details of my own personal experience at the top of Hoosier governance available upon request ... maybe a "fake news" media outlet will have the courage to tell the stories of Hoosier whistleblowers that the "real" Hoosier media (cough) will not deign to touch. (They are part of the problem.)

  3. So if I am reading it right, only if and when African American college students agree to receive checks labeling them as "Negroes" do they receive aid from the UNCF or the Quaker's Educational Fund? In other words, to borrow from the Indiana Appellate Court, "the [nonprofit] supposed to be [their] advocate, refers to [students] in a racially offensive manner. While there is no evidence that [the nonprofits] intended harm to [African American students], the harm was nonetheless inflicted. [Black students are] presented to [academia and future employers] in a racially offensive manner. For these reasons, [such] performance [is] deficient and also prejudice[ial]." Maybe even DEPLORABLE???

  4. I'm the poor soul who spent over 10 years in prison with many many other prisoners trying to kill me for being charged with a sex offense THAT I DID NOT COMMIT i was in jail for a battery charge for helping a friend leave a boyfriend who beat her I've been saying for over 28 years that i did not and would never hurt a child like that mine or anybody's child but NOBODY wants to believe that i might not be guilty of this horrible crime or think that when i say that ALL the paperwork concerning my conviction has strangely DISAPPEARED or even when the long beach judge re-sentenced me over 14 months on a already filed plea bargain out of another districts court then had it filed under a fake name so i could not find while trying to fight my conviction on appeal in a nut shell people are ALWAYS quick to believe the worst about some one well I DID NOT HURT ANY CHILD EVER IN MY LIFE AND HAVE SAID THIS FOR ALMOST 30 YEARS please if anybody can me get some kind of justice it would be greatly appreciated respectfully written wrongly accused Brian Valenti

  5. A high ranking Indiana supreme Court operative caught red handed leading a group using the uber offensive N word! She must denounce or be denounced! (Or not since she is an insider ... rules do not apply to them). Evidence here: http://m.indianacompanies.us/friends-educational-fund-for-negroes.364110.company.v2#top_info

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