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Posted on: Apr 2, 2018

Originally published October 8, 2014 in The Indiana Lawyer

Civility. Courtesy. Respect. Professionalism.

These are words that should be synonymous with “Advocate” but in a world of high stakes, strong opinions, and a general, societal decline in basic manners, how can attorneys fight the good fight while living up to these ideals – especially if the other side doesn’t? We set out to find examples of lawyers who model the way while providing excellent representation.

Getting Along is Not Wrong, an initiative of the IndyBar Standing Committee on Professionalism, is the impressive collection of such positive and compelling behavior.

By Eric J. Olson, Olson Law Office LLC

 I have been practicing law for about 11 years and have always done family law. I would estimate that I have handled more than 100 family law cases in those 11 years. Three attorneys stand out to me over those years.

First, Drew Soshnick. I opposed Drew on a case about three years ago. Drew has a reputation of being one of the best and most sought after attorneys in our state. Drew could not have been more fair, honest and accessible to me during our case. Since that case, Drew has offered me his mobile number and has always promptly returned phone calls of mine when I had any questions.

Second, Sheila Marshall. I have opposed Shelia on two different cases. Sheila was also very kind, honest and fair. Sheila is a wonderful attorney and a difficult attorney to oppose – not because she is unprofessional in any way, but because she is a very hard worker.

Finally, Erin Durnell. I found her to be very ethical, fair, honest and accessible. I also remember Erin offering evidence that could have been kept away from me until she needed it for rebuttal, which would have blindsided me. I will remember that and have very high respect for Erin.

If you would like to submit content or write an article for the Professionalism Committee, please email Kara Sikorski at ksikorski@indybar.org.

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