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. If a class action suit or other manner of retribution is possible, count me in. I have email and voicemail from the man. He colluded with opposing counsel, I am certain. My case was damaged so severely it nearly lost me everything and I am still paying dearly.

  2. There's probably a lot of blame that can be cast around for Indiana Tech's abysmal bar passage rate this last February. The folks who decided that Indiana, a state with roughly 16,000 to 18,000 attorneys, needs a fifth law school need to question the motives that drove their support of this project. Others, who have been "strong supporters" of the law school, should likewise ask themselves why they believe this institution should be supported. Is it because it fills some real need in the state? Or is it, instead, nothing more than a resume builder for those who teach there part-time? And others who make excuses for the students' poor performance, especially those who offer nothing more than conspiracy theories to back up their claims--who are they helping? What evidence do they have to support their posturing? Ultimately, though, like most everything in life, whether one succeeds or fails is entirely within one's own hands. At least one student from Indiana Tech proved this when he/she took and passed the February bar. A second Indiana Tech student proved this when they took the bar in another state and passed. As for the remaining 9 who took the bar and didn't pass (apparently, one of the students successfully appealed his/her original score), it's now up to them (and nobody else) to ensure that they pass on their second attempt. These folks should feel no shame; many currently successful practicing attorneys failed the bar exam on their first try. These same attorneys picked themselves up, dusted themselves off, and got back to the rigorous study needed to ensure they would pass on their second go 'round. This is what the Indiana Tech students who didn't pass the first time need to do. Of course, none of this answers such questions as whether Indiana Tech should be accredited by the ABA, whether the school should keep its doors open, or, most importantly, whether it should have even opened its doors in the first place. Those who promoted the idea of a fifth law school in Indiana need to do a lot of soul-searching regarding their decisions. These same people should never be allowed, again, to have a say about the future of legal education in this state or anywhere else. Indiana already has four law schools. That's probably one more than it really needs. But it's more than enough.

  3. This man Steve Hubbard goes on any online post or forum he can find and tries to push his company. He said court reporters would be obsolete a few years ago, yet here we are. How does he have time to search out every single post about court reporters and even spy in private court reporting forums if his company is so successful???? Dude, get a life. And back to what this post was about, I agree that some national firms cause a huge problem.

  4. rensselaer imdiana is doing same thing to children from the judge to attorney and dfs staff they need to be investigated as well

  5. Sex offenders are victims twice, once when they are molested as kids, and again when they repeat the behavior, you never see money spent on helping them do you. That's why this circle continues