Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana

DTCI: Walking a Mile in His Moccasins

June 28, 2017
This article will help explain the defense attorney’s “moccasins” when it comes to defending workers’ compensation cases.
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DTCI: Award Nominations Invited

June 28, 2017
From DTCI
The Defense Trial Counsel’s Annual Meeting and 50th Anniversary Celebration will be held Nov. 16 and 17 in French Lick. One of the highlights of the meeting is the presentation of the “Defense Lawyer of the Year,” the “Diplomat of the Indiana Defense Trial Counsel,” and the “Outstanding Young Lawyer” awards.
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DTCI: Women, Wine & Book Discussion

June 28, 2017
From DTCI
DTCI’s Women in the Law Division is trying something new this year: A one-time Book Club event!
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DTCI: 2 Hours CLE Credit Offered

June 28, 2017
From DTCI
Join your DTCI colleagues at the new Tinker House Events center. See the latest addition to downtown Indianapolis while earning 2.0 hours of CLE.
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DTCI: DRI is the voice of the defense bar

June 14, 2017
Renee Mortimer
DRI provides its members with wonderful opportunities to better their practices, increase their client base, and, most important, make lasting professional and personal relationships.
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DTCI: Do As I Say, Not As I Do

May 31, 2017
From DTCI
A recent Court of Appeals ruling permits a medical expert’s personal practice testimony for impeachment.
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DTCI: Corporate, in-house counsel tell why they belong to DTCI

May 17, 2017
Kevin Tyra
To all corporate counsel and in-house counsel (as well as all defense trial counsel): Please consider joining DTCI if you are not already a member and attending DTCI programming, starting with the 50th anniversary annual conference in November.
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DTCI: What’s new with the AIA 2017 documents?

May 3, 2017
From DTCI
If you have ever reviewed a construction contract, it is likely you have come across the contracts prepared by the American Institute of Architects.
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DTCI Women in the Law

May 3, 2017
From DTCI
DTCI Women in the Law recently joined together to make a large donation of essential items to Beacon of Hope, whose mission includes “empowering victims of domestic violence to become self-sufficient by providing safety, education and support.”
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DTCI: A virtual office for the legal profession?

April 19, 2017
While some law firms have already implemented policies that allow work-from-home arrangements on a part-time or full-time basis, it has not yet become the norm in our profession. However, could this be the wave of the future?
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DTCI: Foreseeability and duty of care

April 5, 2017
From DTCI
If your client is sued for negligence, determining whether it owed a duty of care to the plaintiff can make a world of difference in the outcome of the case. Two recent Indiana Supreme Court opinions have clarified how Indiana courts should analyze foreseeability to determine whether a duty of care is owed to the plaintiff.
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DTCI: Tips for closing arguments in wrongful death cases

April 5, 2017
From DTCI
For a civil defense attorney, delivering a compelling closing argument in a wrongful death trial can be a precarious proposition.
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DTCI: The business end of Trial Rule 12(B)(6)

March 8, 2017
A dispositive motion is either a beacon of legal efficiency or a disfavored procedural shortcut that prematurely ends a perfectly good claim, depending on a party’s status as movant or nonmovant.
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DTCI: Defending depositions of corporate witnesses in employment cases

March 8, 2017
The depositions of company employees — its corporate representatives, executives, managers, and supervisors — are perhaps some of the most significant events in the life of an employment action.
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DTCI: I’m prepared for life’s emergencies, but are you?

February 22, 2017
Jason Massaro
This article raises some simple questions about the way we function in our day-to-day lives and honestly assesses how “prepared” we really are.
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COA considers new allegations in medical malpractice cases

February 8, 2017
Olivia Covington
Can parties present evidence or theories at trial that were not presented to the medical review panel?
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DTCI: Thanks and Welcome

February 8, 2017
From DTCI
DTCI members have now received the current issue of the Indiana Civil Litigation Review. Thanks are due the entire board of editors.
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DTCI: Medical malpractice and summary judgment

February 8, 2017
From DTCI
Are recent appellate court decisions raising the evidentiary threshold for health care defendants?
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Meet the 2017 DTCI board of directors

January 11, 2017
From DTCI
At the November annual meeting of the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, the following officers and directors were elected. They assumed office on Jan. 1, 2017.
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DTCI: 2017 Board of Directors named at 23rd annual conference

December 14, 2016
From DTCI
The Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana named its 2017 officers and directors at its 23rd annual conference and meeting last month.
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2017 DTCI president focused on celebrating 50th anniversary

November 30, 2016
Olivia Covington
The Evansville attorney wants to look at the history of organization and engage members in service projects in 2017.
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2016 Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana amicus report

November 30, 2016
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DTCI: Patchett v. Lee: The end of the fight over the admissibility of medical write-offs?

November 16, 2016
From DTCI
The Indiana Supreme Court reinforced its position that Indiana applies the “middle ground” approach in determining the reasonableness of medical services. It has affirmed this approach with respect to medical bills that are paid by private health insurance companies and government entities.
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DTCI Nominations for Board of Directors

November 16, 2016
From DTCI
The Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana will elect its 2017 officers and directors at its 23rd Annual Conference and Meeting in Fort Wayne Nov. 17-18. They will take office Jan. 1, 2017.
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DTCI: Calling corporate counsel! Join your defense colleagues

November 2, 2016
Kevin Tyra
While the roles of defense trial counsel (particularly “outside” counsel or panel counsel in the law firm setting) and corporate and in-house counsel are often different, we have much in common.
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  1. The voices of the prophets are more on blogs than subway walls these days, Dawn. Here is the voice of one calling out in the wilderness ... against a corrupted judiciary ... that remains corrupt a decade and a half later ... due to, so sadly, the acquiescence of good judges unwilling to shake the forest ... for fear that is not faith .. http://www.ogdenonpolitics.com/2013/09/prof-alan-dershowitz-on-indiana.html

  2. So I purchased a vehicle cash from the lot on West Washington in Feb 2017. Since then I found it the vehicle had been declared a total loss and had sat in a salvage yard due to fire. My title does not show any of that. I also have had to put thousands of dollars into repairs because it was not a solid vehicle like they stated. I need to find out how to contact the lawyers on this lawsuit.

  3. It really doesn't matter what the law IS, if law enforcement refuses to take reports (or take them seriously), if courts refuse to allow unrepresented parties to speak (especially in Small Claims, which is supposedly "informal"). It doesn't matter what the law IS, if constituents are unable to make effective contact or receive any meaningful response from their representatives. Two of our pets were unnecessarily killed; court records reflect that I "abandoned" them. Not so; when I was denied one of them (and my possessions, which by court order I was supposed to be able to remove), I went directly to the court. And earlier, when I tried to have the DV PO extended (it expired while the subject was on probation for violating it), the court denied any extension. The result? Same problems, less than eight hours after expiration. Ironic that the county sheriff was charged (and later pleaded to) with intimidation, but none of his officers seemed interested or capable of taking such a report from a private citizen. When I learned from one officer what I needed to do, I forwarded audio and transcript of one occurrence and my call to law enforcement (before the statute of limitations expired) to the prosecutor's office. I didn't even receive an acknowledgement. Earlier, I'd gone in to the prosecutor's office and been told that the officer's (written) report didn't match what I said occurred. Since I had the audio, I can only say that I have very little faith in Indiana government or law enforcement.

  4. One can only wonder whether Mr. Kimmel was paid for his work by Mr. Burgh ... or whether that bill fell to the citizens of Indiana, many of whom cannot afford attorneys for important matters. It really doesn't take a judge(s) to know that "pavement" can be considered a deadly weapon. It only takes a brain and some education or thought. I'm glad to see the conviction was upheld although sorry to see that the asphalt could even be considered "an issue".

  5. In response to bryanjbrown: thank you for your comment. I am familiar with Paul Ogden (and applaud his assistance to Shirley Justice) and have read of Gary Welsh's (strange) death (and have visited his blog on many occasions). I am not familiar with you (yet). I lived in Kosciusko county, where the sheriff was just removed after pleading in what seems a very "sweetheart" deal. Unfortunately, something NEEDS to change since the attorneys won't (en masse) stand up for ethics (rather making a show to please the "rules" and apparently the judges). I read that many attorneys are underemployed. Seems wisdom would be to cull the herd and get rid of the rotting apples in practice and on the bench, for everyone's sake as well as justice. I'd like to file an attorney complaint, but I have little faith in anything (other than the most flagrant and obvious) resulting in action. My own belief is that if this was medicine, there'd be maimed and injured all over and the carnage caused by "the profession" would be difficult to hide. One can dream ... meanwhile, back to figuring out to file a pro se "motion to dismiss" as well as another court required paper that Indiana is so fond of providing NO resources for (unlike many other states, who don't automatically assume that citizens involved in the court process are scumbags) so that maybe I can get the family law attorney - whose work left me with no settlement, no possessions and resulted in the death of two pets (etc ad nauseum) - to stop abusing the proceedings supplemental and small claims rules and using it as a vehicle for harassment and apparently, amusement.

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