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2013 Forty Under 40: Hannah Joseph

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“I’d like to give back by participating in pro bono activities, especially with the bar association. I would love to make the legal world a little less intimidating for the average person so they can figure out when they need an attorney and when they can navigate the system themselves.”

Age: 33

Attorney, Katz & Korin


Hannah Joseph has a fondness for small businesses—the one she owns with her husband, Brent—King David Dogs—and the 150 or so that are her clients at law firm Katz & Korin.

“I understand what my clients are going through and appreciate the anxiety and cost associated with using an attorney—but also the necessity of it,” she said.

Joseph graduated from Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis in 2004. She started her career at a downtown firm, then became an in-house counsel for Finish Line. In 2006, while there, she and Brent started the hot dog business.

She realized then that entrepreneurs need a cost-effective attorney, “one without the letterhead or overhead of a large firm,” to review their contracts, counsel them on strategic planning and help with intellectual property issues. So she and colleague Carly Turow started Joseph and Turow. That worked for three-plus years, but her clients grew and needed more support, so she, Turow and their paralegal joined Katz & Korin in August.

While Joseph works with her small-business clients, Brent runs the day-to-day operation at King David. They hope to turn their small business into a large business in the next five years, expanding nationally and into grocery stores and retail outlets.

When she’s not busy with law and hot dogs (and her 4-year-old twin boys), Joseph works with the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis and is on the board of the Business Ownership Initiative of Indiana, a not-for-profit that helps entrepreneurs find financing.

She also teaches contract drafting as an adjunct professor at the IU law school, which she enjoys because the course is so practical.

“This really helps people become more prepared for the actual work you have to do when you get your first job.”•

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  1. John, unfortunately CTRWD wants to put the tank(s) right next to a nature preserve and at the southern entrance to Carmel off of Keystone. Not exactly the kind of message you want to send to residents and visitors (come see our tanks as you enter our city and we build stuff in nature preserves...

  2. 85 feet for an ambitious project? I could shoot ej*culate farther than that.

  3. I tried, can't take it anymore. Untill Katz is replaced I can't listen anymore.

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  5. All sewage goes to the Carmel treatment plant on the White River at 96th St. Rainfall should not affect sewage flows, but somehow it does - and the increased rate is more than the plant can handle a few times each year. One big source is typically homeowners who have their sump pumps connect into the sanitary sewer line rather than to the storm sewer line or yard. So we (Carmel and Clay Twp) need someway to hold the excess flow for a few days until the plant can process this material. Carmel wants the surge tank located at the treatment plant but than means an expensive underground line has to be installed through residential areas while CTRWD wants the surge tank located further 'upstream' from the treatment plant which costs less. Either solution works from an environmental control perspective. The less expensive solution means some people would likely have an unsightly tank near them. Carmel wants the more expensive solution - surprise!

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