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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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