Each year, the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Annual Recognition Breakfast is capped off by the celebration of those members of the association celebrating their 50th anniversary in the practice of law in 2023. Storied careers, these lawyers are featured here and in future issues of Indiana Lawyer. We celebrated these legal legends at the breakfast on Nov. 15 at Meridian Hills Country Club.
Tim Burns has, for most of his legal career, focused on criminal defense work. One of his first legal jobs was with Indiana Attorney General Theodore Sendak in the litigation section of the office, and soon after he was hired by the Honorable Judge Andrew Jacobs Sr. as major felony public defender in the Marion County Criminal Court, Room 2. This job provided Tim with intense “on-the-job” training because Judge Jacobs ran a “tight ship” and Tim often found himself trying two jury trials a week. Tim credits Judge Jacobs as his mentor in not only learning the fundamentals of being a trial attorney, but in him understanding the importance of being prepared and professional. Most importantly, Tim gained a great insight into and respect for all aspects of the criminal justice system. Tim has been active in the criminal justice community and served for many years on the Indianapolis Bar Association Grievance Committee. Tim continues to enjoy the practice of law and sees no reason to “retire.”
Joseph W. Eke is a principal member of the Indianapolis law firm of Dale & Eke, Professional Corporation. He received his law degree, cum laude, from Indiana University-Indianapolis Law School. He has extensive legal experience in health care law on behalf of health care providers and related health care practices and in employment, business, commercial and real estate transactions.
Richard Kraege received his J.D. from Washington University in St. Louis. He was one of the first mediators in Indiana and has served as mediator in more than 8,000 mediations in all types of civil cases. He a fellow in the American College of Certified Trial Mediators. Mr. Kraege had a private law practice from 1973-2002 as founding and senior partner, Goodin, Kraege, Abernathy & Miller. Prior to becoming a mediator, he practiced in the areas of civil litigation, business, real estate and land use law. Along with his numerous community and volunteer activities, Mr. Kraege enjoys travel, fly fishing and rooting for the Chicago Cubs.
Robert Rund is a partner at the Indianapolis law firm of Lewis Kappes. He received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University in 1970 and Indiana School of Law in 1973. Robert has spent more than 50 years assisting clients in school, municipal and immigration legal issues. He was the director of legal services for the Indiana School Boards Association for seven years prior to embarking on his private practice. Robert is a past president of the Indiana Chapter of the American Immigration Association, and has been honored as “Best Lawyer in America” and has an AV rating by Martindale Hubbell. He has also been a longtime member of the both the Indiana State Bar Association and the Indianapolis Bar Association.
C. Daniel Yates
C. Daniel Yates graduated from the IU Mauer School of Law and was admitted to the bar in 1973. Mr. Yates has focused his career on estate and wealth transfer planning, serving businesses and individuals as a Board Certified Indiana Trust & Estate Lawyer. Mr. Yates has been very involved in professional, civic and charitable organizations, earning many recognitions. Notably, Mr. Yates was the 2006 recipient of the IU Maurer School of Law Distinguished Service Award.•