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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.

Charles Allen (Charles Allen Law Firm, Atlanta, GA) has more than 20 years representing clients in personal injury cases. As an owner of a construction business, he was in an Oklahoma courtroom listening to an 8-minute cross-examination. That eight minutes convinced him he was in the wrong career and he enrolled in night courses at Atlanta Law School. After a month of persisting, he convinced the Keenan Ashman law firm to hire him as courier/clerk. Four months later he was working with the main partner preparing witnesses and assisting in cross-examination prep. He stayed at the Keenan firm for 16 years before opening his own firm in 2012, where he has earned more than $40 million for his clients. Mr. Allen has lectured extensively on trial skills, with emphasis on depositions.

The PowerDepo conference scheduled for August 26-27 at the WHotel in Atlanta is being rescheduled because the hotel in undergoing renovations and not available. New dates are being planned. We will announce the new dates as soon as they are available. We appreciate your understanding.

  • Sunday, August 26, 2018

    9:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m Registration
    10:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.
    Lunch Included.
    Think and Act Strategically – Witness and Personal Management
    1. Three Lawyer Mindset to Taking Depositions
    2. Three Deponents
    3. Three Strategies
    Chris Stombaugh, Charles Allen
    Overcoming Resistance from the Witness
    1. What is the Source of the Resistance
    2. What are the Tactics to Defeat the Resistance
    Chris Stombaugh
    Deposition Case Specific Preparation – The Battle Plan
    1. Define – The Only Things that Will Win
    2. Create the Plan
    3. Using Focus Groups 'battle plan' to conquer the enemy, win the war and organize each battle in deposition
      1. Embracing unlimited winning possibilities
      2. Preventing tunnel vision
      3. Using focus groups to refine 'battle plan'
    4. Organizing a pragmatic outline, the 'battle plan'
      1. Comprehensive
      2. Simple
      3. Modular topics
      4. Planning the path of least resistance
    Chris Stombaugh, Charles Allen
    Deposition Case Specific Preparation – The Battle Plan Continued
    1. Situational Awareness – The Players, The Issues
    2. Internalizing Your Plan – The Linguistics of the Plan and How to Increase Your Performance
    Charles Allen

    August 27, 2018

    8:00 a.m. to 1:15 p.m.
    Breakfast Included.
    Debunking and Undermining the Common Denfenses
    Charles Allen, Chris Stombaugh
    Executing the Battle Plan
    1. Engaging the Deponent According to the Type of Witness
    2. Connecting
    3. Disconnecting
    4. Eliminating Barriers of Resistance
    5. Influencing Responses
    6. Finding the Path to Least Resistance
    7. Disarming the Witness
    8. Handling the Fears
    9. Developing Situational Awareness
    Chris Stombaugh, Charles Allen
    Workshoping Your Own Battle Plan - Your Cases
    1. Creating Your Plan
    2. The Elements of Your Plan
    3. When to Start Your Plan
    4. How to Stick to Your Plan
    Chris Stombaugh, Charles Allen
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    W Hotel Buckhead, Atlanta, GA

    The W Hotel Buckhead in Atlanta, GA is situated on the famous Peachtree Road in Buckhead with encourages exploration, adventure and relaxation.

    Conference Room Rates - 360 Advocacy has secured a Block of rooms at the group rate of $149 on a first come basis. To reserve a room call 678.500.3100 and ask for the 360 Block Rate. The Block will be open until July 30.

    Continuing Legal Education

    An application for accreditation for continuing legal education credit (approximately 14.50 credit hours, including 2.0 ethics hours for 60 minute states and approximately 17.40 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.

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