DRI’s Annual Professional Achievement and Service Awards celebrate and honor outstanding performance by state and local defense organizations (SLDOs), DRI law firms and individual members.
These awards identify peers who deserve recognition either for their professional contributions to, and achievements on behalf of, the defense bar and the civil justice system or their involvement in community and public service activities that have a positive impact on society at large. Recognition enhances members’ personal growth and accomplishments, provides us all with role models and strengthens members’ images in the legal and business communities and with the general public.
Winners will be announced at the Celebration of Leadership on Friday, October 28, held in conjunction with the 2022 DRI Annual Meeting in Philadelphia from October 25–28.
The 2022 award recipients are as follows:
LOUIS B. POTTER LIFETIME PROFESSIONAL SERVICE AWARD
John Parker Sweeney, Washington, D.C.
DRI FOUNDATION COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD
Carolyn M. Husmann, Missouri
TOM SEGALLA EXCELLENCE IN EDUCATION AWARD
Melody Kiella, Georgia
DAVIS CARR OUTSTANDING COMMITTEE CHAIR AWARD
Stephen G. Pesarchick, Trucking Law Committee
KEVIN DRISKILL OUTSTANDING STATE REPRESENTATIVE AWARD
C. Scott Toomey, Pennsylvania
ALBERT H. PARNELL OUTSTANDING PROGRAM CHAIR AWARD
Eric E. Kinder, Employment and Labor Law Seminar
SLDO DIVERSITY AWARD
Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
RICHARD H. KROCHOCK AWARD
Baxter D. Drennon, Arkansas
DRI SLDO EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR AWARD
Aimee L. Hiers, South Carolina Defense Trial Attorneys' Association
FRED H. SIEVERT AWARD
Susan E. Gunter, Toronto
RUDOLPH A. JANATA AWARD
Ohio Association of Civil Trial Attorneys (OACTA)
G. DUFFIELD SMITH OUTSTANDING PUBLICATION AWARD
Colton Driver, IDQ Fall 2021
DRI LAW FIRM/CORPORATE LEGAL DEPARTMENT DIVERSITY AWARD
DRI’s ADR Diversity, Equity, & Inclusion Initiative
Chartered Institute of Arbitrators
City University of New York
IAT Insurance Group, Inc.
JAMS The Resolution Experts
Masucci Dispute Management and Resolution Services
Wright Public Entity