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Networking Burnout: Get a Boost Before the Holiday Season Hits

By Andrea L. Ciobanu, Ciobanu Law PC

For some attorneys, summer leaves them sunburned. For many, summer leaves them burned in a different way – burned out on networking from all the socials and events.

You can’t have good networking if you are exhausted, and you need to gear up for another busy season of networking with the holidays quickly approaching.

To reinvigorate your networking mojo, read these great tips on how to avoid networking burnout and make the most of your networking efforts in the last few months of 2015.

For even more networking advice, don’t miss the upcoming How to Effectively Network CLE series, featuring Robby Slaughter of AccelaWork. The first session, Networking for Busy Professionals, is Thursday, September 24. Register today and get ready to take your networking game to a whole new level!

This post was written by Andrea L. Ciobanu, Ciobanu Law PC. If you would like to submit content or write an article for the Indy Attorneys Network Section, please email Rachel Beachy at

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IndyBar Scholarship to AJEI Summit Available

The Appellate Practice Section is excited to announce that the Jill Ellis Scholarship is available for an attorney to attend the Appellate Judges Education Institute 2015 Summit on November 12-15 in Washington, DC. The scholarship will be in the amount of $1,500 and will cover the conference registration fee as well as a portion of travel and lodging expenses.

The annual AJEI Summit provides a lively and highly informative continuing legal education program designed by and for appellate judges, appellate lawyers and appellate staff attorneys. Each year our state is remarkably well represented at the Summit by a large number of jurists and staff attorneys from the Indiana Court of Appeals and the Indiana Supreme Court, as well as a number of practicing appellate attorneys.

Preference for the scholarship will be given to:

  • Appellate practice attorneys
  • Individuals demonstrating interest in active Indianapolis Bar Association and/or Appellate Practice Section participation
  • First-time attendees of the AJEI Conference
  • Attorneys practicing in the fields of government or public service, or others who demonstrate that the costs of this conference are a barrier to attend

The application can be accessed here. The deadline for applications is Friday, October 2, 2015. The recipient will be notified by Thursday, October 8. Please submit your completed application to or fax to 317-269-1915. Questions about the scholarship should be directed to Lucy Dollens at Additional information on the conference can be found here.

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Shadley Named 2015 Antoinette Dakin Leach Recipient

Each year, the IndyBar Women and the Law Division presents the Antoinette Dakin Leach Award to recognize the accomplishments of a female attorney in central Indiana. The award is named in honor of Antoinette Dakin Leach, one of the first women admitted to the Indiana Bar.



In the same spirit of Antoinette Dakin Leach, this year’s recipient, Sue Shadley of Plews Shadley Racher & Braun, has made her name as she has ticked off a number of her own “firsts” for female attorneys in the Indy legal community.

Among them: First general counsel of the Indiana Department of Environmental Management. First woman to become a name partner in a top 15 Indianapolis law firm. First woman to become managing partner in a top 15 Indianapolis law firm.

Partner George Plews notes in his nomination, “Sue is truly an example for female attorneys in Indiana. She uses her success to elevate other female attorneys so that they can leave their own marks in the law. Sue continually offers support, guidance and reassurance.”

Before she co-founded Plews Shadley Racher & Braun in 1988, Shadley held a series of prominent environmental law, public service positions in Indiana, including attorney for the Air Pollution Control Division of the Indiana State Board of Healh, attorney for the Division of Reclamation in the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, administrative law judge for the Indiana Department of Natural Resources, and general counsel for the Indiana Department of Environmental Management’s Solid Waste Management Board, Air Pollution Control Board and Water Pollution Control Board. She was also an attorney for Indiana University from 1977-1978.

Shadley became the Indiana Manager of Governmental Affairs for Waste Management Inc. in 1988. That same year, she started Plews & Shadley as a founding partner. Now known as Plews Shadley Racher & Braun LLP, the firm celebrated its 25th Anniversary on August 1.

As a partner in the firm, Shadley has worked tirelessly on behalf of the firm’s growth and success, devoting much of her time and energy into mentoring younger lawyers in the firm. As a female pioneer in the field, she has been a natural role model to other female attorneys.

While building a successful firm and becoming a leader in her practice area, Shadley has also served on numerous government commissions, including panels to revise medical waste regulations and environmental crime statutes. She has chaired both the IndyBar and Indiana State Bar Association environmental law sections. Shadley has been very involved in the Central Indiana Technical and Environmental Society (CITES) for several years. She has also spoken at innumerable continuing legal education programs and other workshops on a wide variety of environmental topics.

Shadley’s passion for environmental issues and protection of the earth and its creatures permeates her daily life, where she is also an avid animal lover who opens her home and heart to countless animals.

Plews notes, “Sue has absolute integrity in how she approaches any legal question. She believes the law, particularly environmental law, is a very vital, precious thing that is to be honored so we all can enjoy a better environment. Her depth of knowledge and attention to detail are inspiring.”

Shadley will be honored at a luncheon held at Ruth’s Chris Steak House in downtown Indianapolis on October 12. Registration is available here.

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On Tap at the IndyBar: September 14 – 20

Everybody loves a local bar, so check out what yours is serving up this week with upcoming IndyBar events and happenings below!

On the Docket

Unraveling the Mysteries of Motions in the Court of Appeals
Tuesday, September 15 from noon to 1 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center
Information and registration can be found here.

General Counsel Roundtable Featuring the General Counsel of the Colts, Hulman & Company, NCAA, Pacers and USA Track & Field
Tuesday, September 15 from 3 to 5 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center
Information and registration can be found here.

Ethical Considerations for Estate and Charitable Planning
Wednesday, September 16 from 4 to 5 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center
Information and registration can be found here.

Coffee with the Women & the Law Division
Thursday, September 17 from 8 to 9 a.m.
Starbucks at the Sheraton Indianapolis City Centre (31 W. Ohio St.)
Information can be found here.

Officer Use of Force and § 1983 Claims
Thursday, September 17 from noon to 1 p.m.
IndyBar Education Center
Information and registration can be found here.

Advanced Course: What IndyBar Attorneys Need to Know to Assist Families in Litigating IEP Issues
Friday, September 18 from 8:15 to 9:45 a.m.
Joseph Maley Foundation Center (7128 Lakeview Parkway West)
Information and registration can be found here.

Check out the full slate of IndyBar events here, and don’t forget to check out the IndyBar on Facebook for the latest event photos.

News You Can Use

  • IndyBar Statement Regarding 7th Circuit Court of Appeals Judicial System Decision – The Indianapolis Bar Association is reviewing the decision of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals holding the Marion County judicial selection system unconstitutional. More information can be found here.
  • Bell to Lead Indianapolis Bar Association in 2018 - The Indianapolis Bar Association’s Nominating Committee has announced the selection of James J. Bell of Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP as the 2018 President of the Indianapolis Bar Association. Read more about Bell and the other selections here.
  • Tickets Now Available for Evening Under the Stars - Get your tickets now for the elegant dinner and auction to benefit the Indianapolis Bar Foundation. This year’s Evening Under the Stars will be held Friday, October 9. Click here for registration.
  • IndyBar Member Headlines: Thursday, September 10 – Get the latest scoop on IndyBar members in this week’s headlines here.
  • Leadership Indianapolis Launches Civic Leadership Summit - Leadership Indianapolis is hosting its first Civic Leadership Summit on Monday, October 12 from 11 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. to mobilize community leaders to get involved in tackling the city’s most pressing issues. Get more information here.
  • Scholarship Available to Health Law Conference - The Indianapolis Bar Association Health Care & Life Sciences Section is pleased to announce it is offering scholarships for the American Health Lawyers Association Fundamentals of Health Law Conference, November 15-17, 2015, in Chicago. Learn more here.
  • You’re Invited: Reach for Youth “Don’t Judge Me” Happy Hour - Reach for Youth, the 2012 Impact Fund Grant recipient and local non-profit, is inviting licensed attorneys to learn more about the Teen Court program and how to get involved on Thursday, September 24. Click here for information about the event.
  • The Glass is Half Full at the IndyBar! – Don’t delay – you can join the IndyBar for HALF PRICE through the end of this month. Included with this half price dues offer is six months FREE on Indy Lawyer Finder (a $900 value!).  Check out the details.
  • Resistance is Futile, Join a Bar Association – What can bar association member do for you? Find out in this article by Terrance Tharpe, Indiana Court of Appeals and Marion County Bar Association President.


Off the Record

Scientists in South Africa discovered a new species in human lineage last week. Read more about our long lost relatives, homo naledi, here.

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Resistance is Futile, Join a Bar Association

Before getting to the heart of this column, I must thank Indianapolis Bar Association President and Marion County Bar Association member John Trimble for the opportunity to write in his stead and address my colleagues in the Indianapolis legal community. I know that a large section of our profession thinks the world of John. After almost a year of collaborating as leaders of IndyBar and MCBA, I am firmly in that camp. Now, on to the business at hand.


Terrance Tharpe; Indiana Court of Appeals Marion County Bar Association President

For the most part, I hate Hollywood’s recent trend of remaking films from the 1980s. Did we really need another “Robocop”? Admittedly, I did enjoy the remake of “The Karate Kid” with Jaden Smith and Jackie Chan, and I am a huge fan of what J.J. Abrams has done with “Star Trek.” In the “Star Trek” reboot, an alternate universe is created where the reboot Spock (Zachary Quinto) and Spock Prime (Leonard Nimoy) exist in the same universe. Spock Prime promises to not reveal too much of reboot Spock’s future. Yet, in the sequel, Spock Prime does tell the reboot crew of the Enterprise how to defeat the alternate version of the villain Khan.

Along those lines, if I as “Terrance Prime” had access to the lawyer sworn in twelve years ago, I would tell him—among many other things—to get and stay involved in bar and community activities.

Addressing students at the Howard School of Law, William Ashbie Hawkins described the kind of lawyers society needed: “We need a body of trained lawyers in full sympathy with our community life; eager, anxious, capable, and prepared at any emergency to present our cause fairly and intelligently before any court. This will never be if the lawyer dreams only of money and thinks only of present material gain. These lawyers must be willing to serve for the sake of service. The failures in our professional life come almost wholly from those who had no high ideals of their calling as attorneys and no devotion to the interests of their community.”

In the same vein, Charles Hamilton Houston, Harvard Law School’s first African-American editor of the Harvard Law Review, Howard Law School faculty member, and mentor to Supreme Court Justice Thurgood Marshall, held the following credo: “A lawyer’s either a social engineer or he’s a parasite on society.” While these words were spoken by African-American men to other African-American attorneys, they apply to every person who has taken the oath to practice law.

Looking back on my early years in the profession, I regret to say that I more resembled the parasite than the social engineer Professor Houston spoke of. I justified my lack of engagement by believing that my government job and its meager salary were service enough to the profession and my community. I claimed that I could not afford bar association dues while at the same time spending a couple hundred dollars every month on lunches and other items that I no longer use. Essentially, I had devoted any free moment I had to myself and my immediate interests without investing in the future of my career or my profession as a whole.

After a few years in practice, I had grown in my position and developed a good reputation amongst my immediate circle of peers. I was at a point where I began to qualify for other positions, and I had begun to seek them out. Time after time, my resume would get me in the door, and I always felt good about every interview. However, I never landed the job. After speaking to some attorneys in the know, I heard the same refrain: he’s great, but we don’t know who he is. That was the wakeup call I needed. The easiest way to break out of my immediate circle so that people would “know me” was to become active in bar associations.

Today, I get it. I’m a convert, a full-fledged “bar junkie.” In hindsight, bar associations had already done much for me. It was the IndyBar that provided an excellent group of attorneys during their bar review course and a group of MCBA attorneys that mentored my classmates and I before taking the bar exam. Jimmie McMillian in particular generously gave me his time, his plan, and his ear while I studied for the exam. Now, John Trimble has helped me expand my network beyond my comfort zone, and I now have the opportunity to work on projects that will better serve our legal community. Both of these men are heavyweights in our profession. But it was bar association service that turned these men from colleagues and acquaintances into my friends. I should have been engaged from day one, if for no other reason than to show my gratitude for helping me start my career on the right foot.

I’ll close with another familiar “Star Trek” reference: “Resistance is futile.” Bar association and community service are key in answering the high call of being an attorney. For those admitted to the bar this year, I implore you to not make the same mistake I did. Get involved early and stay involved.

Want to learn more about the MCBA? Contact or to attend a monthly meeting, held on the second Wednesday of every month (except for July and December) at noon in the Indiana State Bar Association’s conference room, 211 S. Pennsylvania St., 5th Floor.

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Mentor Relationships: A Different Kind of Networking

By Andrea L. Ciobanu, Ciobanu Law PC

Mentoring is an excellent way to give back to our community and profession. At the same time, it’s a unique method to network with attorneys on a one-to-one basis. Read this helpful article to help with ideas when you informally and formally mentor a fellow professional.

Interested in mentoring? Check out the IndyBar’s new program, Mentor Connect, to get started!

This post was written by Andrea L. Ciobanu, Ciobanu Law PC. If you would like to submit content or write an article for the Indy Attorneys Network Section, please email Rachel Beachy at

To subscribe to more networking news like the article above, click here to update your news subscriptions. Your news subscriptions appear in your bi-weekly E-Bulletin and on your personalized IndyBar homepage.

Keep an eye out for our newest e-newsletter for members, Bar Talk, featuring the top IndyBar posts each month!

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Reasons to Consider Engaging a Forensic Accountant

By Jordan Kraner, Navigant



Have any of your clients ever expressed concern regarding a potential financial problem? The possibilities are endless, but perhaps some of the following examples seem familiar. One client is consistently selling product and exceeding budget, but something seems off because they are not earning a profit. Another client thinks there are suspicious transactions in the financial records, but does not know how to confirm that suspicion. A family dispute client in a contentious matter thinks his or her spouse is hiding assets and diverting funds. An insurance client questions the validity of a claim that was filed. A client needs to conduct due diligence on a potential business deal to verify assets.

Do you know how to handle your client’s concern and advocate what’s best for him or her? Do you know what types of financial inquiries to make? Do you know what documents to request? Do you know where to look in the financial records to investigate? Just getting started can be a challenge.

Enter the forensic accountant.

Forensic accountants utilize a variety of specialized skills, including auditing, accounting and investigative skills. A forensic accountant is different from a traditional accountant, such as a tax preparer or bookkeeper. In fact, there are specific certifications for forensic accountants. The American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA) offers a certificate referred to as Certified in Financial Forensics (CFF). The Association of Certified Fraud Examiners also offers a designation called the Certified Fraud Examiner (CFE). In addition to testing, the certifications require the forensic accountant to obtain annual continuing professional education credits.

It is important for counsel to engage a forensic accountant early in the investigation process in order to preserve the attorney-client privilege of work product. Although there are instances where corporations directly engage forensic accountants, it is highly recommended that outside counsel be involved in the process. For example, if an executive officer is the subject of an investigation, the company would not want that individual leading the investigation.

Detailed below are some reasons to engage a forensic accountant.

Specialized Knowledge

Forensic accountants are specifically trained and have experience in applying specialized knowledge and investigative skills in collecting, analyzing and evaluating evidential matter. They are trained and experienced in conducting interviews with counsel or preparing counsel for interviews. They are also experienced in determining the types of documents to request and preserve and are integral in assisting counsel in making those determinations. For example, in a matter where a business partner or spouse has allegedly diverted funds, forensic accountants would advise counsel to obtain bank statements and ledger activity to perform a flow of funds analysis. After evaluating the evidence, the forensic accountant would be able to assess the alleged fraudulent activity and/or advise counsel of the appropriate next steps.

Independent and Credible

Forensic accountants are independent of the parties involved in the investigation. Being independent can yield a higher degree of results because employees tend to be more comfortable discussing sensitive investigative matters with someone removed from the company where they work. A forensic accountant provides credibility to interested parties, including the board of directors/audit committee and also in the court room. Independent investigations are considered a best practice. Furthermore, if a forensic accountant is engaged as an expert witness, independence is required.

Ability to Tell a Story

Forensic accountants are trained and experienced in interpreting, summarizing and communicating financial issues and findings in a clear and concise manner. It is important to ensure findings are properly supported and customized to the appropriate audience, which may include counsel, a trier of fact, board of directors, or regulators, amongst others. Forensic accountants help tell the story, which may be verbal, contained in a report, presented in a series of exhibits or a combination of different formats.

Litigation Experience and Resources

Forensic accountants are experienced in litigation matters, from discovery through trial, and may be engaged as consultants or testifying experts. In discovery, forensic accountants assist counsel in preparing information requests, by, for example, helping draft interrogatories. Additionally, forensic accountants can assist with reviewing document productions such as emails. Forensic accountants can develop appropriate financial search terms and other electronic review techniques that narrow the focus of the review to a particular subset of the population, allowing for a more efficient review.

Forensic accountants can assist counsel with case strategy and trial preparation. Furthermore, they review opposing expert reports, prepare counsel for depositions and trial examinations and help create trial exhibits. If engaged as an expert witness, forensic accountants testify in depositions and/or trial.

In conclusion, engaging forensic accountants can help lead to a more efficient and effective case strategy. They are useful in conducting both investigations and in litigation matters (e.g., expert witness testimony or consultant). Examples of engagements that utilize forensic accountants include fraud investigations, calculation of economic losses, ownership disputes, data incidents, criminal investigations, professional malpractice, business interruption/insurance claims, personal injury claims and marital disputes, amongst others.

Jordan Kraner leads Navigant’s Disputes and Investigations practice in Indianapolis. He is a CPA/CFF and CFE and is often engaged in litigation and investigative matters. Navigant is a proud sponsor of the Indianapolis Bar Association.

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IndyBar Member Headlines: Thursday, September 10

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Katherine Strawbridge of Lewis Wagner LLP has been appointed to serve as the public service liaison for the DRI Trucking Law Committee.

Tiffany D. Presley of Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP has joined the strategic planning committee for the Economic Club of Indiana.

Michael E. Brown, senior partner in the Indianapolis office of Kightlinger & Gray LLP, has become a registered civil mediator in Indiana.

John Kirkwood has joined Faegre Baker Daniels LLP as a partner in the firm’s corporate practice and national energy and natural resources industry team.

Rachel A. East has joined Hocker & Associates LLC and will focus her practice on family law, estate planning and non-profit law.

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Leadership Indianapolis Launches Civic Leadership Summit

Leadership Indianapolis is hosting its first Civic Leadership Summit on Monday, October 12 from 11 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. to mobilize community leaders to get involved in tackling the city’s most pressing issues. The Summit will feature Scott Dorsey, Managing Partner at High Alpha and former CEO/Founder of ExactTarget, in a fireside chat hosted by Anne Marie Tiernon, Evening News Anchor for WTHR Eyewitness News. Participants will also be able to learn more about pressing community issues, get involved in addressing them and hone their community leadership skills. For more details and to register, click here.

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Bell to Lead Indianapolis Bar Association in 2018

The Indianapolis Bar Association’s Nominating Committee has announced the selection of James J. Bell of Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP as the 2018 President of the Indianapolis Bar Association. Bell will serve as the association’s First Vice President on the 2016 Board of Directors and as President Elect in 2017.



Bell has served the association in a number of capacities, including terms as Vice President and Secretary on the Board of Directors, chair of the Criminal Justice Section and as an IndyBar Review lecturer. He attended DePauw University for his undergraduate degree and received his J.D. from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

Tom Barnard of Taft Stettinius & Hollister was named to a two-year term as Treasurer. Barnard previously served on the Board of Directors as an At Large member in 2013 and 2014.

Five At Large Directors were also selected. Chosen to serve through 2017 were Michael Bishop, Cohen Garelick & Glazier; Sarah Blevins, Lewis & Kappes PC; Elisabeth Edwards, Wanzer Edwards PC; Jimmie McMillian, Barnes & Thornburg LLP; and Bryan Strawbridge, Frost Brown Todd LLC. Phil Isenbarger, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, was chosen to represent the IndyBar as its American Bar Association Delegate.

As determined by previous nomination, the 2016 Board of Directors will be led by The Hon. Robyn Moberly, Chief Judge of the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Southern District of Indiana. Nissa Ricafort of Broyles Kight & Ricafort will be President Elect.

The Nominating Committee was chaired by Hon. Heather Welch of Marion Superior Court. Joining Judge Welch on the committee were Lee Christie, Cline Farrell Christie & Lee PC; Eric Engebretson, Whitham Hebenstreit & Zubek LLP, Will Gooden, Clark Quinn Moses Scott & Grahn LLP; Jennifer Lukemeyer, Voyles Zahn & Paul; Roxana Bell, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, and Stephanie Cassman, Lewis Wagner LLP.

The 2016 Board of Directors will be formally installed at the Indianapolis Bar Association and Foundation Installation Luncheon, to be held in early January 2016.

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