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Biography

Courtney David Mills concentrates his practice in medical malpractice defense. He represents hospitals, long term care facilities, physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners, clinics, and other healthcare providers in the defense of medical negligence claims.

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Representative Matters

Vanwinkle v. Nichols, 2015 WL 9275671 (S.D. Ind. 2015).

  • A physician was sued in District Court for reporting suspected child abuse to DCS. The complaint alleged a conspiracy to violate a mother’s constitutional right of family integrity by causing DCS to separate the family.

Gresk for Estate of VanWinkle v. Demetris, 96 N.E.3d 56 (Ind. 2018).

  • A physician was sued for reporting suspected child abuse to DCS. The complaint alleged an alleged misdiagnosis of the child being a victim of child abuse.

Publications & Presentations

Publications

Health Care Providers May Not be Held Liable for Computer Errors with Electronic Medical Records, RBE Blog (2019)

  • Electronic Medical Records (or EMRs) have been a thorn in the side of many health care providers for more than a decade. While many healthcare providers will admit the pros and cons of EMRs, the focus is typically on the flaws of EMRs. On December 31, 2018, the Indiana Court of Appeals addressed a case involving a flaw present in many EMRs, automated charting errors. The case of Speaks v. Vishnuvardhan Rao (Ind. Ct. App. 2018) was a medical malpractice claim that involved several different issues. READ ARTICLE

AI’s Impact, from Driverless Cars to Lawyerless Law Firms, The Indiana Lawyer (2019)

  • Artificial intelligence is not necessarily the same as automation. AI does not have a precise definition, but most commonly accepted definitions include the connection between a complex function requiring human intelligence being performed by an automated computer algorithm. In other words, an AI algorithm is a very sophisticated computer program that is continually being refined, updated and improved (i.e., the program itself is capable of learning). Automation, however, is generally considered a very basic version of the same AI theories. While machines have been replacing human production for hundreds of years, AI has accelerated the issue and threatened jobs once considered safe from technology advancements. Polls have consistently shown that most Americans believe it is likely that technology (whether through automation or AI) will replace most jobs currently done by humans. READ ARTICLE

Indiana Makes Significant Changes to End of Life Health Care Decisions And Medical Consent Laws, RBE Blog (2018)

  • On March 13, 2018, the Indiana Governor signed House Bill 1119 into law after it was approved by unanimous votes in the Indiana Legislature. HB1119 makes two significant changes to Indiana law concerning end-of-life health care decisions. The first change relates to Indiana’s law concerning Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment (a.k.a. Indiana’s “POST” Law; Indiana Code 16-36-6, et seq.). READ ARTICLE

Ready or Not: Updates to Indiana’s Medical Malpractice Act Are Headed Your Way, The Indiana Lawyer (2017)

  • In 2016, the Indiana legislature made significant changes to Indiana’s Medical Malpractice Act (“MMA”) to take effect on July 1, 2017, giving insurance companies and health care providers time to adapt and implement the changes. Most of the changes involved increasing fees paid by medical providers, but a potentially significant change could expedite the administrative phase of a medical malpractice case. Below are the primary changes affecting health care providers. READ ARTICLE(this article was also published in the Indiana Lawyer)

How to Avoid Liability for Being a Good Citizen, RBE Blog (2016)

  • People say that no good deed goes unpunished. Sometimes in our litigious society, this proverb becomes a reality. Fortunately, Indiana has an obscure law that protects citizens who are dragged into litigation for legitimately exercising their first amendment rights of freedom of speech and freedom of petition. Such protections cover a wide range of activities, including teachers and physicians who report suspected child abuse, witnesses who report suspected criminal activity, a whistle blower targeted by his former employer, or an aggrieved citizen who writes an editorial criticizing a corporation. READ ARTICLE

Beyond the Office

Courtney and his wife are very involved in animal rescue. Courtney lives on a small farm in Mooresville, IN with 3 horses, 10 dogs, and 2 cats.

Awards & Recognition

Eagle Scout - Boy Scouts of America (1998)

  • Eagle Scout is the highest achievement or rank attainable in the Boy Scouting program of the Boy Scouts of America (BSA). The designation "Eagle Scout" has a long history since its founding over one hundred years ago. Only four percent of Boy Scouts are granted this rank after a lengthy review process. The requirements necessary to achieve this rank take years to fulfill. Since its founding, the Eagle Scout rank has been earned by more than two million young men

Indiana Paralegal Association - Board Member of the Year (2007)

Indiana Paralegal Association - Paralegal of the Year (2008)

Indiana Paralegal Association - Leadership Award (2010)

Indiana University McKinney School of Law - Order of the Barristers (2013)

  • The Order of Barristers is a United States national honor society whose purpose is the encouragement of oral advocacy and brief writing skills through effective law school oral advocacy programs. The Order of Barristers seeks to improve these programs through interscholastic sharing of ideas, information, and resources. The Order also provides national recognition for individuals who have excelled in advocacy and service at their respective schools.

National Moot Court Competition - Competitor (2014)

  • The National Moot Court Competition is the oldest, largest, and most prestigious moot court competition in the United States. Co-sponsored by the New York City Bar Association and the American College of Trial Lawyers, the competition includes up to 191 teams from 124 law schools, who compete in regional competitions in November with the top two in each region advancing to the national competition held in the landmark House of the New York City Bar Association in February

Associations

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

Education

  • Indiana University Robert H. McKinney School of Law,, J.D. (2015)
  • Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, Bachelors of Arts in Political Science (2004)
  • Indiana University Purdue University Indianapolis, Paralegal Studies (2002)

Bar Admission

  • Indiana (2015)
  • US District Court for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana (2015)