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BJ Brinkerhoff

BJ Brinkerhoff is a trial attorney specializing in defense of liability lawsuits against companies ranging from small, family-owned businesses to Fortune 500 compaines.   He is a member of the construction, products liability and retail defense practice groups at the firm, and has extensive experience in employment defense in state and federal Courts.  BJ has handled several jury trials, and his cases include multi-million dollar employment claims, wrongful death matters and complex construction litigation.  BJ graduated from Vanderbilt University in 2000 and Indiana Univeristy School of Law - Bloomington in 2003.  While in law school, BJ was a finalist in the Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition in 2001-2002, and served as Chief Justice of the Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition in 2002-2003.


Scott B. Cockrum


Scott Cockrum is a partner in the Highland and Indianapolis offices of Lewis Brisbois and is a member of the General Liability Practice.  Mr. Cockrum joined Lewis Brisbois in January 2019 as a partner. He previously practiced at a Chicago-based national law firm since April 2003, and as a partner since 2006.  He served for five years as an adjunct professor in the Paralegal Program at Calumet College of St. Joseph in Whiting, Indiana.  Mr. Cockrum has extensive and varied litigation experience. He is frequently before Indiana state and federal courts in a variety of cases, handling declaratory judgment, bad faith, UIM, and breach of contract claims and other actions for insurers. He further represents defendants in a variety of litigation matters, including medical malpractice, legal malpractice, nursing home litigation, products liability, and other general and professional liability claims. He has tried multiple cases to jury or bench verdict, including week-long jury trials in 2016 and 2017, and bench trials for the Indiana Patient’s Compensation Fund in petitions for excess damages under Indiana's Medical Malpractice Act. He has handled over 50 appeals before Indiana's appellate courts, including oral arguments in several matters.  Mr. Cockrum lives in Munster, Indiana with his wife and four daughters.


Norris Cunningham

Mr. Cunningham concentrates his practice in healthcare dispute resolution including trial practice, regulatory advocacy, and arbitration. He has tried and arbitrated numerous matters throughout the nation on behalf of healthcare providers. Mr. Cunningham is the Immediate Past Chair of the Indiana State Bar Association Diversity Committee and past chair of the Long-Term Care Subcommittee of the Health Section of the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana. He is a certified arbitrator by the American Arbitration Association and the American Health Lawyers Association. Mr. Cunningham has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (2016-present); Super Lawyers (2017- present); America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators (2018-present); and The National Black Lawyers Top 100.  Mr. Cunningham is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association, the Indianapolis Bar Association, DRI, and The National Bar Association.  Mr. Cunningham achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in United States Air Force and Indiana Air National Guard where he retired 2010 after completing twenty-two years of service as a Medical Service Corps officer.  He is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm (1990); Operation Noble Eagle (2001); Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003); and Joint Task Force Katrina (2005). 


Lucy Dollens

Lucy Dollens is a Partner in the Indianapolis office of Quarles & Brady, LLP.  Lucy is an experienced appellate litigator, having handled well over 100 appeals in both state and federal appellate courts on an expansive range of legal issues. She also represents amicus curiae parties regarding significant issues of Indiana law before Indiana’s Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.  Lucy was the 2103 recipient of the DTCI Defense Counsel of the Year Award. Lucy is also an experienced commercial litigator and enjoys advising clients on a broad range of contractual issues prior to the initiation of litigation. Her practice extends to federal and state trial and appellate courts, bankruptcy courts, proceedings involving governmental agencies and regulators, and class actions. Lucy also handles general litigation, product liability matters, toxic tort litigation, premises liability issues, and matters involving the enforcement of restrictive covenants in employment agreements.  Licensed in both Indiana and West Virginia, Lucy also has extensive experience defending financial institutions, servicers, and consumer finance companies in a broad range of litigation disputes.  She graduated from Butler University (B.A., cum laude) and Indiana University - McKinney School of Law (J.D. summa cum laude).  Lucy, her husband, Mike, and their three children enjoy rooting for the Butler Bulldogs and the Indianapolis Colts.

CLE 2020

Christopher D. Lee


Patricia McCrory

Patricia concentrates her practice in complex business litigation including litigation of intellectual property disputes, trade infringement, director and officer liability, environmental contamination, and lender liability.  Her clients include corporations, sole proprietorships, limited liability companies, not-for-profit entities, health care providers and financial institutions.  She has been recognized by Best Lawyers (2009-2015) in the areas of Commericial Litigation; Litigation - Banking Finance; Mass Tort Litigation / Class Actions - Defendants, and by Indiana Super Lawyer as the 2015 Indianapolis Mass Tort Litigation/Class Action - Defense "Lawyer of the Year".  Only a single lawyer per practice area in each community is honored as a "Lawyer of the Year". 


Libby Valos Moss Moss

Libby Valos Moss is a Partner with the firm Kightlinger & Gray, LLP.  She is a trial attorney who concentrates her practice in the areas of employment law and defense of employers before the Indiana Worker's Compensation Board.  She is a frequent speaker on the issues employer's face when confronted with worker's compensation claims.  She is admitted to practice in Indiana and before the U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana.  Libby is a 1995 graduate of Ball State University and graduated from the Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, in 1999.  She has served as the Chair of the DTCI Worker's Compensation Section.  In addition to being an active member of DTCI, she is also a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association, Indiana State Bar Association, Litigation Counsel of America and Defense Research Institute.


Elliott Pinkie

Elliott Pinkie is a partner with the Cline Law Group in Indianapolis, Indiana.  He practices in the areas of medical malpractice defense, medical licensing and credentialing, premises and products liability, and general civil litigation. He is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in Indiana.  Elliott has been selected multiple times for inclusion in the listing of Indiana Rising Stars® and Super Lawyers® for his medical malpractice defense work.  In addition to defending physicians and other health care professionals in medical malpractice litigation, Elliott represents long-term care facilities and retail establishments against claims of negligence.  He also defends manufacturers against product liability claims under the Indiana Product Liability Act (IPLA).  Elliott earned a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology from Ball State University (1995), and a J.D. from The Claude W. Pettit College of Law, Ohio Northern University (2000). He is a member of the Indiana State (ISBA) and Indianapolis Bar Associations, the Defense Research Institute (DRI), the Indiana Society for Healthcare Risk Management (ISHRM), the American Society for Health Care Risk Management (ASHRM), and, of course, Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana (DTCI).  Elliott is an active supporter of Life Smart Youth, Inc., a United Way Agency, where he has served on the Board of Directors since 2007.

Young Lawyers

Jordan Slusher

Jordan is an attorney in the Indianapolis office of Kightlinger & Gray, LLP where he practices general defense litigation. Jordan represents individuals and businesses in a variety of areas including premises liability, product liability, transportation and logistics, dram shop/liquor liability, business litigation, and real estate. Jordan graduated from law school in May 2016, earning his Juris Doctorate and a Certificate in Advocacy Skills from Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law. Jordan has been actively involved in DTCI since law school.

Women in the Law

Jessica Williams Schnelker