Seminar Faculty 

Kevin Betz

MaryEllen Bishop

Julia Blackwell Gelinas

Kate  Burroughs

Scott Chinn

Jessie Cook

Brian Crist

Linda Kelly

Steve Langer

Mark Lloyd

Michael Phelps

George Plews

Matt Schad

Frank Sullivan

Andrew Swain

John Trimble

Mike Witte

Mark Zuckerberg





Kevin W. Betz has tried more than 20 jury trials, bench trials or arbitrations in his more than 25 years of trial work. He has won jury verdicts in individual rights cases of more than $300,000 in Marion County and $600,000 in Shelby County as well as a $3.1 million verdict in the federal district court for the Southern District of Indiana. See Doescher v. Raess, 883 N.E.2d 790 (Ind.2008); Morgan v. Shelby County, 835 N.E.2d 234 (Ind. Ct. App. 2005); Burton, et al. v. General Motors Corp., No. 95-1054 (S.D. Ind. Aug. 15, 2008). These were each considered groundbreaking verdicts in unique cases with novel claims. Besides other successful federal court trials, Kevin has also tried cases to juries in Delaware, Hamilton, Hendricks, and Johnson counties in Indiana.

In 2010 Kevin earned certification from the National Board of Trial Advocacy and is now recognized as a Board Certified Trial Attorney based on his skills and experience. In addition, in May of 2012 he also earned certification from the National Board of Trial Advocacy in Civil Pretrial Practice. He has been a master lawyer in the Sagamore American Inns of Court since 1998 (now emeritus); a member of the National Employment Lawyers Association; and a founding board member of the Indiana Hemophilia & Thrombosis Center, one of the largest such centers in the country providing more than $1.5 million in free medical services to Hoosiers every year; and is an appointed member of the Indiana Supreme Court’s Committee on Character and Fitness to practice law in Indiana since 1998. As well, the International Network of Boutique Law Firms (INBLF) selected his firm as its Indiana individual rights representative.

MaryEllen Bishop is a partner in the Estate and Wealth Planning Group, representing clients in the areas of estate and trust planning and administration; probate, estate and trust litigation and individual and fiduciary taxation. She has an AV Peer Rating from Martindale-Hubbell and was selected by Martindale-Hubbell for the inaugural Bar Register of Preeminent Women Lawyers in 2011. MaryEllen is a Fellow of the American College of Trust and Estate Counsel (ACTEC) and a Board Certified Indiana Trust and Estate Lawyer by the Trust and Estate Specialty Board. She is Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees for Indiana University. She served two terms on the Indiana Probate Code Study Commission under the appointment of Governors Frank O’Bannon and Joseph Kernan. MaryEllen is a Master Fellow of the Indiana Bar Foundation and a Distinguished Fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation. She is Co-chair of the Midwest Estate, Tax and Business Planning Institute. MaryEllen is an Indiana Super Lawyer 2004-present; listed in Best Lawyers for Estate Planning and Estate and Trust Litigation 2006-present; a Five Star Wealth Manager awardee for client satisfaction 2009-present; and was honored by Ball State University with an Indiana Woman of Achievement Award in 2011. MaryEllen received her juris doctorate from the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law in 1982. She earned her bachelor of science degree from the Indiana University Kelley School of Business in 1979. Ms. Bishop is admitted to practice before the Indiana Supreme Court, United States District Court, Southern and Northern Districts of Indiana, United States Tax Court and the United States Supreme Court. She is a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association, Indiana State Bar Association and the Estate Planning Council of Indianapolis.

Julia Blackwell Gelinas is the Chair of Frost Brown Todd’s Appellate Practice Group. In addition, she represents lawyers before the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission. She served as a former chair and member of theDisciplinary Commission from 1991 – 2001. Ms. Gelinas is a Fellow of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers. She has also served as President of the IU School of Law – Indianapolis Alumni Association, 1992 – 1994, and has been recognized as a Distinguished Fellow of the Indianapolis Bar Foundation, and a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation.

Kathryn Hillebrands Burroughs concentrates her practice in matrimonial and family law including premarital agreements; cohabitation agreements; dissolution of marriage; child custody, parenting time and support; and interstate disputes and modifications. Ms. Burroughs became a Certified Family Law Specialist - Family Law Certification Board in 2002, the first year it was available in Indiana.  Kathryn is the immediate past chair of the Indiana State Bar Association, Family and Juvenile Law Section.  She also serves as a board member of the State of Indiana Independent Certification Organization, which certifies family law specialists. Kathryn presently serves as a member of the Indiana Board of Law Examiners by appointment of the Indiana Supreme Court. She also serves on the Indiana Child Custody and Support Advisory Committee, a committee created by statute to make recommendations to the Indiana Supreme Court on the Child Support Guidelines and other terms relating to the welfare of children of families no longer intact.

Scott Chinn has an extensive background in all aspects of state, municipal and public sector law. His practice includes litigation, transactions and general counsel representations involving a variety of areas, including constitutional, election, public finance, regulatory, utilities and land use law. Drawing upon his many years as an appointed public official and legal advisor to elected officials, Scott is routinely called upon to provide policy, project management and strategic advice and consulting services. Prior to joining Faegre Baker Daniels, Scott served from 2000- 05 as Counsel to Indianapolis Mayor Bart Peterson and as Corporation Counsel to the City of Indianapolis. He also served as Special Counsel to the Attorney General of Indiana from 1997-99 and previously as Law Clerk to U.S. District Judge David F. Hamilton.

Jessie A. Cook represents individuals accused of major felonies and capital offenses. She graduated from IU - Bloomington (1979, cum laude), the National College of Criminal Defense and the Darrow College of Capital Defense. She teaches trial advocacy at the Maurer School of Law- Bloomington, and continuing legal education programs forthe National Institute of Trial Advocacy, the Indiana Public Defender Council and ICLEF’s Trial Advocacy Skills College. Jessie serves as a Fellow, American College of Trial Lawyers (Access to Justice, Indiana State Committees); Board of Governors, Indiana State Bar Association; Governing Council and past chair, ISBA Criminal Justice Section; Master Fellow and former Board member, Indiana Bar Foundation; member, Indiana Supreme Court Rules Committee; member, NACDL, NLG, ACLU. Jessie was the 2008 recipient of the IPDC’s Gideon Award.

Brian Crist is a Partner at Ice Miller LLP and concentrates his practice in guiding clients through all aspects of complex transactions. He represents and counsels clients on all facets of the acquisition, disposition, redevelopment, leasing and financing of commercial real estate assets across the country. Brian provides counsel to many retail, office, industrial and multi-family developers and property owners. In recent years, he represented a publicly traded REIT in the $307 million acquisition of ten retail shopping centers in the southeast and its merger with a private REIT that significantly expanded its geographic holdings. His legal practice includes extensive experience in advising clients with respect to public/private partnerships and public infrastructure transactions.

Linda Kelly joined the faculty of the Robert H. McKinney School of Law in the fall of 2002, following seven years as a faculty member at St. Thomas University School of Law in Miami, Florida. Professor Kelly has written extensively on issues surrounding immigration law as well as domestic violence and the treatment of domestic violence in immigration law. She worked as a staff attorney for the Haitian Refugee Center in Miami from 1992-1995. She has also served as a staff attorney for the Family Legal Services and Domestic Violence Unit of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit in and for Broward County, Florida.

Steven L. Langer is a Partner in the Valparaiso, Indiana law firm of Langer & Langer, now in his 36th year of practice, he concentrates on plaintiff's medical malpractice law and complex litigation. He is a Past President of the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association. In 2003, he received the Consumer Advocate of the Year award. In 2004 and 2009, he received the Trial Lawyer of the Year award from the Indiana Trial Lawyers Association. He is rated AV by Martindale Hubbell and has been selected as a Super Lawyer in 2008-2014. He has published numerous articles on medical negligence and civil evidence. Outside interests include triathlon. 

Mark Loyd, Esq., is a partner and Chair of the Tax and Employee Benefits Group of Bingham Greenebaum Doll LLP, a regional business law firm with offices in Kentucky, Indiana and Ohio. His areas of practice concentration are state, local and federal taxation, focusing on tax litigation, controversy resolution and planning. He is a former chair of the Tax Section of the Kentucky Bar Association. Mr. Loyd currently chairs the Editorial Board of The Kentucky CPA Journal. Mr. Loyd has written on tax matters in publications and has been a speaker and panelist on various tax matters.

Michael Phelps is a litigation attorney with the Nunn Law Office in Bloomington, Indiana. Mike’s practice is solely devoted to representing Plaintiffs in wrongful death and serious personal injury cases. Mike is a graduate of Indiana University-Bloomington and a graduate of The Capital University Law School in Columbus, Ohio, with Honors, Order of the Curia. Prior to joining the Nunn Law Office, Mike worked as a defense litigation attorney, representing several dozen insurance companies. Mike formerly practiced insurance defense litigation at Kopka, Pinkus, Dolin & Eads in Indianapolis; Kelley, Belcher and Brown in Bloomington; and spent six years as in-house counsel with State Farm and the Liberty Mutual Group. Mike has tried nearly 200 jury trials throughout the State of Indiana.

George Plews has practiced for more than 30 years as a successful appellate and trial advocate.  He has been lead counsel on a number of critical cases that have shaped Indiana environmental and insurance coverage law and enabled recovery of hundreds of millions of dollars to fund environmental cleanups. George’s environmental law practice spans a range of matters, including the prosecution and defense of claims involving state and federal environmental statutes, cost recovery claims and toxic torts, as well as permitting, zoning and governmental enforcement matters. This work has resulted in decisions establishing new principles of Indiana law, for example, the proper role of the administrative law judge as the trier of fact (Indiana Dept. of Natural Resources v. United Refuse Co., 615 N.E.2d 100 (Ind. 1992), the non-retroactivity of a hazardous waste disposal permitting statute (Indiana Dept. of Environmental Management v. Chemical Waste Management, 604 N.E.2d 1199 (Ind. Ct. App. 1992), and cost recovery for municipal brownfields projects (Cooper Industries LLC v. City of South Bend, 899 N.E.2d 1204 (Ind. 2009)).  George’s litigation practice includes a wide range of other complex cases, including products liability, financial transactions, class actions, and personal injury cases.  He represented the State of Indiana in successful litigation against the tobacco companies, and was co-counsel in bringing some of the first class actions in the country challenging banks’ incorrect handling of adjustable rate mortgages.

Matthew J. Schad was born in Lawton, Oklahoma and raised in a log cabin goat farm in the hills of southern Indiana. After a disastrous stint as a whitewater guide in Colorado he earned his degree in Classical Greek from Indiana University. With limited career choices he went on to attend The Florida State University College of Law. He joined the U.S. Army JAG Corps but failed to figure out how to get the government to subsidize any of his loans. He did, however, see courtroom action as trial counsel overseas in the Panama Canal. Since 1998 he’s practiced with his father at Schad & Schad in New Albany. He handles personal injury cases. Matt has tried over 50 jury trials - won some, and lost a lot.

Justice Frank Sullivan, Jr. is Professor of Practice at the Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law where he teaches courses in business and commercial law. He joined the faculty in 2012 after serving 19 years as a Justice of the Indiana Supreme Court. Prior to Court service, Sullivan was Indiana State Budget Director and practiced corporate finance and securities law. Sullivan is a member of the American Law Institute, a Commissioner from Indiana to the National Conference of Commissioners of Uniform State Laws, and a member of the Indiana Business Law Survey Commission.

Andrew W. Swain is the Special Counsel and Chief Tax Strategist for the Office of the Indiana Attorney General (OAG). For over 10 years, Mr. Swain was the Chief Counsel of the Tax Litigation Division for the Indiana Attorney General. Now, as Special Counsel and Chief Tax Strategist for the OAG, his primary responsibility is to act as the tax solicitor general and to oversee and litigate all tax appeals taken from the Indiana Tax Court to the Indiana Supreme Court. Mr. Swain also is an adjunct professor at the Indiana University (IUPUI) Robert H. McKinney School of Law and at the Indiana University (IUPUI) Kelley School of Business. Before entering public service, he worked as a tax manager at KPMG’s and Arthur Andersen’s offices in Denver, Colorado. Mr. Swain received his J.D. from the Indiana University Maurer School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana, and his LL.M. in taxation from the University of Denver’s Graduate Tax Program, in Denver, Colorado. He is also a certified fraud examiner, certified by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners.

John Trimble is a senior partner of the Indianapolis firm of Lewis Wagner, LLP. His practice is devoted to defense of catastrophic and complex litigation in State and Federal courts, including wrongful death, insurance coverage, bad faith, lawyer malpractice, and business torts. Through the years he has handled the defense of cases in more than 25 jurisdictions. He is a 1977 graduate of Hanover College and a 1981 graduate magna cum laude of the I.U. Robert McKinney School of Law. John was the 2015 President of the Indianapolis Bar Association, and Chair of the Board of Visitors of the I.U. Robert H. McKinney School of Law. He is also Secretary of the Board of the Indianapolis Legal Aid Society. In his “spare” time he chairs the Law Practice Management Committee of DRI, the national defense bar and is a member of the Board of Trustees of Hanover College. John is a frequent speaker to lawyer groups on the subject of litigation management and “metric” driven case handling methods. He is also presently serving as a member of the Indiana Supreme Court Commission on Commercial Court rules. John is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions, but his
mother would not allow him to list them here…. John’s proudest accomplishments are 34 years of marriage to wife and best friend, Ann, two married daughters, one of whom is a lawyer in San Francisco, and one grandson born in 2015.

G. Michael Witte is the Executive Secretary of the Indiana Supreme Court Disciplinary Commission. His 25 year judicial career included service as Judge of the Dearborn County Court, Lawrenceburg, IN, Dearborn Superior Court No. 1, and Wayne Superior Court No. 1, Richmond, IN. Both his B.A. and J.D. degrees are from Indiana University. He served as President of the McKinney School of Law Alumni Board in 2009, and in 2008 received the I.U. Alumni Association Distinguished Asian Alumni award. In 2011 he received the IUPUI Marynard K. Hine medal for significant contributions to campus and alumni programs. Witte served as Chair of the ABA Judicial Division in 2011. As Indiana’s first Asian American judge, Witte served as Co-chair of the ABA Judicial Division’s Standing Committee on Minorities in the Judiciary (2006-09). He has been a faculty member of the National Judicial College since 1994.

Mark S. Zuckerberg is one of only eleven Board Certified Consumer Bankruptcy Specialists in the entire State of Indiana and has filed over thirty-thousand (30,000) bankruptcy cases in his twenty-six (26) year career. He frequently lectures both locally and nationally to lawyers and various groups on the topic of consumer bankruptcy law. Mr. Zuckerberg formerly served on the board of the American Board of Certification. Mr. Zuckerberg is a past Chairman of the Bankruptcy and Creditors Right’s Section of the Indiana State Bar Association. He was the only consumer bankruptcy attorney to debate Senator Grassley on the merits of bankruptcy reform on National Public Radio’s Morning Edition. Mr. Zuckerberg has been recognized by Who’s Who in American Law and the Best Lawyers in America Consumer Guide. Mr. Zuckerberg was selected as one of Indiana’s top 50 lawyers by Law and Politics as printed in Indiana Monthly Magazine and also helped author Indiana’s newly enacted Exemption Law. Mr. Zuckerberg was awarded Master Distinguished Fellow by the Indianapolis Bar Association. Mr. Zuckerberg received his BA from Indiana University and his JD degree from Capital University.