Steven Gursten, Michigan Auto Law, Farmington Hills, MI, is recognized as one of the nation's top attorneys handling serious auto accident personal injury and wrongful death cases, and auto insurance No‐Fault litigation. His firm is the state's largest law firm specializing in car accident, truck accident and motorcycle accident cases. He is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Mr. Gursten has been named Lawyer of the Year by the Michigan Lawyers Weekly and the Best Lawyer/Best Law Firm in U.S. News & World Report.
Sheila K. Donnelly-Coyne, Paige Donnelly, Saint Paul, MN, has received Minnesota Lawyer’s Attorneys of the Year Award, Super Lawyer, and one of nine outstanding attorneys in the state. Board Certified Civil Trial Specialist by the Minnesota State Bar Association, she is a member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. Ms. Donnelly-Coyne is an adjunct law professor at her alma mater the University of St. Thomas School of Law and frequent lecturer for AAJ, the Minnesota State Bar Association and the Minnesota Association for Justice.
Tom Crosley, Crosley Law, San Antonio, TX, is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. In 2006, 2010 and 2016, Mr. Crosley obtained one of the 100 largest personal injury verdicts in the country. Named as a Texas Super Lawyer since 2004, including one of the Top 50 in Central and West Texas, he has first-chaired more than 50 cases. His cases are often covered by news affiliates of the major television networks. On of Mr. Crosley’s series of cases was featured on Inside Edition.
Andrew A. Fraser, Laddey Clark & Ryan, Sparta, NJ, is in the New Jersey Law Journal Personal Injury “Hall of Fame.” A Certified Civil Trial Attorney since 2002 and a New Jersey Super Lawyer since 2006, he has obtained multiple verdicts in excess $1 million. Mr. Fraser obtained the largest New Jersey verdicts in an automobile accident case and a products case involving a defective elevator, both in 2014.
Lauren D. Fraser, Laddey Clark & Ryan, Sparta, NJ, is Of Counsel and Director of Blue Suit Trial Strategies, the firm’s litigation and trial strategy group that works with attorneys outside the firm in successfully preparing their cases for trial. As a Super Lawyer since 2008, Ms. Fraser has obtained several jury verdicts in excess of $1 million and lectures both with the Blue Suit programs and other courses throughout the country.
Steven “Woody” Igou, Law Office of Steven Woody Igou, Orlando, FL, has, for the past 12 years focused his practice on cases involving traumatic brain injury. He founded braininjury.com, the largest and most widely used traumatic brain injury website in the world. Mr. Igou has served as an Assistant State Attorney and as an Insurance Defense Attorney and now only represents injured plaintiffs. Mr. Igou has lectured on a wide variety of topics including - brain injury claims, the use of advance MRI, and MRI in litigation.
Gary C. Johnson, Gary C. Johnson, PSC, Pikeville, KY, has the largest personal injury verdict in Kentucky. In 2008 he was awarded the Peter Perlman Outstanding Trial Lawyer of the Year Award for his work as an advocate. Mr. Johnson, David Ball, Don Keenan, and Jim Fitzgerald set out to determine if there was a way to counter the insurance companies' propaganda. After four years of focus groups across the country the group concluded that there was an answer. A decision was made to share the research with other plaintiff lawyers and this led to the publication of the book, Reptile - The 2009 Manual of the Plaintiff's Revolution. He continues to participate in further research on the topic.
Peter Kestner, McEwen & Kestner, Oakdale, MN, worked for 10 years as a claims adjuster and litigation manager with one of the largest tractor trailer insurers in the U.S. before founding the firm in 2003. Through another insurer, he managed catastrophic claims nationwide for several notable trucking companies. In 2008, Peter was named a Rising Star by Minnesota Law & Politics Magazine for his outstanding work in personal injury law. This prestigious award is given to the top 2.5% up-and-coming attorneys in the state, following nominations from some of the nation’s most accomplished lawyers.
James Lees, Hunt & Lees, Charleston, WV, is a trial lawyer who has tried more than 250 cases to verdict. He is also a jury consultant specializing in the use of psychology and focus groups to formulate persuasion strategies for trial. Mr. Lees’ recent verdicts include a jury verdict of $23.6 million dollars in a failure to diagnose medical negligence case. He co-authored with Greg Cusimano Commanding the Courtroom published by Trial Guides.
Ken Levinson, Levinson and Stefani, Chicago, IL, is among a select group of trial attorneys who have graduated from legendary lawyer Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College (TLC). Mr. Levinson served a three-year term on the TLC Alumni Board and currently on the editorial board of The Warrior, TLC’s magazine. Mr. Levinson was named by Illinois Super Lawyers magazine as one of the top attorneys in Illinois consistently since 2010; and made the list of the Super Lawyers Top 100 lawyers in Illinois in 2012. Mr. Levenson is the creator and founder of the child safety blog, The Safest Line, providing information and resources to parents on such topics as product recalls and ways to make our streets, schools, and homes safer for children.
Breck McDaniel, Cellular Evidence Services, Houston, TX, is a retired police sergeant from the Houston Police Department with more than 20 years of service, including 17 years of investigative work. He has been working extensively with electronic communications data, especially cell phone data, since 2001, created a dedicated unit to work with this unique data, and worked full-time on these matters for several years.
Phillip Miller, Phillip Miller & Associates, Nashville, TN, is certified as both a civil trial specialist and a pre-trial specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. Mr. Miller has been recognized as one of the “Best of the Bar” by the Nashville Business Journal, as a "Super Lawyer." He is the Past President of the Tennessee Association for Justice. As a sought after lecturer, he has spoken at the National Judicial College, Harvard Law School, Stanford Law School and Duke Law School.
Keith R. Mitnik, Morgan & Morgan, Orlando, FL, is the Senior Trial Lawyer at the firm in addition to assisting other firm members with their trials. As a result – he tries a very large number of cases per year. His verdicts include numerous million dollar awards, at least two per year in the last ten years and seven eight-figure in the last five years. He earned the 7th largest verdict in the country in 2010. Mr. Mitnik authored Don’t East the Bruises: How to Foil Their Plans to Spoil Your Case, Trial Guides. He has also produced the DVD The Power of Analogy and CD Winning at the Beginning: The Untapped Power of Voir Dire, Opening, and Beyond, Trial Guides.
Sach D. Oliver, Bailey & Oliver, Rogers, AR, is the firm’s advocate in court, conducting the opening and closing statements, jury selection, direct and cross exams of witnesses. Mr. Oliver was recognized in 2008 as the Outstanding Young Trial Lawyer of the Year by the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Association. He was also voted by his peers to serve on the Board of Governors for the Arkansas Trial Lawyers Leadership board, it’s youngest board member.
Jason Studinski, Studinski Law, Stevens Point, WI, was awarded the F. Scott Baldwin Award for the “most outstanding young trial lawyer in the country” by the American Association for Justice in 2006. Mr. Studinski remains active in AAJ in the nursing home litigation group and has served on the board for the Wisconsin Associaiton for Justice. He has written numerous articles and lectured in the United States and Canada on nursing home abuse and neglect.
Sunday, April 2
11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m Registration with Light Lunch 12:00 p.m. to 6:40 p.m. Conference Program New Discoveries That Add Value in Your Auto CasesSteve Gursten Painting the Defendant Driver into a Corner: Deposition Strategies in Vehicle Crash CasesTom Crosley Damages Arguments that Make “Small” Cases BigJim Lees Defenestration of the 15 Minute Insurance Medical ExaminerSheila Donnelly-Coyne Judo Law and the Secret of WinningGary C. Johnson How to Systematically Get the Most for Your Client on Every CaseMelissa Graham, Ben Cloward Proving the Defendant Was Texting and Retrieving Cellular Data After the CrashBreck McDaniel Maximizing Disc InjuriesAndrew Fraser, Lauren Fraser What Motivates Juries in Auto Crash CasesPhil Miller
Monday, April 3
8:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
Settlement Tips and NegotiationSteve Gursten Maximizing Wrongful Death Claims and Damages in Auto CasesSach Oliver Ten Ways of Maximizing Damages in Auto Wreck CasesWoody Igou Utilizing Location Data from Mobile Devices in Auto CasesMatt Peterson, CFCE, CCME Hacks Mediation Strategies to Add Dollars to Auto Accident SettlementsPete Kestner Protecting the Very Old and Very Young – Why These Cases are Worth More, Not LessJason Studinski Overcoming the Biggest Challenges in Auto Cases – Little or No Property Damage, Delays in Treatment, Delays in Diagnosis, and “Act of God” Liability DefensesKen Levinson
The Encore at Wynn Las Vegas is Steve Wynn’s all suite addition to the highly successful Wynn Resort & Country Club, the only casino resort to have the Mobile 5 Star, the Michelin 5 Red Pavilions and the AAA 5 Diamond Rating. In addition to the five restaurants that showcase award winning chefs presenting varied cuisine from around the glove, a casino that will excite the senses and the Esplanade for shopping, you can enjoy all of the 16 restaurants, spa and golf offered by the Wynn Las Vegas.
Conference Room Rate
360 Advocacy has secured a limited block of suites on a first-come, first serve basis at the group rate of $259. The room block is closed.
Continuing Legal Education
An application for accreditation for continuing legal education credit (approximately 13.25 credit hours, including 2.0 ethics hours for 60 minute states and approximately 15.90 credit hours, including 2.4 ethics hours for 50 minute states) has been submitted to all mandatory CLE states. Number of credits awarded will vary based on state regulations. Please bring your license and/or bar information with you to the program.
We take our pledge of excellence seriously. If the Conference does not live up to your expectations, we will refund your registration fee. Because the faculty will use real cases from their own files and share information only available at the Conference, you will be agreeing to the confidentiality of the program when you have been accepted into the program. The Conference is open to plaintiff personal injury attorneys only and anyone who represents personal injury defendants and/or insurance companies are ineligible to attend. The confidential nature of 360 Advocacy programs does not allow for audio or video recording, and the written materials are only available to attendees.