Dennis F. Cantrell

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Position:

Partner

Main Phone:

317.352.3500

Direct Phone:

317.352.3502

Main Fax:

317.352.3501

Email:

dcantrell@csmlawfirm.com

Hometown:

Detroit, MI

Dennis Cantrell has extensive experience in all aspects of civil litigation including: products liability, professional liability, asbestos litigation defense, construction defect litigation, mold litigation, bad faith litigation, insurance coverage, third party defense, environmental and other insurance coverage. He currently represents the largest insurer in the nation in bad faith litigation in Indiana. Dennis was former National Coordinating Counsel for Environmental Coverage Litigation for a major property and casualty insurer. A 1986 cum laude graduate of Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis, Dennis received his undergraduate degree from Wabash College in 1982. He was admitted to the Indiana Bar in 1986. Dennis has also written several articles for Indiana Law Review.

When not practicing law, Dennis enjoys distance running. He has run 20 marathons and several ultra–marathons. Dennis is married to Joanne and they have three children and two grandchildren.

Awards:

Indiana Super Lawyer (2009-present)

Legal Organizations:

Indiana State Bar Association
Indianapolis Bar Association
Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana
Defense Research Institute

Seminars:

Insurance Institute of Indiana, "Environmental Insurance Coverage Claims in Indiana after Kiger," 1996
IDLA, "To Defend or Not to Defend, That is the Question," 1996
ICLEF, "Negotiating Environmental Insurance Coverage Settlements," 1996
Midwest Environmental Claims Association, "Negotiating Environmental Insurance Coverage Settlements," 1996
IELA, "Forum Issues in Environmental Insurance Litigation," 1995

Civic Organizations:

National Kidney Foundation of Indiana, Inc., Immediate Past President

Publications:

"Asbestosis Amendment to Occupational Disease Act: Palliative or Cure?," Indiana Law Review, Vol. 19, 1986
"Bowen v. American Hospital Association: Federal Regulation is Powerless to Save Baby Doe," Indiana Law Review, Vol. 19, 1986

Significant Cases:

State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. v. Estep (Bartholomew County, Indiana, 2007)
Briggs v. Griffin Wheel Corp. (Marion County, Indiana, 2006)
Bartlett v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. (Southern District of Indiana, 2002)
Keten v. State Farm Fire and Cas. Co. (Southern District of Indiana, 2008)
Keten v. State Farm Fire and Cas. Co. (Northern District of Indiana, 2008)
Berry v. American Standard, Inc. (Illinois Court of Appeals, 2008)
French v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. (Indiana Court of Appeals, 2008)
American Family Mut. Ins. Co. v. Matusiak (Indiana Court of Appeals, 2007)
Nationwide Ins. Co. v. Heck (Indiana Court of Appeals, 2007)
Graves v. Johnson (Indiana Court of Appeals, 2007)
Lummis v. State Farm Fire & Cas. Co. (2006)
Watt v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. (Northern District of Indiana, 2006)
McCorkle v. AC and S, Inc. (Indiana Court of Appeals, 2006)
Faris v. AC and S, Inc. (Indiana Court of Appeals, 2006)
Bartlett v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. (Southern District of Indiana, 2002)
Malone v. Basey, (Indiana Court of Appeals, 2002)
Johnson v. Wilson (Southern District of Indiana, 2002)
Hamilton v. State Farm Mut. Auto. Ins. Co. (Southern District of Indiana, 2001)
Travelers Indem. Co. v. Summit Corp. of America (Indiana Court of Appeals, 1999)
In re Roberts (1999)
American State Ins. Co. v. Koloms (Illinois, 1997)
Insurance Co. of Illinois v. Stringfield (Illinois Court of Appeals, 1997)
Shalimar Contractors, Inc. v. American States Ins. Co. (Alabama, 1997)
American States Ins. Co. v. Nethery (Mississippi, 1996)
Harris v. AC & S, Inc. (Southern District of Indiana, 1995)
American States Ins. Co. v. F.H.S., Inc. (Mississippi, 1994)
LeMaster v. Methodist Hosp. of Indiana, Inc. (Indiana Court of Appeals, 1992)
State Bd. Of Tax Com´rs of Indiana v. New Energy Co. of Indiana (Indiana Court of Appeals, 1992)
Cornett v. Johnson (Indiana Court of Appeals, 1991)
In re Mental Commitment of M.P. (Northern District of Indiana, 1987)
Chestnut v. Chestnut (Indiana Court of Appeals, 1986)

Former Employment:

Bingham McHale LLP, 1986-2009

Dennis F. Cantrell

Practice Areas:

Education:

Wabash College, A.B. Speech, Political Science, 1982

Law School:

Indiana University School of Law – Indianapolis cum laude, 1986

Bar Admissions:

Indiana
United States District Court, Northern District of Indiana
United States District Court, Southern District of Indiana