Hannah Kaufman Joseph

Biography

Hannah Kaufman Joseph is a Shareholder with Katz & Korin where she focuses her practice on business law and entrepreneurial services.

Hannah has experience advising clients about business entity selection and formation, commercial and real estate transactions, business disputes and drafting and negotiation of contracts. Hannah is a true entrepreneur. She had developed a thriving and successful law practice serving the needs of small business owners and entrepreneurs. In the ten years of practice, Hannah has developed such specialized expertise in her practice that she now serves as an adjunct professor at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. She is a frequent speaker and panelist on topics related to business financing, contract negotiation and entrepreneurship. Hannah also often contributes articles to the Indianapolis Business Journal, the Indiana Law Blog, and Indianapolis Monthly. And aside from all of her time spent in her legal practice, she also helps her husband run two locations of their restaurant King David Dogs, and is raising twin six year old sons.

Prior to joining Katz & Korin, Hannah was a founding partner of Joseph and Turow, P.C. She also served as corporate counsel to The Finish Line, Inc. where she gained a unique understanding of how to balance the business needs of a for-profit enterprise with the legal risks that every company faces.

Last year, while working with Governor Mike Pence’s office, Hannah identified an area of the law that had antiquated and complex requirements that were inhibiting small business owners from raising money to fund their enterprises. Instead of simply complaining about the problem, Hannah worked closely with Governor Pence’s office to develop and sponsor legislation that would allow Indiana to become a leader among states in adopting flexible, modern laws for small businesses to get off the ground in innovative ways, including being one of the first states to permit equity crowdfunding. Hannah didn’t just have an idea for a law that would help many of the businesses she represents, she actually helped write the law, testified in front of the Indiana legislature in support of the law and is helping implement and draft rules for the use of the law going forward.

Hannah has an extensive background in securities and insurance. She has passed the Series 7, 63, and 65. These exams have licensed her as a stockbroker and a registered investment advisor.

Hannah was named Forty Under 40 by The Indianapolis Business Journal in 2013 and was named as Super Lawyer Rising Star in 2011 and 2013-2014.

Aside from the practice of law, Hannah is passionate about being an advocate for her community. In 2014, she was selected to take part in a very selective and prestigious program through Israeli Ministry of Foreign Affairs. The seminar, which took place in August 2014, invited 35 participants from 23 countries to travel through Israel (including visits to the West Bank and Gaza) to learn about diplomatic advocacy for Israel.

Hannah took that opportunity very seriously. First of all, she raised more than $2,500 to fund her flight and expenses for the trip through donation-based crowdfunding, so that her friends, family and community could support Hannah’s participation. Hannah was committed to use the experience as a way to help deepen the Indianapolis community’s understanding of the complexities surrounding the volatility of the Middle East. Throughout the trip, Hannah maintained a very detailed blog so that her friends, family and Indianapolis community could follow along with her experience.

Hannah is a graduate of Indiana University and the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. She is a lecturer and serves on the board of directors of the Business Ownership Initiative and is active in the Jewish Federation of Greater Indianapolis. She is a frequent speaker on topics such as social media and the law, use of independent contractors, law and technology, and business ownership and entrepreneurship.

Ms. Joseph may be reached via e-mail at hjoseph@katzkorin.com.

 

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