Q&A with Adam Doerr, associate
Why did you become an attorney? When I was weighing career options, the field of law appealed to me because it allowed me to help people solve complex problems in their lives. Prior to going to law school, I worked as a legislative assistant in the Indiana House of Representatives. One of my main responsibilities was helping the constituents of the representatives navigate problems dealing with state agencies. When I was able to help a constituent resolve an issue – such as obtaining unemployment benefits or applying for a healthcare program – I felt I was making a real-world impact. This experience encouraged me to pursue going to law school where I would be able to help and counsel people facing difficult challenges.
Where are you originally from? What brought you to KGR? I was born and raised in Lafayette, Indiana. I moved to Indianapolis for work, but I have grown to love the city. It has a vibrant culture, and I enjoy going out with friends to check out different restaurants or going hiking at Eagle Creek Park. I was excited to join KGR because of its reputation for providing excellent legal work while also having a close-knit and supportive firm culture.
What do you enjoy about your job? I enjoy the challenge of researching the law and developing legal strategies help my clients solve the legal issues they are facing. In my litigation practice, I recognize that a lawsuit is a new, frustrating experience for my clients that comes with significant risk, so I work hard to help them develop strategies that mitigate that risk. I also enjoy the thrill of helping them prevail in court after a judge grants a carefully drafted motion or a jury returns a verdict in their favor.
Practice areas at KGR: One area I am trying to grow is helping people who are in the process of starting or growing a new business. It is an exciting time for entrepreneurs, but it is also important to have foundational legal documents in place to protect against problems in the future. Whether an entrepreneur is starting out on their own or starting a business with other partners, there are key decisions that have to be made that can have long-term impacts. For example, which type of legal entity will work best for your business: C-Corp, S-Corp, LLC or partnership? How will control of the business be allocated among the partners involved? Having an attorney involved at the early stages can help ensure that problems in the future are avoided. I enjoy helping to counsel individuals about how to lay the groundwork for a business that will be successful in the future.