DTCI: Outstanding defense attorneys honored

In conjunction with its 2019 Annual Meeting in Bloomington Nov. 21-22, DTCI recognized the outstanding defense lawyers of the year.

Peter H. Pogue has been named the 2019 DTCI Defense Lawyer of the Year. He is a partner in the Indianapolis firm of Schultz & Pogue. 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 DTCI, in a most significant way in the fields of litigation, legislation, publication or participation in local, state or national defense organizations. Mr. Pogue’s victories in two multimillion-dollar medical malpractice trials, when considered in conjunction with his several decades of service to DTCI and the defense bar, resulted in his recognition.

W. Brent Threlkeld of Threlkeld & Associates was installed as a Diplomat of the Indiana Defense Trial Counsel. Mr. Threlkeld, 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 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 2019 recipient is Keith Mundrick, an associate with Cantrell & Mehringer. Mr. Mundrick is a prolific author for DTCI and has served on the Amicus Committee and as vice chair and chair of the DTCI insurance coverage and business litigation sections.

In addition to the awards given by DTCI, the association also honored its former president John C. Trimble, who is the recipient of DRI’s Richard H. Krochock Award. This award honors an individual who has provided exemplary leadership to the DRI Young Lawyers Committee through sponsorship or participation in its programs and activities, who has provided guidance, support and service as a mentor to the members of the Young Lawyers Committee, and who has promoted those qualities which enhance the public image of the civil defense trial lawyer.•

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