On The Move -3/2/12

IL Staff
February 29, 2012
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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
Sarah Moshe has joined Lewis & Kappes as of counsel. Moshe practices immigration law. Dallin Lykins has joined Lewis & Kappes as an associate. Lykins focuses his practice in immigration law.

Marian Drenth has joined O’Neill McFadden & Willett in Dyer as a partner.

Jonathan Boguth has joined the Indianapolis office of Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman as an associate. He practices in the firm’s health information technology section.

Tara K.H. Rabiola has joined Ruppert & Schaefer. Her practice will focus on dissolution of marriage and other family law matters.

Justin Leverton has joined the Indianapolis-based Kroger Gardis & Regas as an associate. He will represent clients in complex business transactions and litigation.

Josh Martin has joined Lewis and Wilkins as an associate. His primary practice areas are business law, estate planning and civil litigation.

Thomas P. Stafford and John M. Bradshaw have joined Krieg DeVault. Stafford, an associate, joined the firm’s employee benefits and executive compensation, and ESOP practices. Bradshaw, of counsel, will practice as a patent and trademark attorney.

Ayoade Adewopo has joined Coleman Stevenson & Montel as senior counsel.

Hannah J. Barnard has joined Bryce Downey & Lenkov in Merrillville. Barnard focuses her practice on workers’ compensation defense and litigation.

Elliott I. Pinkie, Dean C. Snyder, Justin C. Wiler, and Mary Katherine MacGill have joined Schultz & Pogue. Pinkie joined as a partner; Snyder, Wiler and MacGill have joined as associates.

Meghan McNab has joined Krieg DeVault’s health care practice.

Angela Adams has been promoted to director in the immigration group at Lewis & Kappes. Sara Blevins has been promoted to director in the firm’s litigation group.

Justin T. Nestor has been promoted to partner at Bryce Downey & Lenkov in Merrillville. He focuses his practice on workers’ compensation defense.

Thomas B. Bays is now a partner at Norris Choplin Schroeder.

Rich Blaiklock has been elected as the first deputy managing partner of Lewis Wagner.

Michael O’Brien has been promoted to vice president of Bose Public Affairs Group.

Séamus Boyce and Alexander Pinegar have been named partners at Church Church Hittle & Antrim. Boyce primarily represents clients in matters involving schools and educational entities; Pinegar focuses on school law, and commercial and personal injury litigation.

Carl Hayes has been elected partner at Bingham Greenebaum Doll.

Charles S. Smith and Kori L. McOmber have been named partners at Schultz & Pogue.

Tina Nommay has been appointed to oversee operation of the U.S. Attorney’s Office Fort Wayne branch. Nommay, an assistant U.S. attorney, has been with the office since 1989.

Krieg DeVault partner Jeffrey C. McDermott has been named chair of the firm’s litigation practice.

Appointments and Elections
Krieg DeVault partner Thomas J. Costakis has been elected to serve on the firm’s executive committee.

Indiana Justice Steven David has been elected president of the board of the Community Foundation of Boone County.

Kim Ferraro has been appointed water and agricultural policy director at the Hoosier Environmental Council.

Steven P. Meyer of Lafayette firm Ball Eggleston has been elected president of the Lafayette City Council. He was also recently named as the firm’s managing partner.

Lewis and Wilkins associate Andrew Wells has been elected Beech Grove City Court judge.

Bose McKinney & Evans partner Gregory Hahn has been elected treasurer of the Central Indiana Community Foundation and the Indianapolis Foundation board of trustees. Hahn has also been elected chairman of the Athenaeum Foundation board of trustees for 2012.

Bose McKinney & Evans partner David Duncan was selected as first vice president of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation’s board of directors.

Bose McKinney & Evans partner Trent Hahn has been selected as a member of the Starfish Initiative board of directors.

Wilson Kehoe & Winingham attorney Kelly M. Scanlan has been installed as Indianapolis Bar Foundation president.

Marion County Clerk Beth White has been elected chairperson of the Marion County Information Technology Board.

Kim Ebert has been re-elected as managing shareholder of Ogletree Deakins Nash Smoak & Stewart.

Awards and Honors
Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman president and managing partner John P. Ryan has been named to Indianapolis Business Journal’s “40 under 40” list. The IBJ is a sister publication of Indiana Lawyer.

New Firms/Locations
R. Timothy Fletcher, Wendy A. Fletcher and Stephen J. Sullivan have opened Fletcher & Fletcher in Valparaiso. The firm will focus on estate planning, corporate law and mediation services.

Keith A. Kinney has opened Kinney Law Firm in Indianapolis. Kinney will practice in the areas of litigation and mediation.

The Law Offices of Ryan Scott Wright has opened locations in Avon and Greenwood.•


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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