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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.

Elise Bowling joined the Office of Corporation Counsel in December 2016. Prior to joining OCC, she served as an assistant state's attorney at the Stephenson County State's Attorney's Office in northwest Illinois, starting as a Misdemeanor/Traffic ASA and spending the last year and a half as a Juvenile/Part-time Felony ASA. She earned her J.D. from the Indiana University, Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 2013 and her Bachelor of Arts-Spanish from Indiana University, Bloomington in 2010. Elise serves as an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the Litigation Section. 

Sean Dean joined the Office of Corporation Counsel in August of 2015. Prior to joining Corporation Counsel, Sean was an associate at Lewis and Wilkins, LLP, where he focused his practice primarily in commercial litigation. In 2008, Sean graduated, cum laude, from Stetson University with a B.A. in Sport Management and a B.B.A. in Business Administration. In 2011 he graduated, cum laude, from Stetson University College of Law. Sean currently serves as an Assistant Corporation Counsel in the Counseling Section. 

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. 

Ellen Hurley joined the Office of Corporation Counsel in February, 2016.  Prior to joining OCC, she served for four years as Corporation Counsel for the city of Lawrence, Indiana, and served as Minority Counsel for the Indiana Senate. She earned her J.D. in 2008 from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, graduating cum laude, and her B.S. from Indiana University-Purdue University School of Public and Environmental Affairs, graduating magna cum laude.  Ellen serves as Assistant Corporation Counsel in the Counseling Section representing several agencies and boards including the Department of Code Enforcement.

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. 

Kraig Kinney joined the Office of Corporation Counsel in September, 2016. He earned his B.A. in Political Science and History from DePauw University in 1992 and his J.D. from the Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis in 1997.   Mr. Kinney spent six years as a Marion County Deputy Prosecutor in various assignments, ending with several years as a major felony deputy.   He is also a licensed paramedic and served over 10 years as Executive Director of Putnam County Operation Life before returning to the practice of law full-time.   In his EMS career, Mr. Kinney was very involved in human resources administration and Indiana Department of Homeland Security regulatory processes.   Mr. Kinney currently serves as an Assistant Corporation Counsel responsible for prosecuting city ordinance violations in the City Prosecutor 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. 

Melissa Hayden Kramer returned to the office of Corporation Counsel in June 2016 where she serves as Deputy City Prosecutor. Previously she served as a Deputy Prosecutor for the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office assigned to the Domestic Violence Unit at the Julian Center. She also spent time as a Deputy Prosecutor there from 1998-2003 assigned to prosecute domestic violence and sex crimes cases. From 2003-2006 and also from 2010-2012 she served as an Assistant City Prosecutor, Deputy City Prosecutor and Assistant Corporation Counsel as Counsel to IMPD. She was a Master Commissioner from 2006-2010 assigned to various Courts in Marion County. Ms. Kramer received her Bachelor of Arts in Communication from DePauw University in 1995 and her J.D. from Valparaiso University in 1998.

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.

Amelia McClure joined the Office of Corporation Counsel in August 2016. Prior to joining OCC, she served as a deputy prosecutor in Marion County assigned to the Domestic Violence Unit. She also spent time in the juvenile division, and served as a certified legal intern in the Sex Crimes Unit during law school. Her interest in city government was sparked while working under former Mayor Dean Jessup of Lawrence.  Amelia is a 2012 graduate of Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio earning her B.A. in political science with a concentration in law and society. After college she attended Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law where she was a member of the Phi Delta Phi Honors Society, The Women’s Law Caucus, and completed well over 200 hours of pro bono legal service. She graduated in 2015. Amelia serves an Assistant City Prosecutor.

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.

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. 

Pam Schneeman joined the Office of Corporation Counsel in March of 2014. She earned her B.A. in Political Science and Religious Studies from Indiana University-Bloomington in 1989. She worked for the Indiana legislature and served as an Indiana Governor’s Fellow before going on to law school. Pam earned her J.D. from the Indiana University-Bloomington Mauer School of Law in 1994. At graduation, she was inducted into the Order of Barristers in recognition of her outstanding skills as an oral advocate. After law school, Pam served as a law clerk to the Honorable Thomas G. Fisher, Judge of the Indiana Tax Court and went on to practice at Baker & Daniels with its State and Local Tax Team. In 1998, Pam joined Riley Bennett & Egloff where she defended police departments and sheriff’s offices in both state and federal court. Before joining the OCC, Pam worked as a courtroom deputy, staff attorney, and docket/operations manager for United States District Court Judge, Sarah Evans Barker. 

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. 

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, 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.