Mark A. DiCello (The DiCello Firm, Mentor, OH) has been recognized by federal and state courts throughout the country for his accomplishments and ability including; appointment to co-lead counsel in the Mentor Corp. ObTape Transobuturator Sling Products Liability Litigation, by the United States District Court for the Middle District of Georgia Columbus Division; appointment to the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee in the matter of In Re: Propecia (Finestride) Product Liability Litigation in the Eastern District of New York; and appointment to the Science Committee for the consolidated matter of In Re: Stryker.
John H. Gomez (Gomez Trial Lawyers, San Diego, CA) was named by Lawyers USA the national Lawyer of the Year in 2010. He has twice been named San Diego’s Trial Lawyer of the Year. The Consumer Attorneys of San Diego have awarded him an unprecedented nine separate Outstanding Trial Lawyer Awards. He was named a 2011 Top 100 California Attorney overall by the Los Angeles Daily Journal. His cases have been featured in the Wall Street Journal and Consumer Reports. Prior to opening Gomez Trial Lawyers in 2005, Mr. Gomez clerked for a federal judge and worked as an Assistant U.S. Attorney. He has recovered more than $250 million in settlements and verdicts for his clients with more than 50 recoveries more than a million dollars.
Rosalyn "Sia" Baker-Barnes (Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, West Palm Beach, FL) has achieved many multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements, including her most recent multi-million dollar verdict against tobacco giants RJ Reynolds and Phillip Morris, USA. She has been selected by her peers for inclusion in the Best Lawyers In America since 2012, and has been recognized as one of the top lawyers in the state by Florida Super Lawyers magazine since 2009.
Jude Basile (The Basile Law Firm, San Luis Obispo, CA). Labeled by Gerry Spence as "one of America's finest," was invited in 2012 to be a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates, an exclusive association of 100 of the most successful personal injury trial lawyers in the country. He has received 6 Outstanding Trial Lawyer awards from Consumer Attorneys of San Diego, including Trial Lawyer of the Year. He has been named California Central Coast Trial Lawyer of the year 3 times. His verdicts include 7 and 8 figure results against corporations and governmental entities, on behalf of individuals and families.
Bobby DiCello (The DiCello Firm, Mentor, OH) worked as Assistant County Prosecutor in the largest prosecutor’s office in the State of Ohio, The Cuyahoga County before joining the firm. As a prosecutor, he quickly earned the rank of In-Charge Supervisor, managing 16 prosecutors and tried more than 40 major jury trials. His practice at the firm focuses on civil rights, police misconduct, wrongful death, class action and mass tort. He handled the appellate work for Donzinger v. Chevron.
Denise M. Dunleavy (Of Counsel, Kramer & Dunleavy, New York, NY) was named by the National Law Journal as one of the nation’s top 50 women litigators. As the senior trial lawyer in the firm, she has won numerous multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements including being the only lawyer to receive a punitive damage award in a products liability case against a breast implant manufacturer by a federal judge following a bench trial. In addition, she tried the first breast implant case alleging and proving that breast cancer resulted from the polyurethane foam of a particular implant. In that case, she won a $4.5 million dollar verdict for her client and was instrumental in getting the product removed from the marketplace within six weeks after the verdict.
Robert Eglet (Eglet Prince, Las Vegas, NV) is the lead trial counsel on all major cases for the firm and one of Nevada’s leading trial lawyers. He is past President of The Nevada Trial Lawyers Association and a sustaining pillar of Justice of the Nevada Justice Association (NJA) and a Guardian of Justice of the NJA. Mr. Eglet earned the largest personal injury verdict in 2010 and 2013, plus the fourth largest in 2011. He is the only attorney named Lawyer of the Year by the Nevada Justice Association twice. Mr. Eglet is Certified by the American Board of Trial Advocates.
Jeffrey P. Goodman (Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky, Philadelphia, PA) in 2016, became the youngest partner in the firm’s history and before his 34th birthday helped recover more than $750 million for plaintiffs. It is believed that he is the youngest attorney in the US to reach this milestone. He has played a lead role in litigating complex and catastrophic disasters. From 2015 on Jeff has been selected as a Super Lawyers Rising Star and named one of Philadelphia’s Legal Eagles in 2018.
Greg (DiCello Levitt & Gutzler) is a trail lawyer with a proven record of success handling all aspects of litigation. Prior to joining DiCello Levitt & Gutzler, he founded a litigation boutique firm on the principle that complex litigation is best handled by a small team of driven and experienced lawyers focused on the best possible result in the most efficient manner. Greg has earned verdicts including the fourth largest patent infringement jury verdict in US history. He also earned a $1.1 billion settlement against the Royal Bank of Scotland for its misrepresentation in connection with the sale of residential mortgage-backed securities to corporate credit unions.
Lee Javins (Bailey, Javins & Carter, Charleston, West Virginia) has been practicing law since 1994. As a trial lawyer, Mr. Javins’ practice is focused on workplace safety litigation, automobile safety litigation and product liability. Mr. Javins has served as Special Attorney General in litigation on behalf of the State of West Virginia. Other practice areas include complex product liability claims which usually involve industrial machinery and processes. Mr. Javins has also represented West Virginia University in ancillary matters such as academic integrity and athletic conference negotiations. Mr. Javins is a dual graduate of West Virginia University. He earned his Bachelor’s degree in Business Finance in 1991 and his Juris Doctorate in 1994.
Michael A. Kelly (Walkup, Melodia, Kelly & Schoenberger, San Francisco, CA) set the standard for metal-on-metal artificial hip litigation with his March 2013 $8,341,000 verdict in the first DePuy ASR /Johnson and Johnson case. A member of the prestigious Inner Circle of Advocates, Mr. Kelly has been annually selected by the Super Lawyers Magazine as one of the Top Ten lawyers in Northern California. In 2012 he was honored by the Consumer Attorneys of California with the Robert E. Cartwright award, given to a member of the Association for contributions to the teaching of Trial Advocacy.
Hassan Murphy (Murphy Falcon Murphy, Baltimore, MD) has led to settlements and verdicts in excess of $300 million, including the negotiation of a $54 million settlement in an environmental torts case—without ever filing suit. In 2011, Mr. Murphy was named one of the Top 50 Most Influential Marylanders by The Daily Record. He was also recognized as National Trial Lawyer of the Year by Trial Lawyers for Public Justice in 2002. Congressman Harold Ford, Jr. said of Mr. Murphy - "Hassan's unique combination of judgment, skill and guts has been his hallmark since we met many years ago. He continues to be my most trusted advisor."
C. Richard Newsome (Newsome Melton, Orlando, FL) specializes in representing consumers who have been catastrophically injured by defective products. Before his consumer practice, he worked as an Assistant United States Attorney in the Northern and Middle Districts of Florida, and then worked for the Cabaniss Firm representing manufacturers including DuPont and Ford Motor Company. Mr. Newsome spent substantial time helping protect the civil justice system through his work for the Florida Justice Association and the American Association for Justice. He has served on the Board of the FJA since 1998, has served as a F.L.A.G. Trustee, as a member of the Executive Committee, and was the 2010‐2011 FJA President. He has also served as a member of the Board of Governors for the AAJ, and is a Past‐President of the Central Florida Trial Lawyers Association.
Brian Panish (Panish Shea Boyle, Los Angeles, CA) has obtained some of the most significant jury verdicts in United States history on behalf of plaintiffs. His courtroom victories include a $4.9 billion record verdict in the landmark products liability case Anderson v. General Motors, and over thirty verdicts and settlements in excess of $10 million in personal injury, wrongful death and business litigation cases. Mr. Panish has obtained three jury verdicts in excess of $50 million in personal injury cases – more than any other attorney in California.
Jim M. Perdue, Jr (Perdue & Kidd, Houston, TX, LLP) is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and Medical Professional Liability by the American Board of Professional Liability Attorneys. Mr. Perdue is both an Advocate in the American Board of Trial Advocates (Houston Chapter) and Fellow in the International Society of Barristers. He is named in "The Best Lawyers in America" (Woodward/White 2006-11) and on the list of the "Top 100 Attorneys in Texas" by Thomson Reuters printed in Texas Monthly Magazine, where he has been named a "Texas Super Lawyer" every year since 2004.
Christian D. Searcy (Searcy, Denney, Scarola, Barnhart & Shipley, West Palm Beach, FL) has for 38 years litigated cases primarily involving catastrophic injury and death. At age 29, he had the distinction of being the youngest lawyer in the United States to achieve a verdict of $1 million for a single personal injury lawsuit. Mr. Searcy received the War Horse Award by the Southern Trial Lawyers Association in 2006 and the Perry Nichols Award by the Florida Justice Association, its highest award, in 2005. He is a member of The Inner Circle of Advocates, which is by invitation only and limits its membership to the top 100 trial lawyers in the U.S. and past President of the International Academy of Trial Lawyers.
Robert J. Mongeluzzi (Saltz Mongeluzzi Barrett & Bendesky, Philadelphia, PA) is the most respected and successful construction accident attorney in the United States. He was co-lead counsel for the largest recovery of a construction accident case in American history. Mr. Mongeluzzi also focuses on cases involving catastrophic injury and death stemming from electrical accidents, crane accidents, aerial lift accidents, brain injuries, burn injuries, product liability and sports and recreational accidents and has has secured at least a million dollars in more than 200 cases. Mr. Mongeluzzi has consistently ranked second out of 48,000 Pennsylvania lawyers in Philadelphia magazine's peer-selected Super Lawyers of Pennsylvania publication.
Troy Rafferty (Levin Papantonio Thomas Mitchell Rafferty Proctor, Pensacola, FL) litigates mass tort, pharmaceutical, and major personal injury cases throughout the country. Mr. Rafferty has been recognized as one of the country's top lawyers through inclusion in the publication, The Best Lawyers in America, as well as The Legal 500. He has also been recognized as one of Florida's top lawyers by Florida Super Lawyers. He is board certified in civil trial law by the Florida Bar. Mr. Rafferty has been appointed to the Plaintiffs' Steering Committee in cases that resulted in $4.7 million and $700 million in settlements. As a leading attorney in the national Rezulin litigation, he obtained a $40 million verdict for his client.
Robert Simon (Simon Law Group) serves as lead trial lawyer at the firm and has received the 2015 Trial Lawyer of the Year in San Diego, the 2014 Los Angeles Top Trial Lawyer under 40, and 2014 Orange County Trial Lawyer of the Year – Young Gun. Since 2012 Robert has tried more than 30 cases to verdict as lead, winning them all with verdicts totaling more than $100 million. He has been selected by Super Lawyers since 2015 and Rising Stars from 2011-2014. His is a member of American Board of Trial Advocates, Consumer Attorneys of California and other local associations.
Ron Simon, Ron Simon & Associates, Steamboat Springs, CO and Houston, TX, has recovered more than $550,000,000 for victims nationwide. He has achieved more than 80 settlements in excess of one million dollars, including several record-setting recoveries on behalf of his clients in numerous courts across the United States. His groundbreaking work on behalf representing more than 5,000 victims in several recent national food borne illness outbreaks (Peter Pan peanut butter, Castleberry’s chili, Nestle cookie dough, Kellogg crackers, Subway sandwiches, Wright County eggs, and Jensen Farms cantaloupes, to name a few) have been featured on NBC, ABC, CBS, CNN, FOX and virtually all other major television networks and print media.
John Uustal (Kelley/Uustal, Fort Lauderdale FL) specializes in helping catastrophically injured victims and the survivors of wrongful death by protecting their rights against massive corporations and insurance companies. In his first few years of practice he obtained a $51 million verdict trying a car crash case himself, helped make national news when he discovered a massive corporate scheme to cover-up the real reason that people were burning alive in General Motors vehicles and tried cases across the country. Mr. Uustal has repeatedly been named one of the Best Lawyers in America, in the American Lawyer’s Top Verdicts of the Year, and as a Florida Super Lawyer. Uustal teaches seminars throughout the United States on a number of topics, such as trial skills and investigating automobile defect cases.
Sunday, March 24, 2019
10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Registration 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
The Consistent Home Run ResultBrian Panish Going on the Offensive Early – New Strategies for Opening Statement in a Truck CaseBobby DiCello Preparing Your Witness for Literally AnythingGreg Guztler Proving and Arguing Pediatric InjuriesChris Searcy StrikingGold in Oil and GasLee Javins Damages in a Spinal Injury CaseRobert Simon Picking the Right Jury for the Righteous VerdictRich Newsome
Monday, March 25, 2019
9:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Trying the Complex Construction Case for Big DollarsRobert Mongeluzzi and Jeff Goodman Using Little Stories to Inspire Big DamagesJim Perdue How to Get at Mediation What You Could Earn at TrialHassan Murphy Money Balling Jury SelectionRobert Eglet Case Framing: make Sure You are Trying the Winning CaseJohn Uustal Talking with PictureMike Kelly Cross Like a BossTroy Rafferty Getting Big Damages for the Imperfect ClientJude Basile Important Considerations for Litigators in the Era of the Me Too MovementSia Baker-Barnes
Tuesday, March 26, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Getting the YesJohn Gomez Bring Your Trial or Mediation to Life: Exhibits for Liability, Exhibits for Damages, Exhibits for All budgets.How to Find, Create and Get Exhibits that Tell Your Story in EvidenceDenise Dunleavy Expanding Your PracticeMark DiCello Media Matters - Getting Millions of Dollars of Marketing for FreeRon Simon
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