Late last month, attorney Norris Cunningham and 14 other employees left the city’s fifth largest firm, Hall Render Killian Heath & Lyman, for different pastures, joining firm Katz Korin. Cunningham, who previously served as Hall Render’s health care litigation practice group leader, became a name partner and shareholder in what’s now known as Katz Korin Cunningham.
“It’s actually not a very interesting story,” Cunningham humorously stated when asked about how the merger came to be.
Following a dinner meeting with Michael Gabovitch, Katz Korin’s managing partner, it was apparent to Cunningham that his aspirations in the legal field matched with those of Katz Korin.
“We felt like this would be a good fit … and here we are,” he said.
As a full-service firm, Katz Korin Cunningham will offer a complete range of legal services to businesses, entrepreneurs, health care providers and governmental entities.
Recently, the Recorder spoke with Cunningham about his background and future plans for this new venture.
Indianapolis Recorder: Tell us about yourself and your career in law. What has it been like for you in this business for two decades?
Cunningham: I graduated from IUPUI’s McKinney (School of Law) back before it was McKinney in 1996. Prior to that, for four and a half years, I was on active duty in the United States Air Force. In fact, I was a health care administrator. From the very beginning, I had an interest in health care in particular. I always knew that I wanted to be a lawyer, but I needed the military as a way to make that happen financially. I joined the military after graduating from college and got a master’s degree in health administration while I was in the military.Then I got off of active duty, and along with the help of the G.I. Bill and a scholarship from IU, I was able to afford law school. In my second year of law school, one of my professors, Eleanor Kinney, passed on my resume to John Render, one of the name partners at Hall Render and said, ‘Hey, this is someone you’d be interested in. He’s got a background in health care,’ and Hall Render had always been a firm focused on health care, so I was a natural fit because of that. I got there and absolutely liked the people, loved them. It was a great experience even though for many years I was the only minority there and that presents some interesting challenges.
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