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President 2019

Renee Mortimer

Renee Mortimer is the Partner-in-Charge of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP’s sole Indiana office. She has a broad litigation practice with particular emphasis in managing large risks and exposures, and litigating large and excess risks. Ms. Mortimer’s clients in this area have included large corporations and financial institutions.  Ms. Mortimer’s defense litigation practice includes retail and hospitality liability, professional liability, medical malpractice, general liability, products liability, municipal liability, ERISA benefits litigation and trucking and heavy vehicle litigation. Her commercial litigation practice includes UCC matters.  Ms. Mortimer is a national counsel for the American National Red Cross, handling general liability, personal injury and property damage litigation for them. In addition, she manages a recommended preferred counsel bank in 47 states for the American National Red Cross.  She appears regularly in state and federal courts in both Indiana and Illinois, and has tried multiple cases to verdict in both states.


Donald S. Smith

Donald S. Smith is a partner in the Indianapolis law firm of Riley Bennet & Egloff, LLP.  He limits his practice to representing employers in employment matters.  Mr. Smith graduated with honors from Indiana University School of Law in Indianapolis in 1981.  Since then, he has defended employers before state and federal courts, the National Labor Relations Board, Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, Indiana Civil Rights Commission, U. S. Department of Labor, Indiana Worker's Compensation Board, various arbitrators, and the collective bargaining table, in addition to advising them concerning day-to-day employment issues.


Kori Chambers

Kori L. Chambers received her Bachelor of Arts in International Studies from Miami University in 1998, and received her juris doctorate in 2001 from Indiana University McKinney School of Law  in Indianapolis. She is an Attorney/Liability Claim Specialist with Indiana University Health Risk Retention Group where she manages the defense of medical negligence and general negligence cases involving Indiana University Health facilities.  She is licensed to practice in the state of Indiana and before the Federal District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana. She is a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association where she has previously served as the Young Lawyers Division Chair. In 2008, Ms. McOmber was named Young Lawyer of the Year by the Indianapolis Bar Association. In 2009, DTCI named Ms. Chambers the Young Lawyer of the Year for her leadership qualities in service to the Indiana defense bar, the national defense bar, and the community. She has also been named a "Rising Star" by the Indiana Super Lawyers publication in 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013. She is also a member of the Defense Research Institute. Ms. Chamber was appointed by Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels and reappointed by Governor Mike Pence to the Indiana Commission for Women.


Elliott Pinkie

Elliott Pinkie is a partner with the Cline Law Group in Indianapolis, Indiana.  He practices in the areas of medical malpractice defense, medical licensing and credentialing, premises and products liability, and general civil litigation. Elliott has represented clients in bench trials, and has first and second chair jury trial experience. He is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in Indiana.  Elliott has been selected multiple times for inclusion in the listing of Indiana Rising Stars® for his medical malpractice defense work.  In addition to defending physicians and other health care professionals in medical malpractice litigation, Elliott represents long-term care facilities and retail establishments against claims of negligence.  He also defends manufacturers against product liability claims under the Indiana Product Liability Act (IPLA).  Elliott earned a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice and Criminology from Ball State University (1995), and a J.D. from The Claude W. Pettit College of Law, Ohio Northern University (2000). He is a member of the Indiana State (ISBA) and Indianapolis Bar Associations, the Defense Research Institute (DRI), Indiana Health Care Association (IHCA), the American College of HealthCare Executives, and, of course, Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana (DTCI).  Elliott is an active supporter of the Social Health Association of Indiana, Inc., a United Way Agency, where he has served on the Board of Directors since 2007. 

Immediate Past President 2018

Robert B. Thornburg

Mr. Robert Thornburg is a Member of Frost Brown Todd, and a trial attorney who has tried more than 20 jury trials to verdict, including product liability, breach of warranty, lemon law, premises liability, warranty claims and automobile negligence cases. Mr. Thornburg has experience in Indiana State and Federal courts and in other jurisidictions. He has also testified before the Indiana Legislature on issues of importance to Indiana insurers.