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Trial Skills Retreat Discover New and Powerful Ways to Win in Practice & Trial March 13-16, 2016 Four Seasons, Jackson Hole, WY

The Spence Law Firm, Jackson, WY, has been a part of record breaking civil jury verdicts in Wyoming ($2.25 million mild traumatic brain injury case), Arizona ($11 million trucking wrongful death) and Iowa ($13.7 million) and has tried over 40 major cases in state and federal courts throughout the West. And because the majority of cases end up in settlement prior to trial or during trial, Mr. Orchard has negotiated hundreds of cases totaling more than 100 million dollars for injured clients and families who have lost a loved one to wrongful death. He is also Board Certified as a Trial Attorney by both the National Board of Trial Advocacy (dual boarded in Civil Trial Advocacy and Civil Pretrial Practice) and with ABOTA, the American Board of Trial Advocates. Mr. Orchard has been named a Super Lawyer for multiple years and AV rated.

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.

Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, West Palm Beach, FL, served as law clerk for the Honorable Brian Sandoval, U.S. District Court Judge for the District of Nevada, the Honorable Robert Mark, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Southern District of Florida, and for the Honorable Wendell Graham, Judge for the Eleventh Judicial Circuit Court for the State of Florida. Ms. Hyman worked as an actress, appearing in numerous television shows and commercials. While studying for her undergraduate degree, she served as a White House Intern with the Office of Presidential Inquiries.

The Spence Law Firm, Jackson, WY, was recently chosen as a 2013 Super Lawyers “Rising Star” in the Mountain States. Mr. Tyson has represented numerous oilfield, mine, and railroad workers involved in industrial accidents and disasters resulting from companies’ disregard for federal safety laws and industry standards, in Wyoming, Montana, Utah, and across the west. He also has litigated a wide range of complex medical malpractice cases for patients injured by doctors that break safety rules.

The Spence Law Firm, Jackson, WY, has successfully litigated cases involving wrongful death, catastrophic injury, civil rights, trucking accidents and oil and gas field related cases. She is a graduate of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyers College and on the Board of Directors of the Wyoming Trial Lawyers Association. After clerking for the Wyoming Supreme Court, Ms. Rankin joined the Spence firm, becoming the firm’s first female partner in 2009.

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.

Stombaugh and Smith, Platteville, WI, is 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. A faculty member at the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College in Wyoming, 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.

Trial Lawyer and Trial Consultant, San Diego, CA, has obtained multi-million dollar trial results in personal injury, fraud, breach of contract, insurance and real estate cases. He also works as a trial consultant exclusively for plaintiffs and has helped obtain verdicts up to nine figures. He has been on the faculty of the Gerry Spence Trial Lawyers College for 16 years and is the voice behind the Whole Lawyer Podcast and

he Spence Law Firm, Jackson, WY, has successfully settled or tried cases involving unsafe railroad crossings, injuries to children, civil rights, wrongful death or catastrophic injury, workplace accidents, products liability, and medical malpractice, in addition to business and commercial litigation. He and Tyson Logan earned one of the Top 100 Verdicts of 2013 by the National Law Journal, which was recently upheld by the federal court in Wyoming. Mr. Ulmer is Board Certified as a Civil Trial Advocate by the National Board of Trial Advocacy. He in on the faculty of Gerry Spence’s Trial Lawyer’s College.

Communication and Jury Consultant, Colorado Springs, CO, gives seminars, intensives, and workshops across the country. A Juilliard Theater Graduate and TEDx Speaker, Mr. Wilson has created Lessons From The Stage, a powerful method utilizing the tools, techniques, and strategies of the theater to help trial lawyers breakthrough their personal and professional obstacles to master the art of The Winning Story.

Conference Overview

The practice of law, including trying cases, is a challenge. Do you feel burned out? Trial Skills Retreat: Discover New and Powerful Ways to Win in Practice & Trial will help you discover again why you decided to be a trial lawyer and give you some new arrows to add to your quiver to beat back the armies of defense lawyers. Our faculty of 10 successful trial lawyers and consultants will work with you to expand your skills in evaluating and handling your cases. Plus, you will have time to enjoy the great slopes of Jackson Hole.

Note: This is not a sit and listen conference. You will be able to participate and learn by doing the skills and techniques taught by the faculty. And, you will apply your newfound talents to your upcoming cases by sending case information to the faculty before the conference. This will give them the time to study your cases and provide the ideas and guidance that will help you win your cases.

  • Sunday, March 13

    4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. Authentic You Workshop: Through Sociometric Exercises, Listening and Group Share and How to Prepare to Be the Vehicle of Expression using the Techniques of Improv, Character Development, Back Story, Voice, Body and Comedic Timing
    Mel Orchard, Kelly Hyman, Ken Turek, Jesse Wilson

    Monday, March 14

    7:00 a.m. to 10: 00 a.m.
    4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Morning Session:
    Methods to Learn and Tell the Complete Story or Learning What About Your Case Moves People: Telling the Complete Persuasive Story
    Ron Simon
    Trial Toolbelt - Danger Points, The Power of Authentic You, Vulnerability, Turning the Negative Potential Juror into a Positive, and Story Telling
    Mel Orchard, Tyson Logan, Emily Rankin, Bryan Ulmer
    Afternoon Session:
    Trial Toolbelt - Danger Points, The Power of Authentic You, Vulnerability, Turning the Negative Potential Juror into a Positive, and Story Telling (Continued by Applying these Techniques To Cases Supplied By Attendees)
    Mel Orchard, Tyson Logan, Emily Rankin, Bryan Ulmer

    Tuesday, March 15

    7:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
    4:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
    Morning Session:
    The Science of the Story Opening Statement
    Chris Stombaugh
    The Art of the Story Opening Statement
    Bob DiCello
    Afternoon Session:
    Taking Your Game to a Higher Level through Insight and Innovation: Creative Tools to Win from Case Intake to Closing Argument. Applying these Techniques To Cases Supplied By Attendees
    Ken Turek

    Wednesday, March 16

    7:30 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
    Applying the Techniques Learned to Your Cases: Building the Winning Story and It’s Elements for Your Cases
    Retreat Faculty
  • Jackson Hole, WY
    The Four Seasons Resort Jackson Hole — Enjoy Four Seasons luxury with ski-in/ski-out access in Wyoming’s spectacular Teton Mountains. Forbes Magazine classifies Jackson Hole and the #1 Ski Resort in the United States and “gets more snow than anywhere not called Alta.”

    Conference Room Rates

    360 Advocacy has secured a limited block of rooms on a first-come, first-serve basis at the group rate of $415 single/double room per night. Our room block will be held until February 19, 2016 or until the room block is sold out. After the room block is filled, rooms will be on a space and rate available basis only. For reservations call 1.800.295.5281 and ask for the 360 Advocacy Block to receive the group rate.

    Continuing Legal Education

    A uniform application for accreditation for continuing legal education credit (approximately 19.50 credit hours, which included 2.0 ethics for 60 minute states and approximately 23.40 credit hours, which includes 2.40 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 is 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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