Say "hello" and get to know your Executive Committee!
Meet a member of the Committee: Alexis Sumner
Where do you currently practice and how long have you practiced?
I currently practice at Bose McKinney & Evans LLP in Indianapolis, where I have been for the past 6 years. I was previously with Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff LLP in Indianapolis. I have been practicing for almost 11 years.
What are you most excited about for the Estate Planning and Administration Section?
I am excited about bringing people together, both for the social aspect of it, but also so we can all become better attorneys through quality CLEs. Our board works hard to put on great educational programming as well as to have a wonderful holiday party each year for our members. One of my personal goals is to plan a holiday party that people are excited about and will attend.
What has been the most surprising thing you’ve learned in your years as an attorney?
How much there is to know! I could never be a general practitioner.
What has been your proudest moment as an attorney?
Somehow achieving a work-life balance as an attorney and a mother of young children when I hear that it is almost an impossible thing to do. Most of my friends left private practice long ago and I am very grateful for my colleagues at Bose McKinney & Evans LLP who have helped me make this possible. However, that balance does seem to be getting harder to retain the longer I practice and the more clients I have.
What is your favorite piece of advice?
I don’t know if I have one favorite piece of advice but I have more of a philosophy that drives me. "There are no guarantees for what tomorrow will bring, so plan to do the things you love and spend time with the people who are important to you, and try to let the rest go". The older I get, and the faster the years fly by, the more this rings true.
Why do you like being an attorney?
I remember being a first or second year associate and Mark Waterfill (a partner at Benesch) would sometimes grin at me and say “Isn’t this fun? This isn’t work!” He was right. Practicing law can at times be very challenging, but I wouldn’t trade it. I get to meet with delightful people, who listen to my suggestions and care about what I think because they know I am there to help them. Sometimes when I go to a client’s business to meet him or her, I get so excited to have the chance to see “behind the scenes” of something most people will never see. My kids know I am an attorney but I tell my kids that my job is to help people, and I feel that helping people is at the heart of my job and everything I do.
What would people be surprised to learn about you?
I grew up in Southern California, was an exchange student to Germany for a year in high school after taking only one semester of German (that one still surprises me!), and originally moved to Indiana to become a teacher. One of my favorite things to do is travel the world, but I especially enjoy visiting Germany. Finally, that I am currently the judge for the Whitestown Town Court. My kids love to tell people, “She’s the Judge!”