Gene Edward Wilkins
Gene Edward Wilkins was born on Main Street in New Palestine, Indiana, on August 6, 1932. He graduated from that city’s New Palestine High School, as valedictorian, in 1950. After high school Wilkins became the first person in his family to go to college, attending Indiana University. He received his A.B. from Indiana in 1954. Wilkins then enrolled at the IU School of Law, where he received his JD degree in 1957.
After law school, Wilkins accepted a position with the Indianapolis firm of Bamberger & Feibleman. He became a partner in 1960, and spent 35 years with the firm. He finished his career as a Senior Counsel at Ice Miller. Wilkins specialized in representing family and closely held businesses and estate planning. He also spent 13 years teaching as an Adjunct Professor for the IU School of Law.
Wilkins chaired the Young Lawyers sections of both the Indiana State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He was a board member of many Indianapolis local civic organizations, including the Indianapolis Speech and Hearing Foundation, the Meridian Street Foundation and the Governor’s Residence Commission. Wilkins was named a Sagamore of the Wabash during the O’Banon administration, and was named a Distinguished Service Award winner by the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in 2015. Gene Edward Wilkins died in Indianapolis, at the age of 85, in 2018.
Maurer Alumni, Distinguished Service Award, Bamberger & Feibleman
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