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DRI Selects Officers and Board Members

  • Published November 02, 2017
    Modified July 09, 2020

DRI – Voice of the Defense Bar selected officers and new Board Members at its recent Annual Meeting in Chicago.

Officers selected for 2017-18 are: John F. Kuppens, Columbia, SC as president, Toyja E. Kelley, Baltimore, MD as president-elect; Philip L. Willman, St. Louis, MO as 1st vice president; Emily G. Coughlin, Boston, MA as 2nd vice president; and Douglas K.  Burrell, Atlanta, GA as secretary/treasurer.

National Board Members selected for 3-year terms are: Alex J. Hagan, Raleigh, NC; R. Jeffrey Lowe of New Albany, IN; Anne M. Talcott of Portland, OR; and J. Carter Thompson of Jackson, MS.

Regional Directors selected for 3-year terms are Heather A. Sanderson, Canadian Regional Director; Gary L. Grubler, Central Regional Director; Melissa K. Roeder, Northwest Regional Director; and Theodore Freeman, Southeast Regional Director.

About DRI – The Voice of the Defense Bar

For more than fifty-five years, DRI has been the voice of the defense bar, advocating for 22,000 defense attorneys, commercial trial attorneys, and corporate counsel and working to defend the integrity of the civil judiciary. A thought leader, DRI provides world-class legal education, deep expertise for policy-makers, legal resources, and networking opportunities to facilitate career and law firm growth. For more information, log on to