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CLE Credit Information:

• 50 General 
• 5 Ethics 
• 3 Technology
• 50 Civil Trial Certification 

Program Chairs:
John Romano & Eric Romano | Romano Law Group | Lake Worth

Tuesday - March 20th, 2018

Morning Session:
The Business of Lawyering
This session will focus on IT, law firm technology, cyber security for plaintiff law firms, paradigms on the horizon, law firm management victories and blunders, funding and finances.
Sponsored by Stratejic Relationships

Moderator:

  Eric Romano | Romano Law Group | Lake Worth

7:00 AM


  Eight Marketing and Business Strategies to Build and Grow the Two-Four Lawyer Personal Injury Firm Having Exceptional Marketing (without Going on Television, Radio, or Billboards) – A Tactical Analysis
David Wolf | Wood, Atter & Wolf, P.A. | Jacksonville

7:45 AM


  Hacking, Cyber Attacks, Law Firm Cyber Security Obligations to/for Clients, Cyber-related Legal Malpractice; Understanding “How a Good Attack Can Destroy a Law Firm”!
Tom E. Mitchell, COO/Senior Systems Engineer | Paradigm Computer Consulting | Bedford, NH and Clearwater, FL

8:30 AM


  How Video Marketing Can Make You a Better Trial Lawyer & Get You Better Cases
Gerry Oginski | The Law Office of Gerald M. Oginski, LLC | Great Neck, NY

9:15 AM


  Refreshment Break & Exhibit Viewing
Sponsored by Esquire Bank

9:30 AM


  “For God Sake – Stop It!” – Stop Doing Presentations to Satisfy Yourself and Start Thinking about Creating and Developing Presentations Which the Audience – (i.e., Judges, Jurors, Mediators, Adjusters, and Others) – Wants and Needs
Justin S. Kahn | Kahn Law Firm, LLP | Charleston, SC

10:15 AM


  What If You Train Them and They Leave?  What If You Don’t Train Them and They Stay?  [Lawyers and Staff] – Part 2
Micki Love, Law Firm Operations Consultant | Vista Consulting Team | Baton Rouge, LA

11:00 AM


  The Anatomy of a Winning Marketing Campaign for Your Personal Injury Practice – Intake and Conversion
Alexander Shunnarah and Sara Williams | Alexander Shunnarah Personal Injury Attorneys | Birmingham, AL

12:00 PM   Adjourn Morning Session

Featured Luncheon Session: 

Moderator:

  John F. Romano | Romano Law Group | Lake Worth

12:15 PM

  The Art, Science, and Methodology of Showing the Story to the Judge and Jury (throughout Each and Every Phase of the Trial)
Sach D. Oliver | Bailey & Oliver | Rogers, AR

Afternoon Session:
The Magic of Advocacy – Understanding, Knowing, and Appreciating the Nuances of Persuading Others…In the Courtroom, In Depositions, In Mediations, In Hearings, and In Other Communications and Activities
Sponsored by Enjuris.com - SEO Advantage, Inc.

Moderator:
 
  John F. Romano | Romano Law Group | Lake Worth

1:15 PM


  Don’t Eat the Bruises (an Analytical and Entertaining Journey from One of America’s Premier Courtroom Advocates on Persuasion in the Courtroom During the Trial of Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Cases)
Keith Mitnik, Morgan & Morgan, Orlando, FL

2:15 PM


  Demonstrating Your Case to the Jury – How It Can Make a Difference – Imagination, Creativity, and Innovation
Frank L. Branson, The Law Offices of Frank L. Branson, Dallas, TX

3:15 PM


  Refreshment Break & Exhibit Viewing
Sponsored by Physician Life Care Planning

3:30 PM


  “If It Has Fleas, It’s a Dog!” [A Phrase Developed by the Great Barney Masterson] – (Making Case Selection the Centerpiece of Early Decision-Making in Your Case a/k/a “Lessons in Nightmare-Avoidance”)
Speaker to be Announced

4:30 PM


  Beautiful Minds:  Applying Psychology & Sociology Principles in Preparation and Trial
Howard Nations, The Nations Law Firm, Houston, TX

5:30 PM

  Adjourn Afternoon Session - Buffet Dinner for Seminar Attendees
Sponsored by Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, PLLC, Palm Beach Gardens, and Robson Forensic

Evening Session A:
FJA Annual Settelment/Mediation Institute

Moderator:
 
  Elizabeth Munro | McIntyre Thanasides | Tampa

6:30 PM



  “Messages” You and Your Client Send to Your Opponents and the Adjuster at Mediation with Words, Gestures, Counter-offers, and More, and How These Messages Diminish Your Ability to Maximize the Settlement Result for Your Client – a/k/a “Lessons from the Comedy Channel”
Jay Fraxedas | Fraxedas Mediation Firm | Orlando/Maitland

7:00 PM


  Lessons from the Poker Table Which Match Strategic Needs of Trial Lawyers’ Case Goals:  Hold versus Fold; the Bluff; “Poker-Face”; Play the Hand You Are Dealt; Creating Your Own Luck; Patience and Discipline; More
P.J. Scheiner | Associates and Bruce L. Scheiner, Attorneys For the Injured | Fort Myers

7:30 PM


 
  Knowing, Understanding, and Appreciating What Is Really Happening When the Mediator (or Opponent) Suggests Certain Tactics: (a) “Bracketing”; (b) Eliminating the Plenary Session; (c) the “Silver Bullet”; (d) “Mediator’s Number”; (e) “We Need to Have an Attorney Meeting”; (f) Target Goal versus Walk-a-Way Terms; and More
Kimberly Sands | Principal, Upchurch Watson White & Max | Daytona Beach

8:00 PM


  The Anatomy of a Powerful and Strong and Meaningful Mediation Summary (to Submit to the Mediator) versus a Useless Mediation Statement!  There Is a Huge Difference.  Knowing How to Enhance Your Client’s Position with the Mediator
Dawn Berlanga-Helms | Mediate First, Inc. | Orlando

8:30 PM

 
  Using Mock Trials and Focus Groups to Help Drive Settlement Value (or to Help Manage Your Client’s Expectations)
Amy Singer, Ph.D. | Trial Consultants, Inc. | Gainesville, FL

9:00 PM




  “What Now, Counselor?” – Handling Real Situations in the Workhorse Seminar Setting – Knowing What to Do and What to Avoid When Certain Scenarios Are Presented on the Spot at Mediation – Real-Time Back-and-Forth Interplay Session Among Speakers/Panel Members and Attendees
Attendees should bring to the session specific scenarios which have happened or may be about to happen in an upcoming mediation, so this scenario can be discussed with the panel members and other attendees. This is a what-to-do and how-to-do-it feedback session on settlement and mediation.

10:00 PM    Adjourn - Pizza Party for Seminar Attendees
Sponsored by Robson Forensic & Cohen Milstein Law Firm

Evening Session B:
Expert Witness Travel Journey – Understanding and Developing the Roadmap; Knowing When and How to Detour; Which GPS Directional Systems and Strategies Work and Which are Doomed to Failure

Moderator

  Jonathan Gilbert | Colling, Gilbert, Wright & Carter | Orlando

6:30 PM


  The “HATEFUL-EIGHT” of Dealing with Daubert and Frye in State Court Actions in Florida in 2018 – Locating, Identifying, and Navigating the Minefields
Jonathan E. Freidin | Freidin Brown, P.A. | Miami

7:15 PM



  The Daubert Report of Plaintiff’s Expert Witness in Federal Court Litigation – Who Really Prepares It; How to Avoid Setting Your Own Expert Up for Disaster; Key Ingredients – How and Why You Need to Dissect This Report Before It Ever Gets Finalized or Filed
Brenda S. Fulmer | Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, P.A. | West Palm Beach

8:00 PM



  The Effective, Efficient, and Entertaining Methodology of Laying the Foundation of Expert “Qualifications” During Trial by Jury – Avoiding the Boring and Monotonous Laying of the Foundation and Predicate; Grabbing the Jury’s Attention; Satisfying the Judge; Handling the Foundation in Order to Get a “Thumbs-up” Later from the Appellate Court
Tiffany Faddis | Law Offices of Dan Newlin & Partners | Orlando, FL

8:45 PM


  The Seven Deadly Sins Committed by Plaintiff Lawyers in Finding and Working with Expert Witnesses (and How These Sins Can (Figuratively) Put Your Through “Hell on Earth”)
Christopher Ligori | Christopher Ligori & Associates | Tampa

9:30 PM



  A Savvy Expert Witness Speaks His Mind:  Letting Plaintiff Lawyers Know How You Anger Me, How You Frustrate Me, How You Triple and Quadruple My Workload, and How You Make Things Worse for Me and for the Judge and Jury and for Your Client – A Candid and Frank Discussion of Expert Witness Problems Caused by Plaintiff Lawyers
Speaker: [This speaker will be identified at the program “in order to protect the innocent.”]

10:00 PM    Adjourn - Pizza Party for Seminar Attendees
Sponsored by Robson Forensic & Cohen Milstein Law Firm

Evening Session C:
My First Trial

Moderator:
 
  John F. Romano | Romano Law Group | Lake Worth

6:30 PM


  The Mindset and Psyche of the Young Lawyer (or New Lawyer) in Prepping for and Handling His/Her First Trial – Things to Do and Things to Avoid!  Trial Checklists!  Guarding against Defense Lawyer Mind Games and “Psyching-out Sessions”
Beth W. Finizio | Finizio & Finizio, P.A. | Fort Lauderdale

7:00 PM


  My First Voir Dire
Jimmy Gustafson | Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, P.A. | Tallahassee

7:30 PM

 
  My First Opening Statement
Curry G. Pajcic | Pajcic & Pajcic, P.A. | Jacksonville, FL

8:00 PM


  Conducting the Examination of the Plaintiff in Your First Personal Injury Trial
Douglas R. Beam | Douglas R. Beam, P.A. | Melbourne, FL

8:30 PM


  Cross-Examining the Defense IME in My First Personal Injury Trial
Gary M. Cohen | Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen, P.A. | Boca Raton, FL

9:00 PM


  My First Summation
Stefano D. Portigliatti | Coker, Schickel Sorenson Posgay & Iracki, P.A. | Jacksonville, FL

9:30 PM




 
  Special Panel Discussion on the Handling of “My First Trial”
Douglas R. Beam | Douglas R. Beam, P.A. | Melbourne, FL 
Gary M. Cohen | Grossman Roth Yaffa Cohen, P.A. | Boca Raton, FL
Beth W. Finizio | Finizio & Finizio, P.A. | Fort Lauderdale, FL
Jimmy Gustafson | Searcy Denney Scarola Barnhart & Shipley, P.A. | Tallahassee, FL
Curry G. Pajcic | Pajcic & Pajcic, P.A. | Jacksonville, FL
Stefano D. Portigliatti | Coker Schickel Sorenson Posgay & Iracki, P.A. | Jacksonville

10:00 PM    Adjourn - Pizza Party for Seminar Attendees
Sponsored by Robson Forensic & Cohen Milstein Law Firm


Wednesday - March 21st, 2018

Morning Session:

Potpourri of Essential Hot Topics
Sponsored by Tanner Legal Nurse Consulting, PLLC

Moderator:
 
  Eric Romano | Romano Law Group | Lake Worth
 
7:00 AM



  “Dronatomy – 101” – Everything You as a Personal Injury Lawyer Need to Know about Drone Law, Drone Liability, and the “Dronafication” on Planet Earth – (a) State Statutes and Regulations Affecting Drone Law; (b) Federal Statutes and Regulations Regarding Drone Law; (c) Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Cases Arising Out of Drone Operation; (d) Drone-related Property Damage Claims and Cases; and (e) Drone Cases Affecting Rights of Privacy and Personal Space
Corey B. Friedman | Romano Law Group | Lake Clarke Shores

7:30 AM


  Depo Prep: Taking Your Client from Victim to Visionary
Robert L. Pottroff | Pottroff & Karlin | Manhattan, KS

8:00 AM


 
  Admiralty/Maritime Cases Which May Come into Your Office So That You Can Avoid Legal Malpractice and Assist in Maximizing the Recovery:  Cruise Ship Cases; Ship Crew Member Injury Cases; Intracoastal Waterway Boating Injury and Death Cases; Death on the High Seas Act Cases, and More
John H. Hickey | Hickey Law Firm, P.A. | Miami

8:30 AM


  Escaping Defense-created Liability Traps in the Handling of Negligent Security Injury and Death Cases
Michael A. Haggard | The Haggard Law Firm | Miami

9:00 AM


  Latest Trends in Nursing Home Neglect & Elder Abuse Cases
Speaker to be Announced

9:30 AM


  Refreshment Break & Exhibit Viewing
Sponsored by High Impact

9:45 AM



  Autonomous Vehicles/Driverless Cars – The Paradigm Has Arrived – What You Need to Know About Changing Rules and Laws; The New Wave of Autonomous Vehicle Insurance Coverage; Product Liability Cases Involving Autonomous Vehicles, and Much More
Anthony T. Martino | Clark & Martino, P.A. | Tampa

10:15 AM


  Guardrails – How End Terminals Are Ending Lives
Leslie Kroeger | Cohen Milstein Sellers & Toll, PLLC | Palm Beach Gardens

10:45 AM


  Damages in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Cases Regarding Children with Autism or Other Physical/Mental Challenges – Understanding the True Values of These Cases (as Opposed to the Defense Argued Diminished Value)
Joseph B. Landy | Lesser, Lesser, Landy & Smith, PLLC | West Palm Beach, FL

11:15 AM


  Screening & Litigating Cancer Cases
Kevin Smith | Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath, LLP | West Palm Beach

11:45 AM


  Topic to be Announced
John Givens | The Cochran Firm | Dothan, AL

12:15 PM    Adjourn Morning Session

​Featured Luncheon Program
Don't miss an extraordinarily fun and entertaining presentation on Memory, and how you as a trial lawyer with an enhanced memory can significantly increase the benefits which you bring to the case, to the cause of your client, and to the judge and jury.
Learn how to memorize (and understand) chapters in book, recall product knowledge, retain the details of information from classes and seminars, and how to learn foreign languages in a flash to skyrocket your confidence through becoming a newly-trained "Brain-Athlete"!



Afternoon Session:

FJA Annual Medical School for Lawyers
Sponsored by Fast Funds

Moderator:
 
  Maryann Furman, RN, Esq. | The Nurse Lawyer, P.A. | Palm Harbor
 
1:30 PM


  Neurosurgery
Speaker to be Announced

2:10 PM


  Physician Life-Care Planning
Santo Steven BiFulco, M.D. | BiFulco Medical Group | Tampa
 
2:50 PM


  Refreshment Break & Exhibit Viewing
Sponsored by Above and Beyond Repographics

3:05 PM


  Chiropractic Medicine and "Digital Motion X-Ray" - "Digital Motion MRI"
Ronald Bodkin, DC | Brodkin Chiropractic and Acupuncture Center | Boca Raton

3:45 PM



  “Under the Microscope – The Puzzling World of Pathology” (and What Attorneys Need to Know and Understand in Order to Bring the Truth to the Judge and Jury) – (a) Components and Interpretation of the Pathology Report; (b) Regulations/Laboratory Accreditation Pursuant to the Practice of Pathology; (c) Common Problematic Steps or Issues for Pathologists; and (d) Terminology Common to an Anatomic and Clinical Pathology; and Much More
Ryan Christopher Romano, D.O. | Pathologist | Des Moines, IA

4:25 PM


  Cross Examining the Defense Medical Expert
Richard Shapiro | Shapiro Law Group | Bradenton

5:00 PM


  Cervical Surgery for the Post-Whiplash Headache
Joel Franck, M.D. | Neurosurgeon | Tampa, FL

5:30 PM   Adjourn - Buffet Dinner for Seminar Attendees
Co-sponsored by Client Legal Funding and Carey, Leisure and Neal | Clearwater

Evening Session A
Fifty Shades of Attorney Fees (and Why Some Plaintiff Attorneys are on the Edge of the Cliff)

Moderator:
 
  Matt Carrillo | Carrillo & Carrillo Attorneys at Law | Gainesville, FL

6:30 PM


  Putting Attorneys Under the Magnifying Glass – Professional Liability and Ethical Issues Relating to Attorney Fees as It Relates to the Practice of Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Lawyering
Donald A. Smith, Jr. | Smith, Tozian, Daniel & Davis, P.A. | Tampa

7:15 PM

 
  Proposals for Settlement and the Ever-Increasing Evolution of Law – Why You Better Know Every Minute Detail about Being on the Sending End or the Receiving End of a Proposal for Settlement
Andrew Harris | Burlington and Rockenbach | West Palm

8:00 PM

 
  Proposal for Settlement Insurance and Indemnity – The Upside versus the Downside
Rick Kolodinsky | Rick Kolodinsky, P.A. | Daytona Beach

8:45

 
Preparing for, Handling, and Litigating the Attorney Fee Hearing
David Frank | David Frank Injury Law, P.A. | Tallahassee

9:30 PM
 
  Panel Discussion – Entire Evening Faculty Will Discuss and Handle Additional Issues and Respond to Questions

10:00 PM    Adjourn

Evening Session B
LOPs, Billing, Defending Depositions of Physician Billing Managers, Lien Resolution, MSAs, Protecting the Treating Physicians, and Much More

Moderator: 

  Thomas W. Carey | Carey, Leisure & Neal | Clearwater

Speakers:






 

Thomas W. Carey | Carey, Leisure & Neal | Clearwater, FL
Bill Daniel | CSC Medical Solutions | Clearwater, FL
Celene Humphries | Brannock & Humphries | Tampa, FL
Jeffrey G. Rothwell | J. Gordon Rothwell, P.A. | St. Petersburg, FL
Robert J. Shuttera | The Shuttera Law Group | Clearwater, FL



Evening Session C

Understanding and Appreciating the Details and Nuances of Everything You Must Know Relating to First Party Bad Faith and Third Party Bad Faith Pertaining to the Handling and Litigation of the “Underlying Case” 

This session will include an update and overview of the law of bad faith and the debunking of common myths, misunderstandings, and the horrors of lawyer miscalculations regarding strategy.

Moderator:
 
  To Be Announced

6:30 PM


  New Ideas and Developments to Maximize Third Party Bad Faith Claims - What Works in 2018
Dale Swope | Swope, Rodante, P.A. | Tampa

7:25 PM


  Choice of Law and Bad Faith: Finding Bad Faith in Unexpected Places
Greg Yaffa | Domnick Cunningham & Whalen, PLLC | Palm Beach Gardens

8:15 PM


  GEICO: Are We Catching the Lizard?
Lee D. Gunn, IV | Gunn Law Group, P.A. | Tampa

9:05 PM

  Bad Faith in Small PI Cases: Techniques from Start to Finish
Waylon Thompson | Manuel & Thompson, P.A. | Panama City

10:00 PM   Adjourn
Thursday - March 22nd, 2018

Morning Session

Damages in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Cases – [Helpful Hints to Assist You in the Settlement Demand, Mediation, and Trial]
Sponsored by Global Engineering & Scientific Solutions, LLC

Moderator:
  
  John F. Romano | Romano Law Group | Lake Worth
 
7:00 AM


  Proof and Argument of Damages for Lost Wages in the Past
Heather Barnes | The Yerrid Law Firm, P.A. | Tampa

7:15 AM


  Proof and Argument of Damages for Loss of Future Earning Capacity/Ability
Christopher J. Keller | Lytal, Reiter, Smith, Ivey & Fronrath, LLP | West Palm Beach

7:30 AM


  Proof and Argument of Damages for Past Medical Expenses
Speaker to be Announced

7::45 AM


  HIPAA Violation Cases
Alistair McKenzie | McKenzie Law Firm, P.A. | Pensacola

8:00 AM


  Handling Damages Issues in Voir Dire in State Court in Florida
Web Brennan | Brennan, Holden & Kavouklis, P.A. | Tampa

8:45 AM


  How to Increase Your Chances of Winning
Daniel E. Rosner | Rosner & Tucker, P.C. | Vineland, NJ
 
9:30 AM

  
  Refreshment Break & Exhibit Viewing
Sponsored by Physician Life-Care Planning
 
9:45 AM

 
  Proof and Argument of Damages for “Survivor’s Mental Pain and Anguish” in Wrongful Death Cases
Mark A. Avera | Avera & Smith, LLP | Gainesville, FL
 
10:30 AM

 
  Proof and Argument of Damages for “Loss of Enjoyment of Life” in Personal Injury Cases
C. Steven Yerrid | The Yerrid Law Firm, P.A. | Tampa
 
11:15 AM

 
  Proof and Argument of Damages for “Physical Pain and Suffering”
Kathleen L. Nastri | Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder PC | Bridgeport, CT, (President, American Association for Justice)
 
12:00 PM    Adjourn 

Featured Luncheon Session
Compassionate Gladiator and Gladiatrix Addresses

Moderators:
 
  John Romano and Eric Romano | Romano Law Group | Lake Worth

12:15 PM








 
  Part A: 
Annual Compassionate Gladiator Address – Putting Together the Total Package with Intensity, Tenacity, Persistence, and Drive While Simultaneously Seeing and Feeling the Compassion and Heart of the Case – What Does it Mean to “Effectively Communicate” with a Juror and How is That Accomplished?

Compassionate Gladiatrix Award: Kathleen L. Nastri, Koskoff, Koskoff & Bieder Law Firm, Bridgeport, CT, (President, American Association for Justice)

Compassionate Gladiator Award: Kent Whittemore, The Whittemore Law Group, P.A., St. Petersburg, FL

Part B:
Featured Presentation by FJA President Dale Swope | Swope, Rodante, P.A. | Tampa

Afternoon Session
Products Liability
Sponsored by Image Resources of Florida

Moderator:

  To be Announced

1:30 PM

 
  Litigating the Aviation Case – Domestically and Abroad – Everything You as the General Personal Injury Lawyer Need to Know about These Cases
Steven C. Marks | Podhurst Orseck, P.A. | Miami
 
2:15 PM

 
  The Litigation and Trial of Defective Hip Cases
Joseph A. Osborne | Osborne & Associates | Boca Raton

2:45 PM

 
  Refreshment Break & Exhibit Viewing
Sponsored by BiFulco Medical Group

3:00 PM


 
  Innovative Strategies in Winning the Pharmaceutical Product Liability Case at Trial – (Strategies Which You Can Use in Any Case and Any Trial to Prevail) – A Bird’s-eye View of What to Do, When to Do It, How to Do It, and the Reasoning for Doing It
Troy Rafferty | Levin, Papantonio, Thomas, Mitchell, Rafferty & Proctor, P.A. | Pensacola

3:30 PM


  Topic to be Announced
Donald R. Fountain, Jr. | Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Prather, Keen & Littky-Rubin, LLP | West Palm Beach

4:00 PM

 
  Obtaining Justice for Service Men and Women Killed or Injured by Defective Military Products-Overcoming Special Defenses
Robert F. Spohrer | Spohrer & Dodd, P.L. | Jacksonville

4:30 PM

 
  Handling, Litigating, and Trying the Product Liability Case in Aquatic Injury/Death Cases Including Scuba Diving and Undersea Adventures
Dustin B. Herman | Spangenberg Shibley & Liber | Cleveland, OH

5:00 PM


  Creative New Ways to Approach Tough Product Liability Cases
Nathan Carter | Colling, Gilbert, Wright & Carter | Orlando

5:30 PM   Adjourn

Evening Session A
Overcoming Major Legal Hurdles in Personal Injury and Wrongful Death Cases – Navigating Legal Minefields: Workers’ Compensation Immunity; Sovereign Immunity; Etc.

Moderator:
 
  To be Announced

6:30 PM

 
  Worker’s Compensation Immunity: Can You Overcome It?
Paul M. Anderson |  Anderson & Hart, P.A. | Tallahassee
 
7:00 PM

 
  Sovereign Immunity Issues in Tort Litigation
Damian B. Mallard | The Mallard Law Firm | Sarasota

7:30 PM

 
  Fabré
Sagi Shaked | Shaked Law Firm, P.A. | Miami

8:00 PM

 
  Collateral Sources and “Boarding” Damages
H.L. "Larry" Perry | Perry & Young | Panama City
 
8:30 PM

 
  Good Samaritan and Emergency Defense in Medical Malpractice Cases
Gary W. Roberts | Gary Roberts & Associates, P. A. | West Palm Beach

9:00 PM

 
  Comparative Fault
Speaker to be Announced

9:30 PM


  Alcohol Defense
Ben J. Whitman | Clark, Fountain, La Vista, Prather, Keen & Littky-Rubin, LLP | West Palm Beach

10:00 PM   Adjourn 

Evening Session B
The “TLC” (Trial Lawyers College) Method of Handling, Litigating and Trying Cases to Jurors

Speakers: To be Announced

Evening Session C
Class Actions – Understanding the Power of Class Action Cases in Terms of Winning Just and Essential Causes – Helping People to Achieve Justice Through a Legal Vehicle

Speakers: To be Announced

Friday - March 23rd, 2018

Morning Session
Traumatic Brain Injury/Closed Head Injury: Maximizing the Benefits and Results for Your Client – Winning the Cause – Combatting the Myths – Overcoming the Obstacles and Hurdles – The Law, the Medicine, and the Emotion!
Sponsored by GraciousServices.com

Moderator:

 
  Douglas R. Beam | Douglas R. Beam, P.A. | Melbourne


7:00 AM


 
  Why TBI Lawyers Must Be “Top-of-the-Heap Detectives”; Six Case-specific Examples Where TBI Was Overlooked and Unrecognized by (a) the First Responders; (b) Initial Healthcare Providers; (c) First Set of Lawyers Who Assessed the Case – Classic Lessons in Failure to Recognize and Appreciate a Traumatic Brain Injury (or Brain Injury Due to Oxygen Deprivation) – Then Steps You Must Expedite Once You Identify the Existence of TBI
Elizabeth Zwibel | The Law office of Elizabeth A. Zwibel, P.A. | St. Petersburg

7:45 AM


  
  The Traumatic Brain Injury Workup – What You as the Lawyer Need to Do – When You Need to Do It – How You Need to Do It – Making Certain That the TBI Client Is Receiving Timely and Appropriate Medical Care, Treatment, and Evaluations (Including Rehabilitation)
Eric J. Hertz | Eric J. Hertz, P.C. | Atlanta, GA
 
8:45 AM

 
  Convincing Proof in the TBI Case: Liability and Damages
Randall H. Scarlett | Scarlett Law Group | San Francisco, CA

9:45 AM
 
  Refreshment Break & Exhibit Viewing
 
10:00 AM

 
  The Biomechanics of Traumatic Brain Injury
Mariusz Ziejewski, Ph.D., Professor, Department of Mechanical Engineering | North Dakota State University | Fargo, ND

11:00 AM

 
  Topic to be Announced
Deborah L. Doherty, M.D. | Chief Medical Officer, CareMeridian, LLC | Kentfield, CA

12:00 PM    Adjourn

Featured Lunch Program
Sponsored by Counsel Financial Services

12:15 PM


 
  Dr. Omalu will bring to the podium a rare combination of humility and fervor, as he shares his story of going from humble beginnings in war-torn Nigeria to becoming on of the biggest disruptors in the history of sports and medicine. He details the challenges he faced taking on the NFL and other top US franchises to ensure that the truth – and risk – of chronic brain damage was known, understood, accepted, and at all costs, prevented.
After Dr. Omalu's presentation, he will be available for photos, and to sign copies of his book: Truth Doesn't Have a Side.

Moderator:    John F. Romano | Romano Law Group | Lake Worth 



Afternoon Session
Continuum of Morning Session on Traumatic Brain Injury/Closed Head Injury

Moderator:
 
  Elizabeth Zwibel | The Law office of Elizabeth A. Zwibel, P.A. | St. Petersburg

1:30 PM


  The Trial Lawyer and the Meaning of Life – The Powerful Presentation of Damages in a TBI Case
Gary Gober | Gober Law |  Nashville, TN

2:15 PM


 
  Valuing Concussion and Other TBI Cases for Settlement Purposes and Drawing a Line in the Sand as to When to Decline an Offer and Try the Case… (Avoiding the Trap of What Many Plaintiff Lawyers Are Doing by Settling These Cases Too Low)
Michael A. Galpern | Locks Law Firm | Cherry Hill, NJ

3:00 PM    Adjourn