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BBKCC Partner, AJ Sickmann, named to the Super Lawyers Rising Star list for 2020

BBKCC Partner, AJ Sickmann, has been selected to the 2020 Indiana Rising Stars list. Each year, no more than 2.5 percent of the lawyers in the state under the age of 40 are selected to receive this honor. Super Lawyers is a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. The annual selections are made using a patented multiphase process that includes a statewide survey of lawyers, an independent research evaluation of candidates and peer reviews by practice area. The result is a comprehensive and diverse listing of exceptional attorneys.

BBKCC & Junior Achievement “Salutes” Adam Forrest, Aubrey Crist & Tami Stevens

Junior Achievement of Eastern Indiana salutes Adam Forrest for his 10 years of service.  He served on the Board, as President of the Board and Classroom Volunteering.  We are also very proud of our new associate Aubrey Crist for being newly elected to the Junior Achievement Board.  She also Volunteers in the classroom along with Tami Stevens our BBKCC Paralegal.




Aubrey Crist                                             Tami Stevens






             Following a busy spring of Indiana Municipal Lawyers Association (IMLA) activities and events, BBKCC partner Ron Cross concluded his term of office as the president of IMLA at its annual June meeting held in Carmel, Indiana. The annual meeting was part of the IMLA’s Municipal Law Seminar XXXVI. Membership of the association consists of approximately three hundred fifty (350) Indiana attorneys whose practices involve, to some degree, the representation of Indiana cities, towns, township, counties and/or other public entities. Ron is pictured here receiving a plaque from Jodie Woods, IMLA Executive Director and General Counsel to Accelerating Indiana Municipalities (“AIM”), in recognition of his service in 2018-2019 as president of the association. Ron will continue to be a member of the IMLA Board of Directors serving in an ex-officio capacity as Immediate Past President.

In March of 2019, Ron, along with several other Indiana attorneys, attended the International Municipal Lawyers Associations mid-year four-day conference in Washington, D.C. That event was attended by over three hundred (300) municipal lawyers from across the nation who attended presentations on multiple legal challenges and issues facing municipalities in all states, covering topics including the ability of an agency to regulate cell tower and small communication devices; recent developments in the SEC’s governance of public debt issues; and updates on pertinent state and federal case law developments and US Supreme Court decisions.

If you or your public agency is in need of legal advice or consultation, contact Ron or any of the other BBKCC attorneys who represent municipalities in the greater Wayne County area, including attorneys Bob Bever, Adam Forrest, AJ Sickmann or Walt Chidester.


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.


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.