Ice Miller Sets Up Shop in The Big Apple

Posted: Updated:
Thomas Kesoglou will lead the Ice Miller New York office and previously served as a partner at McCarter & English LLP. Thomas Kesoglou will lead the Ice Miller New York office and previously served as a partner at McCarter & English LLP.

Indianapolis-based Ice Miller LLP has expanded into its largest market to date. The 105-year-old firm, which now has offices in seven markets, says a New York City location will bolster its private equity practice and position it "where the clients are." Ice Miller currently employs 300 lawyers in four states. Thomas Kesoglou will serve as the office managing partner in New York.

Chief Managing Partner Steve Humke says "more and more of our transactional and private equity clients are based on the East Coast. Opening an office in New York is consistent with our strategic plan and affords us an opportunity to better serve our expanding client base by meeting them where they live and work." The private equity team currently features 40 attorneys.

Humke tells Inside INdiana Business the firm is not entering the market "just because it's New York." He says the play is a combination of a good idea, a good existing partner in private equity practice leader and Partner Edward Braum and a "good partner on the ground" in Thomas Kesoglou. Humke believes the new market can be successful within one to two years and will allow the firm to expand current relationship and add new ones.

He says New York is both compelling and competitive and believes Ice Miller's legacy and strength in the Midwest, particularly in middle-market mergers and acquisitions, will offer a "terrific opportunity" to demonstrate its "unique skill-set and value proposition."

The new office officially goes to work today. In addition to Indianapolis and New York City, Ice Miller has locations in Chicago; Cleveland; Columbus, Ohio; DuPage County, Illinois and Washington, D.C.

Chief Managing Partner Steve Humke says the firm has considered growth opportunities in the city "for years."
  • Perspectives

    • How to Find a New Audience After Hitting a Marketing Plateau

      It may sound like a marketer’s dream scenario: efforts have proven to be so successful it appears a company has completely saturated their target audience. While it may be a good problem to have, it still may be a problem. Hitting a marketing plateau is an opportunity for companies in any industry to reevaluate, re-energize and come to the table with new ideas for better understanding existing customers and engaging new audiences.



  • Most Popular Stories

    • (image courtesy of The Times of Northwest Indiana)

      Crews Start Demolition of Carson's in Hammond

      The face of downtown retail in Hammond is changing once again with the demolition of Carson’s department store, the one-time the anchor of Woodmar Mall. Our partners at The Times of Northwest Indiana report excavating crews have started to demolish the last vestige of the shopping center which stood since the 1950s. 

    • (photo courtesy of WTHR-TV)

      Andrew Luck Retiring from NFL

      In a shocking development following the Indianapolis Colts' preseason loss to the Chicago Bears, quarterback Andrew Luck has announced his retirement from the NFL. Luck, who did not play in Saturday's game, said the number of injuries he has suffered throughout his professional career "has taken my joy of this game away." Luck teared up during a news conference in which he made his announcement. "After 2016 where I played in pain and was unable to regularly...

    • Shaina Keck

      Pier 48 Manager Named

      FK Restaurant Group has named Shaina Keck sales and banquet manager for Pier 48 Fish House and Bar in downtown Indianapolis. She previously served in sales at Kilroy's Bar & Grill. Keck is a graduate of Indiana University Kelly School of Business with a bachelor of science degree in finance and accounting with a concentration in international studies.  
    • Fort Wayne Tops 'Hottest Real Estate Markets'

      Fort Wayne just opened its brand new riverfront Promenade Park to pomp and pageantry, hoping to make it a draw to Indiana’s second largest city. But now the Allen County community has something else to celebrate. The editors of declared Fort Wayne as the hottest real estate market in July for the entire country. 

    • On-Air

      Find out when and where you can watch and listen to our reports.