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DTCI: New Officers Elected

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At the November annual meeting of the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, the following officers were elected. They will assume office Jan. 1, 2013.

Jerry E. Huelat
2013 President of DTCI

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Jerry Huelat is a partner with the firm of Huelat Mack & Kreppein P.C., with an office in Michigan City. He is a member of the LaPorte, Michigan City, and Indiana State bar associations and is a member of the DRI. He is also a former member of the Ethics Committee of the Indiana State Bar Association. Mr. Huelat is the author of several articles and is a regular lecturer at insurance defense seminars.

James D. Johnson
2013 President-Elect

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Jim Johnson is a partner in the litigation department at Rudolph Fine Porter & Johnson LLP in Evansville. He was for many years the chair of the DTCI Amicus Committee. In addition to the DTCI, Mr. Johnson is a member of the Evansville, Indiana State, and American bar associations, the DRI and the Brooks American Inns of Court.

Thomas C. Hays
2013 Vice-President

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Tom Hays is a partner in Lewis Wagner LLP in Indianapolis. Mr. Hays focuses his practice on litigation and defense in the areas of tort law, product liability and commercial litigation. He 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 the American Board of Trial Advocates. Mr. Hays served as the 2006 president of the Indiana chapter of the American Board of Trial Advocates. In 2009, he was installed as Diplomat in DTCI; he received the Indiana State Bar Association’s Civility Award in 2005.

James W. Hehner
2013 Secretary

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Jim Hehner is a member of Hehner & Associates LLC in Indianapolis. He frequently serves as a civil mediator and 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, the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court. For many years, Mr. Hehner was chair of the Trial Tactics section of DTCI. He is also a member of DRI.

Michele S. Bryant
2013 T reasurer

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Michele Bryant joined Bamberger Foreman Oswald & Hahn LLP in Evansville in 1989. She was appointed several years ago by the Indiana Supreme Court to the Indiana Judges and Lawyers Assistance Program Committee, which provides assistance to judges, lawyers and law students who suffer from physical or mental impairments affecting their ability to practice law. She continues to serve on the JLAP Committee and also chairs the Evansville Bar Association’s Lawyers Assistance Committee. Ms. Bryant is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel, the DRI and the American Health Lawyers Association.

Lonnie D. Johnson
Immediate Past-President

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Lonnie Johnson is a partner with Clendening Johnson & Bohrer P.C. in Bloomington. 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 7th Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Johnson is a member of the Indiana State and American bar associations, the Litigation Counsel of America and is also active in the DRI and Association of Defense Trial Attorneys.•

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