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Coming in First

Julia Blackwell Gelinas has blazed trails for female attorneys in Indianapolis, but it’s her work ethic and passion for the law that mark her 30-year career

In 1980, when Julia Blackwell Gelinas walked into Locke Reynolds in Indianapolis (now Frost Brown Todd) as the firm’s first female attorney, she knew she would face some challenges in the courtroom. “When you are a brand-new lawyer and you happen to be female, and you’re the only female in a group of lawyers that are in court and the comments are made that are kind of a harassing nature,” she says, “I think they were intended oftentimes to throw us off our game, make us uncomfortable …

Practicing Law with an Officer’s Eye

Theodore J. Blanford draws on his military and police experience in and out of the courtroom

In his 62 years, Theodore J. Blanford has been a cop, a soldier and a military police officer. And he’s found a way to apply the skills he learned in each role to his legal practice. After completing a tour with the U.S. Air Force, Blanford returned to Richmond, Ind., and joined the local police force, rising through the ranks and eventually taking a position as lieutenant with the Indiana State Police. But he grew increasingly frustrated with how cases were prosecuted. That’s when he …

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