Officers

Christopher D. Lee, the brand new president of the Protection Trial Counsel of Indiana, is a accomplice within the Indianapolis workplace of Dinsmore & Shohl. Mr. Lee is a trial lawyer and has been acknowledged by his friends for his illustration in insurance coverage protection and business litigation issues. He manages advanced litigation instances and is a frequent speaker on trial follow and trial advocacy. He’s additionally an energetic member of DRI and the Federation of Protection & Company Counsel.

Anna Mallon, president-elect, is an lawyer within the Indianapolis legislation agency of Paganelli Regulation Group. Her follow is concentrated on insurance coverage protection, insurance coverage unhealthy religion, third-party protection of insureds and private harm protection. She obtained her J.D. from the Indiana College Robert H. McKinney College of Regulation, is a former chair of DTCI’s Insurance coverage Protection Part, and often speaks on insurance coverage protection and unhealthy religion.

Scott B. Cockrum, the brand new secretary, is a accomplice within the Northwest Indiana and Indianapolis workplaces of Lewis Brisbois. He has intensive expertise dealing with skilled legal responsibility claims in state and federal courts in Indiana, together with ones involving the protection of architects, engineers, legal professionals, accountants, surveyors, property managers and realtors. He additionally incessantly represents physicians and nursing properties in medical malpractice claims.

Norris Cunningham, the 2023 treasurer, is a member of Stoll Keenon Ogden PLLC and represents well being care suppliers in varied capacities together with litigation and regulatory issues. He’s an arbitrator licensed by the American Arbitration Affiliation and the American Well being Attorneys Affiliation. Mr. Cunningham is a frequent presenter on long-term care at nationwide and regional seminars and conferences. Mr. Cunningham obtained his B.A. from Aurora College in 1988, his M.S. from Central Michigan College in 1991, and his J.D. from IU McKinney in 1996.

Elliott I. Pinkie, the quick previous president, is the proprietor of Pinkie Regulation LLC in Indianapolis. He makes a speciality of civil litigation for the protection with a focus in medical malpractice, licensing litigation, well being care litigation, and merchandise and premises legal responsibility protection. He earned a B.S. in prison justice and criminology from Ball State College and his J.D. from the Ohio Northern College Pettit School of Regulation. He’s an energetic member of DRI, native bar associations and the American Bar Affiliation.

Administrators

David Seashore is a accomplice with Eichhorn & Eichhorn LLP. His follow areas embrace protection of economic {and professional} negligence claims in each state and federal courtroom and earlier than the seventh Circuit Court docket of Appeals. David graduated from Southern Methodist College with a B.A. in 1991 and a J.D. in 1995. He was named the Indiana Protection Lawyer of the 12 months in 2018.

BJ Brinkerhoff is a accomplice in Jeselskis Brinkerhoff and Joseph LLC in Indianapolis. BJ focuses his follow on enterprise disputes and likewise litigates merchandise legal responsibility instances, restaurant and retail legal responsibility, civil rights issues, contract disputes, insurance coverage issues and appeals. He represents purchasers within the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana and in lots of different state and federal courts across the nation. BJ graduated from Vanderbilt College with a B.A. in political science and U.S. historical past and obtained his J.D. from the IU Maurer College of Regulation.

Lauren Dimmitt is a accomplice in Dinsmore & Shohl LLP’s Bloomington workplace. She focuses her follow on private harm protection, insurance coverage protection and medical malpractice protection. Ms. Dimmitt obtained a B.S. in well being providers administration and enterprise advertising and marketing from the College of Evansville and her J.D. from IU Maurer. Lauren was named a Rising Star by Indiana Tremendous Attorneys for 2014-2022.

Lucy Dollens is a co-founding accomplice of the Indianapolis workplace of Quarles & Brady LLP. She is a business litigator and appellate practitioner. Licensed in each Indiana and West Virginia, her follow encompasses a big selection of advanced business points, together with business contracts, distribution, provide chain, guarantee, business actual property points, threat mitigation, False Claims Act, enterprise torts, employment restrictive covenants, unfair competitors and commerce secrets and techniques litigation. Ms. Dollens serves because the chair of the DTCI Amicus Committee.

Marian Drenth is a accomplice with O’Neill McFadden & Willett LLP in Schererville. She concentrates her follow on civil litigation with an emphasis on skilled legal responsibility together with well being care legislation, medical malpractice protection and authorized malpractice protection. Ms. Drenth obtained her B.A. from Loyola College cum laude and her J.D. from Valparaiso College College of Regulation. She holds an AV Peer Evaluation Score from Martindale-Hubbell, has been chosen as an Indiana Tremendous Lawyer a number of occasions and was lately accepted into the Indiana Chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Kyle A. Lansberry is the Indiana consultant to DRI. He’s a accomplice within the Indianapolis workplace of Lewis Wagner LLP. Kyle often advises and represents insurance coverage firms throughout the nation on environmental and agricultural insurance coverage protection. He’s an energetic member of DRI and quick previous chair of its Litigation Expertise Committee.

Beverly J. Mack is a accomplice within the LaPorte agency of Huelat & Mack P.C. She has been with Huelat & Mack for 26 years, working towards insurance coverage protection litigation together with product legal responsibility, industrial accidents, trucking, building defect, dental malpractice, premises legal responsibility and business actions. Ms. Mack obtained her B.A. from Jap Illinois College and her J.D. from the College of Illinois School of Regulation. She is a member of the Indiana State Bar Affiliation, Illinois State Bar Affiliation, the LaPorte County Bar Affiliation and Ladies Attorneys Affiliation of Indiana.

Libby Valos Moss is a senior accomplice with Kightlinger & Grey LLP who concentrates her follow in employment legislation and protection of employers earlier than the Employee’s Compensation Board of Indiana. She is admitted to follow in Indiana and earlier than the U.S. District Court docket, Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana. Ms. Moss headed DTCI Employee’s Compensation Part and the Employee’s Compensation Committee of DRI. She is a member of the Litigation Counsel of America and is a fellow within the School of Employees’ Compensation Attorneys. Ms. Moss was acknowledged as a Rising Star by Indiana Tremendous Attorneys Journal for 2010-2013. She has additionally been named to the Tremendous Attorneys Listing every year for the years 2014–2021.

Maryanne Pelic is a accomplice within the Bloomington legislation agency of Bunger & Robertson, focusing totally on insurance coverage protection and medical malpractice protection. She attended IU Bloomington for each her undergraduate and legislation faculty levels. She labored as a prosecutor in Monroe County till she joined Bunger & Robertson in 2005.

Bradley Schulz is an lawyer with State Farm Litigation Counsel in Indianapolis. He’s a member of the Indiana State Bar Affiliation in addition to the American Board of Trial Advocates. He’s a graduate of Butler College and obtained his J.D. from IU McKinney. Mr. Schulz volunteers with Church on the Crossing, Habitat for Humanity and Camp Problem Indiana, and he enjoys studying, baseball, auto racing, and spending time along with his spouse and youngsters.

Richard Okay. Shoultz is a accomplice at Lewis Wagner LLP and focuses his follow on hearth loss, building, product legal responsibility, insurance coverage and business litigation together with serving as a mediator. He’s a graduate of Hanover School and obtained his J.D. from IU McKinney. Mr. Shoultz is a member of the Worldwide Affiliation of Protection Counsel, DRI, ABA, ISBA and the Indianapolis Bar Affiliation. He has been chosen as an Indiana Tremendous Lawyer for the previous 12 years and has been included in The Finest Attorneys of America for the final 10 years.

Jordan Slusher is a senior affiliate at Frost Brown Todd LLC, the place he litigates advanced product legal responsibility and tort instances in state and federal courts in Indiana and throughout the US. Jordan is a co-editor for DTCI’s quarterly e-newsletter, “The Dispatch,” and vice chair of the Product Legal responsibility Part. He has beforehand chaired the Younger Lawyer Committee and the Publications Subcommittee of the Product Legal responsibility Part. Jordan was awarded The Excellent Younger Lawyer Award by DTCI in 2021, and he has been acknowledged as an Indiana Tremendous Attorneys Rising Star yearly since 2021. Jordan obtained his B.A in prison justice from IU and his J.D. from IU McKinney.

Charles Smith is a accomplice at Schultz & Pogue LLP in Indianapolis. Charley focuses his follow on private harm protection and insurance coverage protection. He has been the Trial Ways chair for DTCI and the chair of the Litigation Part of the Indianapolis Bar Affiliation. He presently serves on the board of the IndyBar Basis. He obtained his B.A. in philosophy from Ball State College and his J.D. from the College of Georgia College of Regulation. He has been an Indiana Tremendous Lawyer for six years and is a member of the Sagamore Inn of Court docket.

Todd Spurgeon is a accomplice within the New Albany workplace of Kightlinger & Grey LLP, dealing with a variety of insurance coverage protection issues. He’s a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates and a previous president of the Indiana State Bar Affiliation. He’s energetic within the ABA, beforehand serving within the Home of Delegates and on varied part committees. Along with involvement in different authorized {and professional} organizations, he’s a member of the board of administrators of Junior Achievement of Kentuckiana and a member of the Lions Membership of New Albany.

Jim Strenski is an lawyer within the Paganelli Regulation Group in Indianapolis. He’s energetic within the Georgetown College Alumni Affiliation, St. Thomas Aquinas Catholic Church and the Indianapolis Bar Affiliation, the place he sits on the affiliation’s Insurance coverage Protection Part Government Committee. He additionally serves on the boards of Hoosier Burn Camp and Broad Ripple Haverford Little League.

Elizabeth Trachtman is a accomplice within the Indianapolis workplace of Quarles & Brady LLP, the place she focuses on common business litigation. She can also be closely concerned in Quarles & Brady’s professional bono program and legislation pupil recruitment efforts. She was named the 2017 Excellent Younger Lawyer by DTCI and has been acknowledged as a Rising Star by Indiana Tremendous Attorneys. She beforehand served because the chair of the Trial Ways Part of DTCI.

Germaine Winnick Willett practices in Ice Miller LLP’s Office Options Group. She advises employers on a broad vary of employment-related questions. She graduated from DePauw College and obtained her J.D. from IU Maurer. She was included in The Finest Attorneys in America (employment legislation) in 2023, was co-recipient of the John Morton Finney Jr. Award for Excellence in Authorized Training in 2011, and obtained the IndyBar Ladies and the Regulation Division Mentorship Award in 2020. Ms. Willett served because the chair of DTCI’s Ladies within the Regulation Committee from 2017 to 2018 and stays an energetic committee member.•

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