178 Hoosier law firms received PPP money

Indiana law firms received more than $60 million in relief from the Paycheck Protection Program. (Shutterstock photo)

Indiana law firms are included among the thousands of Hoosier businesses and nonprofits that have received money through the federal Paycheck Protection Program according to data released Monday by the U.S. Small Business Administration.

A total of 178 Indiana-based law firms or legal services entities received funding from the economic stimulus program included as part of federal legislation passed in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, an IL analysis found.

Indianapolis-based Hall Render Killian Health & Lyman P.C. and Ice Miller got some of the largest amounts with each listed as being approved for PPP loans totaling between $5 million and $10 million. Also, Chicago-based SmithAmundsen, which has an office in the Circle City, received between $5 million and $10 million.

Not included on the list of entities receiving loans are Indiana’s two largest firms, Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath LLP and Barnes & Thornburg LLP.

Among Indiana-based law firms and legal entities, more than 100 received assistance of $150,000-$350,000 and more than 50 got loans of $350,000 to $1 million. Just 13 received loans of more than $1 million.

Click here for a searchable database of Indiana law firms and legal entities that received PPP assistance.

The Paycheck Protection Program was part of the $2 trillion-plus Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act passed by Congress in March. Specifically, the program was designed to provide forgivable loans to small businesses, nonprofits, veterans’ organizations and tribal businesses as well as self-employed individuals or independent contractors to cover payroll costs and some overhead such as interest on mortgages, rent and utilities.

A report from the SBA shows that through June 30, more than $521.48 billion in PPP loans have been approved with 85.6% of all loans being for less than $150,000. In Indiana, 79,151 loans were made for a total amount of $9.49 billion. A searchable database for all Indiana businesses is available here.

The Indianapolis Business Journal, part of IBJ Media, which publishes Indiana Lawyer, was approved for a loan amount between $350,000 and $1 million.

Other Indiana law firms receiving PPP funds include Krieg DeVault LLP and Scopelitis Garvin Light Hanson & Feary P.C. which each were approved for loans between $2 million and $5 million.

Also, Bingham Greenebaum Doll of Louisville, which is now Dentons Bingham Greenebaum and has offices in Indianapolis, Evansville and Jasper, is listed as securing a loan between $2 million and $5 million.

Receiving between $1 million and $2 million were the law firms of Bose McKinney & Evans LLP, Katz Korin Cunningham PC, Keller & Keller LLP, Kightlinger & Gray LLP, Lewis Wagner LLP, Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP, and Wooden & McLaughlin LLP.

Among the nonprofits, Indiana Legal Services, which has offices around the Hoosier state, received between $1 million and $2 million. Indianapolis Legal Aid Society and the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic are each listed as receiving between $150,000 and $350,000.

In addition, Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum (ICLEF) is listed as receiving between $150,000 and $350,000.

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