Dinsmore expands Indianapolis office by 15% through lateral hires

Months after its entry into the Indiana market, Dinsmore & Shohl has grown its Indianapolis office by 15% in recent weeks with the addition of six attorneys.

Misha Rabinowitch, managing partner of Dinsmore’s Indianapolis office, said the firm is hiring to meet the demands of clients located in Indiana and across the country. Through the merger with Dinsmore, the former Wooden McLaughlin law firm has been “able to expand both the depth and breadth of service” as client demands for legal services is continuing to grow.

“To meet the clients’ needs, we needed to look for more attorneys to do the work,” Rabinowitch said. “…we felt good about the quality and level of service in the areas that we were providing but we are now able to do more for our existing clients and new clients to the firm. (The clients) had broader needs than we could previously accommodate, so we expanded and are now able to offer them a complete suite of services.”

The Indianapolis office has a reputation for strong expertise in such areas as real estate, commercial finance and business litigation. With the new hires, the Circle City location has expanded its offerings to intellectual property and public finance.

Catherine Fanello, who is joining as a partner, expands Dinsmore’s public finance offering to Indiana. She will be part of Dinsmore’s public finance group which has more than 50 attorneys throughout the United States.

Fanello has experience in the public and private sectors. She is coming from Krieg DeVault LLP where she primarily represented governmental clients. In addition, she served as finance officer and deputy controller in Evansville and as city controller in South Bend.

“I am excited to join a firm like Dinsmore,” Fanello said in a statement. “The depth of Dinsmore’s public finance experience and its national presence will strengthen and enhance my practice and I look forward to working and collaborating with this talented team.”

The other attorneys joining the Dinsmore Indianapolis office are all lateral associate hires.

Dan Kelley and Reggie Cloyd are commercial litigators from Faegre Drinker Biddle & Reath in Indianapolis and Clark Hill in Chicago, respectively. Jacy Rush with experience in torts comes from Scopelitis Garvin Light Hanson & Feary. Megan Hedrick is an intellectual property lawyer formerly with Ice Miller and Michael Zaradich is a commercial finance attorney who was previously inhouse as assistant general counsel at Federal Home Loan Bank.

“They’re all talented lawyers that fit our culture,” Rabinowitch said. “We’re excited to have them, and we’re excited to see the growth of our Indianapolis office.”

Rabinowitch said the Indianapolis office has enough space for the new attorneys. However, he noted his office is still looking to hire more lawyers so it may need to grow its physical footprint as well.

Dinsmore & Shohl completed its merger with Wooden McLaughlin Jan.1 which remains the largest legal merger  in 2021. The growth in Indianapolis is coming on the heels of expansions in Dinsmore’s offices in Denver and Detroit.

In Denver, a team of six construction litigators, including five partners and one associate, have come from the regional firm of Hall & Evans LLC in Colorado. Also, five mergers and acquisitions partners from Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC have joined Dinsmore in the Midwest with four of the new hires settling into the Motor City office and one joining the Chicago location.

“I think Dinsmore has a growth trajectory that is continuing which is a tribute the culture and reputation that they’ve built over a long period of time,” Rabinowitch said.

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