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ITLA showcased its generations and traditions of Civil Justice at the 24th Lifetime Achievement seminar. This fast paced program's faculty features our Board of Directors and their associates in 15 minute increments covering an array of topics. Richard "Drew" Young was honored as the 24th Lifetime Achievement Award winner!
Tess White Tess earned her BS in political Science from from DePauw University in 1992. and her J.D. Degreefrom Valparaiso University in 1995. Tess spent the first 10 years of practice in Chicago in civillitigation where she tried dozens of personal injury cases. Upon returning to her home state ofIndiana in 2005, Tess worked for Liberty Mutual Insurance Company litigating personal injurycases. Tess offers a unique perspective to her clients because she knows how the insurance company works and knows how to best help you get the money you deserve for your injuries. Tess wanted to start her own practice so she could utilize her knowledge and experience to help the injured find justice. In 2008, Tess founded White and Champagne allowing her to fully realize her passion forhelping people at all levels of litigation and protection. In addition, Tess is committed to finding creative, simple solutions to legal disputes. She recently became a Registered Civil Mediator to help others struggling with personal injury disputes settle their cases.Tess is a sustaining member of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association. Tess is licensed to practice law in Indiana, Illinois and the Northern and Southern District of the United States District Court of Indiana.
Daniel H. Pfeifer Daniel H. Pfeifer, born Akron, Ohio, July 10, 1954; admitted to bar, 1979, Indiana. Education: Taylor University (B.A., magna cum laude, 1975); University of Notre Dame (J.D., cum laude 1979). Associate Editor, Notre Dame Legislative Journal. Member: St. Joseph County Bar Association, Indiana State Bar Association, American Bar Association, Indiana Trial Association, Association of Trial Lawyers of America (President's Club), Board Certification National Board of Trial Advocacy, American College of Barristers, College of Master Advocates and Barristers. Court Admissions: United States Supreme Court; Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals; United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana; United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana; United States for the District of Arizona; and, Indiana Supreme Court. Organizations: Fellow of the Indiana Bar Foundation; Recipient of the Sagamore of the Wabash; Chancellor for the Northern Diocese of Indiana Episcopal Church; Treasurer for the Foundation of the Indiana Episcopal Church; Assistant Treasurer St. Michael and All Angels Episcopal Church; Board of Directors and Past Chairman Real Services;Advisory Board Center for the Homeless.
David V. Scott Dave Scott has taught and written numerous articles on products liability. He is admitted to practice in all state and federal courts inIndiana and Kentucky. He has been involved in motor vehicle products liability cases in many other states and federal courts throughout the Midwest. He is a past president of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, a former member of the American Association of Justice (ATLA) Board of Governors and a former member of the Boardof Directors of AIEG. He currently serves on the Board of Directors of Kentucky Justice Association. He also is a member of the Society ofAutomotive Engineer (SAE) and The American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME). He has been honored with the Award of Merit by the ATLA, The Lifetime Achievement Award by ITLA, and is listed in the Best Lawyers in America, Personal Injury, Indiana Super Lawyers, Products Liability and Louisville Magazine, Top Lawyers.
Stephen Williams Partner - Mann Law Firm Born in Terre Haute, Indiana; married, two grown, children and three grandchildren. Currently Partner in the Mann Law Firm, Terre Haute, Indiana; Managing Partner, 1996-2001. Stephen is on the Board of Directors for the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association and is also a Member of the American Association for Justice, Seventh Circuit Bar Association and the Indiana State Bar Association. He is a frequent author and speaker on litigation and trial topics.
Chris Wyant Chris Wyant is a trial attorney practicing in the offices of Brown Tompkins Lory & Mastrian inIndianapolis. His practice focuses primarily on representing those who have been injured or killed as a result of others carelessness, and general litigation matters. Chris graduated from Indiana University-Bloomington in 2001 with a bachelor’s of science in kinesiology and graduated from Indiana University School of Law- Indianapolis in 2005. He is an advisory board member in Rainmakers Marketing Group, a board member of the Young Professionals of Central Indiana, and serves on the program committee ofPlayBall Indiana. Chris is also a member of the Indiana Bar Association, Indianapolis Bar Association, and Indiana Trial Lawyers Association. As a member of ITLA, Chris is currently the co-editor of the Indiana Appellate Case Reporter and serves on the Young Lawyers Section Committee.
Frederick R. Hovde Mr. Hovde's practice is devoted to personal injury and medical malpractice matters. He wasadmitted to the Indiana bar in 1980. He is a Fellow of the International Academy of TrialLawyers, American College of Trial Lawyers, Indiana College of Trial Lawyers, LitigationCounsel of America, and the Indianapolis Bar Foundation. He was President of the Indiana TrialLawyers Association during the 2002-2003 term and has served on the Board of Directors since 1990. He is a member of the Indianapolis (Director, Young Lawyers, 1986-1989), Indiana State(Director, Young Lawyers, 1982-1986), and American Bar Associations, the AmericanAssociation for Justice, and The American Board of Trial Advocates.
Tina Bell Tina Bell received her B.A. degree with honors in political science and communications from EurekaCollege in 1995 and graduated from Indiana University School of Law in 1998 with honors. Her primary area of practice involves the representation of patients wronged by doctors, nurses, dentists, and hospitals in medical malpractice litigation. Tina also has experience in transportation law, general litigation, andcommercial litigation. To date, she has tried more than 20 jury trials to verdict.Tina comes to Stewart & Stewart after having litigated medical malpractice cases for the defense for over a decade. While representing physicians, she was very active in a number of defense-oriented legal organizations including the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana and the Defense Research Institute. She was named the Defense Research Institute Rookie of the Year in 2002. In 2004, Tina was nominated for consideration as the Indiana Bar Association's Young Lawyer of the Year, and in 2007, she was selected by her peers as the DTCI Young Lawyer of the Year for the State of Indiana. In 2008, Tina was honored as one of Northeast Indiana's Future 40.Tina has been a guest lecturer on the subject of medical malpractice for medical students and physician assistants at numerous universities. She has also been a guest lecturer for Grand Rounds at various hospitals.With her busy schedule Tina still finds time to be a wife, mother of two, and an ardent volunteer. She has volunteered with the Volunteer Lawyer Program of Northeast Indiana, Inc., was a lower grade school volunteer for Junior Achievement, and was a high school volunteer on Law Day. For several years she also chaired the Board of Trustees for Covenant United Methodist Church.
Matthew J. Schad Partner - Schad & Schad Matt Schad is an Martindale-Hubbell, AV-rated trial attorney handling serious injury and death cases, including products liability, construction site accidents, highway design, motor vehicle collisions, premises liability. He enjoys cases with challenging complex medical, technical, and engineering elements.
Matt grew up in Floyd County, Indiana. After graduating from Floyd Central High School he majored in Ancient Greek at Indiana University, where he earned high honors. He went on to attend the Florida State College of Law and graduated cum laude in 1994. During law school Matt worked for the Florida Bar Association, won the 'best oralist' laward on the Moot Court team, and interned in Berlin, Germany for the United States Army.
After law school Matt joined the United States Army and served in the Judge Advocate General's Corps overseas in the Republic of Panama. After promotion to captain he became the chief Army military prosecutor for the Southern Command. As lead trial counsel he tried numerous courts martial for crimes in Panama, Honduras, Puerto Rico, and other Central American countries.
At the conclusion of his military career Matt returned home and joined the practice founded by his father Larry. Matt enjoys jury trials and, for the last several years, has limited his practice to injury and death cases. In 2005 he was recognized as the Indiana Young Trial Lawyer of the Year. He is a past president of the Floyd County Bar Association and a current member of the Board of Governors of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association. His professional interests include using computer technology in the courtroom, a topic he has lectured on across the country.
Matt has a track record of courtroom victories that includes multiple seven figure verdicts and 50+ jury trials. Over the years he has handled increasingly large and complex cases.
In his free time he pursues a passion for the outdoors, especially fishing. In recent years he has taken up flyfishing, travelling and camping the rivers of the Canadian Rockies, the Smokey Mountains, and throughout Colorado. He was a certified white water rafting guide in Utah.
Betsy K. Greene Partner - Greene & Schultz Trial Lawyers
Joseph Williams Joe is an associate at the Indianapolis based plaintiffs’ litigation firm, Price Waicukauski & Riley, LLC. Joe is a trial lawyer, who focuses his practice on representing the rights of the physically and economically injured. Recently, Joe provided the closing arguments after a six-week jury trial against State Farm, which resulted in a $14,500,000.00 verdict for his client. Joe handles all types of trial work, ranging anywhere from personal injury to complex business disputes to products liability.Joe also devotes a portion of his practice to protecting consumers through statewide and nationwide class action litigation. He hasexperience in all stages of class action litigation, maintaining a strong focus on the class certification procedure. Joe has successfully handled all aspects of class certification, including the briefing, arguing, and obtaining of class certification in the trial court, and protecting a successful class certification decision in the Court of Appeals and state Supreme Court.Joe received his J.D. from Vanderbilt University Law School, and was the recipient of the Tennessee Bar Association's Access toJustice Law Student of the Year in 2004. He has been honored with selection to the Indiana Super Lawyers' Rising Stars for the pasttwo years (2010, 2011), a designation that recognizes the top up-and-coming attorneys in the state.Joe is admitted to practice law in the State of Indiana, the U.S. District Courts for the Southern District of Indiana, and the Northernand Central Districts of Illinois, and the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mark A. Scott Indiana Trial Lawyers Association President
Mark C. Guenin Mark C. Guenin is an attorney with Guenin Law Office, P.C. in Indiana, where he has represented individuals and businesses in a variety of legal matters for nearly 35 years. He is an alum of Wabash College and Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington. During Mark’s 35 years of practice, he has been involved in many discovery-related issues and disputes throughout the United States in Federal and state courts. Most recently, Mark, as lead attorney in Carrillo v. Boise Tire in Idaho, secured a substantial verdict in a wheel failure case where discovery-related issues were at the heart of the case.
Mark has served as a board member in a number of organizations in his community, including the YMCA, the Historical Museum, and the Field of Dreams. Mark and his wife of 39 years have three daughters, one of which – Emily Guenin-Hodson – practices with him.
Nathaniel Lee Nathaniel Lee is the senior partner of Lee, Cossell, Kuehn & Love, LLP. Mr. Lee is a graduate of Morehead State University, of Morehead, Kentucky. He obtained his B.A. and Masters degrees at Morehead State. He received his J.D.from the University of Georgia. He was admitted to practice in the state of Indiana. He has practiced in the Indianapolis region since his bar admission and is active with variouscommunity organizations and boards.Mr. Lee manages the law firm's operations. He has litigated in excess of 100 jury trials. He has served as Chairman of the Board of Directors for the Marion County Bar Association (1987-91; 1993-1997; 1998-2003); he has served as counsel to the Indiana Ronald McDonald House.(1987-2000); Legal Education Director for the National Bar Association (2001 to present) Civil Advocacy Section Chair National Bar Association (2003 to present), Indiana Supreme Court Hearing Officer (1999-2000), Indiana Supreme Court CLEO Advisory Board Member (1999 to present) Co-Chair Judicial Evaluation Committee, Indianapolis Bar Association (2002 to present) American Trial Lawyers Association, the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association and the Indianapolis Bar Association. He serves as Co-Chairman of the Lee Foundation. He has served on many community boards and projects.Mr. Lee has been consistently selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers in 2006, 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Matthew M. Golitko Partner - Golitko & Daly, P.C. Matthew Golitko is a partner at the Indianapolis based law firm of Golitko & Daly, P.C. that focuses on work injury litigation, including construction accidents, workers compensation, and other serious work injuries. He is current Chairman of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Workers Compensation Section and sits on the ITLA Board of Directors. He is a member of the national Workers Compensation and Workplace Injury section. Mr. Golitko teams up with lawyers nationally and all over the state on complicated paralyzed worker cases.
Jill Emerson Jill Emerson is an associate with Cline Farrell Christie Lee & Caress, P.D. She has primarily devoted her legal career to representing individuals and small businesses on a wide range of legal matters related to medical malpractice, personal injury, negligence and financial injury to small businesses. Jill is a compassionate and dedicated attorney who welcomes the opportunity to help you. She focuses her practice on medical malpractice, wrongful death, birth injuries, nursing negligence, nursing home negligence, medical product liability, pharmaceutical liability, personal injury auto accidents and injuries to small businesses.
David W. Stewart Mr. Stewart is licensed to practice before the U.S. District Court of both the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana, and the United States Supreme Court. He is a real estate broker and a member of the Metropolitan Indianapolis Board of Realtors. Mr. Stewart has spoken on numerous trial tactics to various attorneys and organizations. His practice allows him to concentrate on complicated brain injuries, paralysis, and significant construction site and death cases.Additionally, he has represented numerous victims of tractor-trailer collisions and survivors of family members killed in motor vehicle accidents. With nurses and paralegals, Mr. Stewart has successfully resolved million-dollar medicalmalpractice cases, drug injury, and defective product cases. With his pharmaceutical litigation team, he is currently representing clients in involving Actos®, Chantix®, Trasylol®, Transvaginal Mesh Failure, Fosomax®, NSF, Stevens-Johnson Syndrome, Zyprexa®, Yaz®, Yasmin®, and Reglan®. He believes insurance companies and corporations that put profits over consumer or public safety must be held accountable.
Kelly Scanlan After graduating from Indiana University School of Nursing—Indianapolis in 1997, Kelly beganher professional career working as a registered nurse for Wishard Health Services. Kelly hasnursing experience in several areas including pediatrics, obstetrics, gynecology and homehealth care. Kelly worked as a registered nurse for more than seven years before going back toschool and earning her J.D. from Indiana University - Indianapolis in 2005.Kelly's experience as a registered nurse and previous legal experience representing doctors,nurses, hospitals and other health care providers has given her a unique perspective on how law relates to the practice of medicine and the lives of seriously injured people.
Dennis Geisleman Denny Geisleman was born in Fort Wayne in 1955, and was admitted to the bar in 1982. He is alsoadmitted to practice before the U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit; and the U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana. Denny received his undergraduate degrees from Indiana University (B.A., Political Science/Portuguese, 1978), and also received his legal education at Indiana University (J.D., 1982). Denny has practiced in Fort Wayne since being admitted to the bar, and has focused on representing Plaintiffs his entire career. Presently, Denny is wrapping up his term asPresident of the Benjamin Harrison American Inns of Court, and he is an active member in the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, the Allen County Bar Association, and the Indiana State Bar Association.
Jason Shartzer Jason was born in Lafayette, Indiana but grew up in Brownsburg. Jason knew he wanted to be a lawyer since early childhood. He attended Brebeuf Jesuit Preparatory School in Indianapolis and graduated in 1993. Jason started college at Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana and eventually transferred and graduated from LoyolaUniversity New Orleans. While attending Loyola University New Orleans, he worked in the Loyola University Archives and at the Loyola University School of Law.While attending colleges in New Orleans, Jason did an internship with the American Civil Liberties Union of Louisiana. During that time, he gained valuable experience and saw how the ACLU protects people’s constitutional rights.When Jason was in law school, he did an internship at Irwin & Sidiropolous, a personal injury law firm located in San Diego, California. He was introduced to the civil justice system and gleaned a basic understanding of what is involved in protecting rights of injured individuals, which would later become his life’s work.Jason worked at the American Arbitration Association as the mediation coordinator for San Diego and Orange County, California. He became very familiar with the alternative dispute resolution process by working with many mediators and arbitrators throughout the State of California. He assisted arbitrators, which included the drafting of arbitration awards. After his stint at American Arbitration Association, he went to work for the San Diego Superior Court Mediation Pilot Program. Working in the ADR arena inspired Jason to complete a mediator training program which allowed him to act as a mediator in the State of California. He mediated many small claims cases as part ofhis training.In 2002, Jason returned to Indianapolis to complete his last two classes at Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis. While taking these courses, he obtained a summer internship as a law clerk for Buddy Yosha. Uponcompleting law school, he sat for the Indiana Bar at the first available opportunity and passed it, at which time he began working as an attorney for the firm.Given Jason’s age, he has gained a vast amount of jury trial experience (and success) during the six years he has worked for the firm. Jason gets a sense of satisfaction and fulfillment from helping injured people get what they are entitled from insurance companies who are not always willing to give it to them.Jason takes every case seriously, big or small, and he is not afraid to try a case, big or small. Every client receives the same level of attention, service, and commitment.
John P. Daly, Jr. Golitko & Daly, P.C.
Tara M. Worthley Tara joined Langer & Langer as an attorney in 2005 and represents clients seriously injured as the result of medical negligence, vehicle crashes and other types of negligent conduct. In 2011, Tara was named as one of Indiana Lawyer’s “Up and Coming Lawyers.” In 2010 she received the “Max Goodwin Young Lawyer of the Year Award,” the highest honor that can be given to a young lawyer by the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association for her dedication to protecting the rights of injured people, her devotion to community and helping to advance Indiana Law in a positive direction for Indiana residents.
Tara is actively involved in the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA), serving on its Board of Directors since March 2010. Tara is a co-editor of ITLA’s Case Appellate Reporter and has received two appreciation awards from ITLA for her volunteer efforts in authoring Amicus briefs on issues important to Indiana victims of medical negligence. She has also organized volunteer efforts with Gleaner’s Food Bank on behalf of ITLA’s Young Lawyers Section.
Tara and her husband, Mark, serve as a “Big Couple” through Big Brothers Big Sisters to an Indianapolis 12 year-old boy, and are involved in the Zionsville Lions Club, where she began her term as the 2nd Vice President during the summer of 2011. When not working or volunteering, Tara and Mark enjoy travel, golf, working on their home and spending time with their family.
Tara received her Bachelor of Science Degree in Public Health in 2002 from Indiana University and received her Juris Doctorate from Valparaiso University School of Law in 2005, where she received course honors in Professional Ethics and Trial Practice. Tara is also a member of the American Association for Justice, American Bar Association, Indiana State Bar Association, and Indianapolis Bar Association where she has participated in “Ask a Lawyer” and “Why Lincoln was a Lawyer” programs.
Robert W. Johnson
Kathy A. Lee Kathy A. Lee is a partner in the law firm of CLINE, FARRELL, CHRISTIE, LEE & CARESS, P.C. in Indianapolis, Indiana. She has an A.A. Degree in Nursing from Indiana University School of Nursing in Indianapolis (1978), a B.S. Degree in Nursing from Marian College in Indianapolis (1983), and she earned her J.D. Degree from Indiana University (1987). She was admitted to the Indiana bar in 1987 and the Oklahoma bar in 2007. She has also been admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana; and the U.S. Court of Federal Claims. She has been a licensed, registered nurse in Indiana since 1978. She is currently working toward an L.L.M. degree in Health Policy & Bioethics at IUPUI.
James O. McDonald Born Clinton, Indiana, February 18, 1947; admitted to bar, 1972, Indiana. Preparatory education, Indiana State University (B.S. 1969); legal education; Indiana University, Indianapolis (J.D. 1972) Fraternity: Phi Delta Phi. Certified, Civil Trial Advocacy, National Board Trial Advocacy (1998-2013). American Board of Trial Advocates, Associate. The Best Lawyers In America - Personal Injury Litigation 2001-2009. Member: Terre Haute Bar Association (President, 2000-2001) and Indiana State Bar Association; American Association For Justice (1985 –); Indiana Trial Lawyers Association (Director 1993–). Member Indiana Commission On Judicial Qualifications and the Indiana Judicial Nominating Commission (2004-2006). 26 reported cases.
Major concentration of Practice: Personal Injury, business litigation, product liability, class action, construction, civil trial, probate and appeals.
Worked as an assistant to Lt. Governor Richard Folz 1969-1970 and clerked for Judges Allen Sharp and George Hoffman (1970) and for Joe W. Lowdermilk (1971-72), Indiana Court of Appeals, while attending night law school from 1969-1972.
William F. Conour Bill Conour has held important leadership roles in a variety of important legal organizations, including the Trial Lawyers for Public Justice, the Indianapolis Bar Foundation, the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association and the Construction Site Litigation Group. He has been recognized as a SuperLawyer in Indiana, and in Best Lawyers in America.
Amanda Yonally Amanda Yonally is the owner of Yonally Law Office in Muncie, Indiana where she focuses her practice on ERISA and non-ERISA employee benefit matters, including disability, major medical and life insurance claims. Amanda is admitted to practice in Indiana State and Federal courts, along with the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and she works with attorneys across the state of Indiana in the resolution of employee benefit claims. Currently, she is member of the Indiana State Bar Association, a sustaining member of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association and a member of the ITLA Board of Directors. Amanda has served as a guest lecturer for ITLA and is a past Verdict contributor.
Daniel Buba Daniel J. Buba, an associate attorney at the Law Offices of Doehrman & Chamberlain, is an experienced trial lawyer who has litigated and tried personal injury and medical malpractice in both state and federal courts in Indiana. Mr. Buba spent the first twelve years of his legal career primarily representing insurance companies and large corporations in defending personal injury and wrongful death claims. Having learned the battle from the defense side, Mr. Buba has a unique perspective as he tries to maximize recovery for those wrongfully injured and killed. Mr. Buba currently focuses on representing individuals that have been catastrophically injured or killed in circumstances including interstate trucking accidents, motor vehicle crashes, construction site falls, nursing home abuse, medical negligence, and traumatic brain injury.
Mr. Buba is active in local and national bar associations, having served as the 2008 President of the Indianapolis Bar Association and currently serving as the 2010-11 Secretary of AAJ's Interstate Trucking Litigation Group. A respectful and compassionate personal injury attorney, he is dedicated to assisting clients from throughout Indiana during their difficult times.
Peter D. Palmer Founding Member - Palmer Thompson Law Originally from Hanover, Indiana, Mr. Palmer graduated from Muskingum University (New Concord, Ohio) in 1992 and The Brandeis School of Law - University of Louisville (Louisville, Kentucky) in 1995. He is admitted to practice law in Indiana and Kentucky and maintains an active practice in both states. His is a founding member of Palmer Thompson Law located in historical New Albany, Indiana, which is just across the Ohio River from Louisville, Kentucky. He resides in scenic Floyds Knobs, Indiana.During the early years of his practice (1995-2000), Mr. Palmer worked as an insurance defense lawyer in Louisville, Kentucky, concentrating primarily on medical malpractice and products liability matters. However, in 2000, Mr. Palmer refocused his practice and now concentrates on representing the injured throughout Kentucky and Indiana. He is a member of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association (ITLA) and serves on its Board of Directors, as well as its Executive Committee. He is also a member of the Kentucky Justice Association. In 2011, Mr. Palmer received the distinction of being named a Super Lawyer by his peers for the state of Indiana. He was again so recognized in 2012 and 2013. Most notably, he was named the “2012 Trial Lawyer of the Year” by the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association – the highest award the association bestows each year.Mr. Palmer is a frequent lecturer for various medical organizations on issues of law, medicine and the prevention of medical errors. In 2013, he was appointed to the Board of Directors of the Carnegie Museum for Art & History in New Albany, Indiana.In his spare time, Mr. Palmer enjoys Indiana Basketball, photography, golf, tennis and spending time with his wife, his three children and his two beloved Labradors.
Rex E. Baker I was born in Indianapolis, Indiana, and raised in Greencastle, Indiana. I graduated from Hanover College in 1979 with a B.A. in psychology and was awarded my J.D. degree from Western State University in 1986 where I was a member of the Western State University Law Review.
I was admitted to the bar in Indiana on June 7, 1987 and I am admitted to the Federal District Court for the Southern and Northern Districts of Indiana and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. I have represented numerous clients before the Indiana Court of Appeals and the Indiana Supreme Court.
From 1987 until 1998, I was a partner in the law firm of Conour•Doehrman, and from 1999 to the present, the founding partner in the law firm of Baker & Gilchrist in Avon, Indiana. Since 1987, my entire legal career has been devoted to representing individuals in personal injury claims, medical malpractice, including hospital and nursing home negligence.
I have been the author of several articles, including “Has the Comparative Fault Act Abolished Incurred Risk” in Res Gestae and I was a contributing author to the treatise Indiana Personal Injury and Torts.
I was also an Adjunct Associate Professor at Indiana University-Purdue University, Indianapolis, in the school of criminal law where I taught evidence among other courses. I was an arbitrator for the Better Business Bureau and a graduate of the National College of Advocacy. I am a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association (Executive Committee, Litigation Section), Indiana State and American Bar Associations, the American Association for Justice, Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, and the Christian Legal Society.
Sam Krahulik Sam D. Krahulik grew up on the north side of Indianapolis and graduated from North Central High School in 1992. He attended Indiana University and received his bachelor’s degree in Public Management in 1996. He attended Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis where he received his law degree in May of 2001.
While attending law school in the evening, he worked as a program manager for the Indiana Criminal Justice Department, and then as a clerk in Marion County Superior Court Six where he had the opportunity to serve as bailiff on numerous civil jury trials. He then worked as an associate for the law firm of Yosha Krahulik & Levy where he had the opportunity to work with and learn from his late father, the Honorable Jon D. Krahulik, a former member of the Indiana Supreme Court and career litigator. Sam’s father’s example of life as a litigator motivated Sam’s wife, Angela, and older brother, David, to also practice law in Indianapolis. Serving as an Indiana injury attorney, he and the other lawyers at The Hastings Law Firm are proud to have earned a stellar local reputation.
Sam lives on the north east side of Indianapolis with his wife, Angela, and their two young daughters. He is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association, the Indianapolis Bar Association, the American Bar Association, the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association, and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America.
Yasmin L. Stump Yasmin L. Stump has been a lawyer in Indiana for more than 20 years and practices in the areas of governmental litigation, real estate litigation and real estate transactions, including eminent domain, inverse condemnation, leases, nuisance, trespass, boundary disputes and land acquisition. She formed the Yasmin L. Stump Law Group, PC and has represented both plaintiffs and defendants while in private practice. Her clients include individuals, small businesses and governmental entities. Currently, Yasmin is serving as outside counsel for the State of Indiana in eminent domain cases on the I-69 extension project.
Prior to entering private practice, Yasmin was Section Chief of both the Tort and Real Estate Litigation Sections for the Office of the Attorney General, where her responsibilities included representing the State of Indiana and supervising other lawyers in tort and real estate-related cases. She has lectured at seminars on real estate topics and authored articles published in the Indiana Lawyer and Verdict. Yasmin is a member of several professional and civic organizations, currently serves on the Board of Directors of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association and is a past president of the Zionsville Chamber of Commerce. Also, she is certified as a civil mediator in Indiana and as a Women-owned Business Enterprise by the State of Indiana and the City of Indianapolis.
James J. Bell James focuses his practice in the areas of criminal defense, attorneys discipline defense and health care law. James was one of the 2009 and 2010 Vice Presidents of the Indianapolis Bar Association and was the 2009 chair of the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section. James was also a two term Chairman of the Criminal Justice Section of the Indiana State Bar Association. As a Marion County Public Defender, he represented clients in numerous jury and bench trials. James also represents clients in juvenile delinquency, appeals and post-conviction proceedings. James is a frequent speaker on ethics, trial practice and criminal procedure at seminars. In 2006, he was named a Distinguished Fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Association and was one of the individuals awarded the 2006 IBA’s President’s Award for Service to the Association. James is a member of the Indiana Assessment Team of the American Bar Association’s Death Penalty Moratorium Implementation Project and the Marion County Local Rules Advisory Committee. He teaches Criminal Procedure for the Indianapolis Bar Association’s Bar Exam Review.
Caroline Gilchrist Caroline Gilchrist is a partner in the firm of Baker & Gilchrist, with their offices in Avon, Indiana. Rex Baker and Caroline formed Baker & Gilchrist in 1999 in an effort to form a practice that represents individuals in a manner consistent with their beliefs and goals. An attorney since 1982, Caroline’s primary focus is in litigation and she practices primarily in the areas of personal injury and medical malpractice. She is both a Certified Family Law Mediator (1987) and a Certified Civil Law Mediator (1993).
For the last several years, Caroline Gilchrist has represented individuals who have suffered injury, such as those as a result of an accident or by medical malpractice. However, several years prior, she also represented physicians and health care providers which provided her with an understanding of the defense attorneys’ and insurance companies’ thought process. Caroline has mediated personal injury cases and served as a Medical Review Panel Chair in medical negligence cases.
Caroline has appealed numerous cases and represented clients before the Indiana Court of Appeals and Indiana Supreme Court.
Caroline Gilchrist obtained her Bachelor of Arts, summa cum laude, in 1979 from Ball State University in Muncie, Indiana. She then received her law degree in 1982 from the Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana. While in law school, she served as a note editor on the Board of Editors of the Indiana Law Journal and published an article entitled “Decision Making for the Incompetent Terminally Ill Patient: A Compromise in a Solution Eliminates: A Compromise of Patient’s Rights.” Caroline was admitted to the Indiana Bar in 1982.
Caroline Gilchrist is a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association and has participated in several different state committees. She is a sustaining member of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association. Caroline has presented or participated in the planning of in numerous seminars over the years, including “Medical Malpractice,” ICLEF, 2000, "To Oz and Back: Tips for handling the difficult client in mediation," "Case Law Update," ICLEF, 2004, “Women in the Law Conference,” 2001, 2004, 2006, and numerous one-hour presentations for state and local bar meetings.
Caroline Gilchrist has been ICLEF’s primary trainer for the forty (40) hour Basic Family Mediation Training since 1999 and she has participated in numerous other continuing legal education presentations relating to mediation, including the following: “Successful Mediation: A Practitioner’s Guide to Mediation Preparation,” ICLEF, 1994; “Advanced Family Mediation Training,” The Indiana Lawyer, CLE Division, 1996; panel presenter on mediation at two Indianapolis Bar Association Bench Bar Conferences, French Lick, 1997 and 1999; and, associate trainer for Civil Mediation Basic Training, February 1998. She has mediated for the Department of Education, Special Education Division, for several years. She has been a speaker on the subject of negotiation and mediation techniques for a variety of groups.
Caroline is married and has two sons. She is involved in women's ministry and bible studies.
Mike Phelps Mike is a litigation attorney with the Ken Nunn Law Office in Bloomington, Indiana. Mike’s practice is solely devoted to representing Plaintiffs in wrongful death and serious personal injury cases. Mike is a native of Richmond, Indiana, and a graduate of Indiana University-Bloomington and a graduate of The Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio, with Honors, Order of the Curia. In addition to his love of jury trials, Mike is also a semi-professional poker player and has won several regional poker tournaments and regularly travels to Las Vegas to play in some of the biggest games in Nevada as well as many of the World Series of Poker events each year. Mike is also active in the ASPCA and NRA.
Prior to joining the Nunn Law Office, Mike worked as a defense litigation attorney, representing several dozen insurance companies. Mike formerly practiced insurance defense litigation at Kopka, Pinkus, Dolin & Eads in Indianapolis; Kelley, Belcher and Brown in Bloomington; and spent six years as in-house counsel with State Farm and the Liberty Mutual Group. Mike has tried nearly 200 jury trials throughout the State of Indiana. While still on the "dark side," Mike traveled across the country presenting seminars to insurance adjustors regarding Indiana Law and jury trials in Indiana.
Mike also holds records in several counties around the State of Indiana for the highest jury verdicts reported capped off by a $157,000,000 verdict in Tippecanoe County on a wrongful death claim.
Jared Harts Jared Harts was born in Kokomo, Indiana in September 1979. He graduated from Maconaquah High School in Miami County Indiana in 1998. He is a 2002 graduate of Calvin College in Grand Rapids, Michigan where he earned a degree in Mechanical Engineering.Mr. Harts attended Indiana University School of Law - Indianapolis where he graduated Magna Cum Laude in 2005. He was a member of the Indiana Law Review and received the T.M. Englehart, Jr. Memorial Fellowship and the Francis J. Feeney Jr. Tax Award.In 2005, following his admission to the Indiana bar, Mr. Harts joined one of Indiana's premier law firms, Locke Reynolds LLP (now a part of Frost Brown Todd LLC), as a member of the product liability practice group. Mr. Harts spent the next five years representing large manufacturing clients in many different jurisdictions around the United States. In 2010, Mr. Harts decided to return home to join The Golitko Legal Group.Mr. Harts is licensed to practice in Indiana and regularly appears in Indiana State and Federal Courts as well as before the Indiana Workers' Compensation Board.
Eric Pavlack Eric Pavlack is the owner of Pavlack Law, LLC, a Broad Ripple litigation firm that focuses on plaintiffs class action and personal injury cases. Eric is a 1999 graduate of the IU School of Law - Indianapolis, and a 1996 graduate of IU Bloomington, where he received a B.S. in Biology and minor in Philosophy. Prior to starting Pavlack Law in 2011, Eric was a partner at Cohen & Malad where he litigated PI cases, as well as both local and national class action lawsuits, including antitrust, price-fixing, consumer fraud, and insurance bad faith claims. Eric played a leading role in the Indianapolis-area price-fixing case involving a conspiracy among suppliers of ready-mixed concrete, which resulted in settlements totaling nearly $60,000,000 in 2010. Eric was also one of the primary lawyers who obtained an approximately $19,000,000 settlement in early 2011 in a similar price-fixing conspiracy among concrete suppliers in western Iowa.
May 11, 2012
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