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and author Rick Friedman: Rick
built his reputation representing people and small businesses injured
by large corporations and government agencies. His cases include those
involving catastrophic injury, wrongful death, medical malpractice,
insurance bad faith, and business torts. Among Rick's landmark cases
are Myrick v. Mastagni, believed to be the first case in California
holding a building owner liable for injuries sustained in an
earthquake, and Robinson v. State Farm, which exposed State Farm using
phony doctor's reports to deny claims. He has obtained four verdicts in
the past twelve years which LawyersUSA ranked in the top ten verdicts
of the year.
Rick is a member of the Inner Circle of Advocates and
the author of three books on trial advocacy published by Trial Guides:
Rules of the Road: A Plaintiff Lawyer's Guide to Proving
Liability; Polarizing the Case: Exposing and Defeating the Malingering
Myth, On Becoming a Trial Lawyer; and The Elements of
Trial. He practices in Alaska, Washington, and
and also appears pro hac vice in state and federal courts around the
Leavitt Fineman was one of the lead attorneys who obtained
a $1.15 billion judgment against lead paint manufacturers for creating
a public nuisance. This lawsuit seeks to improve the lives of children
by removing the lead paint from pre-1978 homes.
Buccola has attained record verdicts and settlements
including a state record personal injury verdict of $34.9 million
awarded to a man and his wife, who suffered a head injury and was
paralyzed from the waist down when a semi-truck crossed the center line
and plowed into her bus.
Randy Scarlett: In a consolidated case tried with
attorney Robert Allard, a Monterey County jury awarded the plaintiffs
nearly $18.7 million and held Caltrans 60% responsible for knowing
about a dangerous highway condition that resulted in two deaths. Mr.
Scarlett's plaintiffs were awarded more than $9.4 million.
Robert Allard: In the consolidated case tried with
attorney Randy Scarlett, Mr. Allard's plaintiffs were awarded nearly
$9.3 million. Plaintiffs also argued that defendant trucking company,
through its employee, negligently operated a big rig truck so as to be
a substantial factor in the collision and ensuing deaths.
Allen: San Jose jury awarded the residents of California
Hawaiian Mobile Estates $111 million, the largest such award for a
failure-to-maintain lawsuit against a mobile home park in California.
Defendant was Equity Lifestyle Properties, the largest mobile home park
owner in the nation.
Attorney Kathryn Stebner: Proving a Rape and Molestation
Case against an Elder with an Unknown Perpetrator In
1987, Kathryn Stebner filed the first elder abuse lawsuit in California
history. For the past four years, she has been involved in working with
a legislative team on issues related to California long-term care,
state policies and laws.
L. Bauss, J.D. & Sr. Litigation Consultant Ms.
Bauss is highly sought after for her expertise in juror attitudes and
jury decision-making, and the art of communication in the courtroom.
Jeff Mitchell: Winning
Your Case at Every Deposition An outline of strategies for
examining defense experts, medical witness, and the like. Mr.
Mitchell will go over good and bad strategies for getting the answers
that you need to win your case..
John Stralen: $7.4 million jury verdict with 100% fault to
Folsom Lake Ford in a case that claimed the dealership failed to repair
a steering issue that caused serious injuries. Demand: $500,000 (C.C.P.
§998), Offer: $350,000 to husband and $50,000 to wife.
Kirsten Fish: §998
Offers - Avoiding Potential Traps and Pitfalls Most
recent California cases involving statutory offers to compromise under
§998, including the factors to consider in making a §998 offer and how
to draft your offer so as to avoid the many potential traps and
pitfalls of this cost shifting statute.
John Feder: The
Power of Visual Evidence John is the current president of
CAOC. Feder has written and lectured extensively in the personal injury
field for CAOC, SFTLA, and State of California CEB. He was a finalist
for the 2010 and 2006 CAOC's Attorney of The Year Award.
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Our Line Up of 2012 Presenters
Warriors: Why We Need Them More Than Ever" Fieger appears
regularly on CNN, Fox, MSNBC and other networks commenting on various
legal issues and cases. He has built a multi-million dollar law firm
staying true to the ideals of his activist father. He holds record jury
awards in several states and believes in protecting the individual from
the threat and control of big business. He has defended Dr. Jack
Kevorkian and Nathaniel Abraham — the youngest person ever tried for
murder as an adult in the U.S.
Alder: AlderLaw is listed as one of California’s
“Winningest Law Firms”
based on jury verdicts by VerdictSearch. In the last 12 months Alder
has 14 seven-figure verdicts and settlements. He has given nationwide
seminars on litigation.
Gilbert: $716 million verdict awarded to the parents of a
who was killed by a high school senior who got in his Camaro after
buying beer at a local convenience store. Featured in The National Law
Journal, Top Verdicts of the Year.
Sonia Chopra, Sr.
Litigation Consultant: Maximizing
Damages: The Right Jurors, The Right
Arguments. Dr. Chopra applies current social science
theory to a wide
variety of legal issues. She has been involved in the
litigation consulting field for over 15 years.
James S. Ware
(Ret.): Judge Ware will share his experience from the
bench of jurors
expecting attorneys to use 21st century tools to effectively
communicate their case. Judge Ware served on the Federal bench for 22
years. He is now a mediator at JAMS.
(Ret.): With the advent of social media, can the integrity
of our jury trials be preserved? Judge Connor is nationally recognized
study of juries. Named one of Lawdragon’s leading judges in 2006, she
is now a mediator at ADR Services.
Jeff Mitchell: Lessons
Learned from a Loss He has attained two
record setting verdicts and innumerable six, seven & eight
figure settlements. From his most recent case, Mitchell will share what
he learned by being defensed.
Randy Scarlett: Mr. Scarlett has been named one of the
plaintiffs’ lawyers in America by Lawdragon Magazine. He started as
a clerk at Melvin Belli’s office and would later become his partner
while trying numerous cases with him.
Alejandro Blanco: With experience in over one
hundred civil trials, he is recognized and sought after by other
attorneys to join their trial teams. Blanco will show how focus groups
help discover the story.
Demonstrative Evidence Morgan founded Cogent Legal to build a firm that
specializes in litigation presentations. He was a founding partner at
The Arns Law Firm. Morgan and his partners tried many cases with
multimillion-dollar verdicts and settlements.
Selection: This case is about the “money”. $5.65
million jury verdict in a San Bernardino wrongful death case. I was
honest with the jurors in voir dire and closing, stating that this case
is about the “money.” The jurors agreed.
McCann: $1.2M jury verdict after $20K Defense offer. P
rear-ends D when
D pulls in front of P in order to make a left-hand turn. P delays
treatment. D contested injuries. Honored by AAJ: New Lawyers Division
F. Scott Baldwin Trial Lawyer of the Year Award, 2011.
for Addressing Comparative Negligence Arguments $120K
jury verdict. P was at a party and accidentally entered the garage of
D. She was attacked by their pit bull. No contributory negligence was
found despite her high blood alcohol level.
Special Focus Group Demonstration
focus groups for his trial verdicts, testing specific issues within
each case or to prepare for a particular deposition. His last three
verdicts were for $30 million, $11.2 million & $23 million.
serves on the staff and teaches at the Gerry Spence TLC. In
2010, Finlay was part of a team that had over $94 million dollars in
verdicts and settlements. Robert
Allard secured one of the largest PI
settlements in California last year. He was honored with a 2012
Califoria Lawyer Attorneys of the Year award for his work in
representing victims of childhood molestation.
Our Line Up of 2011 Presenters