By Tyler D. Helmond, Voyles Zahn & Paul
Kelly Scanlan, Wilson Kehoe & Winingham
She is a graduate of the Indiana University School of Nursing and the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. She practiced at Bose McKinney & Evans before joining Wilson Kehoe & Winingham. She was the 2012 President of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation and has been called a Rising Star. She is Kelly Scanlan, and she has been served with interrogatories.
Q. You work with two pilots—Bruce Kehoe and Chris Stevenson. If you were a passenger in a distressed aircraft and had to choose one of them to be in the cockpit, who would it be?
A. I generally prefer the aircraft in which I travel to be piloted by commercial airline pilots of dubious sobriety.
Q. What is the secret to work-life balance?
A. What is this “life” of which you speak? Balance?
Q. Assuming you could choose your last meal, and assuming it had to be at an Indianapolis restaurant, where and what would it be?
A. Ruth’s Chris has been my favorite restaurant since my parents took me and my sisters for the first time as a special Mother’s Day treat many years ago. Putting aside for the moment how morbid this question is, if it were my last meal, I’d throw caution to the wind and in addition to my petite filet with extra butter, I’d order broccoli au gratin instead of asparagus.
Q. You have worked at two legendary Indianapolis firms: Bose McKinney & Evans and Wilson Kehoe & Winingham. What has been your key to success?
A. I take issue with the assumption that I’ve been successful, but I have definitely been fortunate to work at both Bose and WKW. I would credit the work ethic instilled in me by my mother with my ability to convince those firms to take a chance on me.
Q. What is the most important thing you know now that you wish you knew when you first started your legal career?
A. That concept you just mentioned, what was it, work-life balance? That sounds interesting.
Q. Where do you go for advice?
A. Many places, depending on the topic that has me stumped. I recently called friend and newly-appointed Judge Gary Miller from traffic court, where I was representing my fool of a client (myself), with an emergency plea agreement question. It’s good to have friends who will take your call in the middle of the day and won’t openly make fun of you in the middle of your various perceived crises. In addition, my dear friend Amanda Yonally helps keep me sane, which is no easy feat.
Q. What are the three books you most recently read?
A. Are you mining online dating services for questions? They ask the same question. I can’t imagine IL readers want to know what books I’ve recently read any more than would-be online suitors do. I’m working my way through The “Complete Sherlock Holmes.”
Q. What Indiana judge would you most like to see dance the “Gangnam Style” dance?
A. Is there any honest answer to this question other than Judge Tim Oakes?
Q. What is the secret to life?
A. Thanks for ending this “interview” with an easy question. I have no idea what the secret to life is. I have, however, decided that with our time here we should all strive to help others. In my former career as a nurse, I cared for patients in need, and I felt I was helping people in some small way. I count myself as extremely fortunate that my career has worked itself back to a place where I once again feel that I am serving those who are in dire need of someone to assist and advocate for them.