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On the Move - 8/17/11

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August 17, 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

New Associations
Tiffany Sharpley has joined Ice Miller as a partner in the firm’s employee benefits group. She will focus her practice on employee benefit matters including ERISA, HIPAA, and Internal Revenue Code requirements related to qualified and nonqualified retirement plans and employee benefit welfare plans.

Jonathan L. Mayes has joined Bose McKinney & Evans as of counsel in the firm’s Indianapolis office. Mayes is a member of the firm’s labor and employment law practice group.

Robert Duncan has joined Indianapolis law firm Norris Choplin Schroeder as of counsel. He focuses his practice on aviation and airport legal issues.

Bradley J. Wombles has joined Indianapolis law firm Norris Choplin Schroeder as an associate.

Tiffany Presley has joined Taft Stettinius & Hollister as an associate in the firm’s Indianapolis office. She is a member of Taft’s business & finance and tax practice groups.

Mindy A. Westrick has been promoted to an associate on the government services team at Baker & Daniels. She worked as a government services specialist with the firm while earning her law degree.

Jeremy M. Dunn has joined Frost Brown Todd as a senior associate in the Indianapolis office. He will practice in the bankruptcy and restructuring practice group.

ELECTIONS & APPOINTMENTS
The Indiana Paralegal Association held its annual swearing in ceremony of new officers on July 20. The following officers and directors will serve one-year terms: Pamela Retherford, Bingham McHale, president; Diana Miller, Hovde Dassow & Deets, vice president; Brenda Johnson, Bingham McHale, secretary; Julie Johnson, Bose McKinney & Evans, treasurer; Directors: Heather Schuyler, Kroger Gardis & Regas (continuing legal education); Lauren Jones, Jones Wallace, (ethics); Arlene Morris, Lewis & Kappes, (fundraising); Angela R. White, Cantrell Strenski & Mehringer (job bank); Teri Tegeler, Price Waicukauski & Riley (marketing & public relations); Nichole Miller, Bingham McHale (membership); Valerie Bloom, Price Waicukauski & Riley (monthly meetings); Tammy Froelich, Kroger Gardis & Regas (newsletter); Edna Wallace, Whitham Hebenstreit & Zubek (NFPA primary representative); Kathy Thurston, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman (parliamentarian); and Monica Dabio, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman (technology).

HONORS & AWARDS
The Indiana Paralegal Association presented the following awards July 20: Paralegal of the Year Award to Angela R. White, Cantrell Strenski & Mehringer; Outstanding New Member Paralegal of the Year Award to Teri Tegeler, Price Waicukauski & Riley; Outstanding Board Member of the Year Award to Pamela Retherford, Bingham McHale; and Lifetime Achievement Award to Monica Dabio, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman.

New Firms/Locations
Elisabeth Edwards and Holly Wanzer, formerly of JHDJ Law, have formed Wanzer Edwards and relocated their law practice to 101 W. Ohio St., Ste. 2000, in downtown Indianapolis. The lawyers continue to focus their practices on family law, mediation, and collaborative divorce.

Drewry Simmons Vornehm is opening a new office location in Merrillville. The firm, which now has offices in Indianapolis, Carmel, and Merrillville, focuses its practice on construction law including real estate, labor/employment, business, government services, insurance, and litigation matters.

The de la Torre Law Office has moved to 230 E. Ohio St., Ste. 200, in downtown Indianapolis.•

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