Dina M. Cox

Attorney in Indianapolis, IN
Dina is an aggressive yet civil trial lawyer who focuses her practice on drug and medical device/product liability defense, professional liability defense, consumer class action defense, insurance coverage, and insurance bad faith defense litigation. Dina has tried numerous jury trials in state and federal courts and has been involved in a wide number of appeals to the Indiana Court of Appeals, the Indiana Supreme Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.

Since 1995, Dina has represented pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers in mass tort litigation, multi-district litigation, and individual lawsuits. She served as local counsel in hundreds of lawsuits involving silicone breast implants. From 1995 to 2000, she defended numerous orthopedic bone screw cases that were part of multi-district litigation. In that litigation, Dina was successful in helping her client win several summary judgment awards, which contributed to the economic resolution of those cases in the MDL. Dina also served on the defense team for blood plasma product manufacturers in AIDS/hemophiliac litigation, and she helped to favorably resolve multiple lawsuits in state and federal court against a pain pump manufacturing client. Dina has also defended a variety of toxic tort and chemical exposure cases, including cases involving tobacco, lead-based paint, latex gloves, mold, and animal/livestock feed products.

Dina also defends lawyers, law firms, and other professional clients against claims of malpractice. In the last several years, Dina has defended legal malpractice lawsuits with damage claims ranging from 16 million in one and 100 million in another. At the behest of malpractice carriers such as Firemen’s Fund, Great American, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual, The Bar Plan, AIG, and General Star, Dina has represented clients ranging from solo practitioners to some of the largest firms in Indianapolis. Dina has utilized or deposed some of the preeminent experts in legal malpractice and legal ethics. Dina has defended lawyers in a diverse array of substantive areas, including estate planning; wills and trusts; criminal defense; corporate law; family law; business transactions such as stock sales, asset sales, and mergers; medical malpractice; and, personal injury. The range of litigation topics Dina has successfully tackled includes: conflicts of interest; the scope of the duty owed to non-clients; the lack of any legal duty; whether an attorney-client relationship exists; claims of actual and constructive fraud; whether professional rule violations provide a basis for legal malpractice claims; and, the alleged failure to define the scope of the engagement, to name a few. Most importantly, Dina is passionate about defending the profession. Dina works hard to mount an aggressive, thorough defense on behalf of all of her professional clients. The results she has obtained, and the friends she has made in the legal community, are the greatest rewards for this hard work.

Honors & Awards
Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review Rated AV
•Next Generation Faculty, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, 2012-2013
Indiana Super Lawyers , 2011-2014
•Top 25 Women, Indiana Super Lawyers , 2011-2014
•Top 50, Indiana Super Lawyers , 2013

Recent Publications
• Common mistakes of young lawyers, The Indiana Lawyer, August 13-26, 2014.
• Time records and billings are important risk management tools, The Indiana Lawyer, April 9, 2014.
• Lawyers may still be subject to discipline when lacking any knowledge of employee misdeeds, LPL eAdvisory, March 2014.
• Taking payment from someone other than client may create risk of discipline, LPL eAdvisory, March 2014.
• “Implement a system of checks to avoid conflicts of interest,” The Indiana Lawyer, June 5, 2013.
•Survey, “Legal Malpractice Law - State of Indiana,” American Bar Association, Section of Litigation, 2007 - present.
• “Avoid client problems by avoiding problem clients,” The Practical Lawyer, April 2013.
•“How to Scale the Tower of Babble,” DRI: The Whisper (Volume 8, Issue 2) 2012 (co-author).
•The Law of Lawyers’ Liability: Fifty-State Survey of Legal Malpractice, Professional Liability Committee, American Bar Association, 2012 (author of book chapter entitled “State of Indiana”).
• “Avoid client problems by avoiding problem clients,” The Indiana Lawyer, September 14-27, 2012.
• “Malpractice vs. Misconduct,” DRI: The Voice, May 23, 2012 (co-author).
•Lawyers Part of Super-Commuter Trend,” The Indiana Lawyer, April 11, 2012.
• Summary: Indiana Legal Malpractice Law, American Bar Association, December 2008.
•“The Self-Critical Analysis Privilege in the Context of Drug & Medical Device Litigation,” Drug, Device & Biotechnology Committee Newsletter, International Association of Defense Counsel, Number 10, July 2007 (co-author).
•“Top Ten Ways to Protect Against Claims of Malpractice,” Professional Liability Litigation Alert, ABA Professional Liability Litigation Committee - Section of Litigation, Volume IV, Number 2, Spring 2007 (co-author).

Recent Presentations
•Panelist, Beware of the Weakest Link! Mitigating supply chain risk: Best Practice Risk Management and Risk Transfer Strategies, Indiana Health Industry Forum, May 6, 2014.
•Panelist, The Prom Dance: Working Together with a Group of Defendants, 2014 ALFA International Client Seminar, March 8, 2014.
•Faculty Member, “National Session - Building Trial Skills,” National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Boulder, CO, July 23-31, 2014.
•Faculty Member, “National Session - Building Trial Skills,” National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Boulder, CO, July 24-August 1, 2013.
•Practical and Thoughtful Tips for Successful Litigation Management, DTCI 18th Annual Conference & Meeting of the Membership, Abe Martin Lodge in Brown County State Park, November 16, 2012.
•Panel Discussions on Lawyer Misconduct & Legal Malpractice, Indiana Lawyer, Indianapolis, IN, October 31, 2012.
•Trial Tips & The Art of Legal Persuasion, ICLEF, September 26, 2012 and October 4, 2012.
•“Navigating the Social Media Maze,” Medmarc Annual Meeting of Defense Panel Counsel, Bolton Landing, New York, June 15, 2012.
•“Hot Topics in Accountant Liability - 2012,” American Society of Women Accountants, Indianapolis, Indiana, May 22, 2012.
•“Ethics Within the World of Tax,” Indiana Tax Practitioners Association, Indianapolis, Indiana, December 13, 2011.
•CPA Ethics & Risk Management, Indiana Society of Accountants, Nashville, Indiana, 2010 - present.
•Faculty Member, “Deposition Advocacy Skills College,” ICLEF, Indianapolis, Indiana, July 13-14, 2010.
•CPA Ethics & Risk Management, Indiana Society of Accountants, July 14, 2010.
•Faculty Member, “Mid-Central Regional Basic Trial Skills Program,” National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Indianapolis, Indiana, annually, 2007 - present.
•Faculty Member, “Mid-Central Deposition Program,” National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Indianapolis, Indiana, annually, 2005 - present.

Civic & Community Involvement
•Canal Stakeholders Association, Past Member
•Historic Ransom Place Neighborhood Association, Past Board Member
•Keep Indianapolis Beautiful, Past Advisory Board Member
•Metropolitan Indianapolis Public Broadcasting, Inc. (WFYI Indianapolis), Board Member, 2013 - present
•St. Florian Center, Past Board Member & Mock Trial Volunteer Instructor

News Releases
• 80% of Lewis Wagner's Equity Partners Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers In America 2015; Three Named Lawyer Of The Year'
• Dina Cox invited to serve as faculty member for flagship trial advocacy program by NITA
• 70% of Firm Partners named Indiana Super Lawyers
• Robert Wagner, Tom Hays, John Trimble, Jerry Hammond, Rick Shoultz, Susan Cline, Dina Cox, Rich Blaiklock & Kyle Lansberry Selected for Inclusion in The Best Lawyers In America 2014
• Richard Blaiklock, Susan Cline, Dina Cox, Jarrell Hammond, Thomas Hays, Kyle Lansberry, Richard Shoultz, John Trimble, Robert Wagner Named Indiana Super Lawyers
• WFYI Elects Dina Cox as Board Member
• Robert Wagner, Thomas Hays, John Trimble, Jarrell Hammond, Richard Shoultz, Susan Cline, Dina Cox, Richard Blaiklock and Kyle Lansberry selected to Best Lawyers in America 2013
• Lewis Wagner Featured in The Indiana Lawyer's article, Gender Appeal
• Dina Cox selected to the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) Next Generation Faculty (NGF) Class of 2012
• Lawyers Part of Super-Commuter Trend
• And the Defense Wins Published by DRI: Dina Cox and Rob Baker achieved two defense wins recently in companion putative class action cases
• And the Defense Wins Published by DRI: Dina M. Cox and Kameelah Shaheed-Diallo obtained a dismissal of a legal malpractice claim against their law firm client
• A. Richard M. Blaiklock, Susan E. Cline, Dina M. Cox, Jarrell B. Hammond, Thomas C. Hays, Richard K. Shoultz, John C. Trimble and Robert F. Wagner named Indiana Super Lawyers
• Robert F. Wagner, Thomas C. Hays, John C. Trimble, Jarrell B. Hammond, Dina M. Cox, and Susan E. Cline selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America 2012
• Blaiklock, Cox, Hammond, Hays, Shoultz, Trimble and Wagner selected by Indiana Super Lawyers as top attorneys for 2011
• Robert Wagner, Tom Hays, John Trimble, Jerry Hammond, and Dina Cox selected for The Best Lawyers in America 2011
• Dina M. Cox invited to become a Fellow in the Litigation Counsel of America's Trial Lawyer Honorary Society

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Areas of Law

  • Appellate
  • Business Litigation
  • Class Action Defense
  • Drug and Medical Device Litigation
  • Toxic Tort
  • Employment Law
  • Insurance Coverage and Bad Faith
  • Product Liability Defense
  • Professional Liability Defense

 

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4.6 out of 5.0

Legal Knowledge
4.5
Analytical Capabilities
4.5
Judgment
4.5
Communication Ability
4.7
Legal Experience
4.5

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Experience & Credentials

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Attorney

Admission Details

Admitted in 1995, Indiana
1995, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Indiana
1995, U.S. District Court, Southern District of Indiana
1996, U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
2010, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Michigan
2013, U.S. District Court for the Western District of Texas
Saline County Circuit Court, Arkansas
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Arkansas
U.S. District Court, Central District of California
U.S. District Court, Northern District of California
Circuit Court of Jackson County, Missouri
Bergen County Superior Court of New Jersey
Court of Common Pleas of Mercer County, Ohio
Court of Common Pleas of Van Wert County, Ohio
U.S. District Court, District of Vermont

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Law School Attended

Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law
Class of 1995
J.D.
cum laude, Honors: G. Kent Frandsen Memorial Scholarship; Law School Alumni Association Scholarship; Order of the Barristers, Intramural Moot Court; Competitor, New York National Moot Court; Tutor, Dean's Tutorial Society, Law Review: Indiana Law Review, Articles Editor, 1993 - 1995

University Attended

Ball State University, Muncie, Indiana
Class of 1991
B.G.S.
cum laude & dean’s list

Associations & Memberships

Professional Associations
•ALFA International
•Contact Partner
•Product Liability Practice Group - Steering Committee
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Representative Cases

Trials: Federal Trade Commission v. Hold Billing Services, Ltd., et al., United States District Court, Western District of Texas, Cause No. 5:98-cv-00629-FB-HJB (November 4-15, 2013) (bench trial before Magistrate Judge on government' s motion for contempt); Temp-Masters, Inc. v. Marsh Supermarkets, LLC, Judge Daniel Pfleging, Hamilton County Super... More

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Dina M. Cox
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Indianapolis, IN 46202-6150

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