Kristina Swanson (pictured) has joined Wooden McLaughlin as senior counsel at the Indianapolis-based law firm and will practice in the area of litigation.

A recently admitted member of the Indiana Bar, she is also admitted to practice in Illinois and California. Prior to joining the firm, Swanson served as an adjunct professor at both UND Law School and IWU while representing Indiana and nationwide clients in products liability, Constitutional law, and general business litigation.

Swanson received her law degree cum laude from Harvard Law School and her undergraduate degree from Michigan State University. While a law student, she was a member of the Harvard Women’s Law Journal, Harvard Law Record Columnist, and Harvard Defenders and Criminal Justice Institute.

Swanson is a board member for the Indiana Blind Children’s Foundation and her family serves as a host family for Safe Families.

Also, David Patton, Alyson St. Pierre and William Young II have joined the firm as associates. Patton and St. Pierre will practice in the area of litigation. Young will practice in the real estate area.

A recently admitted member of the Indiana Bar, Patton is an honors graduate of the Emory University School of Law. A merit scholarship recipient, he also was named to the Dean’s List. He was the Notes & Comments Editor of the Emory Bankruptcy Developments Journal and published a Comment in the Journal’s most recent issue titled, “Bankruptcy Courts Authority under § 505.” He received his undergraduate degree from Indiana University.

St. Pierre is a graduate of the IU Maurer School of Law and admitted to the Indiana Bar. During law school, she served as articles editor for the Indiana Journal of Global Legal Studies. Her note, “America’s Past-time and the Art of Diplomacy,” was published in the recent issue, 25 Ind. J. Global Legal Stud. 797.  As an undergraduate at Indiana University, she received highest honors from the History Department and a general honors notation from Hutton Honors College.

Young previously worked for a firm in Bloomington and managed all legal aspects of commercial real estate transactions including acquisitions, dispositions, financing, leasing and development. A member of the Indianapolis, Indiana State and American Bar associations, Young is admitted to practice in Indiana and the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana. He received both his undergraduate and law degrees from Indiana University.