William S. Boyd School of Law
Las Vegas, NV
It is rare to win a case at deposition but you certainly can. NITA’s Deposition Skills program puts you in a realistic deposition setting and provides you the opportunity to discover an effective examination style that best fits your personality and skills.
Using NITA’s unique “funnel technique” and learning-by-doing approach you will practice and
perfect the skills of:
• Eliciting exhaustive, expansive answers
• Creating rapport with the witness
• Theory testing during depositions
• Identifying other potential sources of information
• Closing off avenues of escape
• Successfully dealing with obstreperous counsel
• Knowing when, and how, to object when defending a deposition
• Preparing -ethically and thoroughly- your client to be deposed
* Qualifies as one credit toward the NITA Advocate Designation
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|Program in Session||Feb 21, 2013 1:00 PM - Feb 21, 2013 6:00 PM|
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|Program in Session||Feb 23, 2013 8:30 AM - Feb 23, 2013 3:30 PM|
Cohen Kennedy Dowd & Quigley
Daniel G. Dowd
Dan Dowd is the managing partner of Cohen Kennedy Dowd & Quigley. Dan attended Iowa State University and obtained a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration (with an emphasis in finance) 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 has received substantial peer recognition during his career. In 2004, The Business Journal recognized Dan as one of the “Best of the Bar – Litigation” as selected by his peers. In 2007, Dan, Ron Cohen and Laura Kennedy 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 has also 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. In 2011, Southwest Super Lawyers identified Dan as a member of "The Top Fifty" recognizing the Arizona lawyers who received the highest point totals in the review process. Dan is recognized in "Best Lawyers in America" 2010 - 2012 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. Dan currently serves as co-chair of the American Bar Association's Judicial Intern Opportunity Program ("JIOP"). He was co-chair of the Special Committee on the Future of Civil Litigation of the American Bar Association's Section of Litigation from 2009-2010. He served as Director of Division IV in 2009, co-chair of the Section's Solo and Small Firm Committee from 2006 to 2008 and as co-chair of the Federal Practice Task Force from 2001 to 2005. 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 and a NITA faculty member.
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 Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals. Dan concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial litigation, ADR and administrative dispute proceedings.
Robert J. Wayne PS
Bob Wayne is a Seattle trial lawyer whose practice focuses on representing plaintiffs in legal malpractice cases, civil litigation and criminal defense. He has also represented lawyers in bar disciplinary matters.
He graduated from U.C.L.A. Law School in 1974 (order of the Coif, Order of Barristers), where he received the highest advocacy award, the Roscoe Pound Outstanding Advocate trophy (1974). While in law school he argued before three justices of the U.S. Supreme Court. In addition, his three person team won the California State Moor Court Championship (1973). After graduation he clerked on the United States Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit before moving to Seattle as an associate with the Perkins Coie firm. He gained trial experience as King County Deputy Prosecuting Attorney, leaving that office to simultaneously open his own practice in 1978 and to teach in the University of Washington Law School trial advocacy program. In 1978-79 he was the Director of the program. He taught trial advocacy at the University for 30 years.
Bob has taught advocacy to trial lawyers through the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) and other organizations. He has been a NITA faculty member since 1980, and has been a team leader in the Northwest, Arizona, Nevada and San Diego Regional Programs and at the National Session held in Colorado. He has taught advocacy teachers how to teach trial advocacy in programs at Harvard, Colorado and British Columbia. He served as the Program Director for the NW Regional NITA Trial Skills Program for seven years. He has lectured nationally on the use of technology in trials.
Bob’s professional background includes chairing the Tort Law Section of the Washington State Trial Lawyers Association (WSTLA), and twice serving as the Chair of the Criminal Law Section of the Washington State Bar Association (WSBA). He was a founder and board member of the Washington Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (WACDL) and created its Strike Force, representing lawyers who were under attack. He has served as the National Chair for the Strike Force of the National Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers (NACDL), and edited its Strike Force Manual (3rd Ed. 1994). Both of those criminal defense organizations awarded him its President’s Award. Bob chaired the King County Bar Association’s Judiciary & Litigation Committee for four years, chaired its Judicial Conferencing Committee for two years and continues to serve as the Bar’s voice on the Superior Court Judge’s Local Rules Committee.
Washington Law & Politics magazine named him to its Washington Superlawyers List repeatedly, and has listed him as one of the 25 best criminal lawyers in the State of Washington. He has a Martindale-Hubbell rating of AV® (“preeminent”), and has been listed in Who’s Who in America, Who’s Who in American Education, and Who’s Who in American Law.
Las Vegas, NV
Mr. Gordon is a partner in the Las Vegas office of McDonald Carano Wilson LLP. His practice focuses on Commercial Litigation, including general business disputes, shareholder derivative actions, construction, real estate and title disputes, landlord/tenant issues, employment disputes and securities claims. His practice also includes significant alternative dispute resolution experience. He is a Commercial, Construction, and Employment Arbitrator for the American Arbitration Association, and serves as a private arbitrator and mediator.
Mr. Gordon served as Chair of the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals' Lawyer Representative Coordinating Committee, was one of seven Nevada Lawyer Representatives to the Ninth Circuit Conference (2001-2007), and has served on several federal court committees. He is Chair of the State Bar committee drafting the Nevada Recommended Jury Instructions (Civil). He is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Nevada and Arizona, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the Supreme Court of the United States. Mr. Gordon has been recognized in Best Lawyers in America, Mountain States Super Lawyers, and The Chambers USA Guide, and has an “AV” rating from Martindale-Hubbell. He is a court-appointed Mediator for the United States District Court of Nevada’s Early Mediation Program for Pro Se Inmates.
Mr. Gordon graduated from Claremont McKenna College, cum laude, in 1984, and received his JD from Harvard Law School in 1987. He coaches high school lacrosse, is a Trustee of the Southern Nevada Sports Hall of Fame, and was a member of the Leadership Las Vegas Class of 1995.
Santoro Whitmire LTD
Las Vegas, NV
Nicholas J. Santoro
An experienced litigator, Nicholas J. Santoro has handled cases in a wide variety of civil matters, including contract, tort, real estate, and defense of professional liability claims. He has been lead counsel in numerous trials and arbitrations. Martindale Hubbell has designated Mr. Santoro as an AV-rated lawyer. Mr. Santoro has been consistently recognized for his excellence in commercial litigation by The Best Lawyers in America (Commercial Litigation, Bet-the-Company Litigation), Chambers USA, America's Leading Lawyers for Business, and Benchmark, America's Leading Litigation Attorneys. Super Lawyers has rated Mr. Santoro as one of the top 75 lawyers in the Mountain States (Nevada, Idaho, Montana, Utah and Wyoming) each year since 2007.
Mr. Santoro attended law school at the University of San Diego (J.D., 1983) and was admitted to the Nevada Bar in 1983. An active participant in local bar and professional organizations, Mr. Santoro served for 12 years on the Southern Nevada Disciplinary Board of the State Bar of Nevada and previously was a member of the State Bar’s Fee Dispute Committee. He was selected to be a Colleague of the Nevada Law Foundation. Mr. Santoro was also actively involved in the Nevada American Inns of Court.
Jolley Urga Wirth et al
Las Vegas, NV
L. Christopher Rose, Esq.
L. Christopher Rose is a shareholder of the law firm of Jolley Urga Wirth Woodbury & Standish. His practice areas include business and commercial litigation; real estate litigation; corporate, limited liability company and partnership law and litigation; construction law and litigation and enforcement of mechanic’s liens (representing general contractors, sub-contractors, owners and lenders); restrictive covenants and non-compete agreements; and appellate practice. Mr. Rose practices in both state and federal court and has also litigated cases in arbitration, including the American Arbitration Association and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority (FINRA). Mr. Rose has also represented clients in administrative hearings before a variety of governmental agencies. Whether representing large national companies, small business owners or individuals, Mr. Rose adheres to the philosophy that, as professionals and advisors, attorneys provide the greatest benefit to their clients by achieving great results and creating successful resolutions while balancing the economic realities of each client’s particular needs and circumstances.
Mr. Rose earned his bachelor of arts degree from the University of Nevada, Las Vegas and his law degree from the University of Idaho, graduating magna cum laude, third in his class. In law school, Mr. Rose was Symposium Edition Editor of the Idaho Law Review and was named Idaho Law Review Editor of the Year. The Idaho Law Review published his article, “Nevada’s Court Annexed Arbitration Program: A Solution to Some of the Causes of Dissatisfaction With the Civil Justice System” (36 Idaho L. Rev. 171, 1999). Mr. Rose also received the Faculty Award for Recognition of Outstanding Academic Achievement. Mr. Rose has also written and been published in business publications on varying legal topics. He is admitted in the State of Nevada, the United Stated District Court for the District of Nevada, and the United States Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
In March 2008, Mr. Rose was invited to join, and has since served as part of, the faculty for the Deposition Program of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) – a non-profit organization committed to teaching and training lawyers in trial and litigation skills. In joining the faculty, Mr. Rose works with judges and other practicing lawyers from across the nation in teaching deposition skills to lawyers of varying experience at large and small firms from across the country.
When away from the office, Mr. Rose enjoys spending time with his wife and their children, three sons and a daughter.
L. Christopher Rose, Esq.
Jolley Urga Wirth Woodbury & Standish
Las Vegas, Nevada 89169
Rodey Law Firm
Columbia University (J.D., 1985)
Claremont McKenna College (B.A., 1983)
Mr. Gordon is a Director in the Albuquerque office and the Chairman of the Litigation Department. He is a board-certified specialist in Civil Trials and in Employment and Labor Law.
Since 1986, Mr. Gordon has been the first chair trial attorney in numerous jury trials and bench trials including the trials of discrimination, wrongful termination, breach of contract and personal injury claims. He is certified by the National Board of Trial Advocacy as a Civil Trial Advocate and is a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates. He is certified by the New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization as a specialist in Civil Trials and in Employment and Labor Law. Mr. Gordon is an adjunct professor at the University of New Mexico School of Law where he teaches Pretrial Practice. He also serves on the faculty for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.
Mr. Gordon has been listed in Chambers & Partners-America’s Leading Lawyers for Business since 2004 and has been given a #1 ranking in Labor and Employment Law. Also since 2004, Mr. Gordon has been listed in The Best Lawyers in America for his expertise and experience in Employment Law-Management, Labor Law-Management, Litigation-Labor and Employment, and Commercial Litigation. Since 2007, Mr. Gordon has been listed in Southwest Super Lawyers for his expertise and experience in Employment and Labor Law. Mr. Gordon is also listed in Benchmark Litigation-The Definitive Guide to America’s Leading Litigation Firms and Attorneys for his experience and expertise in commercial litigation, labor & employment and medical malpractice law.
Mr. Gordon was selected by New Mexico Business Weekly as one of New Mexico’s “Best of the Bar” for 2011.
Mr. Gordon was named Albuquerque Litigation – Labor & Employment Lawyer of the Year-2012 by Best Lawyers in America.
PROFESSIONAL MEMBERSHIPS AND ACTIVITIES
State Bar of New Mexico
State Bar of Nevada
American Bar Association
Certificate in Civil Trial Advocacy (National Board of Trial Advocacy)
Trial Specialist - Civil (New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization)
Employment and Labor Law Specialist (New Mexico Board of Legal Specialization)
Member, American Board of Trial Advocates
Has achieved highest Martindale-Hubbell rating
Co-Author: New Mexico Employment Law Desk Reference (Xlibris, 2010)
Lewis & Roca LLP
Las Vegas, NV
Von S. Heinz
Mr. Heinz is a partner in the Las Vegas office of Lewis and Roca LLP and concentrates his practice in commercial litigation. He has substantial experience in securities and other complex civil and commercial litigation, including ERISA and first-party liability litigation for insurance companies. He also practices employment law, with an emphasis on employment discrimination at the trial and appellate levels.
• Represented international financial corporation in securities fraud actions pending in the Nevada state court, the Nevada federal district court, and the Nevada bankruptcy court concerning 1031 exchanges.
• Represented a New York law firm in litigation before the Nevada federal district court, the Nevada bankruptcy court, the Bankruptcy Appellate Panel and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals, defending against charges of professional negligence arising from its representation of a formerly publicly-traded Nevada corporation.
• Acted as principal Nevada litigation counsel for an international hotel/casino corporation in a hostile takeover action in both the Nevada federal district court and the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
• Obtained summary judgment in favor of national home health care corporation in employment discrimination matter, affirmed on appeal by the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals.
• Represented the interests of a major insurance company in In Re: May 4, 1998 Fire Litigation, an action on behalf of over 100 insurance companies which recovered by subrogation in excess of 97% of monies paid to insureds incurring damages as a result of the explosion of the PEPCON ammonium perchlorate manufacturing plant and appointed by the Nevada state court to serve as the plaintiff's chair of the Discovery Committee and the Pretrial Planning Committee.
• Defended a product manufacturer in In Re: MGM Grand Hotel Fire Litigation, MDL 453 and appointed by the federal district court to serve as one of two lawyers to represent the interests of over 120 individually-represented defendants on the Discovery Planning and Scheduling Committee and the Pretrial Liaison Committee.
Mr. Heinz was a lawyer representative to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit (1998-2001) and served as both the chair of the Nevada lawyer representatives and a member of the Ninth Circuit Judicial Conference’s Lawyer Representatives Coordinating Committee. Mr. Heinz is a master and past officer of the Nevada American Inn of Court.
An active member of the American Bar Association, Mr. Heinz is a Life Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. He is also a Fellow and past cabinet member of the ABA's Young Lawyers Division, having served as a Director, Membership Support Network Director and a national conference chair. Mr. Heinz has also served as a member of the American Law Institute-American Bar Association Committee on Continuing Professional Education.
Mr. Heinz was the gala chair of the State Bar of Nevada’s seventy-fifth anniversary in 2003 and served as a State Bar of Nevada examination grader from 1996 to 2003.
Mr. Heinz is listed in Chambers USA America’s Leading Business Lawyers©, by Chambers and Partners Publishers, in the category of Commercial Litigation (2005-2010). He is also listed in The Best Lawyers in America ®, by Woodward/White, Aiken, S.C. in the category of Labor and Employment Law (2007-2011) and in the category of Commercial Litigation (2008-2011). Mr. Heinz was also recognized by the Mountain States Super Lawyers in the categories of General Litigation and Business Litigation.
Mr. Heinz is admitted to practice in Nevada, the United States District Court, District of Nevada, the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit and the United States Supreme Court.
Pisanelli Bice PLLC
Las Vegas, NV
Jim Pisanelli is a co-founder of Pisanelli Bice, PLLC, a litigation firm focused primarily on commercial litigation. Prior to forming Pisanelli Bice, Jim was the co-chair of Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck's national litigation group, overseeing and managing approximately 80 litigators based in offices across the United States, while actively pursuing his own practice.
Jim's practice focuses primarily on commercial litigation, health care law, construction and real estate litigation. He represents a wide variety of clients, ranging from Fortune 500 companies to single-entity entrepreneurs. Jim also represents many of Nevada's largest gaming companies and developers.
Jim’s practice has tried and prosecuted numerous cases to judgment in state and federal court, as well as in various alternative dispute resolution settings. He is a member of the Advisory Board for City National Bank.
J.D., 1990, cum laude, Boston University School of Law
B.S., 1987, with distinction, University of Nevada Las Vegas
Best Lawyers in America, Commercial Litigation and Construction Law, 2007-2011
Chambers USA, America's Leading Business Lawyers, 2004-2011
Mountain States SuperLawyers, 2007-2010
Benchmark Litigation, Litigation Stars 2010
State Bar of Nevada
State Bar of Arizona
American Bar Association
Maricopa County Bar Association
Las Vegas, NV
Eleissa C. Lavelle, Esq
Eleissa C. Lavelle, Esq. has more than 30 years of experience as a mediator, arbitrator, litigator and transactional attorney. She brings a calm, assured, and common-sense approach to arbitrating and mediating complex, high emotion and contentious disputes.
Ms. Lavelle has worked with developers, lenders, construction managers, contractors, subcontractors and sureties in connection with the development and construction of public facilities, hotels and casinos, shopping centers, office buildings, warehouse facilities and multi-family residential projects. She has resolved disputes arising out of the acquisition, sale and dissolution of a variety of business enterprises, including the emotional as well as financial conflict involved in resolution of family business and trust administration disputes. Ms. Lavelle has mediated and arbitrated disputes involving common interest communities. Ms. Lavelle has also resolved disputes involving financial institutions, lenders, the FDIC, investors and title companies, owners and tenants of regional malls, shopping centers, office buildings and other commercial property, and a variety of other local and national businesses. She has also settled legal malpractice cases arising out of real estate transactions, as well as premises liability and other personal injury claims.
ADR Experience and Qualifications
• L.L.M. Degree in Dispute Resolution, Straus Institute, Pepperdine University School of Law
• Drafted legislation promoting mediation and arbitration for common-interest communities
• Appointed by the Nevada Supreme Court as one of its first settlement judges
o Contract, secured transactions, valuation, business entity dissolutions, buy-sell agreements, and shareholder disputes, including:
? Disputes involving business buyouts and non-compete agreements
? Disputes involving inter-creditor agreements and disputes among participating lenders
? Enforcement of guarantee agreements, deeds of trust, and other secured transactions
? Shareholder and limited liability company member claims of fraud, breach of fiduciary duty, and mismanagement
o Delay, disruption, defective construction, surety, and licensing disputes between and among public and private owners, construction managers, contractors, subcontractors, and sureties, including:
? Coverage and indemnity disputes under surety agreements
? Defective construction claims involving individual single family homes, residential development, and commercial properties
? Delay and disruption claims
? Enforcement and priority of mechanic’s liens
? Insurance coverage disputes in connection with defective construction claims
o General liability, malpractice, title insurance, and surety agreements, including:
? Coverage disputes arising from legal malpractice, real estate, title, construction, and general commercial liability policy disputes
? Enforceability of payment and performance bonds
? Enforcement of indemnity agreements
? Title insurance coverage claims involving alleged broken priority in construction projects
• Financial Markets
o Represented clients in matters and and conducted mediations and arbitrations for banks, financial institutions, and regulatory agencies. Matters include inter-lender disputes, loan participation disputes among lenders, and disputes concerning solicitation and participation of investors in loan transactions, including fraud and breach of fiduciary duty claims.
• Personal Injury
o Cases involving personal injury and wrongful death claims, including:
? Automobile accident case tried to jury and reversed on appeal
? Wrongful death case involving alleged negligent design of freeway bypass and signage
• Professional Liability
o Legal and medical malpractice, including:
? Established Nevada’s first Office of Bar Counsel and subsequently appointed on Nevada State Bar arbitral panels overseeing alleged ethical violations and attorney malfeasance
? Legal malpractice disputes involving real estate and commercial transactions
? Litigated both legal and medical malpractice cases
• Real Property
o Common-interest communities, purchase and sale agreements, title and easement disputes, condemnation and valuation matters, and commercial landlord-tenant disputes, including:
? Condemnation by public authorities and utilities
? Interpretation and enforcement of restrictive covenants in common-interest communities
? Super-priority issues involving community associations and lenders
? Title and competing priority disputes among secured lenders and developers
? Title and competing priority disputes among secured lenders and mechanic’s lien claimants
Honors, Memberships, and Professional Activities
• Recognized as a “Best Lawyer”, The Best Lawyers in America, 2012 and 2013
• Recognized as a “Super Lawyer”, Mountain States Super Lawyers, 2007-2013
• Adjunct faculty member at Boyd School of Law, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
• Arbitrator and Mediator, Nevada Real Estate Division, Department of Business and Industry
• Member, State Bar of Nevada Real Estate Section Subcommittee on Common Interest Communities
• Member, Clark County School District Bond Oversight Committee
• Faculty, National Institute of Trial Advocacy, Deposition Program, Las Vegas, February 2013
• Recent Speaking Engagements
o “Maximizing your Chances for a Successful Mediation,” Clark County Bar Association, December 2012
o “Strategies for Managing Disputes and Claims Without Litigation,” Construction Management Assoc. of America, So. Nev. Chapter, November 2012
o “Construction Claim Recognition and Preservation” Las Vegas, Nevada, March, 2011
o “Women in Judicial, Mediation and Managing Partner Roles,” State Bar of Nevada, January 2013
o “Tribal Sovereign Immunity and Jurisdiction--Is the Indemnity Agreement Enforceable?” Chicago Surety Claims Assn., September 2007
o “Mediation: A Valuable Tool for Litigators,” NBI, November 2006
• Recent Publications
o “Payment and Lien Statutes Are Potential Landmines,” Modern Contractor Solutions, February 2010
Background and Education
• Partner, Duane Morris LLP
• Partner, Watt, Tieder, Hoffar & Fitzgerald LLP
• Lavelle & Associates, PC
• Deputy Attorney General, Nevada Department of Transportation
• L.L.M. Degree in Dispute Resolution, Straus Institute at Pepperdine University School of Law
• J.D., University of Utah
Las Vegas, NV
S. Kirk Ingebretsen
Sander Ingebretsen & Wake PC
S. Kirk Ingebretsen
Sander Ingebretsen & Wake, P.C.
Practice Areas: Complex Commercial Litigation
Kirk Ingebretsen has been practicing complex commercial litigation since his admission to the Bar in 1981. He is Panel Counsel for Chubb & Sons, Inc., and handles insurance coverage issues including those relating to breach of fiduciary duties and director and officer liability. He also has handled class actions at both the trial and appellate levels and cases involving securities trading practices and compliance procedures, securities fraud, corporate governance, oil and gas, employment, trade secrets and covenants not to compete, and accountant professional liability. He has extensive arbitration experience, both as an advocate and as an arbitrator, with the NASD, FINRA, and the American Arbitration Association.
Kirk received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University in 1977, graduating with distinction with a degree in Human Biology, and he received his law degree from the University of Colorado, graduating in 1981 Order of the Coif. He is admitted to practice in the state and federal courts of Colorado and the 10th Circuit.
Kirk was appointed to leadership in the ABA Section of Litigation in 1999, and currently serves on its Council. He taught “Business Transactions” for five years as an adjunct professor at the University of Colorado School of Law, a course he designed to teach practical business and litigation skills to third-year law students.
Kirk devotes his pro bono efforts to representing the interests of abused and neglected children in legal proceedings. He is a former board member of the Rocky Mountain Children’s Law Center and the Challenge Foundation. He has been a high school mock trial coach since 2007.
Kirk has a peer review rating of AV Preeminent, which is the highest rating for legal ability and ethical standards. He was named a “Super Lawyer” (awarded to the top 5% of the Colorado Bar) in 2007, 2009, 2010, and 2012, and was selected by his peers to be included in 2013 The Best Lawyers in America (U.S. News & World Report).
Santoro Whitmire LTD
Las Vegas, NV
Jim Whitmire is a shareholder in the litigation department at Santoro, Driggs, Walch, Kearney, Holley & Thompson. He has extensive experience litigating a wide variety of cases, including complex commercial, employment, insurance and tort related matters. He has been recommended as a leading lawyer in the state of Nevada by Benchmark, America’s Leading Lawyers for Business, and selected for inclusion in Super Lawyers 2008 (Business Litigation).
Mr. Whitmire’s commercial litigation experience includes prosecuting and defending, on behalf of a wide variety of clients, business and real estate disputes, unfair business practice cases, non-compete matters, partnership disputes and trade secret cases. Many of the business litigation cases Mr. Whitmire litigates involve multi-million dollar disputes with complex factual and legal issues.
Mr. Whitmire’s employment litigation experience includes representing clients in wage and hour disputes and discrimination actions. For example, he has successfully defended one of the world’s largest companies against class action wage and hour allegations. He has also represented plaintiffs in class action age discrimination cases, and he has represented both plaintiffs and defendants in individual sexual harassment, disability, race discrimination and other similar lawsuits.
Mr. Whitmire’s insurance litigation experience includes the representation of clients in disputes concerning commercial general liability policies, umbrella and excess policies, law enforcement liability policies, inland marine policies, professional liability policies, homeowner’s policies and crime/fidelity insurance policies.
Mr. Whitmire majored in finance and received his Bachelor of Business Administration degree, with Distinction, from the University of Iowa. Following undergraduate school, he attended the University of Illinois, receiving his Juris Doctor degree, Magna Cum Laude.
Aaron & Gianna PLC
New Orleans, LA
Dominic J. Gianna, founding partner of Middleberg, Riddle & Gianna with offices in New Orleans, Dallas and Austin, is recognized as one of America’’s master advocates. He is a Fellow of the International Society of Barristers, has experience from both sides of the bench, and has been successful as a trial lawyer from both sides of the courtroom. He has tried cases throughout the United States in a wide variety of areas, including products liability, toxic tort and mass tort class actions, employment law and commercial matters for both corporate and insurance defendants and plaintiffs. He brings incredible creativity, energy and enthusiasm into the courtroom. On the other side of the bench, Mr. Gianna has been appointed as Special Master in complex mass tort class actions, has experience as a District Judge pro tem by appointment of the Supreme Court of Louisiana, and has served as arbitrator and mediator in complex disputes.
Mr. Gianna is also recognized as one of America’s outstanding teachers of advocacy, persuasion and trial techniques. He is Program Director of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s Gulf Coast Regional Trial Advocacy Training Program and NITA’s Gulf Coast Deposition Program. He was the recipient of the 1998 Hon. Robert Keeton Award from the National Institute for Trial Advocacy for his contributions to the teaching of advocacy. He has served as faculty member and Team Leader for NITA’s National Session since 1985 and has been Team Leader and faculty member at many NITA Regional Programs throughout the USA. Dominic has lectured throughout the world in the fields of advocacy, persuasion and trial techniques, and thousands have enjoyed his insightful and entertaining lectures. He is consistently rated as one of the most entertaining and energetic lecturers in American law. He has also demonstrated trial techniques to numerous bar and professional groups throughout North America and captivates audiences with his creative expertise and unmatched energy. Mr. Gianna serves as Director of Trial Advocacy at the Louisiana State University School of Law, has been a member of the Trial Techniques Faculty of Tulane and Emory Universities, and was selected Program Chair of the 1994 ABA Section of Litigation Meeting. He is the author of Opening Statements 2d :Winning the Beginning published by West\Thomson Publishing Co. and has written many articles on the arts of advocacy and persuasion
Dominic Gianna received his Bachelor’s and Master’s Degree in Organic Chemistry from Manhattan College and his law degree from Loyola University School of Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review.
8th Judicial District Court
Las Vegas, NV
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.
Deposition Skills: Las Vegas
* All states have different MCLE requirements. Please visit your state website, listed below, for additional state specific requirements such as applications, fees, and forms. CLE fees are not included in your tuition. If you do not attend the entire program, you may find your state will not give you any credit for only partial attendance.
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You may check in for the program from 12:00pm to 1:00pm on Thursday, February, 21. The program will start promptly at 1:00pm on that date and will conclude Saturday, February 23 at 3:30pm. The program sill be held at the following location.
William S. Boyd School of Law
4505 S Maryland Pkwy
Las Vegas, NV 89154
Participants are responsible for making their own hotel arrangements. Please contact the hotels directly for reservations and additional information.
Hard Rock Hotel and Casino
4455 Paradise Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89169
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AmeriSuites Las Vegas/ Paradise Road
4520 Paradise Rd
Las Vegas, NV 89169
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The airport is approximately 10 minutes from the hotels and the law school. Taxi service to the hotels will run approximately $15.00-$20.00 from the airport. The Hard Rock does not have shuttle service.
AmeriSuites has a complimentary shuttle to and from the airport. Please call upon your arrival at the courtesy desk or call 702.369.3366 to arrange pick-up location.
Please ask your hotel about parking rates. The UNLV campus will issue tickets to vehicles improperly parked. Parking at the hotels listed above is COMPLIMENTARY
Visitors may choose from a number of options when parking on campus. Please make sure you abide by parking rules and regulations. Permit and metered parking is enforced from 7 am – 7 pm Monday through Thursday and 7 am until 5 pm Friday. For further information please visit parking.unlv.edu
Daily parking passes may be purchased from the Parking services office in the Claude I. Howard Public Safety Building. We cannot “fix” tickets, so please be sure and properly display your parking pass as listed on the pass.
Pre-program preparation requires that you become familiar with the FACTS associated with the case file and/or problems. In order to get the maximum benefit from the program, it is imperative that you prepare as much as possible in advance as time for preparation during the program is extremely limited. Please refer to the program schedule for assignment details to prepare for your performances in each workshop.
Eating establishments are within walking distance of the University and local hotels. You will be provided beverage and snacks at each break during the program.
Appropriate business attire is required throughout the program's duration. Most of the class sessions are conducted in a simulated deposition setting.
Materials are included in the price of tuition.