Shareholders at Ciyou & Dixon working to resolve differences

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One of the founding attorneys at Ciyou & Dixon, a small Indianapolis law office started in 1995, has filed a petition to dissolve the firm. However, the attorney’s counsel said the management is close to reaching an amicable resolution which will enable the firm to continue.

Julie Dixon, a shareholder, filed the petition – Julie C. Dixon v. Ciyou & Dixon, P.C. and Bryan L. Ciyou, 49D01-2206-PL-020359 – June 17 in the Marion Commercial Court. The filing does not provide many details other than stating a “deadlock presently exists” between Dixon and the other shareholder, Bryan Ciyou.

Dixon is represented by Kevin Tharp, partner at Riley Bennett Egloff LLP. In response to a request for comment, Tharp said in an email his client and Ciyou were close to settling the matter out of court.

“Since the Petition was filed last Friday, the parties have made significant progress in resolving their differences on terms that, when finalized, will position the Firm to continue serving its clients for years to come,” Tharp said. “An agreement between the parties may be signed as early as today. In the interim, the Firm’s service to its clients will continue uninterrupted.”

The two-page petition to dissolve professional corporation asks the commercial court to disband the firm under Indiana Code section 23-1-47-1. It also states that because of the deadlock between the shareholders, “the business and affairs of the Firm can no longer be conducted to the advantage of the Shareholders generally.”

According to its website,, Ciyou & Dixon is located at 50 E 91 St. and handles family and criminal law matters as well as civil litigation and appellate work.

The Roll of Attorneys lists Dixon and Ciyou as “active in good standing.”

Along with the two named shareholders, the firm has three associate attorneys, two paralegals and an office manager.

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