Indiana Lawyer has named Richard L. Hill and Daniel M. Lechleiter of Faegre Baker Daniels winners of 2015 Leadership in Law Awards for their outstanding legal work and community contributions.
South Bend office leader and partner Rich Hill was named a Distinguished Barrister, an honor for lawyers who have practiced a minimum of 20 years. Indianapolis-based partner Dan Lechleiter received the Up and Coming Lawyer designation, intended for outstanding attorneys who have been practicing for 10 years or less.
Hill, who leads FaegreBD’s public finance practice, was recognized for his contributions in public finance law. He drafted legislation in 1980 authorizing tax increment financing (TIF) in Indiana and has represented clients in some of Indiana’s most significant public-private partnership transactions, including the Gary/Chicago International Airport Authority master development agreement and the 2011 sale and transfer of Indianapolis’ water and wastewater utilities to Citizens Energy Group.
In an interview with Indiana Lawyer, Hill discussed how TIF and public-private partnerships have evolved in recent years. He also explained how much he enjoys mentoring young attorneys saying, “working with talented younger lawyers is one of the best and most energizing parts of practicing law…. There is real value in being able to see other perspectives and different approaches to solving client problems.”
A profile of Lechleiter noted his expansive intellectual property litigation experience in disputes involving everything from computer software to maternity products, his engineering background and his being named as an inventor on a patent. Lechleiter told Indiana Lawyer that he pursued patent law because it “offered a perfect way both to stay close to the technologies that fascinated me and have an open-ended career path.”
Also highlighted were Lechleiter’s community leadership positions with Brebeuf Jesuit, the Penrod Society and the United Way of Central Indiana. “Education is the most important civic cause to me,” he said. “Access to high-quality education in central Indiana is an issue that is not going away, and it will take a lot of continued thoughtful leadership and innovation to address it.”
Winners were honored in a special supplement to Indiana Lawyer on May 5 and at a celebratory reception.