Sagamore of the Wabash Awarded to Ice Miller’s Richard Thrapp Sagamore of the Wabash Awarded to Ice Miller’s Richard Thrapp

Sagamore of the Wabash Awarded to Ice Miller’s Richard Thrapp

On behalf of Governor Mike Pence, Deputy Secretary of State Brandon Clifton has presented Ice Miller partner Richard Thrapp with the Sagamore of the Wabash for his service as chair of the Indiana Business Law Survey Commission. The award is a personal tribute bestowed on those who have rendered distinguished service to the state.
 
“In his 30-plus years as a corporate lawyer, Indiana legislation has made great strides because of Rich’s resourcefulness as an attorney and tactful relationships with legislators,” said Steve Humke, chief managing partner of Ice Miller. “The Firm is thrilled that he has been recognized with the Sagamore of the Wabash, which is truly a major achievement of his career.”
 
“I have always been impressed with Richard’s work with the BLSC and have great respect for his depth of knowledge as an attorney,” said Secretary of State Connie Lawson. “He has been an invaluable partner in developing business and corporate law within the state and his work ethic is an example to all in public service. I look forward to many more years of his leadership on the Commission.”
 
Rich has been involved in drafting or reviewing numerous major legislation in Indiana, including participating in the rewrite of Indiana’s Business Corporation Law, and serving on the drafting committees for the 1991 Indiana Nonprofit Corporation Act and the 1994 Indiana Limited Liability Company Act.
 
As a result of his work, Rich was appointed to the Indiana Business Law Survey Commission, a 14-member commission appointed by the Governor and administered by the Indiana Secretary of State’s office to advise and make recommendations to the General Assembly on business laws. In 2006 he was elected as chair of the Commission, a role in which he continues to serve today, and for which he was presented with the Sagamore of the Wabash award.
 
Through his role as chair of the Indiana Business Law Survey Commission, Rich has helped steer the future of Indiana by providing recommendations to the General Assembly concerning:
  • business corporations, nonprofit corporations and professional corporations;
  • benefit corporations;
  • limited liability companies;
  • partnerships, limited partnerships and limited liability partnerships;
  • business trusts; and
  • other business entities (domestic or foreign) authorized to do business or doing business in Indiana.
Rich joins six other Sagamores of the Wabash at Ice Miller:
Skip Adams, Paul Corsaro, Carl Drummer, Harry Gonso, Lacy Johnson and Marilee Springer.
 
The Sagamore of the Wabash award was created during the term of Governor Ralph Gates, who served from 1945 to 1949. The term “sagamore” was used by the American Indian Tribes of the northeastern United States to describe a lesser chief or a great man among the tribe to whom the true chief looked to for wisdom and advice.
 
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