On the Move - Aug. 3, 2011

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August 3, 2011
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On The Move

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New Associations
Stuart Brown has joined Ice Miller as of counsel and co-chair of the firm’s collegiate sports practice group. Brown’s responsibilities at Ice Miller include advising institutions on National Collegiate Athletic Association compliance matters and counseling institutions regarding secondary and major violations of NCAA rules.

William A. Freihofer has joined Donahoe Irvin as of counsel in the firm’s Indianapolis office.

Jeffrey A. Hokanson has joined Frost Brown Todd as a partner in the firm’s Indianapolis office. Hokanson will practice in the bankruptcy and restructuring practice group.

Todd A. Etzler has joined Family Express Corporation as general counsel and vice president of public affairs.

Toni Everton has been promoted to associate with the labor and employment team at Baker & Daniels. She will practice from the firm’s downtown Indianapolis office, assisting clients with employment litigation and workers’ compensation matters. Everton joined the firm as a paralegal in 2007.

Beth L. Riga has joined The Tyra Law Firm as an associate.

Reilly O. Kimmerling has joined Taft Stettinius & Hollister as an associate in the firm’s Indianapolis office. Kimmerling is a member of the business and finance practice group and will concentrate her practice in business law and international trade.

Kip S. M. McDonald has joined Wooden & McLaughlin as an associate in the firm’s Indianapolis office. McDonald will practice in the areas of business litigation, product liability, and other civil litigation matters.

Jarrod A. Malone has joined Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman as an associate in the firm’s Indianapolis office. Malone’s litigation and risk management practice focuses in the area of professional liability defense for lawyers, law firms, dentists, physicians, and hospitals.

Elections & Appointments
Michael P. Bishop has been elected to serve as president for the Indiana Bar Foundation. Bishop is a partner at Cohen Garelick & Glazier.

Andrea Roberts Pierson has been admitted as a sustaining member of the Product Liability Advisory Council. Pierson is a member of Baker & Daniels’ product liability litigation team, focusing her practice on the defense of medical device, pharmaceutical, and consumer products manufacturers.

Chuck A. Cohen has been elected president of the Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation Foundation. Cohen is a partner at Cohen Garelick & Glazier.

Honors & Awards
Twenty-eight Indiana lawyers were inducted or advanced as fellows in the Indiana Bar Foundation July 15 at the IBF’s annual dinner and meeting. P. Michael Mitchell of Evansville and Jeffrey B. Kolb of Vincennes advanced to become patron fellows, which denotes giving to the IBF at the highest level. Michael P. Bishop of Indianapolis, Ben B. Hobbs of Tipton, Michael E. Tolbert of Merrillville, and Nancy Tinsley of Indianapolis increased their financial support to become master fellows. Stephen J. Williams of Ft. Wayne joined at the master fellow level.

The 2011 fellows class includes: Daniel K. Burke of Indianapolis, Judi L. Calhoun of Muncie, Hon. Roger B. Cosbey of Ft. Wayne, Hon. Steven H. David of Indianapolis, Jeffrey A. Earl of Indianapolis, Cornelius B. Hayes of Ft. Wayne, Bruce Jones of Indianapolis, Katharine Van Ost Jones of Evansville, Timothy Kalamaros of Mishawaka, Robert L. Lewis of Gary, Michael R. Limrick of Indianapolis, Hon. Daniel E. Moore of Jeffersonville, John D. Papageorge of Indianapolis, Randolph R. Rompola of South Bend, Melanie M. Sterba of Schererville, Anthony M. Stites of Ft. Wayne, William C. Wagner of Indianapolis, Sean T. White of Indianapolis, Sara M. Wolf of Greenfield, D. Michael Young of Indianapolis, and David K. Zengler of Boonville.

Five attorneys are among the 25 young professionals chosen as members of the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Class of XXXVI. The program is designed to expand the ranks of community leaders in Central Indiana. Attorney members of this year’s class include: Angela Adams of Lewis & Kappes, Jim Birge of Baker & Daniels, Thomas John of Ice Miller, Chasity Thompson of Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis, and Kyra Wagoner of Barnes & Thornburg.

New Firms/Locations
James A. Mellowitz and Chad L. Hanefeld have formed the injury law firm of Mellowitz & Hanefeld. The firm, located in the Broad Ripple area of Indianapolis, focuses on plaintiffs’ personal injury and wrongful death.•


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  1. Especially I would like to see all the republican voting patriotic good ole boys to stop and understand that the wars they have been volunteering for all along (especially the past decade at least) have not been for God & Jesus etc no far from it unless you think George Washington's face on the US dollar is god (and we know many do). When I saw the movie about Chris Kyle, I thought wow how many Hoosiers are just like this guy, out there taking orders to do the nasty on the designated bad guys, sometimes bleeding and dying, sometimes just serving and coming home to defend a system that really just views them as reliable cannon fodder. Maybe if the Christians of the red states would stop volunteering for the imperial legions and begin collecting welfare instead of working their butts off, there would be a change in attitude from the haughty professorial overlords that tell us when democracy is allowed and when it isn't. To come home from guarding the borders of the sandbox just to hear if they want the government to protect this country's borders then they are racists and bigots. Well maybe the professorial overlords should gird their own loins for war and fight their own battles in the sandbox. We can see what kind of system this really is from lawsuits like this and we can understand who it really serves. NOT US.... I mean what are all you Hoosiers waving the flag for, the right of the president to start wars of aggression to benefit the Saudis, the right of gay marriage, the right for illegal immigrants to invade our country, and the right of the ACLU to sue over displays of Baby Jesus? The right of the 1 percenters to get richer, the right of zombie banks to use taxpayer money to stay out of bankruptcy? The right of Congress to start a pissing match that could end in WWIII in Ukraine? None of that crud benefits us. We should be like the Amish. You don't have to go far from this farcical lawsuit to find the wise ones, they're in the buggies in the streets not far away....

  2. Moreover, we all know that the well heeled ACLU has a litigation strategy of outspending their adversaries. And, with the help of the legal system well trained in secularism, on top of the genuinely and admittedly secular 1st amendment, they have the strategic high ground. Maybe Christians should begin like the Amish to withdraw their services from the state and the public and become themselves a "people who shall dwell alone" and foster their own kind and let the other individuals and money interests fight it out endlessly in court. I mean, if "the people" don't see how little the state serves their interests, putting Mammon first at nearly every turn, then maybe it is time they wake up and smell the coffee. Maybe all the displays of religiosity by American poohbahs on down the decades have been a mask of piety that concealed their own materialistic inclinations. I know a lot of patriotic Christians don't like that notion but I entertain it more and more all the time.

  3. If I were a judge (and I am not just a humble citizen) I would be inclined to make a finding that there was no real controversy and dismiss them. Do we allow a lawsuit every time someone's feelings are hurt now? It's preposterous. The 1st amendment has become a sword in the hands of those who actually want to suppress religious liberty according to their own backers' conception of how it will serve their own private interests. The state has a duty of impartiality to all citizens to spend its judicial resources wisely and flush these idiotic suits over Nativity Scenes down the toilet where they belong... however as Christians we should welcome them as they are the very sort of persecution that separates the sheep from the wolves.

  4. What about the single mothers trying to protect their children from mentally abusive grandparents who hide who they truly are behind mounds and years of medication and have mentally abused their own children to the point of one being in jail and the other was on drugs. What about trying to keep those children from being subjected to the same abuse they were as a child? I can understand in the instance about the parent losing their right and the grandparent having raised the child previously! But not all circumstances grant this being OKAY! some of us parents are trying to protect our children and yes it is our God given right to make those decisions for our children as adults!! This is not just black and white and I will fight every ounce of this to get denied

  5. Mr Smith the theory of Christian persecution in Indiana has been run by the Indiana Supreme Court and soundly rejected there is no such thing according to those who rule over us. it is a thought crime to think otherwise.