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The Indiana Supreme Court has appointed three new members to the Disciplinary Commission. Trent A. McCain of Merrillville, Andi M. Metzel of Indianapolis, and Nancy Cross of Carmel will each serve a five-year term. They replace Tony Zappia of South Bend, J. Mark Robinson of New Albany, and Sally Zweig of Indianapolis.  

The commission also elected the following new officers: R. Tony Prather of Indianapolis as chairperson, Maureen Grinsfelder of Fort Wayne as vice-chairperson, Catherine Nestrick of Evansville as secretary, and Andi M. Metzel as treasurer. The court announced the July 8 appointments in a press release Aug. 15.

Trent A. McCain practices law in Northwest Indiana and Chicago and is the principal of McCain Law Offices. His firm focuses on permanent and catastrophic personal injury, medical negligence, and civil rights cases. McCain is a past president of the James C. Kimbrough Bar Association, and a current member of the Indiana State, Illinois State, and Chicago bar associations; the Illinois and Indiana trial lawyers associations; and the Chicago Inn of Court.

Andi M. Metzel is a partner with Benesch Friedlander Coplan & Aronoff in Indianapolis. She negotiates resolutions in complex business, personal, and transactional disputes and is actively involved in land use, development, and strategic consulting for businesses seeking to invest and grow in Indiana. Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels appointed her to serve on the Indiana State Employees' Appeals Commission. In 2010 she was elected to serve as a member of the American Bar Association House of Delegates.  Metzel has served on the Indiana State Bar Association’s Legal Ethics Committee and board of governors. She also served on the board of directors for the Indianapolis Bar Association.

Nancy Cross is a senior partner at Cross Woolsey and Glazier. Cross’ practice focuses on family law, including domestic litigation, mediation, and appellate work. She is a certified family law specialist, a certified mediator, and has been a fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers since 1993. A fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Association, she also has served as a member of its board of managers.
 

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