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09.27.2011

Bingham McHale Names Youngest Department Chair in 100-Year History

(Indianapolis – Aug. 31, 2011) – Bingham McHale LLP announced today that partner Keith Bice has been named chair of the Business Advisory Department. Bice, at 38-years-old, is the youngest partner ever named to a department chair position in the firm’s nearly 100-year history.

“Keith has distinguished himself with his ability to understand and advance not only the legal issues involved in a transaction, but also to ascertain the client’s true goals and objectives,” said W. Tobin McClamroch, Managing Partner of the firm. “With his focus on getting deals done for our clients, Keith exemplifies the dedication and commitment to serving clients that we continually strive for at Bingham McHale LLP.”

In his role as Business Advisory Department Chair, Bice will lead the Department’s attorneys in continually anticipating the needs of each business client, and preparing a course of action to help each client meet those needs. Bice will work to attract, train and develop talented attorneys, as well as broaden the firm’s business client base.

Keith Bice focuses his practice on business and real estate debt, equity and acquisition deals. Bice earned his bachelor’s degree from Butler University in 1995, and his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1998. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Circle Area Community Development Corporation, a position appointed by the mayor of Indianapolis, and is a past president of the St. Luke Catholic School Commission. Bice is active in the business law and young lawyers sections of the American, Indiana and Indianapolis Bar Associations.

Former Indianapolis Motor Speedway Attorney Sherri K. Nierste Joins Bingham McHale

(Sept. 13, 2011) - Bingham McHale LLP is pleased to announce that Sherri K. Nierste, previously the assistant general counsel at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, has joined the firm. Nierste’s practice will be balanced between the firm’s business advisory and intellectual property and technology areas.

“Sherri brings to Bingham McHale LLP a decade of experience with the Indianapolis Motor Speedway and the Hulman & Company family of companies,” said W. Tobin McClamroch, Managing Partner of the firm. “Sherri will be able to draw on that experience to immediately begin serving our clients with the commitment and dedication that we all share at Bingham McHale LLP.”

Nierste has worked with internationally known firms in sports and entertainment, including top-shelf players in the motorsports industry. She has drafted and negotiated agreements for marketing, licensing and sponsorship/brand association relationships, as well as structuring and negotiating domestic and international sporting events and the associated venue and commercial relationships. She has negotiated event agreements with sanctioning bodies such as F1, NASCAR, IndyCar and MotoGP.

Nierste has prepared and prosecuted trademark applications through the federal registration process. She has also negotiated confidentiality agreements as well as trademark and other rights licenses, including sponsorship and brand association agreements. She has experience in a wide range of general corporate areas, including general contract drafting and negotiation, transactions, facility use/rental structure, corporate governance and risk management/allocation.

Nierste is the former assistant general counsel to the Indianapolis Motor Speedway, where her counsel extended to Hulman & Company, Clabber Girl Corporation, IndyCar, IMS Productions and Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation (Hall of Fame Museum) on a variety of matters. Nierste has helped clients with general corporate governance, intellectual property, and labor and employment issues. She has also assisted the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Foundation, a public charity, with compliance and general business matters.

Nierste began her legal career as an attorney at Ice Miller LLP, where she served for three years as an associate prior to joining the Indianapolis Motor Speedway. She is a 1997 graduate of Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis. She earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Indianapolis in 1990. She is a volunteer with the Lawrence Swim Team, the Lawrence North High School Swimming and Diving program and The Huston School.

Bingham McHale Attorney Nominated for Indy's Best and Brightest Award

(Indianapolis – Sept. 19, 2011) – Bingham McHale LLP is pleased to announce that Tonya Vachirasomboon, attorney and member of the business advisory department, has been nominated for the 2011 Indy’s Best and Brightest Award, an annual award presented by Junior Achievement of Central Indiana. Vachirasomboon focuses her practice on advising business clients on mergers and acquisitions, entity selection and formation, general corporate matters, and obtaining minority, women and veteran-owned business certifications for her clients.

“Tonya has demonstrated her ability to work closely with her business clients to ensure that they have the legal resources needed to meet their business goals,” said W. Tobin McClamroch, Managing Partner of the firm. “Her commitment to the legal profession is without question. The combination of her skills plus her consistently positive attitude is what sets her apart as a leader in the community and at Bingham McHale LLP.”

Vachirasomboon’s community involvement stems from her work as co-chair of the Street Law program at Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis. The Street Law program relies on law students and attorneys to volunteer to teach high school students about legal issues that apply to their daily lives. Vachirasomboon assisted the firm in bringing this program to T.C. Howe Community High School. Attorneys at Bingham McHale LLP provided a 3-day workshop to educate students about legal careers.

Vachirasomboon’s community involvement also includes her service as the co-chair of the volunteer committee of the Indianapolis Symphony Orchestra’s FORTE Leadership Committee. Her service at FORTE includes implementing a program to teach middle school and junior high students participating in the Metropolitan Youth Orchestra about preparing for higher education and careers. In addition, she teaches a community yoga class for the benefit of Bethlehem House.

Vachirasomboon earned her undergraduate degree in business from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business in 2005, where she graduated with distinction. She earned her J.D. from Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis in 2008, where she graduated cum laude. She was admitted to the Indiana bar in 2008.

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