Baker & Daniels LLP has announced the addition of six new partners, effective January 1, 2011. At the law firm's annual fall meeting, the partnership voted to admit the following former Baker & Daniels associates or counsel to partner:
Adrienne Franco Busby, a litigator with the firm's product liability group who practices from the downtown Indianapolis office. She joined Baker & Daniels after graduating magna cum laude from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 2001. Busby earned her bachelor's degree summa cum laude from Notre Dame in 1998.
William S. Meyers, who focuses his intellectual property practice on patents. Meyers, who joined Baker & Daniels' downtown Indianapolis office in 2004, co-founded and co-owned a mechanical engineering design firm for almost five years. He graduated cum laude from the Indiana University School of Law–Indianapolis in 2002 after receiving master's (1994) and bachelor's (1992) degrees in applied optics from Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology.
Karen T. Moses, a litigator who concentrates her practice in commercial and real property matters from Baker & Daniels' Fort Wayne office. Moses, who joined the firm in 1998, graduated from Northwestern University in 1982 and the Indiana University Maurer School of Law–Bloomington in 1985.
Sara M. Powell, a member of the firm's insurance and financial services team who practices from the downtown Indianapolis office. Powell, who joined Baker & Daniels in 2002, graduated from the University of Chicago Law School in 2002 after earning her bachelor's degree summa cum laude at Valparaiso University in 1997.
April J. Risk, who focuses her practice in trusts and estates from Baker & Daniels' 96th Street office in Indianapolis. She joined the firm in 2002 after graduating magna cum laude from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law–Bloomington. Risk earned her bachelor's degree in finance and international studies with high distinction from Indiana University in 1999.
Douglas A. Yerkeson, a member of the intellectual property group where he concentrates on patent, trademark and copyright matters from the firm's downtown Indianapolis office. Yerkeson, who joined Baker & Daniels in 2004, earned two degrees from the University of Cincinnati — a bachelor's in mechanical engineering magna cum laude in 1990 and a jurisprudence in 1993. Before attending law school, he was a chief test engineer for a defense contractor during the development of major weapons systems, including safety and arming devices for missiles.
Moses and Yerkeson served as counsel at Baker & Daniels in 2010. The other four new partners were associate lawyers last year.