Summit Agenda

 

Sunday, February 5th

12:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Moderated by
       John Romano
       Eric Romano

Trying My First Case – Part I
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If you have yet to try your first case, or if you have only tried a handful of cases and want to improve your trial skills, this program is for you. The program will address the fundamentals of creating and building a litigation/trial practice for younger lawyers and those transitioning from other practice areas. As a result of numerous legislative changes over the last two decades both at the state and federal levels, it has become more difficult for younger lawyers to get extensive courtroom and trial experience. Many lawyers moving into their own practice are doing so without the fundamental skills and experience necessary to effectively litigate and try cases. This program will be taught by experienced trial attorneys who will provide practical tips and guidance to help prepare you to try your first case or your next case. The program will also provide a forum for attendees to interact and share experiences with other similarly situated attorneys and to gain valuable mentoring from more experienced trial lawyers. Our faculty brings many decades of combined experience and hundreds of verdicts under their belts, and most importantly, they bring a passion for teaching and helping other lawyers to become better advocates for their clients.

1:00-5:30 p.m.

Moderated by
       Ken Hardison

PILMMA Ken Hardison

12:00-5:00 p.m.

Conference Registration

6:00 p.m.

Super Bowl 51 Kick-Off Party

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Monday, February 6th 

7:00-9:00 a.m. Full Breakfast

7:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Moderated by Harlan Schillinger

Dealing with Disruptions and Changes in the Legal Practice ─ “How to SURVIVE and How to THRIVE!”

This session is based on two goals: 1. how to not only succeed in the practice of law, but also how to flourish using the newest state of the art technologies and methodologies, and 2. to offer assistance to the lawyers who are changing the nature of their practice because of tort reform and other new legislation designed to put us out of business. The idea is a two-pronged approach: How to survive and how to thrive!

12:00-2:00 p.m.

The National Trial Lawyers Awards Luncheon with Keynote Speaker Alex Rodriguez

2:00-5:30 p.m.

Moderated by Howard Nations

Legends, Masters and Giants of Trial
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This program will be comprised of five legendary trial lawyers, all of whom are inductees into the Trial Lawyer Hall of Fame, who will speak on topics that have favorably influenced their practices. These giants of the trial bar are also five of the highest rated speakers in our profession. They will share the hard-earned lessons that have guided them to success, both in and out of the courtroom. This will be an afternoon devoted to topics such as voir dire in the age of Trump, the latest in the science of persuasion, and lessons on trial skills passed through generations of trial masters and finely honed for today’s courtroom. Bring an inquisitive and open mind and you will be rewarded.

Tuesday, February 7th

7:00-9:00 a.m. Full Breakfast
7:00-9:00 a.m.

Moderated by
       Kim Dougherty
       Kimberly Adams

Diversity: Not Just a Trend, It’s Important to the Success of Your Practice
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9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m.

Moderated by
       John Romano

$$$ How to Win It in Verdicts & SettlementsJohn Romano

12:00-1:00 p.m.

Book Signing Lunch

12:00-1:00 p.m.

Chaired by
       Gloria Allred
       Nathan Goldberg

NTL for Women’s Rights Meeting
Opened to all attorneys with 5+ years of experience in litigating or settling women’s rights cases
Lunch will be provided.
  
1:00-4:30 p.m.

Moderated by
       Mark O’Mara
       Eric Romano

Trial Skills ─ Playing to Your Audience; the Judge, the Jury and the Media

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This session is designed by trial lawyers for trial lawyers and is intended to help improve your courtroom skills. The speakers will provide practical tips and suggestions gained from hundreds of collective trials to help you better communicate with the jury, persuade the judge, and present your case. You will hear from some of the most experienced trial lawyers in the country about what works, what doesn’t work, and why. You will learn about cutting edge techniques, emerging trends, and how to better understand and reach today’s jurors. The program will also provide you the opportunity to engage and interact with the faculty and other fellow trial lawyers. If trials are a part of your practice, you don’t want to miss this program!

4:30-5:30 p.m.

Moderated by
       Seth Price

Ethics PresentationSeth Price

9:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Moderated by
       Mark O’Mara

The National Advocates [Breakout Session] Mark O’Mara
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This year we have created a presentation specifically for members of The National Advocates. While most members of The National Advocates are family lawyers, but also run the gamut from bankruptcy to immigration to wills and estates. The National Advocates program will focus on how family law intersects with bankruptcy, wills and estates, immigration and criminal law. We have a great lineup including Chapter 13 trustee Doug Neway to discuss what you can and cannot do in bankruptcy; Marital and family law board certified attorney Caryn Green, who will go over highlights of recent trends and changes in the law of divorce; Desiree Claudio, who handles family law, bankruptcy, and immigration work in New York, will give her perspective on the interplay of immigration in divorce cases; and criminal trial law and marital and family law board certified attorney Mark O’Mara, who will talk about the dangers and pitfalls when criminal law intersects with a family law case.

1:30-5:30 p.m.

Moderated by
       Karen Evans
       Ibiere Seck

The National Black Lawyers [Breakout Session] ─ Elevating your Practice from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be

As documented by our recent reaffirmation of our commitment to diversity in The National Trial Lawyers’ mission statement, we will present a breakout program sponsored by The National Black Lawyers — Top 100 titled “Elevating Your Practice from Where You Are to Where You Want to Be.” The program will offer practical tips for solo and smaller size firms and the problems they face, with former NTL President Hezekiah Sistrunk giving his thoughts on how NTL can help with funding your growth, make the most of NTL connections and leverage the depth of knowledge that NTL members bring to the group. Glen Lerner of Lerner & Rowe Injury Attorneys will be joined by Arthur Jones to give some practical tips on how to effectively and efficiently market and grow your practice, and Dustin Ruge with FindLaw/Super Lawyers, a division of Thomson Reuters, will give his insight on how to create and move your personal brand into the marketplace. Channa Lloyd from the O’Mara Law Group will offer some very practical tech tips on how to efficiently run and grow your practice without breaking the bank. We will round out the presentation with a sobering but invigorating discussion concerning race and how it affects you, your practice and your clients in 2018 and beyond. National Bar Association President Juan Thomas, well known Washington, D.C. lawyer Billy Martin and Mark O’Mara will get the conversation started and share their thoughts on recent, troubling developments in this arena.

5:30-6:30 p.m.

Criminal Defense Cocktail Hour

5:30-6:30 p.m.

Women’s Networking Cocktail Hour

6:30-8:30 p.m.

President’s Cocktail Reception followed with Concert by The Pointer Sisters

Wednesday, February 8th

7:00-9:00 a.m. Full Breakfast

7:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m

Moderated by Mike Papantonio

Specific Ways to Expand Your Practice – Traumatic Brain Injury, Mass Torts, and Trucking! Mike Papantonio
       

7:00-9:00 a.m.

Traumatic Brain Injury CasesGary Gober and Jeff Mitchell

9:00-10:00 a.m.

Mass Tort Updates Mike Papantonio
       

10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

Moderated by
       Joe Fried
       Michael Leizerman

Winning Truck Crash Cases
       

Truck crash cases are not the same as car crash cases. Maximizing results in truck crash cases requires an in depth understanding of trucking regulations and industry standards of care. This program contains selected topics designed to help you win your trucking cases, brought to you by some of the most prominent trial lawyers practicing in this field.

8:00 a.m..-12:00 p.m.

Moderated by
       John Romano
       Eric Romano

Trying My First Case – Part II [Breakout Session]
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9:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.

Moderated by
       Mark O’Mara
       Eric Romano

Criminal Law [Breakout Session]

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The criminal law breakout session will be founded on some amazing cornerstones in the law, well known to anyone who’s handled a case that starts with “State vs.” Florida State University College of Law Professor Emeritus Chuck Erhardt (the dean extraordinaire of all things evidence) will present his unique perspective on the body of law that lets things into a courtroom and keeps things out. Eric Romano will give practical pointers and insight on how to understand the dynamics of jury selection and how to connect with jurors from the moment they walk in a courtroom until the verdict. Mark O’Mara will give a presentation to prepare you on how to handle the negatives and positives of having a case that has caught the attention of the media, a phenomenon which is happening more and more in criminal law now that everyone who has a cellphone believes they’re a journalist. We will also enjoy some time with law partners Roy Black and Howard Srebnick, who will talk about current trends in criminal law and how to handle difficult ethical concerns that you may face when practicing in 2018.

Agenda is subject to change.

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