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Andy Mallon was appointed Corporation Counsel of the City of Indianapolis by Mayor Joe Hogsett on January 1, 2016. Prior to serving in the Hogsett Administration, Mr. Mallon worked in private practice serving public and private clients as a Partner in the law firm of Drewry Simmons Vornehm, LLP. He previously served as Director of Elections for the Marion County Election Board and as Assistant Corporation Counsel for the City of Indianapolis. Mr. Mallon graduated Cum Laude from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and received his B.A. from the College of William and Mary. 

Anne Mullin O’Connor joined the Office as Deputy Corporation Counsel in February 2016, having most recently served as a Deputy Attorney General in the Office of the Indiana Attorney General.  Since 1989, Anne has advised various public agencies in her work with the Office of the Attorney General, as Chief Counsel at the Indiana Department of Transportation and the Office of the Indiana Secretary of State, and as General Counsel to the Indianapolis Airport Authority.  She also served as Indiana’s first state Public Access Counselor from 1998-2003, and as part of her responsibilities in the Office serves as the City’s Public Access Counselor.  Anne received her B.A. in Public Administration from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, magna cum laude, and her J.D. from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

Daniel Altman joined the Office of Corporation Counsel in September of 2017.  Prior to that, he worked for the Indiana Department of Education for four years.  A former Marion County Deputy Public Defender, Daniel is a 2006 graduate of the Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis and a 2002 graduate of Wabash College.  He serves as Assistant Corporation Counsel in the Counseling Section.

Katelyn Brouillard joined the Office of Corporation Counsel in January 2018. Katelyn graduated in 2013 from Indiana University where she earned her B.A. in English. She then attended the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law where she earned her J.D. in 2017. Katelyn now serves as an Assistant City Prosecutor.

Traci Marie Cosby joined the Office of Corporation Counsel in January 2018 and serves as Assistant Corporation Counsel in the Litigation Group.  Traci spent five-and-one-half years as a judicial clerk at the Indiana Supreme Court.  She also has prior experience working in a small personal injury and bankruptcy firm.  Traci earned a bachelor’s degree in French civilization from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in dance education and choreography from the American University.  Traci attended Widener University Law – Delaware Campus where she served a one-year term as a law clerk for the Honorable Henry duPont Ridgely of the Supreme Court of Delaware and was selected for membership into the Order of Barristers.

Ellen Gabovitch was a clerk to Justice Roger O. DeBruler of the Indiana Supreme Court for 2 years before joining the Office of Corporation Counsel in 1985, where she now practices in personnel and employment law. Gabovitch got her B.S. in Public Affairs, summa cum laude, in 1979 and her J.D., cum laude, in 1982, both from Indiana University - Bloomington. Gabovitch's clients include the Human Resources Division, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Merit Board, Fire Merit Board, and the Citizens Police Complaint Board.

Jess Reagan Gastineau joined the office in July 2017 after ten years of defending the State and county assessors in tax litigation at the Indiana Attorney General’s Office. She has developed, argued, or settled over 100 cases in the Indiana Tax Court. Representative cases include Jamestown Homes v. St. Joseph County Assessor, 909 N.E.2d 1138 (Ind. Tax Ct. 2009), review denied, 929 N.E.2d 787 (Ind. 2010) and United Parcel Service, Inc. v. Ind. Dep’t of State Revenue, 995 N.E.2d 20 (Ind. Tax Ct. 2013), on remand from 969 N.E.2d 596 (Ind. 2012). She received her J.D. from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 2007.

Tara L. Gerber joined the Office of Corporation Counsel in January 2018 as Assistant Corporation Counsel. While she earned her J.D. at Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, Tara worked for the Health and Hospital Corporation of Marion County and Marion County Judge Heather Welch. She has taught continuing legal education courses in attorney civility and professionalism for the Indiana State Bar Association. Before working for the City of Indianapolis, Tara represented both plaintiffs and defendants as a civil litigation attorney for Indiana hospitals and other entities, in the area of creditors’ rights. She also prosecuted local and national businesses while advocating for consumer rights as Deputy Attorney General for the State of Indiana.

Grant E. Helms joined the Litigation section of the Office of Corporation Counsel in April 2018.  His previous work includes civil litigation at the Indiana Attorney General’s Office and Indiana Disability Rights.  He graduated cum laude from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and received his undergraduate degree in political science magna cum laude from the American University in Washington, DC. 

Matt Jeziorski joined the Office of Corporation Counsel in August 2016. Matt earned his B.A. in Political Science from Indiana University Bloomington in 2001 and his J.D. from IUB in 2004. He serves as Assistant Corporation Counsel in the Counseling Section.

Toae Kim joined the Office of Corporation Counsel in November 2011. Toae earned her B.A. in Anthropology and Political Science from the University of Michigan in 2000 and her J.D. from Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 2005. She serves as Assistant Corporation Counsel in the Counseling Section. 

Sheila Elliott Kinney serves as counsel to the Redevelopment Division of the Department of Metropolitan Development. She graduated from Indiana University with a double major in Theater and French and earned her J.D. from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.  She began her career in private practice with Krieg DeVault and moved in to public service as an Assistant Corporation Counsel. Later, she served as an attorney for the Indiana Department of Child Services, most recently as General Counsel, before returning to the Office of Corporation Counsel. 

Vaneeta Kumar returned to the Office of Corporation Counsel in February of 2018 where she serves as Assistant Corporation Counsel in the Counseling Section. Vaneeta has worked in State and City Government and also served as Deputy Attorney General in the Advisory Section. She has also been involved in Programs at the Indiana University School of Medicine with a focus on education and outreach. Vaneeta received her B.S. Degree from the School of Science at Purdue University-Indianapolis and her J.D degree from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.

Deborah Law returned to the Office of Corporation Counsel in February 2016 where she serves as City Prosecutor.  Previously she served 13 years at the Marion County Prosecutor's Office, the final 8 years as a Community Prosecutor, and 5 years as Deputy City Prosecutor at the Office of Corporation Counsel.   She also served as a law clerk in the Litigation Section at OCC as well as a Crime Analyst at the Indianapolis Police Department.  Ms. Law received her B.A. in International Studies from Butler University in 1990 and her J.D. from Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis in 1994.

David Lichtenberger graduated from Hope College in 2002 with a degree in History and Political Science. He then attended IU School of Law - Indianapolis and graduated in December 2004. After law school, David worked in private law firms and left Feiwell & Hannoy, P.C. to join Corporation Counsel in 2011. David’s current clients include many Marion County elected officials, the Department of Parks and Recreation, and the Forensic Services Agency. 

Linda L. Loepker joined the Office of Corporation Counsel in early 2011. She is a 1984 graduate of Thomas M. Cooley Law School and is currently licensed in Michigan and Indiana. Ms. Loepker previously worked for this office from 1989 - 1992. Prior to returning to OCC, Ms. Loepker was employed by the Indiana Supreme Court for 15 years serving in several capacities, most recently as the Executive Director of the Board of Law Examiners.  She has worked extensively in the labor and employment law area for over 30 years. Currently she is responsible for the defense of the City and County in unemployment compensation claims.

Richard McDermott has focused his legal career serving the public sector. Under four administrations, he served as a Marion County Deputy Prosecutor performing a variety of assignments within different divisions of the office. As a Deputy Attorney General, he prosecuted violations of the health profession law pertaining to medical providers and also represented state agencies and employees involved in tort and civil rights litigation. As staff counsel for a large insurance company, he represented schools and other entities involved in tort litigation. McDermott received a B.S. in Public Affairs from Indiana University before graduating from the I.U. School of Law - Indianapolis. 

Misty Mercer joined the Office of Corporation Counsel in October 2016. Prior to joining the OCC, Misty served as a Deputy Attorney General in the Advisory Division of the Office of the Indiana Attorney General.  In 2004, Misty graduated from Indiana State University with a Bachelor of Arts in Languages, Literatures, and Linguistics. After graduating, she taught Social Studies at an international school in Chengdu, China and English and Latin at John Paul II Catholic High School in Terre Haute, IN. In 2011, she graduated from Indiana University, Maurer School of Law. Misty currently serves as an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the Counseling Section.

Thomas Moore joined the office as Assistant Corporation Counsel in 2016.  He attended Governors State University and Indiana University's Maurer School of Law before clerking for Judge John Baker on the Indiana Court of Appeals. 

Donald Morgan joined the office as Chief Litigation Counsel in March 2016 after beginning his career as a litigator and appellate advocate at Faegre Baker Daniels. Donnie has experience at all levels of the federal and Indiana judicial systems, ranging from trial court advocacy to work on appeals before the United States Supreme Court and the Indiana Supreme Court. He is a graduate of Indiana University in Bloomington with highest distinction and an order of the coif graduate of the University of California Berkeley’s Boalt Hall School of Law. During law school, Donnie served as a judicial extern to Judge John T. Noonan on the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit in San Francisco and later for Judge Saundra Brown Armstrong on the United States District Court for the Northern District of California in Oakland. 

LeAnnette Pierce received her B.S. in Civil Engineering in 1983 from Case Western Reserve University. She worked eleven years for the Ohio Department of Transportation as a Project Engineer in both the Construction department and later in the Operations department where she helped design, maintain, and construct traffic signals, signs, and pavement markings. She received her JD from Indiana University – Indianapolis in 1998. After working at Cinergy on environmental litigation, she came to work for the city in 2000 where she represented the Department of Public Work’s Operations department. From 2004 through 2008, she worked as the city’s risk manager and the employee/labor relations manager. In her years with the City she has represented the Operations, Fleet Services and Environmental Affairs sections of the Department of Public Works, the Board of Public Works, the Department and Board of Parks and Recreation, The Department of Metropolitan Development’s Economic and Community Development sections, DMD’s Historic Preservation staff and Commission, the City Market, Marion Count Community Corrections Agency and Board, Marion County Cooperative Extension Services, the Public Defender Agency and Board, the Criminal Justice Planning Council, the Information Services Agency, the Information Technology Board, the IMAGIS Board, the Enhanced Access Review Commission, and the Telecom and Video Service Agency and Board, the Greenways Committee, Union Contracts, and the Indianapolis Economic Development Commission. 

Maurice Scott joined the Office of Corporation Counsel in April 2016. He previously engaged in private law and mediation practice and served as a deputy prosecutor in a surrounding county. He is a 2006 graduate of Albany State University with a degree in History. In 2012 he graduated from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law.  Maurice currently serves as an Assistant City Prosecutor responsible for prosecuting city ordinance violations.

Jeffrey H. Sirmin joined the city in 1980 after working in private practice. Sirmin received his B.A. from Hanover College in 1971 and his J.D. from Indiana University-Indianapolis Law School in 1975. The Metropolitan Development Commission and the Department of Public Works are Sirmin's primary clients. Sirmin, who is Chief Counsel in the Counseling Section, concentrates in construction law and is also a certified mediator. 

Julie Ann (Randolph) Slaughter joined the Office of Corporation Counsel in January of 2018.  She received her B.A. from the University of San Diego in 1983 and her J.D. from Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis in 1989.  She has a long career of public service in both legal and administrative positions.

Christopher Steinmetz joined the Office of Corporation Counsel in 2008. He received his J.D. from Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis in 2002. Prior to joining the Office of Corporation Counsel, Chris was in private practice with the law firm of McClure McClure Davis & Henn, where his practice focused primarily in the areas of real estate law and insurance defense. As Assistant City Prosecutor from 2008 to 2013, he was responsible for prosecuting violations of the City ordinances.  As a member of the Counseling Section of Office of Corporation Counsel, Chris currently represents various clients in the Department of Metropolitan Development, including the Division of Planning, the Boards of Zoning Appeal, Plat Committee, and the Division of Metropolitan Planning Organization. 

Andrew Upchurch works in the litigation section of the Office of Corporation Counsel. He earned his Juris Doctor from the University of Notre Dame Law School. At Notre Dame, he served as a member of the Moot Court Board, worked as a research assistant to the Honorable Kenneth F. Ripple, and completed an externship at the St. Joseph County Public Defender’s Office. He also represented Notre Dame in the American Bar Association’s National Appellate Advocacy Competition. Prior to law school, Andrew attended Ball State University. At Ball State, he was named the Outstanding Senior in Legal Studies, received a Citation of Academic Excellence from University President Jo Ann Gora, and earned the Herbert H. Hamilton Scholarship. When he graduated summa cum laude from Ball State, Andrew was ranked first in a class of 3,069 students. Andrew has focused his practice on civil litigation and criminal defense. He has also taught legal research, writing, and information technology courses at Ball State. Prior to earning his degrees, Andrew served three years on active duty as an intelligence analyst in the United States Army and earned a Global War on Terrorism Expeditionary Medal for a deployment that he completed in 2003.

R. Zach Watkins joined the Office of Corporation Counsel in July 2018 as an Assistant City Prosecutor. Zach previously worked as a Deputy Attorney General for the Office of the Indiana Attorney General’s Medical Licensing Section. He graduated from Indiana State University in 2014 with a degree in Spanish and then in 2017 earned his J.D. from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana.

Adam S. Willfond joined the Litigation Section of the Office of Corporation Counsel in March 2017. Prior to joining the OCC, Adam practiced at a boutique plaintiffs’ personal injury law firm in Indianapolis. He earned his J.D. from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 2013 and his Bachelor of Arts from Indiana University Bloomington in 2008.