women and minority attorneys

Taft is committed to creating an inclusive culture of individuals from diverse backgrounds. We are proud of our ongoing efforts in this area and of our growing diversity, and we invite you to contact any of our women and minority attorneys to discuss what it is like to practice at Taft.

Below are informal profiles for some of our women and minority attorneys. To see a full list, click on “View by Last Name” or “View by Practice Area.”

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Photo of Marci A. Reddick Marci A. Reddick

Marci is a partner with the firm and focuses her practices on real estate acquisition and development and on emerging business enterprises. Marci has a long history of political and community involvement dating to her undergraduate days as a student leader at Indiana University. In more recent years she has focused her energies on nonprofit causes, including serving on the board of directors of an Indianapolis community-development corporation, serving as a founder and director of Outrun The Sun, Inc., a nonprofit corporation created to raise awareness about skin cancers and funding for a research to find a cure for melanoma, and as a leader in the Indiana State and Indianapolis Bar Associations. As a parent, Marci finds that balancing the work-home-community dynamic is challenging, but very rewarding.

Photo of Kim Rhoades Kim Rhoades

Kim is a member of the firm’s Health & Life Sciences group. She focuses her practice primarily on business transactions, corporate matters and regulatory issues, with particular emphasis on assisted living, home health, skilled nursing, supported living and other long-term health services. Prior to joining Taft, Kim served as the director of the Indiana State Department of Health’s Long-Term Care Division, where she led the daily operations for regulating nursing homes, residential care facilities, Life Safety Code and supervised group living facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Kim is a committee member at the Mount Auburn Daycare and Preschool and a member of Mount Auburn United Methodist Church in Greenwood, Ind.

Photo of Mary L. Rust Mary L. Rust

Mary came to Taft as an associate after spending six years as Assistant Trust Counsel for Fifth Third Bank. She is a native Cincinnatian and graduate of Miami University and the University of Cincinnati College of Law. Since joining Taft, Mary has maintained a reduced, flexible schedule, now working as a partner in the Tax Practice Group where she focuses her practice on estate planning, probate and charitable giving. "My part-time schedule gives me the best of both worlds: a challenging, rewarding career at a great firm and plenty of time to volunteer at school, volunteer in the community and manage the sports schedules of three very busy kids."

Photo of Laura J. Schmidt Laura J. Schmidt

Laura is an associate in the firm’s Business & Finance group. She has significant business experience leading teams in the wealth management arena, law firm setting and nonprofit organizations. In addition, Laura is a dedicated and highly involved community leader, serving on the board of trustees of the Cincinnati Parks Foundation and on the planned giving advisory board of Catholic Inner-city School Education. She lives in Indian Hill where she is chair of the Public Safety Committee and just completed two terms as a council member on the Indian Hill Village Council. She is a board member for the Madeira Indian Hill Joint Fire District, and is a member of the Indian Hill Planning Commission, Law Committee and Grand Valley Advisory Committee.

Photo of Lynn M. Schulte Lynn M. Schulte

Lynn is a partner with the firm, practicing in the Business & Finance Practice Group. Prior to earning her law degree from the University of Cincinnati College of Law, where she graduated summa cum laude, Lynn spent nine years in corporate lending in the Greater Cincinnati area. Lynn's desire to help business owners make the most of their efforts has carried over to her legal career. She also serves as a volunteer with the American Diabetes Association and the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.

Photo of Sharon I. Shanley Sharon I. Shanley

Sharon has worked in Taft's Business Restructuring & Creditor Rights Practice Group since 2000. Prior to joining Taft, Sharon, who earned her law degree at the University of Georgia College of Law, lived for a number of years in Honolulu. While there she also focused her practice on business restructuring and creditor rights and engaged both professionally and personally in Hawaii’s highly diverse community. Currently she focuses her time outside her practice on her two children, their activities and the school community. Sharon believes that being deeply involved in her family’s community allows her to use her skills in volunteer work in a way that’s not only beneficial to her family and community, but brings valuable perspective to her law practice as well.

Photo of Brittany L. Shaw Brittany L. Shaw

Brittany Shaw is an associate in Taft’s Indianapolis office and a member of the firm’s Litigation group. She primarily represents clients in business and commercial litigation and general litigation in state and federal courts. Brittany’s experience includes all trial-related matters concerning corporate, business, contract and employment issues. She also focuses on antitrust claims, class actions, shareholder and corporate governance disputes, finance disputes and fraud.

Brittany serves on the board of directors for the Young Professionals of Central Indiana and is the YP Unite Chair. She is also a board member of the Indiana Children's Wish Fund's Wish Warriors and a member of the events committee for Frieds of Riley. Brittany is also a member of several organizations, including the Indiana, Indianapolis and American Bar Associations and Phi Beta Phi Alumni Association.

Photo of Elizabeth A. Shuster Elizabeth A. Shuster

Liz is a partner in Taft’s Intellectual Property practice group. She is a registered patent attorney and with more than 10 years of experience providing intellectual property services to individuals and companies of all sizes. Liz has substantial experience in the preparation and prosecution of U.S. and foreign patent applications, consultation with clients to avoid patent infringement, preparation of patent invalidity and non-infringement opinions, intellectual property due diligence, and strategic counseling. She enjoys helping clients implement strategies to protect and grow their intellectual property portfolios.

Before law school, Liz was a structural engineer designing various types of bridges nationally and abroad. She designed over 40 bridges and became a Registered Professional Engineer in Illinois in 1996.

Liz has been very active with the Indiana State and Indianapolis Bar Associations over the years and is also a member of the National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO).