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Posted on: Nov 2, 2017

Each quarter the YLD recognizes a member or group of members who has gone above and beyond in his or her commitment to the YLD.  The Member Spotlight for the third quarter of 2017 goes to Chris Mueller and Max Simpkins.  Chris and Matt organized the annual YLD Cornhole Tournament which took place this year at B’s Po-Boy in Fountain Square.  The tournament was well-attended and enjoyed by all.  See below for more information about Chris and Max and their dedication to the YLD.

Chris Mueller, Associate at Alerding Castor Hewitt LLP

Chris grew up in Cedarburg, Wisconsin, but became a Hoosier after marrying his college sweetheart and following her to the Indianapolis area. He graduated from Valparaiso University (2010, magna cum laude) and from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law (2015, cum laude). After interning with Indiana Supreme Court Justice Mark Massa and clerking with a prominent plaintiff’s litigation firm in Indianapolis for 2.5 years, Chris joined Alerding Castor Hewitt LLP. Chris focuses his practice on complex estate, trust, and business litigation, estate planning, and business planning, but provides a wide array of civil litigation and small business representation services. In his free time, Chris and his wife enjoy outdoor activities with their son, Charlie, their dog, Holly, and spending time with family.

Chris became involved in IndyBar during law school, attending social functions and educational events as time allowed, but now also serves as a member of the YLD Social Committee. Recently, he and Max Simpkins organized the YLD’s annual Cornhole Tournament, and Chris attends as many IndyBar events as he can. Chris looks forward to continued involvement in YLD and the IndyBar at large.

Max Simpkins, Attorney and Legislative Liaison for Indiana Department of Insurance

Max grew up in Illinois and attended Millikan University in Decatur, Illinois, where he was a member of the swimming and diving team. Max attended law school at the University of Dayton. Max worked in Chicago from his graduation from law school until last year when he moved to Indianapolis with his wife, Sarah, to join the Indiana Department of Insurance as a staff attorney and legislative liaison.

From the first day living in Indianapolis, Max had the pleasure of being surround by an amazing group of people who helped him navigate the Indianapolis legal market and get more involved with great organizations like IndyBar’s YLD.  During his time on the YLD Social Committee Max has had the chance to plan and coordinate several events and hopes to further his IndyBar involvement in the coming years.

Outside the office Max enjoys spending time with Sarah and their two cats, friends and family, and getting to know the city of Indianapolis.

If you have any questions for Chris or Max, please feel free to email them at or If you have a nomination for future YLD Spotlights, please email Chris Engel at

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