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Damages: Go Big, Always Go Big June 12-14, 2016 Encore Las Vegas, Nevada

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.

Jim Bartimus (Bartimus, Frickleton Robertson, Leawood, KS) concentrates his practice in the areas of medical negligence and pharmaceutical litigation. was voted “Best Medical Negligence Lawyer” in Missouri in 2007, and has consistently been listed in The Best Lawyers in America. He was selected \"Litigator of the Year Kansas City\" 2010 by Best Lawyers. He is a past president of the Civil Justice Foundation and the Missouri Association of Trial Attorneys. He has served on the national board of American Board of Trial Advocates, International Society of Barristers and the American Association for Justice.

Ed Blizzard (Blizzard & Nabers, Houston, TX) has more than 30 years of legal experience and has been named a member of both the Million Dollar Advocates and the Multi-Million Dollar Advocates Forums. He is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization, a distinction granted to less than 10% of lawyers. Mr. Blizzard was named a Texas SuperLawyer in 2004 and continuously since 2008. He has served on the Plaintiff’s Steering Committee on number MDL cases. Mr. Blizzard spent three years in litigation at Fulbright & Jaworski before opening his own firm.

Deborah Chang (Panish Shea & Boyle, Los Angeles, CA) brought the first civil rights class action on behalf of prisoners with AIDS in a maximum security prison which resulted in a landmark settlement and formulation of model policies and procedures relating to the housing, programming and medical treatment of prisoners with AIDS currently used in prisons throughout the country. In 1996, Ms. Chang brought the first lawsuit in the country based on the newly enacted Violence Against Women Act of 1994, 42 U.S.C. § 13981 (VAWA) and successfully argued for the upholding of the constitutionality of the statute in the first federal court to consider the issue. In 2000, she helped conceptualize and launch Legalvote.com, one of the first companies to provide online focus groups from a unique database of nearly 3.5 million Internet users.

Robert F. 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.

Peter J. Flowers (Meyers & Flowers, Chicago, IL) is a member of the Million Dollar Advocate Forum and the elite Verdict Club Society. He has been named an Illinois SuperLawyer in the area of medical malpractice and recognized as a Leading Lawyer in Illinois by his peers, a distinction earned by only 5% of the state’s lawyers. Mr. Flowers is a past president of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association during it’s successful fight to protect the rights of patients.

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.

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.

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.

Thomas W. Pirtle (Laminack, Pirtle & Martines, Houston, TX) has won a number of ground-breaking verdicts in cases involving defective medical devices and pharmaceutical products. Mr. Pirtle has served as trial counsel in a number of ground-breaking cases including some of the first jury verdicts awarding damages to women injured by silicone breast implants and a record setting historical verdict awarded to the family of a woman who died as a result of her ingestion of the "fen-phen" diet drug combination.

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.

Christine D. Spagnoli (Greene Broillet & Wheeler, Santa Monica, CA) has obtained many multimillion-dollar verdicts, including a landmark $4.9 billion verdict in the 1999 General Motors case of a defective fuel tank responsible for the burn injuries of two adults and four children. She was co-counsel in the largest personal injury verdict in California, a $58 million verdict for a man severely burned by a defective O-ring. Ms. Spagnoli was named Most Outstanding Young Trial Lawyer of 2001, the F. Scott Baldwin Award by the American Association for Justice (AAJ), New Lawyers Division and the first female recipient of the Consumer Attorneys Association of Los Angeles Trial Lawyer of the Year Award in 2012.

Christopher Stombaugh (Stombaugh and Smith, Platteville, WI) has been a thought leader on applying many of the cognitive neuroscience techniques. As a trial lawyer, Mr. Stombaugh's expertise has led to several record setting jury verdicts, often seven and eight figures. He was, until recently, a partner at the Keenan Law Firm in Atlanta, Georgia. Mr. Stombaugh is the Past President for the Wisconsin Association for Justice. He has been names to Super Lawyers for Wisconsin since 2010.

Conference Overview

All cases come down to one issue – DAMAGES. Even when you win liability, without a great damage settlement or award the case is not really "won" in your eyes and the eyes of your client.

To win big is not only about the case, but about the courage and skill of the trial lawyer to ask for and receive what is truly owed the client. This faculty has proven over and over their ability to craft the theories and present the arguments that will result in the big settlements and awards. And, they are sharing that knowledge and experience. They will show you how to apply their hard earned knowledge, techniques and skills to increase your damage settlements and awards.

Don't miss the conference that has been described as presenting the "missing link" in handling personal injury cases.

  • Sunday, June 12

    11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m Registration with Light Lunch
    12:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    Conference Program
    Conference Program, followed by Reception Hosted by Thrivest Legal Funding and Conference Chairs, John Gomez and Mark DiCello
    Having the Courage to Win: Turning the Case Weaknesses into Strengths to Win Big
    Brian Panish
    Lessons From Past Masters - Painting Pictures In Final Argument
    Mike Kelly
    The Power of Story in Jury Persuasion to Earn the Good Verdicts
    Jim Perdue, Jr.
    Look at the Science to Drive the Monster Verdicts
    Pete Flowers
    The Cross Examination Can Win the Big Verdict
    Christine Spagnoli
    Hard Firm Management Decisions You Need to Make for Larger Verdicts and Settlements
    Brenda Fulmer
    6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. Reception Hosted by Thrivest Legal Funding and Conference Chairs, John Gomez and Mark DiCello

    Monday, June 13

    9:00 a.m. to 6:15 p.m.
    Breakfast and Lunch Included.
    How to Show Suffering from the Perspective of the Child
    Chris Searcy
    Inspiring the Jury to Justice by Focusing on the Conduct of the Defendant
    Jim Bartimus
    Mastering the Commercial/Industrial Accident for a Big Payoff
    Robert Mongeluzzi
    Addressing the Plaintiff's Pre-Existing Conditions in the Damages Argument
    John Gomez
    A Matter of Simplicity – Simplifying Complex Concepts to Achieve Multi-Million Dollar Awards
    Tom Pirtle
    Check The Tech - Failures Can Result in Large Verdicts
    Lee Javins
    Demonstrative Evidence Will Win Your Cases and Win Big
    Debbie Chang
    Settlement Strategies that Win Big
    Ed Blizzard

    Tuesday, June 14

    9:00 a.m. to 12 noon
    Breakfast Included.
    Understanding the Science of the Brain. Learn the Science of Winning at Trial
    Chris Stombaugh, Bob DiCello
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    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 $219 for Sunday thru Thursday and $249 for Friday and Saturday.

    To get a suite in the block, you need to contact 360 Advocacy. We can still get the block rate. Call us at 719.578.9645 or email us (registration@360advocacy.com) your arrival and departure dates after you register for the conference. We will forward you a confirmation number.

    Continuing Legal Education

    An application for accreditation for continuing legal education credit (approximately 18.50 credit hours, including 2.0 ethics hours for 60 minute states and approximately 22.20 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.

    Conference Guarantee

    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.

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