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Be prepared for this merging legal world

The recently announced mergers of Indianapolis law firms Sommer Barnard, Ice Miller and Locke Reynolds with firms outside
the state [reported in the Dec. 8 issue] mirror a larger national trend.

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Lender claims M&I Plaza when it fails to sell at auction

A Maryland company has taken ownership of downtown’s 28-story M&I Plaza just three months before a major tenant departure
leaves the skyscraper 70-percent vacant. The new owner is CapitalSource Inc., a commercial finance and investment firm based
in Chevy Chase, Md. It had been a lender to the former owner, which defaulted.

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City law firm a key player in GOP wins

Three members of a small, young, downtown law firm played key rolls in Republican election wins this month, boosting the firm’s
profile as it tackles aggressive growth plans that include beefing up its lobbying business. John Lewis and Wilkins LLP set
up shop on Monument Circle in 2005 and since then has grown from the three attorneys to 11.

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Levin builds reputation for pursuing class-action suits

Attorney Irwin Levin stood in a courtroom years ago for a pretrial conference when a colleague began to ridicule a rival firm’s slogan. Overhearing the diatribe, the judge asked Levin whether his law office had a mantra. Without hesitation, he quipped: “We’re going to kick your ass.” The room erupted in laughter. While Levin, 51, might have answered in jest, the managing partner of Cohen & Malad LLP indeed has built a national reputation for bloodying the noses of large…

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