By Katherine Erdel, Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP
Hi, readers! My name is Kate Erdel. I am a senior associate at Bingham Greenebuam Doll LLP. I am a member of the Labor and Employment Practice Group, meaning that I spend a lot of my time working with business clients on their human resource-related issues. My practice is a great mix of advising and litigation, which is why I enjoy the area. That, and, fun (and sometimes funny) fact patterns. To learn more about me professionally, check out my firm bio, LinkedIn profile, and Leadership in Law article.
I was born and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio, and spent my undergrad years at DePauw University where I played on the women’s soccer team, met my future husband and was a member of Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority. After graduating, I spent one year teaching seventh grade English in St. Louis as a member of Teach for America. As a teacher, I quickly learned three things: One, that I was and am blessed to have been given the gift of a wonderful education; two, that teaching is absolutely one of the hardest but least appreciated professions; and three, that while I loved my students and the act of teaching, I was probably not cut out for the job. After the school year ended, I moved home to Cincinnati and enrolled at the University of Cincinnati College of Law. At UC Law, I was involved in Honor Council and Law Review.
Within a few weeks of graduating from law school, I married my college sweetheart, Blake, and moved to Indianapolis. After taking the bar exam, I started at Bingham and life has been a whirlwind ever since! We have three wonderful children – Audrey (4 ½), Evan (2), and Archie (6 weeks) – and a little dog, Toby, who all keep us on our toes. We live in the Butler Tarkington neighborhood and love living in a walkable neighborhood near great friends. When I’m not working or caring for my family, I enjoy running (I finally achieved my goal of running a sub 2-hour half marathon last year), spending time with my girlfriends and reading gossip magazines.
Over the last few years, I have gotten more and more involved in the IndyBar by joining the executive committee of the YLD and participating in the Bar Leaders Series. Both of those experiences have solidified what I already knew about the IndyBar – it is professionally and personally rewarding to spend time with other attorneys. The connectivity that I feel to my career and our community has multiplied and I look forward to continuing to grow my network of friends and colleagues in years to come!
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