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On the move - 5/11/11

IL Staff
May 11, 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 Kelly Lucas at klucas@ibj.com

ELECTIONS & APPOINTMENTS

H. Patrick Callahan, a partner with Baker & Daniels in Indianapolis, has been named to the national board of advisors of the Legal Sales and Service Organization. He will serve a two-year board term.

Beth Bechdol, director of agribusiness strategies at Ice Miller in Indianapolis, has been elected to the board of directors of the National Grain and Feed Association. She will serve a three-year term.

Gregory M. Feary has been elected president of the law firm of Scopelitis Garvin Light Hanson & Feary in Indianapolis, where he also serves as a managing partner.

The Indiana Chapter of the Association of Legal Administrators elected officers and board of directors members for 2011-2012. New officers and board members include: Karen A. Murphy, Drewry Simmons Vornehm, president; Christine L. Birch, Bose McKinney & Evans, president-elect; David W. Heinekamp, Kightlinger & Gray, treasurer; Debra L. Shrum, LewisWagner, secretary; Debra L. Eslbury, Threlkeld & Associates, past president; Janet C. Valasek, Barnes & Thornburg, education chair; Robin R. Burton, Price Waicukauski & Riley, membership chair; and Susan M. Cutsinger, Riley Bennett & Egloff, special projects chair.

Promotions
Lora Manion has been promoted to corporate attorney in the contract services division of United Water Inc.

New Associations
Kathleen Hart has joined the Indianapolis firm Riley Bennett & Egloff as of counsel. Hart concentrates her practice in civil and commercial litigation.

E. Timothy DeLaney has joined Frost Brown Todd’s Indianapolis office as a senior associate in the litigation department, focusing his practice on commercial litigation and criminal and quasi-criminal matters. Brian R. Bouggy joined the firm’s litigation department as an associate, focusing in the areas of health care and life sciences industries.

Brian Burbrink has joined Wooden & McLaughlin as an associate in the firm’s Indianapolis office. He concentrates his practice in labor and employment, commercial litigation, and product liability defense litigation.

Courtney King has joined Ice Miller as an associate in the firm’s labor and employment practice group in Indianapolis. King will counsel clients on a broad range of employment law matters.

Jason D. Schultz has joined Krieg DeVault as an associate in the firm’s Mishawaka office. His practice involves representing health care clients with transactional and compliance-related issues.

Beth A. Barnes and William D. Beyers have joined Hume Smith Geddes Green & Simmons in Indianapolis as associates.

Tim D. McKay, Sandra L. Davis, Angela L. Hamm, Cari L. Sheehan, Christa J. Jewsbury, and Paul J. Schilling have joined Zionsville law firm Schuckit & Associates as associates.

John C. Brown has joined Taft Stettinius & Hollister’s business and finance group. He is an associate in the firm’s Indianapolis office, concentrating his practice on complex business transactions.•

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