Christopher R. Whitten
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 and traumatic brain injuries. 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 before numerous industry groups and private motor carriers. He has also 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 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).
Jason J. Hoy
Mr. Hoy has concentrated his law practice in defense litigation over the last 20 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
Mr. Culp’s practice has been focused on defense litigation for more than a decade. He has successfully represented clients in the areas of personal injury, trucking, premises liability and product liability. Mr. Culp also assists clients in the areas of estate planning and probate practice. In 2011, Mr. Culp received the distinction of “Rising Star” amongst young Indiana lawyers by the Indiana Super Lawyers magazine. He is admitted to all Indiana state and federal courts and is a member of the Indianapolis bar association and the Indiana state bar association. Mr. Culp graduated from Indiana State University (B.S., Finance) and Valparaiso University School of Law (J.D.).
Michael T. Terwilliger
Northwest Indiana, Valparaiso
Mr. 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: Hoker Trucking, LLC v. Robbins, 43 N.E.3d 677 (Ind.Ct.App. 2015); 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 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.
Lia M. Gucciardi Bowers
Northwest Indiana, Valparaiso
Ms. 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. However, she has also represented clients in matters involving premises liability, personal injury, probate and family law; and, represented individuals seeking Social Security Disability benefits. 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.).
William T. Donnell
William T. Donnell has 25 years of experience representing clients throughout Kentucky. Mr. Donnell is regularly called upon by trucking companies, insurers, and third-party administrators to investigate catastrophic accidents and defend lawsuits. Mr. Donnell has tried numerous transportation cases to verdict and has extensive experience defending transportation companies. Mr. Donnell often defends extra contractual “bad faith” claims involving automobile or transportation policies and insurers. Mr. Donnell has been a presenter at continuing legal education seminars on trucking accidents, automobile liability and insurance matters. Mr. Donnell is a member of the Trucking Industry Defense Association, the Transportation Lawyers Association, and the Defense Research Institute. Mr. Donnell is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. Mr. Donnell graduated from the University of Tennessee (B.A. in Economics with High Honors) in 1990 and from the University of Kentucky, College of Law (J.D., with Distinction) in 1993.
Emily M. Gettum
Ms. Gettum is originally from North Carolina. She is licensed to practice law in Indiana State Courts, United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, North Carolina State Courts, United States District Court for the Middle District of North Carolina and South Carolina State Courts. Her primary area of practice is transportation defense litigation. However, Ms. Gettum has handled a wide array of general litigation matters, including real estate, contracts, personal injury, medical malpractice, employment, business and other tort litigation over the years. She is a member of the Indianapolis Bar Association and Johnson County Bar Association. Ms. Gettum was recently selected as a 2019 “Rising Star” amongst Indiana lawyers by the Indiana Super Lawyers Magazine. She is an alumni of Leadership Johnson County and serves on multiple committees for the organization. Ms. Gettum received her Juris Doctor, Cum Laude, from Roger Williams University in 2009 and her bachelor’s degree in Journalism and Mass Communication from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 2002.
Richard V. Evans
Mr. Evans has a broad range of trial, arbitration, and appellate experience gained while in private practice, while in-house counsel for a Fortune 5 company, and while serving as an Assistant Attorney General for the Commonwealth of Kentucky. He has successfully litigated complex commercial, transportation, products liability, and personal injury cases before trial and appellate courts throughout the country. His trial experience includes trial before the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Kentucky in which he obtained a $5.5 million dollar compensatory-damages and $22.5 million dollar punitive-damages award for his client, a major insurance company with operations in Kentucky. Examples of his appellate practice include Nat’l. Coll. Of Ky., Inc. v. Wave Holdings, LLC, 536 S.W.3d 218 (Ky. Ct. App. 2017), Aesthetics in Jewelry, Inc. v. Estate of Brown, 339 S.W.3d 489 (Ky. Ct. App. 2011), and General Electric Co. v. Latin American Imports, S.A., 126 Fed. Appx. 209 (6th Cir. 2005). Mr. Evans is admitted to practice before all state and federal courts in the Commonwealth of Kentucky and the United States Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He graduated from the University of Miami (B.B.A.), received a master’s degree from Southern Seminary (M.Div.), and graduated from the University of Virginia School of Law (J.D.).
Charles “Danny” Matlock
Mr. Matlock’s primary area of practice with WhittenDonnell is defense of transportation claims. He also adds breadth to the firm’s services with experience successfully handling complex employment law and civil rights claims before local, state, and federal courts. He also has a broad range of arbitration, administrative hearing, and mediation experience where he has achieved favorable settlements for his clients. Mr. Matlock graduated from Rhodes College (B.A.) in 2010, received his law degree from Valparaiso University School of Law (J.D.) in 2014 and graduated from Valparaiso University College of Business (M.B.A.) in 2015. He is an active member of the Kentucky Bar Association Young Lawyers Division and is licensed to practice law in the Commonwealth of Kentucky, the United States District Court for the Western District of Kentucky, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Kentucky, and the United States District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.