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Past President 2019

Renee Mortimer

Renee Mortimer, Lewis Bribois has a broad litigation practice with particular emphasis in managing large risks and exposures, and litigating large and excess risks. Ms. Mortimer’s clients in this area have included large corporations and financial institutions.  Ms. Mortimer’s defense litigation practice includes retail and hospitality liability, professional liability, medical malpractice, general liability, products liability, municipal liability, ERISA benefits litigation and trucking and heavy vehicle litigation. Her commercial litigation practice includes UCC matters.  Ms. Mortimer is a national counsel for the American National Red Cross, handling general liability, personal injury and property damage litigation for them. In addition, she manages a recommended preferred counsel bank in 47 states for the American National Red Cross.  She appears regularly in state and federal courts in both Indiana and Illinois, and has tried multiple cases to verdict in both states.

Past President 2018

Robert B. Thornburg

Mr. Robert Thornburg is a Member of Frost Brown Todd, and a trial attorney who has tried more than 20 jury trials to verdict, including product liability, breach of warranty, lemon law, premises liability, warranty claims and automobile negligence cases. Mr. Thornburg has experience in Indiana State and Federal courts and in other jurisidictions. He has also testified before the Indiana Legislature on issues of importance to Indiana insurers.

Past President 2017

Michele S. Bryant

Michele S. Bryant is a graduate of DePauw University and the Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington. She has developed extensive experience in the defense and trial of medical malpractice claims, representing both the individual health care providers and hospitals. Michele maintains an active practice defending individuals and businesses involved in litigation regarding accidents, contracts, and insurance coverage issues. She also has experience in health care and hospital law involving physician contracting, peer review, regulatory issues, and corporate compliance. Michele is committed to the Evansville community, as illustrated by her involvement with her church and active participation in the Northside Kiwanis Club. Michele is also active in the legal community, holding leadership positions in the Evansville Bar Association. She was recently appointed by the Indiana Supreme Court to serve on the Indiana Judges and Lawyers Assistance Committee, which provides assistance to judges, lawyers, and law students who suffer from physical or mental disabilities that impair their ability to practice law.

Past President 2016

James W. Hehner

Jim Hehner is a member of the Indianapolis law firm of Hehner & Associates. He has over twenty years of experience conducting jury trials and representing clients in both state and federal court, primarily in the areas of first party and third party insurance defense. He graduated from Indiana University (BS 1980) and Indiana University School of Law-Indianapolis (JD 1983). Mr. Hehner is also a civil mediator and frequently serves on arbitration panels. He is admitted to practice in Indiana, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Hehner is also active in numerous other civic organizations including the Carmel Clay Public Library Foundation and the Carmel Dad’s Club sports program. He and his wife Darcy live in Carmel with their three children.

Past President 2015

Thomas C Hays

Tom Hays is the managing partner of the firm of Lewis Wagner in Indianapolis. Mr. Hays has more than 38 years of litigation experience in all areas of insurance defense and has substantial trial experience in civil and commercial litigation. He received his B.A. in 1973 from Indiana University and J.D. from Woodrow Wilson in 1977. He was admitted to the Bar in 1977 and is admitted to practice in the United States District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana. In addition to DTCI, Tom is a member of the American Bar Association, Indiana State Bar Association, Indianapolis Bar Association, Georgia State Bar Association, DRI, International Association of Defense Counsel and American Board of Trial Advocates. Tom is also a certified mediator.

Past President 2014

James D. Johnson

Jim Johnson, an Evansville native, received his B.S. from Florida State University and his J.D. from Indiana University cum laude where he was associate editor of the Indiana Law Journal. Jim’s practice is concentrated in insurance defense, product liability, and commercial litigation.

Past President 2013

Jerry E. Huelat

Jerry Huelat, partner in the Michigan City firm of Huelat Mack & Keppien. Mr. Huelat is a Chicago native, received his undergraduate degree from Penn State and his J.D. from Northern Illinois and was admitted to the bar in 1981. His practice includes civil litigation, insurance defense, product liability, employment law, transportation law, and construction law.

Past President 2012

Lonnie D. Johnson

Mr. Johnson received his B.A. degree, summa cum laude, from Indiana University and his J.D., cum laude, from Indiana University. Mr. Johnson is a partner with Clendening Johnson & Bohrer LLP in Bloomington, Indiana and practices predominantly in the areas of construction law, insurance defense and toxic torts. He is admitted to practice in Indiana, the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana and the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. Mr. Johnson is a member of the Indiana State and American Bar Associations, the Association of Defense Trial Lawyers and the Defense Research Institute.

Past President 2011

Scott M. Kyrouac

Scott M. Kyrouac is with the firm Wilkinson, Goeller, Modesitt , Wilkinson & Drummy in Terre Haute, IN. He received his B.S. in 1982 with high honors from the University of Illinois and his J.D. in 1985 from Indiana University School of Law. His practice areas include personal injury, insurance defense medical malpractice, product liability, toxic torts, environmental law, employment law & municipal law. He is a member of the Terre Haute, Indiana State and American Bar Associations; the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana; the Defense Research Institute; and the American Board of Trial Advocates.

Past President 2010

Mary K. Reeder

Mary Reeder is a partner in the Indianapolis firm of Riley, Bennett & Egloff. She received her B.S. (1979) and J.D. (1983 cum laude) from Indiana University. She practices in the areas of medical malpractice, product liability, and environmental coverage. She is a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association (Litigation Section) and the Indiana State Bar Association (Environmental Law Section). She is also active in the Defense Research Institute, the International Association of Defense Counsel, and has served as chair of the DTCI Membership Committee.

Past President 2009

Thomas R. Schultz

Past President 2008

Jeffrey L. McKean

Past President 2007

R. Thomas Bodkin

Past President 2006

Kevin C. Schiferl

Past President 2005

Donna H. Fisher

Past President 2004

Stephen R. Pennell

Past President 2003

Robert F. Parker

Past President 2002

Joan Fullam Irick

Past President 2001

Richard A. Bierly

Past President 2000

Arthur G. Surguine, Jr.

Past President 1999

John C. Trimble

Past President 1998

Scott L. Starr

Past President 1997

Martha S. Hollingsworth

Past President 1996

Norman T. Funk

Past President 1996

Martha S. Hollingsworth

Past President 1995

Peter C. Bomberger

Past President 1994

Lloyd H. Milliken, Jr.

Past President 1992

Robert L. Hartley

Past President 1991

John T. Hume III

Past President 1990

Gene M. Jones

Past President 1989

David C. Campbell

Past President 1986

Gary J. Clendening

Past President 1985

Larry R. Fisher

Past President 1984

David L. Kiley, Sr.

Past President 1983

Samuel J. Bernardi, Jr.

Past President 1982

David O. Tittle

Past President 1979

Don P. Campbell

Past President 1978

John A. Young

Past President 1977

Russell H. Hart

Past President 1976

Russell H. Hart

Past President 1975

Thomas W. Yoder

Past President 1974

Thomas W. Yoder

Past President 1972

Lloyd C. Wampler

Past President 1971

Lloyd C. Wampler