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On the Move - 8/13/14

August 13, 2014
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On The Move

On The Move highlights employment news, awards and honors attorneys receive, and board appointments or elected positions. Digital images should be 200 dpi and saved as eps, tiff or jpg. Color images are preferred. Information must be submitted at least 10 days before the Wednesday issue in which it is to appear. Submit your announcement at http://www.theindianalawyer.com/submit-on-the-move or email to managing editor Jennifer Nelson at jnelson@ibj.com. New Associations

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*Marva Deskins Hamilton has joined Faegre Baker Daniels LLP from the Central Intelligence Agency’s Office of General Counsel. She will practice as counsel in the firm’s business litigation group in the Indianapolis office.

Former U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of Indiana Joe Hogsett has joined Bose McKinney & Evans LLP as a partner in the litigation practice group.

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*Andrew J. Norris has joined Riley Bennett & Egloff LLP as an associate. He will focus his practice in the areas of government relations, lobbying and general litigation.

Josh J. Minkler has been named Acting United States Attorney for the Southern District of Indiana.

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Chief Indiana Deputy Attorney General *Gary Secrest has been promoted to the new role of assistant attorney general. Deputy Attorney General *Matt Light will succeed Secrest as the new chief deputy attorney general.
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*Jere A. Rosebrock has joined Wooden & McLaughlin LLP’s litigation team where she will devote much of her practice to defending medical device manufacturers against product liability claims, including complex class actions and multi-district litigation.
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*Melanie A. Smith has joined Threlkeld & Associates. Her primary practice is litigation focusing on insurance defense.

Appointments and Elections

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Krieg DeVault LLP partner *Deborah J. Daniels has been selected to serve on the board of directors for the National Center for State Courts.
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*Michele L. Jackson, of Harden Jackson LLC, has been appointed to the Indiana Governor’s Adoption Committee.
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*Ashleigh Resetarits, an associate at George & Farinas LLP, has been appointed to the American Lung Association’s Women’s Leadership cabinet.

Awards and Honors

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Randall T. Shepard, the former chief justice of the Indiana Supreme Court, will receive the Advancing American Democracy Award during the 9th annual Mary Tucker Jasper Speaker Series Sept. 11. The award recognizes an individual who encourages and enables ethical citizen participation in government.

Frost Brown Todd LLC member Lloyd Milliken received the inaugural Richard T. Boyette Award for Outstanding Service at the 10th anniversary celebration of the National Foundation for Judicial Excellence in Chicago.

Firm Merger

Evansville firm Rudolph Fine Porter and Johnson LLP merged with Jackson Kelly PLLC, effective July 1. The Evansville office of Jackson Kelly is now located in the former Rudolph Fine offices on NW Fifth Street in downtown Evansville.

New Organization

The National Academy of Distinguished Neutrals has launched an Indiana Chapter.•

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