Leadership in Law 2015: Ahmed S. Young

Ahmed Young made the transition from teacher to lawyer after realizing a legal career could help him in his quest for equality and making the community a better place. He spent time working with repeat juvenile offenders in the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office before joining the firm, where he also serves as second vice president […]

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Leadership in Law 2015: Edward D. Thomas Sr.

Edward Thomas Sr.’s diverse background and life experience have helped him recognize how people’s personal experiences shape and impact their views. He prides himself on the rapport he has developed with clients in his business litigation and commercial transaction work. Before becoming an attorney, Edward served as an active duty soldier, where he was a […]

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Leadership in Law 2015: David Pryzbylski

David Pryzbylski has accumulated significant experience and success in labor and employment matters. “Relentless” and “passionate” are words used to describe his work. David’s victories include implementing and managing a six-month lockout for an international manufacturer based in Pennsylvania during collective bargaining negotiations and obtaining summary judgment for Roche Diagnostics Corp. in an age discrimination […]

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Leadership in Law 2015: Gavin M. Rose

Gavin Rose went to work for the American Civil Liberties Union of Indiana immediately out of law school and has been involved in many of the ACLU’s recent successes. He has taken on cases addressing Marion Superior judicial elections, same-sex marriage, and the confinement of seriously mentally ill prisoners in the Department of Correction. Gavin […]

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Leadership in Law 2015: Emily Munson

Emily Munson has capitalized on her unique position as an attorney with a disability to advocate on behalf of others similarly situated, which includes serving on the leadership committee of the Indiana Governor’s Council for People with Disabilities. Her incredible work ethic was on display when she agreed to work for Indiana Family and Social […]

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Leadership in Law 2015: Matthew D. Neumann

Matthew Neumann has proven himself as an effective litigator in his early years of practice, obtaining multiple favorable summary judgment rulings for his clients. Matt will jump feet first into a case when his talents can add value, always focused on obtaining an efficient result for his client. He is engaged and active in the […]

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Leadership in Law 2015: Edward B. Mulligan V

Since graduating law school, Ned Mulligan has sought out and taken on leadership roles both at Cohen & Malad and in the community. He has become an integral part of the firm’s personal injury mass tort group. His cases include a lawsuit on behalf of people injured by pain pumps and a class action against […]

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Leadership in Law 2015: Brian M. Heaton

Since early in his career when he assisted as special transaction counsel for the first multi-state affiliation of behavioral health providers in the nation, Brian Heaton has helped a wide variety of clients navigate the changing health care landscape. The transactional lawyer works with startups to publicly traded companies in different industries and is described […]

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Leadership in Law 2015: Jonathan W. Hughes

Jonathan Hughes stands out among his peers for his ability to consistently balance the demands of being a successful attorney, community volunteer and a family man. He handles a high volume of diverse matters in his municipal and utilities practice, from regulatory issues to annexation proceedings. Jon’s sense of humor and humble disposition attract colleagues […]

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Leadership in Law 2015: Daniel M. Lechleiter

Daniel M. Lechleiter is a talented, creative and committed professional with both law and engineering degrees – and a patent – to his credit. The intellectual property attorney has litigated cases involving disputes ranging from computer software and digital encryption to maternity and children’s products in federal courts throughout the United States. Shortly after a […]

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Leadership in Law 2015: Roxana S. Bell

Roxana Bell has quickly established herself locally and nationally as a young leader in the legal profession. She was selected to participate in the American Bar Association’s Labor & Employment Young Lawyers Division Fellowship Program and serves on the National Bar Association’s Young Lawyers board. Locally, she serves as president-elect of the Marion County Bar […]

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Leadership in Law 2015: Katherine G. Erdel

Kate Erdel is a talented, proactive lawyer who has earned a reputation as a leader among her peers. She recently took the initiative to establish a forum for firm associates to learn about marketing opportunities, development needs and mentoring; and she dedicates countless hours to developing initiatives to recruit and maintain diversity within the firm. […]

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Leadership in Law 2015: Angela B. Freeman

After spending nearly 15 years as a molecular biologist, Angela Freeman went from the lab to a law firm. Angela is one of a small number of African-American lawyers in the United States who both practices in the field of intellectual property law and is a registered patent attorney. Considered a rising star in the […]

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Leadership in Law 2015: Kenneth J. Yerkes

Ken Yerkes has spent more than 30 years successfully fighting for his clients’ business objectives at the bargaining table. He chairs the firm’s strategic planning committee and is a member of the Barnes & Thornburg management committee. With the benefit of his guidance, during the past 10 years B&T has tripled in size and added […]

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Leadership in Law 2015: Stephen M. Terrell

Steve Terrell wears many hats: attorney, author and radio host, to name a few. He practiced for more than 25 years with large and small firms in Indianapolis before starting his own litigation firm. Nearly 15 years ago, Steve helped found the Indiana State Bar Association’s Solo and Small Firm Conference, which is the second-largest […]

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Leadership in Law 2015: Hon. Melissa S. May

Melissa May has contributed much to the legal community, and not just through her work on the bench. She is integrally involved in legal and judicial education, pro bono efforts and bar associations. Melissa served on and chaired the Indiana Pro Bono Commission, and during her tenure she instituted a program to train lawyers and […]

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Leadership in Law 2015: Samuel Laurin

Sam Laurin is respected among his peers for his outstanding litigation work coupled with the civility and professionalism that are constants in his legal practice. Young lawyers at his firm know Sam as an exceptional attorney who is approachable and always willing to provide assistance. Chair of both the litigation and construction law groups at […]

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Leadership in Law 2015: Gregory L. Laker

Greg Laker’s preeminence in drug and medical device litigation has led to his election and involvement on national steering committees for industry-wide product litigation. He helped launch Cohen & Malad’s drug and medical device product-liability practice in the early 2000s when the firm began representing women who sued manufacturers of hormone replacement therapy. Since then, […]

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Leadership in Law 2015: Christine Hayes Hickey

Chris Hickey began her career at Rubin & Levin 25 years ago as a paralegal, attending law school at night, and is now the firm’s managing partner. Described as a “self-made woman and lawyer,” she is no stranger to breaking barriers and taking the lead – Chris is an anomaly in the male-dominated area of […]

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Leadership in Law 2015: Michael J. Hebenstreit

Mike Hebenstreit – as a lawyer and a person – embodies the “lawyer as a leader” attitude. The general practitioner mentors young lawyers and encourages their involvement in the profession as well as their ethical approach to clients and to each other. He is a leader in the bankruptcy bar and a former president of […]

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