Christopher R. Whitten - cwhitten@indycounsel.com

View Christopher Whitten's profile on LinkedIn Mr. Whitten is involved extensively in trial litigation primarily in cases involving truck accidents, cargo claims, and commercial disputes.  He is routinely called upon by motor carriers and their insurers to investigate catastrophic truck accidents shortly after they occur.  Mr. Whitten also handles insurance coverage questions, product liability, and general insurance defense litigation.  Mr. Whitten has successfully defended both bench and jury trials including those involving wrongful death claims.  He has represented clients in binding arbitration proceedings, and regularly helps clients achieve favorable settlements of their disputes.  Mr. Whitten has spoken on truck accident litigation and other related topics at Great West Casualty Company’s Annual Safety Seminar as well as before the Indiana Motor Truck Association and private motor carriers.  He has provided continuing legal education to attorneys in Indiana regarding truck accident litigation.  Mr. Whitten is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts within Indiana, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth and Seventh Circuits.  He is a member of the International Society of Primerus Law Firms, the Defense Research Institute, the Trucking Industry Defense Association, the Transportation Lawyers Association, the Transportation & Logistics Council, and the Indiana Motor Truck Association.  Mr. Whitten graduated from the University of California, San Diego (B.A.) and Valparaiso University (J.D., magna cum laude) where he served on the Valparaiso Law Review editorial board.

Jason J. Hoy - jhoy@indycounsel.com

View Jay Hoy's's profile on LinkedInMr. Hoy has concentrated his law practice in defense litigation over the last 17 years.  His primary area of practice is defending commercial trucking companies from personal injury and workers compensation claims.  However, Mr. Hoy has handled general liability, construction, employment, and general business matters.  He has successfully tried cases to juries and argued in hearings before the Indiana Workers Compensation Board.  He has written articles and spoken at seminars on managing litigation matters.  He has presented to trade groups and spoken on trucking litigation matters before the Indiana Motor Truck Association.  In 2009 and 2011, he was selected as a “Rising Star” amongst Indiana lawyers by the Indiana Super Lawyers magazine.  Mr. Hoy graduated from Indiana University – Bloomington (B.A.) and Indiana University – Indianapolis (J.D.).  He has served as an officer and member of a non-profit organization that provides hope and support for cancer patients and their families.

James L. Culp - jculp@indycounsel.com

View James Culp's profile on LinkedInSince his admission to the bar, Mr. Culp has focused his practice on civil litigation.  Mr. Culp represents both businesses and individuals in the areas of personal injury, trucking, premises liability, product liability, commercial litigation and subrogation.  He also has experience in estate and probate matters.  Mr. Culp has litigated cases and negotiated settlements in cases and disputes involving a wide array of claimed damages and injuries.  Mr. Culp will zealously advocate on your behalf and prides himself on keeping his clients informed and updated on the details of their cases.  In 2009 and 2011, Mr. Culp was honored as a “Rising Star” amongst Indiana lawyers by the Indiana Super Lawyers, a publication of Indianapolis Monthly.  He is admitted to all Indiana state and federal courts and is a member of Indiana State Bar Association, the International Society of Primerus Law Firms and the Indiana Motor Truck Association.  Mr. Culp graduated from Indiana State University (B.S. Finance) and Valparaiso University School of Law (J.D.).

Michael T. Terwilliger - mterwilliger@indycounsel.com

View Michael Terwilliger's profile on LinkedInMr. Terwilliger is licensed in Indiana, Illinois and Kentucky, including the federal courts of these states as well as the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.  Mr. Terwilliger defends businesses and individuals in commercial, auto, premises liability, and professional liability cases and has extensive jury trial experience, including the trial of catastrophic injury cases involving traumatic brain injury and wrongful death.  He also handles first party coverage cases, including UM/UIM and bad faith claims.  His appellate practice has yielded, among others, the following published opinions:  Walker v. Emplrs. Ins. of Wausau, 846 N.E.2d 1098 (Ind.Ct.App. 2006); Madden v. INDOT, 832 N.E.2d 1122 (Ind.Ct.App. 2005); Mesman v. Crane Pro Services, 409 F.3d 846 (7th Cir. 2005); Monroe Guaranty Ins. Co. v. Berrier, 827 N.E.2d 158 (Ind.Ct.App. 2005); Messer v. Cerestar USA, Inc., 803 N.E.2d 1240 (Ind.Ct.App. 2004); Cload ex rel. Cload v. Copley Memorial Hospital, 767 N.E.2d 486 (2d Dist. 2002), appeal denied 786 N.E.2d 181 (Ill. 2002); and Palmer & Sons Paving, Inc. v. NIPSCO, 758 N.E.2d 550 (Ind.Ct.App. 2001).    He has been a presenter at Continuing Legal Education seminars focusing on injury cases including UM/UIM claims.  He is a member of the Defense Research Institute and is OSHA 30 Certified.  Mr. Terwilliger graduated from the University of Illinois (B.Arch., with Distinction) and the Valparaiso University School of Law (J.D., with Honors) where he served as Symposium Editor of the Valparaiso University Law Review.

R. Gregory Sylvester - gsylvester@indycounsel.com

View Greg Sylvester's profile on LinkedIn Mr. Sylvester is licensed to practice law in Indiana and Illinois, as well as the United States District Courts for the Southern and Northern Districts of Indiana.  His practice areas include insurance defense litigation, transportation defense litigation, real estate transactions, worker’s compensation defense, premises liability and personal injury.  He has experience representing commercial real estate and development businesses in commercial real estate transactions and financing, including HUD (Department of Housing and Urban Development) and FHA (Federal Housing Administration) loans.  Mr. Sylvester has successfully defended employers in hearings in front of the Indiana Worker’s Compensation Board. Mr. Sylvester will diligently and zealously represent his clients, while keeping them informed throughout the process.  He is a member of the Indiana Bar Association, the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana, and The International Society of Primerus Law Firms.  Mr. Sylvester graduated from Depauw University (B.A.) and Valparaiso University School of Law (J.D.) where he served as a member of the Valparaiso Law Review.

Christopher H. Cross - ccross@indycounsel.com

View Christopher Cross's profile on LinkedInMr. Cross is licensed to practice law in Indiana, as well as the United States District Court for the Southern and Northern Districts of Indiana, and the Indiana Worker’s Compensation Board. His practice areas include worker’s compensation insurance defense, transportation defense litigation, auto liability defense, premises liability defense, and subrogation claims. Mr. Cross is a member of the Indiana Worker’s Compensation Institute and the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana. He has presented at the annual Worker’s Compensation Institute seminar and has been published in the Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana’s publication, Indiana Civil Litigation Review, Vol. VII, No. 1: Worker’s Compensation: Abrogation of Positional Risk Doctrine (2010). Mr. Cross graduated from the University of Indianapolis (B.A. History) and University of Memphis School of Law (J.D.).

Lia M. Gucciardi Bowers - lbowers@indycounsel.com

View Lia Gucciardi Bowers' profile on LinkedInMs. Bowers is originally from southeast Michigan. She is licensed to practice law in Indiana and Michigan, as well as the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. Her primary practice areas include worker's compensation, insurance defense, and transportation defense litigation. She has also represented clients in matters involving premises liability, personal injury, probate and family law. Ms. Bowers has successfully defended employers and worker’s compensation insurance carriers, as well as represented injured workers, before the Indiana Worker’s Compensation Board. She has also presented at worker’s compensation seminars held by insurance carriers. Ms. Bowers graduated from Wayne State University (B.A., magna cum laude) and Valparaiso University School of Law (J.D.).