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Koch Receives Champion of Justice Award

Sept. 15, 2016

The Indiana Judges Association presented State Rep. Eric Koch with the 2016 Champion of Justice Award for his legislative service at the organization’s annual meeting in French Lick.

The Champion of Justice Award is given each year by the Indiana Judges Association to members of the Indiana General Assembly for work they have done supporting and promoting legislation relating to the judicial branch.

“It is a great honor to receive this recognition for my work on issues relating to the judicial branch of state government,” Koch said. “We are fortunate in Indiana to have a collaborative relationship between the legislative and judicial branches of government. I look forward to continuing our work together to make Indiana’s courts a model for the rest of the nation.”

Judge Robert Freese, the association’s president, said Koch was recognized for his work in updating the Indiana Criminal Code, as well as his career-long commitment to passing legislation aimed at improving the judiciary.

“Representative Koch’s positions and advocacy over the years have truly helped guide others in recognizing the benefits of judicial-related legislation and its effect on all Hoosiers,” Freese said.

Eric Koch and Jason McAuley Win the Martindale-Hubbell® Client Distinction Award

February and April 2015

Eric Koch and Jason McAuley were honored with the 2015 Martindale-Hubbell® Client Distinction Award. Fewer than 4% of the 900,000+ attorneys listed on Martindale.com and Lawyers.com receive this honor of distinction. This award is based on client reviews. Their clients rated them favorably in the areas of:

  • Communications Ability
  • Responsiveness
  • Quality of Service
  • Value for Money

Martindale-Hubbell® Client Review Ratings is a prestigious organization that assists individuals looking to hire attorneys. Client Review Ratings were designed to assist other people seeking legal services. The objective ratings help potential clients identify lawyers with the highest ethical standards and professional ability so they can make better informed decisions.

Attorney Eric Allan Koch Named To Million Dollar Advocates Forum and Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum

12/2014

The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is pleased to announce that attorney Eric Allan Koch of Bloomington IN has been certified as a life member of both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

The Million Dollar Advocates Forum is recognized as one of the most prestigious groups of trial lawyers in the United States. Membership is limited to attorneys who have won million and multi-million dollar verdicts, awards and settlements. The organization was founded in 1993 and there are approximately 4000 members located throughout the country. Fewer than 1% of U.S. lawyers are members. Forum membership acknowledges excellence in advocacy, and provides members with a national network of experienced colleagues for professional referral and information exchange in major cases. Members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum must have acted as principal counsel in at least one case in which their client has received a verdict, award or settlement in the amount of one million dollars or more.

Members of the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum must be Life Members of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and must have acted as principal counsel in at least one case which has resulted in a multi-million dollar verdict, award or settlement. Mr. Koch has been approved for membership in both the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forum.

Bedford lawmakers recognized for helping provide Pro Bono Legal Services to Hoosiers

11/14/2012

STATEHOUSE – State Sen. Brent Steele (R-Bedford) and Rep. Eric Koch (R-Bedford) have been named recipients of the 2012 Indiana Pro Bono Commission's Randall T. Shepard Award for excellence in pro bono publico.

The Bedford legislators were recognized for their support and commitment to passing House Enrolled Act 1049, which secured funding for Indiana's pro bono district programs. These programs help provide pro bono legal services to low-income Hoosiers across the state.

"As practicing attorneys, Representative Koch and I understand how critical pro bono work is for the functioning of Indiana's justice system, which is why we worked to secure funding for pro bono district programs in our state," Steele said. "I am both humbled and honored to be recognized by my colleagues in the Indiana Bar Foundation for this effort. The Randall T. Shepard Award is appropriately named in honor of our former chief justice, who continually urged members of our profession to do more to make the courts accessible to those in difficult financial situations."

"This is a great honor, which I accept on behalf of all of the attorneys in our state who generously volunteer their time helping those in need of legal services," Koch said. "The pro bono program provides the essential framework to match those Hoosiers in need of services with those attorneys willing to provide them pro bono. Senator Steele and I recognize the value that this service provides to the underserved in our communities and appreciate the recognition conferred by this prestigious award.

The Indiana Pro Bono Commission is a program of the Indiana Bar Foundation.

McAuley Obtains Favorable Appellate Decision

April 23, 2015

Attorney Jason McAuley recently obtained a decision from the Indiana Court of Appeals that was favorable to his client in an expungement case. On March 10, 2015 the Court of Appeals of Indiana issued its opinion in J.B. v. State of Indiana, reversing the trial court's decision which had denied a petition for expungement of conviction records. By the decision, which was certified on April 23, 2015, the Court of Appeals remanded the case back to the trial court with instructions that the trial court should enter an order expunging records of the conviction. You may read the Court of Appeals decision here.

Koch Honored By State Bar

Indianapolis (October 8, 2014) - Eric Allan Koch, a 1987 graduate of Georgetown University and 1989 graduate of the Indiana University School of Law, was among the attorneys recognized by the Indiana State Bar Association for 25 years of membership at its 118th Annual Meeting in Indianapolis.

Eric Koch Selected for National Leadership Role in Darvocet Litigation

Koch appointed by federal judge to serve on Plaintiffs' Steering Committee for cases in the Darvocet multi-district litigation.

Oct. 5, 2011 - Eric Koch has been appointed by a federal judge to a leadership position in the national litigation surrounding the pain killer drug Darvocet, which has been banned by the Food & Drug Administration for causing serious cardiac problems. Cases against the manufacturers were consolidated this week before U.S. District Judge Danny C. Reeves in the Eastern District of Kentucky. Koch was named by Judge Reeves to the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee which is responsible for prosecuting the liability pretrial aspects of the litigation on behalf of the plaintiffs.

"Judge Reeves has appointed an experienced group of attorneys from across the country to lead this effort," Koch said. "I'm looking forward to working with them to bring these cases to a successful resolution for our clients."

Koch said consolidating the cases into an MDL will help make pretrial procedures such as discovery more efficient and will save both time and money for everyone involved.

In November 2010, the FDA banned Darvon, Darvocet and other generic versions of the drugs containing propoxyphene, which has been plagued with safety concerns since it was first developed in the 1950's. The total ban came after studies showed that healthy people taking normal doses of the drug could experience serious cardiac side effects.

"The drug's effectiveness in reducing pain is no longer enough to outweigh the drug's serious potential heart risks," said Dr. John Jenkins, an FDA official, in a news release about the Darvocet ban.

Since 2009, more than 10 million patients have been prescribed some form of propoxyphene, according to the FDA.

Koch Case At The Indiana Supreme Court

Eric Koch at the Indiana Supreme Court

Eric Koch, Patrick Noaker, and Tom Manges

After a jury awarded the plaintiff in a child sexual abuse action $150,000 in punitive damages, the Marion Superior Court declared that the limitations on punitive damage awards set out in Indiana Code sections 34-51-3-4 & 5 violate Article 3, Section 1 and Article 1, Section 20 of the Indiana Constitution. The State of Indiana intervened and initiated this direct appeal to the Indiana Supreme Court.

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Koch Law Firm Wins the Martindale-Hubbell® Client Distinction Award

October 4, 2012

Eric Koch was honored with the 2013 Martindale-Hubbell® Client Distinction Award. Fewer than 4% of the 900,000+ attorneys listed on Martindale.com and Lawyers.com receive this honor of distinction. This award is based on client reviews. Mr. Koch's clients rated him 4.8 out of 5.0 in the areas of:

  • Communications Ability
  • Responsiveness
  • Quality of Service
  • Value for Money

Martindale-Hubbell® Client Review Ratings is a prestigious organization that assists individuals looking to hire attorneys. Client Review Ratings were designed to assist other people seeking legal services. The objective ratings help potential clients identify lawyers with the highest ethical standards and professional ability so they can make better informed decisions.