November 9, 2016
Rachel Stuckey’s career choice was no random pick.
“Ever since I can remember, ever since I was little, I’ve wanted to be an attorney,” said Stuckey, an Angola native who is the newest addition to the Elkhart law firm Warrick & Boyn. “It’s kind of funny – I’ve never thought of anything else I’ve wanted to be. No one else in my family is an attorney so I’m not sure where I originally got the idea. That said, I’ve always been interested in the law and over the years tried to expose myself to the legal profession.”
As a high school student, Stuckey worked as a legal assistant for the Stout & Wheeler law firm in Angola.
“I helped with office tasks and going to court and things like that,” she said.
The youthful Stuckey’s entertainment preferences tended to focus on the law, as well.
“When I was younger I watched ‘Judge Judy’ a lot,” she said with a laugh. “I thought I wanted to be a judge at that point. I came to find out that that’s really not how court proceedings go. So I decided to stick with the attorney route.”
As she finished law school, Stuckey was searching for jobs and networking with attorneys in the Elkhart area. Around this time, her parents met Warrick & Boyn partner Andrew Hicks at a legislative event focused on alcohol service industry regulations; Stuckey’s father owns Mad Anthony Brewing Co. in Fort Wayne. Hicks indicated Warrick & Boyn might be looking to hire an attorney. Stuckey later connected with Hicks and interviewed with the other Warrick & Boyn partners. She was hired in August.
At Warrick & Boyn, Stuckey will be working in business and corporate law, among other areas.
“Warrick & Boyn handles a fair amount of alcohol law and licensing issues for our clients so I’ve been working with Andrew on that type of work,” she said. “We also handle a lot of school law-related issues and I’ve been working with Partner, Tim Shelly, on that, as well.”
Stuckey, along with other Warrick & Boyn lawyers, has been active this fall with the Indiana Kids Election (IKE) program. As part of that initiative, the attorneys have traveled to local elementary schools to help educate students about the election process.
IKE is a good fit for Warrick & Boyn, as the firm works with a number of local and regional school corporations.
“It’s nice to get out there and meet the educators and it’s been a good opportunity to interact with the kids,” Stuckey said. “I don’t spend a lot of time around children that age, so to have 100 of them in one room and trying to organize them was quite the task. It was a fun experience for me.”
An Angola High School graduate, Stuckey attended Indiana University – Bloomington, where she majored in sociology and minored in history. She graduated from the IU Robert H. McKinney School of Law in Indianapolis in May.
Warrick & Boyn, LLP, is a full-service law firm in Elkhart, Ind., that practices in all areas of business and corporate law. Areas of practice include commercial litigation, creditors’ rights and bankruptcy law, labor and employment law, defense litigation, securities law and regulation, worker’s compensation defense, education and school law, EEOC law, employee benefits law and pension plans, environmental law and regulation, tax and estate planning, municipal law, and property and real estate law. The firm’s clients are located primarily in northern Indiana and southwestern Michigan, and most of the attorneys are licensed to practice in both Indiana and Michigan.