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BBKCC Welcomes new attorney, Austin A. Shadle


BBKCC welcomes a new attorney to our practice team.  Austin A. Shadle joined our law firm this January in an “Of Counsel” position.   We are very excited to have Austin with us.  He brings with him many years of legal experience, most recently serving as a criminal public defender for the Courts here in Wayne County.  Prior to that Austin was in private practice in Indianapolis, Indiana and then served as a Deputy Prosecutor with the Marion County Prosecutor’s office.

If you would like to read more about Austin and his areas of practice, please click on his tab in the Attorneys section or go to the Practice Areas and click on his picture.



At its annual meeting held June 21, 2018, in Noblesville, Indiana, BBKCC partner Ron Cross was elected by the Board of Directors of the Indiana Municipal Lawyers Association (“IMLA”) to serve as president of the IMLA for its 2018-2019 fiscal year. Ron is currently serving a second three-year term on the IMLA Board of Directors. The IMLA is an association of approximately three hundred fifty (350) Indiana attorneys whose practices entail to a significant degree the representation of Indiana cities, towns, counties or other such public bodies. Should you require consultation regarding legal issues facing such a public entity, please call Ron or any of the other members of the BBKCC municipal law group, Bob Bever, AJ Sickmann, Adam Forrest and Walt Chidester.


Bob Bever named into organization of “Lawyers of Distinction”.

Congratulations to Bob Bever with being named into the organization of  “Lawyers of Distinction”, a group that honors the top 10% of attorneys around the nation in their respective fields.  Bob’s honor fields are “Corporate law and Transactions”.


Robert BeverCorporate and Transactional Law

Robert L. (Bob) Bever is a partner with Boston Bever Klinge Cross & Chidester; is a 1975 graduate of DePauw University with distinction and a 1978 Graduate of Indiana University Law School, Indianapolis, Magna Cum Laude. His practice centers on business and commercial transactions; estate planning and administration; banking and municipal law. Clients include numerous local businesses (being involved in numerous multimillion dollar transactions), banks, civic organizations, and he represents BSN Sports, LLC, nationally in its business acquisitions around the nation. He also served as Richmond City Attorney from 1995 – 2003. Honors include being inducted into the Eastern Indiana Business Hall of Fame in 2016; being inducted into Whos Who in American Law; and is the recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash, the highest civilian honor bestowed by the Governor of Indiana. He has also served as President of the local Chamber of Commerce and as Chair of the local Republican party.

Welcome our new Associate Attorney, Michelle N. Kelly

Michelle was born and raised in Kettering, Ohio.  She attended the University of Cincinnati, where she graduated with a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering Technology.  While at the University of Cincinnati, Michelle was active in the cooperative education program designing homes.  While designing homes, she encounter a lawsuit with a contractor and realized she could help people more in a legal capacity.  This passion for helping people led her to attend Valparaiso University School of Law, where she received her Juris Doctor degree.  During her time in law school, Michelle was an active member of the Moot Court Honors Society.  During her time with Moot Court, Michelle served as both Associate Justice of Finance and a coach for competing teams.  She was awarded best brief at the Luther M. Swygert Moot Court Competition and placed third in the country in the Sutherland Cup Moot Court Competition in Washington, D.C.  Michelle also holds a Masters in Business Administration from Valparaiso University.  She is a general practitioner with a majority of her practice focusing on the areas of civil litigation, family law, personal injury, estate planning, and real estate.  Michelle is a member of the Indiana Bar Association, the Wayne County Bar Association, and the National Association of Women Lawyers. 



BBKCC partner attorney Ron Cross is pictured above as he is presented a plaque from Ms. Dixie Robinson, president of the Richmond Community Schools Board of School Trustees. The surprise recognition commemorated Ron’s more than forty (40) consecutive years of service as chief legal counsel to Richmond Community Schools. Ron began his representation of RCS in 1977 while then affiliated with the former Richmond law firm of Reller, Mendenhall, Kleinknecht & Milligan. Over the next forty years Ron estimates that he has attended more than 1,500 school board meetings and worked with more than 12 different superintendents. Ron’s representation includes almost all areas of law that impact public education from labor and employment law to aspects of regulatory compliance. For more than 12 years Ron served as the chief negotiator on the RCS collective bargaining team that negotiated collective bargaining agreements with the RCS teachers’ association. Ron continues to represent RCS and other school corporations in the Wayne County area. The attorneys at BBKCC are chief counsel for several school corporations in the greater Richmond/Wayne County area. Please contact them if you have any legal needs related to public education.

City of Richmond to Start 2017 with new attorney

City of Richmond to start 2017 with new attorney, Andrew J. Sickmann.

Rachel E. Sheeley , 5:08 a.m. EST December 11, 2016

Walt Chidester – After 13 years as the City of Richmond’s attorney, Walter “Walt” Chidester is stepping down from the role.
His successor, hired at the Dec. 8 at the Board of Works and Public Safety meeting, will be Andrew J. “A.J.” Sickmann. Sickmann will begin his term as city attorney on Jan. 1.
Chidester and Sickmann are both members of the Richmond law firm, Boston Bever Klinge Cross & Chidester.
“Walt is sort of an icon figure of city government,” said Mayor Dave Snow. “We have been preparing for this for a while.”
Chidester will remain associated with the city, working with the Sanitary District. He also will continue his private practice. However, Chidester and his wife are planning to spend more time with their grandchildren and to do more traveling.
Chidester became city attorney under Democrat Mayor Sally Hutton and served with her during her three terms. When Hutton died in April, Chidester was one of those who eulogized her.
Snow, a Democrat who succeeded Hutton, asked Chidester to remain with the city one more year to ease the transition.
“My job has been made easier over the years by being surrounded by good people,” Chidester told the board of works.
Chidester expects the city to be well served by Sickmann.
“I’m exited, humbled, to serve the city I care so much about,” Sickmann said. “I will do my absolute level best.”
“I think A.J. is going to do a fantastic job,” Snow said.
Sickman is being hired by the city for a salary not to exceed $43,636, to be paid in monthly installments of $3,636.
A 2004 Richmond High School graduate, Sickmann graduated in 2008 from Ball State University and in 2011 from Valparaiso University School of Law. While attending law school, Sickmann worked as a summer associate for Boston Bever Klinge Cross & Chidester, which he joined after passing the bar exam.
Sickmann’s practice primarily includes family, municipal, commercial and criminal law. He has served as attorney for the towns of Milton and Spring Grove, and also as assistant attorney for Wayne County government.
He is licensed to practice law in Indiana, and in the U.S. District Court in both the Southern and Northern Districts of Indiana.
Sickmann is the president of the Wayne County Historical Museum board and vice president of the Whitewater Valley Pro Bono Commission. In 2014, Sickmann was honored with the annual Pro Bono Award for handling dozens of pro bono cases throughout the year. He also serves on the board of Communities in Schools for Wayne County.
Chidester is a graduate of Heidelberg College in Tiffin, Ohio, and received his law degree from Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. He began his law practice with Legal Services Organization of Indiana Inc. and was the managing attorney of the Whitewater Valley Office of Legal Services. He joined the law firm of Reller, Mendenhall, Kleinknecht & Milligan in 1981 and remained there until the formation of the law firm of Boston Bever Klinge Cross & Chidester in 1998.
In addition to serving as the city attorney since 2004, Chidester was attorney for the Wayne County Welfare Department for 10 years and served as a deputy prosecuting attorney in the Wayne County Prosecutor’s Office.