Section Chairs

Business Litigation

Ian Goodman
ian@paganelligroup.com

Ian is a business and insurance litigator with trial experience beyond his years. He understands that the most effective way to represent clients is to invest time in building close-knit, long-term relationships with them. Regardless of the nature or size of a client, Ian’s approach is to first determine what the client wants to achieve; next, identify options; and then create and execute a plan of attack.

Construction

Evan Norris
norris@lewisandwilkins.com

Evan received his B.S. with honors distinction from Indiana State University. He was a student-athlete on the Sycamore Football program.  After his playing days ended, Evan took on an operational role with the NCAA Division-I team while also working for a Vigo County-based not-for-profit that assisted impoverished youth.  Evan is a graduate of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, earning a Graduate Certificate in Health Law and Policy.  During law school, Evan served as the President of IU McKinney’s Federalist Society Chapter, which won the “Student Organization of the Year Award.”  He was twice elected by his peers to serve as Class Representative to the Student Bar Association.  Evan accepted an invitation to serve on the Deans’ Student Advisory Board and a founding member IU McKinney’s Wellness Committee.  Prior to graduation, Evan was a volunteer logistical assistant for a congressional campaign in Southern Indiana.  Evan’s primary practice areas include civil litigation and business law. He is admitted to practice in the State of Indiana, the Northern District of Indiana, and the Southern District of Indiana. Evan is from Franklin; however, he and his family now reside in Zionsville with their three dogs.

Employment

Stephanie McGowan
smcgowan@fbtlaw.com

Stephanie focuses her practice in municipal law, employment law, and education law. She represents municipalities, counties, public entities, law enforcement agencies, and school corporations in employment-related matters, including employment litigation, arbitrations, and general employment counseling, and in a variety of state and federal constitutional challenges. She has represented clients in federal courts, federal appellate courts, state courts, and state appellate courts. While she primarily works in government services, she has handled all matters of general litigation including product liability and tort litigation, business disputes, creditor’s rights, commercial disputes, insurance defense, transportation law, and appellate practice.  Stephanie is a graduate of the Indianapolis Bar Association Bar Leader Series, Class XIII. She serves as the 2021 Co-Chair of the Indianapolis Bar Association Public Policy Standing Committee. She served as the 2019 and 2020 Chair of the Indianapolis Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and as a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association Board of Directors for 2019 and 2020. For 2017-2018, she served as the Vice-Chair of the Legal Education Committee for the Indianapolis Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. She also serves as the Vice-Chair of the Employment Law Section of the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana for 2019-2020. She is a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association, Indiana State Bar Association, Seventh Circuit Bar Association, and Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana. Stephanie is involved with Beyond Monumental and serves on the Strategic Planning Committee and on the Advisory Committee.

Health Care

Beth Behrens
bbehrens@schultzpoguelaw.com

As a member of the firm’s Medical Malpractice Group, Beth represents physicians, nurses, dentists, hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities and other health care providers in the defense of medical negligence claims throughout the State of Indiana.  Beth is admitted to practice law in the State of Indiana and before the United States District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana.  She is a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association, Indiana State Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, and Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana.   Education: Indiana University – Robert H. McKinney School of Law (J.D., 2012) – Indiana Health Law Review (Associate Editor) State University of New York at Cortland (B.A., cum laude, 2007)

Insurance Coverage

Justin Curtis
jcurtis@heplerbroom.com

Justin Curtis is a litigation attorney with the law firm of HeplerBroom. Mr. Curtis concentrates his practice on first and third-party insurance defense and insurance coverage actions, representing insurance companies from the investigation of a claim through litigation. He has extensive experience in insurance fraud and bad faith litigation. Mr. Curtis has filed and effectively prosecuted numerous affirmative litigation actions on behalf of his insurance company clients. Apart from insurance defense and coverage, Mr. Curtis has extensive litigation experience in a variety of fields, including professional liability, construction and education law. He is licensed to practice in Indiana, Illinois and United States District Courts in Indiana, Illinois and Ohio.

Product Liability

Jazzmin Gordon
jazzmin.gordon@quarles.com

Jazzmin Gordon is a member of the firm’s Product Liability Practice Group. She focuses her practice in manufacturing matters, toxic tort, and personal injury. Jazzmin’s experience includes defending domestic and international companies in product litigation matters, including:

  • Serving as national counsel for a major engine manufacturer in mass tort litigation
  • Serving as national counsel for a large medical device company in product liability matters
  • Defense of product manufacturers against product defect claims, warnings claims, and complex multiparty toxic exposure claims

In addition to her product liability work, Jazzmin has extensive experience representing clients in the automotive industry. Specifically, she provides counsel to a large motor vehicle manufacturing company regarding distribution network operating standards, policies, and regulations. Jazzmin also defends companies in general business litigation matters.

Jazzmin is active in the firm’s pro bono program, successfully representing clients in settlement conferences before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana

Trial Tactics

Charles Smith
csmith@schultzpoguelaw.com

Charley Smith has represented numerous entities, including insurers, governmental entities and corporations, in state and federal court. He practices in the areas of insurance coverage, real estate and construction matters, trucking liability and personal injury actions, including catastrophic injury and wrongful death matters. Mr. Smith is a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association, serving on the Litigation Section’s executive committee, having chaired the committee in 2017. Mr. Smith has presented at continuing education seminars on premises liability, use of experts at trial, determining damages, mediation strategy, and third-party liability. Mr. Smith is an active member of Cross & Crown Lutheran Church, serves as a volunteer and volunteer recruiter for Second Helpings, and as a member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana’s Big Growth team. Mr. Smith is an avid reader, cyclist, triathlete, and masters swimmer. Mr. Smith has testified at the Indiana State Senate in opposition to a proposed amendment to Indiana’s Comparative Fault Act that had the potential to drastically increase the exposure defendants in personal injury cases faced.

Worker's Compensation

Miriam Rich
mrich@hennessyroach.com

Miriam’s expertise is in workers’ compensation and general liability claims litigation, from pre-suit advice and investigation oversight, through pleadings, discovery, motions practice, trials and appeals through state and federal courts.  Miriam has a proven background in identifying training needs, designing and implementing programs to develop claims professionals in mediation and negotiation skills, litigation management including bill review processes, as well as being a frequent speaker at continuing legal seminars and industry conferences on trial skills, use of medical records, insurance fraud, and workers’ compensation issues.

EDUCATION: Indiana University School of Law, 1993 Juris Doctoris

  • Indiana University, Bachelor of Sciences, Business Management and Administration

Order of Barristers, Associate Justice, Intramural Moot Court Competition, Member, Products Liability Moot Court Competition.  Completed legal education while working full time.

Business Litigation

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Ian is a business and insurance litigator with trial experience beyond his years. He understands that the most effective way to represent clients is to invest time in building close-knit, long-term relationships with them. Regardless of the nature or size of a client, Ian’s approach is to first determine what the client wants to achieve; next, identify options; and then create and execute a plan of attack.

Construction

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Evan received his B.S. with honors distinction from Indiana State University. He was a student-athlete on the Sycamore Football program.  After his playing days ended, Evan took on an operational role with the NCAA Division-I team while also working for a Vigo County-based not-for-profit that assisted impoverished youth.  Evan is a graduate of the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law, earning a Graduate Certificate in Health Law and Policy.  During law school, Evan served as the President of IU McKinney’s Federalist Society Chapter, which won the “Student Organization of the Year Award.”  He was twice elected by his peers to serve as Class Representative to the Student Bar Association.  Evan accepted an invitation to serve on the Deans’ Student Advisory Board and a founding member IU McKinney’s Wellness Committee.  Prior to graduation, Evan was a volunteer logistical assistant for a congressional campaign in Southern Indiana.  Evan’s primary practice areas include civil litigation and business law. He is admitted to practice in the State of Indiana, the Northern District of Indiana, and the Southern District of Indiana. Evan is from Franklin; however, he and his family now reside in Zionsville with their three dogs.

Employment

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Stephanie McGowan
smcgowan@fbtlaw.com

Stephanie focuses her practice in municipal law, employment law, and education law. She represents municipalities, counties, public entities, law enforcement agencies, and school corporations in employment-related matters, including employment litigation, arbitrations, and general employment counseling, and in a variety of state and federal constitutional challenges. She has represented clients in federal courts, federal appellate courts, state courts, and state appellate courts. While she primarily works in government services, she has handled all matters of general litigation including product liability and tort litigation, business disputes, creditor’s rights, commercial disputes, insurance defense, transportation law, and appellate practice.  Stephanie is a graduate of the Indianapolis Bar Association Bar Leader Series, Class XIII. She serves as the 2021 Co-Chair of the Indianapolis Bar Association Public Policy Standing Committee. She served as the 2019 and 2020 Chair of the Indianapolis Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and as a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association Board of Directors for 2019 and 2020. For 2017-2018, she served as the Vice-Chair of the Legal Education Committee for the Indianapolis Bar Association Young Lawyers Division. She also serves as the Vice-Chair of the Employment Law Section of the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana for 2019-2020. She is a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association, Indiana State Bar Association, Seventh Circuit Bar Association, and Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana. Stephanie is involved with Beyond Monumental and serves on the Strategic Planning Committee and on the Advisory Committee.

Health Care

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As a member of the firm’s Medical Malpractice Group, Beth represents physicians, nurses, dentists, hospitals, clinics, long-term care facilities and other health care providers in the defense of medical negligence claims throughout the State of Indiana.  Beth is admitted to practice law in the State of Indiana and before the United States District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana.  She is a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association, Indiana State Bar Association, Defense Research Institute, and Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana.   Education: Indiana University – Robert H. McKinney School of Law (J.D., 2012) – Indiana Health Law Review (Associate Editor) State University of New York at Cortland (B.A., cum laude, 2007)

Insurance Coverage

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Justin Curtis
jcurtis@heplerbroom.com

Justin Curtis is a litigation attorney with the law firm of HeplerBroom. Mr. Curtis concentrates his practice on first and third-party insurance defense and insurance coverage actions, representing insurance companies from the investigation of a claim through litigation. He has extensive experience in insurance fraud and bad faith litigation. Mr. Curtis has filed and effectively prosecuted numerous affirmative litigation actions on behalf of his insurance company clients. Apart from insurance defense and coverage, Mr. Curtis has extensive litigation experience in a variety of fields, including professional liability, construction and education law. He is licensed to practice in Indiana, Illinois and United States District Courts in Indiana, Illinois and Ohio.

Product Liability

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Jazzmin Gordon is a member of the firm’s Product Liability Practice Group. She focuses her practice in manufacturing matters, toxic tort, and personal injury. Jazzmin’s experience includes defending domestic and international companies in product litigation matters, including:

  • Serving as national counsel for a major engine manufacturer in mass tort litigation
  • Serving as national counsel for a large medical device company in product liability matters
  • Defense of product manufacturers against product defect claims, warnings claims, and complex multiparty toxic exposure claims

In addition to her product liability work, Jazzmin has extensive experience representing clients in the automotive industry. Specifically, she provides counsel to a large motor vehicle manufacturing company regarding distribution network operating standards, policies, and regulations. Jazzmin also defends companies in general business litigation matters.

Jazzmin is active in the firm’s pro bono program, successfully representing clients in settlement conferences before the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Indiana

Trial Tactics

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Charley Smith has represented numerous entities, including insurers, governmental entities and corporations, in state and federal court. He practices in the areas of insurance coverage, real estate and construction matters, trucking liability and personal injury actions, including catastrophic injury and wrongful death matters. Mr. Smith is a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association, serving on the Litigation Section’s executive committee, having chaired the committee in 2017. Mr. Smith has presented at continuing education seminars on premises liability, use of experts at trial, determining damages, mediation strategy, and third-party liability. Mr. Smith is an active member of Cross & Crown Lutheran Church, serves as a volunteer and volunteer recruiter for Second Helpings, and as a member of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Central Indiana’s Big Growth team. Mr. Smith is an avid reader, cyclist, triathlete, and masters swimmer. Mr. Smith has testified at the Indiana State Senate in opposition to a proposed amendment to Indiana’s Comparative Fault Act that had the potential to drastically increase the exposure defendants in personal injury cases faced.

Worker's Compensation

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Miriam’s expertise is in workers’ compensation and general liability claims litigation, from pre-suit advice and investigation oversight, through pleadings, discovery, motions practice, trials and appeals through state and federal courts.  Miriam has a proven background in identifying training needs, designing and implementing programs to develop claims professionals in mediation and negotiation skills, litigation management including bill review processes, as well as being a frequent speaker at continuing legal seminars and industry conferences on trial skills, use of medical records, insurance fraud, and workers’ compensation issues.

EDUCATION: Indiana University School of Law, 1993 Juris Doctoris

  • Indiana University, Bachelor of Sciences, Business Management and Administration

Order of Barristers, Associate Justice, Intramural Moot Court Competition, Member, Products Liability Moot Court Competition.  Completed legal education while working full time.