The National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) is the nation's leading provider of legal advocacy skills training. A 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization based in Boulder, Colorado, NITA pioneered the legal skills learning-by-doing methodology over 40 years ago and has since remained the ultimate standard in continuing legal education.
Conrad O'Brien PC
Judson A. Aaron
As an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Pennsylvania from 1995 to 2005, Jud prosecuted a broad array of offenses involving violent crime, financial fraud, health care fraud, white-collar crimes, and public corruption. As a member of the Organized Crime Strike Force, Jud also prosecuted racketeering enterprises, including the Philadelphia Mob. Now a shareholder at Conrad O’Brien in Philadelphia, Jud defends individuals and businesses in government investigations and prosecutions on both the state and federal level. Jud also teaches trial advocacy to law students and practicing lawyers at Temple University School of Law. A former professional musician, when he is not performing legal services for his clients, Jud performs in the Philadelphia area as a jazz saxophone player.
Aaron & Gianna PLC
William D. Aaron, Jr. is a practicing attorney and managing shareholder of the New Orleans firm of Aaron, PLC. Prior to joining Aaron, PLC (formerly Goins Aaron) in January of 2000, he was a Partner in the regional firm of Phelps Dunbar, LLP. Mr. Aaron is a graduate of Duke University and Loyola University School of Law. He is admitted to legal practice in Louisiana, Texas and the District of Columbia. Mr. Aaron has over thirty-four years of legal experience in the public and private sectors. He has previously served as City Attorney for the City of New Orleans, Assistant District Counsel for the U. S. Small Business Administration, Special Prosecutor for the Orleans Parish District Attorney’s Office and Outside Counsel for a wide range of business, governmental and not for profit clients.
Mr. Aaron concentrates his practice in the areas of civil and commercial litigation, government and regulatory affairs and general business. Substantive areas have included state and local government law, telecommunications and media law, professional liability, legal and governmental ethics, labor and employment law, public education, banking, insurance, and real estate. Mr. Aaron is an experienced litigator and has served as lead counsel in complex and high profile trials, appeals and writs before a variety of state and federal courts including the U. S. Supreme Court.
Mr. Aaron is a frequent lecturer on law and law related topics, and has served on the adjunct faculties of Loyola University’s College of Business Administration as well as its School of Law. Since 1991 he has served on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) Trial Skills Program as well as its Deposition Program. Mr. Aaron has served as a court appointed special master in NORM and other complex civil cases, and as an expert witness in legal malpractice cases, cases involving the reasonableness of attorney’s fees, and cases involving legal ethics.
Mr. Aaron has achieved a number of professional distinctions. He is listed in the Best Lawyers in America in the categories of Municipal Law and Municipal Litigation, and Louisiana Super Lawyers and Super Lawyers Business Edition in the category of Business Litigation. He enjoys an “AV” Martindale-Hubbell peer review rating. Mr. Aaron has been awarded the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) Faculty Designation, and has been recognized as one of the area’s top lawyers by New Orleans Magazine (2007 - 2011). He is a two time recipient of the New Orleans CityBusiness Newspaper’s Leadership in Law Award (2008 and 2012) and is a member of the prestigious American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA).
Mr. Aaron is active in bar association activities, and is a former Board Member and Chairman of the Louisiana Attorney Disciplinary Board. Prior to his initial appointment to the Disciplinary Board by the Louisiana Supreme Court in January of 2006, Mr. Aaron served the lawyer disciplinary system for five years as a Hearing Committee Chairman and Lawyer Member. Since February of 2000 he has served as an Assistant Bar Examiner with the Louisiana Supreme Court’s Committee on Bar Admissions.
Mr. Aaron has a long history of civic and community involvement. He is a member
of the Jefferson Business Council, and currently serves on the Board of Directors of the New Orleans Chamber of Commerce (Board Chairman 2012), the New Orleans Museum of Art, the Pontchartrain Park Community Development Corporation and the Visiting Committee of Loyola University School of Law. He has previously served on the Board of Directors of Crimestoppers, the New Orleans Neighborhood Development Collaborative, Volunteers of America, Big Sisters of Greater New Orleans, the Mental Health Association of Greater New Orleans, and Traveler’s Aid Society of New Orleans.
Mr. Aaron is a native of New Orleans, and a resident of Harvey, Louisiana. He is married and the father of three daughters and one son. Mr. Aaron is active in the rebuilding of the New Orleans Area, and is an Organizer and Director of First NBC Bank, a successful Commercial Bank chartered by the State of Louisiana in May of 2006 and headquartered in New Orleans.
NYS Homes and Community Renewal
Shareema Abel currently serves as Special Counsel for Ethics, Risk, and Compliance at NYS Homes and Community Renewal. In this role, Ms. Abel works with a team of Special Counsel across the State to identify risks and opportunities for operational efficiency and ensure development and standardization of best practices in State agencies.
Ms. Abel began her public service career with the City of New York where she served in two key capacities for over 17 years. Ms. Abel served as a litigation attorney in the General Counsel’s Office of the Department of Education. She handled disciplinary hearings of tenured teachers and trained school administrators on case preparation.
Prior to working in the Department of Education, Ms. Abel served an Assistant District Attorney in Bronx County. During her ten-year career, she served as lead trial counsel on homicide, robbery, burglary, and gang assault cases.
Ms. Abel has an extensive teaching career, which includes, teaching for NITA since 2004 and serving as an Adjunct Professor at CUNY School of Professional Studies/Murphy Institute for Labor Studies and Hofstra University School of Law.
Ms. Abel graduated from Hofstra in 1999 with her Juris Doctor, where she was a member of the Labor and Employment Law Journal and numerous award winning trial teams under the tutelage of Professor Lawrence Kessler. Ms. Abel received her undergraduate degree from the State University of New York at Binghamton in 1996.
Ms. Abel is a member of Harpur Law Council, National Black Prosecutors Association, and Delta Sigma Theta Sorority, Incorporated.
Ms. Abel is the proud mother of daughter MacKenzie Olivia, and a firm believer in the proverb “To whom much is given, much is required.”
Richard T Lau & Associates
DC Office of Admnstrv Hearings
Winston & Strawn LLP
Robb Adkins is the firm-wide co-chair of the white collar, regulatory defense and investigations practice at Winston & Strawn LLP, and is the head of litigation for the firm’s San Francisco office. His practice focuses on representing companies and audit committees in white collar defense and internal investigations, as well as in complex civil litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Mr. Adkins served as the top fraud enforcement official in the nation as the Executive Director of the Financial Fraud Enforcement Task Force, which was formed by President Obama and Chaired by Attorney General Holder. In that role, Mr. Adkins worked with the top leadership at the DOJ, SEC, and more than 25 other federal and state fraud enforcement agencies to develop national enforcement strategies. Prior to leading the Task Force, Mr. Adkins served for eight years as a criminal prosecutor with the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Central District of California, and served as the Chief of the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Orange County, where he oversaw numerous FCPA investigations, including the then-largest multi-defendant indictment in the history of the FCPA. From 2005 to 2007, Mr. Adkins was a member of the Enron Task Force, serving as a trial attorney in the landmark criminal trial against Enron CEOs Ken Lay and Jeff Skilling. Prior to joining the DOJ, Mr. Adkins worked as a litigator at a large law firm and as an accountant at a major accounting firm. Mr. Adkins graduated with honors from Stanford University and Georgetown University Law Center.
Ain & Stein LLC
Katz & Stefani LLC
Mr. Ainley concentrates his practice in the area of family law as a partner in the Chicago law firm of Katz & Stefani, LLC. He received his B.S. in Business Management from Purdue University in West Lafayette, Indiana (1990) and his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois (1994). He was admitted to the Illinois State Bar in 1994 and the Trial Bar of the U.S. District Court in 1999. Mr. Ainley is a Fellow of the prestigious American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and a former member of the Board of the Illinois Chapter of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. He has a top AV Preeminent peer review rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He is a member of the Chicago and Illinois State Bar Associations, and a former appointed member of the ISBA Family Law Section Council and Committee on Professional Conduct. He is also recognized by his peers as a member of the Leading Lawyers Network and Illinois Super Lawyers.
Mr. Ainley is a frequent lecturer on family law issues including tax, trusts, evidence, trial advocacy, and business and real property valuation including, Faculty, National Institute for Trial Advocacy and American Bar Association Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute, 2010 and 2011; Speaker, “Business Valuation, Financial and Tax Issues in Divorce”, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2011; Speaker, “Examining Financial Experts,” Chicago Bar Association, 2010; Business Valuation Guest Attorney “Trying the Domestic Relations Case," Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, 2008 and 2009; Speaker, "Advanced Evidence," American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers, 2008; Speaker, "Issues Affecting the Treatment of Trusts in Divorce," Stout Risius Ross, 2007; Speaker, "Tax Matters and Ramifications in Divorce," National Business Institute, 2007; Speaker, National Business Institute Seminar on Financial Settlement Strategies for Divorce, 2006; Speaker, “Property Issues in Family Law”, Illinois State Bar Association Family Law Section, 2006. Mr. Ainley is also a Co-Author of the Attorneys' Fees chapter in the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education Family Law Series, 2008-2011.
Stinson Leonard Street
Ajlani Law, P.A.
Huda Ajlani Macri
Huda Ajlani Macri is the managing partner at the Macri Law Firm, in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. She handles criminal cases in both State and Federal court throughout Florida. Ms. Ajlani Macri is Board Certified in Criminal Trial Law. There are only 370 board certified criminal law attorneys out of approximately 85,000 attorneys in Florida. Board certified lawyers have met The Florida Bar’s highest standards for special knowledge, skills and proficiency in Criminal Law and professionalism and ethics in the practice of law.
Ms. Ajlani Macri began her career as an Assistant Public Defender at the Broward County Public Defender's Office. While at the Public Defender' Office, she personally handled thousands of misdemeanor and felony cases ranging from DUI to First Degree Murder. Ms. Ajlani Macri has had numerous jury and non-jury trials at the felony and misdemeanor levels. She is also a graduate of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College.
Ms. Ajlani Macri is licensed to practice law in the State of Florida. She is a member of the Northern, Middle and Southern Districts of Florida and in the United States Supreme Court. She is on the Board of Directors of the Broward Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys, as well as the Florida Association of Criminal Defense Attorneys.
Cohen Dowd Quigley
Cindy Crogan obtained her B.S. in Criminology with an emphasis on Corrections in December 1993 from California State University of Fresno where she was named to the Dean’s List. After a career as a probation officer, Cindy attended Pepperdine University College of Law before transferring to Arizona State University College of Law. At Pepperdine, Cindy received the American Jurisprudence award for her work in legal research and writing and was actively involved in the American Trial Lawyers Association. In May 2000, Cindy received her Juris Doctorate from the Arizona State University College of Law where she was named a Pedrick Scholar. Cindy wrote for Jurimetrics, the Journal of Science and Technology, and served as a note and comment editor. She was also a member of the Women Law Students Association. She is now a member of the Arizona Bar Association Section of Litigation, the Arizona Women’s Law Association and the Thomas Moore Society.
In 2002, Cindy received an award in recognition of her pro bono work with the Florence Immigrant and Refugee Rights Project. Cindy also was an instructor at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy 2003 Gulf Deposition Program in New Orleans, Louisiana. Cindy is currently the website editor for the Solo & Small Firm Committee of the ABA Section of Litigation for which she received recognition as “Outstanding Subcommittee Chair” and “Most Improved Webpage” for 2010-2011. She is also an editor for the Children’s Rights Committee of the ABA Section of Litigation where she has published three articles: “Child Clients Are Different: Best Practices for Representing Unaccompanied Minors”, Children’s Rights, Vol. 10, Issue 4 (Summer 2007); “Representing Child Victims and Witnesses in Criminal Proceedings”, Children’s Rights, Vol. 9, Issue 3 (Spring 2007); “Best Practices for Juvenile Drug Testing”, Children’s Rights, Vol. 12, Issue 4 (Summer 2010); and “Recognizing and Addressing LGBTQ Issues,” (Summer 2012). In 2011, Cindy was named to the Board of Directors as Secretary of the DC2 Performing Arts Foundation – a nonprofit group that assists dancers who may not be able to afford to continue their training.
Cindy is a member of the State Bar of Arizona and is admitted to practice before the United States District Court for the District of Arizona and the United States Supreme Court. Cindy concentrates her practice in commercial litigation.
Jefferson County DA' Office
DC Office of Admnstrv Hearings
Indiana Court of Appeals
Russo & Toner LLP
Temple of Praise
Rev. Dr. Sharon Styles -Anderson, Esq. is a compassionate and caring woman of God who has a heart for the people. Her commitment to serving the community is unparalleled, and is known throughout the Washington, DC metropolitan area for embracing the vision of her leader, putting the legs to that vision, and ensuring that the vision is carried out with precision and integrity. She has worked in tandem with community leaders and advocates to effectuate change in the Ward 8 community of the District of Columbia for well over 12 years. Dr. Anderson has worked in collaboration with faith-based organizations for much of her professional career and is well known among her peers. Her unyielding spirit and positive energy compels her to work tirelessly on behalf of those who are disenfranchised.
Dr. Anderson graduated from Tufts University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree in International Relations and Spanish. Dr. Anderson received her Juris Doctorate from Georgetown Law School in 1986. She began her career at the District of Columbia Public Defender Service, as a stellar trial attorney with a passion to serve those who were in need of adequate and competent representation, but could not afford it. While at PDS she tried numerous cases, including the most serious felony cases.
Among her most notable professional accomplishments was her work at the Office of the Corporation Counsel (now District Attorney’s Office) as the Senior Deputy for Public Protection and Enforcement. Dr. Anderson’s experience is expansive as she has worked in collaboration with the Child and Family Service Agency, Family Treatment Court, and the Mayors Juvenile Justice Taskforce in addition to other non-profit and community organizations.
Her outstanding achievements have landed her among Who’s Who in Professional and Executive Women and awarded her the Mayor’s Trail Blazer Award for outstanding service to the District of Columbia in coordinating City Services, when she served under Mayor Anthony Williams as Senior Deputy Corporation Counsel totally re-organizing the way the District of Columbia District Attorney’s office approached affirmative litigation.
Dr. Anderson has also had a stellar teaching career, and has served as Director and Associate Professor of Law at Howard University, Visiting Associate Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center in the Criminal Justice Clinic and the Prettyman Fellowship Program, and is currently a Lecturer of Law at Harvard University in the Trial Advocacy Department.
Dr. Anderson is currently serving as the General Counsel and Community Development Coordinator at the Temple of Praise under the leadership of Bishop Dr. Glen A. Staples, Senior Pastor and Presiding Prelate. Her role as General Counsel involves a transactional legal practice to include all facets of litigation.
As the CDC Coordinator, Dr. Anderson is instrumental in developing programs and services to low-income distressed communities. She has worked as the Executive Director of Way of the Word, CDC overseeing the establishment, development, and operations of the New Day I Transitional House for Homeless Women and Children, and New Day III Independent Living Program for Families and Veterans.
Dr. Anderson is an ordained minister of the Gospel. She received a Master’s degree in Pastoral Counseling and a Doctorate of ministry from Andersonville Theological Seminary. She also received a Doctorate in Ecclesiastical Law from University of Phoenix School of Theology where she served for one year as interim Provost.
Hawkins Anderson Law Firm, PA
Assistant US Attorney
Jodi Anton grew up in California and graduated from the University of California, San Diego with a major in Literature and a minor in Spanish. After graduation, Ms. Anton attended the University of Miami School of Law, where she graduated in 1999. Immediately upon graduation, Ms. Anton began her career at the Office of the State Attorney in the 11th Judicial Circuit, Miami-Dade County, Florida. Most of her 14 year career at the State Attorney’s Office was spent as a senior prosecutor in the Career Criminal Unit which focused on prosecuting Miami’s most dangerous and violent repeat offenders. In 2012, Jodi joined the United States Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Florida where she began her Federal career in the Major Crimes Section in Miami prosecuting various violations of the United States Code including white collar crime, narcotics, firearms violations, and child exploitation cases. In July of 2013, Ms. Anton was promoted into the Special Prosecutions and Narcotics Section of the United States Attorney’s Office in Ft. Lauderdale where she currently concentrates on gangs, violent crime, human trafficking and child exploitation cases. Ms. Anton has had extensive trial experience both at the Federal and State levels.
Attorney at Law
San Diego County Public Defend
Skibell Bohach & Archer
Chris Arledge is a co-founder and managing partner of One LLP, an intellectual property boutique with offices in Beverly Hills, Newport Beach, and San Diego.
Chris is a premier trial lawyer in the intellectual property space, representing both plaintiffs and defendants. As a first-chair trial lawyer he has won multi-million dollar jury verdicts in trade secret, patent, and trademark cases, and he has won directed verdicts and nominal damage awards in jury trials in trade dress and defamation actions. He has additional multi-million dollar arbitration awards in intellectual property disputes and technology-related contract disputes.
Chris’s trial practice has won public acclaim from the judges on his cases. After a recent trial in a mass-media defamation case, a longtime state-court judge and former prosecutor described Chris’s cross examination of the plaintiff as “the most riveting examination [he’s] ever seen in any trial” and described Chris’s trial performance as “exquisite.” In a recent copyright case, a federal judge and former civil trial lawyer said that “in 40 years, that is one of the best closing arguments I have ever seen.”
Chris believes that trial lawyers are, above all, called on to persuade. He has studied the art of persuasion for almost 20 years and has taught the Art of Persuasion for Lawyers at Chapman Law School, has lectured on persuasion at many of the largest law firms in the country, including O’Melveny & Myers, Munger Tolles, Jones Day, and Sheppard Mullin. He has also developed and performed a series of MCLE programs on persuasion, which have received the highest reviews ever recorded for any programs at one prominent online MCLE provider.
Chris is skilled in the art of depositions. He has taught Taking and Defending Depositions at Chapman Law School, and his consistent high level of performance has led to Chris being a lawyer of choice for his fellow lawyers. One prominent Southern California trial attorney who retained Chris in a recent case stated publicly that “Chris Arledge’s deposition skills exceed any that I have witnessed in 30 years of practicing law as a litigator and trial lawyer.”
Chris is also an experienced and skilled debater, having participated in speaking engagements and debates sponsored by groups such as the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, the University of Southern California, Chapman Law School, Whittier Law School, the Anti-Defamation League, California Lawyers for the Arts, and various Inns of Court and local bar associations. Chris also served as a legal expert on a number of nationally syndicated radio programs.
Before co-founding One LLP, Chris was a litigation associate at O’Melveny and Myers, and before that, Chris clerked for the Honorable Charles Wiggins of the United States Circuit Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. Chris was a finalist for a Supreme Court clerkship with Chief Justice William Rehnquist. Chris graduated Order of the Coif from law school at the University of Southern California, where he won the Arthur Manella Scholarship for the being the top-ranked student in his class at the end of the first year.
Harrison & Moberly Llp
Temple University Schl of Law
DONNA M. ASHTON is the founding partner of the Winchester law firm Ashton Law, PC, where she specializes in the representation of large and small property management firms and real estate owners in all of their landlord-tenant related matters including, but not limited to, the development of properties, leasing, and eviction actions. After graduating from Suffolk University Law School in 1996, Ms. Ashton was in civil practice and subsequently worked as an Assistant District Attorney in the Middlesex District Attorney’s Office, where she prosecuted hundreds of misdemeanor and felony cases in the District and Superior Courts. In 2002 she joined the law firm of Cohen & Fierman in downtown Boston, focusing on landlord tenant related matters, and opened her own practice in 2008. She has been a presenter at Massachusetts Continuing Legal Education’s Mock Trial for Housing Court, she is the instructor for the legal section of Boston’s Rental Housing Authority’s Certified Apartment Manager Course, and local/Massachusetts counsel for the National Apartment Association (NAA).
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Judge Charles E. Atwell was a trial attorney whose emphasis was on criminal defense when he was appointed to the bench in 1996 by Gov. Mel Carnahan. Prior to joining the firm that became Wyrsch Atwell Mirakian Lee and Hobbs, Judge Atwell worked as an assistant Jackson County prosecutor and as an assistant U.S. Attorney for the Western District of Missouri. He received his law degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1978. Judge Atwell taught high school for several years after graduating from the University of Kansas in 1972 with a degree in secondary education.
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Kelley Drye & Warren LLP
Mark Austrian graduated from the University of Pennsylvania Law School, where he was on the Board of the Law Review, clerked in the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York and currently is a Partner in the litigation group of Kelley Drye & Warren in Washington, D.C. He is an Adjunct Professor at the American University Washington College of Law teaching Advanced Trial Advocacy in the High-Tech Courtroom, a member of the American Law Institute, the E-Discovery Advisory Board of Georgetown Law School, the Board of Directors of the Council for Court Excellence and the Board of Directors of the William B. Bryant Inn of Court. He has tried numerous cases, jury, non-jury and arbitration, in the areas of intellectual property, product liability, toxic torts, environmental law, intellectual property, and telecommunications. Mr. Austrian has been a frequent teacher in deposition, trial practice and expert witness programs at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy throughout the United States for the past 25 years.
McKool Smith PC
Phelps Dunbar LLP
Blake Bailey has over 25 years of experience in helping clients resolve complex commercial disputes in state courts, federal courts, and before arbitration panels throughout Texas as well as in Arizona, California, Illinois, Indiana, Florida, Nevada, New Mexico, New York, Ohio, and Utah.
Mr. Bailey has represented clients in a wide range of matters including contract, easements and rights-of-way, director and officer liability, shareholder matters, employment practices, construction, civil and criminal antitrust, RICO, deceptive trade practices, protecting confidential information and trade secrets, covenants not to compete, franchise and distributor disputes, trademark infringement, professional liability, product liability, and grand jury proceedings.
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B.S., Illinois State University
J.D., University of Wisconsin
Mr. Bailey provides strategic advice and counsel, and trial and appellate representation for complex business problems. He brings over 25 years of experience, both as a trial lawyer and as a high level corporate law and government affairs executive. He seeks creative and practical solutions to business disputes, litigating where appropriate. His recent cases in federal and state courts have included disputes involving breach of contract, trade secrets, software ownership, non-compete agreements, business torts, employee raiding, regulatory disputes, and corporate and partnership disputes for companies in widely varied industries, such as the life insurance and annuity marketing, oil and gas, geothermal energy, Internet, cable, telecom, forest products distribution, software development and home warranty industries.
Prior to joining Holland & Hart, Mr. Bailey was the Senior Vice President and General Counsel for AT&T Broadband, which was at the time the largest cable television and broadband company in the U.S. As General Counsel, Mr. Bailey was responsible for all aspects of legal and government affairs counseling and services. Mr. Bailey also held various other senior positions for AT&T Corp., including Vice President of Federal Government Affairs, where he was responsible for the day-to-day operations of AT&T's federal government affairs office in Washington, D.C.
Prior to joining AT&T, Mr. Bailey was a trial attorney in Chicago, Illinois, focusing on securities and commercial litigation and debt workouts, primarily representing banks, insurance companies and indenture trustees.
Mr. Bailey is the practice group manager for Holland & Hart's Commercial Litigation Practice Group. Previously, he served as the administrative partner for Holland & Hart's Denver Tech Center Office
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Colorado Symphony Orchestra
Member, American Bar Association and Sections of:
Administrative Law and Regulatory Practice
Science and Technology Law
Member, Colorado Bar Association
Member, Wisconsin Bar Association
Member, Court of Federal Claims Bar Association
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Colorado Supreme Court
United States District Court for Colorado
Illinois Supreme Court
United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
Wisconsin Supreme Court
United States District Court for the Western District of Wisconsin
United States Court of Federal Claims
University of Wisconsin J.D., cum laude 1982
-American Jurisprudence Award for Excellence in Constitutional Law
-Clerk Intern for Justice Shirley Abrahamson, Wisconsin Supreme Court (Fall 1981)
Illinois State University B.S. 1979
-Bone Scholar (Highest Undergraduate Honors)
University of Washington
Adam Bain has been an attorney in the United States Department of Justice for over 27 years. During that time, his primary responsibility has been defending the United States in toxic tort litigation. Mr. Bain’s cases typically involve many claimants who are
seeking millions of dollars from the United States for personal injuries and property damages. The litigation involves complex legal, factual, and scientific issues. Mr. Bain has represented the United States in hearings, trials and appeals in federal courts throughout the country. During the course of his litigation, Mr. Bain has taken and defended many fact and expert witness depositions. He has also worked with some of the nation’s top experts in areas such as toxicology, hydrogeology, real estate appraisal, and environmental sciences. Mr. Bain is a frequent faculty member at the Department of Justice’s National Advocacy Center. He obtained his B.A. (1983) from Purdue University and his J.D (1986) from Indiana University Maurer School of Law.
Kristina Bakardjiev is a trial attorney with broad experience litigating complex commercial and business related disputes, including breach of contract, securities, real estate, construction defects, products liability, professional liability, and proprietary information. A former partner at Cozen O’Connor, she has tried cases before juries, judges, and arbitrators in federal and state courts, and before arbitration panels. Representing both plaintiffs and defendants, she possesses a unique knowledge of all stages of litigation including discovery, motions practice, and oral arguments. In addition, she has expertise handling appellate matters. Kristina has been a guest lecturer at various universities on trial advocacy, litigation techniques, women and the law, and effective trial presentation tools, and teaches for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. She is a member of the American Bar Association, Association of Women Lawyers, and the Florida Bar Association.
On June 30, 2016 John retired as director of the Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program. John was appointed by the Colorado Supreme Court Advisory Committee in February of 2013 as the first director of CAMP. John has the responsibility of establishing a state-wide young lawyer mentoring in each of the 22 judicial districts in Colorado. Grand kids, pro bono work, teaching NITA, and volunteering with bar and Court committees will keep me busy. (When Jane and I are not travelling the world or relaxing on the shores of Lake Michigan.)
Law Practice. Following graduation from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law in 1973, John taught as a clinical instructor at the College of Law for three years, directing a juvenile and criminal advocacy clinic. In 1975 John joined the plaintiff’s personal injury and civil trial practice law firm, Carrigan & Bragg, P.C., which eventually became Bragg & Baker, P.C. John spent 35 years concentrating his legal practice in products liability litigation, representing individuals that have been injured by defective pharmaceutical products and vehicles. John took a national leadership role in multi-district litigation and other consolidated complex litigation, concerning birth control pills, intrauterine devices, L-Tryptophan dietary supplements, Jeep CJ-5 utility vehicles and diet pills. In those leadership roles John coordinated and conducted nation-wide plaintiffs’ discovery, managed document depositories, and served on nation-wide litigation plaintiffs’ steering or management committees. John has been listed was a Colorado Super Lawyer for 2007 to 2011.
Teaching Law. In addition to the practice of law, John has a strong interest in teaching advocacy skills. John served as Executive Director of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (“NITA”) 2010 – 2012 and NITA Board of Trustees 2014 – Present. NITA has honored him with the Honorable Prentice Marshall Faculty Award for 2005 and the Robert Oliphant Outstanding Service to NITA Award for 2012. John’s legal teaching experience includes adjunct professor at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law; Program Director and Lead Faculty for the NITA Hanley Advanced Advocacy Program; Program Director or Faculty for NITA pro bono programs for the American Civil Liberties Union, the Legal Services Corporation, and the American Bar Association; and Faculty for joint NITA advocacy programs with the Law Society of Ireland and the Law Society of Scotland. The University of Denver, Sturm College of Law awarded John the recipient of the “2010 DU Law Stars Professionalism Award.” In 1997 the University of Denver, College of Law Institute for Advanced Legal Studies honored John as “Educator of the Year.” John, also, lectures in Colorado, nationally, and internationally on professionalism issues, on torts/product liability issues, and on trial advocacy.
Bar Association Involvement. John has always had a special interest in professionalism, professional identity, and professional responsibility. The Denver Bar Association awarded the 2007 Award of Merit to John for his bar service. John has served in numerous bar positions including: 2009-2010 President Denver Bar Association; past chair of the Denver Bar Association Professionalism Committee; past co-chair of the Peer Professionalism Advisory Group (f/k/a Metropolitan Conciliation Panel;) past chair of the Colorado Bar Association Attorney Admission and Law School Committee; member of the United States District Court for the District of Colorado Conduct Rules Committee; and past chair of the law school working group of the Colorado Bar Association Professional Reform Initiative Task Force. John is a member of the American Bar Association, Colorado & Denver Bar Associations, Colorado Women’s Bar Association, Sam Cary Bar Association, Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, Colorado GLBT Bar Association, and the Colorado Trial Lawyers Association. He is a fellow of the International Society of Barristers.
Public Service & Community Involvement. In Denver John is active in the community. As an appointed member of the Colorado Supreme Court Judicial Advisory Council, in 2006-07John chaired the year-long Fortieth Anniversary Celebration of Merit Selection of Judges in Colorado. John serves on the Colorado Supreme Court Chief Justice’s Commission on the Legal Profession. He is past president of the board of directors of Denver Kids, Inc., a program to keep “at risk” Denver Public Schools students in school. John is married and has three children and four grandchildren, who have involved him over the years in coaching youth soccer, basketball and baseball.
Arthur E. Balbirer is admitted to the Connecticut Bar; the U.S. District Court for District of Connecticut; and the U.S. Court of Appeals, Second Circuit.
Named one of the best matrimonial lawyers in the United States, Town & Country Magazine (1985); named one of the Best Lawyers in America, Naifeh and Smith (all editions); Fellow in the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers since 1972.
President of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) (1992-1993); Governor of AAML (1984-1987); President of the Connecticut Chapter of AAML (1979-1981); Chairman, Family Law Section of the Connecticut Bar Association (1976-1978); Founding Fellow of the International Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers; Co-author of "Annual Survey of Connecticut Family Law," Connecticut Law Journal (1974- 1996); Senior Topical Editor on Family Law, Connecticut Bar Journal (1979-1996).
Lecturer: University of Connecticut Law School; Fairfield University; numerous conferences/seminars in the United States, Mexico and Europe.
Adjunct Professor of Family Law University of Connecticut Law School (2000-2001); Special Master appointed by the Superior Court in New Haven, Fairfield and Hartford Counties; Mediator in numerous cases throughout the country.
Arbitrator Certified by the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers
North Carolina Medical Board
Mr. Balestrieri graduated from Mercer University School of Law in 1993 and has been litigating civil cases ever since. In 1993, Mr. Balestrieri began practicing music focused entertainment law in Manhattan and had a combined transactional and litigation practice. In 1995, Mr. Balestrieri took a position as in-house litigation counsel for a medical practice insurance company and defended medical malpractice actions in all boroughs of New York City. Mr. Balestrieri came to North Carolina in 2001 and represented plaintiffs in medical malpractice, legal malpractice and pharmaceutical liability cases until joining the North Carolina Medical Board in 2008. Since 2008, Mr. Balestrieri has been a staff attorney with the North Carolina Medical Board. As a Board attorney, Mr. Balestrieri is responsible for prosecuting disciplinary cases against physicians and physician assistants as well as advising the North Carolina Medical Board on various legal issues and making recommendations on investigatory and licensing cases.
Rasmussen, Dickey, Moore LLC
Dyanna is a first-chair trial attorney with numerous jury trials in state and federal courts across the county. Her practice has included the defense of product liability, premises liability, and commercial matters involving asbestos, pharmaceuticals, medical devices, aviation, tobacco, food products and many others. Dyanna is admitted to practice in Missouri, Kansas, and Illinois.
Dyanna is a partner in the Kansas City law firm Rasmussen Dickey and Moore, where she has served as the firm’s CEO. There she manages large dockets of cases for her clients with an emphasis on the challenging jurisdictions of St. Louis, MO and Madison County, IL. Before joining the Rasmussen firm in 2009, she was a partner at Shook, Hardy & Bacon where she worked nationwide defending medical device manufacturers, pharmaceutical companies, food companies, and tobacco manufacturers. She is a frequent presenter at CLEs and industry meetings. In addition to her law firm work, Dyanna has been the owner of several litigation support companies that provided document review and strategic planning assistance to large corporations nationwide.
Recent representative trials:
• Lead trial attorney securing a defense verdict in a mesothelioma case in Cook County, Illinois after a nearly 3 week trial. The plaintiff was a 47-year-old father of three who alleged exposure to asbestos while working as a diesel truck mechanic. The jury determined that the client was not responsible for the plaintiff's mesothelioma, returning a defense verdict.
• Lead trial attorney securing a defense verdict in a lung cancer case in St. Louis after an 8 day trial. Plaintiff alleged that exposure to asbestos, silica, and second-hand smoke at the client’s facility caused her lung cancer. At the close of plaintiff’s case, the judge granted the defense’s motion for directed verdict as to second-hand smoke and punitive damages. Plaintiff’s counsel sought $9 million in damages. But the jury agreed that the client did not cause the plaintiff’s lung cancer and returned a complete defense verdict.
Pennsylvania Health Law Project
Maureen Barden is a 2013 Soros Justice Fellow, working with the Pennsylvania Health Law Project to develop and implement model policies and practices that build on opportunities provided by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) to give former inmates better access to health care. From 2006 to 2011, she was the Department of Justice's Prisoner Reentry Coordinator for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. From 1998 - 2005, she was an assistant U.S. attorney in the Eastern District, serving as chief of government and health care fraud and senior trial counsel as well as coordinating her office’s strategies for addressing violent crime. Before that, Barden worked for the Environmental Protection Agency; the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office; the firm Donovan, Leisure, Newton, & Irvine; the New York State Special Commission on Attica; and the House Judiciary Committee’s impeachment inquiry investigating Richard Nixon.
Adams County State Attorney
The Law Ofcs of Gilbert & Barr
Mary Jo Barr
Mary Jo began her practice in 1986 in San Diego, California, as an associate with a small plaintiffs and criminal defense firm. In 1989, Mary Jo joined the Office of the Public Defender for San Diego County where she was a member of the team responsible for high profile media cases and homicides. There she developed relationships with local and national media representatives. Mary Jo’s experience as a trial lawyer and as a teacher made her the natural selection to be the office’s training deputy. She is currently in private practice at the firm of Gilbert & Barr.
Her interest in teaching began when she was awarded a Prettyman fellowship at Georgetown School of Law School in 1988. Although she chose trial work over academics, she has been teaching since 1992. Mary Jo began teaching with NITA in the regional trial skills programs. Since her début with NITA she has been teaching trials skills, deposition skills, teacher training, and motion practice for NITA at regional, custom, and international programs. She has been the program director for both trials skills and deposition programs, and she is the co-director of the annual trial skills program Pacific Regional in San Diego.
Mary Jo has taught lawyers and judges in Nigeria on behalf of the United States Department of Justice, as well as in Japan for the Osaka Bar Association and in Canada for the Canadian Society for Advocacy. In addition, she taught in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland on behalf of NITA. She has been invited to teach in Kenya and Azerbaijan in association with NITA and Lawyers without Boarders and the US Territories of Guam and Saipan.
Mary Jo has also served as an adjunct professor at California School of Law and currently teaches at the University of San Diego School of Law.
Hofstra Law School
Barbara S. Barron is a Professor of Legal Writing and Research and Director of Student Advocacy Programs at Hofstra University School of Law. Ms. Barron, a former Assistant District Attorney in the District Attorney's Office for New York County, has practiced extensively in the areas of commercial and matrimonial litigation on both the trial and appellate levels. Before attending law school, Ms. Barron was a Russian linguist with the Department of Defense. Ms. Barron has been a team leader in the Hofstra Trial Techniques Program and has been a member of the Northeast Regional Program and the Master Advocates Program for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy.
Barton Law, LLC
Phelps Dunbar LLP
Rick Bass practices in the area of complex commercial and product liability litigation. He has substantial experience in the representation of financial institutions and the litigation and settlement of class actions, mass tort and other complex matters.
Mr. Bass is a frequent lecturer on litigation issues and for several years has served as Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy at Mississippi College School of Law. He also served on the faculty for the NITA Gulf Coast Deposition Program.
He is among a select group of lawyers, recognized in the category of Litigation:
General Commercial in the nationwide client survey published in Chambers
USA: America’s Leading Lawyers for Business. He is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America in the area of commercial litigation and recognized in Mid-South Super Lawyers.
University of Mississippi, J.D., with honors, 1973; Editor-in-Chief, Mississippi Law Journal
Vanderbilt University; Belhaven College, B.A., 1970
The Mississippi Bar; State Bar of Georgia; American Bar Association,
Fellow, Mississippi Bar Foundation
Frequent lecturer on litigation issues and for several years has served as Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy at Mississippi College School of Law.
Faculty, NITA Gulf Coast Deposition Program
Defense of Connecticut-based insurance company against alleged misappropriation of trade secrets and copyright infringement.
Defense of national bank headquartered on east coast involving 1,500 individual home improvement loan claims and a statewide class action.
Multi-forum litigation for Mississippi LLC over ownership of cellular license for Honolulu, Hawaii.
Defense of national consumer finance company in state and federal actions in Mississippi challenging sale and financing of satellite television systems.
Nationwide class action on collateral protection insurance claims against California-based national bank in Southern District of Mississippi.
Defense of national bank headquartered in Louisiana against multiple class actions in Mississippi and Louisiana, arising from collateral protection insurance.
Statewide class action settlement of collateral protection insurance claims against Mississippi-based national bank in Southern District of Mississippi.
Defense of United Kingdom public company against thousands of Mississippi asbestos claims in Mississippi state courts.
Defense of Texas-based insurer in multiple putative class actions and individual actions in Mississippi and Louisiana, involving individual collateral protection insurance claims.
Defense of Mississippi-based national bank against claim of $10 million fraudulent wire transfer under UCC Article 4A.
Defense of thousands of individual claims against national finance company and Mississippi subsidiary arising from placement of collateral protection insurance.
Fisch Sigler LLP
John T. Battaglia is a partner at Finnegan, Henderson, Farabow, Garrett & Dunner, LLP, in Washington, DC, specializing in patent and other intellectual-property disputes. He has had substantial experience as a trial lawyer handling jury and bench trials, evidentiary hearings, and arguments, as well as extensive appellate experience, and has successfully represented clients in an array of different civil and criminal disputes.
Over two periods of public service, Mr. Battaglia served at the United States Department of Justice as a trial lawyer and federal prosecutor in trying numerous cases to verdict. In addition, he was appointed in 2006 as the Department’s deputy associate attorney general, where he managed some of the Department’s largest litigating components; briefed and advised the attorney general and deputy attorney general of the United States; and argued several appeals in courts across the country, including the U.S. Courts of Appeal for the Second, Sixth, Seventh, and Ninth Circuits, as well as for the Federal Circuit.
Between his periods of public service, Mr. Battaglia was also a partner at Kirkland & Ellis, LLP, where he handled various patent, IP, and other civil disputes at trial and on appeal. Prior to that, he had been selected and served as a law clerk to federal judges at both the trial and appellate courts. He has been teaching trial advocacy since 2006, including as a faculty member at the University of Virginia’s advocacy college. He lives in Virginia with his wife and family.
Law Offices of Dana Bazelon
Ms. Bazelon specializes in criminal defense and civil rights work, which have been her passions since law school.
Ms. Bazelon studied at Georgetown University Law Center, where she was a member of the highly esteemed Criminal Justice Clinic and an Annual Survey Editor of the American Criminal Law Review. After law school, she accepted a clerkship with the Honorable Michael M. Baylson of the Eastern District of Pennsylvania. During her clerkship, Ms. Bazelon learned the complexities of federal practice.
Beginning in 2008, Ms. Bazelon worked as a staff attorney at the Philadelphia Defender’s Office, honing her trial skills, trying countless cases of all types to verdict. Ms. Bazelon served hundreds of cases as a Public Defender and tried at least 40 to verdict.
Upon leaving the Philadelphia Defender, Ms. Bazelon worked at the law firm of Kairys, Rudovsky, Messing & Feinberg, a firm that specializes in civil rights work, bringing cases against the Philadelphia Police Department, prisons, and other entities whose staff sometimes mistreats criminal defendants. During her time at Kairys Rudovsky, Ms. Bazelon expanded her criminal practice to federal court, and learned how to effectively bring a civil rights action.
Ms. Bazelon began her own practice in 2012, focusing on criminal defense and civil rights work. She practices in both state and federal court, representing individuals charged with everything from DUI and minor drug possession, to fraud and armed robbery.
US Dept of Labor
Southern Illinois University
Dept of Homeland Security
Keller Heckman LLP
Douglas Behr joined Keller and Heckman in 1994. He practices civil litigation and white collar criminal defense. He handles matters regulated by the Drug Enforcement Administration.
Mr. Behr represents business, trade associations, and individuals before federal and state trial and appellate courts, regulatory bodies, and licensing forums with a concentration on Lanham Act false advertising, contract disputes, white collar crime defense, product liability, and trade regulation controversies. He also advises members of the business community on litigation avoidance, and works with health care professionals and others on matters regulated by the Drug Enforcement Administration. Prior to entering private practice, Mr. Behr served 12 years as an Assistant United States Attorney, primarily as a prosecutor, and received a special achievement award from the Justice Department. He is a faculty member of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Mr. Behr is AV® PreeminentTM Rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
Mr. Behr is a contributing author of Beyond Telecom Law Blog.
Mr. Behr authored an article, Prescription Drug Control Under the Federal Controlled Substances Act: A Web of Administrative, Civil, and Criminal Law Controls, in the Washington University Law Urban Law Annual; Journal of Urban and Contemporary Law Volume 45, Issue 1 (1994). Additionally, Mr. Behr authored an article, Did you Forget to Say you're Sorry? Litigating a Show Cause Hearing for the Physician's DEA Registration, in the Quinnipiac University School of Law Health Law Journal, Volume 9, Number 1 (2005).
Law Office of Alfred F Belcuore
O'Neill & Borges
José F. Benítez is a member in the Labor and Employment Law Department. He joined O’Neill & Borges in 1996.Since September of 2012, Chambers and Partners has consistently ranked Mr. Benítez as one of Puerto Rico’s leading employment law practitioners based on the views of clients, peers, and other industry professionals.
Mr. Benítez advises and represents employers in a broad range of labor and employment matters, including employment terminations, managing employment conduct in the internet, social networks and electronic media, reductions-in-force and reorganizations, mass lay-offs and closing of operations, wage and hour, privacy rights, equal employment, drug and alcohol testing, medical leave coordination, covenants not to compete, progressive discipline and internal investigations of sexual harassment and other workplace grievances. Mr. Benítez also offers management training and seminars in all of these areas.
Recently, Mr. Benítez has been assisting clients in matters related to harassment, bullying, privacy and/or social-media in schools and the workplace.Also, during the last 10 years, Mr. Benítez has counseled one of Puerto Rico’s largest communications and entertainment conglomerates in its entertainment law and employment matters. In addition, Mr. Benítez counsels employers in all employment-related visa and business immigration matters.
Park Jensen Bennett LLP
Steve Bennett's practice at Jones Day focuses on domestic and international commercial litigation and arbitration, including cases involving bankruptcy, construction, corporate, energy, insurance, intellectual property, privacy and data security, and other disputes.
Steve is chair of the Firm's e-Discovery Committee and an active member of the Firm's construction practice team. He co-founded the Sedona Conference Working Group on International E-Discovery. He teaches a course on conflicts of law at Hofstra Law School and co-teaches a course on advanced civil procedure (e-discovery) at New York Law School. He is a qualified arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association and the CPR Institute. Steve serves as hearing officer pursuant to the consent decree in the Civil RICO case of United States v. Local 14-14B, IUOE (E.D.N.Y.) and served two terms as election officer in the case of United States v. District Council of Carpenters (S.D.N.Y.). He taught arbitration law at Brooklyn Law School for nine years.
Steve regularly speaks to a wide array of groups for CLE and other purposes. He has written more than 150 articles on a variety of topics. His book, Arbitration: Essential Concepts (ALM) was published in 2002. His book, A Privacy Primer for Corporate Counsel (Aspatore/West) was published in 2009.
Steve writes a continuing column, "Arbitration," with Professor Samuel Estreicher, which has appeared in the New York Law Journal since 2004, and his column, "Computer Law," has appeared in the New York State Bar Association Journal since 2009. He blogs occasionally in the "Thinkernet" series at InternetEvolution.com and at NLJ.com.
The Eaton Law Firm, PLLC
David Benowitz has 20 years of experience as a criminal defense attorney in Washington, DC. He is a founding partner of Price Benowitz LLP, a twenty-four lawyer firm, where he represents clients in a variety of high-profile white collar and criminal matters in federal and local courts, including the “Africa Sting” FCPA prosecution dismissed by the Department of Justice.
David was a Staff Attorney at the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia (PDS), recognized as the top public defender office in the country, from 1995-2001. While at PDS he represented clients in the litigation of serious criminal matters, including first degree murder, first degree sexual abuse, and armed robbery.
David is a faculty member at Harvard Law School’s Trial Advocacy Workshop and has been an adjunct faculty member at George Washington Law School. He is Board Certified as a Criminal Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy.
David has been selected to Super Lawyers and recognized as a Top Attorney in the Washington Post Magazine, achieved an AV Preeminent Rating by Martindale-Hubbell, is a member of the Executive Committee of the National Trial Lawyers – Top 100 Trial Lawyers and the Alumni Board for the D.C. Law Students In Court Program, and is Co-Chair of the Steering Committee for the Criminal Law and Individual Rights Section of the D.C. Bar.
David obtained an LL.M. in Trial Advocacy from Temple University’s Beasley School of Law in 2006. He graduated from George Washington Law School in 1995, where he was a member of the George Washington Law Review, the Moot Court Board, and participated in the D.C. Law Students in Court Program. David received his undergraduate degree from the University of Pennsylvania in 1991.
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Schroeter Goldmark & Bender
Adam J. Berger is a shareholder in the Seattle law firm of Schroeter Goldmark & Bender, where his practice focuses on representation of plaintiffs in medical negligence, toxic tort, and other claims resulting in serious personal injury and wrongful death. He also represents plaintiffs in individual and class actions arising from wage and hour violations and consumer fraud. Mr. Berger is a magna cum laude graduate of Harvard College and received his J.D. from Yale Law School. Following law school, he clerked for the Honorable Mark L. Wolf of the United States District Court for Massachusetts and then served as a litigation attorney for Earthjustice (formerly Sierra Club Legal Defense Fund) in Seattle for eight and a half years.
Mr. Berger is one of the lawyers profiled in Morrison & Chin, Beyond the Big Firm: Profiles of Lawyers Who Want Something More (Wolters Kluwer 2007). In 2013, Mr. Berger, along with three other members of his firm, received the Washington State Bar Association’s Award of Merit for their pro bono representation of Governor Christine Gregoire in defense of the constitutionality of the federal Affordable Care Act.
Mr. Berger has participated as faculty at NITA’s Building Trial Skills Northwest Program since 2008.
Mr. Berger is a member of the Washington State Association for Justice, the American Association for Justice, and an emeritus member of the William L. Dwyer American Inn of Court.
Ellis & Winters Llp
B.S., University of North Carolina
J.D., University of North Carolina School of Law
Jon Berkelhammer regularly appears in the state and federal trial and appellate courts in North Carolina and has been retained and appeared in courts in other jurisdictions. He is active in the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, serving as an instructor at the Southeast Region Trial Skills Program.
Nutter Mcclennen & Fish
Law Ofc of Karl Bernard
Karl Bernard is the General Manager of the Law Offices of G. Karl Bernard and Associates, a law firm that specializes in employment law, general business litigation, sports and entertainment law, and oil and gas law. The firm has successfully litigated matters involving employment rights, defamation, contract law, and criminal law. Most notably, the firm recently won a $2 million jury verdict in a discrimination law suit involving a college football coach. The results of the suit were reported by ESPN sports and news organizations across the country. Additionally, the firm has successfully negotiated nearly $70 million in professional player agreements, head coaching agreements, endorsement contracts and licensing agreements. Furthermore, the firm has handled pay-per-view telecast and other broadcast rights agreements (both domestic and international); life story rights agreements; production agreements; NCAA compliance issues; recording and managerial contracts; event promotional agreements (venue, artist, productions, theatrical, etc.); non-profit and for-profit business incorporation and operational matters.
Karl Bernard has served as an Adjunct Professor of Law at Loyola School of Law and/or Tulane University College for nearly fifteen years. Karl is a retired professional football player, formerly with the Detroit Lions NFL football organization, and a retired petroleum engineer, formerly with Marathon Oil Co. He is a member of the Louisiana State Bar Association, the Bar for United States District Courts in Louisiana and Texas, and a member of the Bar for the United States Supreme Court. Karl is also a certified NITA instructor in Trial Advocacy Skills.
Hill & Beyer APLC
Erin Sherburne Beyer, admitted to the Louisiana Bar in 1992; Senior Partner of Hill & Beyer, APLC. Ms. Beyer graduated from Louisiana State University in 1989 and received her Juris Doctor degree from Louisiana State University Law School in 1992 where she earned honors on Chancellor’s List, Moot Court Board, Flory Trial Finalist, and American Jurisprudence Awards.
Ms. Beyer has argued before the Louisiana Supreme Court and several Louisiana Courts of Appeal. She is admitted to practice in all State and Federal Courts in Louisiana, as well as the United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a member of the American, Federal, Louisiana, State and Lafayette Parish Bar Associations and the American Inns of Court. Mrs. Beyer has worked with several groups in the community, including work as a court-appointed curator for minor children, injunctive relief for abused women, American Red Cross, United Blood Services, Teen Court, Law on Tape, homeless shelters and illiteracy programs. Hill & Beyer received the Small Firm Award for its dedication and commitment to pro bono service in the community.
Ms. Beyer has presented numerous lectures, seminars and demonstrations regarding such topics as: brain and spinal injuries, catastrophic injury and complex medical litigation, Louisiana tort law, automobile liability defense, merchant liability law, restaurant liability, the Americans with Disabilities Act, age discrimination, and sexual harassment defense. Ms. Beyer has also had the privilege of participating as a faculty member with the NITA programs in New Orleans, Louisiana, Dallas, Texas, and at the Louisiana State University Paul Macarius Hebert Law School in Baton Rouge.
B.A., Columbia University
J.D., Case Western Reserve University School of Law
Trial; Mass Tort & Product Liability; Maritime; Environmental
United States District Courts in Ohio, Michigan, Illinois and New York
United States Courts of Appeals for the Second, Third, Sixth, Seventh and Eighth Circuits
United States Claims Court
United States Supreme Court
HENRY E. BILLINGSLEY, II is a Partner in the Cleveland office of Tucker Ellis. The majority of his practice is devoted to the defense of products liability, maritime, environmental and toxic tort cases in state and federal courts. He has litigated cases to completion in Ohio, New York, New Jersey, Delaware, Michigan, Minnesota, Florida and Texas. Henry also has handled the prosecution and defense of commercial cases and assisted in the defense of clients in white-collar criminal investigations.
Following law school, and prior to embarking on the practice of law, Henry served as a deck and engine crewman (Q.M.E.D.) in the United States Merchant Marine, sailing on bulk carriers, container and general cargo ships and tankers on the Great Lakes, coastwise and deep sea. He is a certified scuba diver.
Henry was asked recently to assist the United States District Court, Northern District of Ohio, in the review of a proposed set of model local admiralty rules of the Federal Court, as recommended by the Maritime Law Association of the United States, and prepared revisions to the current local rules.
CIVIC & PROFESSIONAL INVOLVEMENT
Maritime Law Association of the United States, Proctor Member
National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), Faculty Member
Case Western Reserve University, Adjunct Professor of Law, Admiralty
Tucker Ellis & West LLP Community Action Committee, Chair
AWARDS AND PROFESSIONAL RECOGNITION
Named as a “Leading Lawyer” and “Super Lawyer” in Ohio and listed in the Best Lawyers in America
Georgetown Univ Law School
Coleman Bird is an Adjunct Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center, where he has taught a year-long course in trial practice since 2003. Before retiring last year from the Civil Division of the United States Department of Justice, he served as Senior Trial Counsel in the Commercial Litigation Branch, where he defended the Government in a broad range of government contract cases in the United States Court of Federal Claims and the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. He was lead counsel for the United States in a series of related cases involving more than $2 billion in contractor and government claims. In 2007 he received the Attorney General’s John Marshall Award for Trial of Litigation, the Department’s highest award for litigation.
He is the co-program director for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s Deposition Skills and Deposing the Expert Witness programs in Washington, D.C. In addition to his teaching at NITA programs, he has organized and taught at numerous programs on discovery issues for the Justice Department and other federal agencies, including programs at the Department’s National Advocacy Center that were broadcast to DOJ offices around the country. Before he joined the Justice Department, he was a partner in the litigation department of a 300-attorney national law firm where his practice focused on the litigation of a wide variety of complex civil matters, including antitrust, commercial, and bankruptcy cases. He was also a member of the firm’s Professional Responsibility Committee. Since 2010 he has served on Hearing Committees of the District of Columbia Board on Professional Responsibility that hear attorney discipline cases. He is a graduate of Williams College, magna cum laude, and Harvard Law School, magna cum laude.
Dept of Labor
District Attorney's Ofc
Office of Alan Blakley
Alan F. Blakley has litigated complex cases including national class actions since 1991. He is admitted to practice in several federal courts and has tried numerous cases around the country. Additionally, he is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, the Court of Federal Claims as well as eight federal courts of appeals. Prior cases include suits against the United States government based on the Takings Clause, Administrative Law, Tax Withholding, and Constitutional Rights; and, cases involving private corporations for issues such as securities fraud, insurance bad faith, contract violations, intellectual property.
In addition to his private practice of law, he has taught as a full time law professor – teaching federal civil procedure, evidence, contracts, real property and trial practice. Currently, he teaches in the LLM program in International Business Transactions at the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law, where he teaches International Dispute Resolution and Protecting Intellectual Property in International Business Transactions. He is a frequent speaker at continuing education programs, trains federal judges in electronic evidence issues working with The Federal Judicial Center, and trains new lawyers in trial skills through the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. A prolific writer, he has written seven books focusing on litigation topics and the use of electronic information in litigation.
He currently specializes in litigation in federal court and methods to control business risk in transactions, both domestic and international.
Hoffman & Blasco LLC
Robert P. Blasco graduated with honors from the University of Maryland Law School and clerked for the Maryland trial courts. He has practiced law in Alaska since 1977 in all of the Judicial Districts in the Alaska state courts, the Alaska Supreme Court, in the Federal District Court for Alaska, and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeal.
Before entering private practice in 1988, Mr. Blasco served as a Supervising Attorney for the Alaska Legal Services Corporation, as a State Assistant Public Defender, and as a State Assistant District Attorney. In these positions, Mr. Blasco conducted class action litigation and many jury trials, including trials as long as eight months.
Mr. Blasco’s clients and cases involve business and contract concerns and litigation, construction claims and disputes, products liability and personal injury defense, defense of employers, representation and defense of school districts, medical centers and hospitals, and representation of Alaska Native Corporations in state and federal court. Mr. Blasco has served as trial counsel for the state of Alaska in constitutional challenges to state statutes and in the defense of state agencies.
In addition to his general litigation practice, Mr. Blasco represents many of the small Southeast Alaska municipalities as their Municipal Attorney for municipal matters and in defending the municipalities in litigation. He has served in that capacity for several of the Alaska municipalities since 1992.
Mr. Blasco began teaching trial advocacy and deposition programs as a member of the National Faculty for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy in 1987. He has taught on several occasions at the National Trial Advocacy session in Colorado, and on a regular basis in the Midwest trial program and the Los Angeles deposition program. Mr. Blasco served on the faculty for the Northwest Trial Program and at the Emory University Trial program. He has taught trial advocacy in New Zealand by invitation. In addition to trial advocacy and deposition programs, Mr. Blasco has taught NITA programs related to expert witnesses and mediation.
Mr. Blasco is AV Rated by Martindale- Hubbell and is an elected fellow in the International Society of Barristers. He lives on Prince of Wales Island in Southeast Alaska with his wife, Dolores. They have four children in various stages from teenagers to grown and gone. After thirty years in Alaska, he still roots for the Baltimore Orioles baseball team.
Temple University Schl of Law
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Kurtz & Blum PLLC
B.A., Tufts University
J.D., Duke Law School
Seth is a graduate of Tufts University and Duke Law School. He also holds a Master's Degree from the Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy Studies. Seth is an experienced trial attorney who has tried cases in both North Carolina State and Federal Courts. 2015 marked his ninth year as an assistant team leader with NITA.
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Robert C. Blume
Robert C. Blume is a partner in the Denver office of Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher. His practice focuses on internal investigations, compliance, business crimes, and complex civil litigation. Mr. Blume spent more than seven years as a federal prosecutor with the United States Department of Justice and earned four Special Achievement Awards from the Attorney General. In 2012 and 2013, Chambers USA recognized Mr. Blume in the area of Litigation: White-Collar Crime and Government Investigations. Mr. Blume was also recognized by Best Lawyers 2013 in the categories of Criminal Defense: White-Collar; Commercial Litigation; and Litigation: Securities.
Mr. Blume represents corporations and individuals in local, state, and federal court and helps clients interface with government agencies around the country. In that capacity, Mr. Blume has defended local and international clients in enforcement actions and investigations brought by the United States Department of Justice, the United States Securities and Exchange Commission, and various state law enforcement agencies. These investigations have involved allegations of accounting and securities fraud, mortgage and settlement service kickbacks, money laundering, Medicaid fraud, promotion of off-label medical devices, improper use of computer and electronic data, breach of consumer trust and protection, improper payments to government officials, illicit dumping and environmental crimes, and illicit price-fixing and anti-competitive activities. Mr. Blume also defends numerous companies facing civil and criminal False Claims Act exposure.
As a focus of his practice, Mr. Blume helps many clients navigate through Foreign Corrupt Practices Act ("FCPA") investigations and compliance initiatives. He has been retained as outside compliance counsel for a number of publicly-traded companies, has drafted anticorruption policies under the FCPA and the UK Bribery Act, and has led M&A due diligence investigations in China and elsewhere. Mr. Blume has investigated alleged misconduct in Europe, the Far East, Asia, Africa, India, the Middle-East, Central America, and South America. Mr. Blume works directly with Audit Committees, Boards of Directors, and management regarding company practices, internal compliance programs, disclosure issues, human resource concerns, and remedial measures for improving compliance.
Finally, Mr. Blume advises on U.S. export control and OFAC sanction issues. He has successfully represented individuals in matters dealing with the Iranian Transaction Regulations and the Export Administration Regulations. He also has advised on matters involving the Arms Export Control Act and the International Emergency Economic Powers Act and its implementing regulations.
Mr. Blume has lectured and published on many topics, including the FCPA, the False Claims Act, Internal Investigations, Electronic Evidence, and the unique role of a corporations’ Internal Audit group. He also serves as a faculty member and instructor at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy’s Advanced Trial Advocacy Program in Washington, DC and has lectured at a number of law schools and universities on various legal and investigation topics.
Before joining Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher, Mr. Blume served with distinction as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia. Assigned to the Homicide/Major Crimes Section, Mr. Blume investigated and tried more than fifteen homicide trials and twenty drug and violent crime trials in local and federal courts. Mr. Blume also spent four years with the Organized Crime and Racketeering Section in the Criminal Division of the Department of Justice, where he investigated and tried a number of Organized Crime and white collar cases involving RICO, mail and wire fraud, securities fraud, credit card fraud,
insurance fraud, computer security breaches, FCPA violations, obstruction of justice, money laundering, and conspiracy.
Mr. Blume graduated cum laude from the Georgetown University Law Center and was the Associate Editor of the Georgetown Law Journal and a member of the Georgetown Criminal Justice Clinic. Mr. Blume received his Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Brown University. He is admitted to practice in the District of Columbia and in the State of Colorado.
Mr. Blume has served as the national co-chair of the Corporate Criminal Liability
Subcommittee of the White Collar Crime section of the American Bar Association.
Recent Professional Publications
• Torrid Pace of False Claims Act Recoveries Likely to Continue in 2013, G2 Compliance
• Report (February 2013)
• 2012 False Claims Act Update, Gibson Dunn Client Alert (January 2013)
• 2012 Year-End FCPA Update, Gibson Dunn Client Alert (January 2013)
• Decoding FCPA Enforcement: The U.S. Government Issues Comprehensive Guidance on the
• Foreign Corrupt Practices Act, Gibson Dunn Client Alert (November 2012)
• Do Rankings Matter? Transparency International Issues Its 2010 Corruption Perceptions
• Index, Gibson Dunn Client Alert (November 2010)
• Overview of the New Colorado Medicaid False Claims Act, The Colorado Lawyer (October
• U.S. Health Care Reform Legislation Significantly Expands the False Claims Act,
• Gibson Dunn Client Alert (April 2010)
American University Law
Elizabeth Boals is the associate director of the Trial Advocacy Program at Washington College of Law. Her areas of specialization include criminal and civil trial advocacy, pretrial litigation, and criminal law and procedure and evidence. She is a member of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) faculty, author of several books, and lectures frequently. Before joining the faculty at WCL, she worked for the U.S. Department of Commerce, where she was an attorney with the Employment and Labor Law Division, representing the agency on alleged violations of Title VII for the Civil Rights Act, the Age Discrimination in Employment Act, and the Rehabilitation Act. She was a partner at Lay, Ippolito and Dillard, PLLC, and, prior to that, an attorney at Zwerdling, Paul, Leibig, Kahn, Thompson and Wolly, P.C. She began her legal career as an assistant public defender in the Office of the Public Defender in Alexandria, Va., defending a felony caseload consisting of clients in all stages of litigation before the General District and Circuit Courts for the City of Alexandria and Virginia Court of Appeals.
Law Office of DiPaolo & DiPaolo
Dickie McCamey & Chilcote PC
Lathrop & Gage LLP
Partner Kyle Bogdan wins cases. As an AV rated litigator, he spends all his time competing in state and federal trial courts and arbitrations on matters critical to our clients’ businesses. He has successfully prosecuted and/or defended matters where millions of dollars, and often the viability of the client, are on the line. These have included major construction disputes, gas explosions, product liability suits, trade secret claims, lease and contract cases, and class action defense.
In 2012, Kyle achieved a complete dismissal of a major property damage a case in New York where his client paid nothing. In 2011, he spent his time getting several clients out of messy condominium defect cases throughout Southern California without paying a cent in damages. That same year he used the often overlooked remedy of replevin and tried the matter before a federal judge to recover critical pieces of equipment holding up a major penitentiary project in Southern Mexico.
Prior to that he and other Warden Grier lawyers won significant pre-trial decisions which led to a confidential resolution for their client in a major trade secret action in federal court. Before that, Kyle and his partners, after a multi-week hearing, won an arbitration award of in excess of $7 million for their client, a general contractor, against a developer arising out of a luxury hotel and condominium project in Minneapolis.
In 2009, he and his partners, after months of hearings before a seasoned arbitration panel, obtained an arbitration award in excess of $15 million for a general contractor on a highly publicized construction case involving a hotel, office and retail project in Kansas City. During that same year, Kyle also obtained a complete dismissal in federal court of a class action lawsuit asserted against a leading manufacturer, thus saving his client several million dollars.
Kyle was honored by inclusion in Ingram’s Magazine (Kansas City’s premier business publication) “40 under Forty” class of 2010, in recognition of professional and personal leadership.
Kyle is a long-time Kansas City resident. A 1997 cum laude graduate of Missouri’s Truman State University, Kyle played college football and baseball, and spent his post-graduation summer playing Independent A ball in Massachusetts. Following that, he entered law school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law. While at UMKC, Kyle was a member of the UMKC Law Review and The Urban Lawyer. During law school, he clerked with Blackwell Sanders Matheny Weary and Lombardi (now Husch Blackwell Sanders). He joined that firm as an associate in 2000.
From the beginning of Kyle’s career, he worked on significant “bet-the-company” litigation matters those which generally had between $10 million and $500 million at stake. He quickly compiled subject matter expertise in areas ranging from the design and construction of complex power facilities and landmark bridges to catastrophic explosions. Mentored by some of Kansas City’s premier litigators, Kyle was entrusted to take key depositions and make arguments before the courts in his first year something which is quite unusual for first-year big firm lawyers. In addition to working on the bet-the-company cases, he also took selective smaller cases and first-chaired them. These early experiences honed Kyles litigation skills and developed in him a very strong client services mentality.
In March, 2002, Warden Grier comprised of several former mentors was formed. Kyle was offered the first and, at the time, only, associate position. From the early days of the firm, Kyle was asked to take on leadership positions and increased responsibility, including head of recruiting and of Associate development. He was elected partner after his fifth year of practice.
Law Ofcs of Mary Catherine M. Bohen
Bois & MacDonald
Thomas J. Bois represents and counsels public and private businesses on a wide range of business transactions, compliance activities and legal disputes.
Tom has litigated and tried to verdict or judgment over 100 matters in the fields of:
• Business law,
• Environmental law, and
• Real Estate law.
He has earned the distinction of Master Advocate from the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and is a member of the NITA Faculty. Tom has, since becoming a member of the NITA Faculty, participated in the following programs:
• Deposition Techniques (NITA: Deposition Skills, California Coast, Orange, CA 2008, 2009, 2010 & 2011)
• Trial Advocacy Techniques (NITA Faculty at Center for Families, Children & the Courts, Edelman Children's Courthouse Monterey Park, CA Los Angeles Superior Court, CA, February 23-25, 2010)
• Trial Advocacy Techniques (NITA Faculty at National Disability Rights Conference, Los Angeles, CA, June 7-8, 2010)
Tom has co-authored and authored four recognized legal texts and numerous journal articles. Tom has spoken before the American Bar Association, California Continuing Education of the Bar, Building Industry Association, AEHS and numerous other organizations. Tom is a member of the California, District of Columbia, Missouri and U.S. Supreme Court Bars. Prior to forming Bois & Macdonald in 2001, Tom was a Partner at Sedgwick, Detert, Moran & Arnold where he headed one of the firm’s practice groups. Tom is certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resources (SPHR) by the Society for Human Resource Management. Tom has also taught as an adjunct professor at the University of California-Irvine. Tom has been awarded the "AV" rating by the Martindale Hubbell Legal Directory, and his firm Bois & Macdonald has been awarded the “Preeminent” rating by Martindale Hubbell.
Bookspan Family Law, LLC
Seton Hall Univ School of Law
Professor Borgen has worked on fair housing and other public interest concerns throughout her career. She litigated landlord-tenant and other housing issues with Brooklyn Legal Services, Corp. B. She then served as the Gibbons Fellow at Gibbons, Del Deo, Dolan, Griffinger and Vecchione, P.C., where she engaged in impact litigation on welfare reform, racial profiling by New Jersey police, domestic violence, and governmentsubsidized housing. Even while engaged in a full time practice at Gibbons, she found time to teach a course on low-income housing and community development at Seton Hall. After her Gibbons Fellowship concluded, Professor Borgen worked as the senior staff attorney with the Voting Rights Project of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law in Washington, D.C. Professor Borgen received her J.D. from Columbia Law School and her B.A., with honors, from Harvard College. She also clerked for the Honorable Joseph E. Irenas in the United States District Court for the District of New Jersey.
Law Ofc of Carl M Bornstein
CARL M. BORNSTEIN
Carl Bornstein is a lawyer in private practice in New York City. He has been engaged in complex civil and criminal litigation and investigations throughout his career in both the private sector and in government service. He has taught trial advocacy at NITA for 30 years. As an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice, he teaches investigative techniques for the Masters in Public Administration–Inspection & Oversight (IG) program.
Mr. Bornstein has represented clients in criminal tax, securities and insurance fraud cases, against copyright violations, and in professional disciplinary proceedings, among others. He also has been a member of several monitoring teams including those concerning: a major bank’s compliance with the Global Research Settlement Agreement; the assessment and evaluation of the MTA’s integrity and procurement controls; and the investigative practices and procedures of Hewlett Packard.
In July 2007, Mr. Bornstein became a founder, the Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Executive Director of the Fortress Monitoring Group (“FMG”), a joint venture. Since then, he has directed the activity of FMG as the Integrity Monitor for the $3 billion construction of 1World Trade Center reporting to the Inspector General of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey. FMG actively monitors and investigates in order to prevent fraud or corruption and coordinates effective actions with the Inspector General’s Office if such conduct is detected.
Mr. Bornstein is a former (1999-2002) Inspector General of the New York City School Construction Authority (SCA-IG) where he managed a $4.5 million budget and a staff of 47, including investigators, auditors, lawyers and analysts. As the SCA-IG he reported directly to its Chairman of the Board and President about integrity matters, major on-site accidents, and construction deficiencies. He was accountable for the pre-qualification integrity screening of contractors and supervised the SCA-IG’s participation in joint investigations with both United States Attorneys’ Offices in New York City, the Manhattan District Attorney’s Office, and the New York State Organized Crime Task Force.
His earlier public service included 12 years trying major organized crime and public corruption cases as both a Special Attorney in the United States Attorney’s Offices in the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York and as a state prosecutor. He served as a Bronx County Assistant District Attorney (Chief of the Rackets Bureau) and subsequently became the Queens County Deputy Chief Assistant District Attorney. Thereafter, he was appointed as the Executive Special Assistant Attorney General in the Office of the N.Y.S. Special Prosecutor Investigating Corruption in the New York City Criminal Justice System.
He is a member of the New York City Bar Association, where he has been active in the judicial selection process as a member of both its Judiciary and Criminal Courts Committees; the New York State Bar Association where he was active on its Federal Constitution and Legislative Committee; the American Bar Association; and the International Association of Independent Private Sector Inspectors General.
Mr. Bornstein is a graduate of New York University and the Brooklyn Law School where he served as an editor of the Law Review. He was honorably discharged from the U.S. Army Reserve, Military Police Corps.
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Law Office of Peter Bornstein
Private law practice (1977-present)
The Law Offices of Peter R. Bornstein - 1993 to date
Berenbaum & Weinshienk P.C. (shareholder, 1983-93)
Berenbaum & Berenbaum - (partner)
Berenbaum, Weinberger & Susman
Inman, Flynn & Coffee
The practice has concentrated on litigation and trial work. This practice includes commercial litigation of complex cases, criminal defense, real estate litigation, administrative hearings before many government agencies and tort litigation.
Public Service (1968-1977)
Office of the District Attorney, Denver, Colorado.
(1972-1977) Chief trial deputy in a metropolitan prosecutor's office specializing in the prosecution of cases involving government corruption, white collar crime and murder.
Upper Peninsula Legal Services, Marquette, Michigan.
Staff Attorney, (1971-1972)
Alger-Marquette Community Action Board. Executive Director, Marquette, Michigan. (1968-1971)
University of Chicago Law School, Chicago, Illinois; J.D., 1968
University of Chicago, Chicago, Illinois - masters level course work, English Literature, 1965
Carleton College, Northfield, Minnesota; A.B., 1964, Major, English Literature.
Instructor, National Institute for Trial Advocacy (1991-2013)
Adjunct Professor, University of Denver Law School (1979-1981)
Instructor, Northern Michigan University
PROFESSIONAL AND COMMUNITY SERVICE:
Colorado Rural Legal Services, Board of Directors
(1980-1984) Bar Representative
Board of Directors, Faculty of Federal Advocates (2005-2007)
Board Member and past Chairman, Denver Bar Association Credit Union (1999-2005)
Colorado Bar Association Professionalism Coordinating Council
Legal fee arbitration panels through the Denver Bar Association Legal Fee Arbitration Committee
National Alumni Board and Colorado Chair for the Carleton College Alumni Association
Founding Director and organizer of the Colorado Lawyers for the Arts
Founding Director and organizer of the Colorado Dance Festival (Board Chair, 1984-1985)
Curious Theatre Board of Directors, (2009 - present)
Special panel member for Supreme Court grievance boards (1979-1989)
Supreme Court Advisory Board (2008 - ) serving as a judge in a three judge panel.
Colorado Trial Lawyers Association
Colorado Criminal Defense Bar (past member, Board of Directors)
Colorado Bar Association
Denver Bar Association
American Inns of Court - Thompson G. Marsh Inn
Born Chicago, Illinois - July 23, 1943
Hobbies: outdoorsman, photography, reading.
Federal Public Defender's Ofc
Louisiana Attorney General Ofc
Jude D. Bourque
Jude D. Bourque is an Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice in Louisiana who specializes in Medical Malpractice Defense. He graduated with honors from Tulane Law School [Class of 1987] served on the Tulane Maritime Law Review, Tulane Moot Court Board and won the Appellate Moot Court competition. He is also an honor graduate of the University of Louisiana-Lafayette (Outstanding Graduate-1983).
Mr. Bourque has a full time litigation practice defending doctors, nurses, medical clinics and hospitals in medical malpractice cases before administrative hearings, judge and jury trials and before the state Court of Appeals and Supreme Court.
The National Institute for Trial Advocacy awarded Mr. Bourque the Volunteer of the Year Award in 2010 for volunteering over 100 hours at NITA Public Service and Public Programs in 2010. He has taught trial advocacy program and given numerous CLE presentations from coast to coast since 1989.
Mr. Bourque is a member of the Medical/Legal Interprofessional Committee of the Louisiana State Bar Association. He has volunteered and coached several Trial Advocacy teams at the LSU School of Law.
He has worked with many civic organizations including the Baton Rouge Kiwanis Club (Distinguished President, Distinguished Lt. Governor, chair Youth Service Committee), Big Buddy Board of Directors (co-chair fundraiser 2007), International Hospitality Foundation (President, 2006-07), the Baton Rouge Bar Association, Public Law Committee and the Baton Rouge Leadership Alumni Board (President, 2011). He has also worked with the Capital Area United Way 2008 “50 for the Future” campaign and on the Community Fund for the Arts cabinet (2009).
Mr. Bourque has completed over 25 triathlons, the 2002 Marine Corp Marathon in D.C., the 1998 New York City Marathons and four half marathons.
B.A., Arizona State University
J.D., University of Denver Strurm College of Law
AREA OF Focus
Mr. Bradford is a civil trial attorney. Mr. Bradford's national trial practice focuses on complex commercial, product liability, professional liability, mass tort and intellectual property litigation. Mr. Bradford also works with clients in the area of risk management and litigation avoidance. He has tried fifteen complex matters to verdict and litigated hundreds of matters to successful resolution. Prior to joining Hensley Kim & Holzer, he was a shareholder and manager of a prominent trial firm. Mr. Bradford draws upon his legal expertise and business experience when advising clients regarding the many issues encountered during the course of a lawsuit. In partnership with his clients, Mr. Bradford utilizes his experience, creativity and the immense resources at HKH to develop a litigation strategy that best serves the client's variable needs and interests. Whether the case is destined for the courtroom or early resolution, Mr. Bradford thrives on the challenge of developing and presenting a compelling and persuasive argument that a jury and/or opposing counsel can digest and trust. Clients appreciate the unique blend of imagination, professionalism and advocacy that Mr. Bradford brings to every case, as reflected below:
Secured a landlord's dismissal from a multi-million dollar mold exposure case after establishing a lack of scientific connection between the injury and the offending flora.
Developed and successfully implemented a litigation strategy that focused upon enforcement of an assigned brokerage agreement that provided the leverage to resolve other disputes without litigation.
Secured Court-ordered dismissals in multi-million dollar cases even after my clients admitted liability under oath.
Secured a jury verdict for a client after admitting liability during trial.
The plaintiff was seeking $10 million in compensatory damages.
Secured favorable orders from various courts causing the creation of a new defense in professional liability matters. The defense has subsequently been used to obtain favorable settlements and dismissals.
Counseled corporations and individuals on risk management techniques.
Lectured to trade organizations on litigation management and risk avoidance.
Lead trial counsel for national and regional insurance companies.
Shareholder, Manager, Pryor Johnson Carney Karr Nixon, P.c.
AWARDS AND HONORS
Young Lawyer ofthe Year, Denver Bar Association, 2008 SuperLaywer, Colorado, Rising Star, Litigation, 2008
Aaron P. Bradford (continued)
Outstanding Scholar, College of Architecture, 1996
Champion, Daniel S. Hoffman Moot Court Trial Competition, 1998 Champion, DU vs. CU Mock Trial Competition, 1998
Champion, Phillip C. Jessup International Law Competition, 1998
Vice President, Second, Denver Bar Association 2009-2010.
Co-Chair, Denver Bar Association's uWHEELSOFJUSTICE/' a team of riders participating in the Denver Children's Hospital's Courage Classic and raising money to benefit the Denver Children's Hospital, 2006- present.
Chair, Colorado Pledge to Diversity, 2007 - present.
Board of Directors, Colorado Lawyers Committee, 2007 - present.
Board of Directors, Colorado Campaign for Inclusive Excellence, 2006- present.
Chair, Community Action Network, Denver Bar Association, 2006 - 2008.
Judge, University of Denver's Moot Court and Mock Trial Competitions, 1999 -
LECTURES AND PRESENTATIONS
Invited Presenter, Legislative, Appellate and Regulatory Update along with discussion of Hot Topics in Obstetrical Litigation, Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Colorado Permanente Medical Group, May 21,2008.
Instructor, la-Day National Trial Skills, NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR TRIAL ADVOCACY, April 27 - May 4,2008, Broomfield, Colorado.
Invited Presenter, Grand Rounds, Litigation Risks associated with Remote Management of Labor and Shoulder Dystocia, St. Joseph Hospital Residency Program, 2007.
Invited Presenter, "Hot Topics in Obstetrics & Gynecology", Colorado Gynecological & Obstetrical Society's Annual Conference, Aspen, Colorado, June 22-23, 2007.
Presenter and Instructor, "Irony, Humor and Imagery - Controlling Juror Perceptions in the Courtroom", lO-Day National Trial Skills, NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR TRIAL ADVOCACY, May 2-12, 2007, Broomfield, Colorado.
University of Denver Sturm College of Law, J.D., 1999, Order of St. Ives.
Arizona State University, 1996, summa cum laude
LICENSURE AND ADMISSIONS
State of Colorado
United States Federal District Court for the State of Colorado
United States Federal District Court for the Western District of Missouri
US Attorney's Office
US Attorney's Office
The Fein Law Firm, P.C.
Buchanan Ingersoll & Rooney PC
Anne Bremner PC
Salam District Court
Pacific McGeorge Schl of Law
Professor Cary Bricker teaches in the award-winning trial advocacy program at University of the Pacific, McGeorge School of Law. She has also co-created and taught several innovative courses at McGeorge including the full-year Federal Defender Clinic, “The Art of Plea Bargaining” and “Mock Trial Evidence” . Bricker has significant experience as a trial attorney, litigating dozens of jury trials to verdict as a Federal Defender in Manhattan courtrooms. For the last there years at McGeorge she has served as co-director of the Center for Advocacy and Dispute Resolution. In 2005-6 and 2011-12 Professor Bricker was voted “Professor of the Year” at McGeorge; in 2015 she received the University “Outstanding Student Organization Advisor Award” for her work with the school’s Criminal Law Society.
Her scholarly interests are focused on comparative criminal law, including China and Chile. Before she joined Pacific McGeorge Bricker was an Associate Professor and Director of Trial Advocacy at Temple, where she also coached the law school’s top-ranked competition team. Bricker served as a USAID Faculty Member in a five-year Rule of Law Project in China from 2008-2012, during which she taught Chinese law professors in Beijing, Guangzhou, and Hangzhou how to use experiential teaching methods in law school curricula. Bricker also created materials for and taught Chilean Public Defenders in Santiago, Chile, during the summer of 2012. Bricker was selected as one of only 26 "best law teachers" in the United States in the book, What the Best Law Teachers Do (Harvard University Press, 2013). She presented "Experiential Teaching in Podium and Skills-Based Courses: Making Students Comfortable When Taking Them Out of Their Comfort Zones," on June 27, 2014, as part of the “What the Best Law Teachers Do: Educators in Action” conference at Northwestern Law in Chicago, Illinois. In 2014-2016 Bricker took a leading role in Pacific McGeorge’s collaboration with the Russian Foreign Trade Academy (RFTA) in Moscow, Russia; under the aegis of the U.S. Russia Foundation for Economic Advancement and the Rule of Law (USRF), four U.S. law schools partnered with four Russian law schools to develop interactive teaching for practical skills courses. This summer she will continue working with RFTA in Moscow to create experiential courses in their new Masters of Law program.
Holland & Hart LLP
B.A., Smith College
J.D., University of Denver
Ms. Brimmer, a partner of Holland &Hart, practices natural resource, environmental and commercial litigation She joined the firm in 1984, after having clerked for the Honorable Robert H. McWilliams, U.S. Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals. She has handled commercial, natural resources and environmental cases in federal and state courts (both jury and non-jury). Her recent practice has focused on complex litigation involving coal contract disputes and natural resource damages claims under CERCLA.
In addition , she has represented clients in major litigation involving financial institutions and professional liability matters. She has represented the FDIC and RTC in various litigated matters involving claims against officers, directors, attorneys and a ceo unta nts of failed financial institutions. Ms Brimmer also has experience handling complex fraudulent conveyance claims in federal court
Cohen & Wolf
ANNMARIE P. BRIONES is Of Counsel to Cohen and Wolf’s Family Law and Litigation Groups practicing in the firm’s Bridgeport and Westport offices. Ms. Briones practices primarily in the area of family law representing parties in divorce, legal separation, custody and post-judgment dissolution matters.
Ms. Briones currently serves on the Faculty of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. She has frequently served as a court appointed Guardian ad Litem and Attorney for Minor Children, and has represented parents and their children in special education matters.
Her legal experience includes trying bench and jury cases in family and civil litigation matters, as well as arguing before the Connecticut Appellate Court. From 2005-2008, Ms. Briones served on the Yale-New Haven Children’s Hospital Family Advisory Council. She is a noted lecturer on issues pertaining to children with special needs and learning disabilities, and how these issues impact families.
Ms. Briones is recognized for her work in the area of Family Law by The Best Lawyers in America© (2017). She is admitted to practice in Connecticut and New York, and is a member of the American, Connecticut, Regional and Greater Bridgeport Bar Associations.
Ms. Briones received her B.A. in 1987 from Fairfield University, and her J.D. in 1995 from Pace University Law School.
Attorney at Law
Legal Aid Society
Fairfax County Circuit Court
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Jim Brosnahan has played every role with NITA, since it’s beginnings from veteran faculty member to NITA Board of Trustees member. As an active NITA teacher, Jim delights NITA participants of the Hanley Advanced Advocates Program with his recall of the “Greek rhetorical roots” of the practice of trial law. Jim maintains an active trial practice in both criminal and civil matters as a senior partner with Morrison & Foerster, LLP. He has tried approximately 141 jury cases in a broad variety of cases from perjury to patents and murder to maritime.
Ofc of the Capital Defender
North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services
B.Ph..Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, 1987
J.D., University of North Carolina, 1991
Mr. Broun has been a staff attorney with the Center for Death Penalty Litigation in Durham, North Carolina since 1996. Mr. Broun is currently CDPL’s Training Director. From 1991 through 1996, Mr. Broun was an assistant public defender in Fayetteville, NC. In 1987 and 1988 he served as an investigator with the Office of the Capital Collateral Representative in Tallahassee, Florida.
Mr. Broun has tried numerous criminal jury trials, including six capital cases. He has also represented numerous individuals on capital direct appeals, state post-conviction, and federal habeas cases and before the governor in clemency proceedings. Mr. Broun has taught at death penalty trial advocacy programs in Texas, Pennsylvania, New York, Virginia, Georgia and North Carolina. He is program director for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy’s Capital Trial program and its Southeast Regional Program. He also teaches trial advocacy at the University of North Carolina Law School.
In 2001, Mr. Broun drafted the certiorari petition to the United States Supreme Court in the case of McCarver v. North Carolina, the case where the United States Supreme Court initially agreed to revisit the issue of whether it was appropriate to execute the mentally retarded.
Mr. Broun lives in Carrboro, North Carolina and is married to one of Carrboro=s aldermen, Joal Hall Broun. They have two children, Harrison and Rachel. He is self-appointed official arbitrator between Harrison and Rachel. The family’s dog, Fida, attended obedience school in 1997 and is two classes short of graduation.
Univ of Arkansas School of Law
Fifth District Court of Appeals
JUSTICE ADA BROWN
Justice Ada Brown sits on the Fifth District Court of Appeals in Texas. She brings both civil and criminal law experience to the appellate bench. As a criminal prosecutor with the Dallas County District Attorney's office, she tried more than one hundred jury trials to verdict. Justice Brown specialized in prosecuting internet crimes against children and brought more than 500 pedophiles to justice.
Justice Brown served as the judge of Dallas County Criminal Court No. 1, and presided over nearly two thousand criminal cases while on the trial court bench. Before her appointment to the appellate bench, Justice Brown was a civil litigator at the McKool Smith law firm where she focused on high-stakes patent infringement and commercial litigation cases.
Justice Brown is a graduate of Spelman College and Emory University School of Law. She is one of two African-American appellate jurists in the State of Texas.
Law Office of Alice C. Brown
Gordon, Arata, McCollam, Duplantis & Eagan, L.L.P.
Attorney at Law
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Attorney at Law
Jessica Brown began work as a trial attorney at the United States Department of Labor Office of the Solicitor in September 2007. Jessica graduated with honors from Bates College with a B.A. in American Cultural Studies and is a 2001 cum laude graduate of Temple Law School. Prior to joining the Solicitor’s Office, Jessica was a staff attorney at the Defender Association of Philadelphia. While at the Defender Association she tried numerous jury and bench trials, representing clients charged with both misdemeanor and felony offenses. At the Solicitor’s Office, Jessica has handled a range of cases in the MSHA, OSHA, ERISA, and OFCCP programs.
Kim Brown has 25 years of experience representing companies in business, insurance, and tort litigation in state and federal trial and appellate courts. Included among her recent and varied trial experience, she was lead trial counsel in a three-month trial in which Jones Day obtained a verdict of $125.7 million plus costs for the shareholders' representative of a public safety radio communications company in a post-closing adjustment dispute involving the design and construction of Florida's statewide first-responder radio communications system.
Kim's diverse practice also includes experience in matters involving complex scientific, technological, and medical issues spanning a broad range of industries. Her representations include specialty chemical, medical device, heavy manufacturing, communications, logistics, technology, and financial services companies in various commercial and products liability actions involving claims of breach of contract, fraud, strict liability, deceptive trade practices, breach of warranties, fraudulent conveyances, and business torts.
Kim has served as president and on the board of governors of the Allegheny County Bar Association. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Trial Lawyers of Allegheny County, has taught as an adjunct professor at the University of Pittsburgh School of Law, and is a member of the Defense Research Institute and the Pennsylvania Bar Association. She also serves on the Ohlbaum on the Pennsylvania Rules of Evidence advisory committee, the board of Neighborhood Legal Services Association, and the Women's Leadership Council Executive Committee and Marketing Committee of the United Way of Allegheny County.
Franklin D Azar & Assoc
Stephen P Brunner Atty at Law
Education: University of Texas at El Paso, B.S., Clardy-Fox Fellow; University of San Francisco School of Law, J.D.
Experience: Steve has been a litigator since 1980 and a trial lawyer since 1981. Steve's jury-trial work began as second chair in three federal trials in San Francisco and Sacramento in successful defense of statutory and tort claims arising under federal securities law and common law. Steve was lucky enough to have his first, first-chair jury trial in 1984 in Alameda County Superior Court in successful defense of a bank and its officers against lender liability claims. He co-founded Angell, Brunner & Angell in San Francisco in 1988. Steve has briefed and successfully argued before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals (respondent) and the California Court of Appeal (appellant). He holds an "AV" rating from Martindale-Hubbell and has held this rating since first being rated by members of the judiciary and his peers in 1992. Steve continues to practice in Superior Courts in the greater Bay Area and Northern California, in the United States District Courts for the Eastern and Northern Districts of California, and in the United States Bankruptcy Courts for the Eastern, Northern, Central and Southern Districts of California. He is experienced in resolving matters in all forms of alternative dispute resolution, and was a resolution advocate for the United States Bankruptcy Court for the Northern District of California from 1995 to 2005. Steve began teaching for NITA in 2006. Other than trying cases, the most enjoyment Steve takes from his profession is teaching trial and deposition skills.
Greer Herz Adams LLP
Law Ofcs of Gialleonardo, Frankini & Harms
8th Judicial District Court
Bonnie A. Bulla was appointed Discovery Commissioner for the Eighth Judicial District Court in January 2007. She graduated from Arizona State University with a B.S. degree in Economics in 1984 and a J.D. degree in 1987. She has been a member of the Nevada Bar since 1987, practicing primarily civil law with a concentration in the area of professional negligence defense.
She was a member of the American Bar Association where she served as Speaker of the Young Lawyers Division. She was a past president of the Southern Nevada Association of Women Attorneys. She has also been a member of the Nevada Trial Lawyers Association, the American Trial Lawyers Association and the Defense Research Institute.
Ms. Bulla has conducted several seminars including “Nursing Documentation and Related Issues” for the staff at Northeastern Nevada Regional Hospital, “The Medical Dental Screening Panel Process” to both the Clark County Bar Association and the National Business Institute, and “Physician Profiling” to the American College of Legal Medicine.
Dorsey & Whitney Llp
Medicaid Fraud Control Unit of NY
Assistant Attorney General
Office of the Attorney General of Washington
Brooke graduated from Colorado College with a B.A. in Studio Art. She received a J.D. from Northeastern University School of Law in Boston, Massachusetts in 1996. She began work at the King County Prosecuting Attorney’s Office, in Seattle, WA immediately after graduation. She was a Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, prosecuting offenders in several felony units, including the Domestic Violence Unit and the Special Assault Unit. From 2001-2008 she worked in the Sexually Violent Predator unit, civilly committing dangerous sexual offenders. She joined the Office of the Attorney General in February of 2008, where she supervised the SVP unit responsible for civilly committing sexual predators throughout the State until November 2013. She is currently handling civil appeals for the Torts Division of the Attorney General’s Office.
Northwestern Univ Schl of Law
Mr. Burns directs the following program: Deposition Skills: Midwest
Robert Burns is a professor of law and litigation attorney in the Northwestern University Legal Clinic. He teaches courses in evidence, civil procedure, professional responsibility, health care law, and the philosophy of law. In 1996, and again in 1998, he was awarded the Robert Childress Memorial Award for Teaching Excellence and in 1997 was elected the outstanding Professor of a Small Class. The Class of 1997 elected him to give the "Last Lecture" on the day before graduation. He is Program Director for the Law School's Litigation and Dispute Resolution Concentration and has been both Perkins-Bauer Teaching Professor and Stanford Clinton, Sr. Research Professor. His current research interests focus on the theory of the trial and on professional responsibility.
Professor Burns is a National Institute for Trial Advocacy Distinguished Faculty Member, having taught for the preeminent continuing legal education organization since 1982. He is a principal architect of Northwestern's unique coordinated program in Evidence, Professional Responsibility, and Trial Advocacy and is co-author of Problems and Materials in Evidence and Trial Advocacy, Vols. I & II, Exercises and Problems in Professional Responsibility, and essays and articles on trial, evidence, professional responsibility, mediation, and legal philosophy.
Steptoe & Johnson LLP
United States District Court
Guttman Buschner Fischer & Brooks PLLC
Traci L. Buschner is a founding member of Guttman, Buschner & Brooks PLLC. A former state prosecutor, Ms. Buschner has spent over 15 years representing plaintiffs in complex litigation ranging from class actions to government contract fraud. She has been involved in multi-million dollar recoveries on behalf of workers asserting claims under numerous federal statutes and has handled some of the largest successful False Claims Act actions, bringing billions of dollars to the United States Government. Some representative cases are:
• A False Claims Act case against Abbott Laboratories, resulting in a settlement of over $1.5 billion in 2012 involving Abbott’s illegal efforts to promote an anti-seizure medication, Depakote, through off-label marketing, misbranding and paying physicians to write prescriptions. The settlement was one of the largest recoveries by the United States Government under the False Claims Act against a pharmaceutical company.
• A False Claims Act case against Wyeth Pharmaceuticals, a subsidiary of Pfizer, resulting in a $257.4 million settlement in 2013 involving Wyeth’s unlawfully market a powerful immunosuppressant drug Rapamune, used to treat patients who have undergone kidney transplants.
• A False Claims Act case against Community Health Systems, Inc. (CHS), which resulted in the Government’s recovery in 2014 of over $98 million related, in part, to unnecessary emergency room admissions at over 100 separate hospitals across the country.
• A False Claims Act case against a suburban New York oncology group, resulting in a $5.5 million recovery in 2016 based upon admissions of co-pay waiver and up-coding.
Ms. Buschner has co-authored two articles with colleague Reuben A. Guttman: “Patients Suffer from Drug Industry’s Chronic Greed,” Wall Street Journal MarketWatch (August 7, 2013) and “Taking the Next Step in Pharma Fraud,” American Constitution Society Blog (May 8, 2012).
Ms. Buschner has been recognized for several years, by Washingtonian Magazine, as a top Whistleblower Lawyer. Her work on the Abbott False Claims Act case at Grant & Eisenhofer was featured in The National Law Journal, “Plaintiffs’ Hot List” (2011-2012). Ms. Buschner currently serves on the Board of Governors of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. (TLA-DC). She is also a member of the American Association for Justice’s (AAJ) Qui Tam Litigation Section and the American Constitution Society. She has also served as a faculty member (2011, 2012, 2014 and 2016) for Emory University Law School’s Trial Techniques Program.
Ms. Buschner graduated from Miami University in 1990, and received her J.D. from the University of Louisville in 1995.
Dade County Courthouse
Hon. Beatrice Butchko is a Circuit Court judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit in Miami-Dade, where she serves as a trial judge in the extended trial division of the civil court. She received her B.S. Degree from the University of Florida in 1986 and her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in 1989. Judge Butchko was appointed to the Circuit Court on December 20, 2005 and served in the Juvenile Dependency and Circuit Criminal divisions prior to her present assignment. Before becoming a Circuit Court Judge, Ms. Butchko began her legal career as an Assistant State Attorney in Miami-Dade County from 1989-2000 where she tried over 80 jury trials and was a member of the Organized Crime Unit, served as Assistant Chief of the Career Criminal Unit and served as a Division Chief trying homicide cases. Judge Butchko entered private practice as an associate with Kaye, Rose & Maltzman, LLP, 2000-2001 where she practiced maritime law. In 2001 she joined Ferrell Shultz, PA where she practiced commercial litigation, white-collar criminal defense and family law. From 2003-2005 Judge Butchko was a partner with the international firm of Kirkpatrick & Lockhart Nicholson Graham, LLP where she practiced commercial litigation and white-collar criminal defense. While in private practice Judge Butchko received an AV rating from Martindale Hubbell. She also served as Special Counsel to the Florida Judicial Qualifications commission from 2001-2005 and served The Florida Bar as a member, Vice Chair and Chairperson of a Florida Bar Disciplinary Grievance Committee from 2003- 2005. In addition to her duties on the bench, Judge Butchko is a dedicated instructor of trial advocacy. She is an adjunct professor at the University Of Miami School Of Law, Litigation Skills department since 2004 and also teaches trial advocacy as a visiting adjunct professor at Emory University School of Law since 2009. Judge Butchko is on the faculty of the Florida Judicial College. In terms of community service, Judge Butchko is a mock trial coach for Our Lady of Lourdes Academy High School; is on the Miami-Dade Pro Bono Committee; serves as a member of the Board of Directors for the American Red Cross; is active in Big Brothers Big Sisters and is a Eucharistic Minister at St. Patrick Catholic Church on Miami Beach.
Bythewood & Associates
David A. Bythewood is of black African heritage. He is a descendant from English, African-Americans, Native American (Seminole and Cherokee), Irish, and Jewish. He is a graduate of Hempstead Public Schools, Adelphi University (BA) and Hofstra University School of Law (J.D.). David also is a graduate of American Academy McAllister Institute of Funeral Service. David is a member of Sigma Pi Phi fraternity ("Boulé"), the 100 Black Men and a lifetime member of the NAACP. In addition he belongs to the American Bar Association, The New York State bar Association and the Nassau County Bar Association.
During the 1960s David was active in the Civil Rights movement as a member of C.O.R.E. doing the voter registration of impoverished African-Americans.
Professionally, David is a lawyer with more than thirty (30) years experience. He has been admitted in New York, Washington, D.C. and a number of federal courts. David has handled matters outside those jurisdictions in New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, California and Massachusetts. He has also been lead counsel for matters in the Bahamas and Germany.
Regarding discrimination matters as an outside counsel, David has successfully defended the Times Mirror Co. and its subsidiary Newsday, and the Nassau County Board of Elections. As a plaintiff’s attorney, he successfully prosecuted a number of discrimination law suits and, in 2008, handled an action against NYS’s Roslyn School District which resulted in that school district adopting its first an anti-discrimination policy in its entire history. Other enjoyable cases were defeating Heublein when it claimed that the client’s trademark, "Club Beer," infringed on their use of the term Club. Another was defeating a landlord and H.U.D. in their efforts to wrongly evict impoverished, but very hard working, tenants. Perhaps the most satisfying was years ago when he resoundingly defeating Cravath, Swaine and Moore after one of its lawyers tried to intimidate him. Some of my other clients have included large and small business such as Twin County Steel, Inc., Brooklyn Welding Co., Inc., and W.R. Grace. In 1997, at Lybia’s request
David was licensed by the U. S. Treasury as the attorney for the nation of Lybia, for matters in the U.S.
His experience and expertise as a lawyer includes corporate governance, fiduciary responsibility, contracts, trademarks, the constitution, civil rights, employment, torts, trial advocacy and criminal defense. Some of that which has been most visible are high profile "white collar crime" and "organized crime" defenses. Otherwise he has been and am in the media as a legal commentator on Fox, CNN, MSNBC and Court TV. Also, David acted for petroleum traders Chem Oil Industries and the Crispin companies, in the eighties. In the oil and gas arena he has performed a number of functions including, but not limited to, being the attorney for Denis Baron who was a VP at Mobil who rose to be a member of the board of Mobil of the Orient.
Two (2) well publicized criminal defense cases were: 1) successful defense of, Roland Davis, a member of the Board of Directors of the Guardian National Bank, after it was seized by the F.D.I.C. and F.B.I. in June of 1990. Prior to that, in 1988, David successfully defended a now deceased Joseph Gambino in a case referred to as the "AKA Gas Scam Case." Some other very satisfying defenses were: 1) after converting a lawyer defendant to a prosecution witness and securing a no-prosecute letter, in a case where he was a bank fraud co-conspirator, he successfully defended him in disbarment proceedings commenced on account of his felonious activities; and 2) David defended a Cuban American who bankrupted his minority business enterprise and were thereafter accused of bankruptcy fraud all due to the U.S. Bankruptcy Judge not knowing or ignoring the law, the bankruptcy case trustee not knowing the law, US Attorney being blind to the intent of Congress, as set forth in the affirmative action rules, due to his bankruptcy lawyers not knowing the law and also due to his bankruptcy lawyer having given false and inculpatory deposition testimony; and 3) David successfully defended a young mother who had been accused of the felony of criminal possession of a weapon in the 2nd Degree by using a Stockholm Syndrome defense.
David has served for several years as a committee Vice Chairman for the Trial Techniques Committee of the Tort and Insurance Practice Section of the American Bar Association; and he served for two (2) years as Chairman of the Banking Law Committee of the Nassau County Bar Association. Presently, and for more than twenty five (25) years, he has been an Adjunct Professor at the Hofstra University School of Law teaching the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (N.I.T.A.) Course "Trial Techniques." When he was a New York State Senator, he was a senior advisor to former Gov. David A. Paterson. For more than twenty (20) years David served as a member of the Nassau County Democratic Judicial Screening Committee. He also served as a member of the Board of Directors of the United Service Organization ("USO") of Greater New York. For more than eight (8) and presently he has served and serve both as a Commissioner of the Board of Zoning Appeals for the City of Long Beach, New York and as a member of the Board of Directors of the Long Beach Lawyers Association. And, until a few years ago David served as a member of the Board of Directors of Concerned Citizens for Roslyn Youth. As a member of the USO Board, over many objections and resistance including my being precluded in having any organizing or other assistance from the USO - all of which I considered racist - in March of 2006 he was able to pull off a USO fund raiser that honored the Tuskegee Airmen and Eleanor Roosevelt (Members of the Roosevelt family were present at my request) and brought in sufficient money to rescue the USO from a financial crisis. The speech of Tuskegee Airman Lee Archer (an ACE) rang in the ears of all present as he showed how moved he was by the honor since he recalled the USO refusing to allow admission to the Tuskegee Airmen in Italy because they were Negro.
During the late seventies David was elected to the Hempstead Public Schools Board of Education and during my term he was instrumental in getting rid of "Social Promotion." The school year following the demise of social promotion, the performance of the students in the District improved dramatically. It was reported that their improvement exceeded that of any other school district in the United States. While on that Board, David also conducted a successful program, using Operant Conditioning and the group process, resulting in the fifteen (15) participating first
Proskauer Rose LLP
Colin Cabral is a litigator and trial lawyer specializing in complex patent cases and intellectual property disputes.
Colin helps patent owners enforce their IP rights and defends technology companies against infringement suits brought by non-practicing entities. He also develops freedom-to-operate strategies for leading biotechnology and pharmaceutical clients.
Recently, Colin has been involved in litigation relating to biosimilar drug development and the Biologics Price Competition and Innovation Act.
Known for a clear, concise writing style and effective oral advocacy, Colin has an outstanding record of producing positive results in district courts, the Federal Circuit, the ITC, and inter partes review proceedings before the Patent Office. He was the youngest member of the firm to serve as lead trial counsel in a patent case. As former in-house counsel at a global life sciences company, Colin has unique insight into the needs and expectations of clients. He also has extensive courtroom experience following his service as a special assistant district attorney.
At Proskauer, Colin has been recognized for his distinguished work on behalf of pro bono clients. He serves as Board Chairman of FreeFrom, a charitable organization that helps victims of domestic violence achieve financial independence.
Proskauer Rose LLP
Mark S. Caldwell is NITA’s Resource Director. Mark began his work with NITA in 1979 and has participated as Program Director, Team Leader, or instructor in close to 200 NITA courses As an employee of NITA Mr. Caldwell designs, administers and serves as an instructor for pubic, custom and public service programs, including the Rocky Mountain Building Trial Skills Program, the Rocky Mountain Deposition Skills Program, the ABA/NITA Family Law Advocacy Institute, and a variety of NITA’s public service courses.
Recognized for his work, Mark Caldwell is the recipient of NITA’s Robert Oliphant Award for Service to NITA, the Prentice Marshall Award for creativity in course design and new teaching methods. Under his direction, the Rocky Mountain Building Trial Skills program received the Award of Outstanding Achievement in Programs from the Association for CLE in 2014. He has also been recognized by the University of Denver Sturm College of Law in 1997 as Educator of the Year
Mark Caldwell received his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Denver. At the College of Law he served as an editor of the Denver Journal of International Law and Policy. After graduation from law school Mr. Caldwell began his career at the University of Denver College of Law where he eventually was appointed Assistant Dean. Mr. Caldwell also spent seven years as the Executive Director of Continuing Legal Education in Colorado. Over the years Mr. Caldwell has taught international business transactions, legal research, and advocacy skills to law students, legal assistants, lay advocates, and practitioners. He has served on the Board of Directors for The Legal Center Serving Persons with Disabilities in Colorado, the Shawnee, Colorado Water Board, and as a member of the State of Colorado Department of Education’s Advisory Committee for Gifted and Talented Education.
Mark Caldwell has been published on numerous occasions, writing on a wide variety of topics including international business, transnational litigation, and adult education. His work in the continuing education world has focused on bringing adult educational theory to continuing legal education. He has also written a number of case files for NITA and contributed to other NITA works.
Cannata, O'Toole, Fickes & Alm
Ms. Cannata has practiced law since 1979 in both large and small firms, as well as acquiring significant trial experience while a senior trial attorney at the San Francisco Public Defender's Office.
In the mid-1980's, Ms. Cannata was an associate attorney at the San Francisco law firm of Morrison & Foerster, serving corporate clients in state and federal courts, including antitrust, intellectual property, "white collar" crime, and commercial fraud actions. She joined the Oakland law firm of Alborg & Dictor as an associate in 1989, which became Alborg, Veiluva & Cannata LLP in 1996. While a partner there, Ms. Cannata developed her business, legal malpractice defense, and real estate litigation practice in their Walnut Creek office. In 1999, she opened a branch office for the firm in downtown San Francisco. The San Francisco office became Ms. Cannata's main office in March 2003.
Although she remains active in the criminal defense community, Ms. Cannata currently specializes in professional liability defense and business litigation on behalf of institutional and individual clients. In representing attorneys, accountants, corporations, public entities, and financial institutions, Ms. Cannata maintains her considerable talents as a trial attorney, having successfully tried professional liability, real estate and commercial cases on behalf of plaintiffs and defendants. She consults as well with attorneys and insurers in preventing litigation by early identification of conflicts and claims repair before litigation. For her business clients, Ms. Cannata provides assistance in the formation corporations, partnerships and limited liability companies, business reorganization, bankruptcy court workouts for creditors, arbitrations and mediations.
Ms. Cannata was admitted to the California bar in 1979 and is also admitted to practice before the U.S. District Court in the Northern, Southern, Central and Eastern Districts of California, and the U.S. Court of Appeal, Ninth Circuit. She was a certified Criminal Law Specialist from1983 to 1994. She graduated from San Francisco State University with a B.A. cum laude, in 1976, and University of San Francisco with a J.D. in 1979.
Ms. Cannata is a member of the American Bar Association, Bar Association of San Francisco, California Attorneys for Criminal Justice, and University of San Francisco Inn of Court. She also serves on the ABA Standing Committee on Lawyers' Professional Liability. She is a regular faculty member for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy, teaching at the Deposition and Trial programs. More recently, Ms. Cannata has served as a commissioner pro tem for the Contra Costa Superior Court.
In addition to her business law practice, Ms. Cannata has dedicated herself to promoting delivery of pro bono legal services to low income and indigent persons throughout the San Francisco Bay Area. Her philosophy is simple and direct: every private attorney should have at least one active pro bono case open during every year of his or her legal career. She is also active with a local shelter meal program providing for homeless adults and families.
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Melrose Law Center
Kathleen Cannon has been a criminal defense attorney in private practice since 2011. Though she began her career as a prosecutor in the Los Angeles City Attorney's office, Ms. Cannon quickly moved to the Los Angeles County Public Defender’s Office in 1978, where she spent ten years handling serious felonies, juvenile cases, and death penalty litigation. She was also a supervisor of branch operations. Ms. Cannon moved to the San Diego County Public Defender in 1989 where she was a supervisor of both misdemeanor and felony divisions, headed the training section, and was the supervising administrator of the largest branch of the office located in Vista. Handling the most complex, high profile cases, and performing outstanding in trials, Ms. Cannon won the respect and acclaim of the professional community. She was chosen as one of the top ten attorneys in San Diego by the Daily Transcript in 2010, selected Lawyer of the Year in 2002 by the San Diego Public Defender's office, Lawyer of the Year in 2002 by the North County Bar Association, and given the Lifetime Achievement Award by the California Public Defender Association in 2012. Kathleen has been an adjunct professor of Trial Advocacy at California Western School of Law in San Diego since 1992, and has taught trial advocacy programs for NITA over the same period of time.
Twohig Caplan LLP
Andrew Caplan is a trial lawyer and founding partner of Twohig Caplan LLP, a Massachusetts law firm focusing on civil trial work including cases involving business disputes, banking and financial services, employment and restrictive covenants, and insurance claims and coverage. Having 20-years experience handling complex business litigation, Andrew helps his clients – large and small businesses, executives, professionals, and private individuals – to avoid and resolve disputes efficiently and favorably. Andrew handles all aspects of dispute resolution, including litigation and trials in state and federal courts, arbitrations, negotiations, and mediation.
Martindale Hubbell rates Andrew “A.V. Preeminent,” the top rating for lawyers who have demonstrated the highest degree of professionalism, skill and ethics. Andrew holds a 10/10 ("Superb") rating from AVVO. Andrew has served as a faculty member for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy since 2007.
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James P. Carey was a Professor of Law at Loyola University School of Law in Chicago, Illinois. He retired in May 2012. After completing military service in 1970, Professor Carey began law practice with the Cook County Public Defender's Office, where he worked in Juvenile Court, Narcotics Court, and Felony Trial Court. He was a member of the Homicide Task Force and supervisor of public defenders in the Felony Trial Division, Maybrook Court Center. Before joining Loyola in 1980, he lectured at Northwestern Law School. He has been a member of the teaching faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy since 1978. He was director of Loyola's trial practice program.
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B.A., University of North Carolina
J.D., Wake Forest University School of Law
Ken Carlson is a partner with the law firm of Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina – a labor and employment defense firm based in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr.Carlson’s pactice is concentrated in the areas of employment law, employment litigation, trade secret and unfair competition law and litigation, drafting employment and noncompetition agreements, and wage & hour issues. He is also a certified mediator, with an emphasis on mediating employment-related disputes and covenant not to compete/trade secret issues. In addition to his litigation practice, Mr. Carlson regularly develops trade secret protection programs and conducts management training to help employers avoid employment law problems before they occur. He has published numerous articles on such diverse matters as drafting noncompetition agreements, developing trade secret protection programs, the pros and cons of employment law arbitration, compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, and managing the modern workforce with employment laws in mind. He is consistently named to Business North Carolina’s annual “Legal Elite” for employment law, to the list of North Carolina “Super Lawyers,” and to the Best Lawyers in America for labor & employment law and alternative dispute resolution.
Mr. Carlson received his J.D. degree from the Wake Forest University School of Law, where he also serves as an adjunct professor and teaches courses in advanced trial practice and trade secrets/unfair competition law. In addition to his law degree, Mr. Carlson is a 1976 graduate of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and has a Master of Divinity from Yale University. At Wake Forest, he served on the Board of Editors of the Wake Forest Law Review and was a member of the National Trial Team.
Constangy, Brooks & Smith, LLP is one of the oldest and most respected labor and employment law firms in the country. The firm was founded in 1946 and is headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia, with offices in 11 states, including most of the Southeast, California, Illinois, Missouri, Texas and Wisconsin.
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William Frank Carroll
William Frank Carroll is a trial and appellate lawyer with the firm of Dykema Cox Smith in Dallas. His practice focuses on complex commercial and white collar criminal litigation in the areas of antitrust, financial institutions, intellectual property and securities. Frank has represented clients in a wide range of business related matters including extensive experience in class actions, grand jury, DOJ, FDIC and SEC investigations, defense of director and officer liability claims, antitrust, and patent/trademark litigation.
He is currently an Adjunct Professor of Law at Southern Methodist University School of Law where he has taught Antitrust Law, Complex Federal Litigation (class actions) and Trial Advocacy. He is a former member of the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors and of the Dallas Bar Association Board of Directors.
Frank is also a member of the Board of the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and is one of less than 100 lawyers in the State of Texas who is Board Certified in both Civil Trial and Civil Appellate Law.
He is a frequent author and speaker on topics related to federal trial practice and his substantive areas of expertise. He is immediate past chair of the Federal Bar Association Antitrust and Trade Regulation Section and is also the past chair of the Federal Bar Association Federal Litigation Section, the State Bar of Texas Antitrust and Business Litigation Section, and the Dallas Bar Association Antitrust and Trade Regulation and Business Litigation Sections.
San Diego County Public Defend
University of San Diego School of Law
J.D. received May 2005
Member of the California Bar, 2005-Present
Institute of International & Comparative Law, Trinity College
Dublin, Ireland, Summer 2003
Honors & Activities
Mock Trial Tournament: 2nd Place Plaintiff Team Overall, 2004
Pro Bono Legal Advocates: Trained mediator for small claims court, 2003-2004
Moot Court Board Associate Member: Alumni Torts Competition semi-finalist, 2003
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
B.A., with high distinction, Political Science
Minors, English & International Affairs
Honors & Activities
Phi Beta Kappa
High Distinction (top 5%)
Dean’s Honor List, 1998-2001
Hubert & Louise Ostdeik Scholarship, 1999-2001
Virginia Haven & Smith Scholarship, 1998
Pi Sigma Alpha Vice President, 2001
San Diego County Public Defender, San Diego, CA. Attorney
Handle 140+ felony cases annually from start to finish. Negotiate cases with the District Attorney. Enter pleas on behalf of my clients. Write motions regarding Constitutional violations or other legal matters that arise during the course of the case. Construct mitigation motions for post-conviction matters. Attend numerous MCLE trainings annually. Conducted over 35 trials. (2005-Present)
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Jean Cary is a leading teacher and scholar in the field of depositions. She served twenty years as the Director of the Southeast Regional Deposition Program for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. She continues to teach advocacy courses in Effective Deposition-Taking, Trial Skills, Negotiation, Fact Investigation, and Motions across the country with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA).
In addition to her teaching responsibilities at Campbell, she has served as the academic adviser to the Local Rules Civil Subcommittee for the United States District Court for the Eastern District of North Carolina.
In 1999 and again in 2000, Professor Cary was a visiting associate professor of law at Duke University where she taught Family Law. Before coming to Campbell, Professor Cary worked as the first civil law clinic instructor at the University of North Carolina School of Law, and she practiced law with legal services offices in Charlotte, Raleigh and Hillsborough where she represented clients who could not afford to hire an attorney.
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Jayme Cassidy directs the Veterans Law Clinic and Legal Incubator at Nova Southeastern University Shepard Broad College of Law. Cassidy developed and launched both programs while at NSU. Prior to joining NSU, she was the supervising attorney for the EACH (Economic Advocacy and Community Health) and VALOR (Veteran Advocates Legal Outreach & Representation) Projects at Coast to Coast Legal Aid of South Florida, Inc. Cassidy created and implemented the VALOR Project which is a medical legal partnership with the Department of Veteran Affairs.
Cassidy is experienced in complex civil and criminal litigation and has a solid background in state and federal practice. She has served in the public sector as a Chief Assistant for the Broward County Public Defender and as an Assistant Attorney General.
Cassidy received her J.D. from Seton Hall University School of Law in 1993 where she was a member of the Legislative Law Journal. She is a former litigation attorney for Carnival Cruise Lines, and practiced law in New York and New Jersey with Garberini & Scher and Bower & Gardner.
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Carl Chamberlin is a Senior Judicial Attorney for the California Court of Appeals and an adjunct professor at the University of California, Hastings College of the Law, where he has taught Trial Advocacy and other courses since 1999.
From 1985 to 1999, Carl practiced law at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe in San Francisco and Silicon Valley, specializing in intellectual property and complex civil litigation. There he supervised the firm’s litigation training program, was Chair of the Internet and Computer Litigation Group, and received awards for his pro bono service. Carl was also an Acting Assistant District Attorney for the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and, beginning in 1998, served local courts as an arbitrator and judge pro tem.
Carl has taught trial skills, deposition skills, motions practice, and legal strategy for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy since 1992, creating NITA’s legal strategy program and serving as Program Director for numerous programs. In addition, he has taught courses for the California Center for Judicial Education and Research, Continuing Education of the Bar, and Santa Clara University Law School. He graduated magna cum laude from Hastings and earned degrees with distinction and honors in Political Science and Psychology from Stanford University.
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San Diego Public Defender
Solomon is an experienced trial attorney for the San Diego Office of the Public Defender. His practice focuses solely on representing individuals charged with the most serious criminal offenses. He has tried over fifty cases to verdict, including homicide and child sexual assault cases.
Solomon's unique skillset as a gifted advocate first became apparent while attending California Western School of Law. In his first year, he became the first student to win two separate advocacy competitions. In his second year, his trial team won first place in the American Association for Justice's Trial Advocacy Competition. In his third year, Solomon worked abroad in Santiago, Chile, assisting in trial skills training for Chilean public defenders. At the time, Chile had just begun transitioning toward an adversarial criminal justice system modeled after the United States.
After graduation, the school brought Solomon on as an adjunct professor to teach Trial Advocacy. He also began coaching competitive mock trial teams. His students have consistently won regional and national competitions.
Solomon's passion for advocacy and teaching soon caught the eyes of his supervisors at the Public Defender's office. He now assists with training and development for new attorney hires. In 2015, Solomon attended NITA Teacher Training in New York. His natural ability to assist students in honing their trial skills while using the NITA method ultimately led to his inclusion in this year's Next Generation (NextGen) Faculty. Solomon has taught with NITA all throughout the United States, including in New York, Raleigh, Albuquerque, San Francisco, and San Diego.
Solomon received his B.A. from the University of Texas at Austin.
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Kellie Charles, J.D.
Education: Miami University B.A. 1993, Majors: Political Science and Journalism; Member of Sigma Tau Delta- English Honor Society and journalist for The Miami Student; William Mitchell College of Law, J.D. cum laude 1997, Member of the Minnesota Justice Foundation, volunteer clerk for the Minnesota Legal Aid Society-consumer protection division, and law clerk for the Hennepin County Public Defender’s Office, Minneapolis, MN
Present position: Assistant Hennepin County Public Defender, Minneapolis, 1997-present; Adjunct professor of law, William Mitchell College of Law, courses: Advanced Trial Advocacy, 2009-present; Legal Practicum, 2010- present, and Appellate Advocacy, 2011-present; National Institute for Trial Advocacy, 2009-present
Previous positions: Council on Legal Education Opportunity (CLEO), nonprofit project of the American Bar Association (ABA) Fund for Justice and Education, 2012; legal writer for Barkan & Neff Law Firm, servicing offices in Columbus, OH, Tampa, FL and New Orleans, LA, 1993-94
Areas of Focus: Criminal defense-misdemeanors, felonies, homicides and appeals; juvenile law- delinquencies, extended-jurisdiction juveniles, certifications and appeals; child protection-trials and appeals; and constitutional law
Organizations: Minnesota Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers; National Institute for Trial Advocacy; Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society-Education Committee; AFSCME local 2938 executive board member and past President; Macalester-Groveland Community Council and Housing and Land Use Committee; St. Paul Capital Improvement Budget Committee; past member of the Greater Eastside Community Council and Dayton’s Bluff Community Council.
Alane & Chartier PLC
Goodwin Procter LLP
San Francisco Superior Court
Judge Cheng received his Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School in 1992. He received his undergraduate degree summa cum laude in history from Columbia University in 1989.
After law school, Judge Cheng was a judicial law clerk to Honorable Sarah Evans Barker, U.S. District Judge and practiced at Pillsbury, Madison & Sutro and Steinhart & Falconer as an associate attorney.
From 1997-2003, he served as a Deputy City Attorney for the City and County of San Francisco. From 2003-2009, he served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Northern District of California and as Deputy Chief of the Civil Division from 2006-2009. As a deputy city attorney and AUSA, he tried numerous cases to verdict in state and federal court and argued cases before the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and the California First District Court of Appeal.
Since his appointment to the San Francisco Superior Court in 2009, Judge Cheng has presided over criminal, civil, and probate cases. From 2009-2014, he presided over 60 criminal trials and 100 long preliminary hearings and served as a supervising judge from 2013-2014.
Since 2014, he has been assigned to the probate department, where he presides over wills, trusts, estates, conservatorship, guardianship, and mental health cases. He has presided over law and motion and evidentiary hearings.
Judge Cheng has taught at both U.C. Berkeley School of Law and U.C. Hastings School of Law and serves on the faculty of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.
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Ms. Cheng directs the following program: Advocacy Teacher Training: San Francisco
Ms. Cheng joined the Walkup firm in 1998 after a distinguished academic career at the University of San Francisco School of Law. Her areas of concentration include wrongful death, catastrophic injury, government liability, medical negligence, premises liability, sexual molestation and vehicular negligence. She has prosecuted cases throughout California and in the Federal District Courts. She has tried cases to verdict in multiple Northern California counties. She has experience in trial, mediation and arbitration.
A graduate of the University of California at Davis, Ms. Cheng attended USF School of Law, from which she graduated with distinction as a Public Interest Law Scholar. In 1997, she served as an extern law clerk to the Honorable Saundra Brown Armstrong, United States District Judge for the Northern District of California.
Ms. Cheng is also active in local bar affairs. She has been elected to membership on the Board of Directors of the San Francisco Trial Lawyers Association as well as the Board of Governors of the University of San Francisco School of Law. She has also served as Chair of the Bar Association of San Francisco’s Barrister’s Club newsletter. She is active in the American Inns of Court, having served as Program Chair and Secretary-Treasurer of the USF Inn of Court. She serves on the teaching faculty and the Executive Committee for the University of San Francisco School of Law’s Intensive Advocacy Program.
Ms. Cheng currently serves as the assistant Program Director for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy’s Western Region Teacher Training Program and has taught trial advocacy for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy at its Western Regional and Pacific Region Trial Skills programs. She also serves on the faculty of Emory University’s Kessler-Eidson Trial Techniques Program in Atlanta, Georgia.
She is a member of the State Bar of California, the American Trial Lawyers Association, the Consumer Attorneys of California.
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Ehsan F. Chowdhry, ESQ., currently serves as an Assistant Prosecutor in the Ocean County Prosecutor’s Office. He has eleven (11) years experience as a licensed attorney in New Jersey. He is also licensed in Pennsylvania. He has court admissions for the Supreme Court of the United States, the United States Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Pennsylvania and the United States District Court for the district of New Jersey.
He attended Rutgers College of Rutgers the State University of New Jersey and graduated from Monmouth University, earned his J.D. from Widener University School of Law while earning Dean's List, serving as a member of the Trial Advocacy Honor Society and serving as the President for the Minority Law Students Association (MLSA) and earned his LL.M. Masters of Law degree in Trial Advocacy from Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law.
After graduating from law school, he commenced a clerkship with the Honorable Vincent J. Grasso, A.J.S.C. (retired) in the New Jersey Superior Court, Law Division, Criminal Part. Thereafter, he became sworn in as an Assistant Prosecutor in the Atlantic County Prosecutor’s Office. From there he transferred to his present office where he currently is in the Megan’s Law Unit. He has also served in the Juvenile Investigations Unit, the Grand Jury Unit and the Trial Team. He has been fortunate to have successfully prosecuted multiple trials, both bench and jury. He was sworn temporarily as a Special Deputy Attorney General as well.
Ehsan has been designated by the New Jersey Supreme Court as a Certified Criminal Trial Attorney. Moreover, he is only 1 of 5 attorneys in the entire state of New Jersey who is nationally certified by the American Bar Association’s National Board of Trial Advocacy in Criminal Trial Advocacy and is the only prosecutor on that list. He is also been designated by the National Institute for Trial Advocacy as a “Master Advocate” and "Advocate." Ehsan has multiple awards and honors conferred upon him, such as winning the Professional Lawyer of the Year Award for 2015 from NJSBA in conjunction with his diversity bar and the NJ Commission on Professionalism in the Law and becoming the first government attorney to win the Ten Leaders of Government Prosecutors Award. Ehsan is also well traveled and multilingual.
He is active in his legal and law enforcement community. He has been awarded another two year term to serve on the New Jersey Supreme Court’s Criminal Practice Committee. He serves as a member on the Ocean County Bar Association Criminal Law and Mock Trial committees. He is New Jersey Muslim Lawyer's Association (NJMLA) First Vice President, serves as a Secretary for the South Asian Bar Association of New Jersey (SABA NJ) and a member of the Asian Pacific American Lawyers Association for New Jersey (APALA NJ) of which he has recently been nominated for a position on their Board. He is the county liaison to the state for Fingerprinting and DNA, is an instructor at the Ocean County Police Academy, a recent member of the Haydn Proctor Inn of Court of Monmouth County and is a co liaison for the New Jersey Human Trafficking Task Force. Prior, Ehsan served on the adjunct faculty for Widener University’s School of Law and its Intensive Trial Advocacy Program (ITAP), a mock judge for Temple University James E. Beasley School of Law's LL.M. program and served as a mock judge for the American Mock Trial Association. He is married to his wife, an attorney with the law firm of Lomurro, Munson, Comer, Brown & Schottland and they have two children together.
King County Superior Court
Judge John Chun was appointed to King County Superior Court in December 2013 by Governor Jay Inslee. He assumed the position previously occupied by the Honorable Michael Hayden, who retired at the end of that year.
Judge Chun graduated from Columbia University with a B.A. in English. He graduated from Cornell Law School, where he was an editor for the Cornell Law Review. He started his legal career as a law clerk to the Honorable Eugene A. Wright of the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit. He then entered private practice and focused on complex commercial and employment litigation for over eighteen years. For the last eight years of his practice, Judge Chun was at the firm of Summit Law Group, where he was a member and served on the executive board.
Judge Chun currently serves on King County Superior Court’s Personnel Committee, Rules Committee, and Technology Committee; the Superior Court Judges’ Association’s Judicial Ethics Committee; and the Board for Judicial Administration’s Policy and Planning Committee. He also serves on the Steering Committee of the Judicial Institute and the Board of the Asian Bar Association of Washington Student Scholarship Foundation. Judge Chun is a former Trustee of the King County Bar Association and the Federal Bar Association of the Western District of Washington
Law Office of August G. Cifelli
The Law Firm of Caroline Goldner Cinquanto
Duane Morris LLP
Michael E. Clark practices in the area of litigation with concentrations in securities and financial fraud, as well as white-collar law and healthcare law in administrative, civil and criminal matters. Mr. Clark has been lead counsel in over 100 jury trials. He has counseled clients, including healthcare providers, insurers and financial institutions, and has conducted internal investigations and advised on compliance and corporate governance matters.
Mr. Clark is the Chair of the ABA's Section of Health Law, and a former chair of the White-Collar Crime Committee in the ABA Section of Business Law. He co-chairs and serves on the Planning Committee for the ABA’s National Institute on Internal Investigations and is on the Planning Committee for the ABA’s National False Claims Trial Institute. Mr. Clark frequently writes and presents on a variety of topics, including antitrust; corporate compliance and governance; ethics; internal investigations; pharmaceutical law; securities law; and white-collar defense issues. As an adjunct law professor at the Health Law & Policy Institute of the University of Houston Law Center, he has taught on food and drug law, civil and criminal trial advocacy, healthcare and antitrust, and regulation of biomedical research. He is also a faculty instructor for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and has taught at its trial advocacy, depositions, and advanced deposition programs.
Mr. Clark is a 1982 graduate of South Texas College of Law and also holds an LL.M. in Health Law and an LL.M. in Tax from the University of Houston Law Center. Before entering private practice, he was a longtime federal prosecutor, and served as the Chief of the Criminal Division for the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Texas.
Baker & McKenzie LLP
Robert B. Clemens
Mr. Clemens retired from the Indianapolis law firm of Bose McKinney & Evans LLP in 2012. While at Bose McKinney & Evans, he was a partner and member of the Litigation Group. Mr. Clemens is an Emeritus Fellow of the American College of Trial Lawyers (FACTL). He is an advocate member of the American Board of Trial Advocates (ABOTA) and past president of the Indiana Chapter of ABOTA. Mr. Clemens also has been board certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocates (NBTA) since 1994, was listed in Best Lawyers in America® from 2003 to 2012, was selected for inclusion in “Indiana Super Lawyers”® since the first edition until his retirement, and has been included among "Indiana's Leading Attorneys" in Indiana Business Magazine.
His practice primarily involved jury trials in significant commercial litigation and catastrophic personal injury cases. A graduate of Notre Dame Law School, he undertook his legal education after a successful military career as an infantry officer. Mr. Clemens served as Indiana Counsel to numerous insurers and transportation entities.
In retirement, Mr. Clemens continues to teach advocacy for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Foundation (ICLEF) and Notre Dame Law School.
University of Notre Dame (J.D., 1982)
State University of New York at Albany (M.S., 1972)
Syracuse University (A.B., 1969)
Honors / Awards
Mr. Clemens commanded three rifle platoons and a rifle company in combat with the 101st Airborne Division in Vietnam; his military decorations include the Bronze Star with “V” device, Second Oak Leaf Cluster (three awards); the Combat Infantryman’s Badge; the Parachutist’s Badge; and the Meritorious Service Medal, Second Oak Leaf Cluster (three awards). Additional honors include the following: Best Lawyers in America®; Indiana Super Lawyers®; 2010 Distinguished Barrister (Indiana Lawyer's Leadership in Law) and AV® Peer Review rated by Martindale-Hubbell for more than 20 years. Mr. Clemens was certified as a Civil Pretrial Practice Advocate by the National Board of Legal Specialty Certification.
Mr. Clemens is a veteran of more than 50 jury trials tried to verdict -- eight involving deaths, four involving closed head injuries and alleged brain damage, and three involving quadriplegia. Other jury trials have involved allegations of bad faith against insurers and wrongful discharge claims against employers.
Mr. Clemens served as lead defense counsel in several jury trials in which juries have been asked to return seven and eight figure verdicts. Bob rarely accepted plaintiff’s cases, but his largest such verdict was $2.8M in a wrongful death case.
Mr. Clemens served as lead defense counsel in seven cases involving quadriplegic plaintiffs, four of which settled prior to trial, and three of which were tried to verdict.
Mr. Clemens served as a Certified Mediator, and successfully resolved scores of cases, including several with seven and eight figure verdict potential.
Appointments / Memberships
Member: Indianapolis and Indiana State Bar Associations; National Lawyers Association; Defense Research Institute; Defense Trial Counsel of Indiana; National Institute for Trial Advocacy Advocates Association; American College of Trial Lawyers; American Board of Trial Advocates; International Defense Lawyers Association; Board of Visitors, Ave Maria Law School; Master Fellow, Indiana Bar Foundation
Greenberg Traurig LLP
Attorney at Law
Jeffrey Michael Cohen
A.B., Colgate University
J.D., Columbia University School of Law
Jeff Cohen concentrates in the trial of complex insurance and commercial disputes and counseling clients involved in significant litigation.
Mr. Cohen was Board Certified as an Expert in Civil Trial Law by The Florida Bar in 1983, among the first lawyers in Florida to receive the distinction.
He also has extensive experience handling appeals. Mr. Cohen has appeared as counsel in over 75 reported appellate decisions.
PROFESSIONAL AND CIVIC ACTIVITIES
The Florida Bar
Past Chair, The Florida Bar's Board of Legal Specialization and Education (Two Terms)
Past Chair, The Florida Bar's Committee on Civil Trial Certification (Two Terms)
Past Chair and Member, Florida Bar's Grievance Committees (Two Terms)
American Bar Association
Co-Chair, Bad Faith Subcommittee of the Insurance Coverage Litigation Committee of the Section of Litigation (2008-2010)
Dade County Bar Association
Chair, Professional Arbitration Committee
Chair, Judicial Poll Committee
National Institute for Trial Advocacy
Faculty Member, teaches national courses for lawyers in Deposition Skills and Trial Advocacy
University of Miami School of Law
Adjunct Professor of Trial Skills, teaches courses in Pre-Trial Civil Litigation, Pre-Trial Criminal Litigation and Trial Advocacy
Nova Southeastern University School of Law
Adjunct Professor of Law, teaches courses in Intensive Trial Advocacy and Advanced Intensive Trial Advocacy
Appointed by the Governor of Florida to serve as Special Assistant State Attorney to the Leon County Grand Jury in Tallahassee, Florida
Appointed to serve as Special Assistant State Attorney in Dade County for public corruption cases
Appointed to the Dade County Alliance for Ethical Government
AV Rated by Martindale - Hubbell
Listed in the Top 100 in South Florida by the South Florida Legal Guide (2009)
Listed in Who's Who in American Law
Listed in Florida Monthly - Florida's Best Lawyers
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America
Listed in Florida Super Lawyers
Listed in Florida Trend's Florida Legal Elite
Florida State Courts
United States Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Fifth Circuit
U.S. District Court, Middle District of Florida
U.S. District Court, Southern District of Florida
Division Chief, Dade County Public Defender's Office
Major Crimes Prosecutor, Dade County State Attorney's Office
Specially Appointed Assistant State Attorney for Public Corruption
Roger A. Colaizzi
Roger Colaizzi chairs Venable’s national Intellectual Property Litigation and Advertising Litigation Groups. He has significant trial experience in Intellectual Property Rights, including Lanham Act false advertising, state deceptive trade practices, trademark, trade dress, patent, copyright, unfair competition, direct to consumer marketing, social networking, domain names, affiliate advertising, keyword advertising, and other e-commerce matters. He has successfully brought and defended against dozens of preliminary injunction motions and requests for temporary restraining orders, which are important remedies in competitive advertising and the protection of intellectual property, product brands and other proprietary assets. He has represented clients before regulatory agencies such as the FTC and self-regulating bodies such as ERSP and NAD, and in state AG investigations. He also counsels clients in many global brand protection matters.
In 2010, 2011 and 2012, Mr. Colaizzi was named one of the top advertising litigators by legal guides Chambers USA and Legal 500. Clients praise his “ability to handle complex litigation, separate law from business points and find strategic ways to settle disputes” (Legal 500), and describe him as “tenacious and smart and just the best there is when it comes to advertising litigation”(Chambers USA).
Mr. Colaizzi's clients include large corporations, small businesses and advertising agencies in the creation and protection of advertising programs and brand names. As a counselor, he seeks to help clients avoid litigation through advance analysis of proposed advertising for potential false advertising claims, government regulatory problems, and infringements of competitors' rights.
Mr. Colaizzi began his career in the Honors Program at the U.S. Department of Justice, Civil Rights Division, where he devoted more than four years to representing the United States in the prosecution of employment-related race and sex discrimination claims. He also served as a Special Assistant U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia prosecuting criminal cases.
Broward County State Attorney
Collier Law Firm
Dustin Collier grew up in a working-class family, the second to graduate from college. He is also the first in his family to attend graduate school of any kind, bringing to that experience a passion and understanding for the plight of workers. Throughout his education at prestigious Berkeley Law, he emphasized his studies on workers’ rights, trial and appellate advocacy, and constitutional law. In an impressive feat, Mr. Collier published an extensive article on prison reform in the Berkeley Journal of Criminal Law and won an award from the State Bar of California for an article on labor and employment law, all before graduating from law school.
Mr. Collier clerked at Beeson, Tayer, & Bodine, P.C., a law firm specializing in traditional labor law and representation of low-wage workers and/or their Unions. He later joined Beeson, Tayer, & Bodine as an associate, continuing in this post until opening his own practice in the Spring of 2011. He is now a partner at the recently formed law firm of Collier Teti, LLP, a firm with an emphasis on plaintiff’s employment and personal injury matters.
Mr. Collier has served as a trial and deposition skills instructor for NITA since February 2011. He has served as a faculty member at NITA programs in San Diego, Berkeley, San Francisco, and Seattle, training countless other attorneys on how to effectively conduct depositions and trials. In 2012, he received an award from NITA for serving as a faculty member for over 100 hours that calendar year.
As a result of the foregoing, Mr. Collier is skilled in handling civil matters through all stages and forms of litigation, from demand letters to mediations, from arbitrations to jury trials, and everything in between. He prides himself on taking fewer clients than most attorneys in order to invest as much time and energy into his cases as possible, going above and beyond the services rendered by many of his peers. Mr. Collier has experience in litigation against employers of all shapes and sizes, including the smallest employers and the largest multi-national corporations, temporary employment agencies, and public entities. For the prospective client, this means that Mr. Collier has the expertise to tailor his representation to your particular case, encouraging the best possible result for your particular legal problems.
Steve was appointed to serve as a District Court Judge in the Eighteenth Judicial District effective February 1, 2011. For the first 18 months that he served as a judge, Steve was assigned to Division 12 of Arapahoe County District Court, which handles only domestic matters. Since August 13, 2012, Steve has been assigned to Division 408, which has a mixed criminal/civil docket. Before being appointed, Steve specialized in complex commercial litigation in Denver, Colorado, with an emphasis on natural resources, real estate, employment/business relationship matters, and intellectual property. His clients ranged from sole proprietors to multi-national corporations. In addition to acting as an advocate, Steve frequently served as an arbitrator in commercial cases. Steve was included in the Denver Business Journal’s list of Who’s Who in law, every year from 1998 through 2011, and was recognized as a 5280 Magazine Super Lawyer and in Best Lawyers in America every year from 2005 through 2011.
Steve has been very active in teaching and other pro bono matters. Each year since 1992, he has served on the faculty of, or has been a team leader or assistant team leader at, the Rocky Mountain Regional Program of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy. Steve also served as an adjunct professor at the University of Denver College of Law, teaching a variety of Uniform Commercial Code classes including Sales, Secured Transactions, and Commercial Paper. Steve was on the Board of Directors and the Executive Committee of the Colorado Lawyers Committee and was the co-chair of the Hate Violence Task Force for approximately ten years during which time Steve presented mock trials at approximately 140 schools in the Metropolitan Denver area. Steve also worked with the US Department of Justice's Hate Crimes Task Force and participated in community meetings and police force training sessions in Colorado, Utah and Arizona. Steve has been honored as the Attorney of the Year by the Colorado Lawyers Committee for 1996, as the Volunteer Attorney of the Year by the Denver Bar Association for 1998, and he received the 2001 Outstanding Sustained Contribution Award from the Colorado Lawyers’ Committee in 2001.
Collins McDonald & Gann PC
Rick Collins, JD
Rick Collins is a principal in the law firm of Collins, McDonald & Gann, P.C. [www.cmgesq.com], with main offices on Long Island. He is a former prosecutor in the Office of the Nassau County District Attorney, and has been practicing criminal defense since 1990. He has served as a faculty member in dozens of trial practice courses. He is nationally recognized as a legal authority on anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs and substances, and has testified in federal court as an expert witness and before the U.S. Sentencing Commission. He has degrees in psychology and law, and is a nationally Certified Strength and Conditioning Specialist (NSCA-CSCS). His practice and career have been profiled in diverse periodicals, and he has been interviewed as a steroid legal expert on national television, in numerous national magazine articles, and in the documentary film about performance enhancing drugs, “Bigger, Stronger, Faster*” (2008). He received his undergraduate degree from Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY, and his law degree from Hofstra School of Law, where he attended on a full academic scholarship and served on the Law Review. He was admitted to the New York Bar in 1985 and is also admitted to practice in Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Texas, the District of Columbia, and various federal courts.
Financial Research Associates
Ms. Collins graduated from Drexel University with a concentration in Accounting and Finance. She has been in the accounting profession since 1989 and has specialized in business valuation and related issues since 1993. She is a frequent speaker and author on business valuation, forensic accounting and related issues. Her experience includes marital dissolution cases, corporate litigation, estate planning valuations and transactions. She has provided expert witness testimony on valuation/forensic accounting issues in several states. She is a co-author of Financial Valuation: Applications and Models, Third Edition, and a contributing author to the Family Law Services Handbook. Ms. Collins is a Charter member of the Forensic and Business Valuation Division of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (AAML) Foundation. She has been a faculty member for several years with the Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute, sponsored by the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and the American Bar Association, and the AAML’s Institute for Family Law Associates. Ms. Collins is past Chair of the AICPA’s Family Law Task Force, a former member of the AICPA’s Forensic and Litigation Services Committee and was the 2010 AICPA FLS Volunteer of the Year.
Siegel Reilly & Conlon LLC
Stinson Leonard Street
Graham Nuckolls & Conner PLLC
Ernest Conner has represented individuals in some of the most difficult and high-profile cases in North Carolina. Over the past several years he:
Successfully defended convicted death row inmate, Levon Junior “Bo” Jones. After Mr. Jones’ appellant attorneys overturned the death sentence, and secured a new trial, Mr. Conner, headed a team of attorneys who obtained a dismissal of the charges against Mr. Jones, who was then set free after more than 14 years on death row.
Successfully defended Leslie Lincoln who was accused of murdering her mother. In defending Ms. Lincoln, Mr. Conner exposed fraudulent SBI Laboratory errors in DNA analysis. Ms. Lincoln, who was innocent was found not guilty.
Successfully defended Reade Seligmann - - one of the wrongfully charged lacrosse players in the “Duke Lacrosse Rape Case.”
Successfully defended a Dwayne Brimage, who was accused of shooting a man seven times, by securing a “not guilty” verdict from a unanimous jury.
Successfully defended a doctor accused of sexually assaulting his patients, by securing a “not-guilty” verdict before a jury.
Successfully defended a man who was accused of first degree rape and related sex offenses, by securing not guilty verdicts on all counts.
Obtained a Life verdict for a man accused of home invasion, burglary, rape and murder, and who left significant DNA evidence at the scene.
Obtained a Life verdict for a man accused of the murder of his mother, and brother along with the rape and murder of his sister.
Successfully obtaining a Life verdict for several persons who were given re-sentencing hearings by the N.C. Supreme Court.
Mr. Conner has handled more than 70 first degree murder cases. He has tried some of the most serious murder cases in North Carolina, though both the “guilty/not guilty” and sentencing phases. Over the course of his practice, he has handled cases in many of the 100 counties in North Carolina, as well a numerous state and federal administrative agencies. He has handled appellant and post-conviction cases, and appeared before the N.C. Court of Appeals, the N.C. Supreme Court, the U.S. District Court for Eastern District of North Carolina, the U.S. District Court for Middle District of North Carolina, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit.
Mr. Conner lectures extensively throughout North Carolina and other states to attorney organizations and law schools.
After serving seven years in the United States Army as an enlisted, staff sergeant, he graduated with honors from East Duke University in 1984 with a B.A. in Political Science and a minor in Journalism. He is a member of Phi Beta Kappa. He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law in 1987. His military experience and legal training molded his view of the law as a profession designed to help speak for those who may not be able to help themselves or have come up against the awesome power of government. He takes great pride in insuring all citizens are granted the rights and liberties guaranteed to them by the U.S. and State Constitutions. This has developed into a lifelong passion during his extensive criminal law practice.
He is a past-Chair of the North Carolina Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section, and past Chair of the Fair Trial Initiative. He has served on the Board of Directors for the Center for Death Penalty Litigation, and is on the Board of Governors for N.C. Advocates for Justice.
He and his wife, Lisa were married in 1980. He is the proud father of two daughters and two grandchildren.
US DOJ Antitrust Division
Rivkin Radler LLP
Peter C. Contino
B.A., Franklin Marshall College
J.D., New England School of Law
Peter C. Contino is a Partner in the firm's Professional Liability Practice Group
resident in the Uniondale office. As a trial attorney, Mr. Contino's practice includes
the defense of professional liability, commercial liability, products liability, public
entity liability and other insurance related litigation.
A founding partner of Rivkin Radler's Professional Liability Practice Group, these
kinds of matters have been the focus of Mr. Contino's practice for over 20 years.
His broad base of experience in the defense of professional liability litigation and
disciplinary proceedings includes hundreds of cases involving the representation
of lawyers, accountants, insurance brokers and agents, police professionals, school
administrators and public officials, computer consultants, home inspectors, real estate
brokers and agents and a host of other miscellaneous professionals. Mr. Contino's
practice also includes the representation of manufacturers in product liability litigation.
Industries represented include: plumbing and bathroom fixtures; medical device
manufacturers; turf and garden equipment manufacturers; milling, molding and
manufacturing equipment; hand tools and woodworking equipment; fire suppression
systems and equipment and consumer appliance manufacturers.
Before joining Rivkin Radler LLP in 1981, Mr. Contino had four years of law firm
experience in defense of Fidelity and Surety Insurers and medical malpractice cases.
Mr. Contino was a faculty member of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Northeast
Regional Program from 1985 through 1989 and is presently a member of the Hofstra
University School of Law Trial Advocacy Program.
PRACTICE AREAS: Litigation & Appeals Professional Liability
BAR ADMISSION New York
Appellate Division, Second Department
United States District Court for the Southern and Eastern Districts of New York
New England School of Law, Juris Doctor, cum laude
Franklin Marshall College, B.A.
RECENT PUBUCATIONS INCLUDE:
Variety of Issues Arise in Legal Malpractice Actions On Appeal --- July 13, 2004
'Darby' Decision Rendered --- January 8, 2001
LaDue Curran & Kuehn LLC
John A. Conway
John represents plaintiffs and defendants in a broad range of commercial cases, including breach of contract, fraud and misrepresentation, construction, intellectual property and employment. He has also represented both plaintiffs and defendants in personal injury and products liability cases and defendants in Federal criminal matters.
From 1994 to 2008, John practiced in Dallas, Texas for the firms of Sayles Werbner, PC and Jones Day. John graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in mechanical engineering and with a law degree from Southern Methodist University magna cum laude. In law school, John served as Editor-in-Chief of the SMU Law Review Association's Journal of Air and Commerce, was elected to the Barristers, and was a member of the Order of the Coif. He clerked for the Honorable A. Joe Fish of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Texas. Before becoming an attorney, John worked as a mechanical engineer in Chicago. He is admitted to practice in Indiana and Texas.
As an attorney in private practice since 1994, John has represented:institutional investors in trial and through appeal in a case involving the wrongful redemption of over $250 million in corporate bonds;the family of a teenager in trial and through appeal who suffered traumatic injuries in a bus crash.a worker seriously injured on defective airport equipment.a Fortune 500 client in a technically and legally complex case involving the defective construction of the corporate headquarters.a national restaurant franchisor in a variety of business and personal injury lawsuits across the United States.the family of a billboard worker who was electrocuted on the job.several manufacturers in defense of product liability claims, including motor boats, agricultural equipment and garage door openers.individuals in partnership, breach of fiduciary duty and minority shareholder oppression claims.a semi-conductor manufacturer in multiple-related patent infringement actions against a competitor.a magazine publisher against a competitor in a trademark infringement and unfair competition case in connection with the publisher's magazine title.a general contractor in a multi-million dollar dispute in connection with the construction of a hospital.plaintiffs and defendants in premises liability cases.
John serves as an adjunct professor of law at the Notre Dame Law School where he teaches in the trial skills program, including Intensive Trial Advocacy and Deposition Skills.
John has been recognized as a Super Lawyer by Texas Monthly magazine. He is AV rated (the highest legal rating available) for excellence by the leading law firm rating service, Martindale-Hubbell.
Atlantic Center for Capital Representation
Franke Schultz & Mullen, A Professional Corporation
Law Ofc of Jessie A Cook
McCarter & English LLP
Fisher Patterson LLP
David R. Cooper, a 1994 Washburn Law graduate, is a partner at Fisher, Patterson, Sayler & Smith, L.L.P. in the Topeka office. Cooper has been at Fisher Patterson since 1996 after serving two years as a law clerk for the Honorable Robert J. Lewis, Jr., of the Kansas Court of Appeals.
Cooper practices civil litigation and focuses on litigation of governmental liability, civil rights, constitutional law, and employment matters. He is AV® Rated, listed in Best Lawyers in America, is listed in SuperLawyers, 2010-2016, is a Past President of the Kansas Association of Defense Counsel, and serves as adjunct faculty for the Washburn University School of Law Trial Advocacy Program.
US Attorney's Office
Felice McConnell Corpening is an Assistant United States Attorney and works with the United States Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of North Carolina where she is the Chief of the Economic Crimes Section. As an Assistant United States Attorney, Mrs. Corpening prosecutes a variety of cases with an emphasis on complex white collar crimes including mail fraud, wire fraud, bank fraud, social security fraud, identity theft, and tax fraud. She has also prosecuted a variety of violent crimes including bank robbery, carjacking, arson, drug, and firearm cases. Mrs. Corpening has been with the United States Attorney=s Office for over 14 years. Prior to joining the United States Attorney=s Office, Mrs. Corpening was an Assistant Public Defender in Fayetteville, NC, for three years where she represented indigent defendants in a variety of cases ranging from petty larceny, felonious breaking and entering, drug trafficking, and murder. Mrs. Corpening also serves as an adjunct professor at UNC-School of Law where she teaches criminal trial advocacy. She is also a faculty member of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) for the Southeast Regional Program where she teaches basic trial advocacy techniques to attorneys across the nation. Additionally, Mrs. Corpening serves as a faculty member for the Basic Criminal Trial Advocacy Seminar at the National Advocacy Center in South Carolina which is an intensive advocacy skills program designed for new federal prosecutors across the nation. Mrs. Corpening received her BS degree in Criminal Justice at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte, and her law degree from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Law.
Harris King Fodera & Correia
Corrigan Welbourn & Stokke, APLC
Kate Corrigan is a criminal defense attorney who represents clients in federal and state criminal matters, both at the investigative and post-indictment stage.
Kate is a past President of the Federal Bar Association – Orange County Chapter, and a founding board member and immediate past President of the Orange County Criminal Defense Bar Association. She has also acted as the Chair of the Orange County Bar Association Criminal Law Section. She is listed in the Bar Register of Preeminent Lawyers and her firm is AV-Rated by Martindale Hubbell.
Kate is a frequent lecturer and panelist on issues involving state and federal criminal law, complex federal criminal trial issues, RICO and other related topics. She has enjoyed being a faculty member of the Trial Skills Academy, the Cardozo Law School Intensive Trial Advocacy Program, and speaking for FBA/OC Chapter, NACDL, federal defender programs, CJA Trial Panel seminars, and local bar association and law school panels.
She is currently on the CJA Trial Panel for the Central District of CA – Southern Division. She enjoys giving back to the legal community through mentoring younger attorneys and serving on committees in the legal community.
Kate is a 1987 graduate of Pepperdine University School of Law and 1984 graduate of UCI. She previously served as a Deputy District Attorney in Orange County.
Gomez Law Firm
Aviso Law LLC
Taft Stettinius & Hollister
Lewis Wagner LLP
Dina is an aggressive yet civil trial lawyer who focuses her practice on drug and medical device/product liability defense, professional liability defense, consumer class action defense, insurance coverage, and insurance bad faith defense litigation. Dina has tried numerous jury trials in state and federal courts and has been involved in a wide number of appeals to the Indiana Court of Appeals, the Indiana Supreme Court, and the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit.
Since 1995, Dina has represented pharmaceutical companies and medical device manufacturers in mass tort litigation, multi?district litigation, and individual lawsuits. She served as local co?defense counsel in hundreds of lawsuits involving silicone breast implants. From 1995 to 2000, she defended numerous orthopedic bone screw cases that were part of multi?district litigation. In that litigation, Dina was successful in helping her client win several summary judgment awards. Dina also served on the defense team for blood plasma product manufacturers in AIDS/hemophiliac litigation, and she helped to favorably resolve multiple lawsuits in state and federal court against a pain pump manufacturing client.
Dina also defends lawyers, law firms, and other professional clients against claims of malpractice. In the last several years, Dina has defended legal malpractice lawsuits with damage claims ranging from $16 million in one and $100 million in another. At the behest of malpractice carriers such as Firemen’s Fund, Great American, Minnesota Lawyers Mutual, The Bar Plan, AIG, and General Star, Dina has represented clients ranging from solo practitioners to some of the largest firms in Indianapolis. Dina has utilized or deposed some of the preeminent experts in legal malpractice and legal ethics. Dina has defended lawyers in a diverse array of substantive areas, including estate planning; wills and trusts; criminal defense; corporate law; family law; business transactions such as stock sales, asset sales, and mergers; medical malpractice; and, personal injury. The range of litigation topics Dina has successfully tackled includes: conflicts of interest; the scope of the duty owed to non?clients; the lack of any legal duty; whether an attorney?client relationship exists; claims of actual and constructive fraud; whether professional rule violations provide a basis for legal malpractice claims; and, the alleged failure to define the scope of the engagement, to name a few. Most importantly, Dina is passionate about defending the profession. Dina works hard to mount an aggressive, thorough defense on behalf of all of her professional clients. The results she has obtained, and the friends she has made in the legal community, are the greatest rewards for this hard work.
John M Cox & Assoc
John M. Cox is a member of the American Bar Association (Tort and Insurance Practice Section; Section of Litigation), State Bar of Texas, Dallas Bar Association, Texas Association of Defense Counsel, the Defense Research Institute, and the CLM Alliance. Since 1997, he has served on the faculty of the National Institute For Trial Advocacy at the Southern Regional Trial Skills and Southern Deposition Skills courses. He has served on the visiting faculties of the LSU School of Law Trial Advocacy program in Baton Rouge, Louisiana (1997) instructing third year law students, the Emory University School of Law Trial Advocacy program in Atlanta, Georgia (1998-2001, 2005, 2006, 2008), instructing second year law students, and on the Adjunct Faculty of the Southern Methodist University School of Law in Dallas, Texas as a trial advocacy instructor (2000, 2003); and at trial academies sponsored by the Texas Association of Defense Counsel (2009, 2012, 2013) and the Dallas Bar Association (2011, 2013, 2014, 2015). He is a graduate of Texas A&M (B.A. 1984) and St. Mary's University School of Law (J.D. 1987). He practices in the areas of complex/catastrophic personal injury defense, wrongful death and survival actions, products liability, premises liability, professional liability and malpractice, medical, pharmacy, and mental health professional liability and transportation (trucking) and automobile accident litigation, environmental/mold litigation, commercial litigation, insurance coverage litigation, construction litigation, administrative law, and consumer law.
School District of PA
John Coyle is Assistant General Counsel at The School District of Philadelphia where he handles a wide variety of federal and state litigation matters. Mr. Coyle’s practice area primarily includes torts, civil rights, IDEA, Rehabilitation Act, and ADA claims. He also oversees the District’s class action litigation and advises the executive team on policy issues and crisis response. Immediately prior to joining the District, Mr. Coyle spent five years in the Civil Rights Litigation Unit at the Philadelphia City Solicitor’s office. He has successfully resolved hundreds of cases, including trying more than 25 jury and bench trials to verdict.
Nassau County Supreme Court
Roderick & Solange MacArthur Justice Cntr
Jim is a partner in the general litigation group in the Jackson office. He handles complex commercial litigation matters including consumer finance litigation, "bad faith" insurance litigation, trade secrets, copyright and other intellectual property cases, products liability, state and federal antitrust law, and contracts. Jim represents several banks and financial institutions in defense of cases including credit insurance and lending practices, and insurance carriers in defense of direct actions filed by insureds. He has also handled environmental law cases, both in the context of civil actions against manufacturers and in environmental coverage litigation. He is often consulted by lawyers both within and outside the firm on questions regarding federal removal jurisdiction. Another aspect of his practice is appellate law - to date he has appeared in over 100 appeals in Federal and State Courts, nearly always as lead counsel. He has secured several interlocutory appeals for clients. Jim is a member of the American Law Institute, and is one of only three Mississippi lawyers on the ALI's membership consultative groups on Economic Torts, Unjust Enrichment, and Aggregate Litigation. He is the only Mississippi lawyer on ALI's consultative group on Software Contracts. He is a faculty member for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. He teaches Remedies, Products Liability, and Capital Punishment Law as an adjunct professor at Mississippi College School of Law. Jim has been awarded the "AV" rating by Martindale-Hubbell Legal Directory, which is the highest possible rating for legal ability and ethical standards. He has twice been acknowledged as a source by John Grisham for providing background information for Grisham's novels "The Appeal" and "The Chamber." Jim is also among a select group of lawyers listed in a nationwide client survey published in Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business and The Best Lawyers in America.
Service Areas: Appellate Litigation, Commercial Litigation, Health Care Litigation, Gaming, Products Liability, Environmental, Insurance and Reinsurance
Mississippi College, J.D., 1985; Editor-in-Chief, Mississippi College Law Review
Whitworth College, B.A., summa cum laude, 1981
American Law Institute
Faculty, National Institute of Trial Advocacy
Co-chair: Death Penalty Representation Task Force, ABA Section of Litigation
Commissioner: Mississippi Public Defender Commission
Elder: Fondren Presbyterian Church (USA); Presbytery of Mississippi
Member: The Mississippi Bar; Mississippi Public Defenders' Association; American Bar Association (Section of Litigation); Fifth Circuit Bar Association; Hinds County Bar Association
Note, "Public Utilities - Charitable Contributions No Longer Chargeable as Operating Expenses in Mississippi," Mississippi College Law Review 353 (1994)
"From the Crossing of the Rubicon to the Return of the Republic: The Mississippi Supreme Court's View of the Judicial Role, 1980-2004," (with M. Wallace) Federalist Society (October 20, 2004), http://www.fed-soc.org/doclib/20070325_mississippi.pdf
Representation of State agency in litigation involving failures in a contracted-for computer software system (won $299 M actual damages verdict, largest in Mississippi history).
Representation of parties to software development contracts in pre-project and post-defect contract negotiation and litigation.
Representation of gaming entity in antitrust/patent litigation (won $39 M verdict).
Representation of manufacturers in product liability cases involving alleged defects in design and/or warning in United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Representation of manufacturer in plant explosion case in United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Representation of insurance carriers in bad faith litigation brought by insureds.
Representation of banks and consumer finance companies in State and Federal Court litigation on alleged "predatory lending."
Representation of computer hardware manufacturers in trade secrets litigation in state and federal court.
Representation of municipalities in Voting Rights Act litigation.
Representation of state agencies and county governments in various types of administrative law and constitutional litigation.
Representation of state association of manufacturers and state association of bankers as amicus curiae in various cases in Mississippi Supreme Court and United States Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Representation of three gaming entities in administrative law appeals to the Mississippi Supreme Court regarding interpretation of the Mississippi Gaming Commission's licensing and site approval authority.
Representation in multi-district patent litigation consolidated for pre-trial procedures for proceedings in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi.
Representation of home health agencies in regulatory and business tort litigation in state trial and appellate courts.
Representation of employers in litigation involving restrictive employment covenants.
Extensive experience in securing or defending against injunctive relief in commercial litigation.
Extensive experience in interlocutory appellate proceedings in commercial litigation.
Extensive experience in litigating federal removal jurisdiction.
Appellate representation in habeas corpus challenges to convictions and death sentences in State and Federal Court.
Cathryn Crawford has represented indigent defendants in trial and appellate courts for close to twenty years. Her current practice is primarily focused on representing people on Texas’ death row in state and federal habeas proceedings. She also acts as a consultant to attorneys representing youth and capital defendants across the country. Prior to returning to her native state of Texas in 2013, Ms. Crawford served on the faculty of the Northwestern University School of Law for thirteen years. In addition to teaching various seminars and classes, she was a clinical professor and a staff attorney at Northwestern's Bluhm Legal Clinic. Ms. Crawford writes and lectures extensively on criminal and juvenile justice issues. She has trained countless attorneys across the nation in trial skills and substantive areas. She is the editor of Promise Unfulfilled: Juvenile Justice in America, (Int'l. Debate Educ. Assn. Pr., June 2012). Ms. Crawford received her BA (cum laude) from the University of Texas at Dallas and her JD (cum laude) from Northwestern University School of Law. She is licensed to practice law in Texas and Illinois.
LaDue Curran & Kuehn LLC
Baker & McKenzie LLP
Boies Schiller Flexner
District Attorney's Office
DC Office of Admnstrv Hearings
Thomas M. Cushing, J.D.
Loyola University School of Law, J.D., 1988
University of Notre Dame, B.A., 1983
State Bar of Illinois
Northern District of Illinois, Trial Bar
US Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
US Court of Federal Claims
Illinois State Bar Association
Chicago Bar Association
Association of Attorney Mediators
Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, Hearing Board
Extensive civil litigation practice in commercial litigation, chancery and catastrophic personal injury. Particular experience in civil procedure and trial techniques, alternative dispute resolution, loss sensitive insurance policies, and environmental policy and finance. Dozens of verdicts and appeals in Illinois courts and as visiting counsel in other jurisdictions. Rated Highly Qualified to serve as a judge by the Chicago Bar Association. Over sixty invited speaking engagements.
• $9.5 M federal litigation over loss sensitive insurance premiums
• $24 M commercial arbitration over disputed insurance deductibles
• Chancery challenge to zoning for $30-$40 M industrial project in Chicago
• $35 M federal litigation for fraudulent transfer of corporate assets
Law Office of Julia D'Agostino
Nova Southeastern University
Michael J. Dale has been a member of the faculty at Nova Southeastern University Law Center in Fort Lauderdale, Florida, since 1985, teaching courses in family law, juvenile law, and in the family and juvenile clinic. He also teaches litigation courses including civil procedure, conflicts of laws, evidence, trial advocacy, and international litigation. Before joining the Nova faculty, Professor Dale spent time in private law practice in Phoenix and was the executive director of the Youth Law Center in San Francisco after serving as Attorney in Charge of the Special Litigation Unit of the Juvenile Rights Division of the Legal Aid Society of the City of New York. He has been a practicing lawyer specializing in civil rights litigation for 40 years. He is admitted to practice in the states of Arizona, Florida, New Mexico, and New York, as well as before the United States Supreme Court and numerous federal appellate and district courts.
Professor Dale teaches in National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) programs in both public and in-house settings. He also focuses on NITA programs concerning children, including trainings held in Denver, Phoenix, Los Angeles, Boston, Philadelphia at the University of Pennsylvania, New York at Hofstra University, and Houston at the University of Houston. For the past 25 years, he has been program director for the NITA Florida Deposition Program. In 2009, Professor Dale received the Robert Oliphant Award from NITA for his service to the organization. An active litigator, he has been a consultant to federal and state agencies on civil rights issues and to law firms on litigation matters.
Professor Dale is the author of over 75 articles focusing primarily on juvenile and children’s law topics. He is also the author of the two-volume text, Representing the Child Client, published by Matthew Bender Co. He speaks regularly to professional groups on children’s law and litigation topics.
Annamarie A. Daley
Annamarie A. Daley is a partner in the Minneapolis office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP, where she serves as an administrator for the Litigation Department, co-chair of the firm's Antitrust and Competition Law Practice Group, and as a member of the Intellectual Property Law Department. She focuses her practice on complex commercial litigation, federal regulatory and intellectual property law matters. Ms. Daley has experience with numerous different industries and areas of the law, and she has defended her clients' legal rights in jurisdictions across the United States.
Ms. Daley has represented clients in federal and state antitrust, consumer protection, deceptive trade practice, and data privacy matters, as well as nationwide class action and intellectual property litigation. She has helped clients secure high-profile verdicts and summary judgments in numerous cases. For example, in 2006, as lead counsel for Arctic Cat Inc. in patent litigation involving electronic fuel-injection technology for two-stroke cycle snowmobile engines, Ms. Daley assisted in securing summary judgment for Arctic Cat on six separate legal grounds. For that result, the Minnesota Lawyer honored Ms. Daley as an Attorney of the Year for 2006.
Ms. Daley also counsels and represents clients in dealer and distributor matters, providing legal advice to clients on dealer relations and disputes, and appearing in numerous jurisdictions to enforce her clients’ rights under dealer agreements or on behalf of her clients regarding dealership issues. She also regularly represents clients before arbitration panels, state regulatory agencies, and in state attorney general investigations. Additionally, Ms. Daley has represented clients in healthcare and class-action litigation, including a case in which she represented Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota and other health insurers in national antitrust litigation involving claims regarding patent enforceability, patent validity, and patent infringement.
Ms. Daley has extensive experience representing clients in federal and state regulatory matters, which include Section 15 reports, recalls, remedial action plans, consent decrees, compliance monitoring, proposed rulemaking and voluntary standards, and information-education campaigns. She regularly represents her clients’ legal interests before the Consumer Product Safety Commission and has worked on matters involving the Food and Drug Administration, U.S. Coast Guard and National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. She has more than 25 years of legal experience representing clients in the motor vehicle and power sports industry.
Ms. Daley has represented clients in a wide variety of other industries including lawn and garden products, telecommunications, children’s toys, insurance, consumer electronics, filtration products, food and beverages, shoes, handcrafts and other home items, agricultural products, paint, cleaners, accounting, optical, restaurant and real estate.
Ms. Daley has received numerous professional distinctions over her career. She is a former Adjunct Professor at William Mitchell College of Law, where she taught trial advocacy. In addition to being honored as a Minnesota Attorney of the Year in 2006 by Minnesota Lawyer magazine, Ms. Daley has been selected for inclusion in Minnesota Super Lawyers every year since 2000, and was named one of the "Top 50 Women Minnesota Super Lawyers" in 2010, 2011, and 2012, and one of the "Top 100 Minnesota Super Lawyers" in 2011 and 2012. She was also listed in Best Lawyers in America in 2012. In 1997, she was named one of the Minneapolis Business Journal's "40 Under Forty" honorees. In 2002, Ms. Daley was selected as one of only five finalists considered for appointment to the Minnesota Supreme Court. Most recently, Ms. Daley was named one of 25 "Women Industry Leaders" by the Minneapolis Business Journal, and was honored with Martindale Hubbell's AV Preeminent Rating; a distinction awarded to less than 5 percent of women lawyers.
Ms. Daley is active in a number of civic and professional organizations. She serves on the Minnesota Federal Practice Committee, the Civil Jury Instruction Guide Committee (JIG) of the Minnesota District Judges Association, the Advisory Board of Minnesota Women Lawyers, and is a board member of the Minnesota Supreme Court Historical Society. She also has held positions with the Advisory Committee on Rules of the Minnesota Board on Judicial Standards, Minnesota Judicial Selection Commission, the Board for MacPhail School of Music, and the Minnesota 4-H Foundation. Ms. Daley is a pro bono guardian ad litem in the Guardian Ad Litem Program for the Minnesota Judicial Branch in the Fourth District.
Ms. Daley is a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and is an elected member of the Governing Council of the Minnesota State Bar Association (MSBA) Civil Litigation Section. Additionally, she is a member of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy; the American Bar Association (Antitrust, Franchise, Intellectual Property, and International Sections); Minnesota Women Lawyers; and the Federal, Minnesota State and Hennepin County Bar Associations.
She is admitted to practice in the State of Minnesota and before the U.S. District Courts for Minnesota and the Eastern Districts of Michigan and Wisconsin; the U.S. Courts of Appeals for the Seventh, Eighth, Ninth and Federal Circuits; and the U.S. Supreme Court.
Ms. Daley received undergraduate degrees in political science magna cum laude and agricultural business administration with highest distinction from the University of Minnesota in 1980, where she was a Truman Scholar. In 1981, she earned a post-graduate degree in agricultural economics from the University of Reading, England, where she was a Marshall Scholar. Ms. Daley received her J.D. cum laude from the University of Minnesota Law School in 1984, where she was a Truman Scholar and completed a judicial externship with the Honorable Suzanne Sedgewick of the Minnesota Court of Appeals.
Other Court Admissions
• U.S. Supreme Court
• U.S. District Court for Minnesota
• U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Michigan
• U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin
• U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
• U.S. Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit
• U.S. Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
• U.S. Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
• B.A., University of Minnesota, Political Science, magna cum laude, 1980
• Bachelor of Agricultural Business Administration, University of Minnesota, with highest distinction, 1980
• post-graduate diploma, The University of Reading, Agricultural Economics, 1981
• J.D., University of Minnesota Law School, cum laude, 1984
Nisen & Elliott LLC
Dalton Law PLLC
Maria Greco Danaher is a shareholder in the Pittsburgh Office of Atlanta-based Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, and regularly represents and counsels companies in employment related matters. She specializes in representing management in labor relations and employment litigation, and in training, counseling, and advising human resource departments and corporate management on these topics.
Ms. Danaher’s prior experience includes having acted as in-house litigation counsel for a Fortune 100 company based in Pittsburgh, where she was involved in oversight and management of litigation done by outside counsel in over twenty domestic locations, including general tort litigation and employment law matters. She also coordinated counseling and training of that company’s management, supervisory, and line employees regarding basic obligations under various employment-related statutes.
Ms. Danaher also has acted as outside counsel for various corporations on labor and employment issues, including participation in defense of claims made to EEOC and state agencies, resolution of grievances, and trials of employment matters in both federal and state courts. Her current legal work includes formulation and drafting of corporate employment policies and procedures, and training and counseling regarding various labor and employment issues. In addition, she regularly instructs attorneys in trial tactics and procedures, both through the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and through in-house programs.
In addition to her litigation experience, Ms. Danaher regularly acts as a “neutral” for the local federal court’s Alternative Dispute Resolution Program, and was a co-drafter of the federal court’s local rule related to ADR. She counsels and trains companies on dispute resolution procedures and facilitative communication.
Ms. Danaher writes regularly for HR News, a monthly publication of the Society for Human Resource Management, and is on the Advisory Board of “You & the Law,” a publication of the National Institute of Business Management. She is a presenter for Pennsylvania Bar Institute continuing legal education programs, and is an adjunct professor for the University of Pittsburgh School of Law.
Univ Student Legal Services
Law Ofc of Stone & Davis PC
Mercer Island Arbitration Chambers Int'l
Peter R. Day
Peter R. Day is the principal of Mercer Island Arbitration Chambers International, LLC, and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Arbitrators in London. He has considerable experience as a sole arbitrator and panel member on cases ranging from investment, intellectual property, currency trading and general business disputes.
Prior to beginning his practice as an arbitrator, he spent 25 years in the Boeing legal department, including 9 years as Chief Counsel for Boeing Computer Services. He has extensive experience in a wide variety of domestic and international business transactions, including aircraft finance, intellectual property, outsourcing, business divestitures, and construction contracting and litigation. Prior to joining Boeing he was a Deputy District Attorney in San Mateo County, California, where he tried 22 jury trials.
He began his legal career as a Marine Corps trial lawyer in Vietnam and Japan, and subsequently Chief Prosecutor and Court-martial Judge at Camp Pendleton, California. As a reservist, he served in a number of assignments, including Assistant Legal Advisor for the U.S. European Command in Stuttgart, Germany, and Systems Information Officer for the 4th Landing Support Battalion.
He teaches International Commercial Arbitration at the University of Washington School of Law and coaches its team at the annual Vis moot arbitration competition in Hong Kong and Vienna. He has taught Business Law and International Law at the MBA and undergraduate level at the Albers School of Business and Economics at Seattle University. For 15 years he has also taught trial and deposition practice for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy Seattle and San Diego programs. In 2012, he co-sponsored workshops on cross-examination in international arbitration hosted by the Beijing and Shanghai Arbitration Commissions in their respective cities.
He received a B.A. from Yale University and a J.D. from the University of San Francisco. Following two semesters of study at the University of the Saar, Germany (including one semester of European Union law at its Europa-Institut), he earned a Diplôme d'études supérieures spécialisées in management as a Fulbright Scholar at the University of Grenoble, France. He also attended a French language executive program at the INSEAD international business school in France.
Ammarell Deasy LLP
B.A., University of Colorado at Boulder
J.D., University of Colorado at Boulder
Daniel Deasy received both his Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctor degrees from the University of Colorado at Boulder, graduating from the School of Law in 1993. He was presented with the William O. DeSouchet Award for outstanding trial advocacy while in law school. Following graduation, Mr. Deasy completed a judicial clerkship with the Jefferson County District Court and worked as a prosecutor in Colorado’s First Judicial District (Jefferson and Gilpin Counties) until 1998. Mr. Deasy then served as Director of Contracting and Legal Affairs at a medical management group for approximately one year, but in 1999 returned to litigation as in-house counsel for Colorado’s largest insurance carrier. In 2005, Mr. Deasy became the managing partner at Caplis & Deasy, LLC., where he specialized in personal injury litigation. In 2008, Mr. Deasy moved to a prominent domestic relations law firm in the metro Denver area as special counsel and then partner, and earlier this year, he again formed his own firm, Ammarell Deasy, LLP. Today, Mr. Deasy continues to handle a variety of courtroom matters, including family law, personal injury and criminal defense.
Mr. Deasy’s teaching experience includes advocacy skill instruction at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA), the University of Colorado School of Law, the University of Denver College of Law, and the Colorado District Attorneys Council Trial Techniques School. He has also taught courses in Juvenile Law, Delinquent Behavior, Criminal Investigation and Judicial Function in the college setting. Mr. Deasy has presented for the Colorado Defense Lawyers’ Association and instructed for the Colorado Bar Association and the First Judicial District Bar Association. He has also lectured nationally on case analysis, direct and cross examination techniques, expert witnesses, opening statements, closing arguments, visual courtroom persuasion, courtroom technology, investigational strategies and deposition practice.
Mr. Deasy brings a wealth of courtroom experience and advocacy knowledge to the teaching arena, having prosecuted and defended well over 250 trials and contested hearings in criminal, civil and family law courtrooms across the state of Colorado.
Gallagher & Kennedy PA
Mark M. Deatherage
Mark M. Deatherage practices in the area of commercial litigation, with an emphasis on trademark and copy right, business torts and contracts, creditors’ rights, lender liability, real estate and construction litigation.
His associations and memberships include being a member of the State Bar of Arizona and of the Civil Jury Instructions Committee. He is an Arizona Court of Appeals Judge Pro Tem, Arizona State University Adjunct Faculty, and is on the Board of Directors for the Children’s Cancer Center.
Mark enjoys being a member of the All Saints Episcopal Church, as well as, a member of the Phoenix Country Club.
DeKalb Cnty Public Defender
Defender Assn of Philadelphia
MARY DEFUSCO OCHAL, ESQ.
B.A., University of Pennsylvania
J.D., Temple University School of Law
DEFENDER ASSOCIATION OF PHILADELPHIA 1982 - Present
DIRECTOR OF TRAINING AND RECRUITMENT 1995 - Present
Responsible for the initial training and continuing legal
Education of all attorneys and summer law interns, including:
Developing new attorney training program for first three weeks and continuing on a weekly basis for the first year;
Monitoring attorneys' assignment progression from entry through the first major trial assignment;
Supervising initial in-court felony preliminary hearing training for new attorneys barred in Pennsylvania;
Developing, supervising and managing summer law intern program;
Designing, supervising, and managing the Defender Intensive Jury Trial Training Program
Designing Continuing Legal Education programs for attorneys;
Scheduling and developing Pennsylvania Continuing Legal Education programs;
Organizing and designing various training programs for Defender personnel;
Developing forensic training for attorneys, especially in the field of DNA analysis;
Editing and compiling training books and materials;
Conducting national recruitment program to bring in diverse, qualified candidates;
Developing necessary recruitment materials;
Selecting and training staff attorneys who serve as recruitment teams;
Hiring summer law interns;
Maintaining a limited caseload of trials, including a capital trial.
TREATMENT COURT OVERSIGHT COMMITTEE
Philadelphia Court of Common Pleas 1995- Present
Serves on the committee which created and continues to oversee the Philadelphia Treatment Court. The creation of Treatment Court involved extensive research into the concept of courts which completely integrate criminal justice and treatment issues, including studying the methods employed by drug courts in other jurisdictions. This also involved intensive multi-agency discussions on varying and sometimes conflicting issues in order to arrive at an effective system acceptable to all agencies. Oversight of Treatment Court entails continued discussion and resolution of legal, treatment, and funding issues as they arise.
DNA TESTING PROJECT SUBCOMMITTEE 2003-2004
OF THE ECONOMIC CRIME AND ECONOMIC
DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE
Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency
Served as a member of subcommittee which was charged with examining the current state of law and practice in Pennsylvania pertaining to DNA testing, and then making specific legislative and policy recommendations for the improved and enhanced usage of this evidence.
DEPUTY CHIEF, MUNICIPAL COURT UNIT 1987 - 1995
The Deputy Chief of the Municipal Court Unit assists the Chief of the unit with the overall operation of the unit, including:
Supervising unit trial attorneys in the office and the court;
Training new unit attorneys in trial advocacy;
Reviewing unit legal files;
Supervising unit paralegals and secretaries;
Responding to client correspondence and concerns;
Supervising Defender staffing of Preliminary Arraignment Court;
Evaluating unit attorneys, paralegals and secretaries;
Attending Municipal Court judicial conferences;
Maintaining a limited caseload of both jury and bench trials.
TRIAL ATTORNEY 1982 – 1987
Maintained a full caseload of trials, including both jury and bench trials
TEMPLE UNIVERSITY BEASLEY SCHOOL OF LAW
ADJUNCT PROFESSOR 1992 - Present
TEMPLE UNIVERSITY BEASLEY SCHOOL OF LAW
LL.M. in TRIAL ADVOCACY
Instructor: Art of Advocacy May 2008
Instructor: Jury Selection Program November 2005- 08
TEMPLE UNIVERSITY BEASLEY SCHOOL OF LAW
BEIJING LL.M. PROGRAM
PHILADELPHIA SUMMER SESSION
Team Leader Summer 2005- 2008
Faculty Member Summer 2004
NATIONAL INSTITUTE FOR TRIAL ADVOCACY
TEAM LEADER 2004 - 2008
CO-TEAM LEADER 1997 - 2003
ASSISTANT TEAM LEADER
National Session 1996
Mid-Atlantic Regional 1992 - 1995
Mid-Atlantic Regional 1991
HONORABLE VINCENT A. CIRILLO
The Superior Court of Pennsylvania Montgomery County Court of Common Pleas Summer
LAW CLERK 1980 & 1981
COMMUNITY COLLEGE OF PHILADELPHIA
HEAD TEACHER 1979 - 1982
TUTOR 1978 - 1979
TEMPLE UNIVERSITY SCHOOL OF LAW
Juris Doctor 1982
The International Academy of Trial Lawyers Award for Distinguished Achievement in the Art and Science of Advocacy;
Winner of the 1981 Sixth Annual Samuel Polsky Moot Court Competition;
Member, The National Moot Court Team;
The Joseph Sloane Award;
The Antitrust Litigation Student Aid Award;
Best Brief in Lawyering Process Section;
Dean's List 1980-1981
UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA
Bachelor of Arts cum laude 1979
Major: Political Science
Dean's List 1975-1979;
Academic Distinction 1975-1976;
General University Scholarship;
The American Institute for Italian Culture Maria Rosa Award for Excellence in the Italian Language
Commonwealth of Pennsylvania 1982
U.S. District Court, Eastern District, Pennsylvania 1982
AWARDS AND HONORS
Acknowledgement of Contribution 2007
From the Philadelphia Treatment Court on the occasion of its tenth anniversary
International WHO'S WHO of Professionals 2001
From the Who's Who Historical Society
St. Thomas More Award 2000
From the St. Thomas More Society of Philadelphia in recognition of public service by a Catholic attorney. Recipients include Pennsylvania Governor Robert Casey, U.S. Senator Richard Santorum, and Anthony Cardinal Bevilacqua, Archbishop of Philadelphia.
Cesare Beccaria Award 1997
From the Criminal Justice Section of the Philadelphia Bar Association and the Justinian Society in recognition for contributions made to the cause of justice and the advancement of legal education. Recipients include Professors Edward Ohlbaum and James Strazzella of Temple University Beasley School of Law and Professor David Rudovsky of the University of Pennsylvania School of Law.
From City of Philadelphia, Honorable Edward G. Rendell, Mayor. Citation for work upholding the principles of Cesare Beccaria regarding criminal defense work.
Certificate of Recognition 1997
Deiss Law PC
Andy Deiss has litigated on behalf of numerous Fortune 500 companies and other well-known businesses in disputes, including commercial disputes regarding commercial contracts, intellectual property, business competition, antitrust issues, fiduciary duties and professional liability matters.
Criminal defense law is another area of practice focus for Andy. He has represented clients in cases involving such diverse crimes as assault, forgery, kidnapping, burglary, fraud and manslaughter.
He also has significant experience in healthcare litigation and has represented numerous doctors, hospitals, medical associations and patients in medical malpractice, antitrust and commercial disputes+
–Utah’s Legal Elite, 2006-2012.
–Martindale Hubbell “Preeminent” lawyer, rating of AV.
–Mountain States Super Lawyer, 2010-2012.
–Best Lawyers in America in the areas of commercial litigation, antitrust litigation, intellectual property and patent litigation.
University of Utah | Salt Lake City, UT
Adjunct Professor of Law and History,
Honors Program (Legal History)
University of Utah | Salt Lake City, UT
Adjunct Professor Communications Department (First Amendment).
National Institute of Trial Advocacy
Frequent Instructor of trial advocacy at the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (“NITA”)
Utah Supreme Court | Salt Lake City, UT
Judicial Clerk for Justice Christine Durham.
University of Chicago Law School | Chicago, IL
J.D., June 1995.
University of Chicago Graduate School | Chicago, IL
A.B.D., Graduate School of History
Ph.D., Oral Examination fields included United States Legal History
Yale University | New Haven, CT
B.A., Humanities, 1986
Rhodes Scholarship Finalist
MVP Award Co-Winner, Varsity Ice Hockey Team
Albert W. Alschuler & Andrew G. Deiss, A Brief History of the Criminal Jury Trial in the United States, 61 U. Chi. L. Rev. 867 (1994)
CITED AS AUTHORITY by the United States Supreme Court in:
Burghuis v. Smith, 130 S. Ct. 1382 (2010);
Neder v. United States, 527 U.S. 1 (1999)
U.S. v. Gaudin, 515 U.S. 506 (1995).
ALSO CITED IN:
U.S. v. Lynch, 952 F. Supp. 167 (S.D.N.Y. 1997);
People v. Williams, 21 P.3d 1209 (Cal. 2001);
People v. Marshall, 919 P.2d 1280 (Cal. 1996);
Davis v. State, 809 A.2d 565 (Del. 2002)
People v. Douglas, 680 N.Y.S.2d 145 (1998).
Also cited in over two hundred law reviews and secondary sources, including: Harvard Law Review, Michigan Law Review, U.C.L.A. Law Review, University of Pennsylvania Law Review, Georgetown Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, California Law Review, Texas Law Review, Duke Law Review, Stanford Law Review, Cornell Law Review, Wisconsin Law Review, Northwestern Law Review, Vanderbilt Law Review, Virginia Law Review, and Yale Law Journal.
Cited in dozens of books including, Randall Kennedy, Race, Crime, and the Law (Vintage 1997); Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, The Majesty of the Law (Random House 2003); David Cole, No Equal Justice: Race and Class in the American Criminal Justice System (The New Press 1999); Eric K. Monkkonen, Murder in New York City (University of California Press 2000); Linda K. Kerber, No Constitutional Right to Be Ladies: Women and the Obligations of Citizenship (Hill & Wang 1998); Neil Vidmar, World Jury Systems (Oxford 2001).
Negotiating Justice: The Criminal Trial Jury in a Pluralist America, 3 U. Chi. Roundtable 323 (1996).
• Cited as authority in numerous law reviews including Harvard Law Review, Michigan Law Review, Northwestern Law Review, and Stanford Law Review, among others.
Making the Crime Fit the Punishment: Pre-Arrest Sentence Manipulation by Investigators Under the Sentencing Guidelines, 1994 U. Chi. Legal F. 419.
• Cited by and analysis adopted in State v. Steadman, 827 So.2d 1022 (Fla. App. 2002); People v. Smith, 120 Cal.Rptr. 2d 831, 853 (2002).
• Cited as authority by the University of Michigan Law Review, N.Y.U. Law Review, Northwestern University Law Review, University of Chicago Law Review, and Stanford Law Review, among others.
Alschuler & Deiss, American Independence & the Jury, 143 N. L.J. 951 (1993).
Third District Court, State of Utah, Small Claims Department judge pro tempore, 1996-1999.
Utah Lawyers for the Arts, President, 1997-2010
ACLU Legal Panel Member, 1997
Member – Utah State Bar
Member – American Bar Association
Barrister – American Inns of Court
Member – American Society of Trial Consultants (ASTC)
National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) instructor, Rocky Mountain Regional program 2007 – present.
West High School Mock Trial Coach, 2011-present.
Hogan Lovells US LLP
David A. Delman, a partner at Hogan Lovells located in Houston, Texas, has extensive experience in a wide range of complex litigation and arbitration matters, including successfully prosecuting and defending claims in the engineering and construction industries, joint venture agreements, transportation agreements, insurance coverage and other commercial disputes. David had tried numerous State and Federal Courts cases around the nation as well as in arbitrations under the applicable laws of Argentina, Chile, Venezuela, Lithuania, Saudi Arabia, U.S. and English Law.
David is a graduate of the American University School of International Service (Summa Cum Laude) and the Georgetown University Law Center (Magna Cum Laude.) David has also served as Executive Vice President, Chief Legal Officer and Secretary to a large international publicly traded engineering and construction company.
Abramson & Denenberg, PC
Alameda County Public Defender
Andrews Kurth LLP
Broward County Courthouse
Robert F. Diaz
Robert F. Diaz, County Court Judge, 17th Judicial Circuit (1992-Present) N.I.T. A. faculty (1989- Present). Faculty Member Florida New Judges College (1994-Present) Adjunct Professor, Nova Southeastern University Law School (1989-Present) Faculty Member, Florida County Court Judge's Conference (1993-Present). Assistant Public Defender (1984-1992) tried 125 jury trials in 8 years.
Rebecca Diaz-Bonilla consults with practicing attorneys and executives to improve their oral communication skills by teaching lessons from the theater applicable to oral communication and the law. Her consulting work ranges from seminars held for groups of attorneys to one-on-one coaching sessions for individuals
Mrs. Diaz-Bonilla is a member of the Virginia State Bar and a professional actress and singer. From 2002 to 2004, Mrs. Diaz-Bonilla was an adjunct professor at the University of Virginia School of Law where she taught communication and advocacy to both potential litigators and non-litigators. She taught classes with Robert Sayler of Covington and Burling, and their courses were honored by the students with the highest ratings and reviews at the law school.
Mrs. Diaz-Bonilla is a graduate of the University of Virginia where she majored in drama and received awards for her performances in theater both at the university and professional level. After receiving her J.D. from George Mason University School of Law, Mrs. Diaz-Bonilla practiced litigation at Hirschler Fleischer in Richmond, Virginia.
Clayton has practiced law for 32 years. He, along with his partners Kurt Rasmussen and Steve Moore, is a founding Member of the Firm Rasmussen, Dickey and Moore (RDM) which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. He has tried and arbitrated cases in Missouri, Texas, Georgia, Kansas and Virginia and his work has taken him to all 50 States as well as overseas (including Panama and the UK). His focus has been in the areas of commercial and business litigation, products liability, insurance defense, and franchising. He has represented manufacturers, health care providers, franchisees, franchisors and distributors.
His practice also includes the defense of matters involving asbestos products, conveyors, presses, premises, vehicles, helicopters, scaffolds, fireworks, elevators and oil heaters, among others. He currently manages a caseload of nearly 2,000 cases spread over numerous jurisdictions. He is also certified in Mediation and Arbitration.
He has enjoyed an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell for over ten years and is frequently included in Best Lawyer listings.
He has been married for 25 years and has a daughter who is a chemical engineer in New Jersey and a son who is a Freshman in college.
Ramsey Cnty Attorney's Ofc
C. David Dietz
10/75–pres. Ramsey County Attorney’s Office
Assistant County Attorney
MSBA Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist. Litigated state and federal cases in areas of: government liability, civil rights, construction law, employment law, personal injury–auto accident and land owner negligence. Favorable results in 90% of trials. Recovered over $1M representing the County. Criminal Felony Prosecutor: murder, robbery, assault, burglary, prostitution and more. Over 200 trials. Successfully argued cases before the Minnesota Supreme Court, Minnesota Court of Appeals and the 8th Circuit Court of Appeals.
8/05–pres. William Mitchell College of Law
Teach legal writing as part of the Writing and Representation: Advice and Persuasion program. Also, evaluate trial skills in the Advocacy course. Instructor for various C.L.E. programs including North Central Region Trial Academy
5/79–7/05 Minnesota National Guard 4/00–7/05 COL (ret.), The Staff Judge Advocate
Total management responsibility providing legal services to the Minnesota National Guard, including personnel assignment, training and promotions. Gave legal advice to all military commanders including the Governor and the Adjutant General on matters including soldier deaths because of helicopter and boating accidents, military vehicle roll-overs and misuse of weapons. Also advised on homosexuality, use of National Guard for State Emergencies (riots, floods, etc.), military investigations, assessing financial responsibility for soldier negligence, military justice and environmental law. Managed major projects such as development of Minnesota JAG website, significant revision of Minnesota Military Criminal Code and Procedural Manual, and development of Minnesota arrest procedures for AWOL’s.
6/91–4/00 Staff Judge Advocate 34th Infantry Division
Supervised all legal advice in operational law and legal services in all core legal disciplines (military justice, international law, administrative law, civil law, claims and legal assistance during peacetime, war and operations other than war). Served as deputy SJA in operational environment of NATO mission in Kosovo (2004).
8/78–8/05. Southern Minnesota Regional Legal Services
Provide legal advice to indigents on a wide variety of matters such as landlord-tenant law, consumer protection and debt collection.
4/07–pres. Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve (ESGR)
4/08–pres. Ombudsman Director
Direct mediation services given to service members and their employers if there is a dispute about employment rights after return from deployment.
8/71–5/75 William Mitchell College of Law
Juris Doctorate, cum laude
8/01–7/03 United States Army War College
Master of Science, Strategic Studies
9/67–6/71 University of Minnesota
Bachelor of Arts, Economics
Minnesota State Bar Association Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association
National Guard Association of the United States VFW, South St. Paul Post
Awards and Appointments
11/05 Legion of Merit for service in Minnesota Army National Guard
6/08 Minnesota Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Rules of Civil Appellate Procedure.
7/08 Minnesota State Bar Association Civil Specialist Certification Board 7/09 Recognized as a contributor to Black’s Law Dictionary (9th ed. 2009)
American University Law
Law Office of DiPaolo & DiPaolo
Gomez Trial Attorneys
Nova Southeastern Schl of Law
Daley Mohan Groble
Dollar Burns & Becker
Tim Dollar is the founding partner of Dollar, Burns & Becker, LC, a Kansas City, Missouri trial practice firm. Tim received his J.D. from the University of Missouri at Kansas City. Tim also serves as an Assistant Prosecuting Attorney for Jackson County, Missouri, primarily handling homicide cases.
Tim’s civil practice is in the areas of automobile and trucking accidents, nursing home negligence, medical malpractice and product liability. Over the course of his career, Tim has participated in over 200 jury trials.
Since 1985, Tim has served as an Adjunct Professor of Trial Advocacy at the University of Missouri – Kansas City. He has lectured frequently at professional seminars. In 1996, Tim was awarded the Lon O. Hocker Memorial Trial Lawyer Award, presented by the Missouri Bar Association to the outstanding trial attorney in Missouri. In 1999, Tim was appointed by the Missouri Supreme Court to the Disciplinary Committee, which oversees the ethical conduct of lawyers in Missouri. In 2005, he was elected by the Jackson County Bar to the 16th Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission. The Commission screens and submits candidates for judicial vacancies to the Governor for appointment.
Fiona Donnelly Consultants
A qualified solicitor with over 20 years experience Fiona Donnelly is the director of the Law Society of Northern Ireland’s Advanced Advocacy program. She is former Associate Director of the Institute of Professional Legal Studies, Queens University Belfast where all barristers and solicitors in that jurisdiction are trained and is a senior lecturer there.
She teaches Advocacy for the Law Society of Ireland, in Scotland, Europe and the USA and has recently obtained an LLM in Advocacy with distinction.
In 2006 she was appointed by the Lord Chancellor as a Legal Services Commissioner. Since 2014 she is part of the National Cremation Investigation Team Scotland.
Fiona is a frequent contributor to BBC.
Office of Attorney General, State of California
Alameda County District Attorney's Office
Mary Pat Dooley
B.A., George Washington University
J.D., Hastings College of the Law
Mary Pat Dooley has been teaching with NITA since 1996. She is a prosecutor with the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office in Oakland, California.
After law school, Ms. Dooley clerked for a district court judge in the United States District Court, Northern District of California. She then spent 11 years in the District Attorney’s Office, during which her jury trial experience included homicides and sexual crimes against adults and children. She worked for two years in the law and motion department and completed an exchange program with the California Attorney General’s Office, writing and arguing criminal appeals.
Ms. Dooley then practiced with Orrick, Herrington and Sutcliffe in San Francisco doing commercial litigation and employment discrimination until contacted by Justice Carol Corrigan of the California Supreme Court, herself a former Alameda County prosecutor. Ms. Dooley worked with Justice Corrigan for 14 years, first as her senior staff attorney in the Court of Appeal and then joining her in the Supreme Court.
In October 2012, with an opportunity to blend her writing and teaching skills, Ms. Dooley returned to the District Attorney’s Office. She divides her time between the law and motion department and the training unit. She produces two training videos every month on legal issues for prosecutors.
Ms. Dooley has served both as program director and assisting faculty for trial skills and motion practice programs. She has taught at the NITA National Session and Western Regional programs. She is the author of the teaching notes for the Paul v. Dynamo case file. In addition to her work with NITA, Ms. Dooley has been teaching trial advocacy at Berkeley Law School since 1998. She also taught trial advocacy at Hastings College of the Law for 13 years.
Warner Norcross & Judd LLP
Professor Emeritus/Litigator - Mark Anthony Dotson received a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from The University of Michigan in 1980. He thenpracticed pharmacyfor 10 years. To further his interestin the intersection of law and science, Professor Dotson obtainedhis Juris Doctor from Thomas M Cooley Law School (cum laude).Though working full time while in law school, he excelled academically earning anHonors Scholarship and the American Jurisprudence Book Award for Contracts II and Product Liability.
Following his graduation from law school, and admittance to the Wisconsin Bar, Professor Dotson was hired by the law firm of Quarles & Brady in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, to work in their litigation/products liability group. At Quarles, Professor Dotson successfully represented major national and multinational corporations, industry executives and high-net-worth individuals, such as: Philip Morris (tobacco), Miller Brewing (alcohol), General Motors, Ford New Holland (national counsel), Abbott Labs (latex glove and breast implant), Gyrotec Industries (national counsel) Domino’s Pizza and Physician's Insurance of Wisconsin. As a compliment to his civil litigation practice and to further hone his trial skills, Professor Dotson also worked as an Assistant District Attorney with the Milwaukee County District Attorney's Office handling criminal trial matters.
In 1996 Professor Dotson left the practice of law to return to his alma mater Thomas M. Cooley Law School. For almost 20 years, Professor Dotson taught: Torts I, Torts II, Remedies and Criminal Procedure. In 2004, he earned tenure as a full professor and also became the chairperson of the Torts and Remedies department. Additionally, on seven separate occasions he received special teaching recognition by various student groups. To give back to the students, and share his litigation experience, he coached both mock trial and moot court national teams. In addition, Professor Dotson consults with West Publications on two of its major products ("Steins on Personal Injuries" and "Emotional Injuries Law and Practice") and had his casebook "Torts: Principles and Practice" published in 2011 by Aspen. In addition to teaching law school, Professor Dotson has taught for the highly selective Gerry Spence Trial College. Professor Dotson is a frequent contributor to the media on both legal and sports related matters.
Bob is chief in-house counsel for the Colorado Department of Health Care, Policy and Financing, a $5B+ health plan delivering medical assistance to the underprivileged. Bob coordinates the defense of complex multi-party and class action litigation through the efforts of 8 assistant state attorneys general. As a plaintiff/claimant, Bob’s division identified and recovered over $50m last year from third party primary obligors. He is a former First Assistant Colorado Attorney General and a co-founder of the Health Care Fraud Task Force, a regional effort to coordinate fraud detection and recoveries between public/private health insurers, the Office of the Inspector General, the Federal Bureau of Investigation, and the U.S. and state’s attorneys general. Bob drafted and managed the legislative enactment of the Colorado False Claims Act in 2010 resulting in the recovery of over $20m to date. Before government service, Bob was a trial attorney in private practice for 25 years. He’s taught NITA programs in Washington, California, Texas, Utah, Ohio, Iowa, Indiana, Louisiana and Colorado.
Univ of Richmond School of Law
John G. Douglass
B.A., summa cum laude, Dartmouth College
J.D., magna cum laude, Harvard Law School
John Douglass is a Professor of Law at the University of Richmond, where he teaches Criminal Law, Evidence and Criminal Procedure and manages a program in litigation skills and trial advocacy. His principal academic publications have focused on prosecution, the criminal trial process and the Confrontation Clause. Before joining the Richmond Law faculty in 1996, he practiced law for 15 years. He served for eight years as an Assistant United States Attorney in Baltimore and Richmond, and was Chief of the Criminal Division of the United States Attorney’s Office in Richmond from 1992 to 1996. He also served on the staff of Independent Counsel Lawrence Walsh in the Iran-Contra investigation. As a partner in a Richmond law firm, he specialized in commercial litigation, insurance defense, construction litigation and white collar criminal defense. He is a faculty member of the Virginia State Bar’s Course in Professionalism, an instructor in trial advocacy and other litigation skills for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, and a frequent lecturer at continuing legal education.
Cohen Dowd Quigley
Dan Dowd is a senior partner with Cohen Dowd Quigley P.C. Dan is a commercial litigator with an emphasis on disputes involving complex financial issues.
Dan has received abundant peer recognition during his career. He has been selected as a “Super Lawyer” in every edition of “Southwest Super Lawyers”, a peer-evaluated publication recognizing individuals ranked in the top five percent of lawyers practicing in their state. Southwest Super Lawyers also has recognized Dan as a member of “The Top Fifty” recognizing the Arizona lawyers who received the highest point totals in the review process. In 2015, Arizona Business Magazine named Dan one of the Top 100 Lawyers in Arizona. In 2013 and 2015, Dan was one of only four commercial litigators selected by AZ Big Media for inclusion in its prestigious “Arizona Business Leaders” edition recognizing Arizona’s most respected and influential business leaders. In 2014, AZ Business Magazine selected Dan as a “Top Lawyer – Commercial Litigation” recognizing the top ten attorneys in the state in this practice area. In 2004, The Business Journal recognized Dan as one of the “Best of the Bar – Litigation” as selected by his peers. In 2007, Dan and Ron Cohen obtained a $360 million verdict in a multi-week, hotly contested commercial tort trial. This is the second largest verdict in the history of the state of Arizona and the fourth largest in the U.S. in 2007. Dan is recognized in “Best Lawyers in America” 2010–2016 editions and has an AV rating from Martindale-Hubbell. In 2010, Dan was inducted into “Arizona’s Finest Lawyers”, a peer-reviewed organization that limits membership to approximately six percent of the Arizona State Bar members. In 2011, The Litigation Counsel of America (“LCA”) selected Dan as a Fellow. The LCA is an invitation only trial lawyer honorary society and membership is limited to 3,500 Fellows, representing less than one-half of one percent of American lawyers.
Dan is a member of the Maricopa County Bar Association, the State Bar of Arizona, the American Bar Association and a former member of the Sandra Day O’Connor Inn of Court. Since 2001, Dan has been part of senior leadership of the ABA’s Section of Litigation. Dan currently serves as a member of the Section’s governing body, the Council. Dan is also heavily involved with the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, serving as the Program Director for NITA’s Arizona and Nevada Deposition Skills Programs.
Dan attended Iowa State University and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration with distinction in 1985, finishing with the highest grade point average among finance students. He received his J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1988, where he graduated with high distinction and was a member of the Order of the Coif. He was admitted to practice in Arizona in 1988.
Dan is admitted to practice in the courts of the State of Arizona, the United States District Court for the District of Arizona and the Federal and Ninth Circuit Courts of Appeals.
Doyle Restrepo et al
For more than 30 years, James Doyle has handled complex business litigation involving advanced technology, trade secrets, oil and gas matters, employment law, financial institution fraud and white collar crime, deceptive trade practices, securities and antitrust. He also has represented clients before legislative subcommittees and grand juries and has had experience in commercial matters with potential criminal ramifications. James has extensive civil trial experience in state and federal courts, as well as having tried numerous criminal cases in the U.S. Marine Corps.
• Represented major oil company relating to commercial and royalty claims arising out of their operations in West Africa.
• Represented international bank in Enron litigation involving a $40 billion claim.
• Represented nation's largest developer of destination malls in dispute over competing developments and national joint development agreements.
• Represented the receiver and subsequently the FSLIC in one of the largest savings and loan failures in the 1980s.
• Represented major national trust in a royalty dispute involving coastal reserves and fraud.
• Successfully resolved a major dispute against a global software developer on behalf of a manufacturer and marketer of petrochemicals. The case involved the development, marketing and implementation of an e-commerce software applications product.
• Obtained a significant settlement in suit for fraud against a life insurance company based on its refusal to honor a large life insurance policy. He represented the beneficiaries and, after months of discovery and pre-trial motions, we resolved the case for an amount well in excess of the face amount of the policy.
• Defended Fortune 500 company in $100 million dispute over a joint venture involving specialty chemicals.
• Represented chief executive of national real estate corporation in litigation resulting from sales of numerous apartment developments.
• Messrs. Doyle and Harvin obtained the first jury verdict finding defective engineering services and parts against one of the nation's largest advanced technology and semiconductor companies.
• Represented major oil companies and individuals in variety of mineral lease and surface issues.
• Represented oil company in dispute over offshore concession in Belize.
• Represented one of the largest private international currency traders in claims in excess of $100 million relating to alleged expropriation of software.
• Handled several nursing home cases, including a case in 1998 that resulted in a jury verdict that was described in The Wall Street Journal as one of largest in the nation at the time.
• Assisted in defense and coordinated jury selection in one of the largest criminal antitrust cases ever brought in the Southwest.
• Represented physicians in significant unfair competition/antitrust litigation
• Represented numerous plaintiffs in closed head and wrongful death cases
Activities and Affiliations
• Faculty: National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) at Southern Methodist University, University of Houston, University of New Mexico, and at the Advanced and Masters NITA Programs at the University of Colorado.
• Adjunct Professor: University of Houston School of Law , 1988-90.
• Coauthor: "The Regulator's View of Lender Liability: The FSLIC's Administrative Claims Process," State Bar of Texas Lender's Liability Seminar, 1988.
• Speaker: "Nursing Home Litigation," Houston Bar Association, Continuing Legal Education Seminar, 1999.
Educational and Professional Background
• Admitted to the State Bar of Indiana, 1970 and State Bar of Texas, 1974.
• Education: Rice University, B.A.; University of Notre Dame Law School, J.D. 1970; University of London, CAEL 1969.
• Captain, United States Marine Corps, 1968-1974.
• Member: State Bar Association of Texas, American Bar Association and Houston Bar Association.
• Admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Texas, United States Courts of Appeal for the Fifth and Eleventh Circuits, the United States District Courts for the Southern, Western, Northern and Eastern Districts of Texas.
Present or Past Member
• "R" Association of Rice University
• Grievance Committee of the State Bar of Texas
• Interfaith Housing Board
• Houston Philosophical Society
Kelly Drye & Warren
Law Ofcs of Michael Dreishpoon
CAROL B. SOWERS
Bachelor of Journalism – Broadcast Emphasis – 1985 – Missouri School of Journalism, University of Missouri
Missouri is routinely ranked as the #1 journalism school in the nation
1985 - 2014 KHQA Television CBS/ABC Affiliate
Positions held: Reporter, Producer, Main Anchor, Executive Producer, Executive News Director, and V. P. for Public Affairs
Trained Broadcast Professionals in questioning techniques of open questions to gain information, closed questions to gain admissions, appearance, delivery and presentation skills. These professionals went on to positions in markets such as: Chicago (#3), Boston (#7), Washington, D.C. (#8), Seattle (#14), Miami (#16) and St. Louis (#21)
Non-Broadcast Training Experience
1985 - 2014 Led numerous trainings for organizations such as law enforcement, departments of public health and other non-broadcast professionals
Training covered topics such speaking while under pressure, delivery, controlling nerves, voice control, speaking without notes, using gestures effectively and poise
Illinois Broadcasters Association – Silver Dome Award
Missouri Broadcasters Association Award
Quincy Exchange Club Paul Clarkson Media Achievement Award
YWCA Women of Achievement Award
2015 Training Schedule (current as of February 10, 2015)
American Bar Association – New Orleans – Feb. 2015;
CMS – Vienna – March 27 to 29
National Institute for Trial Training – New York City – June 4 to 7
American Bar Association – Chicago – Fall 2015
8th Judicial Crct of Illinois
A trial lawyer for 20 years before taking the bench as a trial judge, Mark Drummond is one of the highest rated NITA instructors by in-house program participants. A NITA instructor since 1986, he also teaches others how to be NITA instructors at all three NITA teacher training sites.
Mark was selected by the prosecutor’s office of the United Nation’s War Crimes Tribunal to train prosecutors at The Hague and in Arusha, Tanzania. He regularly teaches barristers at Oxford and has been asked by the Federated Bar Association of Japan to teach advocacy skills to attorneys in anticipation of their judicial reform in 2009.
He is the author of “The Eight Keys to the Art of Persuasion”, a one-day trial advocacy program and has done numerous training videos for NITA. He writes an advocacy column for litigation News, a publication of the Section of Litigation of the American Bar Association.
Sample Comments from in-house participants and other NITA instructors:
“Perhaps the best NITA teacher I have seen in 20 years of teaching NITA.”
“Mark Drummond was easily the most effective instructor I have ever seen.”
“I would come listen to him anywhere, anytime.”
“Fantastic! When I grow up I want to be a female Mark Drummond.”
“The gem of the program. Mark Drummond was a star.”
Legal Writing Faculty
J.D., Georgetown University Law Center
B.A., Indiana University
Catharine Du Bois comes to Colorado Law after practicing at Jenner & Block, LLP, in Chicago and at Jones Day in New York City. At both firms, she specialized in securities law and litigation, but also represented clients on a range of environmental, employment, constitutional, and civil rights law matters. Professor Du Bois clerked for the Honorable Steven D. Merrday, U.S. District Court Judge for the Middle District of Flordia, and she served as a pro bono attorney as part of the Volunteer Appellate Defender Program in New York City and as an intern in the law firm of Aybay and Aybay in Istanbul, Turkey. Ms. Du Bois was Co-chair of the sub-committee for judicial liaisons of the ABA Section on Litigation, serves as a member of the Trial Evidence Committee, and is a member of the Law Community Against Violence.
Courses and Research Interests
Appellate Court Advocacy
Vorys Sater Seymour et al
Elon Univ School of Law
Professor of Law Catherine Ross Dunham is an expert in the law related to Civil Procedure and Civil Litigation. She teaches and writes in the area of Federal Civil Procedure and is co-author of the text Skills and Values: Civil Procedure published by Lexis. She has authored articles on procedural doctrine and the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure. She also regularly contributes the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure update to the American Association of Law Schools Civil Procedure Section Newsletter. In addition, Prof. Dunham is an expert in North Carolina Civil Procedure, teaching North Carolina Civil Procedure for Kaplan and serving as a co-author on the North Carolina Civil Procedure Deskbook, a forthcoming publication from Carolina Academic Press. Prof. Dunham teaches Civil Procedure to first year students at Elon Law and also teaches Advanced Civil Procedure to upper-level students at Elon Law.
In addition to teaching Procedure, Prof. Dunham teaches courses in the Litigation Skills Program. She regularly teaches Trial Practice and Procedure and has also taught Civil Pre-Trial Litigation, Advanced Trial Practice and Evidence. Prof. Dunham serves on the faculty of the National institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) and teaches in regional, national and international advocacy programs. She has also served as a trial analyst for several major news outlets, including NBC and CNN.
In addition to procedural topics, Prof. Dunham’s scholarship explores social psychology and legal education, as well as topics related to gender equity and implicit bias. Prof. Dunham is also prior recipient of the ABA Smyth-Gambrell Award for Teaching Professionalism.
Prof. Dunham received her B.A. in English Literature and M.A. in Composition and Rhetoric from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. She received a law degree from Campbell University, magna cum laude, and a Masters in Law from the University of Virginia School of Law. She served as a law clerk to Chief Judge Sidney S. Eagles at the North Carolina Court of Appeals and practiced law in North Carolina, representing clients in state and federal trial and appellate courts. Prof. Dunham also served as the Law School’s Academic Dean from 2008-2013.
Gardere Wynne Sewell LLP
Areas of Focus
• Commercial Litigation
• Personal Injury Defense
• Products Liability
Joanne Early represents a variety of clients in complex civil litigation in state and federal courts, with significant experience defending product suppliers, transportation companies and financial institutions.
Clients and Matters
Ms. Early represents numerous clients, including:
• Texas Industries Inc.
• Tuthill Corp.
• URS Corp.
Ms. Early’s representative matters include:
• Successfully defended client in jury trial against breach of contract and conversion claims asserted by computer services company.
• Successfully defended bicycle supplier in eight-week jury trial in Marin County, Calif., filed by children from across the country who claimed to have sustained brain damage, facial scarring, broken teeth and other injuries as a result of allegedly defective front wheel quick-release mechanisms on bicycles.
• Obtained summary judgment for distributor of automotive refinishing products against competitor’s claims of violations of Texas antitrust laws and tortious interference.
• Successfully defended retailer in breach of contract case filed by one of its suppliers. Obtained summary judgment on most claims (representing 99 percent of the monetary damages sought by plaintiff) and tried the remaining claims to jury in El Paso, Texas.
• Obtained summary judgment for distribution company and two of its officers/shareholders against allegations of breach of fiduciary duty, theft of trade secrets, tortious interference and fraudulent transfer.
• Successfully defended defense contractor against claims of fraud, breach of contract and breach of fiduciary duty brought by subcontractor. After jury trial, obtained judgment that plaintiff recover only $1.00 in damages.
• Obtained summary judgment on claims of more than 200 plaintiffs seeking to recover money damages for personal injuries allegedly caused by exposure to chemicals and hazardous materials at job site.
• Obtained summary judgment on breach of contract claim filed by plaintiffs seeking to recover finder’s fee from financial institution in connection with purchase of loan portfolios.
• Successfully defended manufacturer of machine tool against claims of deceptive trade practices, breach of contract and fraud. After jury trial, obtained judgment that plaintiff recover only $1.00 in damages.
• Obtained summary judgment against tort claims filed by seven plaintiffs alleging wrongful death and personal injuries during explosion in fertilizer plant in Mexico.
• Successfully defended employer and employee in jury trial against negligence claims arising from accidental shooting of customer at company-sponsored hunting event.
• Obtained summary judgment for local municipality against plaintiff’s breach of contract and negligence claims in construction litigation.
• Obtained summary judgment for financial institution against claims of deceptive trade practices and violations of Home Solicitation Act.
• J.D., Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law (1989)
• B.A., Southern Methodist University (1984)
• Admitted to practice before:
• Texas State Courts
• U.S. District Courts for all districts of Texas
• U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit
• Member, State Bar of Texas
• Member, American Bar Association
• Member, Dallas Bar Association
• Member, Texas Center for Legal Ethics and Professionalism
• Member, Transportation Lawyers Association
• Fellow, Texas Bar Foundation
• Adjunct Professor, Trial Advocacy, Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law
Honors and Awards
• Recognized, AV® Preeminent™ 5.0 out of 5 Peer Review Rated, Martindale-Hubbell® PEER REVIEW RATINGS™
• Chair, Pro Bono Committee (Dallas)
• Coordinator, Mock Trial Training Program (2001-2005, 2009)
• Case Worker, Society of St. Vincent de Paul
• Member, Town and Gown Club of Southern Methodist University
• Member, Colophon: Friends of the Southern Methodist University Libraries
Jo Eason is a member of the firm’s Financial Services Litigation and Compliance Team focusing on appellate litigation. She represents individual, corporate, and governmental clients before state and federal appellate and trial courts. Jo has handled and argued numerous appeals for financial services companies and lenders.
Jo also assists the firm's health care litigation group with the representation of hospitals, nursing homes and other health care providers in litigation, including medical malpractice, administrative issues, professional negligence actions and regulatory compliance matters.
Jo leads the firm’s initiative to provide pro bono services to veterans through Lawyers Serving Warriors. She is a former Captain in the United States Air Force. Jo is listed as a “Rising Star” in the 2014 North Carolina Super Lawyers.
Jo received her law degree from the College of William & Marry, Marshall Wythe School of Law, where she served on the National Trial Team. While working on her law degree she also served as Notes Editor for the Journal of Women in the Law. Jo earned a Master of Public Administration degree with a concentration in Health Care from Troy State University and an undergraduate degree in Biology from the United States Air Force Academy.
Larry R. Eaton joined the firm's Chicago office in October 2000, and practices with the Subrogation & Recovery Department. His practice focuses on subrogation recovery and environmental insurance litigation. Prior to joining Cozen O’Connor, he served with the U.S. Peace Corps, teaching law at the University of Liberia School of Law.
Larry R. Eaton assists clients, including insurance companies, who have suffered losses, such as payments pursuant to property insurance policies arising from causes such as fires and floods, to assist them in recovering those losses from third parties who are responsible for having caused the damages involved.
Larry received his Bachelor of Arts from Western Illinois University in 1965, and his law degree from the University of Michigan Law School in 1968.
Illinois Supreme Court
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals for the Third Circuit
U.S. District Court -- Central District of Illinois
U.S. District Court -- Eastern District of Wisconsin
U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Illinois
U.S. District Court -- Northern District of Indiana
U.S. District Court -- Southern District of Illinois
U.S. Supreme Court
Denver County Court Magistrate
NJ Dept of Law & Public Safety
Christopher Edwards is an Assistant Attorney General (AAG) in the Financial Affairs Practice Group at the New Jersey Division of Law and Public Safety. Prior to his appointment as an AAG, Chris served as an Assistant Section Chief of the Transportation, Construction and Condemnation Section of the Division of Law. AAG Edwards counsels all State agencies regarding construction and transportation issues and disputes, and assists the AAG in Charge of State Contracting with advising all State entities with contract procurements, contracts and other written agreements, contract and agreement disputes and contract claims. Chris obtained his BA, summa cum laude, from Pace University, and his juris doctorate from Harvard Law School.
Fox Rothschild LLP
ERIC J. EGGAN is a senior partner in the Litigation Department at Honigman Miller Schwartz and Cohn LLP in Lansing, Michigan. His areas of practice include an emphasis on general civil litigation, including complex business and government-related disputes. He has tried numerous high profile jury and non-jury civil and criminal cases in State and Federal Courts throughout the country. Prior to joining the Honigman firm in 2004 he served for 23 years as an Assistant Michigan Attorney General and was, at the time of his retirement, Chief of the Attorney General’s Alcohol and Gambling Enforcement Division. He is a former Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern and Western Districts of Michigan.
Mr. Eggan is an Adjunct Professor of Law in the Trial Practice Institute at the Michigan State University College of Law and has taught trial skills to experienced lawyers at myriad trial skills programs throughout the United States. In 2014 he was inducted into the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Randall Eliason is a law professor, writer, and commentator on corporate and white collar crime. He spent twelve years as an Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia. For more than eight of those years, he specialized in white collar crime as a member of the Public Corruption/Government Fraud section. From 1999 to 2001, he served as Chief of that section, supervising a staff of eleven AUSA’s prosecuting white collar cases in federal court. Professor Eliason is the recipient of numerous awards and commendations from the U.S. Department of Justice, Federal Bureau of Investigation, Washington D.C. Metropolitan Police Department, and other law enforcement agencies. While at the U.S. Attorney’s office, he lectured at the Department of Justice National Advocacy Center in South Carolina and at the Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute in Washington, D.C. He also served as the Professional Responsibility Officer for the Criminal Division.
Since 2002, Professor Eliason has taught a course on federal white collar criminal law at the George Washington University Law School in Washington, D.C. He has also taught at the American University Washington College of Law and the Georgetown University Law Center, and has guest lectured on white collar crime at Harvard Law School. In May of 2008 and again in May of 2013, the graduating students at George Washington University Law School voted to present him with the Distinguished Adjunct Faculty Teaching Award.
Professor Eliason writes a blog on white collar crime and federal criminal law called Sidebars, www.Sidebarsblog.com. His writings on federal criminal law have been published in scholarly journals, legal periodicals, and newspapers including the Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune. Professor Eliason is a frequent media commentator on issues related to corporate and white collar crime. Media appearances include PBS’s Frontline, NBC’s Nightly News, NPR’s Morning Edition, CNN, MSNBC, HBO, and CNBC.
He received his J.D. cum laude in 1985 from Harvard Law School, where he served as an editor and as co-chair of the Developments Office of the Harvard Law Review. He received his B.A. summa cum laude from the University of North Dakota in 1982. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s office, Professor Eliason was in private practice at the Washington, D.C. law firms of Hogan & Hartson and Zuckerman, Spaeder, where his practice involved civil litigation in a variety of areas.
Boston Univ Ofc of General Cnsl
Larry Elswit Larry Elswit represents and tries cases on behalf of Boston University, where he has been employed since 1982, in a range of areas including employment and discrimination claims, faculty matters, academic and student affairs, business disputes, athletics, and labor relations. Prior to coming to Boston University he was employed as a Senior Civil Rights Attorney at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and as a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Louisville, Inc. in Kentucky. He also taught federal practice at the University Of Louisville School Of Law. After graduating in 1970 with a B.A. from Cornell University, he earned his J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 1973. When he is not practicing law Larry enjoys competitive rowing and cross-country skiing.
Larry Elswit represents and tries cases on behalf of Boston University, where he has been employed since 1982, in a range of areas including employment and discrimination claims, faculty matters, academic and student affairs, business disputes, athletics, and labor relations. Prior to coming to Boston University he was employed as a Senior Civil Rights Attorney at the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights and as a staff attorney with the Legal Aid Society of Louisville, Inc. in Kentucky. He also taught federal practice at the University Of Louisville School Of Law. After graduating in 1970 with a B.A. from Cornell University, he earned his J.D. from Boston University School of Law in 1973. When he is not practicing law Larry enjoys competitive rowing and cross-country skiing.
Attorney Generals Office
Bill Elward is a Senior Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Trials Bureau. Bill is lead counsel on complex prosecutions ranging from commercial fraud and internet crime cases to first degree murders. Similar to complex commercial practice, Bill's cases involve extensive pretrial discovery, depositions and experts; however, the vast majority of his cases end up in trial, which has given him the opportunity to try over 100 jury trials to verdict. Bill is “Distinguished Practitioner in Residence” at Loyola University of Chicago Law School where he teaches Evidence, Advanced Evidence, and Trial Advocacy. In 2008 he received the Robert Bellarmine Award for Outstanding Law School Alumnus. Elward also teaches Trial Advocacy at the University of Chicago School of Law each year, and has taught trial advocacy at numerous law schools.
Elward is the director of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) Midwest Trials Skills Program Bill teaches deposition practice and trial skills nationally and internationally. In addition to his law school teaching, Bill supervises deposition training state-wide for the Illinois Attorney General’s office. Besides teaching several deposition and trial programs each year for private law firms throughout the United States, the Irish Department of Public Prosecutions has twice invited Bill to teach trial skills in Dublin, Ireland. Elward also taught evidence and criminal procedure at the Alberto Hurtado University Law School in Santiago, Chile, and taught comparative criminal procedure in Rome, Italy. Elward is a Chair of an Inquiry Panel for the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission.
Elward routinely receives the highest evaluations in both his law school classes and in NITA programs. In 2010 Elward was recognized by the Illinois State Appellate Prosecutor’s Office for Outstanding Instruction in Depositions and Trial Skills. From 2005-16 Bill taught evidence, criminal law and bar exam preparation for Bar-Bri. He now lectures for Themis Bar Prep. Elward is a cum laude graduate of Loyola University of Chicago Law School where he was the Research Editor on the Consumer Law Reporter. Bill is married and has four sons.
Attorney at Law
Paul V. Enriquez is in private practice specializing in criminal defense in state and federal courts in Dallas Texas. In 42 years of practice he has tried hundreds of cases both bench and jury trials. While serving as corporate litigation counsel for a major oil and gas company he was involved in commercial litigation and casualty defense matters throughout the country. Mr. Enriquez graduated from Southern Methodist University, BA (1970); and Southern Methodist University, JD (1973). Mr. Enriquez has been a NITA faculty member since 1993 and has taught as adjunct faculty in trial advocacy at Southern Methodist University since 2000.
New York Law School
US Attorney's Office
Ellen has spent more than a decade as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in Washington, D.C., where she has prosecuted a wide variety of criminal cases in both the local and federal courts. She has tried 30 criminal cases and directed scores of grand jury investigations, involving charges such as murder, bribery, wire fraud, and obstruction of justice. She has authored more than a dozen appellate briefs and argued nine direct appeals in the local and federal courts.
For the last four-and-a-half years, Ellen has served in the Fraud and Public Corruption Section, where she is a Senior AUSA. Prior to joining the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Ellen was a Senior Trial Attorney in the Office of Special Investigations of the Criminal Division at the U.S. Department of Justice. There she investigated and prosecuted individuals who assisted the Nazis in persecuting civilians during World War II.
During her 15 years total with the U.S. Department of Justice, Ellen has earned seven special achievement awards for superior performance and one meritorious award. Before joining the U.S. Department of Justice, Ellen spent four years in private practice at the law firm of Covington & Burling in Washington, D.C. She received her law and undergraduate degrees from Harvard University. Ellen has taught in trial advocacy skills workshops sponsored by NITA since 2004.
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Gary Ernsdorff is a Senior Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the King County Prosecutor’s Office located in Seattle, Washington. He graduated from the University of Washington Law School in 1992 and began his career in criminal law as a public defender in King County. In 1997, Mr. Ernsdorff “switched sides” and joined the King County Prosecutor’s Office. Mr. Ernsdorff has served in a number of units including Special Assault, Appeals, and the Trial Team. He has also supervised deputies in the Juvenile, Domestic Violence, Felony Trial, and Violent Crimes units while maintaining an active trial case-load involving some of the more serious and complex cases. He is currently serving in the Special Operations Unit where he is involved supervising electronic surveillance and investigating complex crimes. Mr. Ernsdorff regularly lectures on criminal law and trial advocacy to prosecuting attorneys, police departments, advocacy groups, and student organizations. He is also an adjunct instructor for the University of Washington School of Law.
Wilkinson Walsh & Eskovitz
Sean Eskovitz is a partner in the Los Angeles office of Munger, Tolles & Olson. He has successfully tried numerous civil and criminal cases to judges, juries and arbitrators across the country. A former Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, Mr. Eskovitz also represents companies and individuals in government investigations and prosecutions.
Mr. Eskovitz’s broad practice has included representation of plaintiffs and defendants in, among other industries, high technology, entertainment, insurance, transportation, pharmaceuticals, gaming, real estate and finance. Mr. Eskovitz’s notable matters in private practice include the following:
• Successful defense of Philip Morris USA in three-month California consumer class action trial relating to the marketing of “light” cigarettes; plaintiffs recovered nothing on their claims.
• Successful defense of prominent law firm in malpractice action concerning counsel’s representation at trial of retired professional football players; case settled after plaintiffs’ claims were dismissed in their entirety.
• Successful federal trial defense of Rambus in two-month jury trial of antitrust and fraud claims arising out of patentee’s involvement in a standard-setting organization; plaintiffs’ claims rejected in their entirety.
• Successful federal jury trial defense of Lloyd’s of London in the insurance coverage dispute over the destruction of the World Trade Center; plaintiff recovered nothing on its claims.
• Successful federal jury trial defense of Riggs Bank against stock option claims brought by former executive; plaintiff recovered nothing on his claims.
• Successful representation of American Express in the prosecution of its antitrust suit against Visa, MasterCard, and their member banks; settlement of Amex’s claims totaled more than $4 billion.
In February 2011, Mr. Eskovitz was appointed by the governor to serve on the Fair Political Practices Commission, the five-member non-partisan body charged with regulating and enforcing fair elections in California. In addition, Mr. Eskovitz serves on the Board of Directors and the Governance Committee of the Legal Aid Foundation of Los Angeles (LAFLA) and is the Co-Chair of Munger Tolles’s Recruiting Committee. Mr. Eskovitz has also taught pre-trial and trial skills at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) and the USC Gould School of Law.
Assistant United States Attorney
From 1999-2003, Mr. Eskovitz served as an Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York. In that capacity, he prosecuted complex criminal cases involving racketeering, financial and bank fraud, tax fraud, money laundering, violent crimes and narcotics offenses.
Mr. Eskovitz first-chaired many trials and argued several cases before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. He received the Outstanding Achievement Award/Northeast Region Case of the Year from the Organized Crime Drug Enforcement Task Forces and the International Award of Honor from the International Narcotics Enforcement Officers Association. Two of his cases received Justice Department Director’s Awards.
Northwest Justice Project
Law Office of Elizabeth Espinosa Krupa
Elizabeth Espinosa Krupa has been an attorney for nearly 20 years, currently in private practice. She graduated from the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law in 1994, served a judicial clerkship and then worked for the Colorado State Public Defender Office providing criminal defense for indigent clients. Ms. Krupa also worked for the Federal Defender for the District of Colorado. Ms. Krupa then worked as a Trial Attorney for the Denver Regional Office of the United States Securities and Exchange Commission conducting trials and administrative proceedings throughout the United States. Ms. Krupa also served as Assistant Regulation Counsel for the Colorado Supreme Court Office of Attorney Regulation Counsel and Faculty Member for National Institute for Trial Advocacy. She has been teaching NITA since 2009 in regional, public service and custom programs including the Program Director for the NITA/National Organization of Bar Counsel Advanced Trial Advocates Training.
Ms. Krupa has argued before courts in the state, appellate and federal levels. She has been active in many bar associations including the Hispanic National Bar and Colorado Hispanic Bar Association, for which she is President Elect. She has been appointed to and served on the Editorial Board of the ABA/BNA Lawyer's Manual on Professional Conduct, the Colorado State Supreme Court Unauthorized Practice of Law Committee and the Western Regional Advisory Board for the United States Commission on Civil Rights. She is a frequent lecturer at CLE programs, was an adjunct professor teaching trial advocacy and coached the American Association for Justice mock trial team for the University of Denver, Sturm College of Law.
Hunton & Williams
Joe's practice focuses on complex business litigation.
Joe has been recognized by Chambers USA for Litigation (Band 3): General Commercial (District of Columbia), 2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013.
He was recently elected to membership in the American Law Institute.
Joe’s trial experience includes: a jury trial in the Eastern District of Virginia "Rocket Docket" between competitors in the student loan industry; a patent infringement jury trial in New Jersey concerning memory chips, which was named to the National Law Journal's 2007 Defense Hot List; a customs fraud jury trial in the Court of International Trade concerning rebates for imported surgical instruments; a major antitrust suit in Iowa involving high fructose corn syrup; and a complex corporate tax case in the US Tax Court regarding depreciation of equipment in the steel industry. Joe's experience also includes an employment discrimination jury trial in the Southern District of New York; a partnership fraud and accounting trial in Roanoke, Virginia; and a breach of fiduciary duty/legal malpractice trial in Fairfax, Virginia.
Joe graduated from the State University of New York at Buffalo magna cum laude, and from the New York University School of Law, where he served on the Annual Survey of American Law.
Prior to entering private practice, he clerked first for the Hon. Phil M. McNagny, Jr., of the US District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, and then for the Hon. Paul C. Weick, of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He practiced on Wall Street before moving to Washington.
Joe has spoken before the Washington Metropolitan Area Corporate Counsel Association (WMACCA) on such topics as expert witnesses, litigation management, and the defense of major cases in the Eastern District of Virginia; before the Legal Affairs Committee of the National Council of Higher Education Resources (NCHER) on topics including electronic discovery and legal ethics; before the Corporate Counsel Committee of the ABA Section of Litigation; at the ABA TIPS 2013 Spring Meeting on ethics issues concerning expert witnesses; and at the American Conference Institute's National Conference on Consumer Finance Class Actions and Litigation. He has lectured on civil trials for the Institute for US Law. Joe also co-chairs Hunton’s Washington office Pro Bono Committee.
Joe is a member of the District of Columbia and New York bars. He is admitted to practice before the US Tax Court; US Court of Appeals for the Second, Fourth, Sixth, Eleventh, DC and Federal Circuits; and the US District Courts for the District of Columbia, District of Maryland, Eastern and Southern Districts of New York, and the Southern District of Texas.
Joe serves as co-chair of Membership Subcommittee of the Corporate Counsel Committee of the ABA Section of Litigation; and is a member of the Student Press Law Center Legal Advisory Committee and the Dean's Advisory Council of the University at Buffalo College of Arts and Sciences.
He is the author of Student Loan Litigation Update 2013, The Review of Banking & Financial Services, Vol. 29, No. 3, at 31, March 2013.
The Budlong Law Firm
Tara L. Eubanks is an Attorney at The Budlong Law Firm in Edmonds, WA. Her practice focuses on cases involving complex personal injuries, medical negligence, wrongful death, products liability, and insurance bad faith. Tara is a graduate of the University of Washington (B.A. Political Science and Spanish, 2000) and Seattle University School of Law (J.D., 2003). Prior to joining the firm she worked in the Seattle office of Graham, Lundberg & Peschel for nine years representing plaintiffs in auto collision and premise liability cases.
She is an EAGLE member of the Washington State Association for Justice (WSAJ) and has served on the Board of Governors for WSAJ since 2007. She has been an invited speaker for numerous CLEs and was a contributing author to the Washington State Association for Justice Automobile Accident Litigation Deskbook.
Tara was given then first WSTLA/WSAJ New Member/Young Lawyer “Ready to Soar” Award in 2008. She was consistently recognized as a “Rising Star” in Washington Law & Politics from 2009-2012 and has been named a “Super Lawyer” each year since 2013.
As Vice President and Deputy General Counsel for Single Family Default Management and Litigation at Freddie Mac, Sherri Evans Harris oversees the representation of the Corporation in all phases of federal, state and administrative single-family default, REO legal matters and litigation.
Ms. Harris previously served as Vice President, Ethics and Business Practices in the Compliance Division managing, among other things, Freddie Mac’s ethics, non-business line compliance, anti-corruption, anti-fraud and internal investigation programs. Ms. Harris joined Freddie Mac as an Associate General Counsel in the Litigation Department and she currently serves as Co-Coordinator of the Legal Division’s Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Prior to joining Freddie Mac, Sherri served as a Principal Counsel in Enforcement at the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority and the Executive Assistant United States Attorney for Management in the U.S. Attorney's Office for the District of Columbia. She has a history of community involvement and chairs the non-profit Board of the Jones-Haywood Dance School in Washington, D.C. Sherri received her B.A. from Michigan State University and her J.D. from the University of Michigan Law School.
Since 1973, K. Stewart Evans, Jr. has focused on resolving complex legal issues through negotiation, alternative dispute resolution resources, and litigation relating to business planning, business disputes, contract formation and disputes, protection of intellectual property, business torts, and securities.
In addition to serving as outside general counsel to several businesses and counseling clients on difficult matters on a project basis, Mr. Evans is a seasoned trial lawyer who has been particularly successful in jury trials. However, he understands the business reasons for clients to avoid the time and expense of litigation, if possible. Mr. Evans uses his trial experience to help clients develop pro-active strategies to avoid litigation, to reduce risks when disputes occur and to achieve their objectives through negotiations and, if necessary, through litigation.
Mr. Evans has successfully represented clients in matters relating to contract formation and disputes, software, an attack against an entire line of computer products, patent infringement claims based upon biological products, misappropriation of trade secrets, trademarks, interference with contract claims, breach of fiduciary duties, restrictive covenants, conspiracy, securities fraud, wrongful termination and Title VII claims, breach of warranty, and defamation.
Mr. Evans received his B.A. from the University of Virginia in 1968. He was a three-year letterman in baseball, a member of the Raven Society and, in 1967-1968, the historian of the College. After receiving his J.D. from the University of Virginia in 1972, he served as a law clerk for the Honorable Robert J. Kelleher of the U.S. District Court for the Central District of California in Los Angeles. Because Judge Kelleher was under consideration for appointment to the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals and sat by designation quite often, Mr. Evans also had the opportunity to participate in the work of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Mr. Evans is a member of the Fourth Circuit Judicial Conference. Mr. Evans has lectured extensively on commercial litigation matters, business torts and securities, and has written articles for PC Magazine.
Cokinos Bosien & Young
B.S.in Social Sciences, Southwestern University, 1977
Juris Doctor, Baylor Law School, 1980
Briefing Attorney for Hon. Bob E. Shannon, Austin Court of Civil Appeals, 1980-1981
Received Outstanding Law Review Award by the Texas Bar Foundation, 1982; Co-author with Judge Shannon, “The Texas Administrative Procedure and Texas Register Act Since 1976 Selected Problems,” 33 Baylor L. Review 393, 1981
Practiced civil litigation in Austin, Texas since 1981. Married to Hon. Orlinda Naranjo, 419th District Court
Elected as an Advocate to the American Board of Trial Advocates
Board Certified in Civil Trial Law and Personal Injury Trial Law since 1987, Texas Board of Legal Specialization
Adjunct Professor of Law at the University of Texas School of Law, teaching Trial Tactics from 1986 - 1998 and coached National Mock Trial teams to multiple championships
Frequent speaker at State and local Bar Association seminars on civil trial techniques and substantive areas of civil litigation
Named a Texas Super Lawyer by Thomson Reuters Magazine in Business Litigation, Civil Litigation Defense, Employment & Labor Law, Published in Texas Monthly Magazine 2003, 2004, 2009-2017
Barrister, American Inns of Courts CVXII
NITA Faculty Member since 2010
Named to America’s Top 100 Attorneys (Southern Texas)
Partner in Cokinos|Young, practicing primarily in a wide variety of civil litigation (Plaintiffs and Defendants) and general counsel advice, having tried over 110 jury trials.
In addition, he owns several small businesses that guarantee he does not have to die a trial lawyer.
Law Office of Michael Faber
Michael J. Faber
Michael J. Faber was born in Ann Arbor, Michigan on October 4, 1954. He graduated with High Honors from the University of California, Santa Barbara in 1975, and earned his Juris Doctor degree (cum laude) from Northwestern University School of Law in 1979.
Mr. Faber was admitted to the California Bar in 1979. He began his practice with Lillick, McHose & Charles, which is now Pillsbury Winthrop Shaw Pittman LLP.
Since 1987, Mr. Faber has been a sole practitioner in Santa Monica and West Los Angeles where he specializes in representing employees in employment related disputes. He also regularly counsels corporate executives in severance negotiations. He has tried nearly 40 jury trials in state and federal courts, together with numerous bench trials and arbitrations. He has argued more than 10 appeals in the California Courts of Appeal and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
Mr. Faber has served on the faculty of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and regularly teaches at MCLE seminars on employment litigation. He enjoys an AV rating by Martindale-Hubbell, and he has been named a "Southern California Super Lawyer" by Los Angeles Magazine for six consecutive years, from 2006 to 2011. Additionally, Mr. Faber has been selected for inclusion in the 2011 edition of "The Best Lawyers in America".
Law Offices of Jane Fields
Matt Farmer is an experienced trial lawyer who knows that the best way to secure a favorable settlement for a client is to be well-prepared to try that client's case. He has tried a variety of complex cases, including multi-week copyright infringement, whistle-blower and insurance coverage trials. He was named a finalist for the 2013 Public Justice Trial Lawyer of the Year award after a federal jury returned a verdict that was listed among the National Law Journal’s Top 100 of 2013. In the family law arena, he has successfully litigated child custody and child removal cases against some of the Chicagoland area's top family law attorneys.
He has served for many years as a faculty member for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy’s “Building Trial Skills” program, and he has also taught trial advocacy to practicing attorneys as a faculty member for the National Employment Lawyers Association's "Trial Boot Camp."
He writes frequently about public education, and his work has appeared in The Huffington Post, the Chicago Sun-Times, and The Washington Post (online edition). He has discussed education issues as a guest on MSNBC's "Up with Chris Hayes," and has been a frequent guest on "Chicago Newsroom," a cable TV talk show that focuses on state and local political issues.