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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.
Civil Rights Portfolio
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.”
Morgan Lewis Bockius
Richard T Lau & Associates
DC Ofc of Administrative 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.
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.
Lewis Wagner LLP
Tyler is a member of Lewis Wagner’s Tort Practice Team where she concentrates her practice in general civil litigation matters; including premises liability, product liability, and construction matters. Tyler also represents municipalities, agricultural operations, farmers and property owners in both the defense of lawsuits and administrative actions. Prior to joining Lewis Wagner, Tyler served as a Deputy Prosecuting Attorney for the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office where she prosecuted felony drunk driving cases, general lower-level felonies and misdemeanors, and juvenile crimes. There she tried bench and jury trials, negotiated with defense attorneys, and communicated with victims and organizations. She is admitted to practice in Indiana and the United States District Courts for the Northern and Southern Districts of Indiana.
Jefferson County DA's Office
Bryce Allen is a Deputy District Attorney at the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office in Golden, Colorado. He has tried nearly 80 cases to verdict, ranging from DUI to first degree murder, and is a frequent presenter to prosecutors, law enforcement officials, and other attorneys. Prior to joining the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office, Bryce served as a Deputy District Attorney in both El Paso and Adams Counties. He also practiced civil law as an attorney at Hall & Evans in Denver, where he handled railroad, construction defect, and product liability litigation. Bryce attended law school at the University of Denver Sturm College of Law, and served as a judicial intern to Judge Robert L. McGahey, Jr. in Denver District Court.
DC Ofc of Administrative Hearings
Judge Jeremy Alper was appointed as an Administrative Law Judge to the District of Columbia Office of Administrative Hearings in July 2016.
From 2004 until his appointment with OAH, Judge Alper was a Staff Attorney with the Public Defender Service for the District of Columbia. At PDS, he practiced indigent criminal defense in felony, misdemeanor, and juvenile courts in the District of Columbia Superior Court. He also advised and represented clients in revocation and parole grant proceedings before the United States Parole Commission and assisted incarcerated clients with sentence calculation and prison-condition issues. He also helped develop and implemented outreach and training for private law firm pro bono representation in parole revocation proceedings.
In 2003 and 2004, Judge Alper practiced general litigation, employment, corporate, government affairs, and contract law with what was then called Piliero, Mazza & Pargament, PLLC in Washington, DC. In 2002 and 2003, he clerked for The Honorable Robert E. Morin in the District of Columbia Superior Court.
Judge Alper grew up in Newton, Massachusetts. He received his A.B. in Political Science, Magna cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa, from Brown University in 1995 and his J.D. from New York University School of Law in 2002. Prior to law school Judge Alper served as a Legislative Assistant to former Representative Barney Frank in the United States House of Representatives.
Indiana Court of Appeals
Russo & Toner LLP
Scott Ames has been litigating wrongful termination, discrimination, harassment, retaliation, whistleblower, breach of contract, protected leaves, unfair competition and trade secret disputes, and wage and hour cases on behalf of employees for over 25 years. Mr. Ames' demonstrated record of success has resulted in him being named among the Top 100 Attorneys in Southern California in 2012, 2013, and 2015 by SuperLawyers and Los Angeles Magazines, and recognized by SuperLawyers and Los Angeles Magazines in the field of Labor and Employment Law for the past 11 consecutive years. In 2015 and 2017, Best Lawyers® named Mr. Ames "Lawyer of the Year in Employment Law-Individuals" in Southern California, and Best Lawyers® has recognized Mr. Ames in the field of Employment Law-Individuals for the past 12 consecutive years.
Mr. Ames is also an Adjunct Professor at UCLA School of Law where he teaches employment law, and serves as an expert consultant and witness in employment law disputes. Mr. Ames has been a featured writer of CELA VOICE, the blog of the California Employment Lawyers Association, and he speaks frequently at legal programs throughout California on matters pertaining to employment law.
Mr. Ames is a long-standing member of the Executive Committee of the Los Angeles County Bar Association's Labor and Employment Section, and a long-standing member of the California Employment Lawyers' Association. He is also active in his community, and has served on several committees and boards of non-profit organizations which seek to improve the lives of the disenfranchised or working poor.
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.
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
McKinley Irvin PLLC
Mark is a Senior Attorney at McKinley Irvin, the Pacific Northwest’s largest family law firm. Mark began his professional career as a fighter pilot and officer in the United States Air Force. Following service, Mark was a businessman in technology and mergers and acquisitions with U.S.-based companies going nationwide and global. As an attorney, Mark helps clients facing complex and adversarial family law matters. Mark’s practice focusses on high net worth divorce, child custody, child support, child relocation, domestic violence, and estate planning.
Mark serves as Commissioner Pro Tempore in Pierce County Superior Court. He presents CLEs on the intersection of military life and family law and teaches mock trial skills to local high school students. Mark attributes much of his trial skills to his NITA training early in his legal career. He is honored to serve on the NITA Faculty.
Mark has been recognized as a Washington Rising Star by Super Lawyers® every year since 2012. He has maintained a 10.0 “Superb” rating on Avvo.com since 2011. Mark is an Invited Member of the Order of Barristers. He is admitted to practice throughout Washington State and in the U.S. District Courts of Western Washington. Mark has served on several Washington State Bar Association Committees and is a long-standing Member of the Robert J. Bryan American Inn of Court. He has received the Washington State Bar Association Pro Bono Publico Award 6 times.
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
US Marine Corps
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).
Severson & Werson
Foland Wickens Eisfelders et a
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.
Harris Whiltshire & Grannis
Roy L. Austin, Jr. is a partner with the law firm of Harris, Wiltshire & Grannis LLP.
Mr. Austin began his career as an Honors Trial Attorney with the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division investigating and prosecuting hate crime and police brutality cases around the country. In 2000, he joined Keker & Van Nest LLP in San Francisco, as an associate working on complex civil and white-collar criminal cases, including a successful pro-bono civil lawsuit aimed at preventing racial profiling by the California Highway Patrol. In 2002, he joined the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of Columbia where he prosecuted domestic violence, adult and child sexual assault, human trafficking, homicide and fraud and public corruption cases. He left in 2007 to become a partner at McDermott, Will & Emery. In 2009, Mr. Austin returned to the D.C. U.S. Attorney’s Office as a Senior AUSA and Coordinator of the D.C. Human Trafficking Task Force.
In January 2010, Mr. Austin was appointed Deputy Assistant Attorney General, Civil Rights Division, U.S. Department of Justice where he supervised the Criminal Section, and the Special Litigation Section’s law enforcement portfolio. In March 2014, Mr. Austin joined the White House Domestic Policy Council as Deputy Assistant to the President for the Office of Urban Affairs, Justice and Opportunity. In this position, Mr. Austin co-authored a report on Big Data and Civil Rights, worked with the President’s Task Force on 21st Century Policing, helped develop the Police Data Initiative, worked on the expansion of reentry assistance, and was a member of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper Task Force. Over his career, Mr. Austin has tried thirty jury trials. Mr. Austin received his B.A. from Yale University and his J.D. from The University of Chicago.
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.
City of Los Angeles
Hasmik Badalian Collins is a Deputy City Attorney for the City of Los Angeles. She is currently assigned to the Police Litigation Unit where she represents LAPD officers in civil rights cases where there are allegations of excessive use of force or constitutional rights violations. She was previously a Deputy City Attorney for the City of Pasadena, where she advised the Pasadena Police Department in all aspects of civil rights and employment matters. In that capacity, she represented the City of Pasadena in numerous trials, arbitrations, and appeals. In her only stint in private practice, she represented public entities (cities and school districts) in general tort, sexual assault, and employment matters. Prior to her entry to civil litigation, Ms. Badalian Collins was a prosecutor with both the Los Angeles County and Orange County District Attorney's offices. She received both her B.A. (Political Science and Public Policy) and her M.P.P. from the University of California, Los Angeles. She then received her J.D. from the University of San Diego where she was selected to The Order of Barristers. She enjoys spending time with her husband and kids and still coaches her high school alma mater's mock trial team that she helped establish in 2009.
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)
USDOJ Civil Div, Comm. Lit. Br
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 T. Baker 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 for the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA,) serving as a member of the NITA Board of Trustees, serving as a member of the Board of Directors of the Center for Legal Inclusiveness (CLI,) and volunteering with bar and Court committees keep him busy (when not travelling the world or relaxing on the shores of Lake Michigan).
John spent 35 years as a trial attorney, concentrating his legal practice in products liability litigation, representing individuals that have been injured by defective pharmaceutical products and vehicles. John was listed as a Colorado Super Lawyer for 2007 to 2011. John retired from trial practice in 2010 to work as President and Executive Director of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (“NITA”) for three years.
For forty years John has been active in promoting professionalism and served as President of the Denver Bar Association in 2009. John also lectures in Colorado, nationally, and internationally on professionalism issues, on torts/product liability issues, and on trial advocacy.
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
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.
Adams County State Attorney
US Customs & Border Protection
Hennepin County District Court
Baron & Herskowitz
Law Offices 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
B.A., State University of New York at Albany
M.A., Columbia University
J.D., Hofstra University School of Law
Barbara Barron is a professor of skills at Hofstra Law. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree in Russian from the State University of New York at Albany in 1974 and a Master of Arts degree in Russian from Columbia University in 1977. She received her Juris Doctor from Hofstra Law in 1984. Prior to attending Hofstra, Professor Barron was a linguist with the United States Department of Defense. She worked on high security level foreign language material.
Professor Barron’s professional legal experience is diverse. Upon graduation from Hofstra in 1984, she became a prosecutor with the New York County Office of the District Attorney. She left the prosecutor’s office in 1987 and was a litigator with firms in the New York City metropolitan area. She specialized in complex commercial and matrimonial litigation. It was at that time that she began her teaching career as a faculty member for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy’s Basic Skills Northeast Regional Program.
Professor Barron returned to Hofstra in 1995 as a professor. Since that time, she has focused her teaching interests on improving the law school’s skills curriculum. She has created and has taught innovative skills oriented simulations courses that are grounded in criminal law, commercial law, and transactional law. She is currently the director of Hofstra’s trial techniques program and has been the law school’s director of student advocacy programs. In addition, she serves as director of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy’s (NITA) Basic Skills Northeast Regional Program. She has taught in many trial and pre-trial deposition skills courses as part of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy’s “in-house” private programs.
Professor Barron has an extensive international teaching resume. She has developed and taught advocacy skills programs for: the American Bar Association’s Rule of Law Initiative in Turkey, Egypt, the Republic of Georgia, Kazakhstan, Macedonia, Moldova, Russia; for the Balkans Regional Rule of Law Network in Macedonia; and, the government of Bosnia-Herzogovina in Bosnia. She also taught in Japan’s first trial advocacy skills programs for members of Japan’s criminal defense bar, as well as in Kosovo, where she taught in trial advocacy programs sponsored by the United States Department of Justice.
Most recently, Professor Barron has created and taught a series of skills workshops designed to help legal and non-legal professionals develop their own interactive courses.
Barton Law, LLC
Mandy graduated law school from the University of Mississippi (Ole Miss) and earned her undergraduate B.S. degree in Accounting from Springhill College in Mobile, Alabama. She began the practice of law in 2003 in Jackson, MS where her practice consisted mostly of insurance defense litigation and various creditor bankruptcy matters. In 2006, she moved to Mobile, where her practice has focused primarily in the area of general civil litigation matters. In March 2015, Mandy opened her own law firm in downtown Mobile.
Her firm’s practice focus remains in general civil litigation where most of the cases handled involve business, contract, construction and insurance claim matters. Her firm also handles matters dealing with creditor’s rights, personal injury, landlord/tenant issues and probate matters. However, a large part of Mandy’s practice is now focused on serving as outside general counsel for small businesses that cannot justify the expense of in-house legal counsel. Mandy also serves as a Guardian ad Litem in various matters and has experience with handling multi-district litigation matters as the result of her involvement with defective Chinese drywall claims over the last five years.
In her more than 12 years of trial experience, Mandy has received favorable jury and non-jury verdicts for her clients in both state and federal courts located in Mississippi and Alabama. Recently, her clients in these trials have consisted of business owners, homeowners, contractors, subcontractors, homeowners’/condominium associations and personally injured individuals. Early resolution for a client is always Mandy’s number one goal in handling a matter for her clients. Therefore, she often participates in mediations and arbitrations in an effort to resolve matters quickly and in the most affordable manner possible while achieving a favorable outcome for her clients.Jurisdictions Admitted to Practice
Professional & Bar Association Memberships
Alabama Bar Assoc.
Mississippi Bar Assoc.
American Bar Assoc.
Mobile County Bar Association
Mobile Bar Association Women Lawyers, Annual Professional Women’s Networking Event Chair
National Institute for Trial Advocacy, Faculty Member
Advisory Board for the Women’s Business Center of South Alabama
March of Dimes, 2014 Chair and 2015 Committee Member of Annual Chef Auction Fundraiser
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.
Ferro Battey MacNamara
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.
Southern Illinois University
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
PCT Law Group PLLC
Baker McKenzie LLP
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.
Geisler Law Firm
Laura Benitez Geisler
Laura Benitez Geisler is the owner of the Geisler Law Firm in Dallas, Texas. A native of Corpus Christi, Texas, Laura received her BA at the University of Texas San Antonio. She is a 1997 graduate of Southern Methodist University Dedman School of Law where she served as an Articles Editor for the SMU Law Review.
For the past 16 years, Laura has dedicated her practice to representing individuals in a variety of personal injury and wrongful death claims. Her professional accomplishments have been recognized on both the national and local level. In 2011 the Hispanic National Bar Association honored her with its “Top Lawyer Under 40” award and the National Trial Lawyers “Top 40 Under 40.” She has been listed in numerous publications’ “Best Lawyer” lists in the field of personal injury including “Best Lawyers in America,” “Best Attorneys in Texas,” and “Best Lawyers in Dallas.” She is a frequent CLE lecturer for local and national bar organizations and a member of the NITA Deposition Skills faculty.
Laura has served on the Board of Directors for the Dallas Bar Association since 2006 and is a Past President of the Dallas Association of Young Lawyers and the Dallas Women Lawyers Association.
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.
Price Benowitz LLP
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.
Cleary Gottlieb Steen et al
Arminda Bradford Bepko
Arminda Bradford Bepko is a senior attorney at Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton. Her practice spans a wide range of litigation, advisory and regulatory matters, with a focus on intellectual property infringement and misappropriation. Ms. Bepko also represents financial institutions and corporations in securities, antitrust and other complex litigation, as well as in criminal and regulatory matters involving the Department of Justice, the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. She has conducted internal investigations concerning insider trading, market manipulation and other securities violations. Some current and recent projects include; representation of banks in investigations arising out of the setting of certain benchmark rates; litigation arising out of the sale of various mortgage-backed securities; defending a pharmaceutical company in a billion-dollar antitrust lawsuit.
Ms. Bepko has written on a variety of subjects, including intellectual property and First Amendment issues. Recent publications include Trademark Battles in the Banking Field: When a Bank Acquisition Gives Rise To A Trademark Dispute, Banking Law Journal (2009) (co-authored with David H. Herrington); A Necessary and Proper Role for Federal Courts in Prison Reform: The Benjamin v. Malcolm Consent Decrees, 52 N.Y.L. Sch. L. Rev. 3 (2007) (co-authored with Hon. Harold Baer, Jr.); Public Availability or Practical Obscurity: The Debate Over Public Access to Court Records on the Internet, 49 N.Y.L. Sch. L. Rev. 967 (2005); A State-by-State Comparison of Spam Laws, 13 Media L. & Pol’y 20 (2004).
Ms. Bepko is also very active in the firm’s pro bono practice, particularly the successful representation of immigrants in asylum and removal proceedings. Most recently she argued before the New York Court of Appeals concerning the use of a biased interpreter in criminal proceedings.
Ms. Bepko joined Cleary Gottlieb in 2004 and became a senior attorney in 2013. She received a J.D. degree, with honors, from New York Law School in June 2004, where she served as Editor-in-Chief of the Law Review. Since graduating, she has returned to New York Law School periodically as an adjunct professor. She received an undergraduate degree from Kalamazoo College in Michigan. From 2005 to 2006, she served as law clerk to the Honorable Harold Baer, Jr. of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York. Before attending law school, Ms. Bepko was a producer for ABCNews and the shows 20/20 and Primetime Live.
David Bercuson, a Miami attorney who has distinguished himself by devoting his practice to litigation and entertainment law. He has extensive and diverse experience and is a tenacious and successful advocate in the representation of artists, record labels, music and television producers, music publishers, composers, managers, local and national on-air television talent and independent television producers in the acquisition, negotiation and re-negotiation of significant industry agreements as well as litigation. He handles the business and legal affairs for major and independent record companies. Mr. Bercuson is also a specialist in the domestic and foreign licensing of music and finding various deals and opportunities for artists and companies
Bercuson is an adjunct professor at the University of Miami School of Law in the trial advocacy program and has been an instructor on entertainment contracts at Florida International University. He has also been selected as a Leading American Attorney, a Super Lawyer, named as a Top Attorney by the Wall Street Journal, and he has the honor of being the only entertainment attorney included in the peer selected South Florida’s Legal Guide’s “Top Attorneys in South Florida,” from its inception and for the next subsequent eighteen consecutive years (2001-2017) Mr. Bercuson is also proud of achieving the Martindale – Hubbell AV Preeminent rating.
Mr. Bercuson is the Vice Chairman of the Film and Entertainment Advisory Board to the Miami Dade County Commission.
Mr. Bercuson is a well-known speaker and a sought-after panelist and lecturer at colleges and national conventions including Harvard University Law School, University of Miami Law School, Florida International Law School, Barry University Law School and Nova Law School. He has lectured at the Winter Music Conference; LMNOP; Cutting Edge; Southern Regional Entertainment, Sports and Intellectual Property Law Conference; Florida’s Southeastern Music Conference; and numerous Florida Bar and ABA seminars and events.
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.
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 S. BEYER, born 1967; admitted to the Louisiana Bar in 1992; Senior Managing Partner of Hill & Beyer, APLC. Ms. Beyer obtained a B.A. Degree from Louisiana State University in 1989, and a Juris Doctor degree from Louisiana State University Law School in 1992, where she earned honors for Moot Court Board, American Jurisprudence Awards, Chancellor’s List, and Flory Trial, graduating in the top 20%. As a practicing civil litigation trial attorney, Ms. Beyer was voted a 2018 Acadiana Profile Top Lawyer. She has argued before the Louisiana Supreme Court and 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. Mrs. Beyer is also a member of the Award-Winning Acadiana American Inns of Court and enjoys volunteering with numerous groups including the American Red Cross, United Blood Services, Teen Court, Law on Tape, homeless shelters, and illiteracy programs. Hill & Beyer has been the recipient of the Small Firm Award for its dedication and commitment to pro bono service in the community. For over a decade, Ms. Beyer has been a Faculty Member of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (“NITA”), primarily for the Gulf Coast Region in New Orleans, Louisiana, as well as for the Southwest Region in Dallas, Texas, teaching litigation skills to both law students and practicing attorneys. She has also presented numerous lectures, seminars and demonstrations regarding such topics as: brain and spinal injuries, catastrophic injury, and complex medical litigation, effective direct and cross examination of experts, Louisiana tort law, automobile liability defense, merchant liability law, restaurant liability, the Americans with Disabilities Act, age discrimination, sexual harassment defense, and construction law. In her spare time, Ms. Beyer has been certified as a pilates instructor, and enjoys yoga, snow skiing, scuba diving, attending her children’s many sports activities and game nights.
Tucker Ellis LLP
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.
Securities & Exchange Comm
District Attorney's Ofc
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.
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.
Jeff Blumberg began his 25 year legal career as an Army JAG where he gained extensive litigation experience as a prosecutor in the Republic of Korea, and a trial defense counsel at Fort Carson, Colorado. Following his military service, Jeff joined the Maryland Office of the Public Defender where he represented hundreds of adult and juvenile clients charged with felony offenses. After 7 years as an Assistant Public Defender, Jeff became a federal prosecutor with the Criminal Section of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice. As a Special Litigation Counsel in that office, he prosecuted some of the nation’s highest-profile criminal civil rights cases and was awarded the 2009 Attorney General’s Award for Exceptional Service (the highest civilian award) for the prosecution of a large-scale police corruption case in Los Angeles.
Jeff is also an experienced civil litigator having spent time in the Special Litigation Section of the Civil Rights Division where he negotiated and monitored settlements with major police departments for systematic violations of individuals’ rights. He is currently working as a Senior Counsel with the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) where he represents the CFPB in complex federal fair lending matters throughout the country. In all, Jeff has tried more than 40 jury trials and numerous bench trials during his litigation career. He is also an experienced trial advocacy trainer and teacher having taught trial skills at the Justice Department’s National Advocacy Center, the Civil Rights Division and the MD Office of the Public Defender in addition to training and overseeing many junior attorneys preparing for court cases in state and federal court. He currently teaches an international externship seminar at Washington College of Law and has been published on cultural competency issues as they apply to experiential learning.
Jeff received his Juris Doctor with Honors from the University of Maryland School of Law, a Masters in Liberal Studies from Georgetown University and a B.A. in Economics from Washington University in St. Louis. Jeff and his wife also served as Peace Corps volunteers in Belize from 2004-2006.
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.
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.
Summit Law Group
Mike primarily advises employers on employment-related claims. He investigates employee harassment, discrimination, and retaliation complaints in a neutral investigator capacity, and trains employers, employees, and employment lawyers on employment-related issues. Mike also represents private businesses in litigation that includes civil rights, wage and hour, and non-compete issues. He has served as an expert witness in cases where the handling of an employment-related claim was an issue. He has presented at a number of seminars/CLEs on topics including discrimination, sexual harassment, retaliation, lawful interviewing, leave laws, performance evaluations, employment investigations, the Family Medical Leave Act, direct examination, negligent hiring and supervision, defamation, the fair credit reporting act, and the unique aspects of employment discrimination claims against government entities.
• Client-City of Des Moines: Defended the negligence claims against Des Moines in the Vili Fualaau/Mary Kay Letourneau lawsuit (jury trial); defended wrongful termination/First Amendment claim by discharged police officer (summary judgment); defended breach of contract claim by former municipal judge.
• Client-City of Auburn: Defended false arrest/malicious prosecution claim (jury trial); defended negligence claims arising from injuries during riot training exercise; defended age and sex discrimination claim.
• Client-City of Renton: Defended retaliation/First Amendment claim by firefighter (bench trial); defended excessive force claim.
• Client-City of Cheney: Defended disability discrimination claim (jury trial).
• Client-State of Washington: Defended retaliation/constructive discharge claim; defended disability discrimination/retaliation claim.
• Washington Defense Trial Lawyers (Board of Trustees, 2008–present)
• Listed in Washington Super Lawyers (2003–2015)
• AV® Preeminent rating from Martindale-Hubbell
• 2007 Outstanding Mentor, King County Bar Association, Young Lawyers Division
• New York University School of Law (J.D., 1989)
• University of Michigan (A.B., 1986, magna cum laude)
• Washington State
• United States District Court, Western District of Washington
• United States District Court, Eastern District of Washington
• United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit
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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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.
Todd Bowers is a Senior Counsel and Deputy Attorney General with the Washington State Attorney General’s Office (AGO). Todd first served in the Criminal Justice Division from 1995-2009, where he prosecuted Sexually Violent Predator (SVP) civil commitment cases, as well as criminal cases including homicide and rape. His cases included the 2008 civil commitment of Kevin Coe, the South Hill Rapist.
From 2009-2012, Todd was a member of the Complex Litigation Unit (CLU). His cases there included defending large class actions, campaign finance enforcement, and Washington’s suit against the federal government for its closure of the Yucca Mountain nuclear waste repository.
From 2013 until May 2017, Todd served as the Litigation Section Chief of the Consumer Protection Division. During this time he supervised all investigations and litigation handled by the Division’s twenty-two attorneys. He also handled cases, including serving as lead trial counsel in State v. Arlene’s Flowers (involving the refusal of a business owner to provide wedding flowers to a couple on the basis of their sexual orientation).
Todd has served as a Deputy Attorney General since May 2017. In this role he supervises over 130 attorneys in the Criminal Justice, Consumer Protection, Antitrust, Complex Litigation and Torts Divisions, and the Civil Rights Unit.
From 2012-2016, Todd was cross-designated as a Special Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern and Western Districts of Washington investigating and prosecuting contraband cigarette trafficking. In addition, from 2015 to present Todd has served as a judge pro tempore of the Seattle Municipal Court.
Todd has extensive jury trial experience in superior courts across Washington. In addition, he has argued before all three divisions of the Court of Appeals, as well as the Washington Supreme Court.
Todd is the 2018-19 President of the King County Bar Foundation. He also often serves as a lecturer or faculty member, including in trial advocacy classes at the University of Washington School of Law and seminars sponsored by groups such as the National Institute of Trial Advocacy.
Todd graduated from Miami University in Oxford, Ohio, in 1988 with bachelor degrees in History and International Studies. He received his J.D. from Indiana University School of Law in Bloomington, Indiana, in 1992. He lives in Seattle with his wife, Nicole, and two sons, Colin and Rhys.
Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton
Mark Boynton focuses his practice on the construction industry, including all aspects of construction and building defect litigation. Mr. Boynton has litigated matters in over twenty states representing owners, contractors, architects, engineers, surveyors, trades, material suppliers, and building product manufacturers. In addition to his work representing clients in adversarial proceedings, Mr. Boynton regularly advises clients regarding contract negotiation, project dispute resolution and project crisis management.
Mr. Boynton has extensive experience in alternative dispute resolution in the construction context and has represented clients in over 500 mediations and structured negotiation proceedings in numerous jurisdictions. As part of his practice, Mr. Boynton regularly speaks at in-house client seminars and continuing education programs on topics of risk management, contract negotiation and drafting, and dispute management.
Outside of his practice, Mr. Boynton is extremely active in community arts organizations and the North Carolina Bar Association. In addition to having chaired the Litigation Section of the North Carolina Bar Association, Mr. Boynton co-authored the amendments of critical aspects of North Carolina's rules of civil procedure and civil costs statutes, formed the Committee on E-Discovery Rules, and co-chairs the Thorp Committee on Local Rules.
Mr. Boynton was named to Business North Carolina’s "Legal Elite" in 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 and 2013. He was listed in The Best Lawyers in America® for Construction Litigation in 2018 and the six years immediately preceding.
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
Murphy & McGonigle
Schroeter Goldmark & Bender
Thomas J. Breen
SCHROETER GOLDMARK & BENDER
800-809-2234 | Seattle: 206-622-8000
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Seattle, WA 98104
Asbestos-Mesothelioma | Product Liability | Serious Accidents
Tom Breen focuses his practice at SGB on representing those injured from products and other serious personal injury matters. He is known among his peers as an outstanding trial attorney and fierce advocate for his clients, with the ability and passion to litigate complex cases against the toughest opponents.
Background and experience
Tom began his law career as a Deputy King County Prosecutor where he first-chaired scores of trials to verdict. Prior to joining SGB, he was lead counsel for the litigation team of a boutique law firm, and worked at a commercial litigation firm, where he tried a variety of cases in court and at arbitration.
Tom is fluent in Spanish and volunteers his time at a Hispanic legal clinic. He also serves on the faculties of the National Institute of Trial Advocacy and the University of Washington School of Law, instructing lawyers and law students on trial advocacy.
Prior to law school Tom completed two years of public service with Teach for America, and taught college in Spain and in San Francisco, California. During law school Tom clerked for celebrated trial attorney Dick DeGuerin and was the recipient of a Caine fellowship, which sent him to Latin America to work on environmental law issues for Brazilian Supreme Court Justice Antonio Herman Benjamin.
Professional and Civic Involvement
"Rising Star" Washington Law & Politics 2010, 2011, 2012
Speaker, WSBA, Evidence and Objection Skills Boot Training CLE: "How to Prepare for the Unexpected at Trial" 2011
Speaker, WSBA, Jury Selection and Other Jury Skills CLE: "How to Avoid Having 12 Angry Jurors: The Fundamentals for Excelling In Front of a Jury" 2010
Speaker, King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office "Effective Cross Examination" 2011
Member of the William L. Dwyer American Inn of Courts
Adjunct Faculty, University of Washington School of Law, Trial Advocacy
Faculty Member, National Institute of Trial Advocacy
Mock Trial Coach, University of Washington, American Association of Justice competition
Faculty member, University of San Francisco 1997-1998
Faculty member, La Universidad Europea de Madrid 1996-1997
Literacy Academy Director for Latin American immigrant students, Redwood City 1996-1997
Advisory Board Member, Stand for Children, Washington State Chapter
Let us help you
If you’re facing a tough legal battle, call on SGB. We focus our practice on representing people, not corporations, and we’ll give you the respect you deserve. Visit us online at sgb-law.com or call us anytime at 206-622-8000.
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
Commonwealth of Massachusetts
Fairfax County Circuit Court
Eastern Dist of NY
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
Jonathan Broun is the senior staff attorney at North Carolina Prisoner Legal Services. He has been involved in the capital defense movement in one form or another since 1987, and has represented those facing the death penalty at trial, direct appeal, state post-conviction and federal habeas. Despite that, he still remembers the names of his two children. Mr. Broun considers his great accomplishments to be 1) ghostwriting the certiorari petition in McCarver v. North Carolina, which led the United States Supreme Court to reconsider the practice of allowing the execution of intellectually disabled persons; 2) telling a juror a hilarious Steelers-Ravens rivalry joke during voir dire in a capital trial, and 3)remembering every Tar Heel Men’s NCAA tournament opponent since 1977. In his spare time, Mr. Broun enjoys watching reruns of the 1982, 1993, 2005, 2009, and 2017 NCAA finals, dancing to highlights of the 2016 World Series, and sleeping.
Law Office of Alice C. Brown
Gray Reed & McGraw LLP
Gordon, Arata, McCollam, Duplantis & Eagan, L.L.P.
Attorney at Law
Morrison & Foerster LLP
Willig, Williams and Davidson
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.
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.
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
Over the course of his 30-year career, Cal Burnton has tried and won numerous complex toxic tort and product liability cases, earning a national reputation for his ability to defend challenging mass tort and class action litigation. From chemical exposure and groundwater contamination cases, to toxic torts involving personal injury and diminished property value claims, to catastrophic and mass disaster litigation, Cal is widely sought after for his track record of success with the most sensitive and arduous of matters. He has represented clients in federal and state courts in almost every state across the United States. His repertoire of clients includes leading manufacturers and sellers of chemicals, heavy industrial machinery, and consumer products.
In addition to being a litigator, Cal is a trusted counselor to his clients, advising on issues regarding government regulations, product safety, and ethics. He also lectures regularly on product liability issues in the US and Japan.
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.
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.
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.
Baker McKenzie LLP
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
Cannata O'Toole Fickes & Almazan LLP
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.
40th Anniversary Gala Guests
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.
Attorney at Law
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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Ken Carlson is a partner with Constangy, Brooks, Smith & Prophete, LLP, in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, which is based in Atlanta and is one of the nation’s oldest labor and employment defense firms with offices in 16 states. Ken is a senior litigator, mediator and arbitrator whose practice is concentrated in virtually every aspect of employment law. Specific areas of emphasis include discrimination, harassment, retaliation and wrongful discharge; trade secrets, covenants not to compete and unfair competition; drafting employment, confidentiality and noncompetition agreements; drug testing; FLSA and wage & hour; and ERISA litigation – with mediation or arbitration in each of those areas now constituting much of his practice. Ken also regularly consults with companies in how to avoid legal problems before they occur, and frequently conducts training on appropriate management and employee practices in the workplace.
Ken is consistently named to Business North Carolina’s annual “Legal Elite”, to the list of North Carolina “Super Lawyers,” and to the Best Lawyers in America for labor & employment law and/or alternative dispute resolution. He has repeatedly received the Best Lawyers’ “Lawyer of the Year” recognition in alternative dispute resolution for the Winston-Salem/Greensboro metropolitan area, and is a former chair of the Dispute Resolution Section of the North Carolina Bar Association. Ken is also a Fellow with the American Bar Foundation, and an adjunct professor at the Wake Forest University School of Law where he teaches courses in advanced trial practice and trade secrets/unfair competition. He is a frequent speaker at continuing legal education seminars, and has published numerous articles through the years on various employment law topics.
Case Western Univ Law Schl
Marquette Univ Law School
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)
Cordell & Cordell
Campbell Univ Schl of Law
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.
Gallagher Casados & Mann PC
James E. Casados
Mr. Casados is semi retired. He was born December 4, 1937, in Gallup,
New Mexico. James was admitted to practice in all state courts in New Mexico and Colorado (inactive status), Federal 10th Circuit Court of Appeals and New Mexico Federal District Court. He is a member of American Bar Association, New Mexico Bar Association, has been a faculty member of NITA 15+ years, and judged/coach high school mock trial 25+ years.
Martindale-Hubbell rating AV.
He graduated from University of New Mexico law school June, 1965.
Univ of Arkansas School of Law
CashattWarren Family Law, P.C.
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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State Court of Appeals
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.
Valorem Law Group LLP
Nova Southeastern College of Law
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.
Koonz McKenney Johnson
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.
D. Tucker Charns has been a criminal defense attorney in North Carolina since 1989. She has represented clients as a public defender and private attorney in pleas, trials, appeals and post-conviction in state courts. Tucker is presently a Regional Defender for the North Carolina Office of Indigent Defense Services. She assists, consults and provides training for over 150 criminal defense attorneys under contract to represent poor folks charged with crimes in 11 North Carolina counties. Her focuses are fierce client-centered representation, family and ice hockey.
Eastern Dist of NY
Fletcher & Roy
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Widely recognized for her legal work, Doris Cheng has been ranked as one of the top 50 women lawyers and top 100 lawyers in Northern California. She is listed among the Best Lawyers of America®, SuperLawyers® and San Francisco Best Lawyers. She has been chosen as Trial Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers of America for 2017.
Ms. Cheng is a partner in the law firm of Walkup Melodia Kelly & Schoenberger in San Francisco. She has obtained seven and eight figure settlements and verdicts on behalf of catastrophically injured plaintiffs. She is a Past President of the San Francisco Trial Lawyer Association. She is the current President-Elect of the Bar Association of San Francisco. She is the Treasurer of the American Board of Trial Advocates (San Francisco Chapter) and a national representative of the board. She is a member of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers and American College of Trial Lawyers. She is a member of the Kaiser Arbitration Oversight Board.
As part of the Rule of Law Initiative, Ms. Cheng has conducted training programs for trial lawyers and judges in Mexico, Kosovo, and Macedonia. She has led trial skills programs in Northern Ireland, Scotland, Singapore, Antigua, Bahamas, Trinidad, Guyana and other programs in the Caribbean Basin. She serves as the Program Director of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy (NITA) Teacher Training Program.
She is an adjunct professor and a member of the Board of Counselors at the University of San Francisco School of Law. She has served as faculty at Emory University for its annual Kessler-Eidson Trial Techniques Program. She previously served on the faculty at the University of California, Berkeley School of Law, where she continues to be regularly invited as a guest speaker to the international LLM students.
Ms. Cheng is a co-author of the eminent treatise, The Rutter Group California Practice Guide on Personal Injury, and the trial practice guide, Mastering the Mechanics of Civil Jury Trials.
US Attorney's Office
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
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Mr. Cicoski is an associate in the firm's Litigation Group. He represents clients in a variety of corporate and complex commercial litigation matters including claims for breach of contract, theft of trade secrets, and violations of restrictive covenants. Mr. Cicoski also assists clients defending antitrust and unfair competition claims as well as policyholders pursuing complex insurance coverage litigation against their insurers. Mr. Cicoski regularly appears before the Delaware District Court, the Delaware Court of Chancery, and the Delaware Superior Court. He has also briefed and argued appeals before the Delaware Supreme Court and other appellate tribunals.
Mr. Cicoski handles at least one pro bono matter each year. He has previously represented a minor in connection with pending immigration proceedings, served as appellate counsel to an incarcerated plaintiff, and assisted a veteran in proceedings before the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. He has also served as a Guardian ad Litem with Delaware’s Office of the Child Advocate in each of the past five years.
Mr. Cicoski presently serves on the National Board of Trustees of the American Inns of Court Foundation and is Vice President of the Richard K. Herrmann Technology Inn of Court in Delaware. He is a Director and Vice President of the Delaware Bar Foundation, an Associate Member of the Delaware Board of Bar Examiners, and a Trustee of the IEP Research Foundation at the University of Pennsylvania.
Mr. Cicoski is an Honorary Overseas Member of The Commercial Bar Association of England and Wales (COMBAR), a Fellow of the American Bar Foundation, and an Adjunct Professor at Delaware Law School. He was first rated “AV Preeminent” by Martindale-Hubbell in 2014.
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
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
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
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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
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Akin Gump Master
Cook Cnty Guardian's Ofc
Executive Director of New York County Defender Services currently contracted with New York City to defend indigent defendants in criminal cases in Manhattan. Former supervisor and staff attorney at The New York City Legal Aid Society, Criminal Defense Division for over 20 years. Served as Village Justice for eight years in Lynbrook, Long Island. Board of Directors, American Council Chief Defenders. Faculty Member, NITA for over 20 years.
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 served as a District Court Judge in Colorado’s Eighteenth Judicial District from February 1, 2011 through July 31, 2017. During his time on the Bench he presided over domestic, civil, and criminal dockets. Since retiring from the Bench, Steve has been leading the good life in Rio Verde, Arizona while also teaching at various NITA programs. 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.
Massachusetts Attorney General's Office
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.
Committee For Public Cnsl Srvc
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.
Hennepin Cnty Pub Defender Ofc
US DOJ Antitrust Division
James Connor is a Senior Trial Counsel in the Commercial Litigation Branch at the Department of Justice. Since joining the Justice Department in 2009, Jim has first-chaired numerous multi-week trials in federal court involving damages claims of over $500 million, including a six-week, $40 million trial brought under the False Claims Act. Jim has also conducted over 100 depositions, including depositions of experts, corporate executives, engineers, and accountants, and has taught trial practice and deposition skills courses to Department of Justice attorneys at the National Advocacy Center, in Columbia, South Carolina.
Before joining the Department of Justice, Jim was a litigation associate at the Law Offices of Thomas J. Powell in Fairfax, Virginia, where he second-chaired two jury trials in Virginia Circuit Court. Jim is a 2005 cum laude graduate of the American University Washington College of Law.
USDOJ 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
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.
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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.
Attorney at Law
Gomez Trial Attorneys
Aviso Law LLC
Taft Stettinius & Hollister
Lewis Wagner LLP
Dina is a legal strategist and trial attorney who honors responsive client service as a top priority. Dina has served as lead counsel in numerous lawsuits and bet-the-company litigation involving multi-million dollar claims ranging from breach of contract, false advertising, unfair competition, unfair commercial practices, consumer fraud, and breach of warranty to claims of serious injury caused by products liability and professional negligence. Dina is an aggressive yet civil trial lawyer who has significant jury trial experience in state and federal court and substantial appellate experience. Dina defends class actions, mass torts, government enforcement actions, drug and medical device cases, toxic tort and chemical exposure cases, and professional liability lawsuits including legal malpractice. Dina also counsels clients during government investigations and assists professionals facing disciplinary grievances and licensing issues. Dina’s mass tort and class action defense work is national in scope and has included lawsuits filed in numerous states from New York to California as well as lawsuits consolidated as part of multi-district litigation. Dina is a regular faculty member for the National Institute of Trial Advocacy in its learn-by-doing trial advocacy courses. She received her J.D. degree, cum laude, from Indiana University School of Law at Indianapolis in 1995. For many years, Dina has been heavily involved in managing the firm, and she currently serves on the firm’s 3-lawyer executive committee along with the chief administrative officer.
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.
Akin Gump Strauss et al
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.
DC Ofc of Administrative Hearings
Baker McKenzie LLP
DC Ofc of Administrative 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
Daw & Ray 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.
DeKalb Cnty Public Defender
Annie C. Deets is a Managing Attorney at the Law Office of the Public Defender in DeKalb County, Georgia. She is part of a specialized Behavioral Health Division, where she handles some of the most high-profile criminal cases in Atlanta.
In 2018, she was named as part of NITA’s Next Generation Faculty Development Program. Annie has taught in NITA Trial Programs in San Diego, Chicago, North Carolina, Dallas, San Francisco, and in the National Session in Boulder and is currently one of the Program Directors of the Atlanta Deposition Skill Program.
Annie is an accomplished and experienced trial advocacy instructor. As an Adjunct Professor at Emory University School of Law and at Georgia State University College of Law, she teaches classes focuses on advocacy skills in cases with behavioral health issues. She is a Team Leader for the Kessler-Eidson Program for Trial Techniques at Emory, where she has been an instructor since 2010. She also coaches mock trial at Emory, where she helped the team to win back to back national championships. Annie was an instructor in a trial advocacy program for students from the City University of Hong Kong and members of the Chinese Judiciary as part of a partnership with the Supreme People’s Court.
Annie graduated from Vanderbilt Law School, where her interest in representing the underdog was first stoked and developed while a student working in the Vanderbilt Legal Clinic. While at Vanderbilt, Annie was awarded the Carl J. Ruskowski Clinical Legal Education Award, awarded to the student who demonstrated excellence in practice of law and best exemplified the highest standards of the legal profession.
Since leaving law school, Annie has remained steadfast in her passion for and commitment to advocating for indigent individuals. She worked first for Georgia Legal Services Program serving the indigent populations of rural Georgia in civil matters. She went on to serve victims of domestic violence as a prosecutor in Henry County before finding her home at the DeKalb Public Defender’s Office, where she has been since 2006.
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
Peter G. DeGelleke
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.
Abramson & Denenberg, PC
Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP
Alameda County Public Defender
Thompson Hine 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.
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
MANUEL L. DOBRINSKY
B.A., Vassar College
J.D., University of Virginia School of Law
FREIDIN • Dobrinsky, P.A., Miami, Florida
Equity Partner, AV Rated
Represent individuals in medical malpractice, consumer fraud and personal injury cases
FEDERAL PUBLIC DEFENDER’S OFFICE, Miami, Florida
Assistant Federal Public Defender
Represent clients in all aspects of federal criminal litigation and appellate work including white collar, RICO, and conspiracy cases. Tried over thirty trials to verdict, handled numerous evidentiary hearings, selected by Administrative Office to represent American citizens arrested and convicted in Panama regarding their transfer to the United States pursuant to the Prisoner Treaty between the United States and Panama.
HOLLAND & KNIGHT, Miami, Florida
Litigation associate with experience in a variety of areas including white collar criminal matters, civil RICO, trademark litigation, employment discrimination, divorce proceedings, and personal injury. Selected as associate assigned to the Community Service Team and worked on numerous civil rights cases, including Rosewood, and large housing discrimination matters.
1997 - Present
National Institute of Trial Advocacy Instructor, 1997, Nova Southeastern
University, Fort Lauderdale, Florida. Instructed and evaluated lawyers in trial
techniques and skills.
President Miami Dade Justice Association; Ad Hoc Committee for Peer Review, United States, District Court, Southern District of Florida Member Board of Directors, Legal Services of Greater Miami, Inc.
HONORS AND RECOGNITIONS
Million Dollar Advocate
Best Lawyers in America
Florida Legal Elite
UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA SCHOOL OF LAW, Charlottesville, Virginia
J.D., May 1988
VASSAR COLLEGE, Poughkeepsie, New York
Bachelor of Arts, Biopsychology, 1985
Honors: Tri Beta Biology Honors Society; Junior Class President.
LANGUAGE: Fluent in Spanish
PERSONAL: Wife Annette T. Dobrinsky and daughters Renee and Alissa
Nova Southeastern College of Law
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.
Akin Gump Strauss et al
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.
Smith Haughey Rice & Roegge
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
Mintz Levin PC
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
California Court of Appeal
NITA Trustee: 2012-present
Los Angeles Superior Court
Appointed by Governor Gray Davis, August 2000. Currently, assigned to Complex Civil Department. Former Presiding Judge of the Court (2011-2012). Assistant Presiding Judge (2009-2010) Supervising Judge of the Civil Departments (2007-2008).
Lawyer, Dewey Ballantine LLP (associate, 1987-1990; partner, 1990- 2000) General civil litigation practice, with an emphasis on business litigation. Areas of substantive experience included commercial and employment disputes, real estate issues, securities and other kinds of fraud, banking and products liability litigation.
Lawyer, Adams Duque & Hazeltine (associate, 1981-1987)
University of Illinois College of Law (J.D. 1981)
Los Angeles Superior Court
Chair, Executive Committee (2011- )
Chair, Personnel & Budget Committee (2009-2010)
Chair, Bench/Bar Committee (2009-2010)
Chair, Political Outreach Committee (2005-2008)
Chair, Civil & Small Claims Committee (2007-2008)
Member, Education Governance Committee (2005-2008)
Member, Legislative Outreach Committee (2001-2004)
Member, Bench and Bar Committee (2001- 2006)
Member, Family Law Committee (2001-2002)
Chair, Annual Legislative Seminar (2001, 2006, 2007)
Chair, Planning Committee for Family Law Walk Through Program (2001)
Chair, Planning Committee for Family Law Annual Seminar (2002)
Member, Court Commissioner Selection Committee (2003, 2006)
Member, ADR Committee (2003-2006)
Judicial Council of California
Member, Trial Court Presiding Judges Advisory Committee Executive Committee (2011- )
Member, Trial Court Budget Working Group (2011- )
Member, Judicial Council of California (2008 -2010)
Chair, Judicial Council Litigation Mgmt Committee (2009-2010)
Member, Center for Judicial Education and Research (CJER) Governing Committee (2006-2008)
Civil & Small Claims Advisory Committee (Chair, 2006 - 2008; Member, 1998-2005)
Member, Judicial Service Advisory Committee (2002- 2005)
Member, Planning Committee for Statewide Judicial Confer (2005)
Member, Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Lawyer Regulation (2002 -2004 )
Member, California Judicial Administration Conference Planning Committee (2000)
California Judges Association
Member, Civil Law & Procedure Committee (2003-20008)
Member, Planning Committee for CJA Mid-Year Meeting (2004)
National Conference of Metropolitan Courts
Member, Board of Directors (2011- )
County Law Library
Vice President, Board of Trustees (2004-2009)
Selected Bar Association Activities:
American Bar Association
President, Board of Dir of American Bar Endowment (2006-2008)
President, Board of Directors of American Bar Insurance Plan Consultants (2011- )
Board Member, American Bar Foundation (2006-2008)
Board Member, American Bar Endowment (1995-2011)
Member, ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility, Judges Advisory Committee (2009- )
Chair, Jury Management Committee of National Conference of State Trial Judges (2006-2007)
Chair, State Court Funding Committee & Judicial Services Committees of National Conf of State Trial Judges (2005- 2006)
California Delegate to the ABA House of Delegates (1996-2001)
Member, Commission on Women in the Profession (2000-2003)
Co-Chair, Litigation Section Pretrial Practice & Procedure Committee (1998-1999)
Fellow, American Bar Foundation (1991- )
Los Angeles County Bar Association ("LACBA")
Senior Vice President (1996-1997)
Member, Board of Trustees (1980-1990, 1993-1999)
Selected Committee Activities:
Chair, Judicial Profiles (1999-2000)
Chair, Litigation Section (1996-1997)
Chair, Lawyer Referral and Information Service
Advisory Board (1991-1994)
Chair, Ad Hoc Committee to Study Funding Sources for
Legal Services (1994)
Vice-Chair, Dispute Resolution Services, Inc. (1989-1990)
Chair, Delegation to State Bar Confer of Delegates (1993-1994)
Member, Blue Ribbon Commission on Superior Court Improvement (1994 -2000)
California State Bar
Member, Committee on Administration of Justice (1995-1997)
Member, Committee on Competence (1990-1991)
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals
Lawyer Representative to Ninth Circuit Judicial Conf. (1991-1996)
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
Randall D. Eliason is a law professor, writer and commentator on corporate and white collar criminal law. He is a former Assistant United States Attorney for the District of Columbia, where he served as Chief of the Public Corruption/Government Fraud section. His writings on federal criminal law have appeared in scholarly journals, legal periodicals, and national newspapers. He is a contributing columnist for the Washington Post and a frequent media commentator on white collar crime issues. He also writes a blog on white collar crime, called Sidebars, which was named by the ABA as one of its top 100 legal blogs in 2016. Professor Eliason currently teaches White Collar Criminal Law at George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC. He also has taught at American University Washington College of Law and the Georgetown University Law Center. He has guest lectured on White Collar Crime at Harvard Law School and NYU Law School and has taught at the Attorney General’s Advocacy Institute.
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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.
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.
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 Andrews Kurth LLP
Hunton Andrews Kurth LLP
Joe's practice focuses on complex business litigation.
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 has been recognized by Chambers USA for Litigation (Band 3): General Commercial (District of Columbia), 2010 through 2017.
He is a member of the American Law Institute. Joe serves as an Adjunct Professor at the George Mason University School of Law.
Joe has spoken before the Association of Corporate Counsel -- National Capital Region on such topics as “When Litigation Darkens The Door to the C-Suite” and “Avoiding False Claims Act Litigation (and What to Do If You Can’t”); 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 coordinates Hunton’s firm wide Litigation Skills Training Program, and previously chaired the firm’s Washington office Pro Bono Committee.
Joe co-chairs the Mediation Committee of the ABA Section of Dispute Resolution. He serves on the volunteer mediator panel for the United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit. And Joe is a member of the Board of the Student Press Law Center.
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 Honorable Phil M. McNagny, Jr., of the US District Court for the Northern District of Indiana, and then for the Honorable Paul C. Weick, of the US Court of Appeals for the Sixth Circuit. He practiced on Wall Street before moving to Washington.
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.
He is the author of Student Loan Litigation Update 2013, The Review of Banking & Financial Services, Vol. 29, No. 3, at 31, March 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 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.