John D. Proffitt ’54 to be honored for Public, Professional Service

John D. Proffitt has been named the 2017 Legendary Lawyer by the Indiana Bar Foundation. The Legendary Lawyer Award spotlights attorneys whose career commitments in legal ethics, community involvement, public service, and lawyer professionalism demonstrate the high calling and higher achievement of lawyers in modern society. This award is annually presented to a member of the Fellows of the Indiana bar Foundation. Nominations are sought for individuals that have demonstrated their adherence to the highest principles and traditions of the legal and practical skills in the practice of law through a legal career of 50 years or more.

The award will be presented at a reception and ceremony on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at the Ritz Charles banquet facility in Carmel, IN.

Luke Messer ’91 Announces Senate Bid

U.S. Rep. Luke Messer announced Wednesday on Twitter he will seek the Republican nomination for the Senate seat of Democrat Joe Donnelly.

“We’re in!!” Messer, R-6th, tweeted above what appears to be a campaign poster that states “I Like Luke U.S. Senate 2018.”

Messer, 48, has been a member of the House since 2013, representing east-central and southeast Indiana in the seat that Vice President Mike Pence left to become governor. Messer is a top advocate for expanding school choice and voucher programs. As chairman of the House Republican Policy Committee, he is the fifth-ranking GOP representative.

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Law360 Names David Pryzbylski ’05 a ‘Rising Star’ on Annual List

Law360, a national legal publication, has named labor and employment partner David Pryzbylski of Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Indianapolis office as a “Rising Star.” Pryzbylski is one of only five attorneys recognized nationwide in the area of labor and employment law.

“I am humbled and honored to be included on Law360’s Rising Stars list,” Pryzbylski said. “This is a testament to the high-profile work our Labor and Employment Law Department is doing regionally and nationally.”

Law360 editors selected Pryzbylski after a review of more than 1,200 applications nominating attorneys in various practices of law under 40 years old whose legal accomplishments surpass their age. Winners were selected based on their career accomplishments in their respective practice areas. In a feature published about Pryzbylski, Law360 said he earned his spot among the five on the Rising Stars list for his work in collective actions, arbitrations, and labor negotiations, while also noting a series of dismissals he secured in recent litigation for various clients, including Rolls-Royce, Indianapolis Power & Light, and TMS International.

“David continues to grow and develop into a leader within the firm,” said Ken Yerkes, chair of the Labor and Employment Law Department. “We are proud that he has been selected for this award. It is reflective of his dedication, motivation and attitude as well as the countless successes he and the Department have accumulated from coast to coast in his career thus far.”

Pryzbylski concentrates a large portion of his practice on assisting employers with traditional labor matters, including collective bargaining; work stoppages; arbitrations; union avoidance unfair labor practice charges; and various other labor relations issues. Maintaining a well-rounded practice and offering a full slate of employment law services to his clients, he also routinely defends companies in employment litigation, including in high-stakes class and collective actions, in everything from wage to discrimination/harassment to contract claims. He has helped numerous companies secure favorable outcomes in both labor and employment matters around the country.

Pryzbylski is a 2008 graduate of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law and a 2005 graduate of Wabash College.

The list of 156 award recipients is published in an article titled, “Law360 Names Top Attorneys Under 40.”

Film Director Juan Paredes ’01 launches third project



Film director, writer, and entrepreneur Juan Paredes ’01 will launch his third project on July 17, 2017. The documentary titled Beyond Food, which features interviews with Mariel Hemingway, Laird Hamilton, Darin Olien, Nir Eyal, among others, is a picture of what extraordinary health looks like today, and all the possibilities that are available to people who want to experience maximum health.  Click here for more information.