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Mark J. Dinsmore was appointed U.S. Magistrate Judge on December 17, 2010. He fills the vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Magnus-Stinson to the bench of the District Court for the Southern District of Indiana.
Prior to his appointment, Magistrate Judge Dinsmore was with the law firm of Barnes and Thornburg LLP, where he had practiced since 1996. His practice concentrated in the areas of complex commercial disputes and construction litigation matters, as well as media law issues. He focused on the use of technology to facilitate the management of complex matters and chaired the firm’s Litigation Department Technology Committee. He has also represented clients in international and domestic arbitrations, including representing the Federation of Bosnia and Herzegovina in an international arbitration arising out of the Dayton Accords that ended the Balkan war. Prior to joining Barnes and Thornburg, Mr. Dinsmore served as a law clerk for the Honorable John Daniel Tinder, then judge of the United States Court District Court for the Southern District of Indiana and now judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit. Before attending law school, Mr. Dinsmore served as a captain in the United States Army in, among other places, the Republic of Korea. During his service he was twice named Eighth Army Outstanding Junior Leader.
Mr. Dinsmore was born in Valparaiso, Indiana, and is a magna cum laude graduate of the University of Toledo College of Law, where he graduated first in his class, served as lead articles editor of the University of Toledo Law Review, and was named the Outstanding Law Graduate. He received his A.B. in economics from Wabash College in 1983. He serves as treasurer of the board of directors of Indiana Legal Services, Inc., and is a member of the board of directors of the Heartland Pro Bono Council.
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