On The Move - 12/7/11

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December 7, 2011
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On The Move

On The Move: Information must be submitted at least 11 days prior to the Wednesday issue in which the announcement will appear. Digital images should be 200 dpi and saved as eps, tiff or jpeg. Color images are preferred. For more information or to submit an announcement, contact managing editor Jennifer Nelson at

New Associations
Four associates have joined Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman in Indianapolis. Mary Kate McNamara focuses her practice in the area of labor and employment law. Katie Miller is a member of the health practice group, where she focuses on regulatory, compliance, corporate transactional and physician integration. Chad Wilson is a member of the health practice group, where he focuses on review of hospital and physician contracts, as well as transactional, regulatory and compliance matters. Geoffrey Davis focuses his litigation practice in the area of professional liability defense.

Weston E. Overturf has joined the bankruptcy and creditors’ rights group of Bose McKinney & Evans in Indianapolis, where he will represent debtors, creditors and other interest holders in Chapter 7, 11 and 13 bankruptcy cases.

Richard C. Libert has joined Ice Miller in Indianapolis as of counsel in the employee benefits practice group.

Andrew J. Stephenson has joined the Logansport firm Michael & Stephenson as an associate, focusing his practice on estate planning, probate administration and real estate matters.

Jennifer J. Wallander has rejoined the Indianapolis firm of Stevens & Associates as an associate, practicing in estate planning, probate and corporate law.

Brandon K. Wiseman and Kathryne S. Feary-Gardner have joined the Indianapolis office of Scopelitis Garvin Light Hanson & Feary as associates. The two focus their practices on areas including transportation and corporate structuring and business transactions.

Jessica Hopper and Elizabeth Eichholtz have joined Carmel firm Hollingsworth & Zivitz’s family law section as associates.

Thomas Blake Orner has joined the Indianapolis firm Grant & Grant, where he will focus on litigation.

Michael D. Wilhelm has joined DeFur Voran and focuses his practice on estate planning, general business and elder law. He will work primarily out of the Fishers office.

Laura A. Van Hyfte and Rachel Moore Schafer have joined the Indianapolis office of Frost Brown Todd. Van Hyfte practices in the products liability and mass tort practice group. Schafer practices in the business litigation practice group.

Jonathan Penn, Aiza Siddiqi and Katherine Schuman have joined Plews Shadley Racher & Braun as associates. Penn and Siddiqi are working in the Indianapolis office; Schuman is in the South Bend office. They will assist clients in areas including environmental litigation and insurance coverage and appeals.

Michael T. Batt, Brian C. Betner, and Dana E. Stutzman of the Indianapolis office of Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman have been named shareholders.

Elections and Appointments
Parvin Price, a partner with Bose McKinney & Evans in Indianapolis, has been elected to the Alliance of Indiana Rural Water’s Advisory Council.

Stephen Paul, a partner at Baker & Daniels in Indianapolis, has been elected president of the American Property Tax Counsel for the 2011-12 term. Paul is a founding member of the organization and the official Indiana representative.

Dave Tittle, a partner at Bingham McHale in Indianapolis, has been re-appointed as the 2012 Indiana state chair of the American College of Trial Lawyers. He also served as the 2011 state chair.

Awards and Honors
Mark Schmidtke, a shareholder in the Indianapolis office of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart, has been inducted as a fellow into the American College of Employee Benefits Counsel.

Brian McDermott, a shareholder in the Indianapolis office of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart, has been named the 2011 Samuel C. Schlosser Indiana Chamber Volunteer of the Year.

Thomas M. Kimbrough, partner at Barrett & McNagny in Fort Wayne, has been chosen as a fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers.

Drew Miroff, a partner in the litigation group of Indianapolis firm Ice Miller, has been named one of Indy’s Best and Brightest award winners by the Junior Achievement of Central Indiana.

Judith Gilliam, of Indianapolis firm Baker & Daniels, was honored by the United States Army with a Commander’s Award for Civilian Service in recognition of her dedication and service as a paralegal to wounded and disabled soldiers. Gilliam served in Germany as a paralegal in the Office of Soldiers Counsel for the past two years and rejoined Baker & Daniels in October 2011.

Daun A. Weliever of Indianapolis firm Lewis Wagner has been approved by the American Board of Trial Advocates for membership.

Shokrina R. Beering, managing partner of the Indianapolis office of Plunkett Clooney, has been recognized as one of the Indianapolis Business Journal’s 2011 “Women of Influence.” The IBJ is a sister publication of Indiana Lawyer.

New Firms/Locations
Matthew Derringer has opened Derringer Law in Indianapolis, focusing on estate planning, family law, personal injury and criminal defense.•


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  1. This is ridiculous. Most JDs not practicing law don't know squat to justify calling themselves a lawyer. Maybe they should try visiting the inside of a courtroom before they go around calling themselves lawyers. This kind of promotional BS just increases the volume of people with JDs that are underqualified thereby dragging all the rest of us down likewise.

  2. I think it is safe to say that those Hoosier's with the most confidence in the Indiana judicial system are those Hoosier's who have never had the displeasure of dealing with the Hoosier court system.

  3. I have an open CHINS case I failed a urine screen I have since got clean completed IOP classes now in after care passed home inspection my x sister in law has my children I still don't even have unsupervised when I have been clean for over 4 months my x sister wants to keep the lids for good n has my case working with her I just discovered n have proof that at one of my hearing dcs case worker stated in court to the judge that a screen was dirty which caused me not to have unsupervised this was at the beginning two weeks after my initial screen I thought the weed could have still been in my system was upset because they were suppose to check levels n see if it was going down since this was only a few weeks after initial instead they said dirty I recently requested all of my screens from redwood because I take prescriptions that will show up n I was having my doctor look at levels to verify that matched what I was prescripted because dcs case worker accused me of abuseing when I got my screens I found out that screen I took that dcs case worker stated in court to judge that caused me to not get granted unsupervised was actually negative what can I do about this this is a serious issue saying a parent failed a screen in court to judge when they didn't please advise

  4. I have a degree at law, recent MS in regulatory studies. Licensed in KS, admitted b4 S& 7th circuit, but not to Indiana bar due to political correctness. Blacklisted, nearly unemployable due to hostile state action. Big Idea: Headwinds can overcome, esp for those not within the contours of the bell curve, the Lego Movie happiness set forth above. That said, even without the blacklisting for holding ideas unacceptable to the Glorious State, I think the idea presented above that a law degree open many vistas other than being a galley slave to elitist lawyers is pretty much laughable. (Did the law professors of Indiana pay for this to be published?)

  5. Joe, you might want to do some reading on the fate of Hoosier whistleblowers before you get your expectations raised up.