By B. Ronan Johnson, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
I am originally from the west coast (Seattle, San Diego and LA) and moved to Indy just over four years ago after practicing in LA with a large international firm. I didn’t really know what to expect when I moved here, but I have been very pleasantly surprised and can’t think of a better place to have a family, get involved in the community and build a law practice.
The Indianapolis community is very welcoming and the opportunity to get involved quickly has been refreshing (and, for those of you that have not lived in other major cities, is not common). I am actively involved in a number of organizations around town, including Meals on Wheels of Central Indiana, the Emerging Leaders of the United Way of Central Indiana, the Methodist Health Foundation, Leadership Indianapolis, the Penrod Society and the Charles A. Tindley Accelerated Schools.
I am also heavily involved with the IndyBar, including serving as the chair of the Young Lawyers Division last year. In that capacity, I founded and organized the Intro to Indy Series which helped introduce young attorneys to great organizations around town. I also served on the Board of Directors of the IndyBar, was named the IndyBar’s Young Lawyer of the Year for 2014 and am currently a participant in the Bar Leaders Series XII. My involvement with the IndyBar has been very fulfilling and a great way to get to know other attorneys in a non-work environment.
In my spare time (well, there isn’t much of it these days and there is about to be even less - my wife is pregnant with twins and will be giving birth any day now), I play in a weekly basketball league and enjoy playing golf and paddle tennis.
As for work, I am a member of Taft’s Business and Finance practice group and my practice primarily focuses on representing private equity funds, large multi-national corporations, family-held businesses and individuals in complex transactions involving mergers, acquisitions and recapitalizations. I also advise growth stage and mature companies in connection with securing debt and equity financing and counsel clients on general corporate matters. In the past 3+ years, I have worked on over 25 M&A transactions with a total value of over $1 billion and a median value of over $25 million.
As I move towards the twilight of my involvement with the YLD (getting old can suck), I would definitely recommend getting involved in the YLD in some capacity to any young attorney. On a related note, I would strongly encourage anyone who reads this to set some time aside to get involved in the community, whether it be through the IndyBar or otherwise. Doing so will not only be personally rewarding, but also help make Indianapolis an even better city for all of us.
If you every have any questions about the IndyBar, the YLD or getting involved in the community in general, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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