Every business sector has influential players, whether they are in the public eye or wield their influence behind the scenes. In a monthly feature that runs in the first issue of the month, through October, IBJ is identifying those people in eight different industry categories.
This month, our list draws from among the city’s finest legal minds in education, public-sector law, the judicial system and the broad swath of attorneys practicing solo and in firms of all sizes. The individuals on this list have been nominated through a variety of means and vetted by their peers, culminating in the publication of this final list. Justice Frank Sullivan of Indiana’s Supreme Court and Joseph Hogsett, U.S. attorney for the Southern District, were also tapped for the list but chose not to participate.
Nelson Alexander, 43
Frost Brown Todd
Following undergraduate studiesat Wabash College and law school at the University of Chicago, Nelson Alexander joined Locke Reynolds in 1993 as a member of its product liability and business litigation practice groups. From 2005 through 2008, Alexander served as managing partner of Locke Reynolds, a position he held as the firm merged with Frost Brown Todd in 2009.
Alexander has played an instrumental role in the evolution of product liability law before Indiana’s appellate courts, including in the cases of Melroe v. Mcintosh, Owens Corning v. Cobb, Morgen v. Ford, Schultz v. Ford, Moore v. Ford and Green v. Ford. Alexander acts as both trial and appellate counsel for product manufacturers, primarily in the automotive and consumer appliance industries.
Alexander currently serves on the board of College Mentors for Kids. He has been on the boards of the American Pianists Association, the 2005 Indy Jazz Fest and the Indianapolis Bar Foundation. He was also on the bar’s board of managers.
Alexander is passionate about encouraging young people to pursue their own passions. He has returned to Wabash on occasion to speak to students: “I’ve frequently said that the world needs more poets, philosophers and historians just as much as it needs more lawyers and businessmen.” He urges kids to pursue their greatest dreams despite societal or peer expectations.
Alexander is married to Ana Alexander, owner of the commercial interior design business Maregatti Interiors. The two met as classmates in the Stanley K. Lacy Executive Leadership Series and married in 2008. Alexander has three stepchildren and enjoys golfing, gardening and traveling abroad with his wife.
Robert A. Armitage, 62
Eli Lilly and Co.
Robert Armitage joined Eli Lilly and Co. as vice president and general patent counsel in October 1999. In January 2003, he assumed his current position as senior vice president and general counsel. He is also a member of the company’s executive committee.
Armitage was born in Port Huron, Mich., and received his bachelor’s in physics and mathematics in 1970 from Albion College. He earned his master’s degree in physics from the University of Michigan and his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School. Before joining Lilly, Armitage was a partner in the Washington, D.C., office of Vinson & Elkins LLP; before that, he was chief intellectual property counsel for Upjohn Co. from 1983 until 1993.
Armitage is past president of the American Intellectual Property Law Association and the Association of Corporate Patent Counsel, as well as past chairman or board member of a variety of other national legal organizations. In June 2011, he was inducted into the Intellectual Property Hall of Fame in San Francisco.
He has served as an adjunct professor of law at George Washington University, a member of the board of Human Genome Sciences Inc., and president of the board of the Hospice of Southwest Michigan Inc. He has also served as a member of the boards of directors of both Intellectual Property Owners and the National Inventors Hall of Fame Foundation. He currently serves as a member of the advisory board for the Patent, Trademark and Copyright Journal of the Bureau of National Affairs Inc., and is a member of the Albion College Board of Trustees.
Sarah Evans Barker, 68
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
Sarah Evans Baker was appointed judge of the U.S. District Court in 1984 and served as chief judge between 1994 and 2001. Before her appointment, Barker was U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Indiana. From 1977 until 1981, she was an associate and then partner at Bose McKinney & Evans.
Barker started her career as an assistant U.S. attorney after working as a legislative assistant to Sen. Charles Percy (Illinois) and Rep. Gilbert Gude (Maryland) in Washington, D.C., and special counsel to the Senate Government Operations Subcommittee.
Active throughout her career in judicial and bar-related organizations, Barker is on the board of the Federal Judges Association and was president of the organization 2007-2009. In 2004, she was appointed by Chief Justice William Rehnquist to serve on the special study commission on judicial conduct and disability. Barker has served on the Judicial Conference of the United States, its executive committee, long-range planning committee, standing rules committee, budget committee and judicial branch committee, among others.
Barker is active in a variety of civic, educational, cultural and religious organizations, including the boards of Indiana University Health and the Indiana Historical Society. She previously served on the boards of trustees for several Indiana academic institutions, Conner Prairie Museum and the advisory board for Spirit and Place Festival. She is a member of the Indiana Academy, a recipient of the Living Legends Award given by the Indiana Historical Society, the Trailblazer Award given by the Indiana Commission for Women and a Distinguished Alumna of Indiana University. In addition, she holds10 honorary degrees from Midwestern colleges and universities.
Born in Mishawaka, Barker is a graduate of Indiana University and the American University School of Law. She is active in the Morgantown United Methodist Church and, along with her husband, attorney Ken Barker, has three grown children and four grandchildren.
James M. Barkley, 59
Simon Property Group Inc.
James Barkley serves as general counsel of Indianapolis-based Simon Property Group Inc., the largest U.S. publicly traded real estate company. The company owns or has an interest in about 380 properties in North America, Europe and Asia.
Barkley earned his bachelor’s degree from Indiana University in 1974 and was awarded a law degree from the Indiana University School of Law—Indianapolis in 1977. Barkley joined Simon in 1978 as a staff attorney and was named assistant general counsel in 1984. In 1992, he was named general counsel of Melvin Simon and Associates Inc., and was appointed general counsel and secretary of Simon Property Group Inc. at the time of its formation in 1993.
Barkley and his wife, Cindy, live in Indianapolis.
Phillip Bayt, 59
Chief Managing Partner
Phillip Bayt joined Ice Miller in 1980 and today sits in the top seat of one of the city’s most respected law firms. Bayt has just begun his second stint as managing partner; the first ended four years ago and the newest one began in 2011 and will last for four years. His practice specialty is in real estate, where he assists clients in finance, economic development, workouts and foreclosures, construction law and gambling. He has represented both for-profit and not-for-profit clients in numerous significant commercial transactions.
Bayt enjoys his practice because it “gives me an opportunity to structure a complicated transaction, taking into account the need for equity and looking toward the exit strategy. Often, there are a variety of different interests that have to come together to make a project viable. I enjoy bringing all those pieces together to make them create wealth for clients and economic development for communities.”
Beyond his practice, Bayt serves on the boards of the Greater Indianapolis Chamber of Commerce and the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee. He sits on the board of the Capital Projects Fund Task Force of the United Way of Central Indiana and is an honorary board member of the Friends of Garfield Park. He is past chairman of the board of the Near North Development Corp.
Born in Indianapolis, Bayt graduated summa cum laude from Macalester College at St. Paul with a bachelor’s in psychology. He earned both his MBA and law degree, the latter cum laude and Order of the Coif, from Indiana University. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa and Beta Gamma Sigma. He is a member of the American College of Real Estate Lawyers.
Bayt is married to Bonnie Gallivan, also a partner at Ice, who co-chairs the firm’s Drug and Medical Device Group. The pair has two children, a daughter who is a junior at the University of Indianapolis and a son who will be a freshman at NYU Stern School of Business in the fall. Bayt enjoys traveling with family and friends, a good bottle of wine and his faithful dog, Joey.
This month, our Who's Who list draws from among the city’s finest legal minds in education, public-sector law, the judicial system and the broad swath of attorneys practicing solo and in firms of all sizes.
Theodore R. Boehm, 72
Mediator and Arbitrator
Van Winkle Baten Dispute Resolution
In September 2010, Ted Boehm retired after 14 years as a justice of the Indiana Supreme Court, but he is not, and has no plans to be, inactive. Joining Van Winkle Baten was, he says, “a good way to keep current and engaged but give me control over my own schedule.” Plus, he knew the people and respected the firm’s reputation.
A product of Indianapolis Public Schools, Boehm received his undergraduate degree from Brown University in 1960 and his law degree from Harvard in 1964. He was editor of the Harvard Law Review and a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He served as a law clerk to Chief Justice Earl Warren and retired justices Stanley Reed and Harold Burton during the 1963 term of the U.S. Supreme Court. In 1964, he joined Baker & Daniels, where he became a partner in 1970 and managing partner in 1970.
While in private practice, Boehm was principally engaged in business litigation, including securities, antitrust, insurance coverage and corporate control disputes, including two arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court.
From 1988 until 1995, Boehm moved into corporate work, as general counsel of GE Appliances, vice president and general counsel of GE Aircraft Engines, and deputy general counsel of Eli Lilly and Co. He returned to Baker & Daniels in 1995.
In addition to his legal experience, Boehm served as chairman and CEO of the organizing committee for the 1987 Pan American Games, the first president and CEO of Indiana Sports Corp., president of Penrod Society, and one of the principal organizers of the Economic Club of Indianapolis. He is currently a director of Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting Inc., Indianapolis Convention and Visitors Association and Indiana Humanities Council. He also serves as chairman of the Indianapolis Cultural Development Commission and is a member of the American Law Institute.
Boehm is married and says of his wife, Peggy: “She’s been ‘the first woman who’ fill-in-the-blank in several positions.” She’s now CFO of the Central Indiana Corporate Partnership.
Susan Brooks, 50
Senior Vice President of Development and General Counsel
Ivy Tech Community College
In her current position, where Susan Brooks has served since October 2007, she is responsible for the leadership, direction and development of Ivy Tech’s statewide strategies and programming in work-force development. Before joining Ivy Tech, Brooks served six years as U.S. attorney for the Southern District of Indiana, appointed in 2001 by President George W. Bush. As such, she was the chief federal law enforcement officer for 60 counties in the Southern District of Indiana. Before that, she practiced at Ice Miller in the Government Services Practice Group and served as deputy mayor for the city of Indianapolis under Mayor Stephen Goldsmith
In 2011, the Indiana Commission for Women awarded her the Torchbearer Award, and in 2010 Brooks was awarded the YWCA Salute to Women of Achievement Award. In 2008, she received the Touchstone Award from Girls Inc. of Indianapolis. Brooks has been named a Sagamore of the Wabash, was listed in the “Power” edition of Indianapolis Monthly in both 2007 and 2008, and is a recipient of the Indiana Lawyer Leadership in Law Award. She has previously appeared in IBJ as one of Indianapolis’ influential women and as a member of Forty under 40.
Actively involved in the community, Brooks serves on the boards of TechPoint, BioCrossroads, Linx, the Indiana Chamber of Commerce Ready Indiana and Indiana University Public Policy Institute, as well as on the Indiana Department of Workforce Development’s State Workforce Innovation Council. She is on the boards of St. Vincent’s Hospital, the USA Funds Access and Outreach National Advisory Council, Women’s Fund of Central Indiana and more. She recently co-chaired the NCAA 2011 Women’s Final Four and is co-chairwoman of the Super Bowl 2012 Volunteer Committee.
Brooks earned her bachelor’s from Miami University in Ohio and her law degree from Indiana University School of Law—Indianapolis. She is married to David Brooks, also an attorney, and they have two children.
John Cannon, 57
Executive Vice President and Corporate Secretary
In addition to serving as executive vice president and general counsel, John Cannon is corporate secretary and chief public affairs officer for WellPoint, the nation’s largest health-benefits company in terms of medical membership. About 34 million Americans nationwide are covered through its affiliated health plans.
Cannon joined WellPoint in December 2007 and oversees legal strategy, legal compliance, litigation, regulatory and board matters, government affairs, corporate communications and best practices in governance policies and procedures.
Before joining WellPoint, Cannon spent 19 years with CIGNA Corp. in a variety of roles, including senior vice president and deputy general counsel. He was also responsible for public affairs at CIGNA, which included government affairs, communications and corporate branding strategy. He served as president of CIGNA Foundation (the corporation’s charitable arm) and chief counsel for CIGNA Healthcare and CIGNA International.
Early in his career, Cannon was an attorney with Rawle & Henderson in Philadelphia, where he specialized in litigation and securities law. He left there in 1988 to join CIGNA.
Raised in Upper Dublin, Pa., he is a graduate of Denison University in Ohio and the Dickinson School of Law at Pennsylvania State University. He is currently a member of the board of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s and of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra. His hobbies are photography, gardening and international travel.
J. Murray Clark, 54
Baker & Daniels
Murray Clark prac-tices in several legal areas, including government services and administrative law, where he has first-hand experience in understanding the legislative and administrative processes. Clark served 11 years as an Indiana state senator, representing portions of Marion and Hamilton counties. He was campaign chairman of Mitch Daniels’s successful bid for governor in 2004 and he has served as chairman of the Indiana Republican Party since 2006.
Before joining Baker & Daniels, Clark practiced law at the Indianapolis firm of Clark Quinn Moses Scott & Grahn for 23 years. A prominent Republican, he serves the political process in a variety of ways. He was the GOP lieutenant governor candidate in 2000 and was a delegate to the Republican National Convention in 1997. He has been a delegate to every biennial Indiana State Republican Convention since 1994. Clark has also served as Marion County Republican Party treasurer, as a precinct committeeman and a ward chairman.
Clark was given the Small Business Champion Award by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce in 2004 and the Guardian of Small Business Award by the National Federation of Independent Business in 2001. He has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America, Indiana Super Lawyers and IBJ’s Forty Under 40. He was the recipient of the Fred B. McCashland Distinguished Alumnus Award by Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in 2001. He has also been awarded the Adoption Legislative Award by the Indiana Life Coalition and the Legislative Award by the Indiana Library Federation.
This month, our Who's Who list draws from among the city’s finest legal minds in education, public-sector law, the judicial system and the broad swath of attorneys practicing solo and in firms of all sizes.
Chris Cotterill, 33
Chief of Staff for Mayor Ballard
City of Indianapolis
Chris Cotterill, theyoungest of theWho’s Who in Law honorees, has been singled out even before today. In 2009, he was named to IBJ’s Forty Under 40, and in 2008 his alma mater, Wabash College, counted him as one of its Thirty-nine Under 39. In both 2007 and 2009, he was selected as a finalist in Indy’s Best and Brightest in the government sector, presented by Junior Achievement.
As Mayor Ballard’s chief of staff, Cotterill is responsible for ensuring the city departments operate in a coordinated, efficient and transparent manner. He is also responsible for working with policymakers on the state and local level to press for the mayor’s government reform agenda and for the mayor’s proposal to transfer the water and wastewater systems to Citizens Energy Group.
Before assuming this post in late 2009, Cotterill served as corporation counsel for the city of Indianapolis and Marion County, beginning in January 2008. As chief attorney for the city and county, Cotterill overhauled the equal-opportunity program to better prevent discrimination in the city. He reduced overhead and shifted funds to allow more prosecutions. He also spearheaded Ballard’s ethics and lobbying reform packages.
Earlier, he served in Gov. Daniels’ administration as general counsel for the office of technology and as director of IN.gov, the state’s website. Cotterill was also a litigator with Barnes & Thornburg LLP.
Cotterill was president of the student body, editor-in-chief of the student newspaper and president of his fraternity at Wabash. He went from there to Indiana University Maurer School of Law, where he was editor-in-chief of the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies.
Cotterill and his wife, Sarah, along with their son and daughter, live in Butler Tarkington, where Cotterill serves as a member of the neighborhood association’s board.
Terry Curry, 62
Terry Curry’s diverse trial experience includes employment as a deputy prosecutor in the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office he now runs, as a law firm partner, and as a solo practitioner. It is not well-known that he was also a reporter for the Indianapolis News from 1973 until 1975. During that brief news-gathering career, he garnered a Casper Award for a series of stories he did exposing discriminatory lending practices in Marion County.
As deputy prosecutor, Curry was primarily responsible for prosecution of white-collar crime and political corruption matters. He has successfully prosecuted bribery by public officials, securities fraud, Ponzi schemes and employee embezzlements. He also prosecuted felony cases, including murder, robbery, burglary, forgery, theft and drug offenses. Of his job today, Curry says, “The most rewarding part is to work in a large office of passionate, conscientious and energetic individuals who are very serious about their responsibilities in the criminal justice system. It is a joy to come to the office every single day.”
Born and raised in Monroe County, Curry attended Butler University on academic and athletic scholarships. There, while volunteering for Eugene McCarthy during the tumultuous presidential campaign of 1968, Curry acquired what would become a lifelong interest in American politics and a corresponding lifelong loyalty to the Democratic Party. Following his graduation from Butler, Curry served two years in the U.S. Army, from which he was honorably discharged in 1973. He entered Indiana University School of Law—Indianapolis in 1975, graduating summa cum laude in 1978.
Curry and his wife, Sheila, also an attorney, have been married 22 years. They enjoy golf, tennis and biking and are loyal Indianapolis Colts and Indiana Pacers fans. Curry has one daughter and four grandchildren.
Ann M. DeLaney, 64
Ann DeLaney’s ca-reer is as diverse as it is notable. A founding partner of the firm DeLaney &DeLaney LLC, she has just announced her impending retirement as executive director of the Julian Center, a United Way Agency that provides shelter and counseling to victims of domestic violence and sexual assault. She is leaving on a high note, as the organization has just finished raising $3 million for an expansion of facilities and services. DeLaney took the position 15 years ago, planning to stay only two, and has balanced it with her political activism. DeLaney says, “My career has always revolved around advocacy of an issue or for a person.”
DeLaney served as a deputy prosecuting attorney for Marion County, as a commissioner in the Marion Superior Court, and as a special prosecutor in Tippecanoe County. She has argued cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Judicial Circuit and the Supreme Court of Indiana.
DeLaney is former chairwoman of the Indiana Democratic Party and served as campaign manager for then-Gov. Evan Bayh’s re-election campaign in 1992. She authored “Politics for Dummies,” now in its second edition, and is widely known for her weekly appearance on “Indiana Week in Review,” the political roundtable show broadcast on WFYI’s television and radio stations.
In September 2007, Girls Inc. of Indianapolis recognized DeLaney as a Touchstone Honoree. In 2006, she received the Torchbearer Award for Advocacy from the Indiana Commission for Women. In 2001, the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Women and the Law Division recognized DeLaney as an outstanding woman lawyer by selecting her for the Antoinette Dakin Leach Award.
DeLaney’s partner in life and law is husband Edward DeLaney, an attorney and state representative. DeLaney attended Harpur College of the State University of New York and came to Indiana when her husband was recruited to a law firm in town. They are parents of two daughters, one of whom practices law with them, and a son. They have seven grandchildren.
Kenneth Falk, 57
ACLU of Indiana
Kenneth Falk grew up in Morristown, N.J., about 40 miles from New York City, and attended Columbia College as well as Columbia Law School in New York. Fired up to work in the public interest after graduation in 1977, he took the position he was offered: working for Legal Services Organization of Indiana (today known as Indiana Legal Services) in Muncie.
Falk worked in Muncie until 1980 and moved to Indianapolis, staying with Legal Services until 1996, by which time he was litigation director of the organization. In 1996, a new opportunity opened: the American Civil Liberties Union. He says, “I have had the great fortune to be able to practice public-interest law from the beginning of my legal career, and the ACLU was a natural follow-up to my work at Legal Services.” In his work with the ACLU, Falk has litigated and argued numerous cases in Indiana and federal appellate courts, including the U.S. Supreme Court.
Since 1999, Falk has also served as an adjunct professor of law at Indiana University School of Law—Indianapolis. In 1996, Falk was named a Sagamore of the Wabash, and in 2004, he was awarded the David M. Hamacher Public Service Award by the Indiana State Bar Association. In 2006, the Indiana Lawyer named him a Distinguished Barrister.
Falk has been married for 33 years to Donna Lucas and they have two adult children.
This month, our Who's Who list draws from among the city’s finest legal minds in education, public-sector law, the judicial system and the broad swath of attorneys practicing solo and in firms of all sizes.
Steven E. Fivel
Assistant General Counsel and Assistant Secretary
Simon Property Group Inc.
In March 2011, Steve Fivel rejoined Simon Property Group, after a 14-year absence. He is assistant general counsel and assistant secretary for Simon, the largest real estate company in the United States. Simon owns or has ownership interest in 392 properties in North America, Europe and Asia. The company employs more than 5,000 people worldwide.
During his hiatus from Simon, Fivel worked for Brightpoint Inc., a global wireless distribution company, headquartered in Indianapolis, with 4,000 employees in more than 25 countries.
Fivel received his bachelor’s in business, with a concentration in accounting, from Indiana University Bloomington in 1983, and his law degree from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago in 1986. Following graduation, Fivel became deputy attorney general for the state of Indiana, a post he held until 1988 when he joined Simon Property Group (first time around) and its predecessor, Melvin Simon & Associates Inc., a privately held shopping-center development company.
In 2005, Gov. Mitch Daniels appointed Fivel to serve as a commissioner on the Indiana Business Law Survey Commission, which advises the Indiana General Assembly on state business-entity statutes and related matters.
Married since 1987, Fivel and his wife, Leslie, live in Carmel and have two daughters. Fivel is a former member of the Brebeuf Advancement Committee and the Indianapolis Hebrew Congregation.
Thomas C. Froehle Jr., 47
Chairman and Chief Executive Partner
Baker & Daniels
Tom Froehle joined Baker & Daniels in 1988 after graduating from the University of Michigan Law School. He assumed his current leadership role in 2008, through which he leads the firm of 700 employees, including more than 360 lawyers and consultants. Under Froehle’s watch, the firm has opened its seventh office, in Chicago, where the team has grown to 35 professionals.
Froehle became a member of the firm’s management team in 2000. In his legal practice, Froehle has combined transactional and financial skills to serve as counsel for a variety of governmental entities and public projects. He represented the Capital Improvement Board in connection with development of the new convention center and stadium downtown, as well as negotiating a long-term lease with the Indianapolis Colts.
He developed a charter-school financing program and legislation for the Indianapolis Works government consolidation initiative, implemented an infrastructure-improvement program (financed primarily from riverboat gambling revenue), and structured economic development incentive financing for a variety of projects downtown. He served as underwriter’s counsel in financing for the Indianapolis Department of Waterworks and the new Indianapolis Airport project.
Beyond his legal work, Froehle is active in the community. He has served on numerous boards and currently sits on the boards of the Indiana Sports Corp., United Way Tocqueville Society, Indianapolis Downtown Inc., Indiana Repertory Theatre and Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School.
Froehle’s wife, Jennifer, is a career educator and they have two children: a daughter at Indiana University and a son at Brebeuf. Froehle is involved in his children’s activities, including sports and music programs. The family enjoys traveling, and has a special interest in national parks.
Jeffrey R. Gaither, 53
Bose McKinney & Evans
Eight years ago, when the firm Leagre Chandler & Millard dissolved, Jeff Gaither and several other key attorneys joined Bose McKinney & Evans, which proved to be a great move for Gaither. In 2010, Gaither was named managing partner of the firm. He is also in the firm’s Litigation Group, representing clients in complex commercial litigation, appeals and arbitrations. His trial experience includes class actions, shareholder derivative suits and individual actions in both state and federal courts.
Gaither has represented clients in a variety of liability matters, including trade secrets, business torts, unfair competition, corporate contracts, securities litigation, fraud and anti-racketeering matters. His trial experience includes class actions, shareholder derivative suites and individual actions in state and federal courts. He is a frequent speaker on business litigation and related topics.
Gaither is a 1983 graduate of the Indiana University School of Law—Indianapolis and holds a bachelor’s in public affairs from Indiana University. He realized early on in his career that he had chosen the right field. He recalls a case where he represented a young mother who had an aggressive and likely fatal form of cancer that had some possibility of being cured with a treatment deemed “experimental” by the insurance carrier. The insurance company repeatedly denied coverage and the matter landed in the lap of the company’s high-ranking attorney.
That attorney, like Gaither, wanted to do the right thing. The two worked it out, the woman had the procedure, and her cancer was eradicated.
In addition to his duties with the firm, Gaither sits on the board of Noble Roman’s Inc., and is a member of the Defense Research Institute, and the Indianapolis and Indiana State Bar Associations. He has been included in the Best Lawyers in America since 2008 and is listed in the Business Litigation section of Indiana Super Lawyers 2011.
Gaither and his wife, Elaine, have been married for 30 years, have two adult sons—one in law school and one an undergraduate at Indiana University Bloomington—and enjoy scuba diving.
Philip Genetos, 58
Philip Genetos hasrepresented clients in Indiana and Illinois on bond financings for more than 34 years. Amonghis major projects, he represented the issuer of bonds for the new midfield terminal and United Airlines projects at the Indianapolis airport, Lucas Oil Stadium, the expansion of the Indiana Convention Center, and the acquisition of the thermal energy system in 2001 and the pending acquisition of the water and wastewater systems for Citizens Energy Group. He has served as bond counsel to the Indiana Housing and Community Development Authority since 1980, the Ports of Indiana since 1980, and Indiana’s state revolving funds since 1992.
Born in Gary, Genetos graduated from Cornell University in 1974, where he played offensive tackle. He earned his MBA and law degrees from Indiana University in 1977, where he graduated magna cum laude and Order of the Coif.
Genetos joined Ice Miller in 1977, became a partner in 1982, and served as managing partner from 1996 to 2004, the then-youngest partner to serve in that role. Active in the bar, he is vice president of the American College of Bond Counsel and past president of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation. He is a member of the Indiana Bar Association, Indianapolis Bar Association, American Bar Association and National Association of Bond Lawyers.
Even more active in the community, he is chairman of the board of the Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, member of the board of governors of Orchard School, and chairman of the board of AAA Hoosier Motor Club. Previously, he served as president of the board of Park Tudor School, president of the Meridian-Kessler Neighborhood Association, president of the parish counsel of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, and co-chairman of the Greek Food Festival.
Married since 1977, Genetos and his wife, Dorothea, have two grown children: Alex who is with DeLoitte Consulting, and Helen, with the U.S. Institute of Peace.
Robert T. Grand, 55
Barnes & Thornburg
Since 1997, Bob Grand has served as managing partnerof his firm, where he is also a member of the Governmental Service and Finance Department. He concentrates his practice in the areas of public finance and governmental regulation. In public finance, he counsels state and county officials, as well as mayors, on various aspects of bond-financing issues and economic development initiatives. He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of municipal law.
Grand graduated from Wabash College in 1978 and from the Indiana University School of Law—Indianapolis in 1982. He is a member of the Indiana Municipal Lawyers Association and the National Association of Bond Lawyers. He is former chairman of the Governmental Practice Section of the Indiana State Bar Association.
Active in Republican Party politics, Grand serves as an adviser to many Indiana Republican Party candidates and their election committees. He served as treasurer for Friends of Dick Lugar 1987-2007, as the Bush-Cheney finance chairman for Indiana, was a member of the 2000 Bush-Cheney recount team in Palm Beach County, and served as a member of the Department of Justice Transition Advisory Committee.
Grand is on the board of the William E. English Foundation and the Indianapolis Urban League. He is also on the Wabash College Board of Trustees and the Indiana University School of Law—Indianapolis Board of Visitors. He is an elder of Second Presbyterian Church. He is a former member of the boards of the National Association of Wabash Men, Little Red Door/Marion County Cancer Society, Federal Home Loan Bank of Indianapolis, Outreach Inc., Indiana Dollars for Scholars and the Indianapolis Foundation.
David F. Hamilton, 54
U.S. Circuit Judge
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
David Hamilton was appointed U.S. Circuit Judge for the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals by President Barack Obama in November 2009. He was previously appointed U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Indiana by President Bill Clinton in 1994 and served as chief judge of the Southern District from Jan. 1, 2008, until his appointment as circuit judge.
He previously served as the Seventh Circuit’s representative on the Criminal Law Committee of the Judicial Conference of the United States and currently serves as the Circuit’s representative on the Space and Facilities Committee of the Judicial Conference. He also has taught as an adjunct faculty member of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and serves on the advisory board of the law school’s Center for Constitutional Democracy in Plural Societies.
Hamilton was formerly a partner at Barnes & Thornburg, where his practice was in commercial work and governmental litigation with a large dose of pro bono litigation on behalf of civil liberties plaintiffs and historic preservation groups. He served as counsel to Indiana Gov. Evan Bayh from 1989 until 1991.
The son of a Methodist minister who moved around a bit, Hamilton grew up in Indianapolis, Evansville and Bloomington. He graduated from Haverford College and Yale Law School and studied in Germany as a Fulbright scholar. Hamilton served as law clerk to Judge Richard D. Cudahy on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. A private figure, he admits, “It is pretty well-known that I love playing squash, traveling and reading almost anything.”
Michael J. Hebenstreit, 58
Whitham Hebenstreit & Zubek
One of the founding members of Whitham Hebenstreit & Zubek in 2002, Mike Hebenstreit has a general civil practice, including bankruptcy, family law and probate and estate planning. He serves as a Chapter 7 U.S. Bankruptcy Panel Trustee for the U.S. Department of Justice for the Southern District of Indiana. Hebenstreit was of counsel at Kroger Gardis & Regis from 1996 until 2002 and before that was the managing partner of Hebenstreit & Moberly from 1982 until 1996. He is a graduate of Xavier University and Indiana University School of Law—Indianapolis.
Hebenstreit is president of the Indianapolis Bar Association, having been involved extensively in the organization for years. He has served on the board of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation since 2001 and is involved with the Indiana State Bar Association, the National Association of Bankruptcy Trustees, the Bankruptcy Trustee Advisory Panel and the Indianapolis Lawyers’ Club. The Indianapolis Bar Association honored him with the President’s Award for Service in 2007 and the President’s Award for Pro Bono Service in 2005. Additionally, he received the Indiana State Bar Solo and General Practice Award in 2005.
Beyond his law practice, Hebenstreit is active in the Boy Scouts of America and, in 2006, received the Silver Beaver Award, which is given to adults who have shown outstanding leadership in scouting in their community.
Hebenstreit has served two stints as president of the Dad’s Club of his high school alma mater, Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School. He has also served with the 500 Festival Associates for 20 years, including as co-chairman of the Parade Band Committee. He has served on the steering committee for Zoobilation as well.
Hebenstreit enjoys travel with his wife and three children, as well as outdoor activities. He participated in an Olympic distance triathlon in June 2010. He has also climbed Mount Whitney, the highest mountain in the lower 48 states.
Robert Hicks, 50
Partner in Charge
Taft Stettinius & Hollister
When Bob Hicks graduated from Butler University in 1984, he thought he could juggle a full-time position as a CPA with Arthur Andersen with attending IU Law School at night. He says, “After working a full busy season in tax at Arthur Andersen, I realized I could not do both things well at the same time. So, I took a leave of absence from Arthur Andersen to attend William and Mary in Virginia on a full-time basis.” He graduated from law school in 1986 and decided to head to Ice Miller as a tax and mergers and acquisitions lawyer, rather than back to accounting.
A couple of years later, in 1988, he left Ice to join Sommer & Barnard, where he stayed until 1996. That year, Hicks was offered an “incredible opportunity” with CIT Group, the second-largest finance company in the United States. He served as executive vice president of strategic development, senior vice president and general manager of the company’s largest U.S. financing divisions, and CEO of RealMed Corp., its largest portfolio company. Following CIT’s merger with Tyco International, and having just moved back to Indiana following a five-year stint in Toronto, Chicago and New York, Hicks was asked to move to New York. For Hicks and his family, it seemed like a good time to change course. He returned to Sommer & Barnard.
Hicks became a member of Sommer & Barnard’s three-person executive committee in 2008 and helped shepherd the firm through its merger with Taft. Today, he is a member of Taft’s 10-person, firm-wide executive committee and is partner in charge of the Indianapolis office. Taft is approximately the 150th-largest law firm in the United States with $140 million a year in annual revenue.
Hicks serves on the boards of the Center for Regional Performing Arts, which owns the Palladium and two smaller theaters, Indiana Repertory Theatre and the Homeless Family Foundation.
Brenda Horn, 62
Deputy Managing Partner
Brenda Horn, newly named deputy managing partner, has been practicing with the firm’s Municipal Finance Group for more than 30 years. Horn is a member of the board of the National Association of Bond Lawyers, only the second lawyer—and the first female lawyer—to be elected to that position from the state of Indiana.
Horn was the first female president, vice president and member of the board of the American College of Bond Counsel. She has been recognized as a Super Lawyer, including Top 25 Women, and Best Lawyers in America. IBJ named her to its list of influential women in 1998 and she was named a distinguished barrister by the Indiana Lawyer in 2007.
Horn’s community activities have included serving in leadership roles with the Community Development Law Center, the Indiana Education Savings Authority, the now-defunct Ballet Internationale and Community Alliance for the Far East Side.
She is a frequent speaker on topics of municipal finance and federal tax law in a variety of forums, including National Association of Bond Lawyers, American Health Lawyers Association, National Association of College and University Business Officers, American Public Power Association and Tax Institute for Colleges and Universities. Her other professional activities have included serving on the steering committee for the American Bar Association Tax Exempt Finance Committee and serving on the boards of the Indianapolis Bar Association and Women in Public Finance, Indiana chapter.
Horn earned her undergraduate degree from Indiana University, her master’s in mathematics from Purdue University, and her law degree from Indiana University School of Law—Indianapolis.
Lacy M. Johnson, 58
Lacy Johnson focuses his practice on public-affairs services and serves as co-chairman of the Public Affairs and Gaming Group of Ice Miller. Before joining the firm in 1993, Johnson served as attorney in government relations services for Sagamore-Bainbridge Inc.; director of security of the Indiana State Lottery; liaison with the Indiana General Assembly; and lieutenant colonel and deputy superintendent for support services for the Indiana State Police. Johnson is a former lieutenant commander of the U.S. Naval Intelligence Reserves.
Born and raised in Indianapolis, Johnson earned his undergraduate degree from Purdue University and, following his lifelong dream, went on to earn his law degree from Indiana University School of Law—Indianapolis. He has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America, Gaming Law (2009), Who’s Who in Black Indianapolis, and Indiana Super Lawyers. He is a recipient of a Sagamore of the Wabash.
Johnson is involved in a variety of organizations, including as a board member of the Indianapolis Airport Authority, IUPUI Advisory Board, Indiana University Foundation, Congressional Black Caucus Political Education and Leadership Institute, the Skyline Club, Indianapolis Downtown Inc., the Oaks Academy and the American Pianists Association. He is also involved in the American Red Cross National Diversity Advisory Council, the Lawyers Council of the Indianapolis Civil Liberties Union, and the Dean’s Advisory Council of the Krannert School of Management at Purdue, among others.
Alan A. Levin, 56
During the years since 1997 that Alan Levin has led Barnes & Thornburg, he has guided the firm on an expansion track, opening offices around the country. The firm now has 12 offices (four in Indiana and eight elsewhere in the country) and more than 550 attorneys, representing 50 practice and industry areas. Levin joined the firm in 1982 following his graduation from law school and became a partner in 1990.
Levin concentrates his own practice on the legal issues surrounding employee benefits. His practice encompasses a broad spectrum of activities, including drafting and designing qualified and nonqualified retirement plans, consulting, and an extensive administrative practice with governmental agencies. In addition, he has been involved in all phases of the establishment and operation of ESOPs and, on occasion, has been involved in implementing retirement plans in foreign countries. His practice also includes counseling clients with respect to executive compensation issues, including stock-option plans, phantom stock plan and split-dollar insurance. He is closely involved with governmental agencies, including the U.S. Department of Labor and the Internal Revenue Service.
Levin is a frequent speaker on various employee benefit topics, including qualified retirement plans, executive compensation and ESOPs. He serves on several boards, including that of the Indianapolis Foundation and the Central Indiana Community Foundation, as secretary.
A summa cum laude graduate of Mercyhurst College in Erie, Pa., Levin received his law degree, magna cum laude, from Indiana University Maurer School of Law, where he was a member of the Order of the Coif.
Jane Magnus-Stinson, 53
U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana
Appointed to her current seat in June 2010 by President Barack Obama, Jane Magnus-Stinson has been sitting on the bench since 1995, when she was appointed and later twice elected judge of the Marion Superior Court, Criminal Division, Room 6, serving until 2007. She served as associate presiding judge from 2005 through 2006. As a superior court judge, Magnus-Stinson tried more than 100 jury trials, of which more than 45 were murder trials. She names the rewards of her position, “the vast diversity of subject matter that is incredibly challenging and stimulating.”
From 1997 until 2001, she was also the supervising judge of the Marion Superior Probation Department, providing policy and programming supervision for 150 employees who served 10,000 probationers. In that role, she helped created the Youth Empowerment Program, which provided volunteer mentors to young offenders.
Magnus-Stinson began her legal career with the firm of Lewis & Wagner in Indianapolis, where she specialized in litigation. She also served as deputy chief of staff and counsel to Gov. Evan Bayh.
The Indiana Coalition Against Sexual Assault named Magnus-Stinson the 2000 Judge of the Year in recognition of her work with child victims of sexual assault. She was also named outstanding judge by the Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence in 2005. In 2002, she received the Antoinette Dakin Leach award, which honors outstanding women, from the Women in Law Division of the Indianapolis Bar Association. The bar association also conferred upon her the 2006 President’s Award for Service to the Profession and the 2005 Board of Managers Award.
Magnus-Stinson is a cum laude graduate of Butler University, where she received a bachelor’s in French, and a cum laude graduate of the Indiana University School of Law—Indianapolis, where she was associate editor of the Indiana Law Review, in the Order of Barristers, and a member of the moot court team. She serves on the boards of visitors of both her alma maters. She chairs the Indianapolis Bar Association’s leadership-training program for young lawyers and is active in both her church and her children’s schools and extracurricular activities. Her hobby? Sleep.
John R. Maley, 48
Barnes & Thornburg
John Maley received his bachelor’s from the University of Notre Dame, his MBA from Indiana University, and his law degree, summa cum laude, from Indiana University School of Law—Indianapolis, where he was executive editor of the Indiana Law Review. Following his law school graduation in 1988, Maley served as law clerk to Judge Larry J. McKinney in U.S. District Court in Indianapolis, after which he joined Barnes & Thornburg.
At the firm, Maley concentrates on litigation, employment law and appellate practice. He has extensive trial experience in multiple jurisdictions and has served as lead counsel in appeals before the U.S. Supreme Court, Indiana Supreme Court, Indiana Court of Appeals, Ohio Court of Appeals, Ohio Supreme Court, Michigan Court of Appeals, Arizona Court of Appeals, Pennsylvania Appellate Courts, as well as many of the circuit courts.
Maley has served as an adjunct lecturer at the Indiana University School of Law—Indianapolis and lectures for the Indiana Bar Review. He has published numerous articles on federal practice, is the author of the “Appellate Handbook for Indiana Lawyers,” and lectures frequently on the federal civil practice, non-compete and employment matters.
He is actively involved in the legal community. He chairs Barnes & Thornburg’s library and technology committee and its pro-bono committee. He is married and has five sons.
W. Tobin McClamroch, 56
A senior business transaction and government services lawyer, Toby McClamroch has served as managing partner of Bingham McHale since 2004. In addition to his knowledge of the business sector, McClamroch knows his way around government. He co-chairs Bingham McHale’s Legislative Conference, an annual event held before the Indiana General Assembly session, which offers firsthand information from legislators, elected officials and business leaders. He’s also a regular presenter.
McClamroch developed his interest in government when he was a youngster, following his own father, who was involved in politics and government in Montgomery County. John Keeler, a state representative and attorney with whom McClamroch practiced at Freihofer Minton & Keeler, also influenced McClamroch.
McClamroch himself was on the City-County Council for eight years when Steve Goldsmith was mayor. He served as parliamentarian to the Indiana House of Representatives from 1995 to 1996, chairman of the Marion County Election Board from 1987 to 1991, and counsel for the Indiana House Republicans from 1985 to 1994.
McClamroch serves on the boards of Marian University; the Arts Council of Indianapolis,; Special Olympics of Indiana; the 100 Club, which provides funds to the families of policemen and firemen who are killed in the line of duty; and most recently the Indiana Sports Corp. He previously served as president of the Catholic Community foundation and is a former member of the board of the Salvation Army of Indianapolis.
A graduate of DePauw University and the Indiana University Maurer School of Law, McClamroch grew up near Crawfordsville. He and his wife, Carolyn, have three children. He spends free time with his family as well as reading, golfing, playing platform tennis and watching high-school sports.
Kevin P. McGoff, 58
Senior Litigation Attorney
Bingham McHale LLP
Kevin McGoff serves on the management committee of Bingham McHale LLP, and is well known for his work in the field of legal ethics, defending lawyers and judges in professional licensure matters. He makes frequent presentations on the subject and has been named to the Best Lawyers in America for ethics and professional responsibility law for the past decade. In addition, McGoff’s practice includes professional liability, business litigation and matrimonial law.
McGoff has served the legal community as president of the Indianapolis Bar Association in 2007 and counsel in 2008; he has been a member of the organization’s board since 2004. He currently serves on the board of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers. McGoff was on the Indiana Supreme Court Commission on the Rules of Evidence and the board of the Indiana Public Defender Council. In 2010, he received the President’s Award from both the Indianapolis and the Indiana State Bar Associations.
Active in the arts and education in Indianapolis, McGoff sat on the Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School board of trustees from 2004 to 2010 and received the Brebeuf Jesuit Fr. Paul J. O’Brien Service Award in 2002. He also served on the board of Cabaret Inc.
McGoff headed into the U.S. Army after high school and, when he was discharged in 1973, went to Indiana University for his undergraduate degree. He obtained his law degree from Indiana University School of Law—Indianapolis. He and his wife, Patty, have three children.
Linda L. Pence, 61
Linda Pence believes she has one of the best jobs in the world: She is a trial attorney who began her legal career with the U.S. Department of Justice in 1974. Over the last 37 years, she has represented a wide range of clients in often high-profile white-collar criminal investigations and prosecutions and in complex civil and regulatory litigation. In Pence’s opinion, there is no higher calling for a lawyer than to represent persons in court who are facing life-changing events and need guidance, advice and someone to speak up on their behalf.
Pence cites a number of career highlights, including successfully representing Central Indiana Shell dealers against Shell Oil Co. based upon claims of unlawful race discrimination, violation of the Indiana Deceptive Franchise Practices Act, breach of contract and fraud; serving as co-counsel with the Indiana Civil Liberties Union in representing class-action plaintiffs seeking relief against a municipality for stopping cars illegally without probable cause; and representing seven plaintiffs in one of the largest Worker’s Compensation insurance fraud schemes uncovered in Indiana.
Although Pence has worked in a variety of legal settings, at age 60, she returned to what she says she loves the most: a small law firm, where she teamed up with her longtime partner and friend David Hensel to form Pence Hensel LLC.
In 2008, Pence was the Democratic candidate for Indiana attorney general. She is a former instructor at the FBI Academy, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center, Offices of Inspector General and Legal Education Institute and Department of Justice. She is past president, 2003-2009, of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Merit Board and its predecessor Marion County Sheriff’s Merit Board, a founding member and past president of the board of the Indiana Federal Community Defenders Inc., and co-secretary and member of the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Motorcycle Drill Team. Pence also serves on the board of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra.
Pence has no plans to slow down, but in her spare time, she enjoys her family and friends, her gardens, traveling, cooking and her pets, Charlie and Gus.
Tanya Walton Pratt, 50
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
Raised in Indianapolis, Tanya Walton Pratt earned her bachelor’s from Spelman College in Atlanta and her law degree from Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C. Following graduation, she worked for Moss & Walton, founded by her late father attorney and former state representative Charles A. Walton Sr., and his longtime friend, John O. Moss. Walton later formed Walton & Pratt with his daughter, son Charles A. Walton Jr., and son-in-law Marcel A. Pratt.
From 1994 until 1996, Pratt was master commissioner in Marion Superior Court; she was also a public defender in Marion Superior Court, Criminal Division.
Pratt was elected judge of Marion Superior Court in 1996 and served as presiding judge of Criminal Division One, from January 1997 until December 2008. She served as presiding judge of the Probate Division from January 2009 until June 2010.
In January 2010, President Barack Obama nominated Pratt to serve on the U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana. She was unanimously confirmed by the U.S. Senate and began her service at the end of June 2010.
Pratt is the immediate past secretary of the Indiana State Bar Association, a life member and past board member of the Marion County Bar Association, a past vice president of the Indianapolis Bar Association, and a past member of the board of managers of the Indiana Judges Association. She is an advisory board member of the United Negro College Fund, a board member of Cathedral High School, a member of the Indianapolis Inn of Court, and chairwoman of the Indianapolis Bar Association Professionalism Committee.
Pratt is married to Marcel Pratt, an attorney, and they are the proud parents of one daughter, Lena. Pratt attends St. Joan of Arc Catholic Church and is a former chairwoman of the St. Joan of Arc school commission.
Melissa Proffitt Reese, 51
Melissa Proffitt Reese, former managing partner of Ice Miller, chairs the agribusiness initiative, co-chairs the Employee Benefits Practice Group, and is responsible for business development initiatives for the firm. She concentrates her practice in employee benefits with a focus on welfare benefit plans and qualified plans. She counsels regional and international clients on benefit issues, including plan formation and design.
Reese is active in politics and with the Republican Party on both the community and national levels. She has joined city and state trade missions to China, Japan, Brazil, Germany, the United Kingdom, South Korea, Central America and Taiwan. She is also active in the community, participating on the boards of many organizations and volunteering her time for causes supporting economic development, diversity and women’s issues.
Reese is the recipient of a number of awards, including the 2011 Distinguished Barrister Award from Indiana Lawyer; Volunteer of the Year in 2009, conferred by the Indiana Chamber of Commerce; the Torchbearer Award in 2008 from the Indiana commission for Women-Law; and the Touchstone Award in 2006 from Girls Inc. She has been named to IBJ’s Influential Women, Indiana’s Best Lawyers 2010 by Law.com; Super Lawyers, Corporate Counsel Edition in 2009 and 2010; and Best Lawyers in America from 2006 through 2011.
Reese got her bachelor’s from Indiana University and her law degree, cum laude, from Indiana University School of Law—Indianapolis. She has been married 26 years and has three children. Her favorite hobby is golf.
Gary R. Roberts, 63
Dean and Gerald L. Bepko Professor of Law
Indiana University School of Law—Indianapolis
When Gary Roberts touched down in the country’s amateur sports capital in the summer of 2007, he’d found a most appropriate home. In addition to being a legal educator and administrator, Roberts is a nationally recognized expert in sports law. He is a certified commercial and sports arbitrator with the American Arbitration Association and a founding member and member of the board of the International Association of Sports Professionals and Executives, and he co-authored the leading casebook on sports law. In March of this year, he was selected to be on-air legal analyst for the NFL (and with the NFL lockout, he’s been called upon often this year).
Roberts graduated at the top of his class at Stanford Law School and clerked forJudge Ben C. Duniwayon the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco before entering private practice at the firm of Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C., where he engaged in antitrust, sports, labor, contract and trademark litigation. In 1988, he founded GR Sports Consulting, a business that advises clients on sports legal and business matters. Clients include a number of current and former NBA and NFL players, the NBA itself, the Sugar Bowl and the Seattle Mariners.
Before coming to IU, Roberts was with Tulane University Law School for 24 years, where he directed the Sports Law Program, served as vice dean for academic affairs from 1990 to 1995, and became deputy dean in 2001. He graduated from Bradley University in 1970.
Roberts is an officer and board member of the Sports Lawyers Association and is editor-in-chief of its monthly online newsletter, The Sports Lawyer. He serves on the boards of the Indianapolis Bar Association and the International School of Indiana and on the Ethics Commission of the city of Indianapolis/Marion County.
Christopher G. Scanlon, 65
Baker & Daniels
Chris Scanlon con-centrates his prac-tice in the area of com-plex business and commercial litigation, involving a broad range of substantive areas, including contract, insurance, business tort, class actions, anti-racketeering, trade secret, accounts liability and environmental law. He has extensive experience in securities litigation under both state and federal securities laws.
Scanlon also regularly represents businesses insured in Indiana and elsewhere in insurance-coverage disputes arising from products liability, asbestos, environmental and other large-loss liabilities. Scanlon has been lead counsel for several nationally known companies, including Eli Lilly and Co., Johnson Controls Inc., WellPoint Inc., CSX Inc. and EDS.
He is listed in The Best Lawyers in America for Bet-the-Company Litigation and Commercial Litigation from 1989 to 2011 and has been recognized in Chamber USA: A Guide to America’s Leading Business Lawyers in general commercial litigation from 2003 to 2011, among many other honors. He is a Distinguished Fellow with the Indiana Bar Foundation, and that organization awarded him the Pro Bono Publico Award, which is given to individual lawyers who demonstrate outstanding commitment to volunteer legal services for the poor and disadvantaged.
Scanlon is a native of Indianapolis and has practiced with Baker & Daniels since his graduation, cum laude, from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 1980. He earned his bachelor’s from Indiana University in 1977. Scanlon and his wife, Karen, enjoy traveling and spending time with their two adult children. He says he is “also an avid, although mediocre, tennis player.”
Mary F. Schmid, 47
President and CEO
Mary Schmid joined Stewart & Irwin as an associate in 1997 and in 2005 was named the first female CEO of the firm, founded in 1922. Schmid has the sort of drive that would take her from associate to head of the firm in under a decade.
While attending law school in Indianapolis and shouldering the responsibilities of a single mom, Schmid worked full time at Foley & Pool. An ardent believer in education, she says, “I decided to go to law school largely because my dad was a lawyer, and I wanted to further my education and thought I could be a good lawyer.” She believes that getting an education is the most important thing any young woman can do for herself. Schmid lives her commitment to education by teaching as an adjunct professor at the Indiana University School of Law—Indianapolis, where she says she has “the privilege of interacting with an incredible group of students each semester.”
As CEO of Stewart & Irwin, Schmid is responsible for daily management and oversight of the firm’s financial, marketing, business and professional development. She has represented clients before all state and federal courts in Indiana as well as before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. In addition, she has strongly emphasized community service for the firm and has helped match staff in abilities to community needs.
Before becoming a law clerk and then lawyer, Schmid worked at Crossroads Rehabilitation Center for three years. Schmid and her husband together have three children—two from his prior marriage and one from hers—and three grandchildren.
Randall T. Shepard, 65
Indiana State Supreme Court
In 1985, Gov. Robert D. Orr appointed Randall Shepard, then 38, to the Indiana Supreme Court. Just two years later, in March 1987, Shepard became chief justice—then the youngest chief justice in the United States.
Shepard graduated cum laude from Princeton University, earned his law degree from Yale Law School and a master’s of law from the University of Virginia. Four universities have awarded him honorary degrees.
From 1980 until his appointment to the Indiana Supreme Court, Shepard was judge of the Vanderburgh Superior Court. He earlier served as executive assistant to Mayor Russell Lloyd of Evansville and as a special assistant to the undersecretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation.
Shepard is past-chairman of the American Bar Association’s section of legal education and admissions to the bar, which oversees the accreditation of America’s 180 law schools. He was formerly chairman of the ABA’s Appellate Judges Conference, representing some 700 federal and state appellate judges. In 2006, he served as president of the Conference of Chief Justices, the 55-member group consisting of the chief justices of every state and territory. Also that year, Chief Justice John Roberts appointed him to the U.S. Judicial Conference Advisory Committee of Civil Rules, through which the U.S. Supreme Court forms changes to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure.
In July 2007, Gov. Mitch Daniels named Shepard and former Gov. Joe Kernan as co-chairmen of the Local Government Reform Commission, a bipartisan group tasked with finding ways to reform and restructure local government
Shepard’s principal avocation is historic preservation. He served 11 years as a trustee of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and three years as chairman of Indiana Landmarks Inc., and presently serves as honorary chairman. He is an Eagle Scout. He teaches periodically at the law schools of New York University and Yale. He and his wife, Amy W. MacDonell, have one daughter.
Norman G. Tabler Jr., 66
Senior Vice President and General Counsel
Indiana University Health
Norm Tabler joined IU Health (formerly known as Clarian Health) in 1996, just in time to oversee the consolidation of Methodist Hospital, Riley Hospital for Children and Indiana University Hospital that created today’s mega-health system. Formed in 1996, IU Health has hospitals and other health-care facilities and about 23,000 employees throughout the state. At IU Health, Tabler is responsible for oversight of the organization’s legal, audit and compliance, accreditation and regulatory compliance and insurance departments. He also serves as chairman of the boards of IU Health’s captive insurance company and risk retention group.
Before joining IU Health, Tabler was a partner at Baker & Daniels, where he chaired the firm’s health law department. He joined the firm straight out of law school in 1971.
Born in Floyds Knobs, Tabler graduated from New Albany High School and went from there to Princeton University, where he earned his bachelor’s; Yale, where he earned his master’s; and Columbia, where he earned his law degree. He serves on the governing boards of WFYI Public TV and Radio Foundation and the Skyline Club. He is a former member of the governing boards of numerous community and arts organizations.
Beyond his legal work, Tabler has gained a local reputation for his dry wit, most widely heard on WFYI fundraising spots, which he writes and records. He says, “A number of them have been syndicated and played on public-radio stations in markets across the country.” He also does “a fair amount of humorous speaking—roasts and the like.”
Tabler and his wife, Dawn, along with a daughter, granddaughter and two English bulldogs, live in Carmel. He plays squash on weekends, reads biographies, and does the New York Times crossword puzzle daily.
John Daniel Tinder, 61
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
President George W. Bush appointed John Tinder to the U.S. Court of Appeals in December 2007 and he won unanimous U.S. Senate confirmation. Before this appointment, he had served as a district judge on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana since 1987 as a Reagan appointee. During his 20 years on the district court, he handled hundreds of cases, including a 2006 Iraqi spy-conspiracy case and a 2004 case in which Tinder struck down Indiana’s curfew law.
Before taking the bench, Tinder served as U.S. attorney from 1984 to 1987; chief trial deputy for the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office from 1979 to 1982; a Marion County public defender from 1977 to 1978; and in private practice for seven years, 1977 to 1984. He was assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District from 1975 to 1977. He served on the search committee for the dean of what was then the IU Bloomington law school in both 1990 and 2003.
Among other honors, Tinder is an emeritus member of the Sagamore American Inn of Court, part of the American Inns of Court, which are designed to help lawyers and judges rise to higher levels of excellence. He has been inducted into the Academy of Law Alumni Fellows, which recognizes Indiana University School of Law alumni who have distinguished themselves in their careers through personal achievements and dedication to the highest standards of the profession. He was an adjunct professor of trail advocacy at the Indiana University School of Law—Indianapolis, as well as a faculty member for numerous trial skill-training programs at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and the U.S. Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute.
Tinder is a 1976 graduate of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law and received his bachelor’s from IU in 1972. He has volunteered with the Boys and Girls Clubs, the Alzheimer’s Association of Greater Indiana, and the Cathedral Soup Kitchen.
James H. Voyles, 68
Voyles Zahn Paul Hogan & Merriman
After graduating from law school in 1968, Jim Voyles joined the firm founded by his uncle Frank Symmes, a widely respected criminal lawyer. Voyles was drawn to the challenge of criminal law and says, “Early on, I did other things, but the firm was known for its criminal defense work.”
The firm handled a number of criminal cases, including in 1959 the case of Connie Nicolas, who had shot and killed the then-president of Eli Lilly and Co. (She was convicted of manslaughter.) The firm participated in the criminal defense of those indicted in the Indiana State Fairground Coliseum explosion in 1963, and Voyles himself was local counsel for boxer Mike Tyson in his 1992 rape trial. He has also represented Bob Knight, Dominic Rhodes and Al Unser Jr.
Voyles is an active member of the Indianapolis Bar Association, having been vice president in 2005 and 2007 and president in 2009. In 2011, he received the Honorable Paul H. Buchanan Award for Excellence, conferred by the Indianapolis Bar Association and the Indiana Bar Foundation for distinguished leadership in the legal community. He is also active in both the American Bar Association and the Indiana State Bar Association. He has been named a fellow in the American College of Trial Lawyers and sits on the board of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers.
Voyles is a member of the Indiana Supreme Court Character and Fitness Committee and a former member of the Indiana Supreme Court Committee on Race and Gender. He is a trustee of Illinois College and a member of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Hall of Fame Selection Committee. He has been listed in the Best Lawyers in America since 1985 in the area of criminal law.
Born in Indianapolis, Voyles was the son of a military man and moved around a bit. He attended Illinois College and Indiana University School of Law—Indianapolis. His pastime is automobile racing and car collecting; he currently has 14 cars. His favorite is the one he is driving on any given day.
Michael E. Williams, 54
Managing partner and a member of his firm’s executive committee since 1991, Mike Williams devotes his practice mainly to general corporate law, corporate finance, mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and financial services matters. And he’s taken on some big projects. For example, he represented the city of Indianapolis in the privatization of the Naval Air Warfare Center; the Indianapolis Indians in negotiations with the Capital Improvement Board for development, construction and rights to Victory Field; and Rolls-Royce Corp. in numerous joint ventures and contract negotiations, including the move to the Lilly-Faris complex. He also handled the initial public offering for MetroBank, which has since been gobbled up by larger banks.
Williams also advises clients on a variety of antitrust matters, including structuring global distribution arrangements, pricing, and monopoly issues. He has represented clients before state and federal regulatory bodies, including bank regulatory agencies, the Department of Justice and the Federal Trade Commission.
Williams is a frequent speaker at national-level seminars of issues of law-firm management and leadership. He has also spoken about the privatization of military bases. He has previously been named to IBJ’s Forty Under 40, Who’s Who in Law and Who’s Who in Banking.
Active in the community, Williams is president of the Boys and Girls Clubs of Indianapolis, a member of the corporate advisory council for the Indiana Pacers, and a member of the board of the Indiana Chamber of Commerce, where he also sits on a variety of committees. In the past, he has been involved with the Indy Motorsports Initiative, the Indianapolis Economic Development Corp. and Prevent Child Abuse Indiana, among other organizations.
In his free time, Williams’ diverse hobbies include snow-skiing, hiking, camping, fishing, golfing, and reading about history and adventure.
Greg Zoeller, 56
State of Indiana
A native of New Albany, Greg Zoeller has pursued a career path that has at once led him well beyond the bounds of the state and firmly tied to it. After graduating from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 1982, Zoeller went to work for Dan Quayle in both Indiana and Washington, D.C. Zoeller snagged the plum job in part, he says, because, “The staff liked the fact that I had studied computer science at Purdue, which in ’82 made me stand out more than the law degree.”
In 1992, Zoeller served on a U.S. delegation to NATO in Brussels, Belgium, as vice president of the Indiana Council of World Affairs. He led Airlift Indiana, a private relief mission, to Bangladesh and another relief mission to Honduras following natural disasters in those countries.
In 2009, Zoeller began serving as Indiana’s attorney general. He had served as chief deputy to his predecessor. Zoeller has followed up and expanded upon a cause championed by his predecessor, Steve Carter: the Do Not Call statute, adding protection for cell phones. He has also aggressively investigated scam artists and worked to shut down fraudulent businesses. Zoeller is co-chairman of the Consumer Protection Committee for the National Association of Attorneys General. He is also a member of a U.S. Department of Justice executive working group that is striving to develop greater collaboration between state and federal criminal justice agencies.
An advocate for the vulnerable, Zoeller developed a partnership with members of the legal profession in March Against Hunger, an annual campaign to support Indiana’s food banks. He also created an outreach program that focuses on serving the elderly, those facing foreclosure and other financial crises, recent immigrants, and youth who are targeted by scam artists and other predators.
A native of New Albany, Zoeller has an undergraduate degree from Purdue University and a law degree from Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 1982. He and his wife, Kerrie, have three children and attend Christ the King Catholic Church.
Sally Franklin Zweig, 61
Katz & Korin
Although Sally Zweigconcentrates herpractice in complexcommercial litigation and health care law, she has developed expertise in an unusual area of law: reclamation of cultural patrimony—in other words, war booty that Zweig helps restore to its original owners. Zweig was one of a team of lawyers on the Cypriot mosaics case tried in Indiana in 1989. As a result, several 16th century Byzantine mosaics that had been stolen from the ceiling of an ancient church were returned to Cyprus. The case captured worldwide attention.
Zweig received her bachelor’s in political science and English from Washington University in 1971. She went to law school after being widowed with two young children and earned her law degree in 1986 from the Indiana University School of Law—Indianapolis. Zweig leads her firm’s health care practice and has represented a wide range of clients in that area: health care services and management, medical-product and -device manufacturers and more. Her litigation practice regularly covers high-tech and manufacturing concerns as well. Zweig joined Katz & Korin in 2000 following the dissolution of Johnson Smith Densborn Wright & Heath, where she had been a partner.
Zweig serves on the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission. She was first appointed in 2000 and reappointed in 2006. She has variously served as chairwoman, vice chairwoman, secretary and treasurer, with her tenure ending this year. She is past chairwoman and a charter member of the Indianapolis Inns of Court and past president of the board of the Indiana University School of Law—Indianapolis Alumni Association.
She has served on the boards of the Legal Service Organization of Indiana and is an active member of the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana and the Medical Device and Products Committee of the Defense Research Institute. She has co-chaired the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Professionalism Committee and served with the Indiana Conclave for Legal Education. Among other honors, Zweig is a distinguished fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation and a 2002 recipient of the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Dr. Morton-Finney Excellence in Legal Education Award.
Appointed by the mayor to the Greater Indianapolis Progress Committee Executive Board of Directors, Zweig led its Race Relations Leadership Network for two years. Other board memberships, past and present, include At Your School Services, the Indianapolis Art Center and the Immigrant Welcome Center. She supports local artists, is an enthusiastic swimmer and an avid reader.•