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MICHELLE ADLER is an attorney with Gordon & Associates P.C. Prior to joining the firm, Ms. Adler served as a law clerk at the Indiana University Foundation; as a legal intern at Trilegal, a law firm based in Delhi, India, focusing on international business transactions; and worked directly with a legal advocate of the Supreme Court of India. She focuses her practice on estate planning, long-term care planning, and agriculturally-related business issues. Ms. Adler is admitted to practice in the Indiana state courts, as well as the U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern districts of Indiana. She is a member of the American Bar Association, Indiana State Bar Association (Agricultural Law, Probate, Trust & Real Property sections), and the Wells County and Fulton County bar associations. Ms. Adler received her B.A. degree and her M.S.Ed. degree from Purdue University, followed by earning her J.D. degree from Indiana University Mauer School of Law. (Indianapolis and Fort Wayne locations)
BEN T. CAUGHEY is a founding partner at the law firm Mercho Caughey, located in Indianapolis. Mr. Caughey is a graduate of the University of Illinois, receiving the Bronze Table designation; and a graduate of Indiana University Maurer School of Law, with honors. He has handled all aspects of Chapter 11 proceedings, including pre-bankruptcy planning, plan confirmation, claims disputes, and hundreds of preference and fraudulent transfer actions. He has also frequently assisted clients in purchasing assets out of bankruptcy proceedings and federal and state court receiverships. Mr. Caughey has considerable experience assisting creditors, debtors, and creditors’ committees in bankruptcy cases and disputes, including clients in a wide variety of industries such as agriculture, gaming, health care, hotel and hospitality, steel, automotive, airline, and medical. He also frequently assists clients in commercial litigation matters and collecting amounts due from third parties. Mr. Caughey regularly assists clients in pursuing fraudulent transfer claims against third parties and working to find economic remedies to business relationships that have deteriorated. He also regularly represents parties in agriculture real estate disputes and has extensive experience in addressing agriculture business litigation issues, including buy-sell disputes, tax liability claims, and shareholder derivative actions. Mr. Caughey has been frequently been recognized by U.S. News & World Report on the annual Best Lawyers in America listing (most recently in 2016), as well as an Indiana Super Lawyer (most recently in 2016). He enjoys educating clients, other lawyers, and aspiring future lawyers about bankruptcy, commercial law, and negotiable instrument issues, including by serving as adjunct professor at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law for three years. Mr. Caughey has previously served as chair of the Bankruptcy and Commercial Law Section of the Indianapolis Bar Association, and is active in civic and charitable organizations in Indianapolis. (Indianapolis location)
AMY K. CORNELL is of counsel in Bose McKinney & Evans LLP's agribusiness and real estate groups. She also is a vice president in government relations with Bose's public affairs group. Her subject matter experience ranges from natural resource regulation to homeland security, and from invasive species to livestock. Ms. Cornell is the current president of the Agribusiness Council of Indiana. Prior to joining Bose McKinney & Evans, she worked for Indiana Farm Bureau as policy advisor and counsel for the agricultural advocacy organization. Ms. Cornell also previously handled policy and regulatory affairs for the Indiana State Department of Agriculture. In this capacity, she participated in administrative rule making related to confined feeding operations (CFO/CAFO), fertilizer use, antidegradation, NPDES CAFO reporting and sales tax exemptions. She also served as executive director of the Indiana Land Resource Council, a group appointed by the governor to assist state and local decision makers with land use tools and policies. In addition to serving as president of the Agribusiness Council of Indiana, Ms. Cornell is an adjunct faculty member at the Robert H. McKinney School of Law, teaching a two-hour course "Agricultural Law and Environment," which examines the intersection of agricultural policies and environmental law. She also is a consultant to the Robert H. McKinney School of Law and Purdue University in the formation of a cooperative agriculture law program. Ms. Cornell holds a law degree from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and an LL.M. degree in agricultural law from the University of Arkansas School of Law. (Fort Wayne location)
ANTHONY O. CROWELL is an attorney with the law firm of Gordon & Associates P.C. His practice focuses on entity selection and formation, commercial law, business transactions, contracts, business acquisitions and sales, creditors' rights, commercial litigation, agricultural law, and real estate matters. Mr. Crowell is a member of the Commercial Law League of America, American Bankruptcy Institute, Wells County Bar Association, Allen County Bar Association and the Indiana State Bar Association (past chair, Agricultural Law Section; and council member, Business Law Section). He received his B.A. degree from Indiana University and his J.D. degree from Indiana University McKinney School of Law. Mr. Crowell has previously lectured on agricultural leasing, drainage, and other landowner issues for the Indiana Farm Bureau and other professional groups. (Fort Wayne location)
TERRY E. HALL is a member of Faegre Baker Daniels LLP's energy, resources and clean technology industry team, and complements that focus with her work in commercial transactions and business restructuring. She is an active participant in the American Bar Association’s section on Environment, Energy and Resources. Ms. Hall is a registered civil mediator in the state of Indiana. She is member of the Indiana State Bar Association, the Indianapolis Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Energy Bar Association and the American Bankruptcy Institute. Ms. Hall earned her B.A. degree, magna cum laude, from the University of Texas at Austin; and her J.D. degree, summa cum laude, from Indiana University - Robert H. McKinney School of Law. (Indianapolis location)
JAMES W. NIEHAUS is a CPA and senior tax manager with Blue & Co., LLC. Mr. Niehaus has over 40 years of experience in public accounting, of which 31 years have been specialized in consulting and tax services for closely held family farm businesses. He received his B.S. degree in mathematics from Marshall University and his M.B.A. degree from the University of Cincinnati. (Indianapolis and Fort Wayne locations)
BRIANNA J. SCHROEDER is an attorney at Janzen Agricultural Law, LLC. She grew up on a family farm in northeastern Indiana. Ms. Schroeder focuses her legal practice working for farmers and agribusinesses. She has litigated complex environmental and agricultural matters, including insurance coverage, regulatory compliance, tort claims, zoning appeals, and employment claims. Ms. Schroeder negotiates and drafts contracts for agricultural companies and farms, including farm leases, employment agreements, sales agreements, and privacy contracts. She is licensed in Indiana and Illinois, and has represented a wide variety of clients from start-up companies and livestock farmers to large agricultural businesses, trade groups, and municipalities. Ms. Schroder has authored numerous articles and given presentations on a variety of topics, including livestock operations, the Clean Water Act, Swampbuster, employment issues in agricultural businesses, fence law, drainage issues, land application leases, wetlands compliance, agri-tourism, food law, and insurance coverage. She earned her B.S. degree, cum laude, from Carthage College; her M.S. degree from Valparaiso University; and her J.D. degree, magna cum laude, from Valparaiso University School of Law. (Indianapolis and Fort Wayne locations)
KEVIN UMBERGER is a CPA and tax manager at Blue & Co., LLC. Mr. Umberger specializes in consulting and tax services for closely held businesses. He works with various niches, including construction, manufacturing, distribution, nonprofits, etc. He received his B.S. degree and M.B.A. degree in accounting from Ball State University. (Indianapolis and Fort Wayne locations)