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On The Move - 1/19/11

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January 19, 2011
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On The Move

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Elections and Appointments
Jason Reyome, a partner in the Indianapolis firm Demos & Reyome, was appointed as master commissioner in Marion County Title IV-D Court effective Jan. 3, 2011.

Stephanie L. Cassman, an attorney with the Indianapolis firm LewisWagner, has been appointed chair of the litigation section of the Indianapolis Bar Association.

Debra Dubovich, managing partner with the Highland firm Levy & Dubovich, has been elected to the Indiana Bar Foundation board of directors.

Ginny L. Peterson has been elected to the management committee of the Indiana firm Kightlinger & Gray.

C. Daniel Motsinger, a partner in the Indianapolis office of Krieg DeVault, has been elected chair of the American Board of Certification of Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights Attorneys.

Leeanne R. Coons, an attorney in the Indianapolis office of Krieg DeVault, has been named treasurer of Executive Women in Healthcare.

Alicia M. Chandler, a partner in the Indianapolis office of Krieg DeVault, has been elected a junior-at-large member of the Indianapolis Bar Association commercial and bankruptcy law section.

Matthew R. Strzynski, an attorney in the Carmel office of Krieg DeVault, has been named vice chair of the Indianapolis Bar Association commercial and bankruptcy law section.

Awards and Honors
Stacy F. Thompson, a partner in the Bloomington office of Clendening Johnson & Bohrer, was named the 2010 Outstanding Young Lawyer of the Year by the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana.

Promotions
Six Baker & Daniels lawyers became partners in the firm effective Jan. 1, 2011. The new partners include Adrienne Franco Busby, product liability, Indianapolis; William S. Meyers, intellectual property/patents, Indianapolis; Karen T. Moses, commercial and real property litigation, Fort Wayne; Sara M. Powell, insurance and financial services, Indianapolis; April J. Risk, trusts and estates, Indianapolis; Douglas A. Yerkeson, intellectual property/patent, trademark and copyright, Indianapolis.

Max E. Fiester has been named a partner in the Evansville firm Rudolph Fine Porter & Johnson. Fiester is a litigator focusing his practice in commercial litigation, insurance coverage, and insurance defense.

Andrew A. Manna has been named a partner with Church Church Hittle & Antrim. Manna practices in the firm’s Noblesville office, providing general representation to Indiana public school corporations.

Joshua C. Neal became a partner in the Fort Wayne firm Barrett & McNagny, effective Jan. 1, 2011. Neal concentrates his practice in real estate law and property tax appeals.

Two LewisWagner lawyers became equity partners in the Indianapolis firm effective Jan. 1, 2011. The new partners include Susan E. Cline, healthcare and medical malpractice; and Kyle A. Lansberry, litigation, personal injury, product liability, construction, premises liability, and environmental insurance coverage.

Four Krieg DeVault lawyers have been named partners in the firm. The new partners include Amy Adolay, employment law and litigation, Carmel; Patricia L. Beaty, employee benefits and executive compensation, Indianapolis; Matthew E. Conrad, corporate transactions, economic development, renewable energy, corporate finance, and real estate, Carmel; and Kostas A. Poulakidas, economic development and public and municipal finance, Indianapolis.

Robert C. Brandt has been elected partner in the Indianapolis firm Riley Bennett & Egloff. Brandt concentrates his practice in the areas of medical malpractice defense and general litigation.

Retirements
Hugh E. Reynolds Jr. retired from Frost Brown Todd on Dec. 31, 2010. Reynolds practiced law in Indianapolis for 57 years, including an 11-year tenure as managing partner of Locke Reynolds.•

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  2. Gretchen, Asia, Roberto, Tonia, Shannon, Cheri, Nicholas, Sondra, Carey, Laura ... my heart breaks for you, reaching out in a forum in which you are ignored by a professional suffering through both compassion fatigue and the love of filthy lucre. Most if not all of you seek a warm blooded Hoosier attorney unafraid to take on the government and plead that government officials have acted unconstitutionally to try to save a family and/or rescue children in need and/or press individual rights against the Leviathan state. I know an attorney from Kansas who has taken such cases across the country, arguing before half of the federal courts of appeal and presenting cases to the US S.Ct. numerous times seeking cert. Unfortunately, due to his zeal for the constitutional rights of peasants and willingness to confront powerful government bureaucrats seemingly violating the same ... he was denied character and fitness certification to join the Indiana bar, even after he was cleared to sit for, and passed, both the bar exam and ethics exam. And was even admitted to the Indiana federal bar! NOW KNOW THIS .... you will face headwinds and difficulties in locating a zealously motivated Hoosier attorney to face off against powerful government agents who violate the constitution, for those who do so tend to end up as marginalized as Paul Odgen, who was driven from the profession. So beware, many are mere expensive lapdogs, the kind of breed who will gladly take a large retainer, but then fail to press against the status quo and powers that be when told to heel to. It is a common belief among some in Indiana that those attorneys who truly fight the power and rigorously confront corruption often end up, actually or metaphorically, in real life or at least as to their careers, as dead as the late, great Gary Welch. All of that said, I wish you the very best in finding a Hoosier attorney with a fighting spirit to press your rights as far as you can, for you do have rights against government actors, no matter what said actors may tell you otherwise. Attorneys outside the elitist camp are often better fighters that those owing the powers that be for their salaries, corner offices and end of year bonuses. So do not be afraid to retain a green horn or unconnected lawyer, many of them are fine men and woman who are yet untainted by the "unique" Hoosier system.

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  4. "...not those committed in the heat of an argument." If I ever see a man physically abusing a woman or a child and I'm close enough to intercede I will not ask him why he is abusing her/him. I will give him a split second to cease his attack and put his hands in the air while I call the police. If he continues, I will still call the police but to report, "Man down with a gunshot wound,"instead.

  5. And so the therapeutic state is weaonized. How soon until those with ideologies opposing the elite are disarmed in the name of mental health? If it can start anywhere it can start in the hoosiers' slavishly politically correct capital city.

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