Southern District New Albany magistrate takes oath

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New Albany attorney Van T. Willis, a senior partner with Kightlinger & Gray LLP, was sworn in Friday as a new part-time magistrate judge in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana by Chief Judge Richard L. Young.

Willis succeeds the late Michael G. Naville, who served as a magistrate judge from November 1995 through September 2014. Willis was appointed to a four-year, renewable term.

A veteran of Kightlinger & Gray since 1991, Willis will continue his civil practice primarily in the areas of civil rights, corporate and business law, employment, insurance defense litigation, trademark and copyright infringement, and worker’s compensation. Prior to joining the firm, Willis served as a law clerk to U.S. District Judge Gene E. Brooks.

A native of Franklin, Kentucky, Willis received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of Kentucky and is licensed to practice in state and federal courts in both Indiana and Kentucky.

Willis’ civic activities include serving as president of the governing board of Floyd County Head Start, vice-president of the board of trustees of Our Lady of Providence High School, and as a member of the board of directors of Goodwill of Southern Indiana. He is married and has four children.

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