Wednesday, January 17, 2018
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Workers' Comp

Timothy Klingler

Trial Tactics

Elizabeth Trachtman

Elizabeth’s practice focuses on medical malpractice defense and serves both hospitals and individual healthcare providers. She has also practiced in state and federal courts in the areas of product liability and general insurance defense.  Elizabeth has practiced in the areas of medical malpractice defense, product liability, subrogation and worker’s compensation.

Business Litigation

Carl Hayes

Health Law Litigation 2017

Jarrod A. Malone

Insurance Coverage

Keith Mundrick

Employment Law

Hannesson I. Murphy

Hannesson Murphy is a partner in Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Indianapolis, Indiana office and a member of the firm’s Labor and Employment Law Department. ??Mr. Murphy has extensive experience counseling and advising employers in all aspects of managing the employment relationship with their workforce, including: the crafting of employment agreements, confidentiality agreements, non-competition and non-solicitation agreements; the creation and maintenance of effective policies and procedures to govern the workplace; counseling employers with respect to disciplining and terminating employees; counseling employers with respect to reductions in force and ensuring that group terminations comply with the requirements of federal statutes and regulations; defending employers against all manner of contract, discrimination, harassment and wrongful discharge claims that could be asserted against them.  Mr. Murphy has obtained successful results for employers in a wide variety of legal matters, including claims involving breach of contract, defamation, discrimination, harassment, and wrongful discharge, among others.


Construction Law

Thaddeus Schurter

Thaddeus Schurter is an Associate with Drewry Simmons Vornehm, LLP who focuses his practice on Construction Litigation. Having worked in construction for ten years before becoming an attorney, he brings exceptional insight and technical experience to the table for his clients. Mr. Schurter represents clients from across the full spectrum of construction industry participants including architects, engineers, contractors, subcontractors, suppliers, and owners. He also advises clients in a wide range of design and construction related matters including contract review, negotiation, and termination, construction and design defect claims, professional negligence claims, performance and payment bond disputes, lien claims, and payment security issues. Mr. Schurter recently served as counsel for a major telecommunications company in numerous property damage and personal injury cases arising out of an explosion and fire caused by an uncontrolled gas leak.  He has also represented clients in cases involving boiler explosions, building envelope failures, roof collapses, structural failures, and premises liability claims.

Product Liability

Jessica Williams Schnelker

Jessica Williams Schnelker  practices in Product Liability Litigation and Tort and Insurance Defense. Jessica has represented clients in product liability matters in a variety of industry sectors, and currently litigates across the country on a team of attorneys who serve as national counsel for a major construction and agricultural equipment manufacturer. Jessica’s trial experience includes successfully defending a local government entity in an eight-day federal jury trial in the Northern District of Indiana and obtaining a defense verdict on behalf of a product manufacturer in the Western District of Michigan.  Jessica graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 2013. While in law school, Jessica was the Executive Note Editor for the Journal of Legislation. Serving on Notre Dame Law School’s Honor Council for two years, Jessica became Honor Council Chair from 2012-2013. In addition, Jessica coached the Notre Dame Parliamentary Debate Team, and had the honor of working as Research Assistant for Professor Avishalom Tor. Jessica graduated from Purdue University in 2010 with degrees in Psychology and Political Science.