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At the November annual assembly of the Protection Trial Counsel of Indiana, the following officers and administrators have been elected. They assumed workplace January 1, 2019.


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Renee Mortimer

Renee Mortimer, the new president, is the partner-in-charge of the Indiana workplace of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in Schererville. She is a pacesetter of the agency’s private damage and property injury follow group and is a member of the agency’s government committee.

In October 2012, Ms. Mortimer acquired the Indiana State Bar Affiliation’s Protection Lawyer Civility Award for 2012. She was chosen for the honor by the Indiana Trial Legal professionals Affiliation, which acknowledges one Indiana protection lawyer annually for excellent civility and professionalism in dealings with fellow judges, attorneys, events, witnesses and the public.

In 2011, Ms. Mortimer was one of solely 11 ladies to obtain the Influential Ladies of Northwest Indiana Award. She was honored for her affect in the authorized business class. In 2015, she was chosen for inclusion in The Greatest Legal professionals in America in the areas of Mass Tort Litigation/Class Actions — Defendants, Medical Malpractice Regulation — Defendants, and Product Legal responsibility Litigation. Ms. Mortimer is a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America (LCA), a member of the Council on Litigation Administration, DRI, and Worldwide Affiliation of Protection Trial Counsel.

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Donald S. Smith

Don Smith, the 2019 president-elect, is a companion in the Indianapolis regulation agency of Riley Bennett Egloff LLP. He limits his apply to representing employers in employment issues. Smith graduated with honors from DePauw College in 1978 and Indiana College Robert H. McKinney Faculty of Regulation in 1981. Since then, he has defended employers earlier than state and federal courts, the Nationwide Labor Relations Board, Equal Employment Alternative Fee, Indiana Civil Rights Fee, U.S. Division of Labor, Indiana Employee’s Compensation Board, numerous arbitrators, and at the collective bargaining desk, along with advising them regarding day-to-day employment points. He was the chairman of the DTCI Employee’s Compensation Part in 2012.

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Kori L. Chambers

Kori Chambers is the 2019 vice chairman of DTCI. She is affiliate basic counsel (litigation) with Indiana College Well being, Inc. She acquired her BA in worldwide research from Miami College in 1998 and acquired her JD in 2001 from Indiana College Robert H. McKinney Faculty of Regulation. She manages medical skilled and basic legal responsibility claims for IU Well being Danger Retention Group, Inc., which insures IU Well being amenities and healthcare suppliers, in addition to different practitioners all through Indiana.

Ms. Chambers was named Younger Lawyer of the Yr by the Indianapolis Bar Affiliation in 2008, and in 2009, DTCI named her Younger Lawyer of the Yr for her management qualities in service to the Indiana protection bar, the nationwide protection bar, and the group. Chambers has been appointed by each Governor Mitch Daniels and Governor Mike Pence to the board of the Indiana Fee for Ladies.

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Elliott I. Pinkie

Elliott Pinkie, the new treasurer of the affiliation, is a associate of Cline Regulation Group LLC in Indianapolis. He focuses on civil litigation for the protection with a focus in medical malpractice, licensing litigation, peer assessment, healthcare litigation, and product and premises legal responsibility protection. After graduating from Munster Excessive Faculty in 1991, he earned a BS in legal justice and criminology from Ball State College (1995) and a JD from The Claude W. Pettit School of Regulation, Ohio Northern College (2000).

Mr. Pinkie is a frequent speaker on subjects germane to the Indiana Medical Malpractice Act, healthcare supplier legal responsibility points in Indiana, and medical skilled licensing points. He’s admitted to follow earlier than all state and federal courts in Indiana. He’s a member of DRI and beforehand served DTCI as chair of the Trial Techniques Part. He’s additionally a member of the Indianapolis Bar Affiliation and Indiana State Bar Affiliation. As well as, he’s an lively member in the Indiana Society for Healthcare Danger Administration (ISHRM) and serves on its board of administrators. Elliott was additionally chosen for inclusion in the itemizing of Indiana Rising Stars for the years 2009, 2012, and 2013, and was chosen as an Indiana Tremendous Lawyer for medical malpractice protection in 2016, 2017, 2018, and 2019. He has been an lively supporter of LifeSmart Youth, a United Approach of Central Indiana company, the place he beforehand served as president on the government committee and stays on its board of administrators.

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Robert B. Thornburg

Rob Thornburg, the speedy previous president of DTCI, is a member of Frost Brown Todd LLC who concentrates his follow in the areas of product legal responsibility, business and enterprise litigation, breach of guarantee, and tort litigation. He routinely represents producers towards product legal responsibility and breach of guarantee claims in fits all through Indiana and the Midwest. He has expertise in Indiana’s state and federal courts and has defended shoppers in states all through the Midwest, Mid-south, South, and Southwest.

Mr. Thornburg is a member of DRI and the Indianapolis Bar Affiliation. He acquired his BS diploma, cum laude, from Ball State College and his JD from Indiana College-Bloomington.

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James W. Hehner

Jim Hehner, former president of the affiliation, returns to the board to function Indiana consultant to DRI. He’s a associate in the Indianapolis agency of Hehner & Associates, LLC.


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BJ Brinkerhoff

BJ Brinkerhoff is a shareholder at Katz Korin Cunningham PC in Indianapolis. He focuses his follow on enterprise disputes, together with employment issues, shareholder claims, director and officer legal responsibility, and day-to-day enterprise disputes. He additionally litigates product legal responsibility instances, restaurant and retail legal responsibility, civil rights issues, contract disputes, insurance coverage issues, private damage and appeals. Mr. Brinkerhoff represents shoppers in lots of jurisdictions, together with the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, all through the state of Indiana and in lots of different state and federal courts round the nation.

When he isn’t representing Katz Korin Cunningham’s shoppers, you’ll typically discover him enjoying golf, tennis, basketball, cooking, having fun with Indy’s rising restaurant scene, or touring to go to his household.

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Norris Cunningham

Norris Cunningham is a co-founding associate of Katz Korin Cunningham PC and leads the agency’s healthcare apply. He serves as chair of the Indiana State Bar Affiliation Variety Committee and is previous chair of the Lengthy-Time period Care Subcommittee of the Well being Part of DTCI. He’s a licensed arbitrator by the American Arbitration Affiliation and the American Well being Legal professionals Affiliation. Mr. Cunningham is a frequent presenter on long-term care at nationwide and regional conferences.

Mr. Cunningham was a captain in the U.S. Air Drive from 1989 to 1994 and a lieutenant colonel in the Indiana Air Nationwide Guard from 1994 to 2010. He acquired his BA from Aurora College in 1988, his MS from Central Michigan College in 1991, and his JD from Indiana College Robert H. McKinney Faculty of Regulation in 1996.

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Marian Drenth

Marian Drenth is a companion with O’Neill McFadden & Willett LLP in Schererville. She concentrates her apply in civil litigation with an emphasis in skilled legal responsibility, together with healthcare regulation, medical malpractice protection, and authorized malpractice protection. Along with representing physicians, hospitals and different healthcare suppliers in medical negligence claims, her apply areas embrace common legal responsibility, employment regulation, skilled legal responsibility and insurance coverage protection. She has efficiently defended shoppers in quite a few jury trials in issues involving basic negligence and medical malpractice claims.

Ms. Drenth acquired her BA from Loyola College, cum laude, in 1992 and her JD from Valparaiso College Faculty of Regulation in 1995. She has served as vice chair of the Well being Regulation Part of DTCI. She is presently a member of the Indiana State Bar Affiliation, the Porter County Inns of Courtroom, and she or he is a fellow of the American Bar Basis. Ms. Drenth beforehand served as a board member for the Porter County Inns of Courtroom from 2006 to 2010, serving as president from June 2009 to June 2010. She holds an AV Peer Evaluate Score from Martindale-Hubbell.

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Belinda Johnson-Hurtado

Ms. Johnson-Hurtado is a associate at Clendening Johnson & Bohrer PC, working towards in the civil litigation division and concentrating in complicated business litigation, insurance coverage regulation, and private damage regulation. She graduated from the College of Evansville, cum laude, with a BS in authorized research, and she or he acquired her JD, cum laude, from the Indiana College Maurer Faculty of Regulation. She can also be a 2002 Fellow of the Indiana Convention for Authorized Schooling Alternative (ICLEO).

She is lively with Bloomington’s Hispanic group, working with and advising the agency’s Spanish-speaking shoppers and publishing supplies to assist non-native English audio system perceive the U.S. authorized system and processes. Belinda is a member of the Board of Editors, Indiana Civil Litigation Assessment (2010-Current). She was awarded the 2018 Ladies in the Regulation Recognition Award from the Indiana State Bar Affiliation’s Ladies in the Regulation Committee and was named into America’s Prime 100 Civil Protection Litigators in 2018. She was an Indiana Tremendous Legal professionals Rising Star in Civil Litigation – Protection from 2013 via 2015.

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Matthew R. King

Matt King is a member in Frost Brown Todd’s Indianapolis workplace, the place he concentrates his apply in product legal responsibility litigation. He has defended producers of cars, seat belts, bikes, all-terrain automobiles, private watercraft, medical units, and different merchandise in state and federal courts throughout the nation. He additionally has in depth expertise in premises legal responsibility, insurance coverage protection, and basic tort litigation.

He has been an lively member of DTCI and DRI since his admission to the bar in 2003. Mr. King is a previous chair of DTCI’s Product Legal responsibility Part and Younger Legal professionals Committee, a previous recipient of DTCI’s Excellent Younger Lawyer Award, and he has introduced at many DTCI seminars. He’s additionally a previous DRI State Membership Chair for Indiana.

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Christopher D. Lee

Chris Lee is a associate in the Evansville workplace of Picket McLaughlin LLP. 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 complicated litigation instances and is a frequent speaker on trial follow and trial advocacy. He’s additionally an lively member in DRI.

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Jeffrey Lowe

Mr. Lowe is a companion in the New Albany workplace of Kightlinger & Grey LLP. His main space of follow is civil rights protection work, and he repeatedly represents governmental entities sued for constitutional or state regulation torts in state or federal courts. He repeatedly counsels cities, cities, and counties relating to their constitutional obligations and state regulation duties. He additionally handles common legal responsibility and professional legal responsibility instances.

He’s the former chair of DRI’s Governmental Legal responsibility Part and now serves on DRI’s Nationwide Board of Directors. Mr. Lowe can also be a member of the Federation of Protection and Company Counsel and the Worldwide Affiliation of Protection Counsel. He serves on the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Protection Counsel. He graduated from the College of North Carolina in 1994 with a BA in historical past and acquired his JD from the Louis D. Brandeis Faculty of Regulation at the College of Louisville in 1998.

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Beverly J. Mack

Beverly Mack is a companion in the LaPorte agency of Huelat & Mack PC. She is an Illinois native and practiced regulation at an insurance coverage protection agency in her residence state for seven years earlier than relocating to Indiana in 1996. She has been with Huelat & Mack for 22 years, training insurance coverage protection litigation, together with product legal responsibility, industrial accidents, trucking, development defect, dental malpractice, premises legal responsibility, and business actions.

Ms. Mack obtained her BA from Japanese Illinois College, and her JD 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 Legal professionals Affiliation of Indiana. She is a former treasurer for the Ladies Legal professionals Affiliation of Indiana.

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Anna Mallon

Anna Mallon is a companion in the Indianapolis agency of Cantrell Strenski & Mehringer, the place she concentrates her follow in the areas of insurance coverage dangerous religion, insurance coverage protection, and third-party protection of insureds. She acquired her BA in political science and BS in secondary schooling from Miami College in 1997. She acquired her JD from Indiana College Robert H. McKinney Faculty of Regulation in 2002.

Ms. Mallon is the former chair of DTCI’s Insurance coverage Protection Part and has introduced at DTCI seminars.

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Libby Valos Moss

Libby Valos Moss is a associate with Kightlinger & Grey LLP. She is a trial lawyer who concentrates her apply in the areas of employment regulation and protection of employers earlier than the Indiana Employee’s Compensation Board. She is a frequent speaker on the points that employers face when confronted with employee’s compensation claims. She is admitted to follow in Indiana and earlier than the U.S. District Courtroom, Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana.

Ms. Moss has served as the chair of the DTCI Employee’s Compensation Part and is a former chair of the Staff’ Compensation Committee of DRI. Along with being an lively member of DTCI and DRI, she is a member of the Litigation Counsel of America. Ms. Moss was acknowledged as a Rising Star by the Indiana Tremendous Legal professionals for 2010, 2011 and 2012. She has extra just lately been named to the Tremendous Legal professionals Record for 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017.

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Bradley Schulz

Mr. Schulz is an lawyer with State Farm Litigation Counsel in Indianapolis. Though born in Neenah, Wisconsin, he has lived in central Indiana since boyhood and considers it residence. He’s a 1993 graduate of Butler College and acquired his regulation diploma from Indiana College Robert H. McKinney Faculty of Regulation in 1999.

Mr. Schulz is lively in group service and in his church, Church at the Crossing. He volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, Rebuild the Wall, and Passport to Employment, an employment ministry. He has served on the Board of Elders and taught grownup Sunday class for 15 years. As well as, he serves on the pit crew for the Fishers Excessive Faculty Marching Tiger Band.

His pursuits embrace historical past and biography, baseball, and spending time together with his spouse, Jennifer, and youngsters, Zachary and Hannah.

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Richard Okay. Shoultz

Mr. Shoultz is a associate at Lewis Wagner LLP and focuses his follow on representing shoppers in the areas of hearth loss, development, product legal responsibility, insurance coverage, and business litigation. He additionally spends appreciable time aiding shoppers in the evaluation and litigation of insurance coverage protection questions referring to business basic legal responsibility, vehicle, property, and householders insurance policies, together with claims referring to breach of the insurer’s obligation of good religion. He’s a 1987 graduate of Hanover School and acquired his JD from Indiana College Robert H. McKinney Faculty of Regulation in 1990.

Mr. Shoultz is a member of the Worldwide Affiliation of Protection Counsel, DRI, the American Bar Affiliation, Indiana Bar Affiliation, and the Indianapolis Bar Affiliation. He has been chosen as an Indiana Tremendous Lawyer for the years of 2010 via 2018 and chosen for inclusion in The Greatest Legal professionals of America in the area of Insurance coverage Regulation for 2013 by means of 2019. In his spare time, he enjoys enjoying softball, following his favourite sports activities groups, learning the Civil Struggle, and touring.

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Stacy F. Thompson

Stacy Thompson is a companion at Pitcher Thompson PC. She graduated with excessive distinction from Indiana College in 1999 with a BA in public well being. In 2002, she graduated from Indiana College Maurer Faculty of Regulation. Stacy concentrates her follow in the illustration of healthcare professionals, together with particular person physicians and nurses, hospitals, physicians’ follow teams, and healthcare-related organizations, in a spread of healthcare regulation issues.

In 2010, DTCI named Ms. Thompson the Younger Lawyer of the Yr for her management qualities in service to the Indiana protection bar, the nationwide protection bar, and the group. In 2010, 2011, and 2012, she was named a Rising Star by Indiana Tremendous Legal professionals, and in 2017 and 2018 she was named a Tremendous Lawyer. Ms. Thompson additionally served DTCI as the chair of its Well being Regulation Part and is at present on the DTCI Ladies in the Regulation Committee.

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Elizabeth Trachtman Villa

Ms. Trachtman Villa practices in the Litigation & Dispute Decision Follow Group at Quarles & Brady LLP. Her follow focuses on business litigation, together with the enforcement of employment agreements and litigating disputes relating to restrictive covenants. She can also be closely concerned in Quarles & Brady’s professional bono program. She was just lately named the 2017 Excellent Younger Lawyer by the DTCI and has been acknowledged as a Rising Star by the Indiana Tremendous Legal professionals. She beforehand served as the chair of the Trial Techniques Part of DTCI.

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Louis Voelker

Lou Voelker, now of LaPorte, Indiana, was born in Gary and grew up in Columbus. He attended Purdue College, graduating in 1991. He attended regulation faculty at Indiana College Bloomington, graduating cum laude in 1995. He began as an affiliate with Eichhorn & Eichhorn LLP in 1995 and as we speak is a common associate with the agency, working in the agency’s Hammond and Mishawaka workplaces.

Mr. Voelker was chosen Protection Lawyer of the Yr for 2012 and is a member of the Indiana chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. His apply is concentrated on civil litigation usually and professional legal responsibility protection primarily, together with medical malpractice protection. He has efficiently represented shoppers at the trial and appellate ranges and holds an AV Peer Evaluation Score from Martindale-Hubbell. He has been acknowledged as a Tremendous Lawyer in the space of medical malpractice protection yearly since 2013. He has been lively in his group, in his church, as youth sports activities coach, as a Four-H chief, and as a musician.•