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.
Tim Becker (Johnson Becker, St. Paul, MN) protects the rights of clients injured by defective drugs, medical devices, and products. He successfully led the science team in MDL 2096: In re: Zicam Cold Remedy Marketing Sales Practice Litigation, (D. Az. 2011) fending off a vigorous Daubert challenge. This combination of courtroom trial experience and appellate advocacy provides unique perspective in effectively representing his clients’ interests. Mr. Becker has been Lead Trial Counsel on a number of class actions and MDLs. Mr. Becker has been listed in Super Lawyers of Minnesota.
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.
David R. Buchanan (SeegerWeiss, New York, NY) focuses his practice on complex individual and class action litigation involving pharmaceutical injury, securities and investment fraud, consumer protection, and pension litigation. He served as Liaison Counsel for the New Jersey Vioxx Litigation, which settled in November 2007 for a landmark $4.85 billion. As Liaison Counsel, Dave assumes a leadership role in developing the case through discovery and trial, and facilitates communication among the parties and respective courts. Recognized as an expert in the discovery and preservation of electronic information, Mr. Buchanan has extensive experience with matters pertaining to the discovery of email, corporate databases, and other forms of electronic information. He has served as a consultant in this capacity for many other law firms.
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.
Yvonne M. Flaherty, Lockridge Grindal Nauen, Minneapolis, MN, focuses her practice on the representation of injured parties in complex litigation against pharmaceutical and medical device manufacturers, as well as class actions involving a variety of consumer and product defect claims. Ms. Flaherty has also served on trial teams in two national class actions, both of which were tried to verdict. In Peterson v. BASF Corp., Ms. Flaherty was a member of the trial team who secured a substantial jury verdict for a nation-wide class of farmers seeking redress for violation of consumer protection statutes. She has been appointed to serve as Lead Counsel in consolidated claims against national medical device manufacturers and serves on several Plaintiff Steering Committees on behalf of thousands of claimants in Multi District Litigation throughout the United States.
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.
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.
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.
Pamela Pantages (The Becker Law Firm, Cleveland, OH) focuses her practice on obstetric and pediatric malpractice with more than 21 years experience. She has a Masters degree in speech pathology and audiology and successfully pursued a medical career before going to law school. Ms. Pantages is certified as a Civil Trial Specialist by the National Board of Trial Advocacy, member of the Melvin M. Belli Society, and International Society of Barristers. Ms. Pantages has represented babies and children in Ohio, Pennsylvania, West Virginia, Delaware, Alabama and Georgia. She was selected by her peers as an Ohio SuperLawyer since 2009.
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.
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.
Dion G. Rassias, The Beasley Firm, Philadelphia, PA, has tried and settled a growing list of cases which have resulted in multi-million dollar verdicts and settlements, all of which have been collected in full, for people and families who have been catastrophically injured and damaged as the result of medical malpractice, professional malpractice, defamation and false light, products liability, civil rights violations, discrimination and harassment, and related personal injury actions. As stated by American Lawyer Media, “Dion meets that supreme standard of being a ‘lawyer’s lawyer’. That is to say, if I were in trouble, I would want him representing me.” In a world where everyone claims to be a “trial lawyer,” Dion really is.
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.
Mikal C. Watts, Watts Guerra, San Antonio, TX, is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. In 2002, he was recognized by the National Law Journal as one of the best lawyers “40 Under 40.” A Texas Super Lawyer since 2003, Mr. Watts handles catastrophic personal injury, toxic torts, product liability, automotive defects, refinery negligence, commercial trucking negligence, medical device, pharmaceutical, and commercial litigation. He was described by the San Antonio Express- News in 2013 as “a courtroom pit bull, a superstar personal-injury attorney… Personal-injury law is a game for alpha dogs and Watts is the biggest canine on the block. His chief weapons: a sharply analytical mind that even his adversaries admire, and a competitive streak that doesn’t just rest.” He graduated with honors from the University of Texas School of Law in 1989 at the age of 21 and opened his own firm in 1997.
Sunday, February 26
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Marketing Program What’s Important in Advertising in 2017 Harlan SchillingerThe Truth about How to Select and Work with Your VendorsDavid MoyerWant More Cases: These 2 Actions Will Get You Cases NowSean AllenWebsite Content Strategy to Engage the Potential ClientLarry TjanSocial Media is Not Optional: How to Launch a Social Media Strategy TodaySean AllenRefine Your Intake So the Great Cases Don’t Walk Out the DoorCarter SpohnBoost Your Offline Efficiency with Response Driven Marketing: Innovative and Data-DrivenSteve Nober 12 noon to 6:30 p.m.
Registration begins at 11 a.m., Light Lunch Included
Closing Arguments: The Big AskBrian Panish Sex Matters: Similar Injuries, Disparate RecoveryDenise Dunleavy Converting Punitive Damages into Actual Mad DamagesMikal Watts Try Your Case Like a Girl and Beat the Boys All the TimeChristine Spagnoli A New Approach to Presenting the Plaintiff's CaseTim Becker Cutting Edge Depo Techniques: What Needs to be HeardMark DiCello
Monday, February 27
9:00 a.m. to 5:45 p.m.
Breakfast and Lunch Included.
Connect With Your Client First And Then The JuryJohn Gomez The Evolving Jury in the Millennial AgeMike Kelly Giveth & Taketh Away: Protecting Plaintiffs’ Damages and Combating Defense AttacksPam Pantages They Won't Pay if You Don't Make Them: Getting the Best Settlement PossibleDion Rassias Lessons from a Lifetime of CaringChris Searcy Trying Cases with Science not PersonalityMel Orchard Proving Facts in the Age of Video TechnologyDavid Buchanan Trying Cases to Conservative Juries - Connection and PersuasionJim Perdue, Jr. From Million to Billion: Make Them Understand the Need for the Big AwardTom Pirtle
Tuesday, February 28
8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Cross Examine Like a BossTroy Rafferty Master Electronic Discovery and WinYvonne Flaherty Deposition Strategies that Win BigEd Blizzard Mediation and Settlement: It is All in the PrepMark DiCello
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. However, we can still get you a room at the group rate if you call us at 1.719.578.9645.
Continuing Legal Education
An application for accreditation for continuing legal education credit (approximately 18.75 credit hours, including 2.0 ethics hours for 60 minute states and approximately 22.50 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.