Board of Directors

Director

BJBrinkerhoff

BJ offers clients a wealth of experience from a wide variety of litigation matters, representing individuals, small and family businesses, large corporations and Fortune 500 companies in multiple forums. He focuses his practice on business disputes, such as employment matters, shareholder claims, director and officer liability and day-to-day business disputes. BJ also has litigation experience handling products liability cases, restaurant and retail liability, civil rights matters, contract disputes, insurance matters, personal injury and appeals. BJ has spent a substantial amount of time working with small business owners and entrepreneurs to guide them through their legal issues including: negotiation of real estate disputes; franchising and intellectual property matters; issues between partners and founders, and counseling business owners on how to avoid legal risks. Indiana has a vibrant startup community and BJ has been at the forefront, working with entrepreneurs to address their unique concerns and challenges. BJ graduated with a B.A. from Vanderbilt University, and remains a die-hard Commodores fan. He received his J.D. from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. While in law school, BJ was a finalist and later served as Chief Justice for the Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition.

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Scott Cockrum is a partner in the Northwest Indiana and Indianapolis offices of Lewis Brisbois. He has extensive experience handling professional liability claims in state and federal courts in Indiana, including ones involving the defense of architects, engineers, lawyers, accountants, surveyors, property managers, and realtors. He also frequently represents physicians and nursing homes in medical malpractice claims.  In addition, Scott has experience defending products liability and general liability claims. He represents insurers in coverage disputes, declaratory judgment actions, bad faith cases, UIM claims, and other allegations of breach of contract. He handles bench trials for the Indiana Patient’s Compensation Fund in petitions for excess damages under Indiana’s Medical Malpractice Act, and has handled more than 50 appeals, including multiple oral arguments, before Indiana’s appellate courts.  Scott spent five years as an adjunct instructor in the paralegal program at Calumet College of St. Joseph, and is a regular presenter at CLE events and conferences.

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Norris Cunningham
ncunningham@kkclegal.com

Mr. Cunningham concentrates his practice in healthcare dispute resolution including trial practice, regulatory advocacy, and arbitration. He has tried and arbitrated numerous matters throughout the nation on behalf of healthcare providers. Mr. Cunningham is the Immediate Past Chair of the Indiana State Bar Association Diversity Committee and past chair of the Long-Term Care Subcommittee of the Health Section of the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana. He is a certified arbitrator by the American Arbitration Association and the American Health Lawyers Association. Mr. Cunningham has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (2016-present); Super Lawyers (2017- present); America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators (2018-present); and The National Black Lawyers Top 100. Mr. Cunningham is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association, the Indianapolis Bar Association, DRI, and The National Bar Association. Mr. Cunningham achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in United States Air Force and Indiana Air National Guard where he retired 2010 after completing twenty-two years of service as a Medical Service Corps officer. He is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm (1990); Operation Noble Eagle (2001); Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003); and Joint Task Force Katrina (2005).

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Lucy Dollens concentrates her practice in complex commercial litigation, representing clients in all aspects of business litigation disputes. Lucy enjoys working with her clients to best position them to meet their business objectives and minimize risk with respect to contractual issues prior to the initiation of litigation and throughout the course of litigation. Licensed in both Indiana and West Virginia, Lucy’s commercial litigation practice encompasses distribution and dealership disputes and warranty issues, including for large manufacturing clients, as well as employment restrictive covenants and trade secrets litigation. She also has extensive experience representing financial institutions, servicers, and consumer finance companies in both the consumer and commercial contexts. Her practice extends to federal and state trial and appellate courts, bankruptcy courts, proceedings involving governmental agencies and regulators, and class actions.  In the appellate arena, Lucy represents individuals and corporate clients in both state and federal appellate courts in a range of legal issues including commercial litigation, labor and employment disputes, products liability cases, premises liability matters, and administrative and licensing issues. She also represents amicus curiae parties in cases involving significant issues before Indiana’s Court of Appeals and Supreme Court and pro bono clients (through court appointment) in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  In addition to her role as Office Managing Partner, she also serves as Recruiting Chair for the Indianapolis Office.

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Lauren’s practice focuses on personal injury defense, insurance coverage, and medical malpractice defense. She has represented individuals and businesses through all stages of litigation including discovery, mediation, motion practice, trial, and appeals.  She regularly appears in state and federal courts throughout Indiana and Kentucky. Lauren is also a registered domestic mediator in Indiana and is passionate about helping families resolve conflicts outside the courtroom.

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Marian C. Drenth
mdrenth@omwlegal.com

Marian C. Drenth concentrates her practice in civil litigation with an emphasis in health care litigation. Her experience includes representing clients through Indiana’s Medical Review Panel Process, mediation and through trial. Ms. Drenth has successfully defended clients in numerous jury trial, many as first chair, in matters involving general negligence and medical malpractice claims. She speaks at in-house seminars for health care providers regarding preventative tools to assit in risk management. She is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association, the Porter County Inns of Court and Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, where she currently serves as Director and previously served as vice-chair of the Health Lasw Section. She is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.She served as a board member of the Porter County Inns of Court where she became president in 2009.

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Belinda Johnson-Hurtado
bhurtado@lawcjb.com

Belinda is a Partner at Clendening Johnson & Bohrer, P.C. practicing in civil litigation department and concentrating in complex commercial litigation, insurance law, and personal injury law. She graduated from the University of Evansville, cum laude, with a B.S. in Legal Studies and received her J.D., cum laude, from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. She is also a 2002 Fellow of the Indiana Conference for Legal Education Opportunity (ICLEO). Belinda is active with Bloomington’s Hispanic community working with and advising the firm’s Spanish speaking clients and publishing materials to help non-native English speakers understand the U.S. legal system and processes. Belinda is a Member of the Board of Editors, Indiana Civil Litigation Review (2010-Present). She was awarded the 2018 Women in the Law Recognition Award from the Indiana State Bar Association’s Women in the Law Committee and was named into America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators® in 2018. She was an Indiana Super Lawyers Rising Star® in Civil Litigation – Defense from 2013 through 2015.

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R. Jeffrey Lowe
jlowe@k-glaw.com

Jeff Lowe is a partner in the New Albany office of Kightlinger & Gray, LLP.  Mr. Lowe’s primary area of practice is in civil rights defense work.  He regularly represents governmental entities sued for constitutional or state law torts in state or federal courts. He regularly counsels cities, towns and counties regarding their constitutional obligations and state law duties.  He also handles general liability and professional liability cases.  He is the former Chair of DRI’s Governmental Liability Section and now serves on DRI’s National Board of Directors.  Mr. Lowe is also a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel and the International Association of Defense Counsel. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Defense Counsel. He graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1994 with a B.A. in History and received his J.D. from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville in 1998.

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Beverly J. Mack
bmack@huelatandmack.com

Beverly Mack is a partner in the LaPorte firm of Huelat & Mack P.C. She is an Illinois native, and practiced law at an insurance defense firm in her home state for seven years before relocating to Indiana in 1996. She has practiced insurance defense litigation at Huelat & Mack P.C. for 23 years, including product liability, industrial accidents, trucking, construction defect, dental malpractice, premises liability, and commercial actions. Beverly obtained her B.A. from Eastern Illinois University, and her J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law. She is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association. Illinois State Bar Association, the LaPorte County Bar Association, and Women La

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Libby Valos Moss
lmoss@k-glaw.com

Libby Valos Moss is a Partner with the firm Kightlinger & Gray, LLP. She is a trial attorney who concentrates her practice in the areas of employment law and defense of employers before the Indiana Worker’s Compensation Board. She is a frequent speaker on the issues employer’s face when confronted with worker’s compensation claims. She is admitted to practice in Indiana and before the U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana. Libby is a 1995 graduate of Ball State University and graduated from the Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, in 1999. She has served as the Chair of the DTCI Worker’s Compensation Section. In addition to being an active member of DTCI, she is also a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association, Indiana State Bar Association, Litigation Counsel of America and Defense Research Institute.

Director

BJBrinkerhoff

BJ offers clients a wealth of experience from a wide variety of litigation matters, representing individuals, small and family businesses, large corporations and Fortune 500 companies in multiple forums. He focuses his practice on business disputes, such as employment matters, shareholder claims, director and officer liability and day-to-day business disputes. BJ also has litigation experience handling products liability cases, restaurant and retail liability, civil rights matters, contract disputes, insurance matters, personal injury and appeals. BJ has spent a substantial amount of time working with small business owners and entrepreneurs to guide them through their legal issues including: negotiation of real estate disputes; franchising and intellectual property matters; issues between partners and founders, and counseling business owners on how to avoid legal risks. Indiana has a vibrant startup community and BJ has been at the forefront, working with entrepreneurs to address their unique concerns and challenges. BJ graduated with a B.A. from Vanderbilt University, and remains a die-hard Commodores fan. He received his J.D. from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. While in law school, BJ was a finalist and later served as Chief Justice for the Sherman Minton Moot Court Competition.

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Scott Cockrum is a partner in the Northwest Indiana and Indianapolis offices of Lewis Brisbois. He has extensive experience handling professional liability claims in state and federal courts in Indiana, including ones involving the defense of architects, engineers, lawyers, accountants, surveyors, property managers, and realtors. He also frequently represents physicians and nursing homes in medical malpractice claims.  In addition, Scott has experience defending products liability and general liability claims. He represents insurers in coverage disputes, declaratory judgment actions, bad faith cases, UIM claims, and other allegations of breach of contract. He handles bench trials for the Indiana Patient’s Compensation Fund in petitions for excess damages under Indiana’s Medical Malpractice Act, and has handled more than 50 appeals, including multiple oral arguments, before Indiana’s appellate courts.  Scott spent five years as an adjunct instructor in the paralegal program at Calumet College of St. Joseph, and is a regular presenter at CLE events and conferences.

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Norris Cunningham
ncunningham@kkclegal.com

Mr. Cunningham concentrates his practice in healthcare dispute resolution including trial practice, regulatory advocacy, and arbitration. He has tried and arbitrated numerous matters throughout the nation on behalf of healthcare providers. Mr. Cunningham is the Immediate Past Chair of the Indiana State Bar Association Diversity Committee and past chair of the Long-Term Care Subcommittee of the Health Section of the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana. He is a certified arbitrator by the American Arbitration Association and the American Health Lawyers Association. Mr. Cunningham has been selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America (2016-present); Super Lawyers (2017- present); America’s Top 100 High Stakes Litigators (2018-present); and The National Black Lawyers Top 100. Mr. Cunningham is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association, the Indianapolis Bar Association, DRI, and The National Bar Association. Mr. Cunningham achieved the rank of Lieutenant Colonel in United States Air Force and Indiana Air National Guard where he retired 2010 after completing twenty-two years of service as a Medical Service Corps officer. He is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm (1990); Operation Noble Eagle (2001); Operation Iraqi Freedom (2003); and Joint Task Force Katrina (2005).

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Lucy Dollens concentrates her practice in complex commercial litigation, representing clients in all aspects of business litigation disputes. Lucy enjoys working with her clients to best position them to meet their business objectives and minimize risk with respect to contractual issues prior to the initiation of litigation and throughout the course of litigation. Licensed in both Indiana and West Virginia, Lucy’s commercial litigation practice encompasses distribution and dealership disputes and warranty issues, including for large manufacturing clients, as well as employment restrictive covenants and trade secrets litigation. She also has extensive experience representing financial institutions, servicers, and consumer finance companies in both the consumer and commercial contexts. Her practice extends to federal and state trial and appellate courts, bankruptcy courts, proceedings involving governmental agencies and regulators, and class actions.  In the appellate arena, Lucy represents individuals and corporate clients in both state and federal appellate courts in a range of legal issues including commercial litigation, labor and employment disputes, products liability cases, premises liability matters, and administrative and licensing issues. She also represents amicus curiae parties in cases involving significant issues before Indiana’s Court of Appeals and Supreme Court and pro bono clients (through court appointment) in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana and before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  In addition to her role as Office Managing Partner, she also serves as Recruiting Chair for the Indianapolis Office.

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Lauren’s practice focuses on personal injury defense, insurance coverage, and medical malpractice defense. She has represented individuals and businesses through all stages of litigation including discovery, mediation, motion practice, trial, and appeals.  She regularly appears in state and federal courts throughout Indiana and Kentucky. Lauren is also a registered domestic mediator in Indiana and is passionate about helping families resolve conflicts outside the courtroom.

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Marian C. Drenth
mdrenth@omwlegal.com

Marian C. Drenth concentrates her practice in civil litigation with an emphasis in health care litigation. Her experience includes representing clients through Indiana’s Medical Review Panel Process, mediation and through trial. Ms. Drenth has successfully defended clients in numerous jury trial, many as first chair, in matters involving general negligence and medical malpractice claims. She speaks at in-house seminars for health care providers regarding preventative tools to assit in risk management. She is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association, the Porter County Inns of Court and Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, where she currently serves as Director and previously served as vice-chair of the Health Lasw Section. She is a fellow of the American Bar Foundation.She served as a board member of the Porter County Inns of Court where she became president in 2009.

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Belinda Johnson-Hurtado
bhurtado@lawcjb.com

Belinda is a Partner at Clendening Johnson & Bohrer, P.C. practicing in civil litigation department and concentrating in complex commercial litigation, insurance law, and personal injury law. She graduated from the University of Evansville, cum laude, with a B.S. in Legal Studies and received her J.D., cum laude, from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law. She is also a 2002 Fellow of the Indiana Conference for Legal Education Opportunity (ICLEO). Belinda is active with Bloomington’s Hispanic community working with and advising the firm’s Spanish speaking clients and publishing materials to help non-native English speakers understand the U.S. legal system and processes. Belinda is a Member of the Board of Editors, Indiana Civil Litigation Review (2010-Present). She was awarded the 2018 Women in the Law Recognition Award from the Indiana State Bar Association’s Women in the Law Committee and was named into America’s Top 100 Civil Defense Litigators® in 2018. She was an Indiana Super Lawyers Rising Star® in Civil Litigation – Defense from 2013 through 2015.

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R. Jeffrey Lowe
jlowe@k-glaw.com

Jeff Lowe is a partner in the New Albany office of Kightlinger & Gray, LLP.  Mr. Lowe’s primary area of practice is in civil rights defense work.  He regularly represents governmental entities sued for constitutional or state law torts in state or federal courts. He regularly counsels cities, towns and counties regarding their constitutional obligations and state law duties.  He also handles general liability and professional liability cases.  He is the former Chair of DRI’s Governmental Liability Section and now serves on DRI’s National Board of Directors.  Mr. Lowe is also a member of the Federation of Defense and Corporate Counsel and the International Association of Defense Counsel. He also serves on the Board of Directors of the Kentucky Defense Counsel. He graduated from the University of North Carolina in 1994 with a B.A. in History and received his J.D. from the Louis D. Brandeis School of Law at the University of Louisville in 1998.

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Beverly J. Mack
bmack@huelatandmack.com

Beverly Mack is a partner in the LaPorte firm of Huelat & Mack P.C. She is an Illinois native, and practiced law at an insurance defense firm in her home state for seven years before relocating to Indiana in 1996. She has practiced insurance defense litigation at Huelat & Mack P.C. for 23 years, including product liability, industrial accidents, trucking, construction defect, dental malpractice, premises liability, and commercial actions. Beverly obtained her B.A. from Eastern Illinois University, and her J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law. She is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association. Illinois State Bar Association, the LaPorte County Bar Association, and Women La

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Libby Valos Moss
lmoss@k-glaw.com

Libby Valos Moss is a Partner with the firm Kightlinger & Gray, LLP. She is a trial attorney who concentrates her practice in the areas of employment law and defense of employers before the Indiana Worker’s Compensation Board. She is a frequent speaker on the issues employer’s face when confronted with worker’s compensation claims. She is admitted to practice in Indiana and before the U.S. District Court, Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana. Libby is a 1995 graduate of Ball State University and graduated from the Indiana University School of Law, Indianapolis, in 1999. She has served as the Chair of the DTCI Worker’s Compensation Section. In addition to being an active member of DTCI, she is also a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association, Indiana State Bar Association, Litigation Counsel of America and Defense Research Institute.