The great return: Law firms, lawyers rethink how they work as country emerges from pandemic
Should law firms require their attorneys and staff to return to in-person work? Is a hybrid schedule feasible? Firm leaders in Indiana are grappling with these questions.Read More
Web Exclusive: Indianapolis lawyer kicks off IndyBar HQ’s member art installation
Indianapolis attorney Ron Katz Katz’s creation honoring the late Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the first installation in what the Indianapolis Bar Association hopes becomes a member-driven art exhibit at the new downtown IndyBar headquarters.Read More
Year in Review: COVID aside, Barrett’s ascent to SCOTUS tops year’s biggest legal news stories
COVID may have seemed like the only thing that happened in 2020, but for Indiana’s legal community, the past year brought watershed developments that will be with us for years to come, many of which were touched directly by the pandemic. Here are the Top 10 non-coronavirus Indiana legal news stories as determined by consensus of the Indiana Lawyer editorial staff.Read More
178 Hoosier law firms received PPP money
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. We have the recipients in a searchable database.Read More
For eight weeks this fall semester, 32 sophomores, juniors and seniors from Arsenal Tech High School in Indianapolis will have ample opportunity to learn about the law from attorneys with Katz Korin Cunningham and the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana through a program designed to extend the pipeline into the legal profession further back.
Environmental attorney Kathryn Watson was already scheduled to be a guest speaker in the clean air law class during Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law’s spring semester when the professor called to ask if she would be willing to shoulder a bit more responsibility.
With the merger of Indiana’s Wooden McLaughlin and Dinsmore Shohl leading the more than two dozen law firm combinations that were announced in the first quarter of 2021, the new year is expected to bring a return of robust consolidation activity in the legal market.
The business case for diversity is, in almost every respect, unassailable. When companies invest in and promote a diverse and inclusive workplace, they gain benefits that go far beyond the optics.
Remote working is just one of the many ways the public health emergency upended most plans and expectations for 2020. Corporate attorneys are connecting with their offices through the internet and relying on cellphones and videoconferencing to reach colleagues and clients. The type of work that in-house lawyers are doing also has changed.
Merger activity among law firms increased in the third quarter, according to a report by Altman Weil, but with just 44 deals announced so far this year, 2020 is mirroring the Great Recession rather than the explosive growth experienced in recent years.
Although the pandemic has thrown ice water on the red-hot law firm merger market, combinations are still happening and Indiana, a state often absent from the list of merger activity, recorded two separate combinations just as the COVID-19 crisis was taking hold.