Attorneys and Staff

Steven Schultz

Steven R. Schultz

General Counsel

As Purdue’s chief legal officer, Steve advises the Trustees, the president and senior administrators on issues of law, governance and risk management and oversees and directs the representation of the University in all legal matters. Since joining the University in early 2013, Steve has developed and led Purdue’s first internal legal operation in its nearly 150-year history.

Following law degrees from Yale and Cambridge (Trinity Hall), Steve worked as a corporate lawyer with Barnes & Thornburg in Indianapolis and with Fried, Frank, Harris, Shriver & Jacobson in London, where he specialized in business start-ups, mergers and acquisitions, and capital markets financings. After 9/11, Steve and his family returned to Indiana, settling in Columbus. There he built the enterprise-wide legal function of Irwin Financial, the publicly traded parent company of Indiana’s then oldest state-chartered bank.

Between stints as general counsel of Irwin Financial and of Southeastern Indiana Health Organization, an Indiana health insurance services company, Steve served as Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels’ first chief counsel. He also served as a member of the Indiana Finance Authority from 2006 to 2009, a period in which the state received its first ever AAA credit rating. In 2010, Governor Daniels and Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear asked Steve to lead a bi-state effort to develop a plan of finance and project delivery strategy for the Ohio River Bridges Project—at the time one of the most significant infrastructure projects in the nation. By 2016, the bridges were completed, marking the realization of a dream shared by the two states for over 40 years.

An Indianapolis native, Steve received his undergraduate degree in history and political science from Butler University (BA ’88), where he played football for the Bulldogs.

Trent Klingerman

Trenten D. Klingerman

Deputy General Counsel and Chief Privacy Officer

Trent's responsibilities include faculty, staff and student matters, privacy and public records issues, and litigation. Trent also serves as the primary Office of Legal Counsel liaison to PFW and Purdue Northwest. He is a Purdue graduate and a graduate of the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. While in law school, Trent was named a managing editor of the Indiana Law Journal, and worked as the student director of the Protective Order Project, a group dedicated to assisting victims of domestic violence.

Prior to joining Purdue in 2012, Trent was a partner in the Lafayette, Indiana, law firm of Stuart & Branigin, where he successfully represented employers of all sizes in federal and state trial and appellate courts. Trent then worked in Human Resources at Purdue, including serving as the University's director of employee relations and its vice president for human resources.

Adrian Allen

Adrian S. Allen

Senior Associate Counsel, Facilities and Finance

Adrian's primary areas of concentration are construction law, procurement issues, litigation and contract matters, in addition to providing legal and governance support for University financings.

Before joining Purdue University in 2014, Adrian was a partner at the law firms of Stuart & Branigin and Bose McKinney & Evans. Adrian earned a BA in history and received his JD from Indiana University. While at Indiana University, Adrian served as a managing editor for the Indiana Law Journal.

Mark Ahearn

Mark G. Ahearn

Special Counsel for Strategic Initiatives

Mark Ahearn provides legal and management counsel for multiple strategic initiatives at Purdue University in the furtherance of Purdue's mission of teaching, research and engagement.  He also supports Purdue University and Purdue Research Foundation economic development opportunities in coordination with local governments through the Inter-local Cooperation Agreement and interfaces with the State of Indiana and federal governments.

Utilizing experience developed in the public and private sectors, Mark served as general counsel to the Indiana Department of Transportation providing legal and project management leadership on such projects as the Ohio River Bridges Project, the Indiana Toll Road Lease and Concessionaire Agreement, and Indiana's highway infrastructure rebuild program known as Major Moves.  Most recently, Mark served as general counsel and ethics officer to Indiana Governor Mike Pence with special emphasis on legal management of the multiple state agencies, legislative policy, judicial appointments, complex litigation, ethics and ethics training.  In the private sector, Mark was vice president, general counsel and corporate secretary to a publicly traded manufacturing/distribution company focusing on complex contracts, corporate governance and finance and spearheaded a "going private" transaction for the company, "de-listing" from the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Mark received his undergraduate degree in political science from Indiana University and his law degree from the IU McKinney School of Law where he served as an associate editor for the Indiana Law Review.

Deb Trice

Deborah B. Trice

Associate Counsel, Student Affairs

In addition to serving as Director of Compliance in the Office of the Vice President for Ethics and Compliance, Deb provides advice and counsel on student conduct matters as well as risk management issues arising in the student affairs context.

Before joining Purdue University in 2015, Deb was a partner with Stuart & Branigin LLP with a focus on higher education and employment law. She earned her undergraduate degree with distinction from Purdue and her law degree from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. In law school, Deb served as associate editor of the Indiana Law Review.

Monica Bloom

Monica Soto Bloom

Associate Counsel

Monica S. Bloom is Associate Legal Counsel, Human Resources & Academic Affairs.  Her responsibilities include employee relations, human resources regulatory and compliance matters, student affairs and conduct, athletics-related matters, and University policies.  Monica previously served as Purdue's Title IX coordinator and executive director of the Office of Institutional Equity at Purdue.  Before coming to Purdue, she served as an associate with the Lafayette, Indiana law firm of Stuart & Branigin, specializing in employment, railroad and health care litigation.

Monica holds a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a bachelor's degree in history from Duke University.  She is a member of the Indiana Bar, the U.S. District Court for Northern District of Indiana, the U.S. District Court for Southern District of Indiana and the National Association of College and University Attorneys.

Jonas Burgett

Jonas Q. Burgett

Associate Counsel

Jonas Burgett is Associate Counsel for University Partnerships and Digital Education.  He advises University representatives on a broad range of issues, including digital education services contracts, intellectual property issues, real estate matters, and strategic partnerships.  He also serves as special counsel from time to time to Purdue Research Foundation.

Jonas received his B.S., with highest distinction, from Purdue University in Aeronautical and Astronautical Engineering, and his Doctor of Law degree, with honors, from the University of Chicago Law School.

Jonas practiced transactional law in Indianapolis and Denver, prior to transitioning back to Indiana to run a mid-sized business and several real estate companies, including serving as his own general counsel.  Subsequently, Jonas re-entered the full time practice of law with Purdue.

Ben Terhune

Benjamin I. Terhune

Associate Counsel

Ben is Associate Counsel for Administrative Operations. He assists Procurement Services on contractual and transactional matters and provides advice and assistance to University units and affiliated organizations on a broad range of issues.   Ben received both his B.A. and M.B.A. from Purdue and is also a graduate of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Ben is a member of the Indiana Bar and also admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.

Before joining Purdue in 2013, Ben was in private law practice in Indianapolis, Indiana, and focused his practice in real estate, mortgage foreclosure, contracts, insurance defense, insurance subrogation, and workers compensation defense. He then worked in Procurement Services at Purdue, serving as the Assistant Director of Contract Management. Prior joining Office of Legal Counsel, Ben also served as Special Counsel for Procurement Contracting and Risk Management where he assisted the University in resolving contractual disputes, provided advice in contractual matters, and assisted in developing policies and procedures to mitigate and manage the University’s risk.

Will Doss

Will Doss

Associate Counsel - Academic Collaborations and Intellectual Property

Will focuses on the contractual aspects of collaborative research with the public and private sectors, as well as on the licensing and protection of Purdue’s intellectual property. With over twenty years of private sector business, tax, and technology experience, Will maintains a solid understanding of the relationship between the law and furthering business interests. By approaching legal challenges with a big-picture, multi-disciplinary mind-set, he strives to avoid waste by negotiating and drafting comprehensive legal solutions to complex issues. Together with his colleagues, Will helps the University tackle a broad spectrum of constantly changing legal issues.

Will earned a B.S. in Accounting from Purdue University, and his J.D. from Indiana University Maurer School of Law.

Prior to returning to Purdue in the midst of a global pandemic, Will advised businesses and their owners on formation, capitalization, operation, acquisition, merger, disposition, dissolution, taxation, franchising, and licensing matters. Will has worked with a wide variety of clients, including extensive representation of restaurant and medical/dental clients. He has also been involved in the litigation of business and intellectual property matters in both state and federal courts.

Hannah Carroll-Altman

Hannah Carroll-Altman

Senior Assistant Legal Counsel

Hannah's responsibilities include: public safety matters, including advising Purdue’s Police, Fire, and Emergency Management departments; faculty, staff, and student affairs; Title IX and Clery compliance; privacy and public records issues; and litigation.

Hannah earned her B.S. in Criminology from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and her J.D. from the University of Nebraska College of Law. She went on to earn her LL.M. (Masters of Law) in Trial Advocacy from Temple University Beasley School of Law in Philadelphia.

Before joining Purdue in 2020, Hannah was in private practice in Lincoln, Nebraska as a criminal defense attorney. Hannah received the Martindale-Hubbell Platinum Client Champion award (premium client service) every year she was in private practice. She also was named a Top 10 Criminal Defense Attorney Under 40 in Nebraska in 2019.

Michele L. Arthur

Michele L. Arthur

Operations Administrator

Michele Arthur joined the Office of Legal Counsel as Operations Administrator in 2019 and brings more than 20 years of legal and compliance experience to the position. Michele’s responsibilities include facilitating university-wide legal strategic initiatives, coordinating legal services, communicating with stakeholders, and implementing process improvements that support the OLC’s ability to be effective and responsive to its internal clients.

Prior to joining Purdue in 2012, Michele spent her career as a paralegal assisting lawyers representing clients in complex litigation with a focus in railroad and higher education law. She joined Purdue as assistant director for equity in hiring, where she audited hiring practices, served as interim disability coordinator, and investigated harassment and discrimination claims under Title VII and Title IX. Just prior to joining the OLC, Michele managed the office of the CIO and was part of the team charged with investigating Purdue’s approach to online education—an effort that ultimately led to the launch of Purdue Online and Purdue University Global.

Kaity J. Heide

Kaitlyn J. Heide

Legal Services Coordinator

Since November 2017, Kaity has served the Office of Legal Counsel as legal services coordinator. Her duties include the management of the University's public record requests and providing paralegal support to the assistant legal counsel and associate counsel.

Kaity joined the Office of Legal Counsel in July 2015 after previously serving the Office of the Vice President for Physical Facilities as a legal assistant. She also served Physical Facilities as a secretary in both Energy and Construction and Fiscal Affairs Administration. Kaity began her career at Purdue in August 2012 after having earned an Associate of Applied Science degree in business administration from Ivy Tech Community College.

Jodie A. Melton

Jodie A. Melton

Legal Assistant

As Legal Assistant in the Office of Legal Counsel, Jodie performs various paralegal and administrative duties.  Prior to joining Purdue in May 2017, she worked in a variety of law firms and offices in Indianapolis as well as in Michigan and in Illinois.  Jodie has an Associate's Degree in Paralegal Studies from the University of Indianapolis.

Kim Weldy

Kim A. Weldy

Executive Assistant

Kim joined the Office of the Board of Trustees as the administrative assistant in June 2013. Since coming to Purdue in May 2005, she has also served as the development coordinator in the Purdue Libraries Office of Advancement, administrative assistant in the Office of the President, schedule deputy in the Department of Biological Sciences and secretary in the Department of Anthropology.

She earned a degree as a legal assistant from Indiana Vocational Technical College (now Ivy Tech Community College) and was a court reporter for Tippecanoe County for 19 years. Her responsibilities include providing administrative support to the Board of Trustees and the Deputy General Counsel, and she also serves as primary liaison between the Board of Trustees and the OLC.

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