Attorneys and Staff

Steven Schultz

Steven R. Schultz

Legal 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. As of the end of 2016, the bridges are nearing completion, 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

Assistant Legal 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 IPFW 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

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.

Tandra Foster

Tandra M. Foster

Associate Counsel, Human Resources and Academic Affairs

Tandra's practice includes the provision of advice and assistance in the administration of employee relations, human resources regulatory and compliance matters, University policies, as well as the oversight and management of associated legal risks. In the area of academic affairs, her practice generally includes management and oversight of legal duties and risks related to general academic matters, student affairs, contract matters, general regulatory matters, dispute resolution, and University policies.

Prior to joining Purdue University's Office of Legal Counsel, Tandra's private practice primarily included areas of concentration such as employment law, higher education law, regulatory compliance counseling, employment litigation and general litigation. She began her legal career after graduating from Indiana University's Mauer School of Law.

Amanda Redick

Amanda C. Redick

Associate Counsel, Corporate and Global Partnerships

Amanda advises University representatives on a broad range of issues, including research contracting, international contracting, immigration and collections. She also advises on structuring of affiliated entities and serves as special counsel from time to time to Purdue International, Inc., and Purdue Research Foundation.

Amanda received her BA, cum laude, from Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, and her law degree, cum laude, from Mercer University Walter F. George School of Law in Macon, Georgia. While in law school, she served as senior managing editor of the Mercer Law Review.

Amanda practiced in Atlanta, Georgia, for a number of years before transitioning to Indiana and ultimately joining Purdue. During that time, she primarily advised clients on real estate development and financing, secured lending, and corporate issues.

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.

Kim Weldy

Kim A. Weldy

Administrative 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 with the Board include providing administrative support to both the corporate secretary and legal counsel.

Kaity J. Heide

Kaitlyn J. Heide

Legal Assistant

Kaity joined the Office of Legal Counsel as the legal assistant in July 2015 and provides paralegal and administrative support to the assistant legal counsel and associate counsel. 

She had previously served the Office of the Vice President for Physical Facilities as a legal assistant, and 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.

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