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How to Try a Case in the Indiana Commercial Courts 2023 - 3 CLE

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Welcome & Introduction

- Hon. Heather A. Welch, Program Chair

Getting your Case on the Commercial Court

• Subject matter (business-to-business; business-to-person; insurance policy disputes)

• Personal/general jurisdiction

• Best practices/tips

• Why the commercial court

• Locations of Commercial Courts

- Peter M. Elliott, & Mallory A. Deardorff-Dawson, Moderator: Judge Welch

Discovery / Dispositive Motions

• Centered around proportionality

• Initial disclosures

• Have a plan for ESI which may include the search terms used, will attorneys

• Handling discovery disputes

• Trade secret/ confidential information

- James M. Boyers, Helen K. Geib & Philip R. Zimmerly, Moderator: Judge Welch

Interlocutory Issues

• Cross-motions for summary judgment

• Interlocutory Appeals

- Michael R. Limrick, Adam Arceneaux & Scott S. Morrisson, Moderator: Judge Welch

Pre-Trial Topics

• Narrowing the issues for trial/ explore bifurcation

• Motions in limine

• Motions to expert testimony

• Being mindful of the court calendar

• Preliminary jury instructions (see comm court treatise) & see new Model

• Instructions which assist on Commercial Court cases

- Michael R. Limrick, Adam Arceneaux, Scott S. Morrisson & Christopher S. Stake, Moderator: Judge Welch

Trial Considerations

• Jury selection (county or out-of-county jurors?)

• Voir dire tips to get ideal jurors for business cases

• Presentation of evidence (discussion of court technology)

• Presentation of evidence, i.e., explaining complex business topics to jurors prejudgment/post-judgment interest

- Tracy N. Betz, Andrew M. McNeil, Alice M. Morical, & Wayne C. Turner, Moderator: Judge Welch



Hon. Heather A. Welch, Chair

Judge, Marion Superior Court, Civil 1, Indianapolis

Adam Arceneaux

Ice Miller LLP, Indianapolis

Tracy N. Betz

Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, Indianapolis

James M. Boyers

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP, Indianapolis

Mallory A. Deardorff-Dawson

Indiana Commercial Court, Lafayette

Peter M. Elliott

Indiana Commercial Court, Indianapolis

Helen K. Geib

Hoover Hull Turner LLP, Indianapolis

Michael R. Limrick

Hoover Hull Turner LLP, Indianapolis

Andrew M. McNeil

Bose McKinney & Evans LLP, Indianapolis

Alice M. Morical

Hoover Hull Turner LLP, Indianapolis

Scott S. Morrisson

Krieg DeVault LLP, Carmel

Christopher S. Stake

DeLaney & DeLaney LLC, Indianapolis

Wayne C. Turner

Hoover Hull Turner LLP, Indianapolis

Philip R. Zimmerly

Bose McKinney & Evans LLP, Indianapolis

ICLEF • Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum, Indianapolis, IN • Premier Indiana CLE


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