William Mitchell Colg of Law
St Paul, MN
In cooperation with William Mitchell College of Law, NITA's Complete Advocate program offers participants the chance to work on a case from the initial depositions through the jury trial. By taking the full program, you will use the proven NITA method of experiential learning to enhance your taking and defending depositions, trial skills in the courtroom and your use of technology and exhibits.
Consistent with every NITA program, the expert faculty is there to give you immediate and constructive feedback on each of your live and videotaped performances, including:
• The NITA "Funnel" approach
• Fact gathering and theory testing
• Defending the deposition (when and how to use objections)
• Opening statements/closing arguments
• Preparation and introduction of exhibits
This program literally provides you with years of courtroom experience as you go through the deposition process, an arbitration and two full jury trials. There is no better way to prepare yourself for a real-life trial setting than to practice, and perform, in a real-life trial setting. Further adding to the uniqueness of this program is that it offers attorneys the opportunity to select those portions of the curriculum of most use to them. While participants are encouraged to take part in the full program, NITA is offering the flexibility to take only the depositions portion of the program or only the trial portion.
Full Program: Sept. 14-20, $2,695
The recommended option. A deposition, an arbitration and two trials in just seven days.
*Depositions Only Program: Sept. 14-15, $1,695.
Two full days of demonstrations and workshops sure to increase your ability to effectively take and defend depositions.
*Trial Skills Only Program: Sept. 16-20, $2,195. Five days of practicing and perfecting your trial advocacy skills culminating in arbitration and 2 jury trials, one as a lawyer, one as a witness.
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William Mitchell Colg of Law
Saint Paul, MN
John O. Sonsteng
Mr. Sonsteng directs the following program: Advocacy from Start to Finish
B.A., 1964; J.D., 1967, University of Minnesota
William Mitchell College of Law: professor of law, 1982-; associate dean, 1989-90; associate professor of law, 1981-82; assistant professor of law, 1979-81.
City Solicitors Education Trust Visiting Professor in Litigation Advocacy, Nottingham Law School, England, 1993-96.
Dakota County, Minn.: county attorney, 1973-79; assistant county attorney, 1969-73.
Assistant Hennepin County attorney, Minnesota, 1967-69.
Admitted: Minnesota, 1967.
Leadership & Service
Regional Director, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, 1989-.
UALR School of Law
Little Rock, AR
MICHAEL JOHNSON is a Visiting Professor of Law at the University of Arkansas Little Rock, William H. Bowen School of Law. He teaches Evidence, Criminal Law, White Collar Crime, Trial Advocacy and Advanced Trial Advocacy. He also coaches the National Trial Advocacy Competition team.
Professor Johnson has been a full time member of the staff at the Law School since August 2011. He has taught at the school since 1985 as an Adjunct Professor.
Professor Johnson became a full time Professor in August 2010 after serving 37 years with the United States Department of Justice. In August 2010, he became Counsel for National Programs for the National Center of Justice and the Rule of Law (NCJRL) and Visiting Professor at the University of Mississippi Lamar School of Law. He designed and taught seminars on Fourth Amendment and trial issues to judges, and taught White Collar Crime at the Law School.
From 1973-2010, Mr. Johnson was a member of the United States Department of Justice. He served as the United States Attorney for the Eastern District of Arkansas and as the First Assistant/Criminal Chief for the same office. He has extensive experience in the investigation and prosecution of complex criminal matters including public corruption, white collar crime, fraud, racketeering and tax.
From August 2003 through October 2004, Mr. Johnson was on assignment to the Republic of South Africa where he was responsible for overseeing the development of organized crime and racketeering prosecutions. Since 2004, Mr. Johnson has returned to South Africa on a regular basis to continue his work with the South African government as a legal advisor on organized crime and racketeering matters, including conducting three Judicial Colloquiums for trial court and appellate court judges on the principles of racketeering and money laundering.
From 1973-1984, Mr. Johnson worked in the Civil Rights Division during which he handled complex voting rights cases, criminal matters concerning racially motivated violence, and criminal police misconduct. In 1984, Mr. Johnson was the 34th person in the history of the United States Justice Department named as Senior Litigation Counsel, a meritorious designation reflecting his advocacy skills in complex litigation.
While he was with the United States Department of Justice, Mr. Johnson served on the Task Force that designed and taught courses for the the United States Department of Justice Advocacy Institute.
Mr. Johnson has been a faculty member for National Institute of Trial Advocacy since 1987. In 2010 he was the Program Director for the National Session in Louisville, Colorado, and has served as Team Leader, Assistant Team Leader, and faculty member for the National Session on numerous occasions. He has also served as Team Leader, Assistant Team Leader and faculty member for the Southern Regional in Dallas, Texas; the North Central Regional in Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota; the Western Regional in San Francisco, California; the Northwest Regional in Seattle, Washington; and programs in Dublin, Ireland and Edinburgh, Scotland.
Mr. Johnson has also been the Program Director and faculty member for numerous in-house custom programs for both public agencies and private firms.
Mr. Johnson is a core faculty member for NITA’s on-line deposition training program. He also participated as a faculty member in the pilot on-line program for the Exceptional Advocacy Training Program conducted by NITA January-April 2010.
Mr. Johnson graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Washington State University and received his J.D. with Honors from the University of Washington in Seattle, Washington.
State Farm Mutual Auto Ins
The Speaker's Edge
The Speaker’s Edge
Shawn Judge is the founder and president of The Speaker’s Edge, providing public speaking, voice and diction, accent reduction and diversity inclusion training. Her unique approach to communication comes from her classical theater training and 20+ years as a professional theater, voice-over and on-camera actor.
She started The Speaker’s Edge in 1999 to give business professionals communication training that went beyond preparing them for and isolated presentation or media interview. Her work with CEOs, executives and attorneys of major corporations and law firms has proven invaluable in helping these clients focus their thinking, direct how their message is perceived, and transform the way they view being in the “spotlight.”
Shawn is a certified Qualified Administrator of the Intercultural Development Inventory (IDI), an assessment tool used to build intercultural competency for individuals and groups within organizations. She is an adjunct professor at the William Mitchell College of Law and the Minneapolis College of Art and Design. Shawn is currently serving on the board of St. Paul conservatory for Performing Artists. She is a former board member of the National Association of Women Business Owners-Minnesota chapter, and has served as a member of the Guthrie Theater’s Community Advisory Committee.
Shawn is the go-to communication resource for the Dorsey & Whitney, Faegre & Benson and Robins, Kaplan Miller & Ciresi law firms.
Public Defenders Office
Cynthia McCollum is a Hennepin County Public Defender. She has tried over 100 jury trials and worked on over 25 homicide cases. McCollum has been an adjunct professor at William Mitchell College of Law since 1987 and Hamline University Law School since 2003. She has taught a variety of classes including trial skills, advanced litigation skills, criminal procedure and appellate advocacy. McCollum has lectured on domestic abuse defense tactics, jury selection, and jury selection ethics with Batson issues in CLE presentations in several locations around the country. McCollum has been a NITA co-director in MN for several years and a faculty member since 1990. McCollum has published a law review article on enhancement of juvenile adjudications.
Rossi Cox Vucinovich & Flaskamp
Hennepin Cnty Pub Defender Ofc
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.
Leonard Street & Deinard PA
Ramsey Cnty Attorney's Ofc
St Paul, MN
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)
Tarell A Friedley PA
St. Paul, MN
2nd Judicial District
Saint Paul, MN
Law Ofcs of Kathryn Grosdidier
Hage Law Office
St Paul, MN
Robins Kaplan Miller et al
Jake M. Holdreith
“My philosophy is to make legal issues serve business goals. Lawsuits shouldn't control you, you should control them. I am a strategist, a counselor, and a fighter.”
FOCUS OF PRACTICE
Intellectual Property Litigation
Strategic IP Monetization
Trademark, Advertising and Brand Litigation
Patent Office Trials
Government and Internal Investigations
Mr. Holdreith counsels clients and tries complex lawsuits including intellectual property, regulatory and constitutional litigation. He has tried a number of large cases to jury verdicts. He understands the unique challenges of operating in the complex legal and regulatory environments. He has handled cases in the United States, Europe and Asia. He represents inventors large and small.
Expand the “Selected Case Results” section for representative cases including multiple multi-million dollar verdicts.
Mr. Holdreith handles engagements based on contingent fees, alternative fee arrangements and traditional hourly billing.
Mr. Holdreith regularly speaks on topics such as trial skills and strategies, alternative fee agreements, presentation of experts in complex cases, and damages.
When not practicing law, Mr. Holdreith has ridden his bike to the summits of the Courchevel and the Col du Petit Saint Bernard. His wife, two daughters and two sons also keep him hopping.
U.S. Court of Appeals, Federal Circuit
U.S. District Court, Minnesota
U.S. District Court, Eastern District of Texas
U.S. Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit
U.S. Court of Appeals, Eleventh Circuit
U.S. District Court, Western District Wisconsin
U.S. District Court, Colorado
Advisory Board, Bloomberg BNA Medical Devices Law & Industry Report
Licensing Executive Society
Federal District Court for the District of Minnesota, Chair of the Patent Committee
Federal Bar Association
American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association
Minnesota Intellectual Property Lawyers Association
American Bar Association
“IP: India, Generics and the Impact of Novartis’ Failed Gleevec Claims,” InsideCounsel (April 23, 2013)
“Using Regression Models to Isolate the Value of a Patented Feature,” IAM Magazine (May/June 2013)
“IP: The Failure of Venue and Joinder Reform in Patent Litigation,” InsideCounsel (April 9, 2013)
“IP: Why Do Patent Cases Cost So Much to Get Through Trial?” InsideCounsel (March 26, 2013)
“IP Navigating the Divide,” InsideCounsel (March 12, 2013)
“IP: Patent Office Trials - A Good Way To Deal With Bad Patents?” InsideCounsel (February 26, 2013)
“IP: 5 Things to Discuss at Your First Case Meeting With Outside Trial Counsel,” InsideCounsel (February 12, 2013)
“When Patents and Trade Secrets Collide,” Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P. Web Site (Spring 2002) (with Carrie Lambert)
“The Handbook of Environmentally Conscious Manufacturing,” Richard D. Irwin, Inc. (1995) (co-author)
BOOK CHAPTERS International IP Issues and Strategies, Strategic Considerations for Enforcing Patents in International Disputes, Aspatore Books (2009)
SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS/ LECTURES
“Patent Infringement Litigation,” Patent Resources Group, Orlando, Florida (April 11-13, 2013)
“Alternative Fee Arrangements,” Webinar, LES Clean Tech Committee (August 13, 2012)
“The Art of Arguing Markman,” Panel Discussion with The Honorable Judge Donovan Frank, The Honorable Judge Patrick Schiltz, and Jeff Ali, Federal Bar Association, Minnesota Chapter, Minneapolis, Minnesota (April 10, 2012)
“Alternative Fee Arrangements,” Webinar, LES Aerospace & Transportation Committee (March 7, 2012)
“The New Patent Law and its Effect on Patent Litigation,”
LES Minnesota Chapter, Minneapolis, Minnesota (November 8, 2011)
“Retaining Contingency Counsel,” Webinar,
The Business Development Academy (September 15, 2011)
“The Use of Re-Examination in District Court and Appellate Litigation,” Webinar, IPO Chat Channel (August 25, 2011)
“Injunctions are Alive and Well After eBay,”
AIPLA 2010 Annual Meeting, Washington, D.C. (October 22, 2010)
“Big Verdicts Under Scrutiny: Taking a Hard Look at the Damages Case,” Midwest IP Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota (September 24, 2010)
“Mastering Markman: A Strategic Approach to Claim Construction,” Patent Resources Group, New York, New York (September 22, 2010)
“Building Trial Skills and Deposition Program CLE,” Instructor, National Institute for Trial Advocacy, St. Paul, Minnesota (September 13 and 15, 2010)
“Deposition Skills: Learning From the Worst - Handling Difficult Opposing Counsel During a Deposition,” Webcast Presenter, Minnesota CLE (May 10, 2010)
“How to Make an Alternative Fee Bid for Patent Litigation Work: The Essentials for Law Firm Attorneys ,” Webinar, Intellectual Property Owners Association (March 16, 2010)
“How to Prepare for a Markman Hearing,” Patent Resources Group, Arlington, Virginia (February 11, 2010)
“360° View of the Plaintiff’s Case,” The Art of Litigation and Trial Advocacy, Robins, Kaplan, Miller & Ciresi L.L.P., New York, New York (October 27, 2009)
“Surviving the New Economic Paradigm,” Panel Discussion, Fourth Annual BNA/ABA Section of IP Patent Law Conference, Washington, D.C. (October 5, 2009)
“Inter Partes Reexamination,” Panel Discussion, 2009 Midwest IP Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota (September 24-25, 2009)
“Finding the Right Expert at the Right Time,” Panel Discussion, Minnesota CLE’s First Litigation Advocacy Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota (June 4-5, 2009)
“Patent Infringement Litigation,” Patent Resources Group, Omni Orlando, Orlando, Florida (April 23-25, 2009)
“Deposition Skills Series: Difficult Opposing Counsel,” Minnesota CLE, Webcast presentation (November 12, 2008)
“E-Discovery: An Advanced Discussion of Today’s Most Important 'Make or Break' Practical Issues,” Course Chair and Moderator of Panel with Chief Magistrate Judge Paul W. Grimm, Magistrate Judge Janie S. Mayeron, and Magistrate Judge David J. Waxse, Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota (August 21, 2008)
“Patent Infringement Litigation,” Patent Resources Group, Hyatt Regency Coconut Point Resort & Spa, Bonita Springs, Florida (April 3-5, 2008)
“Advanced E-Discovery,” Minnesota CLE, Minneapolis, Minnesota (August 20, 2007)
“Patent Infringement Litigation,” Patent Resources Group,” Hyatt Regency Grand Cypress, Orlando, Florida (April 16-18, 2007)
“Year in Review: The Local Patent Rules,” Minnesota Federal Bar Association (Panel discussion with members of the bench) (February 1, 2007)
“The Patent Prosecutor’s Guide to Patent Litigation,” Midwest IP Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota (September 25, 2006) (with Tim Bianchi)
“Infringement Licensing from a Licensee Perspective,” 2006 Minnesota State Bar CLE: Hot Topics in IP Licensing, Minnesota CLE Conference Center, Minneapolis, Minnesota (June 9, 2006)
“IP Enforcement: A View From the Trenches,” CLE Superweek, University of Minnesota (March 14, 2006)
“Litigation By Licensing Companies: Who is Attacking the Patent System?” 2005 Midwest Intellectual Property Institute, Minneapolis, Minnesota (September 27-28, 2005)
“Litigation By Licensing Companies: Who is Attacking the Patent System?” Intellectual Asset Management, Minnesota CLE Conference (May 12, 2005)
“Basic Patent Infringement Litigation,” Patent Resources Group, The Registry Resort, Naples, Florida (May 1-3, 2003)
“When Patents and Trade Secrets Collide,” MILE (February 21, 2002)
“Litigating Under the Doctrine of Equivalents,” American Intellectual Property Lawyers Association (Spring 1998)
“Gene Case a Big Win for Biotech Industry,” InsideCounsel (October 30, 2012)
“Broad Injunction Ups the Stakes in Kevlar Trade Secrets Case,” The Litigation Daily (September 4, 2012)
“ITC Survey 2012: A Niche With Staying Power,” Corporate Counsel (June 19, 2012)
“Q&A with Robins Kaplan’s Jake Holdreith,” Law360 (June 7, 2012)
“Foreign Spies Target U.S. Economy,” Credit Union Times (November 8, 2011)
“Federal Circuit Rules Against Chinese Company, Upholds ITC Authority over Foreign Trade Secrets Theft,” americanlawyer.com (October 12, 2011)
“Arms Case Shows Perks of Trade Secrets Over Patents,” Managing Patents (October 11, 2011)
“Patent Reform's Reduced 'Best Mode' Requirement Creates Uncertainty,” Corporate Counsel (October 10, 2011)
Named a “Life Science Star,” LMG Life Sciences (2012)
Named “Minneapolis Intellectual Property Law Lawyer of the Year,” Best Lawyers (2012)
Listed in The Best Lawyers in America (2011-2013 editions)
Named a “Minnesota Super Lawyer,” Super Lawyers (2005-2006, 2011-2012)
** Being named to the list or receiving the award is not intended and should not be viewed as comparative to other lawyers or to create an expectation about results that might be achieved in a future matter.
University of Iowa College of Law, J.D., Order of Coif (1990)
Macalester College, B.A., magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa (1987)
Fluent in German and has Russian and French skills
Hennepin County Government Ctr
Port Authority City of St Paul
St Paul, MN
The Marron Alliance LLC
Hennepin County Atty's Office
Anoka Co. Attorny Off.
Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly
Mark S. Olson is a partner at Oppenheimer Wolff & Donnelly in Minneapolis, Minnesota where he litigates and tries cases in the areas of the defense of Products Liability, Toxic Tort and other Mass Tort cases. He also handles numerous complex business litigation cases. He has served as national, regional and local counsel for a variety of manufacturers and distributors of industrial and consumer products as well as pharmaceuticals and medical devices. He has tried a significant number of cases across the country and has argued numerous cases in the Minnesota appellate courts.
Mark is a graduate of the University of Minnesota Law School (1976) and Concordia College, Moorhead, Minnesota (BA 1972). He also attended Harvard Divinity School. Mark is an Adjunct Professor at the University of Minnesota Law School and at William Mitchell College of Law where he teaches Trial Advocacy. He coaches the University of Minnesota Law School’s Mock Trial Team. Mark is also a frequent NITA faculty member in programs around the country involving deposition skills and trial techniques. He is a frequent CLE lecturer and has written a number of articles dealing with Products Liability, Experts and Evidence, Trial Techniques, the Death Penalty, and Legal Ethics.
Mr. Olson is a member of the International Association of Defense Counsel (IADC), the Product Liability Advisory Council (PLAC), the Defense Research Institute (DRI), the Minnesota Defense Lawyers Association and a variety of other state, local and national bar organizations. As a member of the IADC, he was a faculty member of the 2004 Trial Academy at Stanford Law School. He has presented a number of CLE programs at IADC and PLAC. He was the Newsletter Editor of the Trial Techniques and Tactics Committee for a number of years and is on the Board of Editors of the Defense Counsel Journal.
Mark is admitted to practice in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, the Federal District Court of Minnesota and North Dakota, the Eighth, Fifth and Eleventh Circuit Courts of Appeals and the United States Supreme Court.
Reigel Law Firm, Ltd.
Greg Reigel is an aviation attorney, author and pilot. His practice concentrates on aviation transactional and litigation matters. Greg is also an Adjunct Professor at William Mitchell College of Law teaching the Advocacy and Advanced Advocacy courses, and he is an Adjunct Professor at Minnesota State University - Mankato teaching the Aviation Law and Aviation Transactions courses.
Schwebel Goetz Sieben & Moskal
Peter W. Riley
Peter Riley has been an advocate for plaintiffs in personal injury cases since 1977. A Phi Beta Kappa graduate of Williams College in Williamstown, Ma, he also graduated cum laude from the University of Minnesota law school where he was a member of the law review. He currently serves on the National Board of the American Board of Trial Advocates, and is a past president of the Minnesota Chapter of that organization. He is a past president of the Minnesota Association for Justice, and has been named a Super Lawyer in Minnesota since that honor’s inception. He is listed in the Best Lawyers in America in the area of personal injury law and is a Certified Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He teaches trial advocacy as an adjunct faculty member at the William Mitchell College of Law in St. Paul, Minnesota, and has also served as an invited faculty member at the ABA/ABOTA Trial College in Reno, Nevada.
Legal Aid Scty of Minneapolis
Galen Robinson is the Litigation and Advocacy Director at Mid-Minnesota Legal Assistance. Galen has spent over 30 years of his career in assisting low income and disadvantaged clients. He has worked with clients on housing and consumer protection cases, and to assure access to public benefits. He has advocated for changes in the state statutes concerning state garnishments and protecting exempt income, and on landlord/tenant issues. He also advocated for changes to the court rules. As litigation and advocacy director, Galen assists Legal Aid attorneys with their litigation and oversees the work of the Legal Services Advocacy Project which advocates on legislative issues affecting Legal Aid’s clients.
Galen has been an adjunct professor at William Mitchell College of Law since 1989 where he teaches trial and appellate advocacy classes which focus on practicing the skills necessary to try a case, and effectively argue before the appellate courts.
He is also an adjunct professor of trial advocacy at the University of St. Thomas School of Law, and has been a volunteer instructor for the National Institutes of Trial Advocacy, North Central Region since 2002.
Galen has volunteered during his free time on a variety of Boards (MSBA Civil Litigation Council, Neighborhood Revitalization Program, Energy Cents Coalition, Governor’s Commission on Affordable Housing ) He is a founding member of the National Association of Consumer Advocates and has contributed to and written publications as well as presented at numerous seminars on consumer and landlord tenant law.
D Clay Taylor PA
Stringer & Rohleder Ltd
Saint Paul, MN
Merchant & Gould PC
As a trial lawyer and current chair of Merchant & Gould’s Litigation practice group, Tony has considerable experience representing clients both in the courtroom and in all aspects of litigation leading up to trial. He is budget- and expectations-oriented, giving his clients weekly updates on their cases so they understand what has happened and what’s coming up.
Tony specializes in Intellectual Property litigation, including patent, trademark, and copyright litigation. He has considerable experience before the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit, and has handled patent and copyright litigation in China for multiple clients. He has developed a special expertise in patent claim construction and in right of publicity/First Amendment cases.
Tony writes regular columns on IP law for Bench & Bar, as well as periodic articles for Intellectual Property Today and gives talks on numerous IP issues.
Prior to joining Merchant & Gould, Tony was a physics engineer at Argonne National Laboratory, where he was involved in numerous engineering projects associated with the study of nuclear physics. This industry experience has given him a practical exposure to technology that helps him in the practice of law, as well as an ability to relate well to his engineer and scientist clients.
At Merchant & Gould, Tony serves on the marketing and benefits committees and is the associate general counsel of the firm. He does pro bono representation on behalf of women who are not receiving the alimony or child support awarded to them by the courts.
Tony spends most of his off hours with his family, traveling, playing golf, and skiing.
DePaul University College of Law
J.D., with honors, 1995
Order of the Coif
B.A., Physics, cum laude, 1990
Bar and Court Admissions
Colorado Federal Bar, 1999
United States Patent and Trademark Office, 1999
Minnesota State Bar, 1997
Minnesota Federal Bar, 1997
Illinois State Bar, 1996
Illinois Federal Bar (N. Dist.), 1996
United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit
American Intellectual Property Law Association
American Bar Association
Hennepin County Bar Association
Minnesota Intellectual Property Law Association
Minnesota State Bar Association
National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA)
In 2012, Tony and a small team of M&G lawyers won summary judgment for their client on all claims by Michael Jordan, including right of publicity violations and trademark infringement. The district court agreed that M&G's client had engaged in speech protected by the First Amendment and dismissed all of Jordan's claims.
In 2011, Tony and a small team from M&G successfully resolved a multi-patent, multi-trademark lawsuit in M&G's client's favor. The client was the patent/trademark owner and asserted three of its patents and several trademarks against a competitor. The settlement included a consent judgment.
Also in 2011, Tony successfully argued a claim construction for a M&G client accused of infringing 135 claims in five patents. Tony focused on a single claim limitation found in all 5 patents and demonstrated that the patent owner had disclaimed subject matter applicable to all asserted claims.
In 2010, Tony and a team of M&G lawyers and paralegals successfully resolved a multi-patent, multi-court litigation for an industry-leading manufacturing client. The M&G team utilized reexamination of the adverse party's patents and as well as their client's patents to obtain a stay of the litigation and strengthen their client's position. The Patent Office later confirmed the patentability of M&G's client's patents, while rejecting the patentability of the competitor's patents. The case resolved favorably for M&G's client after the Patent Office decisions.
Also in 2010, Tony represented an industry-leading electronics retailer in a trademark litigation against an online infringer. Tony was able to obtain a judgment for his client that not only transferred the defendant's domain name to Tony's client but also all of the defendant's phone numbers that had ever been associated with the infringing mark.
In 2009, Tony and small team of M&G lawyers represented another game manufacturer in a trademark dispute with a former distributor who was counterfeiting. Tony was able to convince the court to grant his client a temporary restraining order and preliminary injunction to stop the infringing sales. The win was especially gratifying given that another court had earlier questioned the validity of the client's mark in a separate proceeding handled by a different law firm.
In 2008, Tony was lead trial counsel on a patent infringement lawsuit against the world's largest game manufacturer. After a six-day trial, the jury returned a verdict and substantial monetary award in Tony's client's favor. Several years before a jury heard this case, Tony successfully argued an appeal to the Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit to have reversed an incorrect ruling by the district court that had ended the case.
Tony has been lead counsel on a number of patent infringement lawsuits for a large manufacturer of turf equipment. One case was successfully tried to an arbitration panel resulting in an invalidity decision in Tony's client's favor. Another recent case involved a full-day Markman hearing - the result of which was that 8 of the 9 claim terms were construed in Tony's client's favor. Another full-day Markman hearing in 2008 with difficult issues resulted in a significant ruling in Tony's client's favor.
In 2007, Tony was hired as co-lead counsel to replace a prominent Washington D.C. law firm on an inventorship dispute case against the world's largest DNA sequencing company. After taking several key depositions, and during the deposition of one of the defendant's founders, the case settled favorably for Tony's client.
Also in 2007, Tony was hired as co-lead counsel to replace another law firm on a trademark infringement lawsuit against a prominent national retailer and a large international clothing manufacturer. Tony and his co-counsel were able to quickly put together a strong and credible position from which a very favorable settlement was quickly reached.
Tony has been lead counsel on several patent infringement lawsuits for a major automotive parts manufacturer. All of the lawsuits (more than 6) have resulted in favorable outcomes for Tony's client.
Tony has also been lead counsel for glass manufacturer from the Czech Republic. A recent case for this client resulted in a significant award of damages, enhanced damages and attorney's fees.
In 2006, Tony was co-counsel for a satellite manufacturer accused of patent infringement. After a five-day jury trial in Minneapolis, the patent was held invalid and the plaintiff recovered nothing.
Tony represented three companies of the hundreds sued by the Lemelson Foundation for patent infringement concerning barcode scanners. When the claims were eventually dismissed against all three of Tony's clients, he was the only lawyer who brought a motion seeking the recovery of attorney's fees for his clients.
Tony has successfully represented an international importer of crematory urns in several copyright infringement lawsuits. The most recent lawsuit resulted in a favorable stipulated judgment.
Tony and others at Merchant & Gould successfully represented an international telecommunications company in patent infringement litigation in China. It was one of the first patent infringement lawsuits brought by a U.S. company against a Chinese company under China's recently enacted patent reform laws.
Tony and others at Merchant & Gould successfully tried a copyright infringement case to a jury in Minneapolis. The case involved two toy manufacturers at odds over a then-popular toy doll line
Awards & Recognition
IAM Patent 1000 – The World’s Leading Patent Practitioners, 2013
Best Lawyers in America
2013 Lawyer of the Year, Copyright Law, Minneapolis, by Best Lawyers in America
Selected for inclusion in Minnesota Super Lawyers, 2004-2012
Selected for inclusion Top 100 Super Lawyer's in Minnesota 2008 - present
Publications & Speaking
Speaker/Moderator on Managing Your IP Portfolio: Recent Trends in IP Law, HNBA Mid-Year Convention, March 14, 2013
Notes and Trends
Bench & Bar - Monthly
TRIAL LAWYER'S NOTEBOOK
Intellectual Property Today - Monthly
Avoiding Patent Claim Construction Errors
The Federal Lawyer, Volume 51, Number Five - June 2004
Law Office of Heather Zakson
Paul V. Enriquez is in private practice specializing in criminal defense in state and federal courts in Dallas Texas. In 32 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.
M. Scott Stehling
Law Ofc of M Scott Stehling
M. Scott Stehling
CURRENT LEGAL PRACTICE:
Civil defense litigation practice
Office located in Kerrville, Texas 1975-present
Litigation Counsel – Peterson Regional Medical Center 1990-present
Litigation Counsel – Hill Country Community MHMR Center 1997-present
Lead counsel in over 125 jury trials (voir dire through verdict)
Presenting counsel in over 20 appellate oral arguments
Author of over 50 appellate briefs to: U.S. Supreme Court, U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit, Texas Supreme Court, Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, and the 4th, 8th, 10th and 13th Courts of Appeals of Texas
Exclusively civil defense trial and appellate work 1996-present
POSITIONS – ORGANIZATIONS:
Faculty, National Institute for Trial Advocacy: National, Advanced Advocates, The Complete Advocate,
Advanced Deposition, Expert Witness, Basic Trial Skills & Deposition programs in
CA, CO, DC, FL, IL, LA, MN, NY, NC, OH, PA, TN, TX & WA 1991-present
Faculty Team Leader, NITA: The Complete Advocate, St. Paul, MN 2009
Faculty Team Leader, NITA: Financial Expert Testimony, Cleveland, OH 1994
Visiting Faculty, Harvard Law School, Winter Trial Advocacy Workshop, Cambridge, MA 1996
Board of Directors, Peterson Regional Health Care Center Foundation 2004-present
Board of Directors, Sid Peterson Memorial Hospital 1990-2004
Board of Directors, Hal & Charlie Peterson Foundation 1985-1989
Board of Directors, Hill Country Youth Ranch 1977-1986
President, Kerr County Bar Association 1980-1981
Supreme Court of the United States of America 1988
Supreme Court of the State of Texas 1971
United States Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit 1984
United States District Court - Western District of Texas 1973
United States District Court - Southern District of Texas 1973
United States District Court - Northern District of Texas 1989
PRIOR LEGAL EXPERIENCE:
Hearings Examiner for the Texas Railroad Commission: Austin, Texas 1974-1975
Private law practice: Austin, Texas 1971-1974
Assistant District Attorney, 216th Judicial District Court 1983-1984
Graduate of The University of Texas Law School JD 1970
Graduate of The University of Texas in Austin, Texas BBA 1967
Graduate of Tivy High School in Kerrville, Texas 1963
Texas Law Review, Associate Editor
Publications: 48 Texas Law Review 1188 (1970); 49 Texas Law Review 175 (1970)
Moot Court - University of Texas Law School Freshman Tournament
Finalist and Outstanding Brief (1968)
Debate - Southwest Conference Champion (1966); Southwest Conference Finalist (1965);
Texas High School State Finalist (1961)
VanderLaan and Associates PLC
Grand Rapids, MI
Robert D. VanderLaan
B.A., cum laude, University of Detroit
J.D., University of Detroit
Mr. VanderLaan is the principal in the AV rated trial practice firm of VanderLaan and Associates, P.L.C. He is nationally recognized in the concentration of courtroom litigation and alternative dispute resolution. Prior to entering the practice of law, Mr. VanderLaan enjoyed a twelve-month law clerkship with the United States Attorney's office in the Eastern District of Michigan under the tutelage of then-United States Attorney Ralph Guy, in which Mr. VanderLaan was substantially involved in the grand jury investigation into the disappearance of James Hoffa and the office implementation of the Speedy Trial Act. He has served as trial counsel in numerous jury trials and bench trials in many jurisdictions throughout the United States. In August, 1994, at the invitation of the New Zealand Law Society, Mr. VanderLaan joined the faculty of that country's Trial Techniques Program in the cities of Wellington and Dunedin. Since 1982, Mr. VanderLaan has frequently appeared as a faculty member for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy's (N.I.T.A.) many regional programs including the Midwest Regional and the Southern Regional. Other faculty appointments include the Chair for the Hillman Advocacy Program and a visiting faculty appointment to the Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques at Emory University Law School. He was admitted to practice before the United States Supreme Court in 1981.
King County Courthouse
Matthew W. Williams is a King County District Court Judge. King County is the largest population county in Washington State and includes Seattle. Judge Williams handles both Criminal and Civil jury trial matters.
Since 1991 he has taught both Trial and Pre-Trial Advocacy at Seattle University School of Law (University of Puget Sound). He serves as the Director of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy (NITA) Northwest Regional Deposition program and has served many terms as faculty team leader at Emory Law School's renowned Kessler-Eidson Trial Techniques Program.
He is committed improving access to justice and the rule of law through out the world. He has led training for judges, advocates, and law enforcement personnel throughout the United States, as well in Eastern Europe, the Middle East, South America, and Africa. He is a frequent speaker before local high schools, attorneys, and citizen groups, and has given over 500 presentations on issues related to our justice system.
Judge Williams holds a BS in Economics from the University of Nebraska (1980), and a JD from the University of Nebraska School of Law (1983) where he served as a member of the Moot Court Board. He began his legal career with the Nebraska, Iowa, and Washington State Attorneys General where he handled a wide variety of cases ranging from death penalty/criminal appeals to complex commercial and tax litigation. He served as an aviation prosecutor supervising drug and weapons interdiction efforts, and as the Managing Attorney of both governmental and private sector law offices.
Judge Williams is an active volunteer with the Northwest Sarcoma Foundation and serves as a board member of the Auburn Washington Rotary. He has served as a Special Disciplinary Counsel and as an Investigative Counsel for the Washington State Bar Association. He is a former Trustee of the Washington Defense Trial Lawyers.
Judge Williams is an accredited Collision Reconstructionist. He holds the rank of Black Belt in Tae Kwon Do and has served as a martial arts and personal defense instructor. He is a pilot and has logged hundreds of pilot-in-command hours throughout the United States.
St Paul, MN
The Complete Advocate: Deposition & Trial
* 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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|New Hampshire||Not Applied||www.nhmcle.org/ProviderArea...|
|New Jersey||Not Applied||www.njcourts.com/cle|
|New York||Not Applied||www.nycourts.gov/attorneys/...|
|Rhode Island||Not Applied||/riap.courts.ri.gov/riap/sp...|
|West Virginia||Not Applied||www.wvbar.org/|
You may check in for the deposition skills section of the program from 8:30am to 9:00am on Saturday, September 14. The program will start promptly at 9:00am on Saturday. The deposition skills section of the program will end at 4:00pm on Sunday, September 15.
You may check in for the trial skills section of the program from 8:15am to 8:45am on Monday, September 16. The program will start promptly at 8:45am on Monday. The trial skills section of the program will end at 3:00pm on Friday, September 20. The Program will be held at the following location:
William Mitchell College of Law
875 Summit Avenue
St. Paul, Minnesota 55105-3076
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Participants are responsible for making their own hotel arrangements. Please note that not all locations are within walking distance. The college of law is located in a residential neighborhood. For out of town guests you may consider taking a taxi cab or renting a car throughout the program.
Residence Inn By Marriott
425 South Second Street
Minneapolis, MN 55401
NEGOTIATED RATE: $139.00 Reservations must be made by August 14, 2013
Comfort Suites Hotel Downtown Minneapolis
425 South 7th Street
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Crowne Plaza Riverfront Hotel St Paul
11 Kellogg Blvd E
St Paul, MN
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The Residence Inn at the Depot
425 South 2nd Street
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The Minneapolis/St Paul International airport is approximately 20 minutes from the St. Paul downtown area, depending on traffic. A taxi from the airport to the St. Paul downtown area/law school should run about $35.00. When booking hotel accommodations please take into consideration that many hotels offer airport shuttle service. Taxi fares from the listed hotels to the William Mitchell College of Law should cost approximately $13.00-$18.00.
There is street parking available next to the law school; there is also a parking lot at the corner of Victoria and Summit available during the weekend.
Program materials will be shipped approximately four weeks prior to program's start date from our fulfillment company LexisNexis. The materials packaging will be from LexisNexis not NITA so please watch out for this shipment. If you have any questions about your shipment please call LexisNexis at 1.800.833.9844.
If you sign up 2 weeks prior to the course you will receive the case file by e-mail and can pick up the textbook at the program.
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.
There are eating establishments within walking distance of the hotels. Attendees will be on their own for lunches. Breaks and light snacks will be provided.
Attendees are encouraged to wear "courtroom attire" during the program. Not only might a lawyer's appearance have an effect on the trier of fact, and is thus a matter of concern for the serious advocate, but it has been our experience that attendees dressed more formally than the usual CLE attire find themselves more easily “getting into character” and presenting a more polished performance. Dressing for court also provides each attendee with more realistic feedback when watching the recorded performances each day. On occasion, there may be a casual day during the program that will be announced on-site.
Materials are included in the price of tuition.