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On the Move - 1/30/13

IL Staff
January 31, 2013
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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.

New Associations
Dimitrios Lalos and Aliza Malouf have joined Ice Miller LLP in Indianapolis. Lalos belongs to the firm’s tax group; Malouf belongs to the f irm’s litigation and intellectual property services group.

*Erik C. Johnson has joined Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP’s Indianapolis office as an associate in the firm’s business & finance practice group.

Michelle R. Maslowski has joined Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart P.C. as an associate in the Indianapolis office. Her practice focuses on employment law, litigation and traditional labor relations.

*Tenley Drescher-Rhoades has rejoined Faegre Baker Daniels LLP at its 96th Street office in Indianapolis as counsel in the corporate practice.

*Norman G. Tabler Jr. has rejoined Faegre Baker Daniels LLP as counsel in the firm’s health care group.

*Christine Graffis Long has rejoined Faegre Baker Daniels LLP as counsel in the firm’s corporate practice.

*Mary Beth Claus is the new general counsel for Indiana University Health. She replaces Norman G. Tabler, who retired in December.
 

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*Jamie R. Kauther and Shelbie J. Byers have joined Hoeppner Wagner & Evans LLP in Merrillville as associates. Kauther and Byers both focus their practices in labor & employment law and litigation.

U.S. Bankruptcy Judge Judith Klaswick Fitzgerald, who serves in Pittsburgh, Pa., will join Indiana Tech Law School faculty full time after she retires from the bench this summer.

Kassandra Green has joined Hocker & Associates LLC as an associate.

*Samantha E. DeWester has been named city prosecutor for the city of Indianapolis.

Promotions
*Kimera J. Hall, *Brian M. Falcon and *Darren A. Craig have been promoted to members in Frost Brown Todd LLC’s Indianapolis office.

Greg Bokota, managing partner of Garan Lucow Miller P.C.’s Indiana office, has been elected as a shareholder.

*Amy L. VonDielingen has been elected partner at Wooden & McLaughlin LLP.

Kimberly W. Blanchet, *J. Curtis Greene, *Kara Kapke, Glen M. Kellett and *Jeanine Kerridge have been named partners at Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Indianapolis office. *Joel D. Duthie has been named partner at the firm’s Elkhart office.

*Michael A. Setlak is now a partner at Shilts Law Office in Fort Wayne.

*Keith Wolak has been voted to equity partnership at Hoeppner Wagner & Evans LLP in Valparaiso.

Terrence L. Brookie has been appointed practice group leader for Frost Brown Todd LLC’s construction law group. He will oversee 15 attorneys throughout Indiana, Kentucky and Ohio.

*Steve E. Runyan and *Harley K. Means have become partners at Kroger Gardis & Regas LLP.

Appointments & Elections
*Ronan Johnson, of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, has been elected vice chair of the executive committee of the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division.

*Anne M. Hamilton, of Kroger Gardis & Regas LLP, is a new member of the Professional Advisor Leadership Council of Central Indiana Community Foundation.

*Jeff Papa has been elected president of the Zionsville Town Council.

Awards & Honors
Christine Hickey, partner at Rubin & Levin P.C., has been elected into the Fellows of the American Bar Foundation.

*Tim O’Hara, partner at Bose McKinney & Evans LLP, has been selected as a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America.•

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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

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