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LEADERSHIP IN LAW 2019: Andrew Ozete

Andy Ozete and four partners set out a few years back to start their own law practice, and Ozete says it was a great decision. Throughout his career, Ozete has earned accolades for his skill as an attorney and his commitment to serving the legal profession and the greater Evansville community. Among other activities, he […]

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LEADERSHIP IN LAW 2019: Rory O’Bryan

A veteran practitioner regarded as an authority on real estate law, Rory O’Bryan also is hailed as a mentor to those who work with him and a well-regarded instructor at his alma mater, IU Maurer School of Law. Perhaps those are some of the reasons he’s earned the nickname “Yoda.” Like the “Star Wars” hero, […]

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LEADERSHIP IN LAW 2019: Hon. Jane Magnus-Stinson

As chief judge of one of the nation’s busiest federal courts, Hon. Jane Magnus-Stinson has built a remarkable judicial reputation while also holding fast to the profession’s touchstones of civility and justice. She was appointed to the federal bench nearly a decade ago after years in private practice, as an adviser to former Gov. Evan […]

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LEADERSHIP IN LAW 2019: Todd J. Kaiser

As managing shareholder of the Indianapolis office of Ogletree Deakins, Todd Kaiser has seen the number of attorneys increase by more than 50 percent since 2012. A litigator with extensive courtroom experience in complex employment law matters, he’s noted for his commitment to ethics and civility. Kaiser also has played a leading role in promoting […]

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LEADERSHIP IN LAW 2019: John C. Hoard

As a bankruptcy practitioner, John Hoard has been appointed a receiver in multiple cases in which his representation helped creditors recover hundreds of millions of dollars. But while he’s built a reputation as a leader in the bankruptcy bar, he also is active in providing pro bono work through the Neighborhood Christian Legal Clinic, where […]

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LEADERSHIP IN LAW 2019: Norman J. Hedges

Norman Hedges, through his work at the IU Maurer IP Law Clinic, helps Hoosier inventors and entrepreneurs propel and protect their creations and innovations while also preparing law students to be future IP attorneys. In addition to his professional work at his alma mater, Hedges helps National Guard members at Camp Atterbury through the Lawyers […]

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LEADERSHIP IN LAW 2019: Terry W. Dawson

Before he became a renowned labor and employment attorney, Terry Dawson was a radio disc jockey and announcer, a vocation he’s still connected to through his current work. You might see him on TV or hear him on the radio talking about labor issues from local unions to National Football League negotiations. Clients and colleagues […]

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LEADERSHIP IN LAW 2019: Norris Cunningham

As a leader in Indiana’s legal community, Norris Cunningham is a co-founding partner of Katz Korin Cunningham PC, joining the firm in 2017 and leading its health care practice. As he’s watching that firm grow, Cunningham also has his eye on increasing inclusion in the profession. He’s a leader in the Indiana State Bar Association’s […]

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LEADERSHIP IN LAW 2019: Sharon Barner

Sharon Barner serves as vice president and general counsel of a Fortune 500 giant and an Indiana institution, Cummins Inc. She was naturally suited for such a role given her extensive background in intellectual property law in private practice and as deputy director of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office during the Obama administration. She’s […]

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LEADERSHIP IN LAW 2019: Jeffrey A. Abrams

As a leading Indianapolis real estate attorney, Jeff Abrams knows a thing or two about deals. The Taft Stettinius & Hollister partner has been involved in many multi-million-dollar developments. One of his next big deals will benefit the legal community, as he’s been a driving force in building a new home for the Indianapolis Bar […]

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Deadline today for Leadership in Law nominations

Today is the deadline to submit nominations to honor Hoosier attorneys with the 2019 Indiana Lawyer Leadership in Law Awards. Each year, Indiana Lawyer selects 15 Distinguished Barristers and 15 Up and Coming Lawyers from attorneys nominated by their peers.

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Stafford: Resolve to honor attorneys who honor the law

In this season of reflection, I hope you’ll think about friends and colleagues who live up to and exceed the legal profession’s loftiest ideals. Think of those who embody the very best of what it means to be a great lawyer. Those are the people we seek to honor in Indiana Lawyer’s 2019 Leadership in Law Awards.

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Stafford: In all seriousness, 2018 Leadership in Law class sets high bar

I’ve gotten to know Indiana Lawyer’s 2018 Leadership in Law honorees a bit in the past few weeks. What I’ve learned is, in addition to being collectively capable of handling just about any legal matter imaginable, our Distinguished Barristers and Up and Coming Lawyers also demonstrate the spirit, dedication, humanity and drive to make their profession and their communities better.

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LEADERSHIP IN LAW 2018: Ryan J. Vershay

Ryan Vershay represents some of Indiana’s largest companies in real estate and business litigation in state and federal court and has become a leader within his firm. But he’s also passionate about helping young professional succeed. He’s active with IndyHub, which brings together young professionals, especially those new to the area, for opportunities to socialize […]

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LEADERSHIP IN LAW 2018: Jessica Van Dalen

Jessica Van Dalen isn’t just a leader as a patent attorney in a traditionally male-dominated practice area. She’s also credited with building important connections between Purdue University, where she earned a degree in material science and engineering, and IU Maurer. She’s also a leader in volunteering her time and efforts — notably, receiving the Indiana […]

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LEADERSHIP IN LAW 2018: Blake J. Schulz

Blake J. Schulz has built a successful real estate practice, representing buyers and sellers in transactions totaling more than $1 billion. But he’s also helped many other young lawyers along the way. Outside the office, he’s active in man bar organizations as well as community groups that assist children and adults in need. What attracted […]

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LEADERSHIP IN LAW 2018: Caitlin S. Schroeder

Caitlin Schroeder is a skilled litigator who’s defended cases ranging from antitrust and product liability to attorney discipline. She’s an authority on social media discovery and frequently writes about legal ethics. She also dedicates her time to mentoring international law students and volunteering for Project Home Indy, which provides shelter for pregnant teens. When did […]

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