In conjunction with its 2015 annual meeting in Bloomington Nov. 19-20, the DTCI will recognize the outstanding defense lawyers of the year. The awards ceremony will be held during the board of directors’ dinner on Nov. 18.
Defense Lawyers of the Year
Stephanie L. Cassman has been named the 2015 DTCI Defense Lawyer of the Year. She is a partner in the Indianapolis firm of Lewis Wagner and chairs its Employment Law Practices Group. 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.
Diplomats of the Indiana Defense Trial Counsel
The DTCI will also install as Diplomats of the Indiana Defense Trial Counsel two members of the Indiana bar who, in the judgment of the officers and directors of the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, have distinguished themselves throughout their careers through outstanding contributions to the representation of clients in the defense of litigation matters. The 2015 recipients are Branch R. Lew, partner in the Fort Wayne office of Hunt Suedhoff Kalamaros, and Thomas R. Schultz, partner in the Indianapolis firm of Schultz & Pogue.
Outstanding Young Lawyer
The DTCI Outstanding Young Lawyer award is presented to a member of the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, 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 2015 recipient is Nabeela Virjee, an associate with Lewis Wagner and 2015 chair of the Young Lawyers Committee.•