During its 2011 Annual Meeting Nov. 17-18 in French Lick, the DTCI will recognize the outstanding defense lawyers of 2011.
Thomas R. Schultz, partner in the Indianapolis firm of Shultz & Pogue, has been named the 2011 Defense Lawyer of the Year. The Defense Lawyer of the Year award is presented to a licensed lawyer who, in the opinion of the awards committee, as approved by the board of directors, has promoted the interests of the Indiana Defense Bar, since the last annual meeting of the DTCI, in a most significant way in the fields of litigation, legislation, publication or participation in local, state or national defense organizations. Schultz was awarded the 2011 award for his trial work and for his outstanding service in representing the DTCI at the national level.
The DTCI will also install as Diplomat of the Indiana Defense Trial Counsel, a member of the Indiana bar who, in the judgment of the officers and directors of the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, has distinguished himself throughout his career through outstanding contributions to the representation of clients in the defense of litigation matters. The 2011 recipient is Ross Rudolph, partner in the Evansville firm of Rudolph Fine Porter & Johnson.
The DTCI Outstanding Young Lawyer award is presented to a member of the Defense Trial Counsel, less than 35 years old, who has shown leadership qualities in service to the Indiana defense bar, the national defense bar, or the community. The 2011 recipient is Joseph Langerak with Rudolph Fine Porter & Johnson in Evansville. Langerak is recognized especially for his litigation work, for his local, state and national defense bar involvement, and for his community volunteer work.•